Texas Instruments four-port USB 3.0 controller
Texas Instruments launches their first USB 3.0 four-port controller with USB-IF certification. It will hit mass production in May 2011 and will be sold for $4.50, a dollar more than the two-port TUSB7320.
In addition to the four-port host controller, the TUSB7340, TI also achieved certification for its two-port host controller, the TUSB7320. These four- and two-port host controllers support such applications as notebooks, desktop computers, workstations, servers, add-in cards and ExpressCard implementations, as well as PCIe-based embedded host controllers for HDTVs, set top boxes and gaming console applications. Download datasheets, order free samples, and request evaluation modules (EVMs) here: www.ti.com/tusb7340-pr.
"The continuing certification of USB products is key to delivering a smooth and effortless experience to consumers worldwide as they purchase and interconnect their new electronic devices using SuperSpeed USB," said Jeff Ravencraft, President & COO, USB-IF. "We are pleased with the commitment Texas Instruments has made to this standard by delivering such a broad portfolio of SuperSpeed USB products, including their most recent four- and two-port host controllers."
TI continues to expand the industry's broadest portfolio of end-to-end SuperSpeed USB devices with products like these four- and two-port host controllers in addition to existing peripherals, transceivers, hub controllers, redrivers, power switches and ESD protection chips.
Host controller key features and benefits
Certified and compliant: USB-IF and Microsoft's Windows Hardware Qualification Laboratory (WHQL) standards ensure an open solution for interoperability with industry-wide peripherals and hubs for SuperSpeed USB.
Sensitivity: Receiver sensitivity of less than 50 mV differential peak-to-peak is twice as good as that required by the USB 3.0 specification, which allows better detection of weak signals for use with longer cables and eases board layout challenges.
Reduced BOM: Full state-machine architecture eliminates the need for any external storage device, such as EEPROM or Flash, saving bill of materials (BOM) costs by five percent compared to competitive solutions.
These USB-IF-certified SuperSpeed USB host controllers come in a compact WQFN package and are sampling now. They will be in volume production in May 2011, with suggested resale pricing of $4.50 for the four-port TUSB7340 and $3.50 for the two-port TUSB7320, in quantities of 1,000.
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DICE:BF3 has largest maps we've ever made
DICE's Patrick Bach has revealed in a recent interview (thanks BF3Blog) with Norweigan game magazine Gamer that Battlefield 3 will feature the biggest maps DICE has ever made. 'The game is still early in development, but I can tell you that Battlefield 3 will have the largest maps we have ever made'. Bach went on, pointing out that BF3 will support 64 players on PC, and it will be possible to have both jets, helicopters, tanks and infantry combat on a single map:
MSI GeForce GTX 570 TwinFrozr III Power Edition
MSI released the N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card. The new graphics card not only features the latest Twin Frozr III dual fan cooling module but also exclusive Propeller Blade technology for 20% more airflow. Under full load, these reduce the GPU temperature by 18
PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II Edition
TUL today introduced an innovative cooling technology into the HD6950 series: the PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition. Featuring the PCS+ series characteristic, the latest edition has superior overclocking ability which clocks in at 850MHz core speed and 1300MHz memory speed, easily accelerating gaming machines with nearly 2.39 teraFLOPs of computing power and offering the surprising gaming experience
The PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition enables users to manually adjust the fan and its physical attributes. By lifting the fan, it optimizes the air flow and taking advantage of the cooler air from the bottom of the case, balancing the ambient temperature. Furthermore, with the exclusive perforated fan design and anti-turbulence ability, enhancing the cooling efficiency and resulting in cooling down the temperature up to 20% compare to reference design.
Also, the latest solution utilizes
Zalman cooling solution for GTX580/570 - VF3000F
Zalman is pleased to inform you that they are launching another version of VF3000 series, VF3000F for GeForce GTX580/570.
In accordance with EOL of GTX470 and 480 cards as well as recent release of GTX580 and 570 cards, they have developed new RAM/FET heatsink to fit these newest VGA cards.
The updated model measures 239 (L) x 98 (W) x 51 (H) mm, weighing 430 g and has two green LED-illuminated 92 mm fans that spin at 1400-3000 RPM. A syringe of ZM-STG2 thermal paste is bundled. The new VF3000F is expected cost roughly
HIS 6790 IceQ X TURBO
HIS launches their HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5. Offering the HIS awarding winning cooling and overclocking technology, the new model is designed gamers to experience decent performance in gaming.
The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo has over-clocked its core clock to 900MHz and memory clock to 4400MHz, delivering serious high-definition gaming frame rates.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6990 LCS
Well check that out, PowerColor is working on a liquid cooled Radeon HD 6990. The card comes with a full coverage block made by EK, the EK-FC6990. The blocks would cover the GPUs, memory, IO chip and VRMs.
It's unknown if this dual-GPU monester is going to get faster factory clocks, check out the photo's. There's no word on availibility and pricing.
AMD Bulldozer launches June 7th
According to a slide, which presumably comes from a presentation by Gigabyte Technology, a major maker of mainboards, AMD will officially launch FX-series central processing unit (CPU) on June 7, 2011, right after the Computex trade-show in Taipei, Taiwan. The slide was published by ATI-Forum.de web-site reports xbitlabs:
Based on a document AMD plans to release four eight-core AMD FX8000-series chips, two six-core AMD FX6000-series microprocessors and two quad-core AMD FX4000-series central processing units (CPUs) this year. Shipments of AMD FX-series high-end desktop microprocessors will commence on the week of June 20th, 2011, the same document indicated.
