Sharp Corporation continues releasing more and more new LCD monitors. This time it announced two multimedia models (currently just for the local market yet): LL-M17W1 and LL-M15X1. These two are the first to bear the Crisia trade mark for company´s ultra slim multimedia products with TV tuners, AV connectors, PiP feature.
LL-M17W1 is a 17" WXGA (1280x768) display with D1 video-in, Picture-in-Picture support, up to 400cd/m² brightness, 600:1 contrast, 170° vertical and horizontal viewing angle, 0.289x0.289mm dot pitch, 25ms reponse time.
LL-M15X1 is a 15" entry-level model with a video-in. It supports XGA resolution (1024x768), 300cd/m² brightness, 350:1 contrast, 160° horizontal and 135° vertical viewing angle, 0.297x0.297mm, 25mm response time.
Matsushita announced new series of portable CD-players with built-in digital amplifier, SL-CT710, that will go on sale Sep 20.
This digital amplifier, according to the manufacturer, allows to boost sound quality while playback. In particular, it removes all the noises so users enjoy "pure" CD sound. Among other features of the models it should be mentioned automatic amplification factor control (Digital-Auto Gain Control) technology, allowing to avoid sound distortion while playback.
Players support CD-R/RW media and able to playback MP3 files with bitrate of 32k-320 Kbps. According to manufacturer, supplied Ni-MH power source gives up to 45 hours of continuous playback while separately selling HHF-AZ01S/1B increases the time up to 188 hours. Players´ dimensions 134.4 x 134 x 17.4 mm, weight up to 196 grams.
Japanese Canon unveiled two new inkjet printers supporting PictBridge technology, allowing to print images directly from cameras (photo or camcorder), PIXUS 455i and PIXUS 475PD that will go on sale in early September. MSRP of the printers is $190 and $250 respectively.
Almost all the characteristics of the printers are the same: printing resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi, printing speed is 18 ppm (monochrome) and 12 ppm (color). Eternal interface of PIXUS 455i and PIXUS 475PD USB (port B). The only difference is that 475PD has CF/Smart Media/ Memory Stick cards slot (other cards also can be used, but via adapter).
Dimensions of the printers: PIXUS 455i 393 x 258 x 202 mm, weight is about 2.7 kg, PIXUS 475PD 393 x 258 x 218 mm, weight is about 4 kg. Power consumption in standby mode is 2 and 3 watts respectively, while printing 16 W. Maximal noise level of both models is 45 dB.
LSI Logic announced four new single- and dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI / Ultra320 SCSI RAID kits supplied with Tripp Lite cables.
Japanese Yamaha has recently announced plans to release the MusicCast system in late October for distributing music thoughout the house via wireless LAN. The system consists of a digital audio server, MCX-1000, which stores and distributes music data; a digital audio terminal, MCX-A10, acting as client equipment housing a digital power amplifier; and a speaker system, MCX-SP10, as an option for the MCX-A10.
In its basic incarnation MCX-1000, the heart of the system, is equipped with 80 GB HDD that allows to store up to 100 hours of music of CD quality (linear PCM) or up to about 1,000 hours of MP3 tracks.
As for the connectivity, the server supports wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b) standard, and can accommodate up to five wireless terminals. Moreover, it is equipped with one Ethernet port, and can work with up to seven terminals via a wired LAN. Ρonnected to the Internet, MCX-100 provides users with the latest CDDB information. But, to prevent unauthorized copying, Yamaha implemented the proprietary encryption into the networking protocol that does not allow peer-to-peer connections.
MCX-A10 terminal can access the music data stored on the server for playback. Server connections can be made via wireless or wired LAN (using through the available Ethernet port.)
According to The Digitimes , referring to Taiwanese notebook makers, Intel is to delay the release of new Pentium M (Dothan) processors until Q1 2004. However, Intel´s Taiwanese branch rejects this info reporting they haven´t received anything on this from the head office.
The sources claim the delay is caused mostly by heating issues and transition to the new 90nm process. To provide smooth transition to new processors Intel plans to extend the new CPU line with 1.7GHz model (instead of 1.8GHz starting model as before).
So, this what new Dothan roadmap looks like:
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