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Matsushita unleashes two 3 DVD-RAM recorders

SUMA releases 5.1-channel Sound Charisma external USB soundcard

Nikon D2H officially announced

Samsung announces 21.3" SyncMaster 213T LCD monitor

More exhibits for our Hardware Museum: 3dfx VooDoo 3-3000 PCI

Tyan unveils Thunder K8S (S2880) motherboard for AMD Opteron

ABIT MAX3 to be announced on July 25



Matsushita unleashes two 3 DVD-RAM recorders

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.


LF-M621JD

New drives support higher 3 DVD-RAM read/write speeds. Corresponding media will arrive for sale on August 9.


LF-M660JD

Other features include 4 DVD-R recording, 12 CD-R recording, 8 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

SUMA releases 5.1-channel Sound Charisma external USB soundcard

Korean SUMA released new external 5.1-channel USB soundcard, Sound Charisma USB.


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.


Source: Brainbox

Nikon D2H officially announced

Nikon officially announced its rumoured camera, D2H ($4136). This digital SLR model features new 4.1Mp matrix, LBCAST (Lateral Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor Array) on JFET transistors, which considerably reduces noise and provides higher color precision. Maximum sensor resolution is 2484x1636 (3:2 side ratio).


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.

Samsung announces 21.3" SyncMaster 213T LCD monitor

Samsung Electronics announced new 21.3" SyncMaster 213T LCD monitor for about $2100. It supports resolutions up to 1600x1200 (UXGA); the Pivot technology enables 90° rotation, height is adjustable up to 60mm, tilt is 0-30, swing up to 45.


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.


Close to the year-end the company plans to release 24" monitors to strengthen its positions in this market segment even more.

More exhibits for our Hardware Museum: 3dfx VooDoo 3-3000 PCI

Introducing another "novelty" obtained for our Hardware Museum: 3dfx VooDoo 3-3000 PCI graphics card.




Tyan unveils Thunder K8S (S2880) motherboard for AMD Opteron

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:

  • CPU: up to 2 x 940-pin PGA AMD Opteron processors
  • Power: 2 x three-phase VRMs
  • Chipset: AMD-8131 + AMD-8111
  • Memory: 128-bit Dual-channel DDR, 6 x 184-pin DDR DIMM modules, up to 12gb of Registered PC1600, PC2100 or PC2700, ECC supported
  • 2 x 64-bit 66/33MHz PCI-X slots
  • 2 x 64-bit 133/100/66/33 MHz PCI-X slots
  • 1 x 32-bit 33 MHz PCI slot
  • 4 x USB ports
  • 7 x 3-pin connectors for tachometer-equipped fans
  • 5 x PWM fan connectors
  • LAN: Dual-channel GbE (Broadcom BCM5704C)
  • Graphics: integrated 8Mb PCI ATI Rage XL
  • SATA (optional): Promise PDC20378 SATA/SATA RAID, 2 x Serial ATA ports
  • IDE RAID (optional): IDE RAID 0, 1, 0+1
  • Dual Channel SCSI (optional): LSI 53C1030 U320
  • Form-factor: Extended ATX

ABIT MAX3 to be announced on July 25

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:

  • MAXimum Cooling
  • MAXimum Performance
  • MAXimum Storage
  • MAXimum Service
  • MAXimum Security
  • MAXimum Overclocking
  • MAXimum Multimedia
  • MAXimum Engineering



    ABIT believes MAX3 will be interesting most to overclockers offering them various CPU and chipset overclocking capabilities and better cooling.

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