Sandy Bridge delay by a quarter saves Intel money
DigiTimes heard rumors that Intel has decided to halt its plans to upgrade to a 22nm process at Fab 24 and delayed the launch of the Ivy Bridge chips by one quarter to save costs. The article claims the measures are the result of a weaker-than-expected PC market.
Intel has recently decided to delay its Ivy Bridge platform launch from the end of 2011 to March 2012, while notebook models with the new platform will start appearing in the channel in April to allow a smooth transition between the existing Sandy Bridge platform and the new platform.
Since Intel internally has evaluated that PC demand for the upcoming year may not be as strong as before, the company has recently adjusted its investment schedule for semiconductor equipment.
AMD FX-series gets very detailed thanks to Gigabyte
Gigabyte leaked the specifications of AMD's upcoming FX processor series.
The final shipping stepping is indeed B2. The top part, FX-8150, is clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is the FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125W and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targeted for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz.
The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4-core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies.
NVIDIA game streaming technology
NVIDIA is experimenting with game streaming technology that would allow users to stream games from PCs to other devices around their homes as the chaps over at bittech found out:
'Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted,' said the Nvidia representative.
When it comes to new technologies like OnLive, people will have the choice to 'pay to stream it over the internet, or do it themselves.'
Is Nvidia ready to announce a new product soon, we asked?
'I didn't say announce,' we were told. 'We're experimenting and that's all I can say.'
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has Super AMOLED Plus display
This is a nice upgrade over the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab that I reviewed earlier this year, going well beyond the extra 0.7-inches of screen real estate. The Super AMOLED Plus-ness is great, but you'll also find a beefed up 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 3MP rear and 2MP front cameras, LTE and HSPA+ 21Mbps support, and 1080p full HD video playback. Not surprisingly, they've also moved up from Froyo on the original Tab to Honeycomb 3.2 on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Samsung has indicated that the microSD slot-touting Galaxy Tab 7.7 will ship in your choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.
The device is powered by the TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz processor, offers up to 64GB storage capacity, microSD support, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 5MP rear and 2MP front cam, and a battery life of up to eight hours. Pricing is unknown and availability is expected sometime by the end of the year.
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Creative announces quad core sound cards
The Sound Core3D handles the processing for Creative's new CrystalVoice feature, THX TruStudio Pro and all other kinds of audio processing beyond that. The glaring omission in the press release is that there's no single mention of X-Fi technology which suggests that Creative has moved on and decided to drop the X-Fi moniker for its new soundcards. EAX Advanced HD 5.0 is still part of the package though, so gamers need not to worry.
As for the new features, CrystalVoice adds acoustic echo cancellation, support for beam-forming which in this case is a kind of noise cancellation technology which requires additional microphones, general noise reduction, automatic loudness adjustment for the microphone and various voice effects and equalizer features. THX TruStudio Pro gets the Crystalizer treatment, a throwback to the X-Fi days, surround sound support, a smart volume feature, something called dialog plus which enhances the voices in games and movies and finally a bass enhancer.
As for the new sound cards, first up we have the Core3D PCI Express which is seemingly sharing its basic design with Creative's first PCI Express card, although the PCB looks extremely void of components for a sound card. We're not sure if the chunk of metal in the centre of the card has any kind of function, as there's a small Creative branded chip further down on the PCB which we suspect is the Sound Core3D rather than something hidder under the purported heatsink. As to the pin-headers, your guess is as good as ours as to what they're for.
Next up we have the shrouded Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional which comes with the beam-forming microphone and a nice piece of metal wrapped around the PCB with a small window in it. This brings us to the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion of which we have as yet to see a picture. This should be the same card as the Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but with an I/O drive that sports headset jacks, volume control and various other audio jacks.
The fourth and final product, the Recon3D USB which is quite different from the PCI Express cards, as although this is a USB audio device it packs connectivity for a headset, line in/out and an S/PDIF input. The S/PDIF input allows for Dolby Digital decoding for use with headphones for surround sound. On the right hand side you'll find a three step microphone booster and on the right hand side is a feature that might make the Recon3D USB popular, a switch that lets you select between PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
However, the features don't stop here, as the Recon3D USB can be upgraded with wireless connectivity and it can be connected to Creative's Tactic3D Omega headset and Creative will offer a bundle of the two later this year. The Recon3D USB is expected to hit retail in October for a price of US$129.99 (S$157).
As for the PCI Express cards, Creative didn't mention any actual launch date, although the press release stated that the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion won't be available until Q1 next year. As a side note, apparently both Gigabyte and MSI has singed up as OEM partners for the Sound Core3D, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of onboard audio solutions the two companies can come up with in the future.
ASUS ET2410 All-in-One PC with improved audio
ASUS releases the ET2410, a new 23.6" All-in-One PC that promises exceptional audio.
Designed to offer intuitive multimedia enjoyment to PC users, ASUS has released the 23.6
SDHC Memory Card with Wireless b/g/n
Toshiba today announced that it will launch the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality to meet the SD Memory Card Standard. The new card, "FlashAir", has an 8GB capacity and supports both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Samples will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012.
At a time when digital cameras have achieved immense popularity, users want a quick and easy way to share photographs with friends and to transfer them to and from online storage services and social networks. Toshiba provides the solution with FlashAir, the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality that is fully compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard.
