NVIDIA announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGEIA Technologies. AGEIA's PhysX software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.
Micron Technology introduced a 1/5-inch 2-megapixel imaging system-on-chip (SoC) for thin mobile phones, PC cameras and personal digital assistants. The new imaging SoC (product number MT9D113) complements Micron's portfolio of image sensor products based on its high-performance 1.75-micron pixel. The SoC offers ease of design for mobile device manufacturers in a cost-effective package, enabling incorporation of highly-featured 2 MP cameras in phones targeted at the rapidly growing emerging markets. The new imaging SoC was announced in connection with the 2008 Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona, Spain.
By leveraging Micron's advanced 1.75-micron pixel design that is popular in products ranging from 1.3 MP to 8MP, and powered by its renowned DigitalClarity technology, the new imaging SoC offers excellent low-light sensitivity and high-speed image capture, with video modes of 15 frames per second (fps) at full resolution and 30 fps in viewfinder mode. With its one-fifth inch optical format, the new imaging SoC enables a 6.5 millimeter (mm) by 6.5 mm camera module size. The solution provides an easy upgrade for small format VGA and 1.3 MP parts and is also a compelling cost-down solution for larger format, one-quarter inch, 2 MP parts.
Additional key features designed into Micron's MT9D113 include a one-time-programmable (OTP) memory and both serial mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) and traditional parallel outputs. OTP allows greater programmability and manufacturing flexibility (by allowing designers to program the camera to use multiple lenses and enabling production calibration of lens parameters). The serial output requires fewer pins, reducing design time and cost. Additional specifications on the new solution can be found at http://download.micron.com/pdf/flyers/MT9d113_flyer.pdf. The new imaging SoC is sampling now with mass production expected in March 2008.
In addition to Micron's new 2 MP imaging SoC, the 1.75-micron pixel family also includes:
Source: Micron Technology
With the upcoming release of FSB1600 CPUs, ASUS announced the list FSB1600 supported motherboards. According to ASUS, FSB1600 can provide 20% increase of bandwidth between the CPU and Northbridge--providing enhanced speeds of up to 12.8GB/s.
The chart below shows the ASUS motherboards that currently support FSB1600. More FSB1600 ready ASUS motherboards will be announced soon.
Today ASUS released the ASUS DVD-E818A2/A2T optical drives--the world's first to support 5X DVD-RW DL. The ASUS DVD-E818A2 and ASUS DVD-E818A2T feature the proprietary QuieTrack technology developed to dampen drive noise while improving stability. It consists of two features:
The ASUS DVD-E818A2 and ASUS DVD-E818A2T also support Speed Auto-Switch Function, High Speed CD-Audio Playback, High Speed Digital Audio Extraction, the choice to mount the drives vertically or horizontally, the original dust resistance design, as well as support for changeable panels.
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