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M-Sys unveils its new 15GB FFD 2.5" Ultra Narrow SCSI Solid-State Flash Disk

Say goodbye to the Low Voltage 933 MHz Intel Pentium III processor

Nikon D70: a rival for Canon 300D?

Timex Ironman Speed & Distance System: the new GPS watch

Leadtek introduces WinFast PVR2000 TV/FM tuner for Windows XP MC Edition systems

M-Audio Transit USB: miniature portable audio interface

Club-3D ships XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra graphics cards

M-Sys unveils its new 15GB FFD 2.5" Ultra Narrow SCSI Solid-State Flash Disk

M-Systems unveiled the new model of its 2.5" Solid-State Flash Disk with Ultra Narrow SCSI interface. Therefore today this company´s series includes 256MB to 15GB models. Similar to 3.5" drives, FFD 2.5" Ultra Narrow SCSI disks meet the SCSI-2 and SCSI-3 standards providing 17MB/s and 11.5MB/s, sustained read and write rates, respectively.

Brief disk specs:

  • 15.3GB capacity (15360 MB unformatted)
  • 2.5" Standard Form Factor
  • SCSI-2 & SCSI-3 Standard Interface
  • SCSI-1 available upon request
  • 17.0 Mbytes/sec Sustained Read rate
  • 11.5 Mbytes/sec Sustained Write rate
  • 50-pin Connector
  • Quick Security Erase and Sanitize
  • TrueFFS® wear-leveling
  • >5,000,000 Write/Erase cycles, unlimited Read
  • Sun Microsystems™ Solaris™ Ready
  • 1500G operating shock
  • -40°C to +85°C operating temperature
  • 100.2 x 69.8 x 11.3-26.6 mm dimensions
  • 0.1 to 3 kg weight depending on the model
  • 971130 hours MTBF for 512MB model, 952925 hours MTBF for 2GB model
  • 5V±5% power
  • Manufactured in USA & FMF available upon request
  • 5 Year Warranty

Say goodbye to the Low Voltage 933 MHz Intel Pentium III processor

Today Intel announced plans to stop the production and shipments of its 0.13µm Low Voltage 933 MHz Intel Pentium III with 512KB L2 cache (DP) in Micro-FCBGA package.

The official document states that the cancellation program was launched as far back as on May 14, 2003 (that day the latest chip revision with the B1 stepping was released). On November 7 the company stopped accepting orders for this chip. And the shipments will be stopped completely on May 12, 2006. The reason for all of the above is standard: the transition to higher-performance processors in this market.

Nikon D70: a rival for Canon 300D?

The Web brought the first trustworthy information about Nikon´s new (and maybe inexpensive) digital SLR camera — Nikon D70. Despite we found this information right on company´s Japanese website, there´s very scarse information available. Company´s British website even states in a pop-up window that the camera is still in development now.

In the press release posted on Nikon´s North American website the company states that the development of D70, a new digital SLR camera with changeable lens (Nikon F mount) was initiated to combine high quality with pleasing price. Alongside the company is developing the new products for its Zoom-Nikkor DX (APS-C) lens series scheduled for sale together with D70 – in spring 2004. According to the press release, the D70 body will cost up to $999.

Pity, but no specs of the sensor or any other Nikon D70 components are not available at the moment. Still some details are promised in the nearest future. I´ll just add that currently the company ships three lens in its Zoom-Nikkor DX series (1.5 ratio):

  • AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor — 10.5mm, f/2.8G ED: 180° viewing angle
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor — 12-24mm, f/4G IF-ED: 99° – 61° viewing angle
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor — 17-55mm, f/2.8G IF-ED: 79° – 28°50´ viewing angle

Of course, all this obviously looks like Nikon´s answer to Canon´s 300D camera. The latter introduced a simpler version of its 10D model, while Nikon would offer a "mainstream" version of the 100D. It´s hard to say whether Nikon D70 is to be a worthy rival without knowing at least some specs and, what´s more important, the first user opinions...

Timex Ironman Speed & Distance System: the new GPS watch

Timex together with Garmin International announced their new GPS system built into a wrist watch. The GPS receiver itself is a new part of Timex Bodylink System portable mini-kit (heartbeat monitor + stop-watch + odometer + data storage, USB interface, etc.) enabling to locate the subscriber and estimate his or her movement speed.

Timex Ironman Speed & Distance System contains two modules: a GPS receiver and a monitoring system. These two are interconnected via a wireless jamproof FM interface. The receiver scans satellite signals and transfers subscriber location and speed data to the watch terminal in real time.

Timex Ironman Speed & Distance System is expected in retail closer to April 2004 with MSRP of about $225.

Leadtek introduces WinFast PVR2000 TV/FM tuner for Windows XP MC Edition systems

Leadtek launched shipments of its new WinFast PVR2000 PCI TV/FM tuner. The novelty is capable of capturing, editing and recording MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video. WinFast PVR2000 is optimized for systems working under Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition.

The TV tuner bases on PHILIPS MK3 chip, the A/V decoder – on the Conexant CX2388X chip, and the MPEG-2 A/V decoder – on the Conexant CX23416 chip. The model features 2Mbit x 32 SDRAM from Samsung/Hynix/Micron/Etron (7ns and faster). The audio ADC is Crystal CS5333-KZ, amplifier — NS LM833.

WinFast PVR2000 bases on a 4-layer PCB sized 175x106mm. It has S-Video and composite video, stereo audio, TV/FM antenna connectors.

M-Audio Transit USB: miniature portable audio interface

Transit USB from M-Audio is an ultra-miniature USB audio interface that enables to connect any analog peripherals to your PC. This tiny device sized just 95x52x22 mm supports resolutions up to 24bit/96kHz. At that the utilized AK4584 codec allowed the 104dB dinamic range, about 100dB SNR and about 0.00316% THD.

Transit USB powers directly from USB. It features TOSlink and analog stereo inputs/outputs, supports Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, AC3. It also supports 16/24-bit resolutions at 8, 9.6 11.025, 12, 16, 22.050, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz. Device´s drivers also work with Core Audio, SoundManager, ASIO 1/2, MME/WDM.

The novelty is bundled with drivers for Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.2.2/Mac OS X 10.1.5. The MSRP of Transit USB is about $99.95.

Club-3D ships XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra graphics cards

Today Club-3D officially launched shipments of the new dual-GPU Volari Duo V8 Ultra graphics cards with 256MB of 256-bit DDR2 and 350/400MHz clock speeds, D-Sub, DVI and TV connectors. The company´s website has cards images and specs as well as drivers and manuals. However, we haven´t found any mentions of sales, but only of preliminary orders.

Anyway, XGI´s intriguing debut took place theoretically. Theoretically, because XGI itself scheduled the official GPU debut to the next Monday, December 8. Perhaps, on that day will get to know more details about Volari Duo V8 Ultra chips as well as press releases of XGI partners. Maybe we´ll even obtain the first photos from retail stores. Today someone´s successful debut is far more interesting than his market presence. The success will be made of volume shipments date, pricing, drivers quality, and finally the performance of retail cards (not samples). In order to occupy 10% of the desktop graphics in 2004, XGI will need something except the press releases alone.

And now we can state that everything goes almost as planned. Almost – because at Computex 2003 the dates of Volari Duo V8 Ultra volume shipments were mentioned as "late November – early December". Well, there´s still some time left...

P.S. If you are interested in getting to know the general specs of the new GPUs and Volari Duo V8 Ultra sample performance results, please read our news posted on November 4: XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra: first test results and specified roadmap.

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