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PMA2003: Olympus to announce details of Four Thirds System

Finally on MSI and NVIDIA

Dell Inspiron 5100: new dual-spindle notebook on desktop P4

PMA 2003: more novelties from Lexar Media

HWZ review: SiS 746FX Chipset

SmartDisk FlashTrax: miniature multimedia storage

IDC: Nanya enters the Top 5 Memory Makers rating

MSI FX5800 Ultra noticed in a Japanese shop

About AMD new logos, Athlon XP-M and updated roadmap

PMA2003: Olympus to announce details of Four Thirds System

At nip and tuck ÐÌÀ 2003 Olympus announced several 4/3 (Four Thirds System) prototypes: digital SLR camera, lenses and accessories.

Four Thirds System is supposed to become an open standard for SLR cameras and interchangeable lens with 4/3" image sensors. It will provide compatibility between accessories produced by different manufacturers. The new Olympus Four Thirds Systems products are to be officially announced in June, and introduced to the market in September 2003.

Below are some pictures to illustrate the aforesaid.

Ñamera body.

Lens: 300mm, F2.8 ( 600mm in 35mm equiv.)

Lens: 14 — 54mm, F2.8 — F3.5 zoom (28-108mm in 35mm equiv.)

Lens: 50mm, F2.0 macro (100mm in 35mm equiv.)

External flash unit.

Source: DC Views

Finally on MSI and NVIDIA

To dispel possible fantasies about worsened relations of MSI and NVIDIA initiated by Friedman Billings Ramsey marketing company: our reliable and trustworthy sources in MSI reported that no policy changes are planned and NVIDIA is still MSI’s largest partner.

It remains only to wonder what interesting rumours sometimes appear before weekly bids are closed...

Dell Inspiron 5100: new dual-spindle notebook on desktop P4

Dell Japan informed about new dual-spindle Inspiron 5100 notebooks based on desktop Pentium 4 processors. Both novelties feature Intel 845PE and 16Mb Mobile Radeon 7500 graphics as well as PC Card Type II slots, USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 ports, Ethernet, V.92 modem and video-out.

Minimal configuration of Inspiron 5100 featuring 14.1" 1024x768 (XGA) LCD display, 2.40GHz Pentium 4, 256Mb PC2100 (up to 1Gb), 20Gb HDD, 24x CD-ROM and Windows XP Home Edition will cost 154,800 yens (about $1300). With 15" XGA display, external USB floppy, 40Gb HDD, 8/24/10/24x DVD/CD-RW combo it will cost 202,300 yens (about $1700). Besides, a variant with 15" 1400x1050 (SXGA+) display is available.

Notebook dimensions are 335x46.5x275 mm, weight (incl. Li-Ion battery and CD-ROM) –about 3.5 kg, claimed battery operation – about 3 hours.

Source: PC Watch

PMA 2003: more novelties from Lexar Media

The current PMA 2003 in Las Vegas is bringing a huge amount of announcements. For now I’ll mention novelties from Lexar Media.

First, the company released new 2Gb and 4Gb CompactFlash 32X intended for professional TIFF and RAW images (Kodak 14n, Nikon D1x, Nikon D1h, Nikon D100). These support the proprietary Write Acceleration technology. Currently Lexar Media’s CompactFlash Professional serie includes 256Mb, 512Mb, 1Gb, 2Gb and 4Gb models. 2Gb Type I devices will be available for about $700. 4Gb Type II cards – for about $1500.

The company has also updated the assortment of Secure Digital products, having released 32X 256Mb and 512Mb cards.

The next novelty is 256Mb xD-Picture card supporting up to 3Mb/s throughput and expected in April.

Besides, Lexar Media announced a new version of its Digital Photo Player. Featuring a remote control, it supports CompactFlash I/II, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Smart Media and MultiMediaCard and allows JPEG browsing and TV output. Shipments of Digital Photo Player 2.0 are to start in March, expected price is about $80.

Moreover, the company presented a new USB 2.0 card reader supporting Memory Stick PRO (along with CompactFlash Type I and Type II, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Smart Media and MultiMediaCard). Shipments will start in April, expected price is about $40.

P.S. Below is Lexar Media’s Memory Stick PRO.

HWZ review: SiS 746FX Chipset

"Looking for a SiS chipset with support for FSB333 and DDR400 on a Socket-A platform? Here´s the new SiS 746FX that gives you all that at a budget price tag. Find out if this should be the next chipset to look out for."

Read more at HardwareZone.

SmartDisk FlashTrax: miniature multimedia storage

At PMA International in Las Vegas SmartDisk announced the miniature FlashTrax multimedia sotrage device.

FlashTrax supports USB 2.0 and stores data on up to 30Gb mini-HDD. Featuring a video-out, the novelty allows to browse data using a 3.5" color LCD display. It also has an MP3 player supporting tags and a speaker as well as an audio-out for music files. FlashTrax powers from a built-in Li-Ion battery.

FlashTrax MSRP is about $500, expected availability – April.

IDC: Nanya enters the Top 5 Memory Makers rating

According to Taipei Times, the fiscal results for 2002 provided in the latest marketing survey of International Data Corporation (IDC) indicated that Taiwanese Nanya Technology occupied the world’s 5th place, having swapped with Japanese Elpida Memory.

Though the former intends to win the lost position back and even become the world’s 3rd by 2005. Currently lacking funds for production facilities expansion, the company hopes for investments from Intel as well as Mitsubishi Electric’s memory making facilities to be placed at company’s disposal in April. Besides, the collaboration with Taiwanese Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) should add more funds too.

But Nanya doesn´t stand still as well. A new 300mm fab, being constructed together with German Infineon Technologies, should increase its market presence by 10% (and that of the latter – by 20%.)

Source: The DigiTimes

MSI FX5800 Ultra noticed in a Japanese shop

On Saturday at a Japanese website we found a fresh report from a Tokyo shop that had time to showcase MSI’s FX5800 Ultra-TD on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra.

This pre-sale FX5800 Ultra sample has been repeatedly mentioned in our news. It features GeForce FX 5800 Ultra GPU, 500MHz clock speed, 128Mb 1GHz DDR-II, reference FXFlow cooling. The sales schedule hasn’t been provided, but MSI posted a chart of pre-sale demos at its Japanese website to be held in a number of other shops. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed as well.

About AMD new logos, Athlon XP-M and updated roadmap

This weekend AMD posted a number of updated logos for Athlon 64, Athlon XP, Athlon MP, Mobile AMD Athlon 4 and, what’s the most interesting, for Athlon XP-M.

According to the website posts this will be a new name of Mobile AMD Athlon XP Processor line, though roadmap of February 27 indicates Barton-based mobile CPUs might be released at CeBIT 2003.

The chart hasn’t introduced other new names. The middle-end divides the current process technology and SOI. H1 2004 is still expected to bring the future 64-bit 90nm SOI Athens, San Diego and Odessa chips. So, the introduction of Athlon XP-M brand is the only actual update.

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