825Mbps Superfast DSL Broadband Technology
Nokia Siemens Networks has become the latest to prove that existing copper phone line infrastructure is far from dead. It has demonstrated a DSL technology that can deliver "super-fast" broadband download speeds of up to a staggering 825Mbps (Megabits per second) over a distance of 400 metres, or 750Mbps over 500 metres.
The feat bests Chinese firm, Huawei, which last month used its SuperMIMO technology and "four twisted pairs" (i.e. technically four phone lines bonded together) to boost the maximum speed of DSL to 700Mbps (Megabits per second) over 400 meters (here).
Prior to that Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, achieved a broadband DSL download speed of 300Mbps (here) via DSL Phantom Mode at identical distances of up to 400 meters (or 100Mbps at 1km). However this method only bonded two telephone lines together (i.e. 150Mbps each).
By contrast Nokia's solution also uses a similar Phantom DSL method, which creates a virtual (phantom) channel to supplement the two physical wires that are the standard configuration for many copper transmission lines. In theory this might make it more adaptable to UK networks, although BT already has a big contract with Huawei that might give their tech precedence.
Nokia's Head of its Broadband Access Business Line, Eduard Scheiterer, said:
"Laying down new optical fiber to the home remains costly, though it is capable of delivering very high speeds and is a definite solution for long-term bandwidth requirements. However, the innovative use of technologies such as phantom circuits helps operators provide an efficient last mile connectivity with existing copper wires."
It's certainly quite a leap above BT's current UK best of 40Mbps via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). FTTC delivers a fast fibre optic cable to BT's street level cabinets, while the remaining connection (between cabinets and homes) is done using VDSL2 (similar to current ADSL broadband but faster over short distances) via existing copper cable. BT FTTC speeds are expected to be boosted to reach 'up to' 60Mbps in the not too distant future.
As a result Nokia claims that its new solution (hiX 562x/3x DSLAM) promises a bandwidth increase of 50-75% over existing bonded copper lines, which could prolong the life of copper networks and delay the need for full fibre optic rollout's (i.e. protecting the operator
AMD rolls out Catalyst 10.10c hotfix
Pfffrrrrt, yet another Catalyst hotfix was reelased by AMD. The new update is named Catalyst 10.10c Hotfix and it's a bit more exciting than the usual hotfixes as this edition adds OpenGL 4.1 beta support and a new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature. Additionally, the update also offers a couple of performance improvements for the Radeon HD 6800 series, a new CrossFire profile and CrossFire performance improvements for some games.
AMD Catalyst 10.10c Hotfix Features:
- OpenGL 4.1 beta support
- Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
- Dead Rising 2
PlayStation Phone rears its head
The folks of Engadget published a couple of photos of a prototype of Sony Ericsson's elusive PlayStation Phone. The device is likely based on Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" and features a custom Sony Marketplace that enables you to purchase and download games.
The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you'll be interested to know that there's no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.
Check the thumbnail.
Sennheiser releases four new headsets
For the audiophiles amongst us, Sennheiser has rolled out four new headsets for gamers (with some money to spare).
Audio specialist Sennheiser Communications introduces a new line of headsets designed for hardcore gamers. Heading up the line is the PC 360-the new flagship headset for pro gamers featuring Sennheiser's acclaimed Open-Aire
Point of View 7 and 10 inch Tegra Tablets
Point of View today has released two Mobii internet tablets based on Google Android.
The popularity of Google Android based devices is off the charts. An ultimate user customizability and wide availability of free downloadable software have skyrocketed Android into the number one position of Mobile operating systems
Through Point of View
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 review
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 gets tested
Gigabyte submitted their Radeon HD 6870, and as much as Gigabyte would have liked to customize it, AMD is not yet allowing custom model of this unit. So the product they shipped is except for the sticker, very much similar to the reference Radeon HD 6870.
That doesn't mean we don't want to check it out of course ... the R6870 is an impressive piece of hardware for the money you need to put down on the table.
You can read ther entire article right here.
Oakley 3D Tron: Legacy Gascan Glasses Drop in November
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Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard
Razer intro's the Anansi, an MMO gaming keyboard to feature seven ergonomic modifier thumb keys. The keyboard will start shipping in December for 99.99EUR.
ADATA debuts HM power supply lineup
ADATA presents the HM power supply series, a new lineup with 80Plus Bronze certification and wattages ranging from 550W to 1200W. These units are equipped with a tri-color LED fan and feature modular cabling. Pricing and availability is unknown.
A-Data Technology is ready with an efficiency of 82%, a PF (Power Factor) of 0.9, Nvidia SLI certification, and ATX 12V v2.3 standard compliance.
The HM power supplies make use of 100% Japanese capacitors and come with a three-year warranty, it will be available in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W (single 12V rail) and 1200W (two 12V rails) versions.
AMD GPU marketshare declining again
The latest GPU marketshare report from Jon Peddie Research indicates Intel and NVIDIA gained marketshare in Q3 2010 at the expense of AMD. Compared to the quarter before, Intel gained 2.2 percent to 55.6 percent and NVIDIA's marketshare rose 0.5 percent to 21.2 percent, while AMD's marketshare declined 2.7 percent to 22.3 percent.
The report also mentions that GPU sales were down 1 percent sequentially due to reduced notebook sales, which could be blamed on Apple's iPad, as the company sold 8 million of them. However, compared to the same period the year before, Q3 2010 GPU shipments are up 10 percent.
JPR says AMD has attributed its market share decline to "weakened demand and OEMs letting their GPU inventory run down to avoid being stuck with leftover processors." Some of AMD's customers switched to Nvidia products "due to real and perceived shortages in supply," the research firm adds.
