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Epson Rangefinder R-D1: 6-megapixel Rangefinder Digital Camera

Hynix is to launch volume production of DDR550 in April

M-Systems announces 90GB Ultra ATA FFD drive

Matsushita Electric Industrial introduces LF-P667C DVD+RW/R USB drive

Plextor unveils the new 12x DVD±R/RW drive, PX-712A/JP

Get ready for 400GB hard drives: Hitachi launches sales of Deskstar 7K400

Epson Rangefinder R-D1: 6-megapixel Rangefinder Digital Camera

Such an interesting novelty was presented today by Seiko Epson. Created together with Cosina Corporation lens maker, Epson Rangefinder Digital Camera R-D1 is a DSLR with a built-in rangefinder (as the name suggests).

Comparing to usual AF methods, the rangefinding bases on triangulation that enables to overlay and compare images obtained from two different point of views. The significant advantage of a rangefinder is its speed and independence on the lens type.

The simplest example of a rangefinder is our eyes that provide very high-precision range information. I´ll just add that R-D1 features analog rangefinder.

The novelty can work with Leica M and L M39 lenses (with an adapter), so the user of Epson Rangefinder Digital Camera R-D1 can select from over 200 lenses. Besides, R-D1 also features 1x viewfinder providing natural "eyes" view.

And the specs are:

  • Magnesium alloy
  • 23.7x15.6mm (APS-C) CCD, RGB filter
  • 6.1 million pixels
  • 3008x2000, 2240x1488
  • 12-bit CCD-RAW, JPEG EXIF 2.21
  • Galileo dual 1x viewfinder with parallax correction, 38.2mm, switchable to 28, 35, 50 mm, 85% coverage, LED exposure indication
  • EM lens mount (compatible with Leica M)
  • 1.53x crop factor
  • 38.2mm base distance
  • 1-1/2000 s exposures
  • Aperture priority, manual modes
  • +/- 2.0 EV exposure compensation in 0.3 EV increments
  • ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600
  • Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Sunny, manual white balance
  • 2" low-temperature polycrystalline LCD, 235,000 pixels, 180°-rotating
  • Hot shoe
  • Secure Digital (SD) media
  • Li-Ion Epson EPALB1 battery
  • 142x89x40mm size
  • 590 g w/o battery

And now the most interesting — the price. No one knows it for sure, as the model will be first showcased only late in March at Photo Expo 2004 in Tokyo, and in retail R-D1 might appear only in Summer. Still some speak of tags about $2800.

Source: PC Watch

Hynix is to launch volume production of DDR550 in April

Korean Hynix finished the development of DDR550 SDRAM and informed about the volume production starting in April 2004. DDR550 are intended for enthusiasts and, according to the press release might become an intermediate variant for those, who think about moving to DDR2 SDRAM.

According to the company, the demand for DDR550 will start to grow when the Intel´s Grantsdale desktop chipset is announced in Q2 this year (as you know, it will support both DDR SDRAM, and DDR2 SDRAM allowing for an intermediate upgrades until the new memory prices go down). Considering that Grantsdale´s share will make 30% of all desktop chipsets, on the threshold of a probable upgrade wave, Hynix started sampling DDR550 SDRAM last month.

However, also considering that Hynix is actually the only memory vendor that can provide enough DDR550 in the market, I guess the demand for this memory type will not be high in the nearest future or even until the mass transition to DDR2, as even the existing DDR400 is only starting to become the mainstream.

M-Systems announces 90GB Ultra ATA FFD drive

M-Systems announced its new 2.5" solid-state flash disk with 90GB capacity and Ultra ATA interfaces providing up to 100MB/s burst read/write (Ultra DMA 5). According to the press release, the device meets MIL-STD 810F and NEBS level-3 standards. By the appearance the drive resembles the previous models.

Brief specs:

  • 1GB to 90.1GB disk capacity
  • 2.5" standard form factor
  • 44-pin interface
  • ATA-6: Ultra DMA 0-5 ,DMA 0-2 and PIO 0-4 transfer modes
  • 100.0 MBytes/sec burst read/write rate
  • 40.0 MBytes/sec sustained read/write rates
  • Quick security erase in seconds
  • Sanitize confidential data, comply with DoD, NSA , US Air force, Army, Navy and IRIG
  • TrueFFS® technology
  • >5,000,000 Write/Erase cycles, unlimited Read
  • SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
  • MIL-STD 810F and and NEBS Level 3 compliant
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Sized 100.2x69.8x9.4~37.4mm
  • Weighs 0.3kg
  • Consumes 3.1W in standby and 4.5W at sustained read/write
  • 1,493,418 hours MTBF (for 4GB model)
  • <10-20 BER (Bit Error Rate)

Company´s complete Ultra ATA series includes the following models (sorted by unformatted capacity, MB): 1024, 2048, 4096, 6144, 8192, 12288, 16384, 20480, 24576, 28672, 32768, 36864, 40960, 45056, 49152, 53248, 57344, 61440, 65536, 69632, 73728, 77824, 81920, 86016, 90112.

Matsushita Electric Industrial introduces LF-P667C DVD+RW/R USB drive

Matsushita Electric Industrial introduced a new external (USB 1.1) multiformat DVD recorder, LF-P667C, that is to go on sale on March 20 for about $314.

By the appearance the novelty resembles LF-P567C announced in March 2003. The key difference between these two models is naturally the DVD+RW/+R support. Sized 130x154x17mm, the drive weighs about 315g. The recommended burn speeds for DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW/+R, CD-R/RW are 8x and faster.

The drive offers 2x DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4GB), 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD-RW, 16x CD-R, 8x CD-RW recording; 2x (4.7/9.4GB) and 1x (2.6/5.2GB) DVD-RAM, 4x DVD-R/RW, 8x DVD-ROM, 24x CD-ROM/R, 8x CD-RW reading.

Source: ASCII24

Plextor unveils the new 12x DVD±R/RW drive, PX-712A/JP

Plextor unveiled its new DVD±R/RW drive, PX-712A/JP, that supports 12x DVD+R write. The novelty is expected in retail stores late in May for the estimated price of ¥22000 ($200).

Note that 12x is supported for DVD+R only, while only 8x is available for DVD-R, and 4x for DVD±RW. The drive also provides 16x DVD and 12x dual-layer DVD-R9 read, up to 48x CD-R write. Finally, the PlexTools Professional software allows writing up to 910MB onto 700MB blanks.

Source: PC Watch

Get ready for 400GB hard drives: Hitachi launches sales of Deskstar 7K400

It seems that from this day on the leadership in 3.5" HDD capacity goes to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) that announced shipments of the new 400GB Deskstar 7K400 hard drives with ATA100 and Serial ATA interfaces. It just takes the breath away when you imagine the amount of various things you can pile up in such a drive. The company positions the novelty as a solution suitable for home A/V systems, high-end digital video recorders (DVR) in particular, as one hour of HDTV signal takes about 8.7GB drive space.

Deskstar 7K400 specs:

  • 400GB capacity
  • Up to 757Mbps throughput
  • 8.5ms average access time
  • 7200rpm
  • ATA100/Serial ATA
  • 25.4mm height
  • 61.7Gbit/inch² data density
  • 5 aluminium plates
  • 10 GMR heads
  • 225G non-operating shock (2ms)
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB)
  • 31dB standby noise
  • 9W Parallel ATA, 9.6W Serial ATA consumption

Nothing is known about the pricing, but considering these drives are shipped in limited amounts, they should primarily be delivered to OEM makers of high-end AV solutions to arrive to retail stores some later.

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