AMD Delivers APU for Embedded Systems
AMD today announced immediate availability of the new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, the world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. The AMD Embedded G-Series, based on AMD Fusion technology, delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform and incorporates the new low-power, x86 CPU based on the "Bobcat" core with a world-class DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.
"AMD's commitment is to ensure the game-changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "Today, we have a record number of embedded launch partners. They are using the unique advancements of the AMD Embedded G-Series APU to develop a brand new generation of highly differentiated, energy-efficient, small form-factor embedded systems that can deliver the vivid visual experience expected in our always-connected world."
- This new class of accelerated processor combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing and represents opportunity for major advancements in embedded systems.
- No solution with this level of advanced computing is available for the embedded market today.
- Numerous embedded systems based on the AMD Embedded G-Series are available today or expected to launch in the coming weeks from companies including Advansus, Compulab, Congatec, Fujitsu, Haier, iEi, Kontron, Mitec, Quixant, Sintrones, Starnet, WebDT, Wyse, and many others.
- Expected products include graphics-intensive solutions like digital signage, internet-ready set top boxes, mobile and desktop thin clients, casino gaming machines, point-of-sale kiosks, and small form factor PCs, as well as numerous single board computers (SBCs).
- Shane Rau, research director of Computing and Storage Semiconductors at IDC, expects shipments of processors for embedded systems to increase at a double digit rate each year for the next five years.
- This brand new platform continues AMD's mission to lower power, shrink physical component area, and reduce the costs of designing and producing x86 embedded systems.
ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition
The lads of Hexus posted a small picture of the upcoming ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard. It has a X58 chipset and the main novelty is ThunderBolt, a new expansion card from ASUS that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Despite the launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, the ultra-high end is still served by the venerable X58/LGA1366 platform, and it's that audience that the Black is targeted at. The spec-sheet for the board itself reads pretty much the same as last year's Rampage III Extreme, although there have been a few tweaks along the way, including redesigned heatsinks.
Basically, this means that the board sports a quartet of PCIe x16 slots capable of supporting three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, support for 24GB DDR3 at speeds of up to 2,200MHz and all the other high-end features you'd expect on a ROG board. Click on the thumbnail.
AMD confirms Radeon HD 6950 1GB for $279
Advanced Micro Devices late on Monday announced the incoming of premium-class Radeon HD 6950 graphics board with reduced amount of onboard memory at $269 - $279 price-point as well as the massively factory-overclocked versions of its Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards, as x-bitlabs reports.
Various partners of AMD plan to release ATI Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards based on the Cayman graphics processing unit (GPU) with 1408 stream processors and featuring only 1GB of onboard GDDR5 memory, according to a statement of AMD. The new graphics cards will be available starting from mid-February and will cost $279 in the U.S.
At the $279 price-point the Radeon HD 6950 1GB and will pose a more affordable alternative for the company's Radeon HD 6950 (which has similar processing power, but 2GB of memory onboard and $299 price-tag) and a more expensive alternative for the Radeon HD 6870 (which has lower performance and costs from $225 to $259). While in very high resolution, with high FSAA levels and in generally demanding games the model 6970 with 1GB of memory will be slower than be slower compared to the model 6950 with 2GB of memory, in loads of today's games performance of the novelty is likely to be close to that of the 6950 with 2GB of GDDR5.
The intention of AMD to release a lower-priced version of its latest and highest-performing graphics processing unit may indicate that the company is trying to boost or sustain the share on the market of graphics cards of enthusiasts, who like novelties, high speeds and adore latest architectures.
AMD also informed that PowerColor, Sapphire Technologies and XFX plan to release graphics cards based on the Radeon HD 6870 graphics processors with 940MHz - 975MHz chip clock-speed (up from 900MHz on default models) with 1GB of 4400MHz - 4600GHz memory (up from 4200MHz) onboard. Prices will range between $229 to $259 in e-tail depending on partner SKU, AMD said
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II caught on camera
A German store made a booboo and published MSI's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II on its website. This new card features the Twin Frozr II cooling solution with two 80mm fans, 8mm heatpipes and a large aluminium fin array. The core is overclocked to 880MHz (820MHz stock) and the 1GB GDDR5 has a 4200MHz frequency (4000MHz stock).
The expected launch date is January 25th.
SilverStone white Raven 2 Evolution chassis
A new chassis from Silverstone is inbound, the white, limited edition Raven 2 Evolution case. This model has a 90-degree angled motherboard mounting system and is equipped with one 120mm exhaust fan and three 180mm Air Penetrator fans at the bottom.
