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BL-191A, BL-171G/A three monitor series from Sharp for Christmas

Leadtek unveils WinFast A350XT TDH 128MB graphics card on GeForce FX 5900 XT

Soltek introduces SL-PT880E-RL motherboard on VIA PT880

Pentax releases PENTAX-DA 16mm-45mm F4 ED AL lens for DSLR cameras

ASUS unveils A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard for its Wi-Fi@HOME series

New cards from ASUS, AOpen, Palit, Leadtek or life after the New Year

Renesas launches the development of a new processor for mobile handsets

MSI FX5950 Ultra graphics card in our lab

Hitachi announces FMV-7000NA5/H notebook with RAID 1 support



BL-191A, BL-171G/A three monitor series from Sharp for Christmas

Sharp introduced three new monitor series: 19" BL-191A, 17" BL-171G and BL-171A that should arrive to retail in 2004.


BL-191A-B (black)

  BL-191A BL-171G BL-171A
Resolution SXGA (1280x1024)
Colors 16,190,000
Brightness, nit 250
Contrast 500:1 430:1
Horiz./vert.
viewing angle ()
160/160 170/150
Response time, ms 16 20
Connectors 15-pin D-Sub 15-pin D-Sub, DVI-I 15-pin D-Sub
Speakers 2x1W
Size, mm 419x213x409 374x236x368-438 374x205x374
Weight, kg 7.8 5.6 6
Sales date January 10 January 28 January 6
Est. price, $ 820 615 560

Leadtek unveils WinFast A350XT TDH 128MB graphics card on GeForce FX 5900 XT

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

Soltek introduces SL-PT880E-RL motherboard on VIA PT880

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.


Similar to other models on VIA PT880, SL-PT880E-RL supports dual-channel DDR400 memory, Pentium 4 processors with 800/533/400 MHz FSB as well as the future Socket 478 Prescott chips.

Pentax releases PENTAX-DA 16mm-45mm F4 ED AL lens for DSLR cameras

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:

  • 13 elements in 10 groups (2 aspherical elements)
  • 83-35° viewing angle (with *ist D), 16-45mm focal range (24.5-69mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Automatic aperture (F22 min. without the ring)
  • 0.28m minimal focusing distance
  • 67mm filter diameter
  • 72x92mm size
  • 365g weight

ASUS unveils A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard for its Wi-Fi@HOME series

ASUSTeK Computer announced the improved version of its A7N8X motherboard. The new


A7N8X-E Deluxe specs:

  • AMD Athlon XP, Athlon and Duron support
  • nForce2 Ultra 400 + nForce2 MCP-T chipset
  • 400MHz FSB
  • PC3200/2700/2100/1600 non-ECC DDR SDRAM
  • Dual-channel DDR 400
  • AGP Pro/8x
  • Wi-Fi (ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME)
  • 2 x Serial ATA ports
  • 1Gbps Marvell LAN + 10/100Mbps NVIDIA LAN
  • 1 x IEEE 1934 port
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports

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).

A7N8X-E Deluxe is sold in the usual bundle (just the board) and wireless bundle ( includes WiFi-b adapter). The latter is a 3-in-1 solution: 802.11b + 1Gbps and 10/100 Mbps adapters.

New cards from ASUS, AOpen, Palit, Leadtek or life after the New Year

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.

Company

Graphics card Memory Price, €
ASUS
Radeon 9800XT Limited Edition
(6-in-1 reader, etc.)
256MB 599
GeForceFX 5950 Ultra
(DVI, 2X VGA)
256MB 549
GeForceFX 5700
(DVI, 2X VGA)
256MB 219
AOpen
GeForceFX 5900XT
(DVI, TV Out)
128MB 239
GeForceFX 5600XT
(DVI, TV Out)
256MB149
Palit
GeForceFX 5700
(DVI, TV Out)
256MB 159
GeForceFX 5700
(DVI, TV Out)
128MB 149
Radeon 9600SE
(DVI, TV Out)
128MB 89
GeForceMX 4000
(DVI, TV Out)
128MB 59
Radeon 7000
(TV Out)
32MB SDRAM 29
Leadtek
GeForceFX 5900LX
(DVI, TV Out, ViVo)
128MB 279
GeForceMX 4000
(TV Out)
128MB 69

Source: TweakPC.de

Renesas launches the development of a new processor for mobile handsets

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:

  • To satisfy the increasing demand for Java in mobile handsets
  • To introduce high-performance multimedia processors
  • To help mobile handset developers in their work

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:


MSI FX5950 Ultra graphics card in our lab

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.






Hitachi announces FMV-7000NA5/H notebook with RAID 1 support

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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