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BenQ Introduces New LCD TVs With Surround Sound And Display Enhancing Technology

Cingular Wireless Offers $199 Palm Treo 680

Samsung Launches New Mobile TV Phone In Italy

OCZ Unveils PC2-9200 FlexXLC Modules

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

BenQ Introduces New LCD TVs With Surround Sound And Display Enhancing Technology

BenQ today introduced three new VH-line LCD TVs, the 32-inch VH3243, 37-inch VH3743 and 42-inch VH4243.

The VH3242, VH3743 and VH4243 come with built-in SRS TruSurround XT surround sound. They also feature display enhancing AMVA (Advanced Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) technology, which protects from the effects of low color washout and gives viewers improved image quality, even in oblique angles. AMVA technology also provides a 178-degree viewing angle and 1200:1 high contrast ratio.

The VH3242, VH3743 and VH4243 will be available in Taiwan starting in December.

Source: BenQ

Cingular Wireless Offers $199 Palm Treo 680

Cingular Wireless and Palm today introduced the new Palm Treo 680 device intended for both consumers and business customers. The Treo 680 quad-band world phone on the Palm OS platform will be available beginning Friday, November 24 for $199.99 with a contract ($399 unlocked).

The Palm Treo 680 innovations include:

  • A new internal antenna
  • An improved phone application
  • The ability to ignore calls with a quick text message lets users tell a caller "I'm in a meeting" or "Can't talk now";
  • The 320x320 color screen
  • The built-in QWERTY keyboard with improved buttons

The Palm Treo 680 operates on Cingular's nationwide EDGE network. Treo 680 users also can take their device with them abroad to make calls on six continents and over 190 countries, with wireless data roaming in more than 115 countries.

For a limited time, the Treo 680 will come with a music bundle from Yahoo!, which includes a 30-day free trial to its Yahoo! Music Unlimited To Go service and Yahoo! Music For Mobile. Users have the ability to access the Yahoo! Music Unlimited music library from the phone and to send tracks remotely to a PC.

The Palm Treo 680 from Cingular Wireless also supports a wide variety of third-party, Cingular Wireless certified applications, such as the TeleNav GPS Navigator solution. With TeleNav GPS Navigator, Treo 680 users now can get turn-by-turn voice and on-screen GPS directions directly on their device for use when driving or walking.

Complete specs:

  • Palm OS 5.4.9
  • 64MB non-volatile flash memory available for user storage
  • Intel PXA270 312 MHz processor
  • 320 x 320 pixel TFT touchscreen with support for over 65,000 colors
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE-class 10 radio
  • Quad band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Bluetooth 1.2 wireless technology, Infrared (IR)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE-class 10 radio
  • Speakerphone
  • Hands-free headset jack
  • Microphone mute option
  • TTY/TDD compatibility
  • Multi-party conference calling
  • VGA camera
  • Automatic light balance
  • 2x digital zoom
  • Integrated self-portrait mirror
  • Video capture with 352 x 288 pixel resolution
  • 2.5mm headset jack (requires a stereo headset adapter, sold separately, for use with standard stereo headphones)
  • Polyphonic MIDI & WAV ringtones
  • External ringer on/off switch w/ vibrate mode
  • Full QWERTY key layout with backlighting
  • Integrated number dial pad
  • Support for MultiMediaCard, SD, and SD I/O cards
  • Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: up to 300 hours
  • Multi-connector on device
  • USB port (USB sync cable included)
  • AC adapter
  • 4.4" x 2.3" x 0.8" (113mm x 59mm x 21mm)
  • 5.5 ounces / 157 grams
  • Graphite, Crimson, Arctic, and Copper colors

Source: Palm

Samsung Launches New Mobile TV Phone In Italy

Samsung launches a new mobile TV phone (SGH-P930) to the Italian market this month through Telecom Italia. This newest mobile TV phone combines not only the latest mobile TV technology, but it also combines HSDPA technology which enables high-speed data transmission.

The P930 has wide 2.3 inch (240x320) LCD and supports Picture in Picture (PIP) function to watch two TV channels simultaneously. It adopts a 2-megapixel camera and a VGA camera for convenient video telephony. It also supports a microSD external memory slot for better storage.


  • Standard: UMTS 2.1GHz / GSM/ GPRS (900/1800/1900 MHz), HSDPA
  • Camera: 2 Megapixel + VGA
  • Display: 2.2" 240x320 262K TFT
  • Digital Video Broadcasting - Handhelds (DVB-H), Picture in Picture (PIP)
  • Video Recording & Messaging (MPEG4 / H.263)
  • Video Telephony & Streaming
  • MP3/ AAC / AAC+ / AAC++
  • Bluetooth v1.2, USB v1.1, Mobile Printing
  • MicroSD external memory
  • Size: 107 x 49 x 19.7 mm
  • Weight: 119g

Source: Samsung

OCZ Unveils PC2-9200 FlexXLC Modules

OCZ Technology Group unveiled the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, a new memory solution that is claimed to offer improved speed, signal integrity, and thermal management. These new modules feature the new OCZ FlexXLC heatsink with a hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or water cooling.

With OCZ’s FlexXLC (Xtreme Liquid Convention) heat management solution the OCZ PC2-9200 operates at speeds of 1150MHz without the high temperatures that inhibit or damage the module’s ICs. The FlexXLC module was engineered with a "flexible" design which gives enthusiasts the option to run the modules passively or water cooled via the integrated liquid injection system. The concurrent use of both technologies (water-cooling) promotes maximum heat dissipation.


  • 1150MHz DDR2
  • CL 5-5-5-18 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • Available in 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kits (PN - OCZ2FX11502GK)
  • Unbuffered
  • OCZ Lifetime Warranty
  • 2.35 Volts
  • 240 Pin DIMM
  • FlexXLC Heatsink
  • 8-Layer PCB
  • 2.4V EVP

Source: OCZ Technology Group

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

VIA Technologies today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.

The SPI bus is an advanced I/O bus that makes the support of system BIOS simpler and more cost effective through an onboard BIOS programming module. The implementation of SPI on VIA-based boards will enable easier updating, debugging and reprogramming of BIOS, and at lower cost, by attaching a flash programming module, such as those from DediProg, to the easy-to-use onboard connector, even when the computing device is powered down.

VIA will integrate SPI bus support into new VIA chipset product releases to support all leading processor platforms, commencing with the upcoming VIA VT8237S chipset South Bridge, which is sampling now.

Source: VIA Technologies

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