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Our Hardware Museum: Mystery #9 solved

NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 PCI: new workstation graphics

Philips 855: handset with a digital camera and TV-out

Our Hardware Museum: Mystery #9

8.2Mp Canon EOS-1D Mark II: old name, new stuffing

Our Hardware Museum: Mystery #9 solved

We thank all the readers who sent us answers for today riddle.

On the photo there was the Chaintech Desperado GeForce2 Pro 64MB DDR graphics card.

NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 PCI: new workstation graphics

NVIDIA announced its new Quadro NVS 280 PCI 2D graphics card intended for workstations with multiple displays. In the nearest future this solution should arrive in Hewlett-Packard´s workstations, and in the future such cards will be used in only PCI systems or together with other PCI and AGP cards.

NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 PCI has a DMS-59 connector for dual analog or digital (up to 1600x1200) displays. The production and shipments of Quadro NVS 280 PCI will be carried out by NVIDIA´s traditional partners: PNY (USA and Europe), Leadtek (Asian-Pacific), Elsa (Japan).

Philips 855: handset with a digital camera and TV-out

In June Philips is going to launch sales of its new Philips 855 handset enabling you to browse images shot with its built-in digital camera on the TV screen.

This tri-band GSM/GPRS (53.6Kbps in, 26.8Kbps out) model has a 180° unfolding body, built-in e-mail client, supports MMS, Java (MIDP 2,0), IrDA. The integrated digital camera provides VGA (640x480) resolution. Philips 855 has 9MB of internal memory. According to the features, the handset is supplied with a special TV cable.

Sized 85x47x25mm and weighing 91g, the model has two displays, 4096-color secondary and 128x160 56536-color primary. The Li-Ion battery provides up to 400 hours of standby or 4 hours of active operation.

Source: Xonio

Our Hardware Museum: Mystery #9

Here´s another riddle for you from our Hardware Museum. Judging by the PCB fragment below, you must recognize this graphics card´s manufacturer, chipset, and the type and amount of memory.

P.S. Please mail your answers to Andrew Vorobyev.

8.2Mp Canon EOS-1D Mark II: old name, new stuffing

In the nearest future Canon is to release a new version of the popular Canon EOS-1D DSLR — Canon EOS-1D Mark II. As you can see, the company decided not to change the widespread model name launched as far back as in the late 2001, despite the serious changes, including the 8.2Mp CMOS sensor, DIGIC-II processor.

At the moment we know the following model specs:

  • 8.5Mp CMOS sensor (8.2Mp effective)
  • 8.2x8.2µm dot size
  • 3:2 aspect ratio
  • 28.7x19.1mm matrix size
  • EF lens (except EF-S)
  • 1.3x focal coefficient
  • DIGIC II processor
  • TTL-AREA-SIR (CMOS) autofocus
  • Viewfinder of 100% coverage, 0.72 coefficient, dioptre correction from —3 to +1D
  • Auto (CMOS) white balance plus 6 presets, 9 WB correction levels, "blue/yellow", purple/green; manual color temperature with 2800K — 10000K range, 3 user presets.
  • 30-1/8000s shutter
  • 2s, 10s timer
  • 8.5 fps burst, up to 40 x JPEG shots at the maximum resolution or 20 x RAW images
  • ISO50-ISO3200
  • E-TTL II sync contact (Speedlite EX compatible)
  • 2" LCD, 230K pixels, 5 brightness levels
  • CompactFlash Type I, II, Microdrive; Secure Digital (FAT16/32) media
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG image formats
  • RAW (3504x2336) 8.2MB; Large (3504x2336) 8.2MB; Medium 1 (3104x2072) 6.4MB; Medium 2 (2544x1696) 4.3MB; Small (1728x1152) 2MB resolutions
  • Up to 30s WAVE comments for each shot
  • IEEE 1394, USB 1.1 (PTP), Video (PAL/NTSC) interfaces
  • Supports DCF 2.0, Exif 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge
  • Aluminium alloy body; polycarbonate + glass fiber
  • NP-E3 battery (12V, 1650mAh)
  • 156x158x80mm size
  • 1220g weight (w/o battery)
  • Shipments to be launched in April 2004
  • $4499 estimated price.

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