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Do-it-yourself 3-megapixel DSLR from iXBT / Digit-Life

2.5" Samsung Spinpoint M40 hard drives are available for masses

ASRock announces P4S55FX+ motherboard on SiS655FX chipset

Hot on heels of PMA 2004: Four Thirds System gets three new members. Some prospects

IDF Spring 2004: Intel presents Cayley, the LCOS display technology

HP iPAQ 6000: a novelty under Pocket PC Phone Edition

AMD unveils 6 low-voltage Opteron HE and EE server and workstation processors



Do-it-yourself 3-megapixel DSLR from iXBT / Digit-Life

"Answering" Olympus´s 4/3 initiative, our "fun factory" released a digital camera supporting a wide number of interchangeable lenses of the most open standard M39X1/28.8 (GOST1032-72).

In its manual mode the camera can work with almost any lenses designed for rangefinder, reflective and medium-format cameras as well as with microscopes. Currently we are testing an experimental sample named "iXBTcam" that features a focal-plane shutter and a 3-megapixel Sony ICX 252 sensor.


Such a return to the classical standard doesn´t imply any sensor limits. In the future we plan to use the auto-focusing system that will move the sensor itself, as it´s much lighter in weight than a typical lens. This will enable us to use any lenses in the auto-focusing mode.

Camera´s aperture controls are to be output to a body connector that will allow using instant-return diaphragm lenses with respective adapters.

On the photo you can see the camera with Jupiter 3 lens for FED, Pentacon 135 lens and also Rubinar 500 lens with M42 mount and 45.5mm flange focal distance.





2.5" Samsung Spinpoint M40 hard drives are available for masses

According to the Korean say25, today Samsung launched the volume shipments of its 2.5" Spinpoint M40 hard drives with initial capacity of 40GB.


Pity, but there´s nothing published regarding this model, so observers from say25 suggested taking some information from price lists: 5400rpm, 8MB buffer, 12ms seek, Giant Magneto-Resistive (GMR) heads. Besides, more information is available at company´s Polish website: ATA100 interface, 409Mbps throughput, 2.4 bel read/write noise, 2.2 bel standby noise. Device´s operating shock is 250 g (for 2 ms), non-operating 900 g (for 1ms), and the MTBF is 330,000. HDD energy consumption is 2.4W at seek, 2.3W at read/write on track, 0.25W in standby, and 0.1W in sleep.

According to the source, having released 40GB MP0402H, Samsung is working on 30GB MP0302H, 60GB MP0603H and 80GB MP0804H models.

Source: say25

ASRock announces P4S55FX+ motherboard on SiS655FX chipset

ASRock announced its new P4S55FX+ motherboard on SiS655FX + SiS964 chipset. It supports Pentium 4 Prescott processors with up to 800MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading as well as dual-channel DDR400/333/266.

P4S55FX+ brief specs:

  • Supports Intel Pentium 4, Celeron, Prescott processors, 800/533/400 MHz FSB
  • 4 x DDR400/333/266 sockets, dual-channel mode
  • AGP 8X/4X
  • 2 x Serial ATA sockets, RAID 0, 1, JBOD, hot swap
  • ASROCK I/O Plus — 6 x USB2.0 ports on the backpanel and 2 more ports on a bracket
  • Hybrid Booster overclocking technology
  • 5.1-channel 3D sound, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, 2 x ATA133/100
  • Supplied software CD with PC-cillin 2002, ASRock PC DIY Live Demo, 3D Audio Player, RAID utilities, etc

Hot on heels of PMA 2004: Four Thirds System gets three new members. Some prospects

One of key events at PMA 2004 that we couldn´t pass by was a number of announcements and messages dedicated to the Four Thirds (4/3) standard repeatedly mentioned in our news. If you remember, the Four Thirds System was first introduced in September 2002 and announced exactly a year ago at PMA 2003. Pity, but since the release of the first (and still the only) 4/3 digital camera, Olympus E-1, alongside a number of lenses for it, members of this consortium, including Olympus, Kodak, and Fujifilm, have been keeping silent (just Olympus made several minor announcements).

