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PNY Announces New 2GB Gaming Memory Kits

AMD Unveils ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner

SanDisk Introduces Lots Of Novelties At CES 2007

Sapphire Announces Dual GPU Solution

BenQ Unveils Displays For Gamers

Creative Introduces Xdock Wireless For iPod

Toshiba Introduces 51GB HD DVD-ROM Disc

PNY Announces New 2GB Gaming Memory Kits

PNY Technologies announced at CES 2007 the upcoming availability of its new XLR8 2GB memory kits, each of which contains two matched 1GB modules fitted with PNY’s new proprietary heat sink design.

PNY Technologies’ XLR8 Gold memory modules have all the memory ICs on one side of the board. This configuration allows for the opposite side of the PCB to be used to attach a massive heat sink that extracts heat from the underside of the ICs through a custom expanded ground plane. Additionally, PNY Technologies’ XLR8 Blue memory uses a similar custom heat sink design that has been adapted for standard two-sided memory modules. Both of these heat sink designs provide improved heat extraction for enhanced reliability and endurance.

All XLR8 models are currently going through the NVIDIA SLI-Ready certification process in PNY’s new internal SLI testing lab, established in partnership with NVIDIA.

All XLR8 memory modules are tested to perform at their rated speeds and timings using a selective qualification process reserved exclusively for XLR8 memory. PNY’s new XLR8 Extra Low Latency Performance Memory includes:

  • 800 MHz PC2-6400 – Modules perform at latency settings of 4-4-4-12 at 2.1 volts; MSRP $329.99
  • 800 MHz PC2-6400 – Modules perform at latency settings of 3-4-4-8 at 2.2 volts; MSRP $499.99
  • 1066 MHz PC2-8500 – Modules perform at latency settings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.2 volts; MSRP $429.99

The modules, available in March through PNY’s worldwide network of reseller, distribution, retail and e-tail partners, also include the company’s lifetime replacement warranty and technical support.

Source: PNY Technologies

AMD Unveils ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner

AMD unveiled the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner – the company's first device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner turns a PC into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center menus and interfaces. It is scheduled to be available starting January 30, 2007 inside desktop and notebook PCs from the industry’s top PC manufacturers.

The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner is certified by CableLabs, a cable industry research and development consortium. CableLabs tests devices for conformance to CableLabs specifications. The process is extremely strict and passing this certification process gives the device manufacturer access to special security certificates that are required to operate a device on an OpenCable network.

Pricing for the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner will vary depending on the OEM manufacturer and the level of hardware included.

Source: AMD

SanDisk Introduces Lots Of Novelties At CES 2007

SanDisk Corporation is introducing a number of new products at CES 2007.

Firstly, the Cruzer Contour, a USB flash drive with the elegant look and feel of a fine fountain pen or wristwatch. The device supports Windows ReadyBoost and has a gallery of pre-installed U3 software applications: the PC phone service Skype, the anti-virus program Avast, SanDisk’s own CruzerSync for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager SignupShield, and HP PhotoSmart Essentials photo editor. For casual gaming, there are free copies of a Sudoku and a Mahjong game.

The Cruzer Contour will be available in the United States in March in three models with suggested retail pricing of $89.99 for 2GB, $149.99 for 4GB and $239.99 for 8GB. The drive will be available in Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia in the second quarter of 2007. The Cruzer Contour delivers a write speed of 18 MB/sec and read speed of 25 MB/sec.

Cruzer Contour includes a voucher for 30 minutes of free outgoing calls to regular phones on Skype; and a voucher for 50 free songs from eMusic, the online music service. Buyers must activate an eMusic account for their 50 free selections, and can continue with an ongoing subscription – with a choice of monthly downloads – or cancel without further obligation.

Cruzer Contour supports Microsoft’s Windows ReadyBoost feature, part of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system. ReadyBoost taps unused storage space on USB flash drives to speed up system performance, especially when several applications are running simultaneously. Contour is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and the upcoming Windows Vista, all versions of Macintosh OS X, and with Linux as a mass storage class device. The drive is designed for computers with USB 2.0 ports, but is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 systems.

Secondly, SanDisk Corporation introduces the Memory Stick Micro (M2) product line for use with Sony Ericsson’s multimedia mobile phones like the Cyber-shot and the Walkman series phones. The SanDisk M2 cards are available in 2GB, 1GB and 512MB capacities.

The SanDisk M2 cards also include adapters for use with Memory Sick PRO Duo devices such as cameras and game modules. The SanDisk M2 will plug into the Sony Ericsson K610, K800, K790, M600/608, V630, W300, W710, W712, Z530, Z550, Z710, and Z712 mobile phones. When coupled with its PRO Duo adapter, the M2 is also compatible with the D750, K750, P910, P990, V800, W700, W800/810, W850, W900, and Z800.

