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Kyocera Tvs DIGITAL: 5mp and new CONTAX brand

Sharp announces new Mebius notebooks on desktop Pentium 4 CPUs

Sony VAIO FR130: a notebook on Mobile Athlon XP 2000+

Comdex organizers go bankrupt

CRW-F1 is the last CD-RW from Yamaha

OCZ Technology releases new PC-2700 Rev 3.2 modules with 2-2-4-2 timings

Creative ships Audigy 2 Platinum eX

Kyocera Tvs DIGITAL: 5mp and new CONTAX brand

Kyocera presented the first digital still camera under the new CONTAX brand – 5mp CONTAX Tvs DIGITAL.

The camera features Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T optical lens (35-105 mm in 35-mm equiv., F2.8-4.8), 60cm to inf. focusing distance (15 to 60 cm Macro). The sensor is a 1/1.8" 5.0mp CCD, supporting 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960 and 640x480 resolutions, JPEG (Exif 2.2). The novelty also supports movies at 320x240 (up to 30s) or 160x120 (up to 120s).

Shutter provides 1/2000-1s exposure. The model also has 1.6" LCD (85,000 pixels), SD/MMC slot, supports USB 1.1 (under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8. 6 — 9.2/Mac OS X 10.2).

Camera dimensions are 112x33x60 mm, weight — 210 g (w/o batteries and memory card). In retail we are to see two versions of CONTAX Tvs DIGITAL: in silvery (about $1050; sales in late February) and dark titanium ($1150; sales in April) bodies.

Source: PC Watch

Sharp announces new Mebius notebooks on desktop Pentium 4 CPUs

Sharp announced new multimedia Mebius notebooks on desktop Pentium 4 processors — PC-RD1-D1U/C1M – featuring new 15" LCD panels with better brightness.

PC-RD1-D1U has 2.26GHz desktop Pentium 4 (about 1.4 hours of battery operation), SiS645DX chipset, 32Mb GeForce4 420 Go, 15" 1024x768 LCD with 350:1 contrast, 160° horizontal and 135° vertical viewing angle, 512Mb PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 60Gb HDD60 , DVD-RW drive, 10/100BASE-TX Ethernet, IEEE 802. 11b, V.90 56kbps modem, a number of ports. The dimensions are 352x296x46 mm, weight – 4.6 kg.

PC-RD1-C1M is similar to D1U, but has only 256Mb RAM, DVD/CD-RW and lacks wireless interface. MSRP of D1U is about $2150, of C1M – about $1900.

Sony VAIO FR130: a notebook on Mobile Athlon XP 2000+

Sony posted the specifications of new all-in-one multimedia notebook – VAIO FR130 on AMD Mobile Athlon XP 2000+ (1.667GHz, AMD PowerNow!).

PCG-FR130 features 14.1" 1024x768 (XGA) LCD display, 16Mb DDR NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go graphics, 256Mb DDR SDRAM (up to 1Gb), 40Gb HDD, internal DVD/CD-RW combo and a floppy, V.90 modem, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet, PC Card Type I/II, Type III slots, CardBus, i.LINK (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 ports, TV-Out and sound system with built-in speakers. Battery allows for 2.5-3.0 hours of working.

Measured 330x274x43 mm and weighing about 2.9 kg, PCG-FR130 has a comprehensive software bundle, including Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Quicken 2002 Edition7, Corel Word Perfect Office 2002, InterVideo WinDVD 4, Adobe Photoshop Elements Trial Version9, Trend Micro PC-Cillin6, etc. The price for basic configuration starts from $1300.

Comdex organizers go bankrupt

Such an unpleasant news: Los Angeles Key3Media Group, known as the constitutor of annual Comdex Trade Show, appealed to United States Bankruptcy Court with a traditional for such cases request for bankruptcy protection according to Chapter 11.

According to Key3Media, bankruptcy is just a part of restructuring plan that, if approved, will let Thomas Weisel Capital Partners bank to remain the company owner. According to the plan, this bank possessing Key3Media assets for $372 million will get the main share of interests and will provide further financing.

One of the reason that Comdex became unprofitable on the background of other similar events is their increased number as well as the reduction of PC component importance down to consumer level. Perhaps, sad events of September, 11, played their role in Key3Media bankruptcy as well.

But Key3Media representatives have already declared that exhibitions will take place according to the schedule. Again, except for Las Vegas Comdex Show that takes places annualy in November, Key3Media hosts NetWorld+Interop, JavaOne San Francisco and Seybold Seminars.

On the materials of The Associated Press

CRW-F1 is the last CD-RW from Yamaha

Yamaha officially declared the intention to completely curtail its CD-R/RW drive business by March 2003. CD-RW production has already been stopped and the last consignments shipped to dealer warehouses.

But it doesn’t mean Yamaha is to leave this business segment. The company just plans to focus on DVD+R/RW devices. This migration will include all proprietary developments, including Advanced AudioMASTER and known DiscT@2 technologies.

Low CD-RW production profitability is main reason of migration: from the last Spring, when prices for optical drives were cut, Yamaha’s revenues have been continuously reducing.

OCZ Technology releases new PC-2700 Rev 3.2 modules with 2-2-4-2 timings

Californian OCZ Technology updated the DDR SDRAM line with new OCZ PC-2700 Rev 3.2 CL 2 2-4-2 modules.

OCZ PC-2700 rev 3.2 passed 333MHz DDR qualification tests with 2/2/4/2 timings on ABIT NF-7s (nForce 2 chipset). New Unbuffered CL 2-2-4-2 1T modules feature 256Mb and 512Mb capacities, aluminium heat-sinks (copper in optional shipments).

Creative ships Audigy 2 Platinum eX

Creative Technology, or rather its Asian branch, announced volume shipments of Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum eX soundcard first announced at CES 2003.

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum eX, added to Audigy 2 product family, has features similar to previous solutions. Unlike standard Sound Blaster Audigy 2 and Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum 2 bundled with PC front panel, new Audigy 2 Platinum eX features external mutipurpose module with card controls, interfaces (MIDI, 2 SB1394 ports – FireWire, etc.), remote receiver, etc.

New system is a 6-ch. THX-certified solution supporting DVD-Audio and 24bit/96kHz input.

MSRP of Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum eX is $250.

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