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Kyocera introduces 3.2Mp Finecam SL300R camera with rotating lens

Creative Audigy 2 NX: external 7.1-channel USB2.0 audio

Canon IXY DIGITAL L: a new compact 4.0Mp digital camera

August sales results for motherboard makers

Panasonic unveils Centrino-based Toughbook CF-29



Kyocera introduces 3.2Mp Finecam SL300R camera with rotating lens

Kyocera introduced Finecam SL300R, a new miniature digital camera with rotating lens. It will be available for sale from late September for about $370. The model bases on Finecam S5R camera. The novelty is just 15mm thick. Its new 12-bit processor provides 3.5fps shooting.

Brief specs:

  • CCD: 1/2.7" CCD, 3.17Mp
  • Resolutions: 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
  • Movies: 640x480, 320x240, 160x120 @ 15/30 fps
  • Lens: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Focal length: 38-115mm in 35mm equiv. (3 optical zoom), F2.8-4.7
  • LCD: 1.5", 118,000 pixels
  • Media: SD cards
  • Interface: USB
  • Power: Li-Ion battery
  • Body colors: silvery, blue, red; also expected orange, green, pink, yellow and charcoal
  • Size: 100x15x62.5mm
  • Weight: 125g

Source: PC Watch

Creative Audigy 2 NX: external 7.1-channel USB2.0 audio

Creative announced a new external 7.1-channel Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX USB solution. In Japan it should appear late in September for about $130.

Similar to all Audigy 2 models, USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX supports 24bit/96kHz resolution, 102dB SNR, Dolby Digital EX, DVD Audio, EAX ADVACED HD, CMSS (Creative Multi Speaker Surround).

The bundle includes remote control. Sized 120x86x27mm, it weighs 180g. The card also has headphones-out, mic-in, line-in, optical and coaxial SPDIF.

Source: PC Watch

Canon IXY DIGITAL L: a new compact 4.0Mp digital camera

Canon introduced a new 4.0Mp IXY DIGITAL L digital camera to become available in October for $330.

Camera specs:

  • CCD: 1/2.5", 4.0Mp effective
  • Resolutions: 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480
  • Image format: JPEG
  • Movies: 320x240, 160x120 @ 15 fps; up to 3 minutes
  • Lens: 4 elements in 4 groups (one aspherical)
  • Focal length: fixed, 39mm in 35mm equiv., F2.8
  • Focusing range: 10cm to inf. Normal, 3-10cm Macro
  • Processor: Canon DIGIC
  • Ready delay: 1.9s
  • VF: optical
  • LCD: 1.5", 78,000 pixels (time, histogram)
  • PictBridge support
  • Interface: USB
  • Media: SD cards
  • Power: NB-3L Li-Ion battery
  • Size: 90.3x18.5x47mm
  • Weight: about 100g
  • Body: aluminium-magnesium alloy
  • Colors: platinum silver, pearl white, silky bronze, piano black




Source: PC Watch

August sales results for motherboard makers

Referring to Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE), DigiTimes summed up the August sales results of Taiwanese 1st- and 2nd-tier motherboard makers.

The leader, Asustek Computer, shipped 2.56 million boards last month and earned NT$19.555 billion (for today´s morning $1=NT$34.03). To comment this we should mention that in August companies´ notebook and graphics cards sales reduced down to 150-200 thousands and 430 thousands, respectively, while gaming consoles and optical drives shipments grew. For the first 8 months of 2003 Asustek shipped about 16.5 million motherboards and about 850-950 thousands of notebooks.

Elitegroup revenues reduced by about 24.4% in August mainly due to the low seasonal motherboard demand in USA and Europe. Comparing to July, motherboard shipments dropped by 7.6% down to 1.3 million.

MSI informed that its motherboard shipments grew to 1.2 million that exceeds July sales by 10%. At that graphics card sales made about 600,000.

Motherboard makers´ revenues for August 2003, NT$ million

1st-tier companies
 

August

July

Monthly growth

Jan-Jul

Yearly growth

Asustek Computer

6016

6463

-6,9%

44312

-16.3%

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS)

2211

2923

-24.4%

36.936

-12.4%

Gigabyte Technology

3109

2828

10.0%

21569

19.5%

Micro-Star International (MSI)

5138

5000

2.7%

40,614

14.6%

2nd-tier companies

Abit Computer

872

948

-8.0%

6553

-42.8%

Albatron Technology

557

480

16.0%

3358

306.5%

AOpen

1803

1662

8.4%

11455

-0.1%

Acorp Electronics

261

215

21,2%

1798

88.9%

Biostar Microtech International

439

395

11.0%

3636

24.1%

Chaintech Computer

376

407

-7.6%

2920

-7.8%

Diamond Flower Electric Instrument Company (DFI)

251

211

19.0%

1794

-25.6%

Epox Computer

300

243

23.5%

2243

-9.8%

Jetway Information

371

305

21.6%

2146

2.97%

Shuttle Technology

520

552

-5.7%

4328

35.5%

Soyo Computer

29

57

-48.5%

524

-56.7%

Universal Scientific Industrial (USI)

2997

2575

16.4%

21841

20.8%

Source: The DigiTimes

Panasonic unveils Centrino-based Toughbook CF-29

Panasonic Computer Solutions unveiled a new model — Toughbook CF-29. Similar to previous models, it meets the MIL-STD-810F army standard and bases on Intel Centrino.

Toughbook CF-29 features 1.2GHz LV (Low Voltage) Pentium M, 256Mb DDR SDRAM (up to 768Mb), 40Gb HDD, 13.3" shockproof XGA LCD, 802.11b and Bluetooth, GPS support, 4 antennas. Interfaces also include USB2.0, 100BASE-TX/10 BASE-T Ethernet, 56K modem, serial and parallel ports, external monitor connector, etc.


Options include CF-VDR282U DVD/CD-RW combo, CF-VEB272AW port replicator, CF-WKB291M external backlit keyboard, etc. The company offers two model variants: Toughbook CF-29CTKGZDM and CF-29C3KGZKM that mostly differ by OS — Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP Pro, respectively.

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