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NEC, Matsushita and Coding Technologies are developing a new MPEG-4 decoder

Bjorn3D Reviews MSI´s GF4 Ti4600-8x

IIYAMA ProLite E430S: new 17" LCD monitors

HWZ review: Sony Cybershot DSC-P72 Digital Camera

Live from CeBIT 2003: MSI´s booth

Triplex to release REDai 9500PRO/9500 on ATI GPUs

Intel: do not expect NOR Flash to get cheaper

Intel Centrino: pricing and prospects

NEC, Matsushita and Coding Technologies are developing a new MPEG-4 decoder

Japanese NEC and Matsushita together with Californian Coding Technologies announced joint development of a new low-power MPEG-4 decoder capable of providing CD quality playback for low bitrates. This technology is intended for use in 2.5G/3G handset decoders.

The new low-power device will feature spectral band replication (SBR) technology along with MPEG-4 SBR aacPlus compatibility. SBR is expected to provide CD audio quality on twice lower bitrates comparing to existing codecs. For example, CD recording quality should be achieved at 48Kbps, quality stereo – starting from 32Kbps.

Source: EB News

Bjorn3D Reviews MSI´s GF4 Ti4600-8x

"We were excited to review this product. Not only is this MSI’s top GeForce 4 Ti, but MSI also chose to include a tremendous package of software with the Ti4600-8x. With this review, we’ll look at the specifications of MSI’s version of NVIDIA’s Ti4600 8x (MSI Model MS-8900). We’ll also look at what MSI chose to package with this card and how it stacks up in gaming benchmarks."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

IIYAMA ProLite E430S: new 17" LCD monitors

Late in March IIYAMA is to ship its new family of 17" LCD monitors – ProLite E430S, including E430S (white body), E430S-B (black body) and E430S-S (silver body) models.

Devices feature 17" 1280x1024 (SXGA) LCD panels with 0.264mm pixel pitch, 250cd/m² brightness, 350:1 contrast, 25ms response time, 140° horizontal and 120° vertical viewing angles, 24kHz – 80kHz line scan, 55Hz – 75Hz frame scan.

Featuring D-Sub15 connectors, built-in 2x1.5W speakers, monitors are measured 368.5x188.5x379mm, weighing 4.1kg. The approximate price in Japan is $465.

Source: PC Watch

HWZ review: Sony Cybershot DSC-P72 Digital Camera

"Overall, we found much to like about the P72. The shape and design is familiar as are the options and controls. With improved navigation buttons, user-friendly menus and good image quality, the P72 is a worthy addition to the Sony digital camera family."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Live from CeBIT 2003: MSI´s booth

To continue our publications from CeBIT 2003, introducing another report from our Alexander Vorobjev (vorobiev@ixbt.com) – this time about the booth of MSI.

Most of the exposition is dedicated to graphics and system boards. As one the main NVIDIA partners, MSI announced the complete family of solutions on GeForce FX GPUs.

As for motherboards, the company introduced a whole lot of Springdale- and Canterwood-based models in various form-factors.

This interesting sample is K8T Gem (MS-6702) on VIA K8T400M for AMD Athlon 64 processors. It supports 800MHz FSB, DDR400 memory, AGP 8x, 8 USB 2.0 ports and optional Gigabit LAN, IEEE1394, Serial ATA.

Triplex to release REDai 9500PRO/9500 on ATI GPUs

Triplex, known by its silvered NVIDIA-based graphics cards, informed about new REDai 9500PRO/9500 models on ATI Radeon 9500 Pro and Radeon 9500.

Both support AGP 8x and feature 275/540MHz GPU/memory clock speeds. REDai 9500PRO will be made with 64Mb or 128Mb 128-bit memory, REDai 9500 – only with 128Mb.

This image from Techseekers.net introduces one of these cards:

Intel: do not expect NOR Flash to get cheaper

Last weekend Intel´s Taiwanese branch announced that it had no plans to cut prices for NOR Flash, used mainly in mobile handsets and other portables. The official comment followed the issue of Chinese Commercial Times, which had published rumours about Intel planning to cut NOR Flash prices by 20-30% early in April.

As you know, Intel raised these by 20-40% early in January, having confused analysts, as this market had been suffering overproduction. Because of this Intel lost a share of the NOR flash market in favour of AMD, Samsung and Fujitsu.

Source: The DigiTimes

Intel Centrino: pricing and prospects

According to the recently published report of WR Hambrecht + Co. LLC, the general impact of the Intel Centrino platform to the mobile market won’t be as considerable, as expected, despite large sums invested. The main reason is high prices for Centrino components. Besides, they can slow down Intel’s WLAN technology implementation in 2003.

As arguments the company states that 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M is expensive than 2.2GHz Pentium 4-M by 83%, and Intel’s wireless 802.11b adapter costs $46 that’s 229% more that $14 for similar solutions from other makers.

Another forcible argument is that 802.11a/g combination becomes more popular, while the current Centrino supports only the "b" version.

By the way, we’ve repeatedly posted how makers do not like high Centrino prices (again: on the moment of announcement wholesale prices for Centrino components: Intel 855PM, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 and 1.60/1.50/1.40/1.30GHz Intel Pentium M were $720, $506, $377 and $292, respectively. So, Intersil along with other WLAN chipsets got a chance to strengthen their market positions, while Intel might find Centrino implementation difficult. (At least with prices we have now.)

Source: Silicon Strategies

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