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L (Liebermann Inc.) to showcase 76" to 92" Grand Canyon Series Displays at COMDEX Las Vegas 2003

Soltek unveils SL-865Pro-FGR motherboard for entry-level servers

NVIDIA introduces its new mobile graphics — GeForce FX Go5700

Magicolor 2300W: $500 for a color laser printer!

COMDEX: VIA Technologies and Video Without Boundaries present MediaREADY 4000 player

L (Liebermann Inc.) to showcase 76" to 92" Grand Canyon Series Displays at COMDEX Las Vegas 2003

At COMDEX Las Vegas 2003 L (Liebermann Inc.), together with OCZ Inc., is to showcase its Grand Canyon Series Displays driven by the MachL 3.8 Series Desktop Computers.

The all-aluminum made new Grand Canyon Professional Desktop Series are one of the largest and highest resolution LCD displays, targeted for the graphics, digital photography, design, DCC, video, audio, advertising and presentation professionals. They are available in 3 different sizes, 76", 81", and 92", with resolutions from 3840 x 1024 pixels to 25x VGA resolution at 6400 x 1200 pixels.

Models 76"
5120x1024 pixels
6400x1200 pixels
6400x1200 pixels
Panel Configuration Ultra-Speed™ Display Technology
4 x 19" TFT Panel
1280 x 1024 Pixels
Ultra-Speed™ Display Technology
4 x 20.1" TFT Panel
1600 x 1200 Pixels
Ultra-Speed™ Display Technology
4 x 23" TFT Panel
1600 x 1200 Pixels
Technologies Double anti-glare hard coat
ContrastPlus UV-668 filtering
Double-depth anti-aliasing hardware filtering
Dynamic Phase-Timing Circuitry (DPTC)
R-G-B auto-geometry sensing color correction
FFR-type CR-Lamp Tubes
Cooling Ultra-high performance air duct design and FreeFlow™ Cooling Architecture
Brightness 300 cd/m2 350 cd/m2
Viewing Angle (H) 140°/ (V) 110°(Min.)
Contrast Ratio 750:1 800:1
Response Time 15ms(Tr+Tf) 14ms(Tr+Tf) 13ms(Tr+Tf)
Colors 16 Million
Video Signal D-Sub and DVI
Frequency 24 — 80K H, 50-90 Hz V
Voltage 12V / 12A / 175 W
110V ~ 240V Universal AC Adapter (external)
12V / 16A / 190 W
110V ~ 240V Universal AC Adapter (external)
12V / 18A / 230 W
110V ~ 240V Universal AC Adapter (external)
Power Consumption 165 W
12 W power saving mode
175 W
13 W power saving mode
216 W
15 W power saving mode
Mechanical Adjustment (U) 35°/ (D) 5°
(LIFT)135mm up
Wall Mountable Yes
Dimensions, LxWxH 77.44" x 10.46" x 19.28" 94.10" x 12.46" x 21.36" 94.10" x 12.46" x 21.36"
Weight (approx.) 74lbs. 89lbs. 108lbs.
Power Management VESA DPMS
Operating Conditions Temperature: 32° to 104° F
Humidity: 10% to 95% non-condensing
Regulatory FCC —B , UL , VCCI , CSA , EPA TUV-GS , CE , Energy Star
Interface PC, Mac, HP, SGI, and Sun
Bundled PC Software Multi-monitor setup and administration, independent display management and profiling, individual screen calibration, color correction and multiple-adjustments presets, wallpaper/ icons/ shortcuts/ hotkeys and applications asset controls, and system-wide taskbar and window menus enhancement utilities.
Warranty and service One-year DeLuxe Warranty
Up to three year Premium Extended Enterprise Warranty
Customize & Price $8499.99
Limited availabilty
Mass shipping December 2003
Limited availabilty
Mass shipping December 2003
Limited availabilty
Mass Shipping December 2003

Soltek unveils SL-865Pro-FGR motherboard for entry-level servers

Soltek Computer Inc. unveiled another motherboard on Intel 865PE chipset, SL-865Pro-FGR, claimed to be the first in the professional series designed for entry-level servers, workstations and high-end desktops. New boards support FSB up to 800MHz, AGP 8X, and the dual-channel memory mode.

