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     BenQ is going to release an 8 ms LCD screen
      Posted on 30/08/2004 at 17:10 by Vincent
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    The next BenQ FP71E+ screen should be released at the end of the month or in October. Build with an AU Optronics panel, the screen response time will be an incredible 8ms! This 17” screen characteristics are: contrast ratio 600 : 1, brightness 300 cd/m² and the resolution is 1280 x 1024 pixels (like any 17” screens).

    We hope that BenQ will release their screen on schedule. Hyundai, one of their competitors, has postponed their last 10 ms LCD screen release since last July.

     Epson’s new printers
      Posted on 30/08/2004 at 13:22 by Vincent
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    Additionally to their new products release, Epson announced their new orientation on the printer market. Laurent Ivanoff, the French CEO, announced this morning the new economical model. The products quality will increase and the prices too. However, the consumables and mainly the cartridges prices will be reduced according to the users expectations. This price reduction isn’t on the quantity of ink delivered but is a price reduction per pages for photos and texts prints.

    Personal comment: At last! A manufacturer admits that the users are sensitive to the printers overall costs (buying price + ink cost).

    Scanners are the first products concerned by this new policy. Epson is going to remove from their range scanners able to acquire opaque documents only. The new scanner range will be compatible with transparent documents, negative film and slides. The new minimum resolution is 2400 dpi even for basic products. So the first consequence is higher prices. The new range include the Perfection 2480 2400 dpi / 48 bits, the P2580 (same technology as the 2480 + Auto Film Loader), the P3170 (3200 dpi), the P4180 (4800 dpi) and the P4170P (same technology as the P4170P + ICE technology + Fire wire).

    Regarding printers, Epson develops separated ink cartridge systems for printers and All-in-ones to reduce the price per pages. Only the C46 and the PictureMate (autonomous printer dedicated to 4" x 6" photos) have monobloc ink cartridges. We also noticed that a new PictureMate printer with Bluetooth connection will be released to prints pictures directly from a cell phone. The remaining printers are equipped with separated ink cartridges with Durabright (pigment-based ink technology for superior image quality, highly resistant and perfect for any type of prints), DYE (dyed ink, better quality for photos) or Ultra Chrome Hi Gloss inks (1.5 picoliter pigment inks, for professional photo prints).

    Durabright ink, 4 separated ink cartridges :
  • C66, $69.99 (new model)
  • C86, $99.99 (new model)

    DYE ink, 6 separated ink cartridges :

  • R200, $99
  • R300, $179 (=R200 + memory card reader + PictBridge + optional color screen)
  • SP1290S, 449, A3 model

    Ultra Chrome ink:

  • R800, 8 separated ink cartridges
  • SP2100, A3 model shipped with the Gretag calibration tool Eye One of.

    All-In-Ones :

    Durabright ink, 4 separated ink cartridges :

  • CX3650, 15/15 ppm, 600 dpi scanner
  • CX6600, 22/11 ppm, 1200 dpi scanner, memory card reader.

    DYE ink:

  • RX425, 4 new separated ink cartridges, 15/13 ppm, scanner 600 dpi (new model)
  • RX500, $249, 6 separated ink cartridges, 2400 dpi scanner
  • RX600, $349, 6 separated ink cartridges, 2400 dpi scanner, color screen

  •  Intel is getting closer to the 65 nm process techn
      Posted on 30/08/2004 at 11:56 by Marc
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    A significant milestone in developing next-generation chip manufacturing technology has been achieved by Intel Corporation. After the September 2003 tests, Intel has built the first 4 Mbits SRAM chips using the world's most advanced 65 nanometer (nm) process technology. Intel reached a new step with this fully functional 70-megabit chip including more than half a billion transistors.

    Intel is planning to start the 65 nm production at the end of 2005 and reach mass production mid-2006. So now will Intel have the same problems than with the 90nm and the Prescott processors released with six months delay?

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