M2 operates at dual voltage – 1.8V for Sony Ericsson’s new line of mobile phones and 3.3V for Memory Stick PRO Duo compatible products. M2 measures 0.59” (L) x 0.49” (W) x 0.05” (H), making it the second smallest flash memory media in the world, behind the microSD.

Thirdly, the company unveiled the Sansa Connect, a Wi-Fi enabled MP3 player designed to work with MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files. The player utilizes an open (non-proprietary) digital rights management system that will allow users to purchase songs or access subscription download services from specific premium internet sites. It will support Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music and is designed to work with Microsoft Vista when it ships.

The new Sansa Connect boasts Internet capabilities designed to keep music aficionados connected to a wide range of new music via subscription services and streaming Internet radio. The new flash-based MP3 player will also contain community features for recommending music and photos with the simple click of a button and a “live” Wi-Fi connection.

The Sansa Connect comes equipped with a microSD card slot; an internal speaker; sleek, thin design with large 2.2" TFT color screen; simple to use, backlit controls; Lithium-Ion battery; multi-pin universal connector for “Made for Sansa” accessory upgrades, battery charging and USB 2.0 connectivity. The Sansa Connect is 2.05 in. wide x 3.58 in. long x 0.63 in. high.

The 4GB Sansa Connect will be distributed to store shelves in the United States in late March with a suggested retail price of $249.99. The device will be available in Canada in the latter part of 2007.

And two more MP3 players from SanDisk.

An affordable 1GB Sansa Express with a microSD expansion slot; FM tuner; four-line OLED Screen (1.1”); voice and FM recording capabilities; cable-less direct connection to a consumer’s computer; up to 15-hour Lithium Polymer battery life; blue backliting; and simple controls. The dimensions of the Sansa Express MP3 player are 0.99 inches wide x 3.09 inches long x 0.64 inches high.

For instant access to millions of digital songs, the Sansa Express supports several music download and subscription services, including Rhapsody, MTV Urge, eMusic, Napster and Yahoo Music. The player is designed to work with MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files. The Sansa Express is also designed to work with Microsoft Vista.

Available in March 2007 in the U.S. and Europe, the Sansa Express will be priced at $59.99 (MSRP).

Finally, there's company's first widescreen portable media player dubbed the Sansa View. It features a 4" widescreen display and, besides movies, can display photos (up to 16 megapixels), play music, or combine the two in a slideshow format. The durable player also comes equipped with an integrated speaker for watching and listening to any content on the player with a friend. It is also able to output audio and video content to a TV screen through a 30-pin connector (up to 1080i with docking station) or 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Sansa View has 8GB of internal flash memory. Its flash memory expansion slot allows for additional memory capacity and playback of content found on SD and SDHC cards, such as Disney Max Clips. The Sansa View video player works with Windows Media Player 10 or 11 for syncing of content, and is designed to work with Windows Vista.

Player dimensions are 78.5mm x 123mm x 16.9mm (0.66" thick). The novelty contains a removable Li-Polymer battery that provides up to 4 hours of continuous video playback and 10 hours of continuous audio playback.

Retailing for $299 MSRP, the 8GB Sansa View is expected to be available from retailers in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2007, with Canada and Europe to follow in the second quarter.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

Sapphire Announces Dual GPU Solution

Two X1950 PRO GPUs on a single card – the latest introduction from Sapphire Technology, dubbed the Sapphire X1950 PRO DUAL and being shown for the first time at CES in Las Vegas from 8th January 2007.

According to the press release, the Sapphire X1950 PRO DUAL offers performance comparable with that of ATI CrossFire dual GPU systems. Having the same thickness as a standard two-slot graphics card, the Sapphire X1950 PRO DUAL connects via a single PCI-Express x16 slot opening up the future possibility of the Quad AMD GPU operation in an ATI CrossFire mainboard.

The Sapphire X1950 PRO DUAL features a full 1GB of onboard GDDR3 and both cores operate with engine clock speeds of 580MHz and memory timings of 1400MHz. It offers simultaneous HDR with adaptive anti-aliasing and a palette of over one billion colours. It natively supports HDCP and features the ATI Avivo High Definition video and display technology.

All Sapphire's latest graphics cards are Microsoft Windows Vista ready and supported by ATI Catalyst Software Suite. The card is also RoHS-compliant.


