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Logitech Unveils A "Smart" Mouse

S3 Graphics Prepares An Answer To SLI And Crossfire

Logitech Unveils A "Smart" Mouse

Logitech unveiled its first "smart" mouse to receive and process wireless communication from the PC MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse.

The MX610 mouse senses when a new e-mail message comes into a user´s Outlook inbox, and illuminates a blue light on the e-mail button. With one click of the illuminated button, the user opens the Outlook inbox to view the message. Similarly, the PC sends, and the mouse receives, notification of new instant messages from Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Instant Messenger, communicated with the illumination of an orange button on the mouse. With Logitech SetPoint software, people can customize their mouse so they are only notified when specific people send them e-mails or IMs. And if people need to leave their PC to do something in the other room, the mouse can deliver these notifications at a wireless range of up to 30 feet.

The novelty has an expected battery life of up to three months with regular use. The mouse achieves this long battery life by mimicking the power status of the computer to which it is connected. As it sends and receives wireless signals, the mouse can sense when the PC has gone into sleep mode or is shut down, and the mouse powers down accordingly. Also, when the mouse battery level is low less than 10 percent of full charge an indicator light on the mouse illuminates.

The Logitech MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse includes a USB micro-receiver that connects instantly with the mouse when it is plugged into a desktop or a notebook PC. As the mouse and wireless receiver send information back and forth, the mouse periodically may sense a wireless interruption or interference. In this case it will shift the wireless channel to find one that is interference-free.

Sculpted for the right hand, the mouse features 10 buttons, including volume up, down and mute buttons for controlling music on the PC. The reset button is noticeably absent, because once the receiver is plugged in, the mouse and receiver are perpetually connected. The mouse also includes Logitech´s Tilt Wheel Plus Zoom scroll wheel.

The Logitech MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October. The mouse has a suggested retail price of $59.99 in the U.S.

Source: Logitech

S3 Graphics Prepares An Answer To SLI And Crossfire

It seem S3 Graphics is again full of determination to fight for its place under the sun. The company plans to advance in several directions at once: high-performance, middle-end, low-end, and mobile graphics. Speaking of the first direction, the company is preparing a proprietary variant of multi-GPU configuration - Multi-G - which is essentially an answer to NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire.

The existing solutions are based on the same idea of several simultaneously working PCI Express graphics cards, each processing its part of data. Speaking of technical implementation, the way of S3 Graphics is unknown.

The attention being paid to multi-GPU solutions is also noticeable in S3 Graphics' roadmap. The release of Chrome S27 with Multi-G support is planned to Q4 this year. With this product S3 Graphics is going to enter the high-performance graphics segment (since Chrome 27 is to work at over 700MHz).

Multi-G support is also planned for Destination Films chip that is to replace Chrome S27 by the end of 2006. This one will be released in two variants: D1 (top pricing and performance) and D2 (average pricing and performance). Perhaps, S3 will offer Multi-G in other, more affordable solutions. A relative confirmation of this can be seen on S3's private presentation image published by HKEPC.

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