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NVIDIA Completes Acquisition of AGEIA Technologies

Micron Introduces Tiny 2-Megapixel SoC For Thin Mobile Phones, PC Cameras and PDAs

ASUS Motherboards To Support Upcoming FSB1600

ASUS Announces 5x DVD-RW DL Recorder

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NVIDIA Completes Acquisition of AGEIA Technologies

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.

Source: NVIDIA

Micron Introduces Tiny 2-Megapixel SoC For Thin Mobile Phones, PC Cameras and PDAs

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:

  • A 1/2.5-inch, 8-megapixel sensor (product number MT9E001) that is capable of bursting more than 10 pictures a second at full 8-megapixel resolution and more than 30 pictures a second at 2-megapixel resolution.
  • A 1/3.2-inch, 5-megapixel sensor (product number MT9P012) that captures video at 60 frames per second (fps) at 720p and 30 fps at 1080p for high-definition video capture.
  • A 1/4-inch, 3-megapixel (product number MT9T013) sensor that captures VGA video at 30 fps.
  • A 1/4-inch, 3-megapixel (product number MT9T111) complete camera system on chip that has an anti-shake feature designed into the sensor, which greatly reduces image blurring often found in camera phone pictures due to camera shake.
  • And a 1/6-inch, 1.3-megapixel (product number MT9M113) completely integrated camera system on chip capturing VGA video at 30 fps.

Source: Micron Technology

ASUS Motherboards To Support Upcoming FSB1600

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.

Motherboard Model Platform FSB Since
BIOS
Gaming Series
Maximus Extreme Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0904
Maximus Formula Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0907
Blitz Extreme Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 1005
Blitz Formula Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 1402
P5E Series
P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0903
P5E3 Deluxe Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0903
P5E3 Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0808
P5E Intel X38/ICH9R 1600 0502
P5K Series
P5K3 DELUXE/WIFI-AP Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0907
P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0504
P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0705
P5K-E/WiFi-AP Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0906
P5K-E Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0906
P5K PRO Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0701
P5KR Intel P35/ICH9R 1600 0502
P5K Intel P35/ICH9 1600 0902
P5KC Intel P35/ICH9 1600 1001
P5K SE Intel P35/ICH9 1600 0901
P5K-V Intel G33 /ICH9 1600 0801

Source: ASUS

ASUS Announces 5x DVD-RW DL Recorder

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:

  • Airflow Field Modification (AFFM): Noise and vibration are two major headaches users encounter when using a high-speed drive. AFFM is designed to change the uneven airflow field inside the drive to a balanced pressure distribution that leads to a quiet and stable operation.
  • Auto Vibration Reducing System (AVRS): The AVRS technology is designed to minimize the vibration caused by the spindle motor and resonance between components as well as the drive and PC cases. AVRS is designed to reduce vibration and noise induced by unbalanced mass of rotating machinery. With AVRS, ASUS DVD-E818A2 and ASUS DVD-E818A2T provides high readability and playability.

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.

Specifications:

DVD-E818A2 DVD-E818A2T
Read speeds 18X CAV at DVD-ROM (Single Layer)
10X CAV at DVD-ROM (Dual Layer), DVD-R or +R, DVD+RW or -RW
8X CAV at DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
5X CAV at DVD-RW DL
5X CAV at DVD-RAM
48X CAV at CD-ROM
48X CAV at CD-R
32X CAV at CD-RW
18X CAV at DVD-ROM (Single Layer)
10X CAV at DVD-ROM (Dual Layer), DVD-R or +R, DVD+RW or -RW
8X CAV at DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
5X CAV at DVD-RW DL
5X CAV at DVD-RAM
48X CAV at CD-ROM
48X CAV at CD-R
32X CAV at CD-RW
Sustained Transfer Rate DVD: 18x max. ~ 24930 KB/sec
CD: 48x max. ~ 7200 KB/sec
DVD: 18x max. ~ 24930 KB/sec
CD: 48x max. ~ 7200 KB/sec
Burst Transfer Rate Ultra DMA/100: 100M Bytes/sec max.
Ultra DMA/66: 66.6M Bytes/sec max.
Ultra DMA33: 33.3M Bytes/sec max.
Rate PIO Mode 4: 16.6M B/s max.
Multi-word DMA mode 2: 16.6M B/s max
Ultra DMA/100: 100M Bytes/sec max.
Ultra DMA/66: 66.6M Bytes/sec max.
Ultra DMA33: 33.3M Bytes/sec max.
Rate PIO Mode 4: 16.6M B/s max.
Multi-word DMA mode 2: 16.6M B/s max
Random Access Time DVD: 105 ms typical
CD: 95 ms typical
DVD: 105 ms typical
CD: 95 ms typical
O/S Compatibility Windows XP/ ME/ 2000/98/VISTA Windows XP/ ME/ 2000/98/VISTA
Interface ATAPI/E-IDE SATA
Data Buffer 198 KB 198 KB
Disc
Disc Formats DVD: DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18, DVD-ROM, DVDR, DVDRW DVD-Video, DVD-RAM DVD: DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18, DVD-ROM, DVDR, DVDRW DVD-Video, DVD-RAM
CD: Audio CD, CD-ROM/XA, Video CD, CD-I, Multi-session Photo CD, Karaoke CD, CD-Extra, CD-TEXT CD: Audio CD, CD-ROM/XA, Video CD, CD-I, Multi-session Photo CD, Karaoke CD, CD-Extra, CD-TEXT
Disc Diameters 12 cm and 8 cm 12 cm and 8 cm
Reliability
MTBF 100,000 Power On Hours 100,000 Power On Hours
Operating Duty Cycle (Read) 20% POH Operating Duty Cycle (Read) 20% POH
MTTR 30 Minutes 30 Minutes
Configurations
Mounting Orientation Vertical and Horizontal Vertical and Horizontal
Dimensions (H/W/D) 42.3x148x172.4 mm 42.3x148x172.4 mm
Weight 651 g 645 g
Electrical and Environmental Specifications
Power Requirement DC+5V 5%, DC+12v 10% DC+5V 5%, DC+12v 10%
Temperature Operating: 5C to 45C Operating: 5C to 45C
Storage: -20C to 60C Storage: -20C to 60C
Humidity Operating: 20% ~ 80% (Non-condensing) Operating: 20% ~ 80% (Non-condensing)
Storage: 15% ~ 85% (Non-condensing) Storage: 15% ~ 85% (Non-condensing)

Source: ASUS

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