Intel to focus strongly on SSD market
Intel wants to avoid the cyclical, market share game in the NAND flash chip sector against the likes of Samsung, Hynix and Toshiba. But Intel dropped hints it wants to unseat Samsung as the No. 1 player in SSDs.
What's surprising about its discrete chip strategy is Intel generally aspires to be No. 1 in a given market, such as processors and chipsets. Generally, if Intel lags in a market, it exits the sector. For example, Intel has exited the ASIC market, communication ICs, NOR flash, branded PCs, supercomputers and other sectors for one reason or another over the years.
SSD is a different story. In fact, Intel this year plans to ship a line of SSDs, based on a new family of 25-nm parts made by the company's venture with Micron Technology Inc., said Tom Rampone, the new vice president and general manager of Intel's NAND Solutions Group.
"We want to be a leader in SSDs,'' he told EE Times at the event here. In 2010, ''we want to bring SSDs out of the niche markets and into the mainstream.''
Over the years, though, Intel has experienced some ups and downs in flash. The company is said to have introduced the first commercial NOR type flash chip in 1988. Although it became the process and market share leader in NOR, the company generally lost money in the business. In NOR, there were (and still are) too many players in a declining market.
Several years ago, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. saw the light and spun out their NOR venture into a company called Spansion. More recently, Intel jettisoned its NOR unit. That business was combined with STMicroelectronics Inc.'s flash unit to form what is now Numonyx NV.
Canon Rebel EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) dSLR launched
Canon refreshed its consumer dSLR lineup with the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i in the US). This new camera features a 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, ISO 100 - 6400 (expandable to 12800), 3.7fps shooting, 1080p HD video recording at up to 30fps (720p at up to 60fps), and a 3" LCD display. The body will be available next month for $800, or in a bundle with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens for $900.
Today's photo enthusiast is looking for a camera that will grow with them as they learn, and that is a perfect description of the new EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera. Retaining all of the traditional characteristics that have made the EOS Rebel series beloved by entry-level photographers and an industry best-seller, the new Rebel T2i succeeds in bridging the gap between an entry-level camera and a true pro-sumer camera.
The Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera includes a variety of new features for photographic assignments as varied as grabbing that action shot from the sidelines or creating memorable family portraits, including: 3.7 fps shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and Canon's DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. There are some moments in our lives where video helps capture the moment better than a still image, and the Rebel T2i offers the best of both worlds with Full HD 1080p video as well as 18-megapixel still images. The Rebel T2i DSLR continues Canon's industry-leading trend in Full HD DSLR video capture with manual exposure control, selectable frame rates and a new external microphone input. There is also a new feature for standard definition recording, Movie Crop, which provides an approximate 7x additional zoom with no loss of image quality when shooting SD quality video.
Koolance CPU-360 waterblock
Koolance is now shipping their all new CPU-360, their waterblock flagship. It's sold for $84.99 and is compatible with Intel's LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD's Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3.
Following the extremely successful CPU-350 comes Koolance's latest high-performance CPU water block. The CPU-360 uses an advanced microfin cold plate (0.25mm fins, 0.30mm channels), o-ring sealed impingement plate, and an optimized flow path to yield best performance with relatively low coolant restriction.
The CPU-360 contains a copper cold plate with brass top. As with all Koolance products, nickel plating is added to improve corrosion resistance. Two universal steel mounting brackets are included for mainstream Intel and AMD processors. The CPU-360 has standard G 1/4 BSP threading for any Koolance nozzle diameter. Please select the desired nozzle type for this base model (it does not include nozzles).
Windows 7 64-bit adoption rate higher than 32-bit for gamers
And that makes sense as in 64-bit you will not quickly run into memory limitations. Each month Steam posts their statistics on the average specs for gamers, along with detailed information about the most popular hardware and software brands, including operating systems, like Windows 7.
Based on Steam's January 2010 information, Windows 7 64-bit is used by 19.50% of all Steam users comapred to 9.03% for Windows 7 32-bit. Windows 7 managed to take 28.53% of all users, up +5.47% from last month. Windows XP is still dominant with 42.78%, down 2.63% from last month.
Radeon HD 5570 review
Radeon HD 5570 review
ATI today is launching the most budget of gaming capable graphics cards, the Radeon series 5500. In specific today we'll look at the Radeon HD 5570. A 400 shader processor encounting DX11 class product, with multi-monitor Eyefinity support (up-to three monitors) and a very low price -- set at just 69 USD.
Is the card good enough for all-round usage and a little gaming ? Well, let's find out.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
NVIDIA releases Optimus Technology
On the notebook front a lot is changing all the time. NVIDIA is debuting their new Optimus technology. The solution will actually be based of one of the company's older technologies which got canned / placed in the fridge roughly a year and a half ago. You guys know it as
AMD's 6-core processors to get Turbo Boost feature
Much like Intel decided to go for the per core overclokcing feature 'Turbo boost' AMD apprantly also will follow that trend by enabling a new feature called Dynamic Performance Boost for the upcoming Thuban (hexacore) processors.
