Dell ships UltraSharp 22-inch 2209WA with IPS panel
With recent releases like S2209W, S2309W and SP2309W, We lost faith at some point if all DELL Ultrasharp has gone with cheaper TN film panel fabrication, boosting ridiculous dynamic contrast and fast panel response rate for the expense of color accuracy. Not so, apparently, there
chip claims multi-gigabit transfers on 60GHz RF
The Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a CMOS chip that is capable of transmitting 60GHz RF signals. The technology is claimed to be capable of wireless data-transfer speeds in the multi-gigabit range. Potential applications include high-speed short-range communication between desktop computers, data centers, wireless home audio or video systems, or moving gigabytes of photos and video to and from mobile devices.
The single-chip component integrates a low-power radio with an embedded antenna, while drawing only 100 milliwatts of power. GEDC researchers have experimented with a variety of configurations, reaching speeds up to 15 Gbps at one meter, 10 Gbps at two meters, and 5 Gbps at five meters. Tests also successfully streamed uncompressed 720p or 1080i video.
Ecma International recently announced a global standard for the 60 GHz RF technology, with the full specifications expected to be published as an ISO standard sometime this year.
Microsoft: Majority of Windows 7 installs to be 64-bit
Microsoft believes Windows 7 will be the tipping point for 64-bit. DailyTech heard over 25 percent of Windows Vista installations in the US at the end of 2008 were 64-bit, and Microsoft thins the majority of Windows 7 installations will be 64-bit.
Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice-President of the Windows Core Operating System Division, agrees. "From our point of view we believe that we have accomplished the tipping point in terms of 64-bit adoption. Now, this happened to a large degree because memory prices are coming down, and another dynamic that we've seen in the United States is that the retail channel is looking to use RAM upgrades as a way to boost margin. So what that means is that 64-bit machine run rate is increasing rapidly, and that means our ability to support those 64-bit machines fully in the broad ecosystem is a really important thing."
Any PC with 4GB of RAM or more must use a 64-bit installation of Windows in order to address the full amount of RAM. Typically a 32-bit installation would recognize a maximum of 3-3.5GB of RAM.
Instead of purchasing a 32-bit version and then having to change to 64-bit later when they purchase more RAM, many are choosing 64-bit at the start. Over 75 percent of Windows sales are based on OEM installations of new computers. The majority of Core i7 platforms are also using 64-bit operating systems, due to the triple channel memory setup using more RAM.
A-DATA XPG DDR3 memory used to break SuperPI record
A-DATA proudly announced its XPG DDR3 2133MHz memory was used to break the SuperPI 32m world record:
The record was set by utilizing the DFI Lanparty UT X58 motherboard and XPG X Series v2.0 memory, the DDR3-2133X v2.0 2GBx3 triple-channel kit.
The SuperPi 32m record of 6min 40sec 360ms was achieved at a speed of 2237 MHz and latency settings of 8-7-7-21 using DDR3-2133X v2.0 2GBx3 triple-channel kit.
The XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 is engineered with heavy Aluminum heatspreaders and active dual-fan to keep the RAMs operate in low temperature environment. Through the combination of the cooling methodology, the XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 is able to maximize its OC performance. Moreover, it was awarded with the prestigious Taiwan Excellent 2009 Award for its distinctive design.
Seagate releases proper firmware fix for Barracuda 7200.11s
Good news! Barracuda 7200.11 owners can now download a new firmware fix that (hopefully) won't brick their drives. Seagate has put out yet another statement with the latest on the bricking fiasco:
Seagate has isolated a potential firmware issue in limited number of Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives and related SATA drives based on this product platform, manufactured through December 2008.
In some unique circumstances, the data on the hard drives may become inaccessible to the user when the host system is powered on. While we believe that the vast majority of customers will not experience any disruption related to this issue, as part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, Seagate is offering a free firmware upgrade to proactively address those with potentially affected products. This new firmware upgrade corrects compatibility issues that occurred with the firmware download provided on our support website on Jan. 16. We regret any inconvenience that the firmware issues have caused our customers.
