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Adaptec AVC-3160 TV Tuner: 2 in 1

Adaptec has been producing the AVC-3160 USB 2.0 external TV tuner for some time now, but the company has been shipping it to OEM customers and in the Hewlett Packard zd8000 Media Center Laptop. But since recently the vendor decided to retail it as well, let's take a closer look.

The key peculiarity of AVC-3160 is that it contains two hardware MPEG-2 coders. So you can watch one program and record another or record two programs simultaneously. In addition, you can watch a recorded program while recording two live programs.


  • Video Resolution: NTSC up to 720 x 480
  • Video Capture Format: MPEG-2
  • Video Input: 2 composite RCA video and 2 S-video (4-pin DIN)
  • Audio Input: 2 stereo audio (left/right RCA)
  • TV Input: 2 x 75 Ohm coaxial
  • Radio Input: FM
  • IR Input: 2 infrared
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Form Factor: 1.5" x 6.0" x 8.13"
  • Power Supply: 5V/2.5Amps external power supply

    The tuner costs $229 in USA. The package includes all necessary cabling, a remote control and a vertical support.

    DALSA Powers New Digital Camera Backs

    DALSA a while ago announced that its next generation 33 megapixel and 28 megapixel CCD image sensor chips have been designed into two new professional digital camera backs.

    The new Leaf Aptus 75 medium and large format digital camera back, which was recently launched at the PhotoPlus Expo, is powered by DALSA's new 33 megapixel FTF5066 CCD image sensor. The camera back, which will begin shipping in November, produces 16-bit images with file sizes of nearly 200 megabytes. The Leaf Aptus 65, which will be available early in 2006, features the 28 megapixel FTF6146 DALSA chip and generates high quality 160 megabyte image files, also at 16 bits.

    The Leaf Aptus 75 incorporating the new chip has the following features:

    • 7.2-micron pixels for broader dynamic range
    • Unique color filters for consistent and accurate color reproduction
    • Range of pre-shoot setup options: create image settings and file/folder names
    • Handy editing tools: flag, move, and sort your images
    • Quick access to gray balance, spot meter, and 100% zoom on screen
    • Setup options embedded in the LEAF raw file decrease post-production time
    • User wheel for quick access to features
    • Lossless 16-bit file compression
    • Range of storage options: CF card, 20 or 30 GB Digital Magazine, FIREWIRE disk, computer hard disk
    • Compatible with medium- and large-format cameras: use wide-angle lenses and shift and tilt movements
    • Compatible with ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS for processing LEAF uncompressed raw files, standard external batteries, and external hard drives

    Axper Usus SiS761GX/SiS964 Chipset In The Its New Motherboard

    SiS announced that its SiS761GX chipset was selected by Axper that will use it to present a new motherboard, XP-M8S761GX.

    The XP-M8S761GX, designed for AMD Sempron, utilizes SiS761GX/SiS965, has support for PCI Express x16 interface and is backed by the AMD64 platform's Cool'n'Quiet and AMD HyperTransport technologies. The chipset also offers Mirage 1 Graphic Engine, 8 x USB2.0/1.1 ports and AC'97 compliance.

    More specs:

    • SiS MuTIOL: 1G Technology (1GB/s)
    • ATA 133/100: 2 x IDE
    • 2 x SATA 1.0
    • RAID 0, 1, JBOD
    • 6ch AC'97 v2.3 audio
    • 10/100Mbps LAN

    Source: SiS

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