Panasonic, the brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial is known, today announced three new models of 3CCD full high-definition camcorders that record detailed moving images with 1920 x 1080 pixel definition. The HDC-SD7, the smallest and lightest full-HD video camera to date, and HDC-SD5, record onto SD Memory Cards. The HDC-SX5 uses DVD discs in addition to SD/SDHC Memory Cards, the first of its kind in the world.
The HDC-SD5 and HDC-SX5 will be available from August 25 and the HDC-SD7 from September 8 in Japan.
The HDC-SD5 and HDC-SD7 are significantly smaller and lighter than their predecessor, the HDC-SD3. The HDC-SD5, measuring 65 x 67 x 135 mm, has 375 cc in volume and weighs 340 g, about 20 percent less in volume and weight. The HDC-SD7, measuring 52 x 110 x 87 mm, has a volume of 330 cc and is as light as 290 g, making it the smallest and lightest in the world. The two models can record up to 90 minutes of HD video on a 4 GB SDHC memory Card which is included in the package.
The hybrid-type HDC-SX5 can record an additional 60 minutes of HD video onto a DVD-R DL disc, allowing it to record up to 150 minutes of HD video when both 4GB SDHC Memory Card and DVD-R DL are used. The HDC-SX5 features an easy, one-touch copy function that enables the user to copy video clips from an SD/SDHC Memory Card to a DVD disc by simply pressing the "Disc Copy" button without using a PC or other equipment.
As with every Panasonic camera, an optical image stabilizer is included as a standard feature. The Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) incorporated in the new camcorders detects and compensates hand-blur about 4,000 times a second, eight times more frequently than the previous models, the HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1. This reduces blurry images caused by unsteady hands to about one third. This system is essential for full-HD recording and viewing as the finer the resolution becomes, the blurrier images become on a large-screen HD TV.
The new camcorders feature 10x optical zoom Leica Dicomar lens.
The novelties also feature a smart Pre-Rec function that helps the user to capture the anticipated sudden movement. When the Pre-Rec function is on, the camcorder records three seconds of images into an internal memory, before recording onto the SD/SDHC Memory Card begins. Then, when the record button is actually pressed, it will start recording onto the SD/SDHC Memory Card the entire scene including the three seconds of the images in the internal memory. This function allows the user to "go back" and capture the precious moment that would have otherwise been missed.
Panasonic also introduced 4 GB and 8 GB SDHC Memory Cards with the Class 6 speed specification which supports a data transfer rate of up to 20 MB per second and a 4 GB SDHC Memory Card with the Class 4 speed which supports a data transfer rate of 10 MB per second. They will be available from September 15 in Japan.
NEC Corporation, NEC Personal Products, and Hitachi, have jointly developed a new liquid cooling system for desktop PCs, which reduces PC operating noise to approximately 1/3 that of current models in Japan (compared with VALUESTAR X sold in Japan). The new system has been realized by adopting Hitachi's advanced CPU liquid cooling cold plate, and the first hard disk drive liquid cooling cold plate, jointly developed by NEC and Hitachi. Realized by Hitachi's liquid cooling technology and NEC's PC development design technology, the new system succeeds in reducing noise level of liquid cooled PCs from approximately 30 decibels (equivalent to the whispering of a human voice) to 25db (equivalent to the silence of a hearing examination room) at maximum operation, a noise level quieter than that of the average home DVD recorder. The new system will be employed in NEC brand consumer desktop PCs for the Japanese market in the near future.
Features of the new silent liquid cooling system:
Source: NEC Corporation
Logitech today introduced the newest addition to its line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming. The Logitech G9 Laser Mouse gives PC gamers the ability to modify nearly every part of the G9 mouse for the best personal fit, feel and performance.
Logitech also unveiled an upgrade to the Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard – now with native support from the popular games for its exclusive GamePanel LCD screen, a backlighted 160x43 screen that gives gamers information to help them win.
With the corded G9 mouse, gamers can enjoy interchangeable grips, on-the-fly dpi switching ranging from 200 dpi to 3200 dpi, full-speed USB laser tracking, an onboard-memory profiling system, weight tuning, a custom-color LED and the hyper-fast MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel, which was introduced last year and is proprietary to Logitech.
The Logitech G9 mouse features a wealth of customizable features, including two interchangeable grips: Wide-Load grip and Precision grip. Designed to deliver comfort even during the longest gaming sessions, the Wide-Load grip provides a fuller shape and soft-touch, satin feel, while the Precision grip’s DryGrip technology and compact shape offer fingertip control and a surer handle for any hand. Logitech expects to offer additional grips at a later date.
For an even more comfortable feel, the G9 mouse allows for customized weight tuning and weight distribution. The innovative weight-tuning system enables gamers to choose from among hundreds of weight settings by inserting up to four additional weights in the mouse’s weight tray, adding up to a maximum of 28 grams. In total, gamers can choose from eight additional weights. The spring-loaded weight cartridge fits snugly in the bottom of the G9 mouse and can be easily opened, retuned and secured in moments.
