Samsung announced the SyncMaster 204B to its family of large-screen LCD monitors. The SyncMaster 204B is currently available at retail locations and through Samsung's distribution channel across the U.S. with an estimated street price $629.99.The SyncMaster 204B utilizes Samsung's MagicTune, MagicColor, MagicBright and MagicSpeed (5ms response time) technologies.
Samsung's latest large-screen LCD monitor delivers 16.7 million colors, 800:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 300cd/m² 1600x1200 maximum resolution, pixel pitch of 0.255mm and horizontal/vertical viewing angle of 160-degrees.
Available in either stylish sliver or black cabinet colors, the SyncMaster 204B utilizes both analog and digital interfaces and features a four-way adjustable stand that offers pivot ability, height adjustment, tilt and swivel capabilities.
Corsair Memory introduced the Nautilus500, its latest external watercooling unit, claimed to deliver 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.
The new Nautilus500 brings a new cooling solution to overclockers with its all-copper CPU block and Micro Channel Technology. Fan speed can be adjusted to suit individual needs.
Corsair's Nautilus500 features a QuickInstall design that allows any user to install the complete kit in less than 15 minutes without having to remove the motherboard from the case. Each complete kit includes pre-fitted, pressure tested tubing that can be adjusted to any length without the fear of accidental leakage. For mobility-minded users, the kit also includes quick connect self-sealing connectors to avoid having to drain the liquid during transport.
The Nautilus500 complete kit can be used on any processor type, including Intel LGA775, socket 478 and AMD sockets 754, 939 and 940. The cooling unit is adaptable with additional GPU and north bridge blocks. Both blocks are sold separately and can be daisy-chained to the CPU block without cooling performance degradation.
The Nautilus500 is currently available through Corsair's authorized distributors, resellers and retailers worldwide. The MSRP for the complete kit is $159 USD.
Source: Corsair Memory
VIA Technologies announced the VIA Vinyl VT1708 High Definition audio codec that delivers to the market a solution with high fidelity audio playback featuring four stereo DACs enabling 8-channel support, and 2 stereo ADCs, all of which support the 24-bit, 192kHz audio standards. The VIA Vinyl VT1708 HD Audio Codec additionally supports features such as a high-quality headphone amplifier, enhanced recording features, and advanced connectivity.
The VIA VT1708 Audio Codec also optionally supports the QSound that offers enhancements for games, music, and movies as well as advanced feature control.
VIA Vinyl VT1708 HD Audio Codec samples are available now. Pricing is available upon request.
Source: VIA Technologies
Matrox Graphics announced Extio F1400, claimed to be the world's first remote graphics unit. With this solution, the user interface of the computer – the keyboard, mouse, monitors, audio peripherals, and graphics hardware – are separated from the rest of the computer by up to 250 meters (820 feet) of fiber-optic cable. Designed for professional applications, this product supports up to 4 digital or analog monitors at a time, and has passive (fanless) cooling.
Matrox Extio is designed for environments like audio studios, broadcast studios, dispatch centers, control rooms, and public spaces using digital signage. With this product, the parts of the computer like the disks, memory, and processors can be kept in a separate, safe, secure room. This saves space at the display station, removes a potentially noisy computer, and allows system administrators to access and maintain the system at a separate location.
The Matrox Extio F1400 remote graphics unit (RGU) has a Matrox-designed graphics chip, 128 MB of graphics memory, dual-LC connector for fiber-optic cable, 4 DVI-I monitor connectors, 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 in front, 2 in back), integrated audio hardware, an optical connector for digital audio output, and analog audio connectors for a microphone input, line input, and line output. To meet different slot requirements, Matrox separately offers PCI or PCI Express (PCIe) fiber-optic interface cards for Extio products.
Matrox Extio F1400 will be available in the second quarter of 2006.
Source: Matrox Graphics
Logitech and Adobe Systems announced the NuLOOQ Professional Series for Adobe Creative Suite 2 (CS2) and standalone CS2 applications. The new Logitech product line comprises the NuLOOQ navigator, an innovative device used in conjunction with a mouse and a keyboard to manipulate images and documents, and the NuLOOQ tooldial, customizable on-demand interface software that provides quick access to design tools. Both are designed for use with the Mac versions of Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Illustrator®CS2, Adobe InDesign CS2, and Adobe Photoshop CS2.
The NuLOOQ navigator is approximately the size and shape of half a tennis ball. This stationary device sits under the non-mousing hand and has a circular touch-sensitive surface (the tooltuner dial) for adjusting option values in supported applications. A moveable rubber-like ring (the navring controller) at the base allows designers to navigate images and documents, while embedded buttons (triggerpoint buttons) call up frequently used tools.
The NuLOOQ Professional Series has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $149.99 and will be sold beginning in March. The NuLOOQ tooldial can be purchased separately online for a suggested retail price of $49.99 at www.logitech.com/nulooq. A 30-day free trial is also available for download at the NuLOOQ Web site.
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