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Razer Launches Goliathus Speed and Control Edition Soft Mats

Plextor Shrinks New MediaX PC-to-TV Media Player

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Transcend Unveils New V90P USB Flash Drive

Microsoft Windows Now Available on One Laptop per Child XO Laptops

IBM Research Unveils Breakthrough In Solar Farm Technology

Creative Unleashes Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional and Champion Cards

Razer Launches Goliathus Speed and Control Edition Soft Mats

Razer launched the Razer Goliathus, a premium-grade soft mat in two versions with three sizes co-developed with global professional gaming teams.

  • Speed Edition: Advanced cloth weave for maximum speed and effortless control
    Control Edition: Heavily textured weave for maximum mouse control
  • Pixel-precise targeting and tracking
  • Optimized for all mouse sensitivity settings and sensor types
  • Rubber base for a secure grip on smooth surfaces
  • Dimensions: 270mm x 215mm x 4mm, 355mm x 254mm x 4mm, 444 x 355 x 4.3mm

The adaptable Razer Goliathus Speed Edition melds the full-scale speed, acceleration and sharp responsiveness of hard mats with the precise control and comfort offered by uncoated soft pads. The Razer Goliathus Speed Edition features an improved iteration of Razer's woven fiber technology.

The Razer Goliathus Control Edition enhances the precision and tactile response of gaming-grade mice without introducing excessive drag and premature surface degradation. The tournament-tuned textured weave in the Razer Goliathus Control Edition enables all mice to register even small movements.

The novelties will be available worldwide this month priced as follows: US: $14.99, 19.99, 24.99; Europe: 12.99, 17.99, 19.99.

Source: Razer

Plextor Shrinks New MediaX PC-to-TV Media Player

Plextor announced a more compact modification of its MediaX media player. The novelty also comes with funky interchangeable colour skins. Sized 17.5 x 78 mm, the player is not much bigger than a 2.5" portable HDD enclosure.

PX-MPM160U (160 GB) and PX-MPM320U (320 GB) Plextor MediaX features:

  • Video upscaling to 720P (HD Ready)
  • Hi-Definition JPEG display
  • Supports private folders
  • Creates playlists on your computer
  • Digital photo viewer with thumbnail preview
  • Storage: HDD: 2.5" SATA I/II
    File System: FAT32 or NTFS
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Audio/Video: Composite Video + Audio R/L (3.5 mm phone jack x 1)
    Component Video: Y, Pb, Pr (3.5 mm phone jack x 1)
  • OS Support: Windows Vista / XP / 2000 / Me / 98SE
  • Media Support: Media Type: MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, Xvid, MP3, WAV, JPEG
    Media Files: dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, vob, m2p, avi, divx, xvid, jpg, jpeg, mp3, wav
    DivX Subtitle: IDX / SUB, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB (type II), SMI, PSB
    VOB on HDD: DVD Menu/Audio/Subtitle/Angle Selection
  • Content Resolution: Video: 720 X 576 pixels
    JPEG: 5120 X 3840 pixels
    MP3: 320 kbps
  • Video Output: TV: PAL / NTSC
    Screen Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
    Component: 480i / 480p / 576i / 576p / HD-720p
  • Audio Output: Analog Audio: Stereo / Left mono / Right mono
    Digital Audio Output
  • Security: Private Folders: Password protection in both TV / PC mode
  • Power Supply: Input: AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
    Output: DC 12 V, 2A
  • General: Dimensions: 132 (L) x 78 (W) x 17.5 (H) mm
    Weight: 228 g (approx. with HDD)

The Plextor PX-MPM160U & PX-MPM320U will be available from mid-June 2008. Both products are covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland; other countries 1-year carry-in).

