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Old Jul 28, 2004, 11:22 AM   #1
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Some interesting reading. Found this, thought you all might enjoy it.

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http://neasia.nikkeibp.com/wcs/leaf/...bt/news/321823
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Old Jul 28, 2004, 11:39 AM   #2
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Thanks Bob. This does a great deal to explain why the new models were required to address some of the improvements over the last ones. I continue to appreciate your participation in this forum.
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Old Jul 28, 2004, 1:02 PM   #3
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Thanks, it says August 27th as the release date for the cameras, but it's a japan news release. Will that means it will take another couple months for other parts of the world to have it? or it will be release everywhere all at once?


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Old Jul 28, 2004, 1:19 PM   #4
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That's a typo. It was July 27. The only thing that differs is that we won't offer the FX2 that's mentioned. I believe that's only in Japan. All models have been officially announced.
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for the link. I think dakidd was actually wondering when the new cameras will be available for purchase in the US and Canada; in particular the fz3 and fz20. Can you give us an approximate date on that?

Also, what is the LSI mentioned on the link page? I assume it's the Venus Engine. What does LSI stand for?

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Old Jul 28, 2004, 1:52 PM   #6
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LSI is an acronym forlarge-scale integration. It is in reference to the number (3,000 to 100,000) transistors that are place on one chip of an IC (integrated circuit). This could be why FZ10 concerns can not be address in firmware because the Venus Engine is part of an integrated circuit not a program that is written to an EEPROM.
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Thanks, DunlopKR. I take it then that the number and/or quality of these transistors has been increased. Your comment on firmware upgrade is also appreciated.

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