PMA 2004 in the first instance brought news on the new Four Thirds supporters, being Matsushita Electric Industrial, Sanyo Electric and Sigma Corporation. Perhaps, now Olympus E-System will find itself worthy successors.

FourThirds System was designed to advance the new generation of DSLR cameras. Sensors 4/3" diagonal (which the standard was obviously named after) implies the development of rather compact optical systems. Besides, Four Thirds System defines an open standard of lens mounting that grounds the future compatibility of Four Thirds System with various lenses from various manufacturers.

I can´t say that the Four Thirds standard itself is so open for examination, as even at the dedicated four-thirds.org website you won´t find detailed specs, if you, say, are willing to join the standard and release your own 4/3 product. Well, all I can say it´s a pity, because the idea is essentially nice, but such "closeness" might lead to a deplorable end.

IDF Spring 2004: Intel presents Cayley, the LCOS display technology

The "zero day" dedicated to accommodation and authorization of IDF Spring 2004 participants is finished.


According to our Alexander Vorobyev, who represents iXBT.com and Digit-Life.com at IDF, the most interesting event was the presentation of company´s new Cayley initiative based on LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology. Unlike DLP that utilizes millions of diminutive mirrors LCOS has liquid crystals located on a reflective surface not as a continuous, but as a discrete layer — to reduce cost price.






Intel´s LCOS technology for flat-panel projection sets allows for higher screen brightness at lower price comparing to other LCOS developments.

Initially the company planned to use this expertise only in comm devices, however the evolution suggested an additional application.

Currently the projection set market is lead by Texas Instruments and its DLP chips. Uusually such devices are over 12" thick costing $2 to $10 thousands. According to Intel, Cayley will enable to reduce the price of LCOS-based HDTV sets down to $1800 already next year.


At Cayley presentation Steve Reed, the head of ecosystem development department of company´s Consumer Electronics Group, demonstrated the LCOS-based prototype as well as the projection chips themselves. The first volume quantities of Intel LCOS chips supporting 720p (1280x768) and 1080p (1920x1080) resolutions are expected closer the end of 2004.

HP iPAQ 6000: a novelty under Pocket PC Phone Edition

The Web brought the first reliable specs and photos of iPAQ 6000 belonging to Hewlett-Packard´s new product family. By the appearance the new novelty resembles 2200, but the key difference is internal — operation under Pocket PC Phone Edition.


HP iPAQ 6000 brief specs:

  • TI Omap1510 processor
  • 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM
  • 3.5" semi-transparent LCD
  • SD/MMC slots with SDIO support
  • GSM850/900/1800/1900 and GPRS operation
  • Bluetooth ver. 1.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Phone Edition
  • Removable Li-Ion 1800mAh battery
  • IrDA, USB interfaces
  • Removable cover
  • 117x74x18mm size
  • 185g weight

Despite iPAQ 6000 is sized almost the same as 2210, it weigh significantly more than 144g of the latter (due to the additional interfaces, I guess). The first PDA ñåðèè iPAQ 6000 are expected in retail closer to Summer 2004 for a price yet undisclosed.

Source: PocketPC Italia

AMD unveils 6 low-voltage Opteron HE and EE server and workstation processors

Today AMD unveiled 6 first low-voltage Opteron processors for 1-way to 8-way servers and workstations. The three of HE (Highly Efficient) class feature ~55W energy consumption, while the three EE (Energy Efficient) models consume about 30W. The new Opteron 146 HE, 246 HE and 846 HE chips work at 2GHz. Opteron 140 EE, 240 EE, 840 EE chips work at 1.4GHz.

All the new Opteron HE and EE products have 940-pin bodies and are made at Fab30 in Dresden using 0.13m process.

AMD is going to launch shipments of these novelties within 30 days. In over 1,000-unit quantities Opteron 140 EE and 146 HE will cost $733, 240 EE and 246 HE $851, while 840 EE and 846 HE will cost $1514.

Pity, but that´s all official information published at company´s website, so we´ll post more as soon as the company releases more materials.

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