The wave of Nikon´s press releases brought the announcement of the new 8Mp fixed-lens digital camera, Coolpix 8700. By appearance the novelty resembles Coolpix 5700 but differs by increased LCD and the new Zoom-Nikkor ED 8x optical lens.
Coolpix 8700 brief specs:
Early in December 2003 we got the first trustworthy information about Nikon´s new DLSR camera, Nikon D70 (Nikon F lens mount). There wasn´t much actually, just the sales scheduled to Spring 2004 and the availability in April/March 2004. The price was said to be $999 for body (£799), $1299 for body + Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens.
Today company officially announced this digital camera together with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens and SB-600 flash. For specs take a look at the table below:
As it was mentioned before, the company extended its DSLR lens series with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm F3.5-4.5G IF-ED (MSRP £300). According to the press release, this is the first DX lens in its class compatible with Nikon-D DSLR solutions. In particular, it will be a standard lens for D70. Besides, DX 18-70mm has three ED elements minimizing chromatic aberration color fringing.
In 35mm equivalent lens´ focusing range is 27-105mm. If you remember, the first DX Nikkor lens were introduced about a year ago, so at the moment it already includes 4 lens:
The company itself positions the new lens as an effective addition AF 28-105 and AF 18-35 that is lighter the the former and is sized as the latter.
Finally, Nikon announced SB-600 Speedlight flash supporting i-TTL technology. From this angle the model is compatible with D70 camera as well as Nikon D2H. In its turn, D-TTL technology enables to use the flash with D1, D1X, D1H, and D100 models. For sale it should go in Spring 2004.
Other features include:
Source: Nikon UK
Micron Technology introduced 288Mbit RLDRAM II (reduced latency DRAM) chips that have timings even lower than it was expected. Currently the company is researching these chips at <20ns random access critical for such memory (RLDRAM II is positioned as a comm and storage systems solution.)
Chips work at 400MHz clock speed and provide 800Mbps throughput per pin at tRC=20ns. The 8-bank architecture is optimized for network systems and applications with intense graphics, as the peak bandwidth of 36-bit interface is 28.8Gbps.
Other RLDRAM II advantages includes on-die termination (ODT), multiplexing and non-multiplexing addressing, on-chip delay lock loop (DLL), programmable output impedance and 1.8V.
Today everyone is urging to write about future PCI Express 16x graphics cards and discuss capabilities of this bus, however it´s still pure theory. The PCI Express... RV380 & FX5200 article published at Chinese HKE PC sheds the first light on the practical side.
Of course, you shouldn´t consider this test of beta cards with beta drivers on a beta motherboard as the utter truth. But anyway this doesn´t lower the interest in the PCI Express 16x experiments.
So, the battle was settled between somehow obtained engineering samples of PCI Express-based NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (NV34, 0.15µm, external AGP => PCI Express bridge, Hynix TSOP II memory, 275/400MHz) and ATI 9600XT (RV380, i.e. RV360 + PCI Express, 0.13µm, 128MB 2.8ns Samsung BGA memory, 450MHz GPU clock).
NV34 PCI Express
AGP => PCI Express bridge
The testbed was assembled from Gigabyte´s motherboard (i915G + ICH6R), 2.8E GHz Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott core, LGA 775, A0 stepping), 512MB Kingston DDR400 CL2 RAM, MS Windows XP Professional SP1.
i915G + ICH6R, 2.8E GHz Pentium 4 Prescott, LGA 775
The testbed to compare was based on AGP version of these graphics cards, i875P + ICH5R chipset, 2.8C GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood), the same memory and OS.
I don´t think that the results below can clearly indicate anything, including the capabilities of AGP => PCI Express bridge of GeForce FX 5200. The testbed is "very beta" and to me it seems like another chance to look at the future hardware...
Source: HKE PC
As usual, not long before the announcement of an intriguing novelty, the Web starts buzzing with rumours on its probable features. This is naturally happening now with the NVIDIA NV40.
German 3DCenter shared with us a compilation of rumours, leaks and assumptions on NV40 architectural features:
As for the probable release dates and features of NV41-NV45 GPUs, they don´t differ much from those published in our Video Digest (to be released these days). Anyway, below is a chart of estimated released dates.
We thank all readers who sent in their answers to the yesterday riddle. This time it was some harder to recognize, but nevertheless you managed to do it right.
And the answer is: PowerColor Voodoo3 3500, 16MB, 183/183 MHz (some readers pointed out Microview International as the manufacturer).
Actually the clue was on the photo from the beginning! You should have paid attention to the lower edge, where there was a tiny part of the onchip inscription shifted to the right. And which logo wasn´t centered? ATI has a rectangle, NVIDIA´s is centered. Only 3dfx had a "tail" skewed to the right.
Alcatel announced its new camera-equipped mobile handset One Touch 735i that is to go on sale in Europe in February with MSRP of about €280.
By appearance and features it´s identical to One Touch 735 for sale since Q3 2003. The difference is that One Touch 735i is a Java version of One Touch 735 and supports Java 2.0.
Some Alcatel One Touch 735i features:
BenQ unveiled its new digital camera, DC S30, that should go on sale in Europe in the near future. S30 is a rather standard mainstream model: 3.34Mp, 3x optical lens, movie and sound recording.
Still the camera stands out among similar solutions with its 180° rotating LCD display more usual for video cameras and the built-in speaker and MP3 playback support. S30 can also charge its battery via USB.
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