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Pantone Introduces Inexpensive huey Calibration Tool

Alphacool Delivers Xtreme Pro 240 Rev. 2 Cooling Solution

VIA Ships 90nm VIA Eden And Eden ULV Processors

I-O Data Presents 12x DVD-RAM Burner

NEC Unveils Audio Processor For Mobile Phones

NVIDIA Announces nForce4 SLI XE And nForce4 Ultra Core Logic

VaccineDrive: A Flash Drive With An Anti-Virus

Latest Rumous On Sharp GX40

Nokia Unveils A Stylish Handset

myvu - Your Personal Media Viewer

Cool It USB Beverage Chiller - Such A Nice USB Device

Hauppauge Unveils Wireless MediaMVP For Home Networks

Pantone Introduces Inexpensive huey Calibration Tool

Pantone announced the availability of huey, an easy–to–use monitor calibration tool designed for digital photo enthusiasts, gamers and just any computer user.

Developed in partnership with GretagMacbeth and brought to market by Pantone, huey is based on GretagMacbeth’s technology for professional–level products and delivered in an easy–to–use, affordable device. About the size of a small marker, huey works with LCD, laptop and CRT displays without requiring users to have any knowledge of color management. In addition, huey is able to continually adjust the monitor as room lighting changes.

In less than five minutes, huey can calibrate a user’s monitor and adjust it based on their primary viewing activity – viewing photos, playing games, creating graphics or browsing the Web.

PANTONE huey is available immediately through Pantone and its resellers. huey is priced at $89.

Source: Pantone

Alphacool Delivers Xtreme Pro 240 Rev. 2 Cooling Solution

German Alphacool updated its Xtreme Pro 240 liquid cooling solution featuring cross-running channels in the PCF that are claimed to increase area of dissipation. As a result, the company achieved better overclocking potential and low level of noise. The product's pump powers from a 12V power source.

The package includes:

  • NexXxoS Xtreme II 240 heatsink
  • CPU Alphacool NexXxoS XP processor cooler
  • AMD XP, AMD 64 and Opteron, Intel 478 and Socket 775 latches
  • Pump and reservoir âîäû (for a 3.5" bay)
  • Power connector
  • Fittings and a 4-meter transparent pipe with 10-mm external and 8-mm internal diameter
  • 120x120x25 Alphacool fan
  • 0.5 liters of Tec-Protect-Plus addition agent
  • 13cm x 10cm adhesive tape for mounting pump inside PC enclosure
  • Thermal grease
  • User's manual

The price for all of the above is €240.

Source: Alphacool

VIA Ships 90nm VIA Eden And Eden ULV Processors

VIA Technologies began shipping new x86-compatible Eden processors made using 90nm process. Novelties are based on the Esther core also used in C7 series.

Eden and Eden ULV are distinguished by low energy consumption. The former works at 400MHz to 1.2GHz and consumes 2.5-7W. The latter consumes 3.5W at 1GHz and 7.5W at 1.5GHz.

Packed into 21x21mm nanoBGA2 bodies, the processors feature 400MHz VIA V4 bus, 128KB L1 cache and 128KB L2 cache and all key benefits of C7 series, including PowerSaver energy management technology, MMX/SSE/SSE2/SSE3 instruction sets, Windows XP Service Pack 2 "no execute" support, and PadLock security.

The new processors are intended for use in low-noise personal machines, thin clients, set top boxes and other systems that require passive cooling.

Source: VIA Technologies

I-O Data Presents 12x DVD-RAM Burner

I-O Data presented a new universal DVD recorder, DVR-ABM16G, that is able to write DVD-RAM discs at 12x. The drive is expected in retail in mid-February for about $95 followed by black-colored variants (DVR-ABM16GBK) in the end of the month. In mid-February an external USB2.0 variant (DVR-UM16G) will be available for $135 followed by the USB2.0/IEEE1394 model (DVR-UEM16G) for $145 late in March.

The drive utilizes Panasonic SW-9587 optical head. Besides 12x DVD-RAM recording, the drive records DVD±R DL at 8x, DVD±R at 16x, DVD+RW at 8x, DVD-RW at 6x, CD-R at 48x and CD-RW at 32x.

The package includes DVD MovieWriter 4.7 SE with Recorder GOLD8 Security plugin, B's CLiP6 and WinDVD 5 with CPRM.

The ATAPI model is sized 146x190x41.3mm and weighs 950g. The external modification measures 170x270x50mm at 1.7kg weight.

Source: PC Watch

NEC Unveils Audio Processor For Mobile Phones

NEC Electronics reported about creating a new ultra energy-saving audio processor that enables up to 50-hour music playback on a mobile phone.

NEC muPD99910 co-processor contains an audio codec, DSP and a Secure Digital controller with CPRM (content protection for recordable media) support.

Chips are sampling for $13.15 each, with volume shipments scheduled to April.

