Referring to Chinese source, VR-Zone published images of a graphics card presumably based on NVIDIA's new G80 GPU.
The card size is rather impressive: 280x127x42 mm.
Just to remind you, the novelty is expected to have unified shader architecture and 384-bit memory bus (256 + 128 bit). It will also feature 768MB of memory (512MB on one bus and 256MB on another). Though the source states it will feature 1GB of memory, judging by the conductor layout on the backside, we can see that there are 12 memory chips and therefore 768MB memory capacity (12x64MB) is more like it.
As expected, there will be two modifications: with air and air-liquid cooling. As you can see on these images, one of the heatsinks is to connect to a liquid cooling system.
Japanese Sigma-APO introduced its new product - Rotino USB laser mouse - that pretends to be the smallest of its kind. Sized 30x70x20 mm it weighs 40g and ships in four body colors: black, red, blue and silver.
According to the vendor, Rotino is 4 times smaller than a usual mouse. It works under DOS/Windows XP/Me/2000 or MAC OS X/10.2 and features 1000/2000cpi sensor resolution at 9600 fps.
As you can see, for more comfort the mouse has a retractor for cable that can be up to 70 cm long.
Sigma Rotino will go on sale in October 2006 with the $25 price tag.
Zinc Matrix Power, developer of new, rechargeable battery technology based on silver, zinc and water, has won Intel’s “Technology Innovation Accelerated” (TIA) Award in the Mobility category, presented during the Intel Developers Forum 2006 Conference, held September 26 – 28, 2006 in San Francisco.
Zinc Matrix Power won the award based upon its demonstration at IDF of a notebook computer using its new silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology. The Intel TIA Awards recognize the most significant technological innovation presented during IDF, categorized in six areas: mobility, digital home, digital office, storage, data center, and technology and research.
Zinc Matrix Power’s technology contains no lithium or flammable liquids and is said to be free from the problems of thermal runaway, fire and danger of explosion. The batteries are also free from the regulations that limit the size of lithium-containing batteries on airplanes. In addition, the company states that a notebook PC battery pack using ZMP cells can be expected to provide longer run-time than equivalent Li-Ion based battery packs.
In addition to addressing the needs of notebook computer and cell phone manufacturers, Zinc Matrix Power rechargeable battery technology has applications for the military, government, retail, and broadcast (mobile TV) markets.
Zinc Matrix Power batteries will be available to device manufacturers for evaluation and testing in early 2007.
Source: Zinc Matrix Power
At Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, ASUS showcased a notebook with a small screen on the cover. The "second display" design for notebooks enables users to operate, such as using the email and MP3 player functions, without unfolding the devices.
Similar to mobile phones with a subdisplay, notebooks that come with a second display are considered a special design concept for notebooks featuring the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, according to Taiwan notebook makers.
In addition to ASUS, Acer and Mitac Technology have also started developing notebooks with second displays.
HIS launched HIS X1300 Silence Dual DVI 512MB HyperMemory Low Profile PCIe card with dual slot passive cooling (P/N: H130HMH128EDD-R), its first ATI X1K Dual DVI (Dual Link DVI + DVI) low-profile solution. The product features ATI HyperMemory II technology and supports SM 3.0 and Avivo.
The core/memory clock rates make 450/500MHz. The card has 128MB of its own 64bit 4-channel DDR2 memory as well as 4 pixel and 2 vertex processors, and 4 geometry pipelines.
The novelty is already available in stores.
Intel Corporation announced the availability of the Intel Wireless UWB Link 1480 MAC (media access controller) silicon and reference designs for ultra-wideband host solutions. These solutions, based on the Certified Wireless USB specification from the USB Implementers Forum and the WiMedia Network specification from the WiMedia Alliance, will allow independent hardware vendors, PC manufacturers and device OEMs to deliver high-bandwidth, low-power wireless solutions that provide personal area network connectivity in the digital home and office.
Intel’s UWB host MAC silicon has been integrated with multiple third-party UWB physical layers, offering customers a choice of radio solutions in its host reference designs. The Intel host solution enables concurrent operation of Certified Wireless USB and WiNet and has been demonstrated to interoperate with multiple device peripherals such as cameras and printers.
Intel UWB host solutions enable PCs, printers and digital TVs with existing hi-speed USB ports to be upgraded to support wireless personal connectivity through USB dongles and ExpressCards.
Certified Wireless USB technology enables wireless access up to 480 megabits-per-second within 9.9 feet (3 meters) or 110 megabits-per-second within 33 feet (10 meters).
Source: Intel Corporation
And another story to complement the previous news. Lenovo and IBM in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall of approximately 526,000 lithium-ion batteries worldwide manufactured by Sony Corporation. Lenovo will offer customers free-of-charge replacement batteries for all recalled batteries.
Although no make or model of battery is immune from some overheating or failure, Lenovo has confirmed that these batteries can be subject to overheating, posing a potential fire hazard, and Lenovo is advising customers to check if they are using one of the affected batteries as follows:
The recalled batteries were sold with or sold separately to be used with some models of ThinkPad notebook PCs.
Battery Part/model number:
Additionally, since these batteries work with any T4x Series or R5x Series system, customers who ordered an extra battery or received a replacement battery for any T4x or R5x Series notebook PC between February 2005 and September 2006 may also have a battery subject to recall.
IBM and Lenovo sold these batteries with new notebook PCs or as replacement batteries between February 2005 and September 2006. Customers can continue to use their notebook PC by turning off the system, removing the battery, and plugging in the AC adapter and power cord to power the system.
Lenovo estimates that between five and ten percent of ThinkPad notebooks sold during period of February 2005 to September 2006 are affected by the recall.
Sony has agreed to financially support the recall.
Customers should contact Lenovo to determine if the battery used in their notebook PC is subject to this recall. You can visit www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram or call the Service Center at 1-800-426-7378. International support numbers are available at www.lenovo.com/support.
Dell announced today that additional information was received regarding affected battery packs containing cells manufactured by Sony, which has led to an increase in the number of recalled batteries from 4.1 million units to approximately 4.2 million units.
To ensure that all potentially affected batteries are identified and returned to Dell, the company is requesting that customers recheck their batteries if they have not ordered or received a replacement battery. To determine whether their batteries are affected, customers should go to Dell’s Web site at www.dellbatteryprogram.com. Customers can also write to: Dell Inc., Attn: Battery Recall, 9701 Metric Blvd., Austin, Texas 78758.
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