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Novell does not stop NetWare development

FirewireDirect started sales of external HDD, Ultra III 800

Intel cuts delivery of 533 FSB processors to distributors

Asustek showcases DRW-0402P/D and aggressively explores the optical storage market

LL-T2015 — new 20.1" TFT LCD monitor from Sharp

Finecam S5R — 5 Mpix camera by Kyocera

Tyan releases Tachyon G9800 PRO-M

Novell does not stop NetWare development

As it was recently mentioned in the news, published at LinuxWorld conference, Novell is considering to stop NetWare development. This is far from true, as we reckon. Here´s the quotation of the official letter we received from Novell´s Russian branch:

"Inspite of our often statements, that NetWare development and support would not be stopped Novell´s discussions regarding Linux invariably results worries about Novell´s fulfillment of engagements regarding NetWare. Let us destroy the worries.

As we constantly say it, we´re not giving NetWare up, we just adding Linux. Novell always pay much attention to customer´s needs, and nowadays customers want to have an option. As we told this April and repeated the idea at LinuxWorld we will make Novell´s services available for new NetWare kernel versions as well as for Linux kernel. Novell has huge amount of NetWare users and we´ll keep them served as usual. The latest NetWare version (6.5) will be supplied starting next week, it will include new powerful services for steady business, open sources, Web application services and "virtual office" support. Nowadays we´re working on NetWare 7.0 – it will be released for NetWare and Linux kernel as well. This fact is unlikely could be considered as our decision to give up our obligations."

FirewireDirect started sales of external HDD, Ultra III 800

FirewireDirect started sales of new external 3.5" drives Ultra III 800 with FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) interface, providing throughoutput up to 800 Mbit/s.


Drives are based on Oxford 922 FireWire 800 chipset and equipped with additional USB 2.0 interface. Product line includes several models with capacity up to 320 GB. Separately FirewireDirect started sales of StingRay 800 with FireWire 800 interface.

Intel cuts delivery of 533 FSB processors to distributors

Intel, in an effort to promote wide acceptance of the 800MHz FSB (front-side bus) standard, is cutting back deliveries of its 533MHz FSB CPUs to distributors, according to The Digitimes.

Distributors are not happy about Intel’s strategy, as Intel is only on average fulfilling 30-40% of orders placed by distributors for 533MHz FSB-supporting CPUs, according to sources. Intel’s move is limiting potential sales for the distributors at a time when demand for the 533MHz FSB standard and supporting components are at an all-time high due it its lower costs, sources added.

As first-tier motherboard makers estimate, 30% of all Intel motherboards sold come from Intel’s 800MHz FSB-supporting 865 and 875 family while 70% come from the company’s 533MHz FSB-supporting 845 family.

Intel’s business strategy is not surprising to distributors, however, as the company will begin delivery of two more 800MHz FSB chipsets, the 848P and 865GV, on August 11, taking aim at the market just below the current 865 market.

Intel 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 motherboard shipments could grow 30-40% from now to the end of September, according to motherboard makers. In October, when Intel again lowers CPU prices, 800MHz FSB motherboard shipments will skyrocket, added makers.

In the meantime, distributors will just have to wait.

Asustek showcases DRW-0402P/D and aggressively explores the optical storage market

Taiwan-based Asustek Computer presented its own-brand 4x half-height DVD-Dual drive DRW-0402P/D with Enhanced-IDE (ATAPI) interface. The drive comes with a suggested retail price of about US$257 and uses Pioneer’s pick-up heads (PUHs) and NEC’s chipsets.

As for writing speed, it is as follows:

  • DVD+R: 4X, 2.4X (CLV)
  • DVD+RW: 2.4X (CLV)
  • DVD-R: 4X, 2X, 1X (CLV)
  • DVD-RW: 2X, 1X (CLV)
  • CD-R: 16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
  • CD-RW: 10X, 4X (CLV)

Reading speed is 12X max. (CAV) for DVD-ROM, 32X max. (CAV) for CD-ROM media.


Other features:

  • Buffer Underrun Errors Prevention for CD and DVD Recording
  • UDMA33 Supported
  • Free Bundle of Latest CD/DVD Recording/Editing Software
  • Vertical and Horizontal Mounting Available
  • User-Oriented Front Panel Design
  • Air Vent Design for Optimal Drive Temperature
  • Supports DAO, TAO, SAO, Packet Write
  • Supports Windows XP/ NT/ ME/ 2000/ 98SE
  • Supports Multi-Formats: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode1, CD-ROM/XA Mode2, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD-Text

    Initial monthly shipments of the DRW-0402P/D will be about 50,000 units, while the company targets shipping 300,000 units for the full year, the company said. Acording to the sources Asustek expects to ship 10-12 million optical storage drives in 2003, compared to six million units sold last year.

    LL-T2015 — new 20.1" TFT LCD monitor from Sharp

    Japanese Sharp announced 20.1" TFT LCD monitor LL-T2015 with max. resolution of 1600 x 1200 dots (UXGA) that is will be on sale from Aug 26. There will be two versions released – with black and white body. Estimated price for the model is about $1500.

    LL-T2015 is equipped with two interfaces — D-Sub & DVI-I, brightness – 250 nit, contrast ratio 400:1, viewing angle – 176 degrees both horizontal and vertical. Dimensions — 450 ő 228 ő 438~498 mm, weight is about 9.8 kg.

    Finecam S5R — 5 Mpix camera by Kyocera

    Japanese Kyocera announced 5-megapixel Finecam S5R with MSRP about $620.

    • Sensor – CCD 1/1,8"
    • Lens — 35-105 mm (35-mm equiv.), F2.8 — 4.8, optical zoom – 3x, as for digital zoom – up to 3,7x
    • Image resolutions — 2560 ő 1920, 1600 ő 1200, 1280 ő 960, 640 ő 480 pixels
    • Video clips — 640 ő 480, 320 ő 240, 160 ő 120 @ 15/30 fps
    • LCD screen – 1.6"
    • Media — SD/MMC
    • Camera dimensions – 92 x 33 x 57.5 mm
    • Weight – 180 g

    Tyan releases Tachyon G9800 PRO-M

    TYAN today announced the release of Tachyon G9800 PRO-M, based on ATI RADEON 9800 GPU. According to the company, card features such are hardware monitoring, fan speed control, advanced cooling system, and overclocking support. As the card uses the newest version of the Tyan Graphics Monitor (TGM v3.0), Tachyon G9800 PRO-M gives advanced gamer almost full control and flexibility over the system.

    Ok, let´s back to specifications.

    • Core clock speed — 380 MHz
    • Memory — 128M DDR SDRAM (256-bit interface)
    • Memory clock speed — 680Mhz
    • Interfaces — D-Sub, DVI-I, TV-out (S-Video)
    • DirectX9, OpenGL support


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