What does the "Pro" postfix mean? According to the manufacturer, it implies:

  • Performance Pro – up to 1200MHz FSB supported.
  • RAID Pro – Serial ATA RAID (Silicon Image 3114) and PATA RAID (ITE 8212) supporting RAID 0,1, 0+1, up to 14 drives.
  • Network Pro – Gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82547EI).
  • Expansion Pro – FireWire (VIA VT6307) providing 2 x IEEE1394 ports on a header.
  • Overclocking Pro – BIOS offers the complete overclocking tools (FSB, voltage, DRAM timings).
  • DIY Pro (Do It Yourself) – the debug feature warns of any problems with new hardware.
  • Boards are bundled with Mainboard Operation Monitor software.

NVIDIA introduces its new mobile graphics — GeForce FX Go5700

Yesterday in Las Vegas, NV the largest annual event, Comdex Fall 2003, has started promising to bring as many novelties as it always does. To this exhibition NVIDIA has dated the announcement of its GeForce FX Go5700 mobile GPU positioned on top in company´s mobile graphics series and pushing the formerly leading GeForce FX Go5650 to the second place.

The new model significantly differs from the previous solution:

Feature 5700 5650 5600 5200 5100
CineFX Engine 2.0 X        
CineFX Engine   X X X X
Intellisample HCT X        
Intellisample   X X    
UltraShadow X        
nView Multi-Display X X X X X
128-Bit Color X X X X X
DX9 Support X X X X X
VPE 3.0 X        
VPE 2.0   X X X X
PowerMizer 4.0 X        
PowerMizer 3.0   X X X X
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 64-bit
Micron Process 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.15 0.15

As you can see, the new GPU has 350MHz clock speed comparing to the previous 325MHz, but the same 600MHz DDR clock. Besides, the improved core is now based on the desktop GeForce FX 5700. Similar to the latter, GeForce FX Go5700 is produced at IBM Microelectronics´ facilities using 0.13µm process.

GeForce FX Go5700 has three geometry engines, doubled floating-point instructions per second, and is company´s first mobile GPU to support Ultra Shadow technology. It also supports the new PowerMizer 4.0 with NVIDIA SmartDimmer power consumption management system.

GPU typical power consumption is 8W, the core requires 1.1V (vs. the previous 1.18V). The chip is packed into the same G2 body sized 31x31mm.

GeForce FX Go5700 is already sampling to OEM and ODM partners, volume production is scheduled to December 2003. Therefore we should expect a wave of announcements early in Q1 2004.

Magicolor 2300W: $500 for a color laser printer!

We had actually been expecting such a pricing breakdown in the color laser printing field for a long time. It was just about the company and its model that would pioneer the $500 line. Today we can give this title to Konica Minolta Printing Solutions that has cut MSRP for its Magicolor 2300W model by $200 at once – from $699 to $499.

If you remember, Magicolor 2300W color laser printer was first introduced as far back as in March 2003. As this happened after Minolta and QMS had merged, but before Konica and Minolta had time to do the same, the model was named Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2300W. Based on the previous 2300DL bestseller, the model provides 1200x600 dpi resolution, up to 16 ppm b/w or up to 4 ppm color performance. Magicolor 2300W features USB, parallel interfaces, 200-sheet tray, 32MB memory and works under Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98SE, 95.

I can say that in our market closest rivals of Magicolor 2300W are Epson AcuLaser C900 and HP Color LaserJet 1500 (OKI C5100n might do as well, but as it provides significantly faster color printing it´s comparable only from the angle of price). So it won´t be a surprise, if respective companies decide to cut prices for the aforementioned models as well.

COMDEX: VIA Technologies and Video Without Boundaries present MediaREADY 4000 player

At COMDEX VIA Technologies and Video Without Boundaries presented MediaREADY 4000 –an Internet/DVD player for home theaters. It features VIA EPIA M10000 mini-ITX motherboar on VIA CLE266 chipset, VIA C3 processor and works under MediaREADY OS.

The new platform supports DVD/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4, CD/MP3 playback from local or network drive and allows Internet access, including e-mail. MediaREADY 4000 has IEEE1394, USB 2.0, S-Video, RCA TV-Out (NTSC/PAL), 10/100Gbps Ethernet interfaces.

No more spec details and shipments/pricing information has been disclosed.

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