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Download GeForce Forceware 181.22 WHQL Windows XP and Vista
NVIDIA just released it's WHQL certified GeForce Forceware 181.22 dribver for both Windows XP and Vista.
This is a WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series desktop GPUs. The release complements the Mirror
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Razer Mamba mouse good for gaming
Razer released a brand new gaming mouse called the Mamba today and it is perfect for the avid gamer. This thing is ergonomic, doesn
Leica shows its first HD-capable DLP projector
German photo camera manufacturer Leica has recently introduced its Pradovit D-1200 DLP projector at the Photokina show, the first product of its kind for the manufacturer. The 16:10 aspect ratio projector sports a 1920x1200 native resolution along with a 2,000 lumens brightness and a 2,500:1 contrast ratio. The D-1200's magnesium body houses a 0.98-inch DarkChip sensor sourced from Texas Instruments and a six-segment RGB color wheel. Setting up the D-1200 is made easier thanks to a vertical lens shift feature, and minimum projection distance is rated at nearly 3.3 feet.
A 220W Philips lamp is used, with its life rated at 3,000 hours in regular operating mode or 4,000 hours in a special Eco mode that cuts down to 1,400 lumens of brightness. Connections are targeted both at computers and regular video sources; they include one HDMI 1.3 input, an HDCP-enabled DVI-D jack, one each of RCA input, S-video and composite ports, and two analog RGB/component combo jacks. An Ethernet port exists for connecting the projector to networks.
The projector will cost the equivalent of about $12,700 when it launches in Japan on May 2nd.
Corsair brings its first SSD to market
Computer memory manufacturer Corsair recently unveiled its first solid-state drive with the S128. Meant for the mainstream user, the S128 has a 128GB capacity and relatively average read speeds of 90MBps and write speeds of 70MBps. What differs the S128 from similar drives, the company claims, is its use of a Samsung controller instead of the more common JMicron 602 controller used in MLC SSDs such as OCZ
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420 Business Graphics
Nvidia released its Nvidia Quadro NVS 420, a low-profile professional graphics solution designed for maximum display real estate with a small form factor (SFF) computer.
Featuring Nvidia nView display software and support for four 30-inch displays at high resolutions (such as 2560x1600), business professionals can maximize productivity through increased desktop real estate and easy-to-use display management tools.
Built to meet the needs of demanding business professionals, theQuadro NVS 420 professional graphics solution offers stability, ease-of-use, and wide compatibility. It also has been thoroughly tested to ensure compatibility with leading business applications.
Among the display features incorporated into the Quadro NVS 420 GPU are:
- Support for up to four high-resolution 30-inch (2560x1600 resolution) displays
- NVIDIA nView display software, which allows users to spread their work across single, large, or multiple displays and maximize productivity through user-friendly desktop and application management features
- Display grid lines for maximizing a user's desktop space by dividing up the displays into multiple regions
- Virtual desktops that allow users to launch applications on up to 32 different desktops
- Extended Windows Taskbar spans across multiple displays so the application window buttons can be spread over multiple displays
Equipped with large frame buffer and high memory bandwidth, the Quadro NVS420 GPU delivers clear 2D and 3D content as well as HD video to digital signage installations. For extreme resolutions, the DisplayPort connectors offer more screen real estate from a single graphics card on an SFF system. Enabling Energy Star-compliance, the Quadro NVS 420 has low maximum and idle power levels and is built with a high-quality, variable-speed fan sink for a quieter working environment. With a host of enterprise-friendly features, a dedicated Nvidia Quadro NVS Enterprise support team and compatibility with most hardware and software specifications, the Quadro NVS 420 business graphics solution delivers a stable environment designed for peak functionality and a seamless enterprise deployment. The inclusion of Nvidia Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) simplifies the upgrade process by ensuring forward- and backward-compatibility with Nvidia software drivers.
The Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 GPU will be available this February at a price of $499 (USD) MSRP.
Seagate firmware fix for bricked HDDs remains an issue
Seagate continues to mess up. Several of the firm's Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives were having trouble with a firmware bug, last week we reported that the hard drive maker had released a firmware update to resolve this issue but the fix has been taken offline for validation.
Apparantly, the SD1A firmware update did more bad than good as many users are reporting that the update broke their hard drive. It is said that the patch worked on 1TB ST31000340AS and 750GB ST3750330AS Barracuda drives but caused read errors on 500GB ST3500320AS drives.
Seagate assures users that their data isn't lost, and says they're working on a new update that should resolve all problems with the Barracuda 7200.11 series.
What a retarded mess that is.
NZXT Avatar gamers mouse review [Guru3D]
NZXT Avatar test. Recently NZXT released their first mouse to the market. A mouse for gamers. And after saying that, this is immediately where I realize why we hardly review keyboards and mouse's etc .. I mean, good gawd .. it's just the most subjective thing to do.
Anyway, it's called the NZXT Avatar, have a peek .. then browse to the next page where we'll show you it's functionality and specifications. Then we'll show you a nice photo-shoot, some subjective experiences .. followed by a conclusion.
You can ready the review right here.
BenQ launches low-cost 16:9 G LCD
BenQ has quietly added to its G series LCDs with several new 16:9 aspect ratio computer displays that are said to lower prices and complement the 16:10 models that form the bulk of the line. The refresh starts off with the G2410HD and G2411HD/HDA, a round of 23.6- and 24-inch 1080p displays that tout an Advanced Motion Accelerator feature which the company claims improves both response time as well as brightness. Their input also ranges from just VGA on the G2411HDA to the addition of DVI on the G2410HD; these plus HDMI and stereo speakers are included on the G2411HD.
An extra pair of displays, the G2220HD and G2220HDA, are BenQ's smallest 1080p models and come with either DVI and VGA (HD) or VGA only (HDA).
Multiple 720p (1366x768) displays are launching at the same time and start from the analog-only, 15.6-inch G610HDA and move up through the 18.5-inch G910HD and HDA models as well as the 20-inch G2020HD and HDA. While lower resolution, the entry displays are focused on green tech and in the two smallest sizes have a dual lamp system that can scale back to lower-power lighting in dark rooms and save energy in the process.
Dynamic contrast ratios across the newer G series ranges between 10,000:1 and 40,000:1 with pixel refresh rates sitting at either 2ms or 5ms depending on the panel.
BenQ is vague on its release and says it plans to launch the displays in China by the end of this month, but with a "worldwide" release later this year. Prices haven't been mentioned.
Antec shows Nine Hundred Two case
Antec introduced their Nine Hundred Two high-performance gaming case. The successor the the Nine Hundred case was designed for increased cooling and maximized airflow. The case has a MSRP of $164, it has enough room for nine 5.25" drives and has several large fans to keep your components cool.
The Nine Hundred Two is designed to provide maximum cooling for gaming systems, which are known for exuding greater amounts of heat. Cooling features of the Nine Hundred Two include a perforated front bezel for superior air intake, and a massive top-mounted 200mm Big Boy 200
Albatron unveils 21.5-inch multi-touch LCD display
Albatron announced that it will release a 21.5" multi-touch LCD display in March, CeBIT time ? The panel will use Optical Touch Monitor technology, this works by tracking your movement with infrared light, optical sensors and reflection bars surrounding the screen on the edges of the frame. Albatron claims OTM is more cost-effective, durable and scalable than traditional touch panels.
Albatron's first OTM displays will be a 21.5" model with Full HD, 120Hz, DVI and VGA port. A USB 2.0 connection is used to relay the touch navigation data to your computer.
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