New USB 3.0 power spec enables up to 100W
The USB 3.0 promoter group announced it's working on a new power delivery specification that will enable higher voltage and current in order to deliver up to 100W of power via the USB interface:
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is announcing that it is creating a new power delivery specification which will significantly extend the capabilities and usages of cable bus power in USB applications. The new specification will enable delivery of more power via the familiar USB connectors and cables, and will coexist with the USB Battery Charging 1.2 specification and existing USB bus-powered applications.
Key characteristics of the forthcoming USB Power Delivery solution include:
- Compatible with existing cables and connectors
- Enables voltage and current values to be negotiated over the USB power pins
- Enables higher voltage and current in order to deliver power up to 100W
- Switchable source of power delivery without changing cable direction
- Coexists with USB Battery Charging 1.2 and works equally well with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
NVIDIA has working 28nm chips
NVIDIA announced it's well prepared for 28nm process technology, reports X-bit Labs:
Nvidia Corp. said it had learnt the lessons with 40nm process technology and would not repeat its mistakes with the 28nm fabrication process. The company spent time on learning the peculiarities of the 28nm manufacturing technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and already has working 28nm chips.
"We are far better prepared for 28nm than we were for 40nm. Because we took it so much more seriously. We were successful on so many different nodes for so long that we all collectively, as an industry, forgot how hard it is. So, one of the things that we did this time around was to set up an entire organization that is dedicated to advanced nodes. We have had many, many tests chips run on 28nm, we have working silicon," said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia.
TSMC's 40nm manufacturing process was plagued with low yields conditioned by problems with the technology itself, manufacturing issues and design errors. Nvidia started to develop its 40nm lineup without knowing about the potential issues and when it ran into a set of unexpected problems it had to delay launch of its key-products based on Fermi architecture. With 28nm process technology, the company seems to be better prepared.
"[Our experience with 28nm] is looking really good, it is looking much better than our experience with 40nm. It is just a comprehensive, across-the-board engagement between TSMC and ourselves making sure that we are ready for production ramp when the time comes. So I feel really good about 28nm," said Jen-Hsun Huang.
Nvidia said earlier this month that it plans to test-drive its next-generation Kepler graphics processing unit (GPU) this year and introduce the new chips commercially in 2012.
Kepler is Nvidia's next-generation graphics processor architecture that is projected to bring considerable performance improvements and will likely make the GPU more flexible in terms of programmability, which will speed up development of applications that take advantage of GPGPU (general purpose processing on GPU) technologies. Some of the technologies that Nvidia promised to introduce in Kepler and Maxwell (the architecture that will succeed Kepler) include virtual memory space (which will allow CPUs and GPUs to use the "unified" virtual memory), pre-emption, enhance the ability of GPU to autonomously process the data without the help of CPU and so on.
QPAD OM-75 gaming mouse teaser
QPAD teases the OM-75, an upcoming gaming mouse with a white design. It will hit the market in the first week of September for 49.90EUR.
Unlike many other brands that focus on DPI in their selling pitch, QPAD has focused on the technology that does matter: The image processing, sensing pixels, response time, micro control unit and max speed and last but not least the overall performance quality of the sensor.
For most gamers, it's all about the feel, and this is where the QPAD OM-75 truly shines! QPAD OM-75 features the award winning 5-finger grip, a stylish white piano finish that is easy to keep clean and true CPI setting in the sensor (Not software/firmware interpolation). The reliable sensor technology, proven by millions of gamers, has undergone improvements for generations. QPAD OM-75 also features a micro control unit to optimize the tracking performance, pre-mounted Glidz on the feets for smoother and faster mouse movement, 7 buttons of which 5 are programmable for shortcuts, keys and macro commands. You can move at a max speed of 1 meter per second without losing data performance.
