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ASUS has introduced a new slim model, the LS201 20" LCD monitor – to cater to the needs of trendy 3C users. Being the RedDot Design Award Winner 2007, this LCD monitor showcases an exterior piano-painted black chassis, fine hair-lined aluminum details, a unique base that exudes a LED light and a diamond-cut glass surface of 9H hardness for protection from damages or pollution. It also incorporates wide viewing angles, ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) 2000:1 and ASUS exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology.
The LS201 incorporates a half-thinner panel than generic LCD monitors to display an aesthetically slim style – complementing the simple and clean-lined glossy black design. By a simple press of the side button, the LS201 can further show space aesthetics in different angles by being adjusted to apply VESA wall-mounted functions with the adapter. The unique "Light-in-Motion" LED lights on the base creates a soothing effect and distinct feel to the atmosphere while in operation. A rational blue light is activated while powered on, and an orange glow signals the standby mode.
The LS201 specially adopts a protective surface with the characteristics of 9H high hardness, which lets the panel be protected against scratches and pollution. The anti-reflection coating on the glass allows superb light transmittance (over 96%, which is 11% higher than generic glass) and anti-reflection capabilities (below 2% reflections) to deliver clear images without distortions. This integration is perfect for public demonstrations and usage by children without an additional protective filter. Additionally, it is easy to keep clean by just utilizing the bundled cleaning cloth.
The LS201 incorporates 1400x1050 SXGA+ high resolution, 5ms response time and dual video inputs (DVI-D and D-sub). The ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio Technology) provides the high contrast ratio of 2000:1, which can dynamically adjust contrast between black and white – creating sharper and more stereoscopic images especially during video and movies.
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, found exclusively in ASUS solutions, detects activation and usage of video applications and automatically optimizes image quality for the best visual results. Besides the five modes (Standard, Game, Theater, Scenery and Night), the innovative technology also enables the selection of three skin tone options for high-quality image in different video applications. Watching videos with computers and LCD monitors are now as good as on the best TVs, especially with the ASUS LS201's large screen.
Samsung Electronics America today announced its next-generation UMPC family, the Q1 Ultra, at the Samsung Experience in New York.
Complete with an integrated split-QWERTY keypad, mouse, and user-defined function keys, the Q1 Ultra UMPC is designed to enhance productivity, ease-of-use and portability in a range of personal and professional scenarios. With an increased battery life of 4.5 hours coupled with faster speeds, flexibility and mobile functionality, the Q1 Ultra product provides a compelling solution packed into a 1.5 pound package.
The Q1 Ultra UMPC features the new Intel Ultra Mobile Processor running at a clock speed of 600 or 800 MHz, along with 1 GB of DDR2 system memory. The Q1 Ultra supports a minimum of 4.5 hours of continuous run time via the integrated Lithium-Ion prismatic batteries. Use of the higher-density polymer batteries enables greater battery capacity in a smaller space, thereby leading towards a smaller overall form-factor. The Q1 Ultra includes integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and the factory optional 3.5G HSDPA cellular modem. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows XP Tablet Edition operating systems are supported, enabling full PC compatibility with all applications.
The Q1 Ultra features a 300 pixel webcam, along with a high-performance dual-array microphone, enabling face-to-face video chatting/video conferencing. Additionally, a high-resolution 1.3 megapixel camera supports video recording and still pictures. Supporting these features, the Q1 Ultra is equipped with a 7" Wide SVGA LCD touchscreen that boasts a native resolution of 1024x600. The new, LED backlit LCD supports 300nits of brightness. Facilitating system and data security, the Q1 Ultra is also available with an integrated fingerprint reader enabling enhanced security and fast application/website log-in.
The integrated split-QWERTY keypad is located to the left and right of the LCD. Positioned for thumb input, users can now respond quickly to emails, instant messages, update presentations and spreadsheets, etc. without the need of a virtual, on-screen or external keyboard. And with the integration of the AVS Now Instant-On feature, users can enjoy a host of multimedia applications, including videos, movies, music and still photo viewing, without booting up into Windows.
Value-add options include a docking station which supports 3 x USB 2.0 ports, additional standard or extended battery charger slot, audio-out port, microphone-in port and stylus holder, U.S. and Canada GPS navigation receiver and maps, an external USB-based keyboard with point stick and mouse select buttons, an organizer/portfolio carrying case, 6-cell extended-life battery, 8-cell extended-life Power Bank and a DVD±RW Dual Layer external Optical Disk Drive.
