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OCZ Introduces Elixir Keyboards

Albatron Releases GeForce 8 PCI Cards

PowerColor To Release Custom HD 4800 Series

Hasselblad Announces 50-Mp Digital Camera On Kodak's New CCD

Mainstream Nehalems Only Next Year?

miPC Infinity: MiniPC or MaxiPDA?

What's Inside iPhone 3G?

OCZ Introduces Elixir Keyboards

OCZ Technology Group today announced the expansion of its gaming peripherals under a new "Alchemy" line, with the introduction of the Elixir keyboard series for advanced functionality in gameplay.

The Alchemy line, introduced earlier this year at Computex, embodies the needs of gamers through a lineup of gaming peripherals and components. The Elixir keyboard is the first product under this line, and will be the first of many gaming keyboards, mice, another other computer gaming accessories.

The Elixir is a high-quality keyboard featuring the necessary features such as 10 tri-mode programmable macro keys, mode selection, a pop-up menu shortcut, and Windows Media Player optical controller. The sleek design of the Alchemy Elixir Series maintains comfort throughout long gaming sessions with its membrane tactical keys made of 100% rubber-coating to eliminate slipping. The Elixir also features a USB port along with reliable lifestyle of 5 million cycles. The Elixir series is compatible with Windows XP (SP2 or later) and Windows Vista (all versions).

Elixir keyboards have MSRP of 29.99 USD.


  • Dimensions: 20x7.87x1.14 inches
  • Weight: 1.85 lbs
  • Travel Distance: 3.8 +/- 0.2mm
  • Operating Force: 55 +/- 12g
  • Connection: USB 2.0
  • Membrane Tactile Switches
  • Rubberized Coating on all Keys
  • Features:
    • 10 Blue Macro Keys with 3 User Defined Profiles
    • 7 Internet Hot Keys
    • 8 Keys for Media
    • Game / PC Mode Key
    • Lifespan: 5 million cycles
  • Part Number: OALKBELXUS

Source: OCZ Technology Group

Albatron Releases GeForce 8 PCI Cards

According to an estimate of Albatron Technology, millions of integrated motherboards without AGP or PCI Express slots were produced during these years. Considering it unacceptable to forget about that many potential buyers of discrete graphics, the company released GeForce 8 series designed for PCI slots.

Albatron Technology first showcased three PCI graphics cards - PCI8600GT-256X, PCI8500GT-256X, PCI8400GS-256 - at Computex 2008. The company claims these products not only increase performance, but also increase the number of connectable monitors up to two, three or even four.

According to company's own preliminary tests, new graphics cards considerably surpass integrated graphics. In 3DMark2006 the discrete novelties outperformed Intel 915G by up to 1329% (Pentium-4 520 2.8GHz, 1GB DDR2-800).

New low-profile cards feature DVI (Dual-Link), TV-Out (HDTV) and HDMI interfaces. The PCI8600GT (upper image) has 540/1188/800 MHz clock rates, while PCI8500GT (lower image) operates at 450/918/800 MHz. There's no information about the third card on company's website.

Source: Albatron Technology

PowerColor To Release Custom HD 4800 Series

PowerColor announced that starting with HD 4800 series it will be using the "PCS," "PCS+," "SCS," "SCS3" markings to denote its products. Besides reference cards, PowerColor plans to release custom products as well. And new logos will guide consumers around the series.

The markings stand for the following:

  • PCS: Professional Cooling System cards featuring custom coolers for reduced temperatures;
  • PCS+: Professional Cooling System Plus cards featuring custom coolers for reduced temperatures and overclocking;
  • SCS: Silent Cooling System passively cooled cards with heatsinks;
  • SCS3: Silent Cooling System 3 passively cooled cards with heatpiped heatsinks.

Late in July, PowerColor is going to release its HD 4870/4850 PCS series featuring 512MB, 1GB or 2GB GDDR3, GDDR4, or GDDR5, thus covering different market segments.

