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Sanyo unveils handset digital camera module with a mechanical shutter

Plextor presents MPEG1/2/4, DivX converter, ConvertX PX-M402U

Panasonic releases VDR-M70K video camera with a DVD writer

S/U/M/A/ introduces PLATINUM GeForce4 MX4000 Value 128MB card with 5ns memory

Intel announces 3GHz Xeon MP with 4MB L3 cache and declares 25% performance boost



Sanyo unveils handset digital camera module with a mechanical shutter

Sanyo Electric unveiled its new handset digital camera module, IGT99353M-ST, based on 1/4.5" HyperEye CCD that provides 1.03 million effective pixels (1170x882). The samples now cost ¥9000 ($85) and over.


IGT99353M-ST features the LC99353 CCD itself, and LC99810 DSP that processes the CCD signals (see below)


As for the CCD specs, they are: 2.7x2.7µm pixel size, 120mW at QVGA video recording (7.5fps), 2.9V voltage. IGT99353M-ST lens feature F/3.5-7.0 aperture (naturally changeable). And what´s the most interesting, the module has a mechanical shutter. Finally, the module size is 17x11x7.6mm.

Source: ASCII24

Plextor presents MPEG1/2/4, DivX converter, ConvertX PX-M402U

Plextor presented the first in Europe MPEG4 converter, ConvertX PX-M402U, that can convert input video stream into MPEG1/2, MPEG4, and DivX. The device has a USB 2.0 interface, stereo audio input, S-Video, and composite video. The software bundle includes Intervideo WinDVD Player and WinDVD.


Minimum system requirements are Pentium III 800 MHz or higher, Windows XP/Windows 2000, 256MB RAM, 10GB HDD space, 24-bit / DirectX 9.0 graphics card, sound card, optical drive.

And the specs are:

  • PAL (720x576, 352x576, 352x288)
  • S-Video or composite (RCA)
  • Stereo audio input (RCA)
  • USB 2.0
  • 100~240V power, 50/60Hz
  • 18.4x3.24x15.5cm size
  • 525 g weight
  • MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI (DivX, ASF), WMV input formats
  • Supports VCD, DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-VR, DVD+VR)
  • Expected availability is May 2004, MSRP 175

Panasonic releases VDR-M70K video camera with a DVD writer

Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial) again released an interesting product. This usual looking video camera has a rather unusual feature — capability of writing the recorded data onto DVD-RAM/R (80mm).


VDR-M70K was developed by Panasonic together with Hitachi (DZ-MV580), so these models look alike. VDR-M70K is expected in Japanese retail on April 10 for a still unknown price. Our news source believes it to be aroung ¥120000 ($1090).

Camera specs:

  • 1/3.8" CCD, 1.02 million pixels; about 460,000 pixels effective at recording, ~ 960,000 pixels effective at shooting still images
  • Supports 16:9
  • 10x optical lens, F/1.8-2.4 aperture
  • Supports 80mm DVD-RAM, DVD-VR, DVD-R media
  • 2.5" LCD, 110,000 pixels
  • USB 2.0
  • Li-Ion, 1360mAh battery
  • Up to 2 hours 10 minutes of operation
  • 64x146x89 size
  • 585 g weight

Source: PC Watch

S/U/M/A/ introduces PLATINUM GeForce4 MX4000 Value 128MB card with 5ns memory

Korean S/U/M/A/ introduced its new graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce4 MX4000 GPU, SUMA PLATINUM GeForce4 MX4000 Value 128MB. The model obviously features 128MB RAM (5ns, TSOP), 64-bit bus, 275/400 MHz clock rates.


Except the standard 15-pin D-Sub the card has a TV-Out. According to the company, the low price coupled with features allows positioning this product for barebones or slim PCs.


If you remember, early in January Gainward introduced a similar solution, GeForce4 PowerPack! Pro/620 TV-DVI. From today novelty, that model differed by 266MHz core clock. Besides, EPoX also had time to announce such a solution on GeForce MX440/MX4000 as well as Sparkle:



Intel announces 3GHz Xeon MP with 4MB L3 cache and declares 25% performance boost

Intel officially announced the new Xeon MP processors for multiprocessor environments and declared that their performance should be 25% higher than that of the previous models. The new processors feature 3.0GHz clock rate, 4MB L3 cache.

System builders, including Unisys, Bull, Dell, Egenera, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Kraftway, Langchao, Lenovo, NEC, Powerleader, Samsung, and Toshiba plan to ship over 50 multiway (4-32 CPUs) Xeon-based servers this year. And Intel itself also announced the 4-way Intel Server Compute Blade SBX44 on the new Xeon MP products.

3GHz Intel Xeon MP with 4MB L3 cache is available now. In over 1,000-unit quantities it costs $3,692 (2.7GHz and 2.2GHz Xeons with 2MB L3 cache today cost $1,980 and $1,177, respectively.)

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