The first breed of AMD FX8000, FX6000 and FX4000 currently known under Zambezi code-name will completely support all the advantages that the Bulldozer micro-architecture is supposed to bring, including new Flex FP floating point processing unit. The new chips in maximum eight-core configurations are projected - by AMD's internal documents - to offer roughly 50% performance improvement over Phenom II-series microprocessors in multimedia applications.
The Sunnyvale, California-based chip designer plans to introduce AMD 900-series chipsets compatible with Zambezi processors in Q2 2011. The Bulldozer processors, Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" discrete graphics cards and AMD 900-series core-logic sets will power AMD's next-generation enthusiast-class platform code-named Scorpius. While officially only AMD 900-series chipsets and AM3+ mainboards will support the new FX-series CPUs, big mainboard makers like Asustek and MSI already plan to support those chips on current platforms, whereas Gigabyte plans to launch a line of AM3+ motherboards powered by current-gen chipsets.
QPAD MK-80 mechanical gaming keyboard
QPAD tries to set a new standard in keyboard performance with the MK-80 Mechanical keyboard. Targeted at pro gamers and demanding enthusiasts, this full size board boasts to bring a new dimension to the gaming experience.
This keyboard is packed with state of the art technology such as individual LED:s for each key and switches plated with gold/silver alloym but it's the core functionality of the board that really makes it unique: The QPAD MK-80 Mechanical key technology.
Unlike your average keyboard, that functions through rubber domes, forcing you to press each key all the way down in order for the stroke register, the MK-80 sports true mechanical switches with unmatched accuracy and feel. No more pressing cheap plastic bits with full-force in order to activate the keys. The QPAD keyboard will respond to your every move in an instant.
Other boards normally have a short life span and wear out quickly, resulting in unresponsiveness, delays and a dull, clunky feel to the keys. For most gamers, as well as professional typists, it
AMD Llano to offer 3x graphics performance of Sandy Bridge?
An internal leaked document reveal AMD's Llano APU promises 3x the graphics performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge integrated graphics, according to xbitlabs:
Advanced Micro Devices pins a lot of hopes onto performance of the integrated graphics cores of code-named Llano A-series accelerated processing units (APUs). Besides, the company believes that other performance-boosting technologies will make its A-series APUs even more competitive on the market.
According to AMD internal documents seen by X-bit labs, which describe performance of AMD's new products, AMD A8-3550 APU (quad-core, 4MB cache, 400 stream processors, Radeon HD 6550 graphics core at 594MHz) delivers three times higher performance in 3DMark Vantage test compared to Intel Core i5-2300 (quad-core, 2.80GHz/3.10GHz clock-speed, 6MB cache, Intel HD graphics core at 850MHz/1100MHz): P3335 versus P1007 marks. Besides offering more performance, the graphics core from AMD also supports DirectX 11 capabilities, whereas Intel's graphics engine features only DirectX 10.1.
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Radeon HD 7000 series in Q2 already?
More and more rumors are starting in regards to AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards. The latest indications denote that in may the series 7000 cards will go into production already.
It is an interesting fact as AMD is still releasing series 6000 card in the low-end segment, even next week some 6400/6500 series products will arrive to market.
The new architecture will make a move towards 28nm which allows AMD to put some more transistors on the GPU core alright, bringing in more performance once again. It is expected that AMD will move forward with the VLIW4 architecture which brings good performance with less transistors as the series 6900 cards have proven.
The 7000 series going to production does not say much about an actual final release though, so when the products will hit the market remains to be seen. but surely sooner than later.
Cooler Master Enforcer review
We take a peek at the CM Storm Enforcer, and as you might have guessed from the name, will be aimed at gamers. It will have its own USB 3.0 ports and a suitably complex outer design that is a little more in line with the fragmeisters amongst us.
When you'll see the chassis the first time you'll notice resemblances to the CM HAF series, mixes it with features of the 690 II while featuring its own unique exterior design.
Read the entire article right here.
PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex Edition Graphics Card
"The Vortex edition cooler uses two 80 mm fans, which are suspended on circular frames that are threaded and locked into the cooler shroud like screws. By twisting the fan frame, the user can adjust the distance between each fan and the heatsink below, thereby adjusting the fan's air-flow. If PowerColor's internal research (backed by thermal images) is to go by, the design helped increase cooling performance in case of the HD 5770 Vortex. Pulling the fan frames out comes at the expense of eating into clearance for the adjacent addon card, and that gives the user a level of control over the cooling performance. At this point, the clock speeds are not known. It's likely that PowerColor releases both 1GB and 2GB variants. "
GELID 1U-sized Slim Silence I-Plus cooler
GELID introduced the 28mm high Slim Silence I-Plus CPU cooler. Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions adds a 28mm high 1U ultra slim CPU Cooler with high quality heatpipe and premium copper plate to its Silent product line. The
Intel Ivy Bridge and Panther Point details
Check it out, Donanim Haber published three slides that detail Intel's Ivy Bridge, Maho Bay and Panther Point. The latter one will finally get USB 3.0 support.
Ivy Bridge processors are seamlessly compatible with existing LGA1155 platforms, and "Cougar Point" P67, H67, H61, Z68, chipsets, although it will come with its own 7-series chipset.
For the most part, Ivy Bridge is identical to Sandy Bridge, being an optical shrink from existing 32 nm to 22 nm. It will feature a new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller with official support for DRAM speeds of up to DDR3-1600 MHz. There's the usual PCI-Express 2.0 x16 hub that can drive up to two discrete graphics cards with electrical x8 connections.
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