The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 6469 frames per second covering an area of 30x30 pixels per frame. This generates an image processing of impressive 5.8 MB data per second. You will be able to adjust the USB polling rate between 125, 250, 500 and 1000 Hz depending on how much your computer port can accept without creating lag. The QPAD OM-75 is Plug & Play for easy installation, so no external drivers are needed. The QPAD OM-75 also contains onboard memory that keeps your programmed settings, even when switching to another computer. In addition to all this, the left and right buttons are built to last an impressive 5 million clicks, and the QPAD OM-75 switch technology will provide you with a distinctive feedback, to make sure every click counts!
Although the latest generation of laser sensors provides significantly higher CPI, many gamers have become accustomed to the feel and movement that an optical mouse offers. The gaming grade optical sensor by Avago has undergone improvements for generations and is now almost flawless. And in addition to our comfortable grip together with the white piano finish, which is incredibly easy to keep clean, and the programmable features, the QPAD OM-75 will be a great bang for your bucks. Says Christer K
Scientists develop electronic skin tattoo
Breitbart reports researchers have designed an epidermal electronic system that blurs the line between electronics and biology. The invention has a broad range of applications, including the medical field but also espionage and entertainment.
The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science.
"It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user."
The patch could be used instead of bulky electrodes to monitor brain, heart and muscle tissue activity and when placed on the throat it allowed users to operate a voice-activated video game with better than 90 percent accuracy.
Google set to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion
Google has announced it will be buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. That's at $40.00 per share in cash, which is a 63% premium to the closing price of the stock as of last Friday.
It will definitely change the smartphone landscape. Google was 'just' the software side of the equation with Android, but now it's invested into the hardware side too. As a result, it may have gained that 'complete end-to-end stack' advantage that Apple has held to date.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MMI - News) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said,
Steamworks Confirmed for RAGE
Bethesda Softworks has confirmed via Twitter that RAGE will get the full Steamworks treatment.
Since folks are asking... we can confirm that RAGE will use Steamworks on PC
In other RAGE news, Tim Willits has confirmed that the sewer levels of the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter will only be accessible to those who buy the game new:
If you bought the game new, that would be open for you. You still have to download it, but you don't have to pay for it. Those hatches are all over. Most people never find them. But as soon as you do, you're like, oh. And then you start to look for it. That's our first-time buyer incentive.
But as you can tell, most people never even see it. I can tell you, some people will buy Rage, download that, and still never set foot in those things. They just won't. I think that's fair. It's cool. It's outside the main path. We're not detracting from anything. But I know some consumers, when you can't avoid it, then you get a little touchy subject.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution TV Spot
Developed by Eidos Montreal, Deus Ex: Human Revolution will launch on August 23rd (US) and August 26th (UK), for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. A TV spot is also available.
Title: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Label: Square Enix
Genre: Action RPG
Age Rating: M
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.7 CAP3 download
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst
BitFenix Shinobi Window review
BitFenix recently released an extension to the original model, the Shinobi "Window" edition chassis. An affordable yet elegant chassis solution. Tagged with a 69 USD price tag this chassis is locked and loaded as mid-tower case with its crosshair aimed at gamers. While the regular Shinobi has a solid steel side panel and one 120mm fan, the Shinobi Window is a little more advanced and offers a tinted side window as well as an extra 120mm fan and tool-free drive locking mechanisms.
Read the full review right here.
Thermaltake the Spacecraft VF-I Case
An industry pioneer and continual innovator, Thermaltake is the leading performance brand in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the e-Sports hardware market, with
Intel Z77 Motherboard Lineup for Ivy Bridge Processors surfaces
Together with the launch of its first wave Ivy Bridge processors, Intel will release new LGA 1155 motherboards based on the Z77 PCH (platform controller hub) that will offer native support for USB 3.0.
It now seems that 11 LGA 1155 models will be introduced in the first half of 2012, two of them belonging to the company's extreme performance series as softpedia reports:
These are the DZ77RE and DZ77GA and both feature
F1 Online: The Game Announced
Codemasters announced that F1 ONLINE: THE GAME, a free-to-play browser game, is in production at Codemasters Studios and set to launch in Q1 2012 at www.F1OnlineTheGame.com.
