VIA released a miniature single-board x86-compatible PC named VIA Luke. All its components are located on an 8x8cm motherboard. Based on the C3 core, the system features integrated South and North Bridges, UniChrome-based graphics, sound system, Ethernet 10/100 PHY.
Naturally, the novelty is offered for making various consumer and industrial electronics, from entertainment centres and security conrtollers to compact rackmount servers.
The new system is possibly made according to the "Digital Brilliance" concept, which was recently introduced by Richard Brown, the Associate VP for International Marketing. At least, it corresponds to the concept criteria.
Samsung Electronics introduced four new hard disk drives with increased storage capacity. The new SpinPoint P120 Series hard drives include both 3Gbps Serial ATA and Parallel ATA versions and are available with either a 200GB or a 250GB capacity. All four new drives are currently shipping.
The Serial ATA novelties, the 200GB SP2004C ($150 Estimated Street Price) and the 250GB SP2504C ($170), feature 3Gbps I/O transaction capabilities, Native Command Queuing, Device Initiated SATA Power Management, Staggered Spin-up Support and an optional ATA Streaming Feature Set.
The 200GB SP2014N ($130) and the 250GB SP2514N ($150) feature an Ultra ATA-133 Interface, Fluid Dynamic Bearing Spindle Motor Technology, ATA Security Mode, ATA host Protected Area, and an ATA Streaming Feature.
Each of the four new Samsung SpinPoint 120 Series Serial ATA and Parallel ATA hard drives feature 100GB/125GB formatted capacity per disk, high-speed dual DSP, ATA S.M.A.R.T. compliance, ATA Automatic Acoustic Management and ATA Streaming. All novelties also offer 7200-rpm spindle speed, 8.9-millisecond average seek time and 8MB cache buffers. The list of proprietary noise reduction technologies includes NoiseGuard and SilentSeek.
Source: Samsung Electronics
Transcend Information launched the new T.sonic 510 Flash MP3 Player which comes in 256MB and 512MB capacities and with a USB2.0 interface. It supports MP3, WMA and WAV music formats, features an FM radio, and a digital voice recorder. The novelty measures 86x36x16.5mm at 25g weight (without AAA battery).
The T.sonic 510 comes with an FM radio that can pre-program your 20 favorite stations and allow you to record from the radio. As well as the radio the T.sonic 510 has a digital voice recorder and an A-B repeat function, which allows you to continuously replay a designated section of a track. In addition, the T.sonic 510 has a karaoke-type feature, its synchronized lyrics function lets you sing along to the song you are listening to while viewing the words of the song on the LCD display. The T.sonic 510 includes 6 different types of Equalizer settings including a customizable USER EQ mode and supports 12 user languages for filename and song/artist title.
More features include auto-power off after 2, 10, or 30 minutes of no usage. The player is backed up by the 2-year warranty.
Panasonic introduced two new DIGA DVD recorders – the DMR-ES40V and the DMR-ES20 – at the 2005 CEDIA EXPO. Both of these new models add a DV input to the feature mix. Additionally, the successful DMR-EH50, with a built-in 100GB Hard Drive, continues as Panasonic’s flagship model.
The DMR-ES40V is a dual deck DVD recorder and VHS VCR, a model that allows the consumer to transfer their old VHS tapes to a DVD disc with one touch of a button. The DMR-ES20 builds upon the success of its predecessor by offering the consumer an entry level DVD recorder that also features multi-format recording and playback. Both the DMR-ES40V and the DMR-ES20 offer up to 16-hour extended recording time on a 9.4 GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc in EP mode.
All three DVD recorders offer response in start-up of 1 second, an improved horizontal resolution in LP mode that renders images delivering up to 500 lines, and a new 12-bit ADC. The DMR-ES40V and the DMR-ES20, as well as the DMR-EH50 record to DVD-RAM, DVD±R and DVD-RW discs; and can play back DVD-RAM, DVD±R2/RW, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, Video-CD, Audio-CD (CD-DA), and CD-R/RW MP3/JPEG formatted discs.
The DMR-EH50 features a 100GB hard disk drive, offering users up to 177 hours of recording time and comes with The TV Guide On Screen Program Guide. It also features a new Smart Wheel user-friendly remote control to quickly find recorded programs and start playback faster.
The DMR-EH50 also features a built-in SD slot and an SD viewer for sharing JPEG images between the DVD recorder and personal computers, digital cameras and camcorders, and other SD-enabled A/V devices.
While the DMR-EH50 is already available with the MSRP of $399.95, the DMR-ES20 and DMR-ES40V are to go on sale this month with respective MSRPs of $199.95 and $299.95.
GlacialTech introduced Igloo 7300 series CPU coolers for AMD 64 based desktops. Igloo 7300 series includes Igloo 7300 Light, Igloo 7300, Igloo 7300 Pro and Igloo 7300 TC.
The Igloo 7300 Light makes 21 dBA noise, Igloo 7300 makes 27 dBA noise. the Igloo 7300 Pro is an aluminum cooler intended for overclockers, and the Igloo 7300 TC is designed with the temperature controlled fan and has the noise level between 18 dBA to 35 dBA. When CPU environment temperature goes up the fan will automatically increase the speed to cool down the CPU.
Yesterday Rich Templeton, president and CEO of Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced DaVinci, the new semiconductor technology for next generations of digital video products. DaVinci technology is a DSP-based solution tailored for digital video applications that provides video equipment manufacturers with integrated processors, software and tools to simplify the design process and accelerate innovation.
DaVinci will allow digital video designers to choose a signal processor tailored for their needs and then select from a menu of production ready software, reducing time to market and increasing innovation by an order of magnitude.
For consumers, these advancements will result in new generations of digital video products. For example, consumers will no longer have to correct color and lighting problems on a digital photo using their PC; those corrections will be done automatically by the camera. Instead of multiple systems, one TV set-top box will allow consumers to play and/or record, as well as video conference with friends simultaneously. Taking this technology one step further, consumers with a video security system will be able to identify a visitor at the front door, unlock it and open it via their TV remote.
TI expects to announce DaVinci-based processor samples, software and development tools by year-end 2005. DaVinci-enabled solutions are in the pipeline for products such as digital cameras, automotive infotainment products, portable media players, set-top boxes and video security systems.
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