" The RAVEN RV02-E is an evolution of the original RV02 case that aims to provide even more accessible performance and utility. Making a debut for the first time in a tower chassis, SilverStone
NoteSlate promises $99 eInk slate
Call of Duty: Black Ops 'First Strike' DLC MP Video
GeForce Forceware 266.58 drivers out for download
GeForce Forceware 266.58 Windows XP | 7 | Vista are out for grabs.
Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. the latest Release 260 drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
GeForce GTX 580:
o Up to 7% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
o Up to 12% in Battleforge (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Very High)
o Up to 11% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
o Up to 7% in Dirt 2 (SLI 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
o Up to 7% in Far Cry 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
o Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Dark Tower)
o Up to 5% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (SLI
HWiNFO32 v3.67 released
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too. Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Fixed measuring of CPU clock on certain AMD CPUs under Windows 7.
- Improved displaying of CPU and GPU logo.
- Improved measurement precision of CPU Power consumption on Ibex Peak and Sandy Bridge platforms.
- Fixed recognition of Sandy Bridge K-series when used on platforms other than P67.
- Added Smart Battery monitoring into sensors.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASRock P67 and H67 series.
- Added reporting of BIOS EFI capability.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS P8P67, P8H67 and SABERTOOTH P67 series.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS Maximus IV Extreme.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on GIGABYTE P67 and H67 series.
- Enhanced Ivy Bridge support.
- Added nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
- Enhanced sensor monitoring on ASUS G73SW.
- Fixed possible GPU/Display issues on HP 8730w (caused by GPU I2C).
- Fixed reporting of GPU clock on some nVidia G9x-based GPUs.
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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is delighted to introduce the latest Intel based mini-ITX motherboard
Quad Core Fusion Llano faster than Core i3 540
Tech site Donanim Haber received leaked information about AMD's Llano CPUs. They claim that all performance figures came from official AMD documents.
According to the news:
- Dual Core Llano with Winterpark integrated graphic is slower than not only Athlon II X2 250 but also Pentium E6500 in general performance. But It's dramatically (4.7x) faster than Intel platform in general conclusion which includes visual performance and compute capacity.
- Quad Core Llano with Beavercreek integrated graphic is slower than Athlon II X4 640 but faster than Core i3-540. And also Quad Core Llano provides graphics performance between Radeon HD 5500-5600 level with integrated graphic.
- AMD will launch Fusion Llano as A Series Vision Premium processors.
- AMD also working on special graphics technology for Lynx platform
GeForce GTX 560 Ti gets listed in China
The guys at TC mag reported that a Chinese store has a listing on Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card. This model has a dual-fan WindForce 2X cooling solution and is equipped with 384 CUDA cores, a 900MHz GPU (822MHz stock), 1800MHz shaders (1644MHz stock) and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz. Outputs include Dual-DVI and Mini-HDMI. The Chinese shop lists the card for 1899 yuan, which equals around $288 at the current currency exchange rate.
It's rumored that this product will launch next week and should be pitted against even a Radeon HD 6950 in terms of performance.
SanDisk debuts 45MB/s SDHC cards
That's nice and fast portable storage alright, SanDisk revealed the Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I, a new memory card capable of achieving up to 45MB/s read and write speeds. It will be available in 8GB to 32GB capacities with prices ranging from $109.99 to $349.99.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today introduced the SanDisk Extreme
Zalman ZM-VE200 HDD enclosure
Zalman announced the ZM-VE200, a new external HDD enclosure with a 3Gbps eSATA interface. What makes this product a little more special is its virtual drive function, it enables you to store and load ISO images of CD/DVDs. Unlike any other External HDD enclosures, we have spiced it up with world
Transcend updates its SSD lineup
Transcend announced the launch of its upgraded 2.5
GeForce GTX 460 SE review
If there is one release from NVIDIA that can be classified as 'a little weird' it just has to be the GeForce GTX 460 SE, out of the blue this product was injected into the retail sales stream, quietly.
Positioned in-between a 768 MB and the 1024MB version of the GTX the 1024MB SE version is now available. We'll test Zotac's GeForce GTX 460 SE version, armed with a full GB of graphics memory and a slightly faster core clock frequency opposed to the regular SE models. Check out the full review here.
Antec Sonata IV Enclosure
FSP Group Aurum Series 80Plus Gold Certified PSUs
FSP Group, a channel brand distributor of reputed PC and server power supply manufacturer Fortron, unveiled its latest line of high-efficiency PSUs for PC enthusiasts. Named FSP Aurum (Latin for Gold), the PSUs are 80Plus Gold certified, with over 90 percent efficiency at all times.
Apart from introducing a completely new look to the series with a granite finish and gold trim; there are also two new technical developments from FSP. The first one is MIA ICTM Patent Technology for increased system safety and the second, Arrow FlowTM ventilation for improved cooling and performance.
The new series has fixed cables and is available in the following wattages: 400W, 500W, 600W or 700W.