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AquariusII: Thermaltake´s cool water

Photo of the day: Yuan XpertVision RADEON 9000

NEC-Mitsubishi announces new TFT LCDs

Cypress WirelessUSB to kill Bluetooth?

Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA to replace WEP

Philips promises 8 DVD+RW in H1 2003



AquariusII: Thermaltake´s cool water

Thermaltake Technology announced its version of PC water cooling system AquariusII, and we should expect Thermaltake Xaser II cases, supporting AquariusII.


According to the company, AquariusII will enable to reduce total energy consumption and cooling system noise. AquariusII tests by Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute proved 29 dBa noise level.

The company prepares two new AquariusII cases: A5000F Case W/Aquarius II, A6000E Case W/Aquarius II A1604 as well as the separate Aquarius II Package. Officially AquariusII systems will be showcased at Comdex/Fall 02, on November 18 in Las Vegas, NV. Shipments are scheduled to Q4 2002 — early 2003. More details here.

Photo of the day: Yuan XpertVision RADEON 9000

Weve got an interesting sample in our videolab Yuan XpertVision RADEON 9000.

It features violet PCB, similar to Palit cards. Second, the design doesn´t fully conform to the reference one, for example, with 3.6 ns (5ns 200 MHz is enough) Mosel Vitelic memory (never seen on such cards before, according to our video editor Andrew Vorobyev).

Third, what do you think about the name ATi Daytona? Is it a copy of Palit brand? :-)



NEC-Mitsubishi announces new TFT LCDs

NEC-Mitsubishi announced several new TFT LCD monitors to be sold from the end of November. Almost all devices feature D-Sub and DVI-D. All novelties also support Visual Controller utility for controlling settings from PC.


The first one, 18.1-inch RDT186S, supports 12801024, 16 million colors, 350:1 contrast, 200 d/m brightness, 31-82 kHz line scan, up to 85 Hz frame scan. Pixel size is 0.28 mm, response time — 30 ms, viewing angle 160 horizontal and vertical, energy consumption 38W, dimensions — 398200403 mm, weight 7.3 kg. Expected price from 128000 yens ($1070).


Next one, 17-inch RDT176S, supports 12801024, 16 million colors. Brightness — 260 cd/m, contrast — 450:1, pixel size 0.264 mm, response time 25 ms, viewing angle 160 vertical and horizontal, frame scan — 56-75 Hz, energy consumption 38W, dimensionds — 374196384 mm, weight 5.8 kg. RDT176S will cost from 74800 yens ($625).

Besides, theres RDT176M variant with 1W stereo speakers. RDT176M will cost from 75800 yens ($632).


Finally, 15-inch RDT156S and RDT156M (w/speakers), support 1024768, 16 million colors. Brightness — 250 cd/m, contrast — 350:1, response time 30 ms, pixel size 0.297 mm, vertical viewing angle 90, horizontal 120, frame scan — 56-75 Hz, dimensions — 345166344 mm, weight 3.7 and 4.4 kg, respectively. RDT156S and RDT156M will cost 46800 yens ($390) and 49800 yens ($415).

Source: PC Watch

Cypress WirelessUSB to kill Bluetooth?

Cypress Semiconductor announced new wireless technology that, according to the company, can replace Bluetooth along with all similar standards. New WirelessUSB chips of CY694X family (CY6941 Optical Mouse, CY6942 Keyboard, CY6943 USB Bridge) operate in 2.4 GHz (2400-2483 MHz) range and provide lower latencies that 27 MHz, 433 MHz and 900 MHz devices, being at that simpler and cheaper than Bluetooth solutions. CY694X-based products can connect at least 7 various devices within 10-meter radius with up to 20 ms latency (reduced to 8 ms for 4 devices). First, this should interest makers of game peripherals, that must feature not more than 30 ms latencies.


Samples are already being shipped, volume production is scheduled to Q1 2003. CY694X wholesale price makes $3.92 per unit, thats rather cheap. Moreover, unlike Bluetooth, you dont need any drivers to use such devices with USB-enabled PCs (and Microsoft still hasnt supported Bluetooth in Windows).

WirelessUSB utilizes wideband transmission techniques similar to Bluetooth. Cypress claims its technology to be significantly more crosstalk-resistant and low-power: according to provisional calculations, standard power for a wireless keyboard will be enough for half-year operation. At that WirelessUSB supports 64- and 128-bit encryption. Max. transfer speed maked 217.6 Kbps. Chip voltage 2.7-3.6V.

In other words, seems like sci-fi cheapest WLANs with good features. If this is as good as claimed, well soon hear of WirelessUSB and CY694X chips.

P.S. Those interested can download detailed WirelessUSB doc (448KB).

Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA to replace WEP

Non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance, working on IEEE 802.11 products certification, announced new security standard — Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) to replace the current WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).

First solutions are expected in Q1 2003. For existing products to support the new standard, most makers are expected to release updated firmware and software.

The new standard was developed by Wi-Fi Alliance together with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11.

Philips promises 8 DVD+RW in H1 2003

Philips Electronics announced the reference kit for creating DVD recorders supporting DVD+RW. It includes chipset, optical pickup, and firmware, and supports 8x recording. The company is going to start component licensing and sales already in H1 2003.

According to Philips representatives, currently the company aims at reducing DVD+RW cost prices. Todays chipset price makes about $65 in over 100,000-unit quantities, reduction will continue due to development of more integrated solutions and reducing chip amount in the kit.

Source: CNet

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