Using the new Logitech SetPoint software Version 5.0, gamers can create a number of profiles for their mouse. And with the mouse’s onboard memory, gamers can take their personalized settings anywhere – it’s no longer necessary to install SetPoint software on the gaming rig every time a gamer changes computers. Instead, up to five profiles – including specified keyboard macros, dpi settings and LED color settings – can be stored on the mouse for on-the-go gaming. The G9 mouse can automatically identify the saved gaming profile, or gamers can manually control the profile settings using a button located on the bottom of the mouse. Gamers can also choose from a broad range of LED colors that can be linked to each onboard profile, enabling them to coordinate the look of their mouse with their PC setup. When in use, the LED lights up to show mouse dpi and profile settings.
The G9 mouse can also be shifted on the fly to up to 3200 dpi for faster, more precise cursor movements, or down to as low as 200 dpi for games that require pixel-precise control. A full-speed USB connection delivers up to 1,000 reports per second for smooth tracking without cursor lag.
Finally, the G9 laser mouse features the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel, which Logitech introduced last year in the Logitech MX Revolution cordless laser mouse. Using a toggle mechanism on the bottom of the mouse, gamers can choose between precise click-to-click scrolling that is perfect for weapon selection, or nearly frictionless hyper-fast scrolling.
For even more customizability, gamers can use the G9 mouse with the newly upgraded Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard. Its integrated LCD panel offers built-in support for popular games, including World of Warcraft, Battlefield 2142 and Quake Wars. In addition, the G15 keyboard includes a public software development kit (SDK), which allows gamers to program any game to leverage GamePanel for better performance.
The G15 keyboard also offers six on-the-fly programmable macro keys with three modes, for a total of 18 programmable keys per game or application. This means, for example, World of Warcraft players can program the G keys to access their spells more efficiently. To provide gamers with maximum versatility, the G15 supports different combinations of keys for different games; the G15 keyboard activates game-specific settings when a programmed title is launched. And with a reduction in the number of programmable keys to six, the updated G15 keyboard is more compact in size, offering gamers more space on their desk without sacrificing performance.
With two built-in, full-speed USB ports on the keyboard, gamers can simply plug in their mouse and headset for the ultimate gaming experience. The G15 keyboard includes backlighted keys for late-night gaming sessions and includes a game mode switch, which disables the Windows key, eliminating the inconvenience of accidentally closing a game.
The Logitech G9 Laser Mouse (MSRP $99.99 U.S.) and the upgraded Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (MSRP $99.99 U.S.) are expected to be available in September.
Iomega Corporation unveiled a new lineup of Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive products, delivering easy-to-use networking features for the home office and SMB networks.
Available immediately, Iomega's three new StorCenter models, ranging in storage capacity from 500GB to 1TB, incorporate popular home-network features like media-serving capability and print server capability. They also integrate smoothly into small enterprise networks with features that include Active Directory support, journaling file system, and EMC Retrospect Express backup and disaster recovery software.
Iomega's new StorCenter Network Hard Drives are compatible with both Windows and Mac computing environments. The units can be installed and configured in minutes using the included Discovery Tool Pro software; Apple Bonjour support provides equally seamless discovery and configuration capabilities to Mac OS X users.
Once configured, the new Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives allow users to access files from any networked PC or Mac for easy file-sharing and print serving. All three of the new Iomega StorCenter models use 3.5-inch 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives with an 8 MB cache for fast, cost-effective storage. Iomega's 500GB and 750GB StorCenter drives are single-drive products that feature a Gigabit Ethernet connection with jumbo frame support. The top of the line, the 1TB StorCenter Network Hard Drive, is a two-drive product supporting RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring) and JBOD (which treats both drives as a large single drive).
All three new StorCenter Network Hard Drive models support advanced network features that give SMBs and home users many of the same file-serving and data security safeguards enjoyed by large enterprises. Journaling file system helps prevent data loss in the event of a power failure. Active Directory support gives the StorCenter Network Hard Drive the ability to function as a client member in an Active Directory domain, allowing the drive to use the domain users and groups. UPnP AV media server capability allows users to enjoy photos, video, and music throughout the office or the home. Each StorCenter model also has two external USB 2.0 ports for attaching external hard drives or printers, and each drive supports client PCs running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux.
The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives announced today are compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional; XP Home; XP Professional; XP Professional x64; and Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate. Also compatible are Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher and Linux distributions Redhat 9, Mandrake 10, Debian 3.0, Gentoo, and FedoraCore 3.
The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive 1TB is available for $389.00; the Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive 750GB, for $359.00; and the Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive 500GB, for $269.00. (All prices are U.S. suggested retail.) The new products are available worldwide.
Source: Iomega Corporation
ASUS launches the F8 notebook series with the Infusion technology. The Infusion Technology is a new manufacturing process used to produce the unique designs laptop surfaces. Being inlaid within the chassis itself, the motifs are an integral part of the entire laptop and will not fade with time. The Infusion surface also provides a new level of resilience, resisting scratches while looking sleek.
Equipped with a Hybrid TV tuner, the F8 gives the user versatility to take advantage of both digital and analog signals. A card type remote control is incorporated as well. In addition, a built-in swivel webcam allows instant face to face communication without the hassle of external connections and wires.
The F8 is equipped with abundant graphics power with top of the line specifications, including the latest Intel Core2 Duo processors, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, DirectX 10 support and a choice of the most powerful mobile graphics currently available: the ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 or the NVIDIA GeForce8600M GS, each graphics engine stocked with 512MB and 256MB of physical VRAM, respectively.
To give business travelers peace of mind, the F8 features fingerprint authentication, Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
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