PC Briefs: Sonicblue, NVidia, Fuji

PC Briefs: Sonicblue, NVidia, Fuji

Sonicblue’s ‘world first’

Sonicblue is claiming a world first with its networked DVD player that was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

In addition to its DVD duties, the GoVideo D2730 lets users stream digital music, images and video clips from the PC to the television. The device works with either a PCMCIA ethernet adapter card (which is included) or an optional Wi-Fi (802.11b) card. It also features a wizard-based setup. The software is loaded onto the PC, which acts as a server. The TV becomes the display for GoVideo’s interface. The D2730’s DVD player has progressive scan capability and a built-in Dolby digital decoder. The $US250 player includes composite, component, and S-Video outputs.

NVidia gets on the boards

NVidia is poised to jump on the personal video recording bandwagon, unveiling its new generation of graphics boards optimised for personal cinema applications. Historically, ATI Technologies has owned the market for combination graphics board/TV tuners with its line of All-in-Wonder boards. NVidia is updating its line of Personal Cinema boards, and plans to release models in February. The new boards focus on turning your PC into a personal video recorder and digital media center, with some unique features such as Direct-to-DVD video recording. The boards are based around the GeForce4 MX 440 graphics chip that supports AGP 8X and comes paired with 64MB of DDR memory.

New Fuji Film XD Picture Card

Fuji Photo Film will begin selling a 256MB version of its recently launched XD Picture Card in Japan at the end of January. The card will be slightly cheaper than a similar capacity Secure Digital (SD) memory card although almost double the price of a 256M-byte Compact Flash card. The first digital cameras to use the new format went on sale in September.

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