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Motherboard Manufacturers Turn to NVIDIA SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms

SMART Modular Introduces Lineup of Ultra Low Profile DDR3 Registered DIMMs

Logitech Announces Premiere Edition of Wireless Guitar Controller for Guitar Hero

Epson Ships Samples of a-TFT Photo Fine HR LCDs for Mobile Devices with Improved Outdoor Visibility

ASUS Unveils P5N7A-VM Motherboard With Hybrid SLI, CUDA and PhysX Support

AMD Officially Announces ATI Radeon HD 4830

LG Showcases Dual-Side Display

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Motherboard Manufacturers Turn to NVIDIA SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms

Two days ago NVIDIA Corporation announced that a number of motherboard manufacturers, including ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, and DFI, have all licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for their new lineup of products designed to work with Intel Bloomfield CPUs and X58 chipsets.

New motherboards and PCs designed for SLI technology and Bloomfield processors are currently in final production and are being readied for time-to-market introduction based on Intel processor launch schedules. The motherboards and PC systems coming to market will feature a variety of graphics connectivity options, including more advanced bandwidth configurations using the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor, as well as those designed to run SLI technology natively through a licensing and certification program.

Source: NVIDIA

SMART Modular Introduces Lineup of Ultra Low Profile DDR3 Registered DIMMs

SMART Modular Technologies announced a new line of ultra low profile (ULP) DDR3 Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) for advanced telecommunications computing architecture (ATCA) blade platforms used in telecom, networking, and embedded computing applications. SMART's comprehensive line of new RDIMMs has been designed to satisfy stringent thermal performance specifications.

Aimed at a wide variety of ATCA applications, the new modules offer configurations ranging from single-rank 1GB and 2GB ULP RDIMMs to dual-rank 2GB and 4GB ULP RDIMMs. All of the modules use power-saving 8-bit DDR3 DRAMs and are available in PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066) and PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) speed grades.

Designed for space-constrained implementations, SMART's ULP RDIMMs have a height of 17.9mm rather than the industry-standard 18.75mm. SMART's unique design helps save valuable board space by allowing for vertical DIMM placement in platforms that use a top cover and have a maximum clearance of 21.57mm.

The new ULP RDIMMs offer improved thermal performance by maximizing airflow over and through the DIMMs. For applications with more stringent thermal requirements, SMART offers optional flat, clip-on heat spreaders that do not add any additional height to the modules. SMART's ATCA modules support parity and have a standard on-board thermal sensor.

The new modules are available now.

SMART P/N Configuration Module Density Device Config.
SG572288FH8P6uu2 128Mx72 1GB 128Mx8
SG572568FH8P6uu2 256Mx72 2GB 128Mx8
SG572568FH8P0uu2 256Mx72 2GB 256Mx8
SG572128FH8P0uu2 512Mx72 4GB 256Mx8

Source: SMART Modular Technologies

Logitech Announces Premiere Edition of Wireless Guitar Controller for Guitar Hero

Logitech today announced the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller, Premiere Edition for PS2 and PS3 consoles. The premiere edition of the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller is the first in Logitech's planned line of premium peripherals for the world's best-selling music-based video game franchise. The guitar is licensed by Activision Publishing, Inc. for all Guitar Hero games, including Guitar Hero World Tour.

To provide even more realism for those who love to jam on Guitar Hero, the premiere edition of the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller uses the authentic materials you'd expect to see on a real rock guitar. In addition to the metal frets and metal tuning peg handles, the rosewood fingerboard and wood neck, Logitech's design offers the one-piece contoured shape preferred by many of the world's leading rock guitarists. To match the wood neck, the Wireless Guitar Controller features a crimson body.

To minimize button noise, Logitech uses rubber dome technology on the fret board controls, the same material used in its award-winning keyboards. The guitar controller also incorporates a New Touch-Sensitive Neck Slider, located so strumming is not always necessary to rack up the points. Additionally, the Neck Slider can be used in Guitar Hero World Tour's new Music Studio to create an even wider away of sounds.

Besides, the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology to provide a range of up to 30 feet from the console. Just plug the USB receiver into the console and you're ready to rock. In addition, a gig bag protects your guitar when you're on the road and provides pocket space for your game discs and wireless receivers. The Wireless Guitar Controller requires two AA batteries to operate.

The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller, Premiere Edition is expected to be available in the U.S. in December for a suggested retail price of 249.99 USD.

