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HL-5040 and HL-5070DN — two new laser printers from Brother

Crucial Technology Europe updates card reader line

Addition to iiyama´s ProLite series — 19" E481S LCD monitor

GeForce FX 5900 flickering: patch and official comments from NVIDIA

Photo of the day: ABIT´s K8KT800-based KV8-MAX3 motherboard for Athlon 64 processors

Sharp unveils two 15" TFT LCDs

FASL LLC unveils Spansion series of 512Mb NOR Flash



HL-5040 and HL-5070DN — two new laser printers from Brother

Japanese Brother announced two monochrome laser printers of A4 format, HL-5040 and HL-5070DN that will go on sale in the middle of October and November for about $510 and $680 respectively.


Print speed of the HL-5040 is 18 ppm, the model has 8 MB RAM (136 MB max), and a 250-sheet tray. The dimensions of the printer are 382 x 383 x 252 mm, its weight is about 9.1 kg.


Print speed of the HL-5070DN is 18 ppm as well, but this model features 32 MB RAM (160 MB max) and a tray for 300 sheets. The dimensions of the printer are 382 x 401 x 252 mm, its weight is 10.1 kg. Print resolution of both models is 2400 x 600 dpi. Both of them have USB and LPT ports and HL-5070DN has built-in Ethernet controller as well.


Crucial Technology Europe updates card reader line

Crucial Technology Europe (a branch of Micron Europe) introduced three new USB2.0 readers. The first is a 7-in-1 device with 4 slots for MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash Type I/II, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro. The second and third devices are specialized for CompactFlash/IBM Microdrive and Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard.

All novelties are supported by Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 8.6, 9.x θ X (ρ 10.1.2) and cost €24, €19 and €16, respectively.

Addition to iiyama´s ProLite series — 19" E481S LCD monitor

According to iiyama´s German branch, the company announced an addition to its ProLite series of LCD monitors — 19" ProLite E481S — to go on sale late in September with MSRP of ˆ699.


  • Maximum resolution — 1280x1024 pixels
  • Visible diagonal — 48 cm
  • Response time — 25 ms
  • Contrast — 400:1
  • Brightness — 250 nit
  • Vertical and horizontal viewing angles — 176°
  • 2x1W speakers
  • Interfaces — D-Sub and DVI-D

GeForce FX 5900 flickering: patch and official comments from NVIDIA

Our readers might remember the news from early August in which we mentioned screen flickering during long image-rich texts scrolling in some modes on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900/5900 Ultra-based systems.

It seems this question is solved by NVIDIA´s official comments. Below is what nV News posted today:

NVIDIA was made aware of an issue involving the GeForce FX 5900 series of graphics cards where some users have reported a slight "flickering" of the image on their screen, visible on a light color background in certain 3D scenes.

In examining the information available, NVIDIA has determined that the issue may involve an interaction between select combinations of the graphics card, system, monitor, other electronic components and the application which creates noise or signal interference.

If you are experiencing this issue on a GeForce FX 5900 or GeForce FX 5900 Ultra card, you can download this driver fix. It is available on our affiliate sites.

If you experience any other issues — please email us at support@nvidia.com.

We´d just add that this patch is available here and here.

Source: nV News

Photo of the day: ABIT´s K8KT800-based KV8-MAX3 motherboard for Athlon 64 processors

These days we´ve reported that at Computex 2003 ABIT plans to announced VIA K8KT800-based KV8-MAX3 motherboard for Athlon 64 processors.

Our readers can look at this solution before this event starts. If you remember, KV8-MAX3 features OTES MAX3 cooling, 6 x Serial ATA RAID channels, 6-channel audio, Gigabit LAN, SPDIF, USB2.0 and Firewire.




Sharp unveils two 15" TFT LCDs

Sharp announced two 15" TFT LCD monitors that will go on sale in October (LL-T15G4-H) and November (LL-T15G4-B). Monitor´s estimated retail price is about $350.



Here are some specifications:

  • Interfacez – 15-pin D-Sub and DVI-D
  • Brightness – 260 nit
  • Contrast ratio – 350:1
  • Viewing angle (hor/ver)- 160°/135°
  • Response time – 25 ms
  • 2x1W speakers
  • Dimensions/weight — 340.5 x 194 x 336.5 mm/3.6 kg

FASL LLC unveils Spansion series of 512Mb NOR Flash

FASL LLC, a joint venture of AMD and Fujitsu announced 512 Megabit NOR Flash memory — Spansion S29GL512N based on 0.11΅m MirrorBit technology. This highest density, single die product can support a wide range of solutions for the embedded and wireless markets. S29GL512N is sampling now. The S29GL256N (256 Mb) and S29GL128N (128 Mb) are scheduled for sampling in mid-2004.



Here are some more details:

  • 80 ns access time (S29GL128N, S29GL256N), 90 ns access time (S29GL512N)
  • 8-word/16-byte page read buffer
  • 16-word/32-byte write buffer
  • 25 ns page read time
  • 50 mA typical erase/program current
  • 1 ΅A typical standby mode current
  • Package — 56-pin TSOP or 64-ball Fortified BGA
  • 100,000 erase cycle per sector
  • 20-year data retention at 125°C

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