Intel Core vPro Processor Family
The Intel Core vPro processors arrive as business computing evolves with the emergence of video, Internet telephony, social networking and other heavyweight applications - in many cases running at the same time - making a computer's performance an even bigger priority.
The platform based on the 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family includes the new Intel Q57 Express chipset, and new Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection for notebooks and Intel 82578DM Network Connection for desktop PCs.
Computer manufacturers worldwide, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, are rolling out business PCs based on the 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family. In addition, developers of software solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises such as Aternity, Bomgar, Kaseya, LANDesk, Level Platforms, LogMeIn, Microsoft, N-Able, RealVNC, Spiceworks, Symantec and WinZip will support the new features in their upcoming products. IT service providers, including AT&T Tech Support 360 and PlumChoice, plan to adopt Intel Core vPro Technology capabilities into their SMB offerings.
The 2010 Intel Core i7 processors and Core i5 processors feature Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for adaptive, "smarter" computing. Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically adjusts the speed of the processor when it senses a workload change - faster when the user, for example, is multitasking or watching a video, and slower, more energy-efficiently when the worker goes for coffee and only background applications are running.
Contributing to the industry-leading speed and energy efficiency of the processors, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology interconnects multiple processor cores with multiple "threads" that enable faster processing of instructions in parallel.
Using standard benchmarks, a notebook with the 2010 Intel Core i5 vPro processor can run business productivity applications up to 80 percent faster, multiple applications up to twice as fast, and protect confidential data up to 3.5 times quicker compared to a 3-year-old mainstream notebook.
Outsmarting Evil Doers
Intel Anti-Theft Technology, available with Intel vPro Technology frustrates thieves by locking access to a PC if a central server or built-in intelligence concludes it is lost or stolen. New Intel Anti-Theft Technology version 2.0 (Intel AT 2.0) enables encryption solutions to disable access to cryptographic keys through hardware to completely block access to data, and also makes it simpler to reactivate a PC once in rightful hands. Also, a custom message can be displayed in a pre-OS screen of the disabled PC for anyone who tries to access the computer. Many computer makers plan to support Intel AT 2.0, such as Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and Panasonic, and such security companies as Absolute Software, PGP, Phoenix and WinMagic.
Thinking Straight on Management
The new Intel Keyboard-Video-Mouse Remote Control (KVM Remote Control), features available with dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro processors work in conjunction with Intel integrated graphics, bringing a stop to IT administrators' frustration with having to ask users, "What do you see?" Instead, they will see users' displays just as the users do and have full control of the PC, even if the operating system is inoperative. Previously, KVM functionality required appliances that cost as much as $200 and more per PC.
As encryption becomes more prevalent in business PCs, Intel has added features that avoid productivity slowdowns. First, Intel incorporated new instructions for the Advanced Encryption Standard into the hardware, speeding up encryption and decryption. Second, new Intel Remote Encryption Management enables distant IT personnel to manage PCs with encrypted hard drives by more securely unlocking those drives, making all of the Intel vPro Technology capabilities available.
Another new feature, PC Alarm Clock, can wake a PC from off at a predetermined time to perform maintenance, security and other tasks on its own.
Boost for Small-, Medium-sized Businesses
Researchers create worlds first solar power circuit
Using solar power is nothing new, we have seen several solar chargers and other gear that can use the power of the sun to charge its batteries and operate. A circuit that can actually power itself using sunlight has been developed by researchers and it could change the technology world someday.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania created the world
Aliens vs. Predator Demo Patched
Unprecedented demand for Aliens vs. Predator following the release of the cross-platform demo yesterday morning brought to light matchmaking issues on the PC platform resulting in players having to wait to join games, or even not find games at all. We're pleased to say later in the day the issue was corrected and a small patch to the PC executable next time you launch it from Steam will have you finding and playing games using Quick Match as it was intended.
While this issue did not affect the Xbox 360, we are, with SEGA's assistance investigating reports of a similar nature on the PlayStation 3 and working flat out on a solution. The full game features the ability to browse for and create games but for the purposes of simplicity the demo was limited to matchmaking, alongside the ability to set up groups with friends which mitigated yesterday's issues for many. We're really sorry that this issue tainted a day in which we saw many people get hands on with AvP for the first time and we're hugely gratified by the positive feedback to the game.
Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 motherboard review
Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 motherboard review
In the wake of the Intel Clarkdale series of processors (Core i3 500 & Core i5 600 series) we have seen a lot of H55 chipset based motherboards out there. H55 is a chipset for your average mainstream entry level motherboards series, there is in fact a small step up .. it's based on the H57 chipset and will bring some more features to the table. Gigabyte was one of the first out there to ship out one of their H57 based motherboards. The Gigabyte H57 series offers a little more in the form of RAID support while it also packs a little more punch which we'll look at in this review of course. A more interesting feature on this GA-H57M-USB3 motherboard is that it also contains USB 3.0 through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller and very excessive display connection options like DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
ASRock USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s Equipped P55-Deluxe3 Motherboard
Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 when both are populated), a PCI-Express x1, and two PCI slots. Both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire, are supported. Other connectivity options include 8+2 channel audio with SPDIF connectivity, gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, FireWire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The ASRock P55 Deluxe3 should be priced somewhere in the $180~$200 range.
ATI Radeon HD 5800 gray screen hotfix
Catalyst 10.1 hotfix Features:
Alleviates some of the intermittent grey screen and vertical line corruptions that may randomly appear during normal usage when using an ATI
DirectX End-User Runtimes (February 2010)
Microsoft released DirectX End-User Runtimes release February 2010. This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. This distro doesn't just update DX9, but also updates DX10/DX11.
This package is localized into Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English.
Supported Operating Systems:
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Essential Business Server; Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs; Windows Home Server; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Web Edition; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V; Windows Small Business Server 2003 ; Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium; Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard ; Windows Vista; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition; Windows Web Server 2008; Windows XP; Windows XP 64-bit; Windows XP Embedded; Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 1; Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 ; Windows XP Home Edition ; Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 3; Windows XP Starter Edition; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components.
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SunBeamTech launches series USB 3.0 products
Sunbeamtech has announced three USB 3.0 products, available by the end of this February, 2010. Products to be introduced are a two-Port USB 3.0 expansion card, HDDPAL and Airbox.
The 2-port USB 3.0 expansion card - Have you ever wished that your USB interface could transfer data faster? With a maximum transfer rate of 5Gbps, the USB3.0 Expansion Card was designed to add USB3.0 interface to your computer without your having to upgrade your motherboard.
Next is the USB3.0 HDDPAL Docking Station - The plug-n-play ready, high speed USB3.0 HDDPAL provides the user with flexibility, portability and performance. The unit supports both 2.5
NZXT Premium Cables and Performance Fans
NZXT announces its new line of premium cables and performance fans for PC enthusiasts. The new lineup premium cables consists of VGA, PSU, and HDD cables that are individually sleeved in a black enclosure to provide a sleeker look that seamlessly integrates into the case
Gigabyte releases USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
The GA-USB3 PCI Express expansion card that will allow any old and current system to enjoy the benefits of the new universal serial bus standard, if you can find some actual USB 3 devicxes that is :)
Gigabyte recently also revealed an upcoming motherboard that, based on AMD's 890GX chipset, with onboard USB 3.0 support with two connectors. Still, there is no clear indication of exactly when this board will debut. As such, the company has decided to offer a substitute, especially considering that, now, there is a reasonable variety of devices compatible with the new standard.
The device is dubbed the GA-USB3.0 PCI-Express expansion card and operates on the PCI Express x1 interface. It uses a 2oz copper blue PCB and boasts an MOLEX power plug through which connected devices are supplied with up to three times more watts than otherwise possible. The number of actual SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports that the GA-USB3.0 provides is equal to two.
The company has already made this product widely available and has given it a price tag of $39.99, which is the equivalent of 31 Euro.
MSI launches Radeon HD 5450 card
MSI released two Radeon HD 5450 graphics cards based on the new Cedar based Radeon HD 5450.
MSI, officially launches the silent graphics card series, R5450-MD1GH and R5450-MD512H, to fulfill the demand from more and more home theatre PC (HTPC) users. Featuring ATi Radeon HD 5450 GPU and supporting DirectX 11 and ATi AVIVO HD technologies, these two silent graphics cards from MSI are the total solutions for gaming and audio & video playback. Furthermore, the fan-less, native HDMI and low-profile designs are customized for HTPCs, so that both models are prime choices for building a home theatre.
Exquisite video effects with DirectX 11 and ATi AVIVO HD
In addition to the leading-edge DirectX 11 gaming standard for users to fully experience the performance of 3D games, MSI R5450 series featuring the ATi Radeon HD 5450 GPU is equipped with AVIVO HD and UVD 2.0 video technologies exclusively from ATi, allowing smooth video processing without consuming much PC resources to allow users enjoy full HD movies with great ease.
Native HDMI connecting devices much easier
Moreover, the built-in native HDMI port on R5450 series makes true digital home theatre a reality. By integrating both digital video and audio in one port, users can easily connect a HTPC to any LCD TV or display device equipped through HDMI cable.
Fan-less and low-profile tailored for HTPCs
The low-profile design of MSI R5450 series is tailored for HTPCs with a mini case design. The fan-less design ensures absolute silence for HTPC users to fully enjoy the joy of home theatre. A total solution for both gaming and home theatre, MSI R5450-MD1GH and R5450-MD512H with low-profile and fan-less designs are doubtlessly the premium choices for HTPC users.