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Intel cuts prices for its processors

Foveon X3 Pro, Sigma D10 and two new lens

InnoVISION unveils Tornado GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 5700 Ultra

Athlon 64 FX43 available in Japanese retail or the fate of Opteron 140

Palm cuts PDA prices down to $79

Iiyama ProLite H540S: a new 21.3" LCD monitor

Matrox removes DX9 support from Parhelia specs



Intel cuts prices for its processors

It´s high time to mention that Intel cut prices for its Pentium 4, Celeron, Mobile Pentium 4 and Mobile Celeron processors again. The new OEM prices are:
Pentium 4 Old price, $ New price, $ Cut
3.20GHz (800MHz FSB) 637 417 35%
3GHz (800MHz FSB) 417 278 33%
3.06GHz (533MHz FSB) 401 262 35%
2.80GHz (800MHz FSB) 278 218 22%
2.80GHz (533MHz FSB) 262 193 26%
2.60GHz (800MHz FSB) 218 178 18%
2.66GHz (533MHz FSB) 193 163 16%
2.53GHz (533MHz FSB) 193 163 16%
Celeron Old price, $ New price, $ Cut
2.50GHz 83 79 5%
2.40GHz 79 69 13%
2.30GHz 79 69 13%
Mobile Pentium 4 Old price, $ New price, $ Cut
3.20GHz (HT) 653 433 34%
3.06GHz (HT) 433 294 32%
3.06GHz 417 278 33%
2.80GHz (HT) 294 234 20%
2.80GHz 278 218 22%
2.66GHz (HT) 234 202 14%
2.66GHz 218 186 15%
Mobile Celeron Old price, $ New price, $ Cut
2.40GHz 149 134 10%
2.20GHz 134 112 16%
2GHz 112 96 14%

Source: PC Watch

Foveon X3 Pro, Sigma D10 and two new lens

According to Foveon, the maker of advanced Foveon X3 X3 Pro, Sigma announced its new SLR camera on this matrix Sigma SD10. Sigma hasn´t posted anything on its website yet, so we had to use external sources.

F7X3-C9110 (Foveon X3 PRO 10M) matrix is similar to Foveon 3: each photosensitive element features 3 photodetectors for red, green and blue colors. They are located on different depths in the silicon crystal utilizing the dispersive properties. The most shortwave blue color is consumed first, so the blue photodetector is the closest to the surface. Then there go green and red ones.

Comparing to the previous version, the new matrix features improved (doubled, according to the maker) sensivity range and longer expositions (up to 30s).

Camera brief specs:

  • Sensor: Foveon X3 Pro (CMOS), 13.8x20.7mm, 10.62 million (3x3.54) total pixels, 10.29 million (3x3.43) effective pixels; 25mm diagonal, 3:2 aspect ratio;
  • Image format: RAW
  • Resolutions: HI (2268x1512 x 3 levels), MED (1134x756 x 3 levels), LOW (756x504 x 3 levels);
  • WB: Auto, Sunlight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
  • ISO: 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600 (Extended)
  • Exposures: 1/6000 15 s (ISO 100, 200), 1/6000 4 s (ISO 400, 800), Extended 1/6000 30 s
  • LCD: 1.8", 130K pixels
  • Media: CompactFlash (CF) (Type I/II), MicroDrive
  • Interfaces: IEEE1394, USB 1.1, Video out (NTSC/PAL)
  • Size: 152x120x79mm,
  • Weight: 785 g

Alongside the camera the company announced two lens for it: Sigma 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC and Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC.


Sigma 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC


Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC


  Sigma 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Focal length 18-50 mm 55-200 mm
Min. aperture F22
Max. aperture F3.5-F5.6 F4-5.6
Organization 8 elements in 8 groups 10 elements in 9 groups
Viewing angle 76.5-31.7 29.0-8.1
Min. depth resolution 25 cm 110 cm
Filter size 58 mm 55 mm
Size (diameter x length) 67.5 x 60 mm 70 x 84.6 mm
Supported cameras from Sigma, Canon, Nikon (D), Pentax
Weight 245 g 310 g
Diaphragm leaves 7 8

Photos taken from pc.watch.impress.co.jp


InnoVISION unveils Tornado GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 5700 Ultra

InnoVISION Multimedia joined the list of companies, which announced solutions on GeForce FX5950 Ultra and GeForce FX5700 Ultra, by unveiling its Inno3D Tornado GeForce FX5950 Ultra and Inno3D Tornado GeForce FX5700 Ultra.



The higher-end Tornado GeForce FX5950 Ultra features 475MHz GPU, 950MHz DDR memory. In its turn, Tornado GeForce FX5700 Ultra has 900MHz DDR2 memory. Both models have D-Sub and DVI connectors and support VIVO.

Athlon 64 FX43 available in Japanese retail or the fate of Opteron 140

Such an interesting processor arrived to the Japanese retail last weekend. Despite the fact that Athlon 64 FX series currently includes only Athlon 64 FX51, you can also see the following price tags in Tokyo shops:



However, this Athlon 64 FX43 turns out to be nothing else but Socket 940 Opteron 140. The traders said they had been granted the permission to rename Opteron 140 to Athlon 64 FX43 nearly from AMD itself.


Drawing an analogy from 2.2GHz Athlon 64 FX51 that corresponds to Opteron 148, you can see that Athlon 64 FX43 (renamed Opteron 140) has clock speed about 1.4GHz. Not the most attractive, of course, but the &Yen;24,270 ($220) price is very nice to test Athlon 64 FX at home jut now, not the next year. Moreover, the Web repeatedly brings an interesting version of how things might evolve. According to it, we´ll also see renamed Athlon 64 FX45 (Opteron 142), Athlon 64 FX47 (Opteron 144) and Athlon 64 FX49 (Opteron 146).

Source: Akiba PC

Palm cuts PDA prices down to $79

Having once reduced below the "psychological" level of $100, Palm Zire prices continued to drop to make the current $79 at the company website.

Just to revise: Palm Zire is a PDA based on 16MHz Dragonball processor. It has monochrome LCD, 2Mb memory and works under Palm OS 4.1. Sized 112x74x16mm, it weighs 110g. Palm Zire is bundled with software CD, USB cable and charger.



Iiyama ProLite H540S: a new 21.3" LCD monitor

According to our collegues from Germany, Iiyama introduced its new 21.3" ProLite H540S LCD monitor expected later this month for 1500 euros.



ProLite H540S supports 16001200 resolution, 500:1 contrast, 280cd/m² brightness and <25ms response time. The display is just 16 mm thick.

ProLite H540S has two DVI connectors, optional D-Sub/S-Video and USB hub, and a couple of speakers. The display can rotate and tilt, and can also be lifted or lowered within 120 mm range.

Matrox removes DX9 support from Parhelia specs

Such a surprising news: DirectX 9 support was removed by Matrox. from Parhelia drivers. Already last year it was clear that Matrox wasn´t looking forward for graphics leadership. However, Parhelia GPUs are special, as the support of DirectX 9 Quad Vertex Shader Array, including Vertex Shaders V2.0, was promised in the future. Now we wouldn´t see it as well.

What is the reason of this? Unfinished drivers, additional investments reluctance, marketing mistakes? Hard to say, especially Matrox hasn´t commented it as well. Anyway, this doesn´t look good...

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