The Q1 Ultra UMPC is available in a number of configurations, starting with an MSRP of $799.00 and can be purchased through a variety of retail and e-tail outlets including Best Buy, Circuit City, CDW, CompUSA, Amazon.com, NewEgg.com, Buy.com, Costco.com, Tiger Direct, PC Connection, B & H Photo and PC Mall. The Q1 Ultra UMPC is also available through distribution via Ingram Micro.
Source: Samsung Electronics America
NEC Corporation, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) have together successfully demonstrated the world's first quantum bit (qubit) circuit that can control the strength of coupling between qubits. Technology achieving control of the coupling strength between qubits is vital to the realization of a practical quantum computer, and has been long awaited in the scientific field.
The quantum computer, when it is finally brought to fruition, is expected to far surpass the capabilities of even the most modern of today's supercomputers. Actual computing in a quantum computer is carried out by manipulating the quantum state of qubits in time sequence by external controls. To achieve such manipulation, it is necessary to control the: 1. States of individual qubits, 2. States of two qubits (logic operation), and 3. Ability to turn on/off the coupling between qubits.
NEC, JST, and RIKEN have already announced successful development of key technologies for the world's first solid-state qubit and the world's first two-qubit logic gate, based on solid-state technology that excels in its ability to integrate qubits. Following these achievements, the research group addressed the controllable coupling of qubits as the next logical step in realization of a practical quantum computer. Their new research result represents the world's first successful demonstration of controllably coupled qubits.
To date, the coupling of qubits has been difficult to control. In order to realize this control, the research group devised an original mechanism that employs another qubit in between the two qubits for coupling. The coupling qubit functions as a non-linear transformer that is able to turn on and off the magnetic coupling between the two qubits, and on/off control is achieved simply by inputting a microwave. Moreover, coupling operation has been achieved without shortening the lifetime of each qubit. Scalability is also realized through the repetition of coupled two-qubit units - a feature necessary for future quantum computers.
To demonstrate the operation feasibility of the controllable coupling scheme, the research group employed a coupled two-qubit system, the smallest quantum logic unit, to carry out a multi-quantum control experiment involving the turning on and off of the coupling. As a result, a simple quantum protocol has been successfully demonstrated, allowing controllable coupling for the execution of quantum algorithms.
In the near future, NEC, JST, and RIKEN, plan to implement a larger-scale, more elaborate quantum computation, aiming for the realization of a practical quantum computer.
Source: NEC Corporation
OCZ Technology Group unveiled an original memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2 memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to improve system performance. Used on the AM2 platform, the architecture of these modules is particularly beneficial for large CAD model processing and memory intense graphics applications such as filters in Adobe Photoshop or video processing.
With 11 column address bit support by the AM2 memory controller, the number of addresses in each row or page can be as high as 2048 individual entries for a page size of 16 Kbit. Unlike modules based on standard 10-bit column address chips with an “8k” page size, the new Titanium AM2 Special modules take advantage of the AM2 controller’s feature set and provide a single rank solution with 2GB density using “16k” pages. This allows the controller to stay “in page” twice as long compared to standard memory architectures, thereby achieving improved performance.
The PC2-5400 AM2 Special modules will be initially available in 4GB (2x2048MB) dual-channel kits and are optimized for 64-bit operating systems. Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and features high-quality, titanium-mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders.
Source: OCZ Technology Group
SMART Modular Technologies released a new line of industrial-grade secure digital (SD) memory cards. SMART’s industrial SD memory cards have been optimized to withstand adverse conditions and extreme temperatures when used in a variety of applications such as those in the networking, telecommunications, embedded computing, mobile, and automotive markets.
Featuring a capacity range of 256MB to 2GB, SMART's industrial SD memory cards are manufactured using an injection-molded process that makes the SD memory card significantly more robust and better suited for use in the more demanding industrial environment than a standard SD memory card. These RoHS-compliant devices are also compliant with the Secure Digital Specifications Version 1.1 and 1.0.1 and function across the full industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
Source: SMART Modular Technologies
Acrosser released its newest gaming Single Board Computer, the AR-B5290. The AR-B5290 includes gaming I/O and security features and meets the mini-ITX specifications, providing mounting flexibility for gaming applications. The AR-B5290 supports the Intel Pentium M, Celeron M processors, up to 2GB of dual-channel DDR memory.
The key features of the AR-B5290 include:
The Intel 915GM Express chipset and ICH6M controller provide the performance and support that allows the AR-B5290 to integrate into a wide range of gaming solutions. SBC features include 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 10/100Mb Ethernet, stereo audio output, Type II CF socket, 2 x ccTalk and 1 x COM port. Display support includes VGA (DB25) and Dual 18-bit LVDS.
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