>who stated the D100 was based off of the F100. Common belief has >been that the D100 is a digital N80, yet he commented that >it is not the case. Only certain design elements from the >N80 were used in the creation of the D100.
No, this is NOT what he stated. What he stated is that in terms of position in the camera line-up, the D100 occupies the same position in the digital SLRs as the F100 occupies in the film SLRs. He's not commenting at all on the technical aspects of the camera, but on the way Nikon is positioning the cameras (pro vs. prosumer).
Here is the direct quote from your link: I guess you might say that. The D1 series contains Nikon's top-of-the-line digital cameras... so those cameras are at a premium price, and they have big, substantial bodies. Some people shy away from them. On the other hand, the F100 is a compact, lightweight version of the high-performance F5. In that respect, the relationship between the D1 and D100 is similar to that of the F5 and F100.
The D100 is basically a digital N80. Other posters have mentioned the numerous similarities. The D100 has very little (if anything) from the F100. If you don't believe me, then maybe you'll believe Thom Hogan: Virtually all of the components in the camera come from the N80 parts bin, with the only visible exceptions being the Coolpix-like autofocus sensor pad and a few reworked parts, such as the Mode dial. Inside, the situation is similar: aside from the F100-derived chassis, virtually all the critical components are from the N80.