F1 ONLINE: THE GAME will give players the chance to be the driver and the team boss in a game that combines intuitive top-down racing gameplay with a rewarding management game as players create and manage their own team. Gamers can see the first F1 ONLINE: THE GAME screenshots and register
their interest to receive updates about the game by logging into www.F1OnlineTheGame.com.
FORMULA ONE is a proven major games brand that resonates with players on a global level and is recognised as one the biggest sports licenses in videogames. As the worldwide gaming market evolves, 2012 is the perfect time to extend this series to the free-to-play market," said David Solari, VP, Codemasters Online.
"Building on the commercial and critical success of our high-definition FORMULA ONE games, this is an exciting opportunity to bring our passion for the sport and our expertise in racing to a new audience. With a bespoke design for accessible browser play, F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is a perfect complimentary experience to the HD series and will appeal to a broad spectrum of FORMULA ONE's millions of fans worldwide."
Developed under Codemasters
Control Your Computer With a Webcam
Check it out, some guy has come up with a way to control his mouse cursor using a regular ol' webcam.
qp is a concept prototype of a new technology, which changes your webcam into a non-touch pointing device which can control the objects on screen, e.g. cursors, icons or widgets, and even draw or write on screen
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Valve has taken the lid off of the inevitable and has officially announced they are working on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."
CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year's PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo.
Acer A100 7-inch tablet arrives
Acer shows off the A100, a new 7" tablet with Google's Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" operating system. The device offers a 0.92-pound design that is sleek enough for single-handed use and offers a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Prices start at $329.99.
Acer expands its Acer Iconia(tm) Tab line of tablets with its first 7-inch tablet - and the industry's first 7-inch tablet running Android(tm) 3.2 (Honeycomb) - in the United States and Canada. The new Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 features an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display, and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere.
With the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 tablet, customers can have a single portable device for enjoying entertainment such as games and websites as well as productivity applications such as a calendar and email. The tablet comes pre-installed with Adobe Flash Player 10.3, so Adobe Flash games and websites can be enjoyed right out of the box. In addition, the WiFi device is the ideal size for moms, families and individuals who want to stay entertained and productive, since the screen is large enough to enjoy video and other multimedia, yet the device is portable enough for comfortable single-handed use.
Weighing in at a mere 0.92 pounds and measuring only a half-inch thick, the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100's super-portable size makes it easy to take anywhere. The vibrant 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen displays social networking sites, photos and more in 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, so customers can enjoy crisp, vibrant content enhanced by a 16:10 aspect ratio and 75-degree wide viewing angle. Plus, the 7-inch capacitive touch-screen is incredibly responsive and accurate for convenient finger-tip control.
In addition, games are crisp, fast and realistic thanks to the performance technology and six-axis motion sensing gyro meter. Customers can enjoy rich and exciting Adobe-flash based Web pages, games, videos and animations with Adobe Flash Player 10.3. Thousands of additional apps can be easily downloaded from the Android Marketplace.
Save Memories, Shop Better, Stay Connected with Cameras
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 allows customers to always be ready to take photos and video on-the-go and quickly share them by email and on social media sites. Lighter than most SLR cameras, the Acer A100 has a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash, so families will know they have a great camera with them to capture all of life's fun and unexpected moments. It also records clear and detailed HD Video at 720p at 30 frames per second. Plus, the rear-facing camera can be used with many available apps to read bar-codes and QR codes for shopping and other promotions. The tablet also has a 2MP fixed-focused front-facing camera and webcam for video chats.
Android 3.2 Brings Additional Benefits for Browsing and Entertainment The Acer A100 comes installed with Android 3.2, the latest version of Honeycomb to give customers the latest in advanced mobile browsing. Customers can browse the Internet with speed and ease, even web pages built with Flash, thanks to Adobe Flash 10.3 that comes pre-loaded on the Acer A100 tablet. In addition, Android 3.2 lets customers have more control over their entire browsing experience, such as managing web pages by tabs, more advanced privacy settings, and proper sizing of apps and web pages for the 7-inch display.
