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Olympus Europe announces CAMEDIA C-5000 ZOOM

VIA´s new mini-ITX board: EPIA CL

Leadtek´s video on NVIDIA Quadro FX3000 GPU

SDM-HX93 and SDM-HX73: new LCD monitors from Sony

Ricoh´s 8x DVD+R media to start selling in Q4

Samsung unveils new handsets with VGA cameras

Hot September: Gigabyte to purchase Elsa, ASUS to launch ATI-based graphics brand

Olympus Europe announces CAMEDIA C-5000 ZOOM

European branch of Olympus announced new CAMEDIA C-5000 ZOOM with 1/1.76" 5.19Mp (5Mp effective) CCD.

The camera has 3х optical lens, organized as 7 elements in 6 groups; focal length is 7.8-23.4mm (38-114mm in 35mm equiv.), aperture Ц 2.8W-4.8T. Other features are:

  • Digital zoom: 4х
  • VF: optical
  • LCD: 1.8", 134,000 pixels
  • Media: xD-Picture Card
  • Resolutions: 2560x1920, 2272x1704, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480;
  • Movies: 320x240 / 160x120 @ 15fps
  • Shooting range: 0.5m to inf. Normal, 0.2-0.5m (W), 0.3-0.5m (T) Macro
  • Exposures: 16-1/1000s
  • ISO: Auto, 50/80/160/320
  • White balance: Auto, TTL
  • Bursts: 1.7fps, up to 5 frames
  • Interfaces: USB, Video-Out
  • External flash: horseshoe
  • Size: 105x74x46mm
  • Weight: 240g

VIA´s new mini-ITX board: EPIA CL

As reported at PC Web, VIA unveiled a new mini-ITX mainboard — EPIA CL — strongly resembling EPIA M by having CLE266/VT8235 chipset for C3/Eden CPUs.

What´s the difference between the boards? First of all, EPIA CL has no TV-out EPIA M has VT1622 controller), no IEEE1394 (VT6307S Ц for EPIA M). Sound controllers also differ — 2-ch. in EPIA CL (VT1612A) and 6-ch. in EPIA M (VT1616). But EPIA CL has some enhancements, compared to EPIA M, as well: 4 USB ports vs. only 2, two network controllers (VT6105+VT6103) vs. VT6103 of EPIA M.

There will be two modifications for sale for two processor types: EPIA CL10000 (for 1 GHz C3) and EPIA CL6000 (for 600 MHz Eden).

Leadtek´s video on NVIDIA Quadro FX3000 GPU

According to Korean Brainbox, Taiwanese Leadtek announced its videocard on NVIDIA Quadro FX3000 GPU.

Here are some specifications:

  • GPU Ч NVIDIA Quadro FX3000
  • Memory Ц 256 MB DDR SDRAM
  • Memory interface Ц 128 bit
  • AGP8X, OpenGL2.0, DirectX9.0 support
  • Two DVI-I (3840x2400 max resolution)
  • 400 MHz RAMDAC
  • nVIEW technology
  • Recommended system power supply unit (PSU) Ц 300 W

SDM-HX93 and SDM-HX73: new LCD monitors from Sony

Sony объ€вила о начале поставок двух новых ∆  дисплеев серии HX Ц 19-дюймовой модели SDM-HX93 и 17-дюймовой SDM-HX73.

launched shipments of its new HX series monitors Ц 19" SDM-HX93 and 17" SDM-HX73.

These models also feature Sony SRS WOW Surround Sound (2x3W) system with high and low frequency controls. They have original design and pivot support enabling tilt (no photos are available at the moment). Models will be available in two body colors, dark and light silver.

Both feature D-Sub and DVI-D connectors. HX series also differs by improved backlight controls with three presets, including Game, Movie, and PC.

HX series utilize a built-in graphics processing unit and fast LCD panels (16ms of 17" HX73). Other features include: 450cd/m² (SDM-HX93) and 400cd/m² (SDM-HX73) brightness, 1280x1024 native resolution, 600:1 (SDM-HX93) and 400:1 (SDM-HX73) contrast, 170∞ horizontal and vertical viewing angle (SDM-HX93).

In Europe both models are supplied with 3-year warranty.

Ricoh´s 8x DVD+R media to start selling in Q4

Ricoh announced that sales of its 8x DVD+R media will start in Q4 2003, price being unknown yet. According to the manufacturer, it will take up to 8 minutes to record such 4.7 Gb (240 min) blank.

As Ricoh hasn´t yet announced an appropriate DVD-recorder, we can assume such devices might appear by the year-end. Ricoh says new 8x DVD+R disks comply with DVD+R ver. 1.2 standard.

Samsung unveils new handsets with VGA cameras

Korean Samsung announced three new mobile handsets, two of which (SGH-E700 and SGH-X600) feature built-in cameras.

SGH-X600 has a 640x480 on-top camera with 180° forward and backward tilt. Sized 102 x 43 x 20 mm, this GPRS device weighs just 80 g. The model offers 1.6" LCD, 16-bit color screen/viewfinder; supports J2ME. Standby and talk times are up to 200 and 3.5 hours, respectively.

SGH-E700 is clam-shell handset with a small external OLED colour screen and a larger 1.8" TFT LCD. According to Samsung, camera´s maximum resolution is 640 x 480 pixels; the model also supports bursts up to 15 frames. Having been shot, images can be edited with phone´s built-in tools or sent as MMS.

The third model — SGH-X100 — is a cheaper Java model with a 1.6" screen and polyphonic ringtones. This device weights about 83 g, sized 110x45x20 mm.

Besides, all models have an IrDA feature.

Hot September: Gigabyte to purchase Elsa, ASUS to launch ATI-based graphics brand

It seems there will be a lot of interesting events in September. Here are two news from Taiwan related to ATI.

First, German Elsa, the well-known ATI-based graphics cards supplier, might be purchased by Gigabyte Technology. According to the sources, talks have been underway, and initial agreements have reportedly been set. The acquisition might be finalized late in September.

If completed, the acquisition, will allow Gigabyte to acquire orders for desktop graphics that Elsa is currently placing at First International Computer (FIC). Nowadays both companies (Gigabyte and FIC) are engaged in contract manufacture of Elsa´s desktop graphics on ATI GPUs.

The second news is related to ATI more. Asustek Computer, a key customer for NVIDIA´s graphics chipsets in Asia, expects to launch its own graphics brand on ATI solutions by the end of this quarter. Both sides plan to officially announce the event late in September, denying it till then.

According to ATI, Asustek is making certain volumes of ATI-based graphics cards by request of its OEM customers alongside developing motherboards on ATI 9100IGP chipset. But two partners haven´t yet worked as partners on their own graphics brand. But there´s one thing absolutely unclear: whether Asustek is to continue the graphics partnership with NVIDIA, or not.

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