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Mitsumi introduces its DW-7802TE DVD±RW drive

Gateway M500 multimedia laptop review @ Designtechnica

HP announces a new Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w model

Super Lazer LEDs Review @ Bjorn3D

DNT G2 mini: a tiny 2mp digital camera

HWZ review: Shuttle MN31N (NVIDIA nForce2 IGP)

Thermaltake introduces its Silent Boost cooling system

Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro GV-R96P128D Review @ Techseekers

DRAM implementation prospects up to 2010

Mitsumi introduces its DW-7802TE DVD±RW drive

Mitsumi introduced its new DVD±RW drive, DW-7802TE, featuring the following:
  • ATA/IDE (PIO Mode 4), Ultra DMA33
  • 2Mb buffer
  • Write speeds:
    • DVD-R 4x 5.5 Mb/s
    • DVD-RW 2x 2.7 Mb/s
    • DVD+R 4x 5.5 Mb/s
    • DVD+RW 2.4x 3.3 Mb/s
    • CD-R 16x 2400 Kb/s
    • CD-RW 10x 1500 Kb/s
  • Read speeds:
    • DVD-ROM (Single Layer) 5 — 12x 6.9 – 16.6 Mb/s
    • DVD-ROM (Dual Layer) 3 — 7x 4.1 – 10 Mb/s
    • DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW 2 — 5x 2.7 – 6.9 Mb/s
    • DVD-Video 2 — 5x 2.7 – 6.9 Mb/s
    • CD-ROM/CD-R 17 — 40x 2,550 – 6,000 Kb/s
    • CD-RW 13 — 32x 1,950 – 4,800 Kb/s
  • Supported media: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW
  • Capacity: DVD+RW/DVD+R 4.7Gb / CD-R/CD-RW 650Mb, 700Mb
  • Seek time: 140ms DVD, 120ms CD
  • Write modes: TAO (track-at-once) without zero interval, variable or fixed packet, DAO (Disc- At-Once), Session-At-Once, Multisession
  • Supported formats: DVD single/dual-layers, DVD single/double-sided, DVD Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Text, CD-Video, CDExtra, CD-DA, Photo-CD (Single/Multi-session), CD-RW

To Europe the drive will arrive in July for 300 euros.

Gateway M500 multimedia laptop review @ Designtechnica

"The Gateway M500 is a system that sets the standards when it comes to multimedia laptops. With its integrated 20-bit stereo speakers complete with subwoofer, a 15.2” widescreen display, an SD memory card reader, and an integrated network card provided by Orinoco the M500 provides a stable and fun computing environment. Those that are into audio and video editing will find the M500 to be the perfect companion for your computing needs. The M500 is a bargain for $1599 and if you have been contemplating a laptop purchase the M500 deserves a second look, especially before they are sold out."

Read more at Designtechnica.

HP announces a new Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w model

Hewlett-Packard extended its Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w family with a new model on 2.4GHz Pentium 4-M and Intel 845MP chipset.

As you know, in September 2002 HP was one of the first to use MOBILITY RADEON FireGL 9000 GPU in its notebooks. The current model has the same GPU with 64Mb video RAM. Besides, the notebook has 15" 1600x1200 UXGA LCD, 1Gb of PC2100 (up to 2Gb), 60Gb HDD, DVD/CD-RW combo. Sized 327x266x38mm, it weighs 2.98kg. Together with Windows XP Professional, the new station will cost about $3800 in Japan.

Source: PC Watch

Super Lazer LEDs Review @ Bjorn3D

"The Super Lazer LEDs from Xoxide should definitely be on your list of considerations if you´re looking for some new or additional case lighting. The kit comes with everything you need, and the LEDs are very bright. Additionally, LEDs tend to not get too hot, which is a plus if you don´t want to add unnecessary heat to your system."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

DNT G2 mini: a tiny 2mp digital camera

German DNT released its new DNT G2 mini digital camera interesting not only by tiny dimensions of 83x40x26mm, but also 3mp interpolation and rather nice MSRP of 130 euros.

G2 mini brief specs:

  • 2mp 1600x1200 CMOS sensor
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 1.5" TFT LCD
  • 16Mb SDRAM / 16Mb flash integrated
  • 2048x1536 (interpolated), 1600x1200, 1024x768
  • 320x240@10fps movies
  • USB
  • 2x1.5V AAA batteries
  • 83x40x26mm dimensions
  • Supports MS Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
  • Bundle includes the camera itself, tripod, shoulder strap, USB cable, batteries, software, manual

HWZ review: Shuttle MN31N (NVIDIA nForce2 IGP)

"The motherboard had near excellent layout and yet offered some of the connectivity options associated with full-fledged boards based on this platform. Performance wise, the Shuttle MN31N didn’t let us down either as throughout our benchmark suite, it rivaled all other nForce2-GT platform motherboards. The Shuttle MN31N is also one of the rare motherboards with dual VGA outputs and that is really cool to have without purchasing stand-alone graphics card for dual-head display."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Thermaltake introduces its Silent Boost cooling system

Thermaltake Technology announced release plans for the Silent Boost cooling system with about 21dBa noise level.

Silent Boost combines fluid bearing chassis with copper heat-sink. Brief specs are:

  • Model number: A1889
  • Fan size: 80x80x25mm
  • Heat-sink size: 82x70x49mm (41 fins)
  • Rated voltage: 12V
  • Starting voltage: 7V
  • Rated current: 0.13A
  • Power input: 1.56W
  • Fan rotation speed: 2450±10% rpm
  • Maximum airflow: 27.5 CFM
  • Air pressure: 25.97 Pa-min
  • Noise: 21dBa
  • Life cycle: 50,000 hours

According to provisional info, Silent Boost shipments are scheduled to August.

Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro GV-R96P128D Review @ Techseekers

"Well ATI are discontinuing the 9500 Pro, and placing the 9600 Pro at a cheaper price point. Doing a quick search around some European shops, in places I could find the 9600 Pro ˆ50 to ˆ60 cheaper than the 9500 Pro. That’s quite a saving. It is impressive for ATI’s first 0.13 micron process and it does run a lot cooler than the older 9500 pro. It is overclocking friendly so you may be able to squeeze 9500 Pro performance from the 9600 Pro, especially easy with the Gigabyte as it includes the V-Tuner."

Read more at Techseekers.

DRAM implementation prospects up to 2010

Our Japanese colleagues from PC Watch posted a brief analytic forecast of desktop DRAM technologies evolution up to 2010, considering DDR2 and DDR3, in particular. They compiled a table (below) that includes typical capacities, standards and processes:

As you can see, DDR2-400/533 are still expected in early 2004, with DDR2-667 spreading already by 2005. DDR3 is expected in volumes about 2007.

Source: PC Watch

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