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Dane-Elec Xs introduces new 22X/44X CF cards

Vosonic unveils X´S-Drive Pro VP300 multimedia player

ASUS roadmap for 1U server motherboard for Intel processors

Sanyo to release 20 million digital cameras in 2004

Sony CLIE PEG-TJ35: backlight problems

The first graphics card on S3 DeltaChrome in Japan. Waiting for the sales to start

Dane-Elec Xs introduces new 22X/44X CF cards

French Dane-Elec introduced its new Xs memory cards compatible with CompactFlash type I interface but providing increased throughput.

Xs type I NAND solutions will feature 128, 256, 512 MB and 1 GB capacities being 3.3mm thick. They will support 22Õ write and 44Õ read. The bundle will include PCMCIA adapters.

Card specs:

  • Read: 22X (3.3MB/s)
  • Write: 44X (6.6MB/s)
  • Size: 36.4x42.8x3.3mm
  • Weight: 11.4g
  • Operating temp. range: 0C to +70C
  • Data safety temp range: —25C to +85C
  • Max. operating humidity: 95%
  • Estimated street price: 58 in Europe with taxes

Vosonic unveils X´S-Drive Pro VP300 multimedia player

Vosonic announced another multimedia solution at its XS-Drive daughter website — X´S-Drive Pro VP300. Traditionally the data to and from the device can be transferred via USB or flash cards.

Flash media
  • Compactflash Card type I / type II (CF)
  • IBM Microdrive
  • Smartmedia Card (SM)
  • Memory Stick (MS)
  • Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro)
  • Secure Digital (SD)
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
LCD 2.5" b/w
HDD 2.5"
Power 2 x int. Li-Ion 3.6V batteries (720 mA)
or 12V adapter (1500mA)
Voltage 9V / 18V
Charge time 1.6 hours
Interface USB 2.0
Throughput Up to 480Mbps
Music media MP3
File systems FAT 12/16/32
  • Windows 98/98SE, Win 2000 (with drivers)
  • Win ME/XP, Linux Kernel version 2.4 èëè âûøå (w/o drivers)
  • Mac OS 8.6 — 9.0 (with drivers)
  • Mac OS 10.0.1 è âûøå (w/o drivers)
Accessories Power and USB cables, manual, drivers, headphones
Environment temp. 0°C / 70°C
Weight 329 g with HDD and batteries
Size 136 x 86 x 37 mm

ASUS roadmap for 1U server motherboard for Intel processors

Our reliable industrial sources shared with us ASUS roadmap for 1U server motherboards.

As you know, the company has been in this market for quite some time already. The latest officially announced 1U/2U solution was ASUS PR-DLS533/R on ServerWorks GC-LE supporting up to 2 x Intel Xeon (Prestonia, 533MHz FSB, up to 3.2GHz) and 12GB registered PC2100 ECC DDR RAM in 6 sockets and featuring Ultra320 SCSI and 2 x 1Gbps (Intel 82540 + Intel 82554).

In the nearest future the company is to unveil PSCH-SR solution on Canterwood-ES+HR supporting Prescott processors with 800MHz FSB. Sized 12"x9.6" it will feature 4 sockets for DDR400 memory, 4 + 2 Serial ATA150 ports, integrated GbE CSA (Intel 82547), 1 x 64bit/66MHz PCI-X slot and 1 x 32bit/33MHz PCI slot.

In Q1 2004 we expect the new NCL-DS on Lindenhurst + PXH-D + ICH5R bundle. Sized 12"x13" it will support up to 2 x Nocona-based (800MHz FSB) processors, DDR400 (6 sockets). It will also have 4 x PCI Express 1x slots, 3 x 64-bit PCI-X slots, 1 x 32-bit PCI slot, int. ATI RageXL graphics, 2 x GbE LAN and Ultra-320 SCSI adapter on Adaptec AIC-7902.

Sanyo to release 20 million digital cameras in 2004

The morning issue of Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported about Sanyo Electric plans to considerably increase the production of digital cameras next year. It´s no wonder — all analysts unanimously forecast the boost in this sector for these years. Besides, Sanyo is also known as a production partner of at least 5 well known companies, including Nikon and Olympus. Almost 90% of Sanyo digital cameras is shipped under other brands.

To fulfil all orders in 2004 Sanyo is going to increase the digital camera production by 74% and achieve 20 million units per year. For this it will extend production lines at Osaka prefecture (from 2 to 3 million units yearly). The production at Dongguan, China and Bogor, Indonesia is to be doubled to achieve 7 million and 8 million units per year, respectively. The production at the fab in Masan, South Korea is to remain the same 2 million per year. The production upgrade expenditures are estimated below ¥1 billion (about $9.26 million) that is considerably less than costs for a new fab.

Source: Nikkei Net

Sony CLIE PEG-TJ35: backlight problems

Sony warned owners of its Sony CLIE PEG-TJ35 PDAs about the fact that some consignments might have problems with backlight lamps.

The exact number of PDAs recalled for free of charge repairs is unknown, as you have to enter your product number on the special page and, if you receive the affirmative answer, you will have to send your PDA in. The free of charge repair and return delivery will be carried out by Sony and authorized partner service centers. For more details visit this page.

The first graphics card on S3 DeltaChrome in Japan. Waiting for the sales to start

A few days before the Christmas holidays S3 Graphics decided to remind of its and DeltaChrome existance with a mini exhibition in one of Tokyo stores. Pity, but they just promised to start selling their new cards in January and that was all.

Nevertheless this time they showcased a real working graphics card on DeltaChrome GPU that had 128MB DDR and was used in DFI + Athlon XP 3200+ system.

It´s hard to say now what DeltaChrome is used herein. As you know, this family will include at least two GPU models — with 8 and 4 pipelines and 1 texture unit per pipeline. According to the Japanese sources, S3 Graphics levels the performance of this card with those based on RADEON 9800 and GeForce FX 5900. So, perhaps, in Japan they showed a íigh-end card on 8-pipeline DeltaChrome F1 or even F1 Pole.

It´s known already that S3 prepared two different reference designs of these cards for volume production: a 6-layer PCB for high-end and a 4-layer PCB for mainstream solutions. According to provisional information, high-end GPU clock speeds should start from about 315MHz, mainstream — from 275MHz. We also know that that such card has HDTV video decoder (up to 1080 lines) and is capable of 90° rotations. The sales date hasn´t been specified in Japan yet as well as the pricing.

Source: PC Watch

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