Source: Nikkei

NVIDIA Announces nForce4 SLI XE And nForce4 Ultra Core Logic

NVIDIA announced the release of two new chipsets for Intel processors: NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE MCP and NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP. These complete company's product series for Intel and enable to offer solutions for every price segment.

nForce4 SLI X16 Enthusiast

nForce4 Ultra
  • nForce4 SLI X16 Enthusiast: >$150
  • nForce4 SLI XE Performance Mainstream: <$99
  • nForce4 Ultra Mainstream: <$89


Chipset type SLI XE Ultra
PCI-Express 1x16 and 3x1 or 2x8 and 3x1 1x16 and 4x1
PCI Express lanes 20 20
Supported processors Intel Socket 775 Intel Socket 775
SATA/PATA 4/4 4/4
SATA type 3Gbps 3Gbps
RAID 0,1,0+1,5 0,1,0+1,5
NVIDIA MediaShield Yes Yes
NVIDIA ActiveArmor Firewall Yes Yes
Ethernet 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
USB ports 8 8
NVIDIA nTune Yes Yes
Audio codec HDA (Azalia) / AC97 HDA (Azalia) / AC97

And below is an image of a reference motherboard based on the new chipset:

Company's key partners that will use SLI XE in their products are MSI, ECS, EPOX, Biostar, Jetway and Foxconn. The key Ultra partners are Foxconn, Epox and Biostar.

Source: NVIDIA

VaccineDrive: A Flash Drive With An Anti-Virus

Korean IOCELL introduced the first flash-based storage device with an embedded anti-virus - VaccineDrive. The data stored on the novelty is said to be protected not only from viruses, but also spyware, adware and other malware.

The anti-virus software is installed onto a hidden partition. It automatically updates its databases from the Web.

VaccineDrive capacity ranges from 128MB to 2GB. Of course, one can check for viruses not only the flash drive itself, but also connected hard disks, etc. The vendor guarantees this software will not conflict with other anti-virus programs.

Source: IOCELL

Latest Rumous On Sharp GX40

The rumours of this new mobile phone, Sharp GX40, first leaked from FCC in October. Now there's some more information to share. According to the source, the handset, expected later this or early next month in Vodafone networks, will support three GSM bands instead of two, will weigh 98g instead of 110g, and will have 240x320 display like GX30.

Though the product is good, its price still could have been less (it's rumoured to be about €350).

Sharp GX40 will have a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM radio (seems like the main difference from GX30 and GX30i. miniSD slot is possible.

Source: Mobile Gazette

Nokia Unveils A Stylish Handset

Finnish Nokia extended its mid-end product range with Nokia 6125. This quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) handset is to go on retail in Q2 2006.

Nokia 6125 has austere silvery black design and, according to the vendor, has good ergonomics.

Its specifications are:

  • 1.3-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom and movie recorder
  • Bluetooth, IrDA
  • USB port
  • MMS, IM client, Nokia Xpress, Push-To-Talk
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • E-mail client
  • MP3, MP4, eAAC+, WMA support
  • FM radio with Visual Radio
  • microSD support
  • 2 color displays
  • Movie clip as a call alert

Nokia 6125 MSRP is €230, which is acceptable I think. The mid-end handsets are improving, it seems, and that's nice.

myvu - Your Personal Media Viewer

MicroOptical announced the availability of the myvu Personal Media Viewer.

myvu PMV can output both audio and video and is generally meant to work with Apple iPod creating a large screen effect.

myvu PMV were initially introduced at Macworld Conference & Expo in USA this month, and, according to the source, will only retail in USA and France for now. Under the Orange brand France Telecom will offer this novelty along with Samsung D600 mobile phone.

Source: mmcis

Cool It USB Beverage Chiller - Such A Nice USB Device

The host of USB devices includes everything there can be, but still sometimes these solutions are really nice. Ñoolitsystems offers a Cool It USB Beverage Chiller which is a... portable refrigerator or rather a cooling pad. Naturally, the primary purpose of this Chiller is chilling yourself some beer (well, maybe some other drinkable substances as well).

CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller features:

  • Plug & Play, USB-powered
  • 7.2°C pad temperature
  • Looks cool

This attractive device costs $40.

Source: Ñoolitsystems

Hauppauge Unveils Wireless MediaMVP For Home Networks

Hauppauge Digital announced a wireless set-top-box, MediaMVP, that transfers multimedia content over 802.11G.

The package includes Hauppauge WinTV-PVR software supporting M3U, B4S, PLS, ASX playlists of Windows Media Player, Winamp and Music Match as well as a remote control.

Based on IBM PowerPC, the device works under Linux, supports web updates. Its interfaces include S-video, composite, RGB, stereo, S/PDIF outputs.

Hauppauge Wireless MediaMVP will retail for $149 late in January.

Source: Hauppauge

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