Source: Plextor

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A-DATA X-Series DDR3 1600 MHz CL7 2GB Kit @ techPowerUp
Hard Tecs 4U: Low Budget Graphics Roundup
VH Visits the Intel Hawthorn Farm Campus @ Virtual-Hideout
BIOS: Kingston DataTraveler 400 8GB
Overclock3D: Coolink ChipChilla
I4U: XFX 9800 GX2 Black Edition Video Card Review
Audioengine A2 Computer Speakers Reviewed @ TheTechLounge
Krusell Radical Messenger Bag Review @ DragonSteelMods
NVIDIA ForceWare/GeForce Driver-Comparison @ TweakPC
[Tech ARP] Hard Drive Performance Comparison Guide
Asus Eee PC 4G @ APH Networks
Enermax Pro 82+ (385W) PSU @ Driver Heaven
bit-tech: First Look: Asus P5Q3 and Maximus II Formula P45 motherboards
NZXT Tempest Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
Legion Hardware - (Inno3D iChiLL ZEROtherm 9600GT Hurricane)
CoolIt Dual Drive Bay VGA Cooler NV Reference Series @ Bjorn3D
abit I-N73HD GeForce 7100 Motherboard @ TweakTown
Asus C90S Laptop Barebones review @ TechSpot
TomTom ONE XL S GPS Review @ Digital Trends
Futurelooks - Vantec NexStar eSata/USB Hard Drive Dock Review
Neoseeker: VisionTek HD3870X2 OC
HEXUS.net :: G.SKILL vs. Crucial: high-speed DDR showdown
Lian Li PC-A09B Classical Series Mid-Tower Case @ BmR
LaCie Mini Hub 500GB USB 2.0 FireWire External Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
In-Win Metal Suit GD Mid-Tower Case Review @ OCIA.net
SonicGear i-Steroid 1 @ InsideHW
Seagate's Barracuda ES.2 1TB SAS Hard Drive at HotHardware
OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D
Corsair Survivor 32GB Flash Drive @ TechwareLabs
Samsung ML-1630 at Overclockers Online
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and Red Scorpion CPU Coolers Review @ Madshrimps
OCZ Freeze thermal compound review @ Elite Bastards
Is Microsoft's Dominance in Jeopardy? @ eCoustics
Otterbox 7030 Waterproof Laptop Case @ OCModShop
MSI Wind Notebook Preview @ CHW
FrostyTech Top 5 Heatsink Chart - May 2008
HP 2133 Mini-Note review @ gadget zone
Lexar Gaming Edition 2GB SD Card and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Review @ Rbmods
ASUS Shows Faith in Splashtop @ Techgage

Transcend Unveils New V90P USB Flash Drive

Transcend Information introduced its chic, ultra-compact USB flash drive, the 4GB JetFlash V90 Pizazz (V90P), featuring 4GB of memory capacity, a stylish metal body and a golden faceplate with intricately embossed checkered pattern. Measuring 33.8 x 13.1 x 4.8 mm, each JetFlash V90P comes with a metal carrying chain.

The JetFlash V90 Pizazz is backed by Transcend's Lifetime Warranty.

Source: Transcend Information

Microsoft Windows Now Available on One Laptop per Child XO Laptops

Microsoft and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced an agreement that will make the Microsoft Windows operating system available on OLPC's low-cost XO laptops for the world's poorest children. Through this agreement, trials of the XO running Windows are planned to begin as soon as June in key emerging markets. Recognizing that the challenge of providing high-quality education for children in the developing world is too large to be solved by any single organization, Microsoft and OLPC are committed to working with governments and nongovernmental organizations to ensure the success of these pilot programs.

The availability of Windows, in addition to Linux, on the XO laptop will allow customers to have an expanded choice of operating environments that best fit their requirements. The intention is to create a version of the XO laptop that provides the ability to host both Windows and Linux operating systems, giving users the ability to run either on the XO laptop.

Source: Microsoft

IBM Research Unveils Breakthrough In Solar Farm Technology

IBM announced a research breakthrough in photovoltaics technology that could significantly reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's power for electricity.

By mimicking the antics of a child using a magnifying glass to burn a leaf or a camper to start a fire, IBM scientists are using a large lens to concentrate the Sun's power, capturing a record 230 watts onto a centimeter square solar cell, in a technology known as concentrator photovoltaics, or CPV. That energy is then converted into 70 watts of usable electrical power, about five times the electrical power density generated by typical cells using CPV technology in solar farms.