FlashAir's embedded wireless communication function allows users to upload and download photographs to and from a server and to exchange photographs and other data with other devices, including digital cameras that are FlashAir compliant and, smartphones and PCs that support wireless LAN. All transfers are done wirelessly, without any need for a cable connection. Key features of the new card include the ability to receive as well as transmit and lower power consumption than other cards with similar functions.
Even in digital cameras not compliant with FlashAir, the new card can share digital images with smart phones and PCs that support wireless LAN.
Toshiba will secure certification of FlashAir for wireless communication in Japan, North America and Europe.
AMD Radeon HD 7000 to be used for Trinity APUs
It was not exactly a surprize anymore but the next generation Llano APUs will be called Trinity, the graphics engine inside that APU will be based on Radeon 7000 series technology.
A new leaked slide indicates that the 28nm graphics processing units (GPUs) from Advanced Micro Devices will be dubbed the Radeon HD 7000 line, though this was expected.
What the Globalfoundries slide says is that the GPUs that will be part of these chips are members of the same Radeon HD 7000 series, the same as the ones that will spawn add-in boards and discrete cards (for laptops).
What stands out is that VLIW-4 architecture is part of the list of assets, something that, currently, is only employed in the Radeon HD 6900 series. The slide goes into some detail, confirming roadmaps saying that Trinity will use next-generation Piledriver architecture cores.
Overall, there should be a GLlops performance boost of about 50% compared to the Llano units (the so-called mainstream APUs of today). This does not mean that real-world performance will be an extra half better, but there is no question that prospective customers can safely expect a major improvement.
Gigabyte introduces UD4 technology
Gigabyte is cranking that Ultra Durable technology of theirs a notch up to the fourth version of the Ultra Durable technology, which is based on the company's previous UD3 design, enhanced to address the problems of humidity, electrostatic discharge, high temperature, and power surge.
According to Gigabyte, the problem of humidity was resolved by using a new fiberglass PCB material, that provides better insulation and helps reduce the corrosion of the PCB contacts against moisture.
This new fiberglass material is paired together with integrated controllers (ICs) specially designed to be highly resistant to ESD (electrostatic discharge) as well as with an active surge protection system, which relies not just on fuses but on an IC to deliver added protection.
One of Gigabyte's very first motherboards based on the Ultra Durable 4 design is the GA-H61M-DS2, a micro-ATX socket LGA1155 solution based on the Intel H61 chipset.
This board features PCI Express Gen 3 slots, is ready for the upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, and includes the HybridEFI BIOS that lets you boot from volumes bigger than 2.2 TB in size.
NVIDIA warns about counterfeit GeForce GPUs
NVIDIA send out a warning to only buy graphics cards from authorized partners as the company has the discovered that substandard GeForce-branded products are being sold on the gray market:
"Reseller who do not purchase from authorized partners run the risk of putting substandard products in their customer's hands. That can only lead to higher returns rates and damaged relationships with consumers," said Fiona Faulkner, senior director for sales for GeForce EMEAI, reports MicroScope web-site.
Remarking of graphics processors and even central processing units is not something unusual and occurred for many times in the past. For example, it is not hard to remark a chip into a more expensive model that runs on a higher clock-speed and then sell it at a higher price. The same can be done with a fully-made graphics card. In many cases, such
WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship Trailer
The sequel to the popular WRC title is currently being developed by Milestone and will be published exclusively by Black Bean Games for PlayStation
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OCZ announces RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution
Well, it's official. We already reported about this product back at Computex and hope to receive the first samples in two maybe three weeks.
OCZ Technology announced the release of the RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution. Designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness, the RevoDrive Hybrid's superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology is a revolutionary step forward for high-performance, economical storage.
The RevoDrive Hybrid integrates the benefits of both SSD and HDD technology into a single solution to offer both enhanced responsiveness and ample storage capacity. The drive comes bundled with Dataplex
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC1
The vision of the MediaPortal project is to create a free open source media centre application, which supports all advanced media centre functions, and is accessible to all Windows users. In reaching this goal MediaPortal:
- Promotes open source ideology, building on and supporting other open source projects
- Promotes the sharing of knowledge and collaboration using information sharing tools and practices
- Understands development is a team effort and treats users as co-developers, which has proven to be the most effective option for rapid development
- Applies the 'Law of Diminishing Return' so the majority of effort is invested in implementing features which have the most benefit and widest general usage by the community.
MediaPortal 1.2.0 RC RELEASED!
With the release of 1.2.0 RC we have almost reached the end of the 1.2.0 development cycle. After the release of 1.2.0 Beta, we entered a 'feature freeze'. This means that in 1.2.0 RC you will find mainly bug fixes.
Notable changes since 1.2.0 Beta
With more than 150 bug fixes since the release of 1.2.0 Beta, it would be too much to list all changes here. So the following list focuses on a few highlights which we have done since the release of 1.2.0 Beta.
KFA2 - Galaxy Stream HD review
The main idea with this product is to send the monitor signal wireless over WIFI in-between the two devices with support for FullHD aka 1080P resolutions. A daunting task, so it shall be, deep down in the dark caves of Mordor the molding and shaped what has become "StreamHD". A very simple to use wireless display solution that supports HDMI 1.3, 720P and 1080P, it has latency less then 1ms, comes with audio support for 7.1 channels PCM. DTS and Dolby Digital by utilizing the 5 GHz (802.11 a/n band .The solution even is HDCP 1.0 and 2.0 (Blu-Ray) compatible.
Check out the review right here.
Renesas USB 3.0 to SATA 6 Gb/s Bridge SoC
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) SATA3 bridge system-on-chip ([SoC], part number,