  • 2 x ATI RADEON X1950 PRO
  • Engine clock: 580MHz
  • Shader units: 36 + 36
  • Pixel Pipelines: 12 + 12
  • Memory clock: 1400 MHz GDDR3
  • Memory: 256-bit, 1024 MB
  • Cooling: Active dual slot cooling
  • Bus Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • DVI-I / DVI-I / TV out
  • Max resolution: 2560x1600 (dual-link DVI), 1024 x 768 (TV out)
  • Hardware Features: DirectX 9, ShaderModel 3.0
  • Software Feature: ATI Avivo

Source: Sapphire, image taken from The Inquirer

BenQ Unveils Displays For Gamers

BenQ introduced a new display for gamers - the BenQ FP241VW LCD monitor, featuring a sleek exterior design, BenQ’s exclusive Senseye+game technology, HDMI interface and the 12ms MPRT (Motion Picture Response Time).

BenQ's exclusive Senseye+game technology is called to automatically and dynamically improve image quality in computer games. Furthermore, the FP241VW comes with 6 specialized display modes including standard, dynamic, movie mode, photo mode, action game mode and racing game mode.

The FP241VW fully supports video resolution of 1080p and features HDMI interface (High-Definition Multi-media Interface) which allows easy connection to HD enabled equipment such as HD DVD players, and game consoles. The FP241VW also supports various inputs including DVI-D and D-sub.

The FP241VW incorporates BenQ's exclusive PerfectMotion dynamic video processing technology that is eliminates ghosting and motion blurs. The PerfectMotion technology works by a two-step process with first reducing the grey-to-grey response time by accelerating the rotational speed of liquid crystal and second inserting black frames between frames from the video source.

The FP241VW is currently available Taiwan, China, US and Japan markets.

The second novelty, another gaming monitor, the 19-inch FP94VW, also features BenQ's proprietary Senseye+game technology, gamer-centric features and design, and an HDMI interface. The FP94VW is also pre-set with 6 specialized display modes: standard, movie, dynamic, photo, action game and racing game.

The BenQ FP94VW features a muted black chassis and an ultra-sleek textured aluminum panel housing embedded controls. The FP94VW also features a user-friendly swappable hook which attaches to the back corner of the monitor and allows users to conveniently hang a headset, webcam or VoIP phone.

The monitor supports video resolutions to 720p (HD ready) and also features various inputs including DVI-D and D-sub.

The FP94VW will be available starting in early February 2007.

Source: BenQ

Creative Introduces Xdock Wireless For iPod

Creative introduced the Creative Xdock Wireless, which docks an iPod and plays music in "Xtreme Fidelity" (X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D technologies) via Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers in any room in the home. The Creative Xdock Wireless also connects directly to a powered speaker system or home theater system to play video, photos and music in DTS surround-sound. The Creative Xdock Wireless is designed to work seamlessly with the iPod and has been certified by Apple under the Made for iPod programme.

The Creative Xdock Wireless has a line-out for connection to powered speakers, which also functions as an optical-out to your home theater for DTS surround-sound. It also features S-video and composite video-out connections, so digital photos and videos stored on an iPod can be displayed on a TV screen. There's then a wireless remote to navigate the iPod menu, adjust volume levels, and activate X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D. The device docks and charges an iPod and includes line-in for connection of other audio devices.

The Creative Xdock Wireless plays music up to 100 feet away without requiring a wireless network, via Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers. There are 2 different modes for music playback: broadcast and individual zones. In broadcast mode, multiple Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers can receive music in different rooms of the home. In zone mode, a user can turn on or off up to 4 different Creative X-Fi Wireless Receivers independently, to listen to music only in desired rooms. Each Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver can be controlled with its own remote, to activate X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D, adjust volume, and control music playback.

The Creative Xdock Wireless, part of the Made for iPod programme and designed specifically for use with the iPod with video, iPod photo, iPod mini and iPod Nano, will be available for S$299.00. The Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver will be available for S$149.00. Both products will be available in March 2007.

Source: Creative

Toshiba Introduces 51GB HD DVD-ROM Disc

Toshiba Corporation developed a triple-layer HD DVD-ROM (read only) disc with a capacity of 51 gigabytes. Toshiba aims to secure approval of the new disc by the DVD Forum within this year.

The new ROM disc has a three-layer structure, with each layer storing 17GB of data. The advances capacity over current ROM discs, which hold 15GB of data in each layer of a single-sided disc. Continued improvement in disc mastering technology has achieved further minimization in the recording pit, supporting a further boost in capacity to 17GB in single layer and a full 51GB on a single-sided triple-layer disc. Toshiba has confirmed the disc structure and its successful operation.

The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats: two 0.6-mm thick discs bonded back-to-back. This time-tested physical structure offers proven volume manufacturing at little cost increment.

Toshiba is featuring the new disc at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 to 11, at the Toshiba booth.

Source: Toshiba Corporation

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