Sharp introduced three new monitor series: 19" BL-191A, 17" BL-171G and BL-171A that should arrive to retail in 2004.
Leadtek unveiled WinFast A350XT TDH 128MB graphics card on GeForce FX 5900 XT GPU. It´s scheduled for sale to the mid-December. The estimated price in Japan is about $250.
This one is almost identical to other similar developments: 256-bit bus (128MB DDR SDRAM), 390MHz core clock, CineFX 2.0/UltraShadow/Intellisample HCT support.
The card has 15-pin D-Sub, DVI-I, S-Video (supports 2048x1536, 1600x1200 and 1024x768, respectively). For better cooling the card has a 60mm fan that provides 25dB noise.
The bundle includes WinFox II, WinFastDVD software, Gun Metal, Big Mutha Truckers games.
Source: PC Watch
We are witnessing the wave of motherboard announcements on VIA PT880. Today Soltek announced the new SL-PT880E-RL board designed for the mainstream market.
Pentax released its new lens for DSLR cameras, *ist D in particular PENTAX-DA 16mm-45mm F4 ED AL. For sale the lens is to arrive late in December for $466. The novelty will be demonstrated on January 7 at PEPCOM Digital Focus in Las Vegas during CES 2004.
The primary difference of DA lens is the Quick-Shift Focus System that enables photographers to switch between manual and automatic focusing by rotating the focusing ring.
Photo from ASCII24.com
Lens specs are:
ASUSTeK Computer announced the improved version of its A7N8X motherboard. The new
A7N8X-E Deluxe specs:
ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME is designed specially to simplify building and setting up wireless home networks. ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME includes three components: ASUS motherboard with a Wi-Fi slot, ASUS WiFi-b WLAN adapter, and ASUS Software AP (access point).
The X-mas sales season is obviously the most interesting time for PC hardware makers. It´s time when every company is trying to offer the maximum of novelties. But the New Year is only the beginning, so in January we should see lots of graphics cards. And our colleagues from TweakPC.de shared with us their information about them.
As you can see in the table, ASUS will continue to partner with both market leaders, and in January will introduce solutions on high-end GeForceFX 5950 Ultra and Radeon 9800XT. It´s interesting that Palit is also going to partner with both NVIDIA and ATI. The most interesting model from this company should be the GeForceFX 5700-based card with 256MB RAM for about 159 euros.
AOpen, in its turn, plans to release its first models on GeForceFX 5900XT. I guess it would become rather attractive with its price of 239 euros.
Renesas Technology , a joint venture of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, and Nazomi Communications, chip vendor for multimedia and Java solutions, informed about the joint development focused on improving mobile handsets performance.
Renesas is to purchase the acceleration technology for Java from Nazomi and will pass to this company the intellectual property rights for SH-Mobile series. As a result, we should see new inexpensive handsets with built-in cameras supporting Java, 2D/3D graphics, video and audio applications.
According to the official press release, the three primary objectives are:
Video, audio and data capabilities is one of the primary trends of todays wireless industry that offers nice prospects for multimedia processors for Java- enabled phones. According to the latest report by Zelos Group, 450 million phones or 74% of the world sales volume will support Java by 2007.
The SH-Mobile series includes SH-Mobile 1, SH-Mobile J and SH-Mobile V solutions. They actually have the dual-way structure in which one processor is responsible for the communications, and the other – for applications. SH-Mobile models utilize 32-bit RISC SuperH architecture and support JPEG image browsing, MP3 playback, MPEG4 encoding/decoding, virtual Java. Below is an example of a system based on SH-Mobile V:
We are currently testing another novelty on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra GPU – this time from MSI.
It has 256MB DDR, features 475/950 MHz clock speeds. Besides D-Sub and DVI-I, it supports VIVO.
Fujitsu announced an FMV-7000NA5/H A4 corporate notebook differing from similar models by RAID 1 (Mirroring). The novelty is based on Intel 852GME.
Depending on customer needs, the company can offer the following configurations: 14.1"/15" LCD (1024x768 / 1400x1050), Pentium 4 M (3.2/3.06/2.66GHz), up to 1GB DDR333 SDRAM. Other components are all variable. For example, this is one of the minimal RAID configurations: 14.1" XGA LCD, 2.66GHz Pentium 4 M, 128MB RAM, 2 x 20GB HDDs, 3.5" FDD. With Windows XP Professional OS this model costs about $2610. The same model with a single HDD costs about $2190. Interfaces include 2 x PC Card Type II slots, 4 x USB2.0 ports, 15-pin D-Sub, COM, LPT, etc.
The Li-Ion battery provides up to 2.6 hours of operation. Judging by notebook size and weigh, FMV-7000NA5/H should be positioned as a mobile workstation I guess: 329x299x44.5-54.3mm size, weight with 14.1" LCD is 3.9kg, with 15" is 4.1kg (including an optical drive).
Source: Mycom PC Web
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