Connectivity to WiFi and Other Devices
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 can quickly and easily connect to Wi-Fi networks via the integrated Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology to access the Internet, the Android marketplace for apps and more.
Customers can enjoy their own digital content on the Acer A100 tablet by transferring files such as videos, movies and eBooks to it through the tablet's micro-USB port or by using the Micro-SD card reader that can read Micro-SD cards with a capacity up to 32GB. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and keyboards.
High-Performance for Maximum Enjoyment
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 packs maximum performance into its incredibly portable size. It uses a high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM to give customers blazing fast access to multiple programs and apps at once. The Ultra Low Power GeForce(r) GPU enhances gaming, web, and multimedia for a more realistic, responsive experience.
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 provides solid uptime with a 1530 mAh Li-polymer battery for up to five hours during Internet browsing with WiFi, up to four hours during web-streamed video and up to 4.5 hours during 720p video playback.(1)
The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100 is available in the U.S. now at national retail stores and will be available in Canada next month. The Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100-07u16u with 16GB of memory(2) has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $349.99 U.S and $399.99 CAD, while the Acer Iconia(tm) Tab A100-07u08u with 8GB of memory(2) has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $329.99 U.S. and $349.99 CAD.
Sandy Bridge-E to ship without CPU cooler
How many of you rely on aftermarket coolers for your CPU? We don't know anyone that thinks Intel's stock coolers are great and when details reached us of Intel not shipping coolers with its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors we were at first surprised, but considering the target market it makes a lot of sense.
The upcoming Core i7 processor from Intel, the 3820, 3930K and the 3960X will all ship without a cooler in the box. That said, Intel has decided to offer own brand coolers for the platform, it's just that they won't come in the box with the CPU. We can't really see why anyone would buy an Intel cooler over a third party cooler as not even Intel's high-end heatpipe cooler for its current and past Extreme Edition models were all that great. Some of the third party cooler makers will have products ready at launch, but worst case scenario, we might be looking at a cooler shortage at launch.
On top of this, we're hearing that although the rated TDP is 130W these beasts are consuming closer to 180W and that's without even overclocking them. In fact, according to PSU design guidance we've seen, Intel is telling power supply makers to make sure their Sandy Bridge-E PSUs can cope with a peak current of 23A on the 12V2 rail and based on an 80 percent or better efficiency rating of the PSU.
Intel Finalizes fix for 320 SSD series bug
Intel posted the following information on their website regarding the Intel 320 bug that many people reported. A fix is in the works and should be available soon:
Intel has reproduced, identified root cause, and developed a firmware update which addresses the Bad Context 13x Error being discussed on the Communities site and elsewhere.
The new firmware update is in final validation testing and is targeted for release on Intel
The PC turns 30 today
Today, Friday is the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC, model number 5150.
This first "PC" ran the first version of DOS (1.0, of course), a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 processor and had a maximum RAM capacity of 512 kilobytes but came with 16KB of memory and had a base price of $1,265 being a beige box without a monitor, serial or parallel ports or even a hard disk. The IBM PC arrived years after revolutionary microcomputers like the Apple II (1977), the Commodore Pet (1977) or the Atari 800 (1979) hit hobbyists and small business.
Although the term "personal computer" had been used to describe earlier computers - such as the Commodore PET, the Apple II and the TRS-80 - the term "PC" became synonymous with "IBM clones," IBM compatible computers that ran DOS.
Because it was the first computer to have widespread consumer success, the IBM 5150 was the first computer many people ever used.
Let us your story about the first time you used a computer. Was your first computer an early IBM clone? Or were you into computers in the time of punch cards? Or perhaps the 5150 is well before your time. Let us know in the comments below or in the forums.