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Photo of the day: Shuttle SN85G4 barebone in our lab

Zaurus announces SL-6000 PDA series for corporate users

Apple iMacs grow to 20" in diagonal

Casio and Hitachi to form a joint venture for mobile handset production

Photo of the day: Shuttle SN85G4 barebone in our lab

We are currently testing Shuttle´s new SN85G4 barebone on nVidia nForce3-150-based motherboard for AMD Athlon64. The system has 2 x memory sockets (up to 2GB), 1 x AGP and 1 x PCI slot, 4 x USB 2.0 total on front and back panels, 2 x IEEE-1394a ports, 6-in-1 reader, 6-channel Realtek audio, NVIDIA 10/100 Ethernet controller.

Zaurus announces SL-6000 PDA series for corporate users

Sharp announced Zaurus SL-6000 PDA series for corporate users, including SL-6000N, SL-6000L, and SL-6000W, which shipments should start on December 10, and 24, 2003 and January 23, 2004, respectively.

As usual for SL series, new PDAs work under Linux, have SL-B500-like keyboards, and feature 480x640 displays. All models support WLAN (IEEE802.11b) and Bluetooth, IrDA; feature USB controllers and CF, SD slots.

Installed applications include browser, email client, organizer, HancomMobileWord, HancomMobileSheet, sound recorder, image viewer, J2ME CDC, etc.

PDAs are based on 400MHz XScale PXA255 processors, and have 64MB flash memory (25MB free for use), 64MB RAM. Sized 79.8x158x20.4mm, models weigh 255 to 264 g.

Source: PC Watch

Apple iMacs grow to 20" in diagonal

Apple updated its desktop "all-in-one" iMac series with a new 20" model supporting resolutions up to 1680x1050.

20" and 17" iMacs feature 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 processors; the 15" model has 1.0GHz CPU. All of them also have 256MB DDR333 SDRAM, 80GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drives. Besides, higher-end models feature 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics. The 20" has 4x DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive, 2 x FireWire 400 and 3 x USB 2.0 ports, and supports AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless interfaces.

New iMacs are shipped with Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" alongside Apple iLife, iTunes 4, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, iDVD 3, etc. The new 20" system will cost $2199. P.S. The image below allows to compare dimensions of 15", 17" and 20" iMac models.

Casio and Hitachi to form a joint venture for mobile handset production

Casio Computer and Hitachi announced the intention to form a new joint venture for mobile handset produciton that should start working in April. The primary reason to do this is the growing costs of multimedia handset development (primarily their software) as well as the need to increase sales volumes outside Japan.

According to provisional information, Casio will own 51% of the new venture that will have initial capital of about ¥3 billion (about $27.3 million), while Hitachi will get the remaining 49%.

As you know, NEC and Matsushita Electric are the current mobile handset market leaders in Japan. At that neither Casio, nor Hitachi Industrial is among the top 5. The joint venture is expected to save funds on the development and support of unified multimedia platform for handsets with built-in digital cameras, while the new solutions will be made and sold separately under different brands.

The new venture is expected to provide vacancies for 350 specialists, and the president will be "provided" by Casio.

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