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And then a Marcury reports the following, we received the following from AMD:
Mercury Research has made Q3 2010 graphics market share information available, and for the second consecutive quarter AMD is the market share leader in discrete graphics. In addition, we made further inroads in notebook discrete, capturing an additional 5.6 share points and surpassing 60% share in notebook discrete. This is a tremendous undertaking and demonstrates the strength of the DirectX 11 notebook discrete graphics product stack, enabling AMD to outpace our competitor yet again in this key market
Zotac GeForce GTX 460 dual GPU
It seems that Zotac is working on a dual-GPU version of the GeForce GTX 460.
Now history has proven that these photo's accidentally leak out, create some hype and then you never hear from the actual product again (very cheap advertising). Still we'll see ... the card has two GeForce GTX 460 1 GB GPUs in SLI configuration, much like every other dual-GPU NVIDIA card.
The card uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip to transfer data between the two GPUs, a dual 3+1+1 phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, and display connectivity is relayed to the rear-panel from both the GPUs, that's four dual-link DVI, and one mini-HDMI.
This way you could also manage 3D Vision in Stereo, although admittedly with this setup, that solution would be massively underpowered. Here's some photo's, courtesy of the owner.
NEC SpectraView 231 Professional Display
for colour-critical applications into the market. The hardware-calibratable display, just like the SpectraView Reference models 241 and 271, features a 14-bit LUT for exceptional colour control and a 3D LUT for precise colour space reproduction. Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) and Backlight Ageing Correction also give users stable performance values over the display's entire lifetime.
The model is targeted for colour-critical users in the fields of digital photo-editing and video-processing, colour workflow, pre-press or DTP. Equipped with a high-end IPS panel, the NEC SpectraView 231 covers 75% of the Adobe RGB colour space and offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. In practical terms, this means excellent picture quality with high viewing angle stability. The Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) feature automatically controls the colour distribution to create a balanced and homogeneous picture, which is of particular importance for professional colour applications.
Intelligent features such as the picture-in-picture function, which allows multiple program windows to be displayed simultaneously, facilitate increased productivity and permit complex workflows to be easily realised.
The display's connectivity options also provide first-class flexibility. The NEC SpectraView 231 comes equipped with the future-proof DisplayPort connector, two DVI-D interfaces and finally a VGA analogue input. The integrated, programmable USB hub also supports the connection of multiple PC platforms, so that a single mouse and keyboard can control two computers.
With height adjustability of up to 150 mm and the pivot function for positioning the display in landscape or portrait mode, personalised comfort at the workstation is guaranteed. The NEC SpectraView 231 has been awarded the TCO 5.0 certificate in recognition of its ergonomic features and responsible approach to minimising environmental impact.
"The new NEC SpectraView 231 offers an excellent price/performance ratio," says Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager for Professional Displays at NEC Display Solutions. "With this product, we're offering professional users a high-end colour-critical display at an unbeatable low price."
Patriot Torqx TRB Solid-State Drives
Patriot announced the immediate availability of the Torqx TRB series of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Torqx TRB series of SSD offer improved system responsiveness with quicker boot times and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
Seagate bets on hybrid drives
Seagate CEO Steven Luczo claims hybrid hard disks are the future:
Seagate, one of the world's largest maker of hard disk drives, said that solid-state drives (SSDs) will be survived by hybrid drives that feature both flash memory and traditional magnetic media. Moreover, according to Seagate, only a fraction of expensive computers feature SSDs.
"I would say though that from what we know of the offering for example Apple, the percentage of their units that they sell with SSDs versus HDDs is a tiny fraction. I think it
Windows 8 will hit retail in two years already ?
A Dutch representative for Microsoft posted on the company's blog that Microsoft is currently working on the next version of Windows and that it will be released to the market in two years. When questioned about the statement, a Microsoft representative refused to comment. Here's what the website of Microsoft Netherlands says (machine translated by Google Translate):
Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before 'Windows 8' on the market.
What could we see in Windows 8? Microsoft insiders have hinted that we could see some sort of Kinect support in the operating system. Yes, using motion control to control your desktop OS. Crazy? Maybe, but just keep in mind that it's named 'Microsoft Kinect', not 'Xbox Kinect' and that Microsoft spent a metric fortune developing the tech behind Kinect. Way too much, in fact, to restrict it's use to video games.
GeForce Forceware 260.99 WHQL out for grabs
Download NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 260.99 Win XP | 7 | Vista drivers.
This is the second WHQL release from the Release 260 family of drivers. You can read about the major new features and performance improvements in the Release 260 family of drivers here. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
New in Release 260.99
- Increases performance vs. v260.89 drivers in the following PC games: Civilization V (SLI), Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIV and F1 2010 (DX11).
- Adds SLI profiles for the following PC games:
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Improves compatibility for Fallout 3: New Vegas with antialiasing enabled.
- Improves Alt-Tab compatibility for several PC games.
- Installs HD Audio driver to version 188.8.131.52.
- Includes PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
- Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here.
- Supports the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 4.1 for GeForce 400 series GPUs.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
AMD Radeon HD 6970 Results surface
The card is scoring X12000 in 3D Mark Vantage, with a P score of P24499. Unigine Heaven results (1920 x 1200, 4xAA, 16xAF) giving a result of 36.6 fps.
- a HD5870 scores P19337 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 17.3 fps in Heaven
- a GTX480 scores P21106 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 29.5 fps in Heaven
Core speeds seem to be at around 800 - 900MHz, 6 + 8pin power requirements and an estimated TDP of 255W or more [via TweakTown via Zol.com.cn]
HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 review
HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 get tested
The 6870 from HIS at this moment remains a reference product, but that 6850 already comes served with a side dish of unique cooler and custom PCB design.
Check out the full review right here.