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Multicore processors already a norm

DMC-FZ5, DMC-LZ2 and DMC-LS1: three new digital cameras from Panasonic

Multicore processors already a norm

Multicore processors become a natural standard of our life. Firstly, two days ago Intel finished the pilot stage of multicore CPU production and published the corresponding production plans, which signifies the dawn of a new age in PC history.

In Q2 2005 Intel is going to introduce two new Intel Pentium CPUs, including Extreme Edition modifications, which will feature two cores and are supported by two new chipsets. Intel Pentium Extreme Edition solutions will utilize Hyper-Threading (HT) technology to simultaneously handle 4 software threads.

Systems on dual-core Intel Pentium Extreme Edition CPUs will be positioned for gaming enthusiasts that need the utmost power for everything they are into (and have enough money to buy it, by the way). Intel Pentium Extreme Edition systems will work in newer Intel 955X Express chipsets previously codenamed Glenwood. These novelties will support Intel High Definition Audio, PCI Express, and, of course, DDR2 SDRAM. Also in Q2 the company will introduce a mainstream processor currently codenamed Smithfield. It will be supported by the new Intel 945G Express and Intel 945P Express chipsets previously codenamed Lakeport.

Secondly, at ISSCC (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) IBM showcased the first samples of the 9-core Cell processor.

Sources: Intel, PC Watch

DMC-FZ5, DMC-LZ2 and DMC-LS1: three new digital cameras from Panasonic

According to Japanese and European online editions, Matsushita Electric Industrial, the owner of Panasonic brand, introduced three new LUMIX digital cameras: 5-megapixel DMC-FZ5, 5-megapixel DMC-LZ2 and 4-megapixel DMC-LS1. All novelties utilize Venus image processor and MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer). The expected availability in Japan is this month, worldwide sales following.

Panasonic DMC-FZ5

DMC-FZ5 is an evolution of DMC-FZ3. It stands out with its solid Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 12x optical zoom (36-432mm in 35mm equiv.). The lens features 11 elements in 8 groups, has two aspherical lens, F/2.8-3.3 aperture. The min. focusing distance is 30 cm in normal and 5 cm in macro mode. The camera weighs just 290 g at 108x84.8x68.4 mm size. Instead of 1/3.2" FZ5 has 1/2.5" CCD with 80-400 ISO sensitivity, 2560x1920 max. resolution. The LCD display was also enlarged — to 1.8" (130K pixels).

DMC-FZ5 supports three fast AF modes, including 9, 3 and 1 focusing points. In the fastest mode the focusing time is up to 0.33s. The camera can record QuickTime (Motion JPEG) movies at 320x240 @ 30 fps.

DMC-LZ2, in its turn, has 6x optical lens (37-222 mm in 35mm equiv.), 0.008s shutter lag and weighs 178 g. DMC-LS1 features 3x optical lens (35-105mm in 35mm equiv.) and 0.006s shutter lag. Both cameras feature 14MB memory, support Secure Digital media and require 2 x AA batteries to work.

Sources: PC Watch and DP Now

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