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BenQ Announces New Digital Projectors – MP720p And MP620

Intel Announces Multicore, Threaded Application Development Tools For Apple Developers

Nikon Reshapes Film Camera Assortment

Samsung Debuts First 4GB Flash MP3 Player With Music-To-Go Subscription

IBM, Sony, Toshiba Extend Semiconductor Technology Alliance

BenQ Announces New Digital Projectors – MP720p And MP620

BenQ revealed its new digital projector line up, the BenQ MP720p/MP620.

The novelties meet the sRGB standard and provide 2500/2200 ANSI lumens enabling to show presentations in bright environments. Projectors also feature nine sets of application mode, which provides instant optimized settings for brightness, color saturation and contrast.

Also available is an optional wireless module, LinkPro, that allows the user to move freely during presentations without the need to hassle with cables. Moreover, the BenQ MP720p/MP620 wireless Wizard software enables easy switching between multiple notebooks which can be a convenient tool for large meetings. And for long distance data transmission LinkPro also features a LAN port.

The BenQ MP720p/MP620 feature a special embedded dust filter that traps microscopic debris.

The BenQ MP720p/ MP620 is currently available on the market.

Source: BenQ

Intel Announces Multicore, Threaded Application Development Tools For Apple Developers

Intel announced new software development tools and resources through its Intel Software Network. These are to help Apple developers take advantage of Intel Core Duo processor technologies to maximize application performance on the new Intel–based Mac platforms.

The special beta versions of the Intel Fortran Compiler, Intel C++ Compiler, Intel Math Kernel Library and Intel Integrated Performance Primitives are available now. Intel will also provide other resources to assist with software optimization, dual core threading and migration information.

These development tools are integrated into Apple’s Xcode development environment and offer an alternative to existing tools and compilers. Intel augments these compilers with advanced support for threading through OpenMP and auto–parallelism capabilities.

The suite of development tools from Intel will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2006, and are now available for free trial in the special beta program.

Source: Intel

Nikon Reshapes Film Camera Assortment

As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced features and extra value is growing rapidly. Additionally, the demand for high performance digital SLR cameras is also steadily increasing as customers shift from film SLRs or upgrade from compact digital cameras.

With film cameras accounting for an ever smaller percentage of Nikon's total sales volume, the company has decided to concentrate more on the digital camera business.

The measures that Nikon will adopt include discontinuing production of all large format Nikkor lenses and enlarging lenses, as well as several film camera bodies, manual focus Nikkor interchangeable lenses and related accessories. Sales of these products will cease as supplies are depleted.

Importantly, Nikon's film camera business will continue with flagship models F6 and FM10. Additionally, Nikon will continue to produce the manual focus 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro-Nikkor.

Nikon will offer continued post-sale service for products whose production has ceased for a period of 10 years from Nikon's last date of sale.

Source: Nikon

Samsung Debuts First 4GB Flash MP3 Player With Music-To-Go Subscription

Samsung Electronics debuted a new ultra-slim, lightweight flash player. The YP-Z5 Music Jukebox supports music subscription services and features a 24-hour rated rechargeable battery.

The YP-Z5 is Microsoft Plays For Sure Audio Download and Subscription enabled, so consumers can play DRM content transferred from a PC, and the player supports MP3, WMA, WMA DRM10, and JPEG formats.

Samsung's music jukebox has a durable aluminum body and weighs just over 2 ounces. It supports the proprietary DNSe Portable 3D Sound Technology, has a 1.8" color TFT LCD screen, and enables users to create slideshows with dynamic effects as well as pan and zoom on digital photos.

The player features a touch pad interface and allows customizing interface background with any JPEG image.

The YP-Z5 comes in both silver and black and will be available in February 2006 at $199 MAP (2GB) and $249 MAP (4GB).

Source: Samsung Electronics

IBM, Sony, Toshiba Extend Semiconductor Technology Alliance

IBM, Sony and Toshiba announced they have begun a new, five-year phase of their joint technology development alliance.

As part of this broad semiconductor research and development alliance, the three companies will work together on fundamental research related to advanced process technologies at 32 nanometers and beyond.

Research and development will take place at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., the Center for Semiconductor Research at Albany NanoTech, and at IBM's 300 millimeter manufacturing facility in East Fishkill.

Source: Toshiba

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