Matrox Graphics announced that the award-winning Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now compatible with select Mac systems. From the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) product line, both DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are palm-sized boxes that connect externally to a notebook or desktop computer and uniquely allow users to attach two or three monitors respectively
DualHead2Go enables a fully symmetric dual-monitor setup for Mac notebooks or desktops, creating the workspace for managing multiple projects or office applications simultaneously. If a larger desktop space is required, the TripleHead2Go can be used to work with a triple-monitor setup.
Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) are external devices that are simple to setup - there is no need to open up the computer to insert parts or to replace any hardware or software. The operating system detects the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go like an ultra-widescreen monitor that supports resolutions of up to 2560x1024 and 3840x1024 respectively. The GXM technology then splits this ultra-wide resolution into two or three standard resolutions and sends the information to the attached monitors. The GXM using Mac's existing graphics hardware and software for all 2D, 3D, and video acceleration.
A complete list of compatible systems is posted on the Matrox website and maximum resolutions supported may vary depending on the system model or GPU.
Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now shipping at list prices of $169 (USD) and $299 (USD) respectively.
Source: Matrox Graphics
Apacer Technology is launching a latest generation of DDR2-667/533 MHz 4GB ECC registered DIMM targeting next generation high-performance servers. Apacer's new registered DIMM meet requirement for latest Generation AMD Opteron processors. The DDR2-667/533 4GB ECC registered DIMM use 512Mx4 BGA of chip and Fine Pitch Ball Grid Array packaging that help dissipate heat and improve stability.
Apacer's DDR2 667/533 4GB ECC Registered DIMM are full product line for 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and coming 4 GB now to support the servers and workstation market.
Source: Apacer Technology
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GECUBE today announced its new GECUBE X1950PRO AGP product line. The 1950PRO AGP support Shader Model 3.0, utilizes the latest graphics processing architecture comes with 36 pixel pipelines, an extensive set of image quality features like simultaneous HDR with adaptive Anti-aliasing and a palette of over one billion colors.
Using Avivo technology, the ATI Radeon X1950PRO provides quality video playback for today’s high-definition media formats, displaying one billion colors, or 10-bit throughout the graphics pipeline. The new card is HDCP-compliant, including a built-in EEPROM and HDCP key. The GECUBE Radeon X1950PRO AGP edition is also ready for Windows Vista with Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified drivers from AMD.
GECUBE R1950PRO AGP products are fully RoHS compliant.
In a world-first development, Sony has succeeded in creating a contactless IC card made from vegetable-based plastic (vegetable-based plastics are derived from biomass). Such cards are based on Sony’s contactless IC card technology “FeliCa” and can run applications like the Edy pre-paid e-money service, or function as ID access cards for companies and organizations.
As a first step, Sony will issue 2000 such cards with the Edy application for distribution within the Sony Group. The cards will also be displayed in the Sony booth at the Eco Products 2006 exhibition taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight from December 14-16.
In addition, the Sony Health Insurance Union will issue 150,000 health insurance cards based on vegetable-based plastic (please note these are not IC cards).
Sony developed this environmental technology through the selection of polylactic acid as the main ingredient for the vegetable-based plastic and the careful selection of subsidiary ingredients.
The compound ratio and methods were then investigated and the production process for the cards adjusted accordingly. Sony ensured that the present attributes of contactless IC cards in terms of communications, reliability and robustness were maintained. The company succeeded in producing a contactless card which is more than 51% composed of vegetable-based materials in terms of depth and volume.
Because many e-mails and documents are printed out for brief viewing and then soon discarded or recycled, Xerox invented printing technology that creates images that last only a day.
The technology, dubbed Erasable Paper, could lead to a significant reduction in the amount of paper used in an office, because once the image fades away, the paper can be used over and over.
"Despite our reliance on computers to share and process information, there is still a strong dependence on the printed page for reading and absorbing content," said Paul Smith, a Xerox manager, in a written statement. "Of course, we'd all like to use less paper, but we know from talking with customers that many people still prefer to work with information on paper. Self-erasing documents for short-term use offers the best of both worlds."
Xerox estimates that two out of every five pages printed in an office are for one-day use, like emails or reference materials that only are needed for a single viewing.
The company noted that it has filed patents on the Erasable Paper technology.
The experimental printing technology came out of a collaboration between the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and the Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC). According to an online release, the "aha" moment came for Xerox researchers when they developed compounds that change color when they absorb a certain wavelength of light but then will gradually disappear. As it stands now, the paper erases itself in a 16 to 24-hour range. The paper then can be reused.
Researchers at the Xerox Research Centre are working on the ink part of the equation, while scientists at PARC are working on building a machine that can print the image onto the special paper. They currently are developing a prototype printer, according to Xerox, that creates the image using a light bar that provides a special wavelength of light as the writing source.
"This will remain a research project for some time," said Eric Shrader, PARC area manager of industrial inkjet systems, in a written statement. "Our experiments prove that it can be done, and that is the first step, but not the only one, to developing a system that is commercially viable."
The original story: EETimes
Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad T60 widescreen notebook PC, the company's first-ever 15.4-inch widescreen T Series notebook, weight starting at 5.1 pounds.
Feature choices include Intel integrated graphics or ATI discrete graphics capabilities on an optional WSXGA+ screen. Wireless connectivity options include integrated 3G WWAN3 on Cingular or Verizon networks, an embedded WLAN card based on 802.11n technology, Bluetooth Wireless Technology and Infrared. The ThinkPad T60 widescreen notebook comes loaded with Access Connections, a ThinkVantage Technology that helps users connect to the Internet through their service provider as they switch between wired and wireless networks.
The new notebook provides up to eight hours of battery life with a nine-cell battery (select models), and its thin form factor starts at 1.1-inch. The ThinkPad T60 widescreen notebook is equipped with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors
The airbag-like Active Protection System and a spill-resistant keyboard are part of the ThinkPad T60 widescreen's durable system. The notebook also comes loaded with the latest Lenovo security tools, such as the Embedded Security System and an optional fingerprint reader.
The ThinkPad T60 widescreen is also available as a mobile workstation.
Prices for the ThinkPad T60 widescreen start at $1,399. Models will be available for purchase beginning November 28, 2006.
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