Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. unleashed two DVD-RAM drives to arrive for retail on August 23. The first, LF-M621JD, is an external model to cost about $250. The second drive, LF-M660JD, is an external USB2.0 device to arrive to retail on September 13 for about $290.
New drives support higher 3õ DVD-RAM read/write speeds. Corresponding media will arrive for sale on August 9.
Other features include 4õ DVD-R recording, 12õ CD-R recording, 8õ CD-RW recording. The bundle includes MyDVD 4.0, DVD-MovieAlbumSE 3, B´s CLiP5, WinDVD 4, etc.
LF-M660JD is sized 176x53.5x249mm, weighs about 1.7 kg; LF-M621JD is sized 146x196x41.3mm and weighs about 1.1 kg.
Source: PC Watch
The card bases on CS4228-KS codec, features 24-bit ADC supporting resolutions up to 24bit/96kHz at 90dB SNR and 102dB dynamic range, 6 x 24-bit DACs (103dB SNR and 103dB dynamic range); supports AC3.
The card has analog input/outputs and optical and coaxial SPDIF. TPA122-based output provides 150mW output power.
Matrix has 4.26 million pixels total. Image resolutions are 2464x1632 (L), 1840x1224 (M). The camera supports up to 40 JPEG frames burst at (or up to 25 RAW) at 8fps. In general, the camera supports TIFF (RGB), NEF + JPEG, NEF (12-bit RAW), JPEG (EXIF 2.2) formats.
Other features: 11-point AF, TTL; ISO 200-1600; 30-1/8000s exposures, 37ms shutter lag. The camera has a 2.5" display with 211,000 pixels. Supported interfaces include USB2.0, video-out and 802.11b.
Supported media: Compact Flash Type I/II, Microdrive. Bundle includes EN-EL4 Li-Ion battery, MH-21 charger.
Weighing 1.07kg, the camera is sized 158x150x86mm. Shipments are scheduled to Q4 2003.
Along with the camara the company introduced three new lens: two DX-Nikkor (AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED), and one 200-400mm F4.0G with vibration reduction system.
The monitor is 58.8mm thick, being the thinnest of all, and weighs 8.5kg. Brightness – 250cd/m², contrast – 500:1, vertical and horizontal viewing angles — 170°.
The model has D-Sub and DVI-D connectors.
Introducing another "novelty" obtained for our Hardware Museum: 3dfx VooDoo 3-3000 PCI graphics card.
Tyan posted the specs of its new Thunder K8S (S2880) server mobo on AMD8000 chipset for up to two AMD Opteron processors.
Thunder K8S specs:
ABIT informed us that the new MAX3 motherboard, continuing MAX I and MAX II series is to be announced on July 25.
Similar to other series, MAX3 is built on the following principles:
ABIT believes MAX3 will be interesting most to overclockers offering them various CPU and chipset overclocking capabilities and better cooling.
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