Source: PowerColor

Hasselblad Announces 50-Mp Digital Camera On Kodak's New CCD

Hasselblad announced its new H3DII-50 medium-format digital camera based on the 50-megapixel CCD recently announced by Kodak. As you might remember, the size of its photosensitive area are twice as large as a usual 35mm frame.

To reduce noise Hasselblad equipped the CCD with a forced cooling system. With quad-channel flash media access, the camera captures a single image in 1.1s. At that, it captures 65MB RAW 3FR or 150MB TIFF images. In other words, a 2GB CF card can store about 30 images. The storage capacity can be expanded with a 100GB external solution.

The camera offers exposures from 32s to 1/800s, ISO 50-400 (expandable to ISO 800 with Hasselblad Phocus software) and connects to PC via FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b).

With the HC80 lens the camera is sized 153x131x213 mm, weighing 2,290g. Other features include the full support of all Hasselblad lenses.

The H3DII-50 is expected to go on sale this October. It's interesting that the company offers owners of 39-Mp H3DII-39 to exchange their cameras to the novelty for the difference in price. Though the price H3DII-50 hasn't been announced yet, you can estimate it considering that H3DII-39 costs about 37,000 USD.

Source: Hasselblad

Mainstream Nehalems Only Next Year?

Without a doubt, Intel will release its first Nehalem processors this year.

Initially, new series will include Bloomfield-based solutions supporting triple-channel memory and aimed at enthusiasts. Such processors will be compatible only with Intel X58 Express based motherboard and LGA1366 socket.

According to the desktop roadmap obtained by the source, Ibex Peak for Lynnfield-based LGA1160 processors will be released only in Q3'2009.

Thus, affordable systems designed for dual-channel DDR3 will arrive only in a year. Until that time, Nehalem will be a lot of enthusiasts. Rich enthusiasts.

Source: Expreview

miPC Infinity: MiniPC or MaxiPDA?

The recent miniPCs usually feature Intel Celeron M and Intel Atom processors, though Acer, for example, selected a more powerful AMD platform for its desktop Aspire X1200. Still, the choice goes beyond just Intel and AMD. As you know, VIA and NVIDIA offered their VIA Nano and NVIDIA Tegra as well.

Nevertheless, to develop its miPC Infinity announced as far back as February, Canadian Clearview Technology chose the 600MHz Alchemy Au1250 processor from Raza Microelectronics (RMI) that was introduced last January. If you remember, the Alchemy architecture was developed by AMD, from which Raza Microelectronics obtained the related development groundwork in 2006.

According to Clearview, miPC Infinity, an Internet-enabled mobile PC, is the smallest device in its class. Weighing 310g and sized 145x83x30 mm, it resembles a PDA. But its specifications get it closer to a subnotebook that combines features of a desktop, a PDA, and a media player that can record video and audio and capture images.

The device has Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth, USB 2.0, RS-232 and other interfaces. This allows connecting a GPS unit, keyboard, mouse (the last image), headphones, external display and other peripherals. The PC features the widescreen (16:9) 4.3-inch touchscreen with 480x272 resolution (WQVGA) and stereo speakers. Other features include 1.8-inch 30GB hard drive, 128MB DDR2 and 32MB NOR flash.

miPC Infinity works under Windows CE 5.0. According to the company, low power consumption of CPU and other components provide up to 12 hours of audio playback or 6 hours of video playback.

The basic miPC Infinity costs 599 USD, the additional GPS unit increases the price to 749 USD. The device is expected in the market in H2'2008.

Sources: RMI, Clearview Technology

What's Inside iPhone 3G?

iFixit did its best to be the first to publish photos of a dismantled iPhone 3G. For that they had to fly from California to New Zealand, where this long-anticipated gadget is already selling.

The first thing that you notice, when you open the box, is the absence of dock station familiar to owners of the first iPhone.

Note that despite outward similarity iPhone 3G has completely different internal construction. In particular, the glass now isn't glued to the display. And the display unit is now attached only to the motherboard instead of several components like before. The communication and mother boards and now merged into one. And the battery is not soldered, which simplifies its replacement. iFixit also provides chip markings, though it's rather hard to determine manufacturers.

The complete gallery is here.

Source: iFixit

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