If it can overcome additional challenges to move this project from the lab to the fab, IBM believes it can significantly reduce the cost of a typical CPV based system. By using a much lower number of photovoltaic cells in a solar farm and concentrating more light onto each cell using larger lenses, IBM's system enables a significant cost advantage in terms of a lesser number of total components.

For instance, by moving from a 200 sun system ("one sun" is a measurement equal to the solar power incident at noon on a clear summer day), where about 20 watts per square centimeter of power is concentrated onto the cell, to the IBM Lab results of a 2300 sun system, where approximately 230 watts per square centimeter are concentrated onto the cell system, the IBM system cuts the number of photovoltaic cells and other components by a factor of 10.

The trick lies in IBM's ability to cool the tiny solar cell. Concentrating the equivalent of 2000 suns on such a small area generates enough heat to melt stainless steel, something the researchers experienced first hand in their experiments. But by borrowing innovations from its own R&D in cooling computer chips, the team was able to cool the solar cell from greater than 1600 degrees Celsius to just 85 degrees Celsius.

The initial results of this project will be presented at the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists conference today, where the IBM researchers will detail how their liquid metal cooling interface is able to transfer heat from the solar cell to a copper cooling plate much more efficiently than anything else available today.

The IBM research team developed a system that achieved breakthrough results by coupling a commercial solar cell to an advanced IBM liquid metal thermal cooling system using methods developed for the microprocessor industry.

Specifically, the IBM team used a very thin layer of a liquid metal made of a gallium and indium compound that they applied between the chip and a cooling block. Such layers, called thermal interface layers, transfer the heat from the chip to the cooling block so that the chip temperature can be kept low. The IBM liquid metal solution offers the best thermal performance available today, at low costs, and the technology was successfully developed by IBM to cool high power computer chips earlier.

While concentrator-based photovoltaics technologies have been around since the 1970s, they have received renewed interest in recent times. With very high concentrations, they have the potential to offer the lowest-cost solar electricity for large-scale power generation, provided the temperature of the cells can be kept low, and cheap and efficient optics can be developed for concentrating the light to very high levels.

IBM is exploring four main areas of photovoltaic research: using current technologies to develop cheaper and more efficient silicon solar cells, developing new solution processed thin film photovoltaic devices, concentrator photovoltaics, and future generation photovoltaic architectures based upon nanostructures such as semiconductor quantum dots and nanowires.

The goal of the projects is to develop efficient photovoltaic structures that would reduce the cost, minimize the complexity, and improve the flexibility of producing solar electric power.

Source: IBM

Creative Unleashes Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional and Champion Cards

Creative Technology announced the PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series and PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound cards. Creative will equip the world's best professional PC gamers, who are now competing in the Championship Gaming Series (CGS), with the new PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, the official sound card of the CGS.

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series

Priced at S$219.00, the PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series features Dolby Digital encoding, for single-cable connection to home theater systems. The card leverages the power of the X-Fi processor optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio for improved game performance, with EAX 5.0 effects and 3D positional audio. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series also improves voice chat clarity in online games.

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series

Priced at S$299.00, the new PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card includes all of the features of the PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series, plus an internal I/O drive for quick front panel connection to headphones and headsets. This internal I/O drive design offers the choice of placement in either a 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay. The 3.5" drive features mic-in and headphone-out connections. This drive slides inside the 5.25" drive, which adds RCA line-in connections.

The novelties also feature:

  • Creative X-Fi processor specifically designed for high-speed PCI Express slots in modern PCs.
  • X-Fi Crystalizer technology.
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, to create virtual surround sound through speakers or headphones in games or music.
  • Dolby Digital support for compelling 5.1 surround sound through a home theater system.
  • Creative ALchemy to restore EAX and surround sound in DirectSound game titles running under Vista.
  • Certified UAA compliance for maximum Windows Vista compatibility.
  • X-RAM dedicated audio memory to boost performance in select games.
  • THX Certified surround sound for cinematic movie audio playback.
  • PowerDVD software with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital-EX decoding.
  • 24-bit audio quality and 109db SNR audio clarity.
  • ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load.

The PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series sound card will be available in Singapore late in June for SG$219. The PCI Express Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card will be available late in July 2008 for SG$299.

Source: Creative Technology

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