Source: Logitech

Epson Ships Samples of a-TFT Photo Fine HR LCDs for Mobile Devices with Improved Outdoor Visibility

Epson Imaging Devices Corporation today announced the development of Photo Fine HR transflective amorphous silicon TFT (a-TFT) LCDs for use in mobile devices. Photo Fine HR (High Reflect) enables both high visibility and low power consumption in a wide range of indoor and outdoor environments. Samples of two new displays equipped with this technology are scheduled to ship in late October.

The new transflective LCDs use a transmissive mode with light provided by a backlight in darker environments, while outdoors and in other well-lit locations their reflective mode harnesses the surrounding light, reducing backlight power consumption.

Photo Fine HR combines the high reflection technology that Epson Imaging Devices has developed over many years with an optical design that achieves dual transmissive-reflective functionality. This has enabled the company to produce displays boasting both a reflection ratio of over 6% and brightness of over 200 cd/m2, according to omnidirectional scattered light measurement. The result is seamless visibility unaffected by the surrounding environment.

The new Photo Fine HR-equipped LCDs come in two sizes, 3 inches and 3.5 inches.

Epson Imaging Devices will exhibit these LCDs at the Epson Group booth at FPD International 2008, which will be held from October 29 to 31 at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan.


Product 3.0-inch WQVGA 3.5-inch QVGA
Model number L5F30878 L5F30914
Screen size 7.6 cm/3.0 inches 8.9 cm/3.5 inches
Pixels 240(xRGB) x 400 240(xRGB) x 320
Type Amorphous silicon TFT Amorphous silicon TFT
Display mode Photo Fine HR, transflective Photo Fine HR, transflective
Reflection 6.5% 6.5%
Brightness 200 cd/m2 220 cd/m2
Contrast 180:1 (transmissive) 180:1 (transmissive)
Colors Approx. 260,000 colors Approx. 260,000 colors
Sample shipping date Late October 2008 Late October 2008

Source: Epson

ASUS Unveils P5N7A-VM Motherboard With Hybrid SLI, CUDA and PhysX Support

ASUS announced an exclusive partnership with NVIDIA in the creation of its most powerful DirectX 10 motherboard -- the ASUS P5N7A-VM motherboard. P5N7A-VM features an LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo processors and supports the GeForce 9300 / nForce 730i chipset and memory expansion of up to a maximum of 16 GB with four DDR2 800/667 dual-channel memory slots.

P5N7A-VM boasts a wide range of VGA connection options such as HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and RGB, which means that it is ready for future digital upgrades.

CUDA or Computer Unified Device Architecture uses parallel processing of both the processor cores in the GPU and CPU to perform general-purpose mathematical calculations. This results in a faster data transfer path between the GPU and CPU, and also a significant increase in the performance of tasks traditionally handled by the CPU alone.

P5N7A-VM incorporates the ASUS Express Gate feature, which only takes 5 seconds (depends on hardware actually) to go online from bootup without entering Windows, providing users with a suite of entertainment options without the typical long wait. It also utilizes the ASUS' exclusive EPU technology to control four major components: the CPU, VGA card, hard disk drives, and the CPU cooler/system fan, to calibrate the best possible settings to ensure the best system-wide power management. The P5N7A-VM is also equipped with a 5000-hr VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) design based on high-quality Conductive Polymer Solid Capacitors that are 2.5 times more durable than conventional capacitors. With such components, users will be able to attain higher power efficiency, better stability, quieter operation and lower temperatures to ensure stability and reliability under heavy loading and overclocking.


CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Quad/ Core 2 Duo/Pentium dual-core/Celeron dual-core / Celeron
Compatible with Intel 05B/05A/06 processors
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9300 / nForce 730i
System Bus 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz
Memory 4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR2 800/667 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI-E x16, 1 x PCI-E x1, 2 x PCI
Graphics GeForce 9300 GPU
Hybrid SLI support (support Windows Vista only)
CUDA support
PhysX support
Maximum shared memory of 512MB
Integrated GeForce Series DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 graphics processor
Supports HDMI interface with HDCP compliant with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 (1080p) @ 70Hz
Supports DVI interface with HDCP compliant with max. resolution up to 1600x1200 @ 60Hz
Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536, Horizontal: 115KHz Vertical: 75Hz
Supports DP with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @60Hz
Storage Southbridge: 5 x SATA 3 Gb/s, 1 x eSATA 3 Gb/s, Support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD
JMicron JMB368: 1 x UltraDMA 133/100 (RED)
LAN Gigabit LAN
Audio Realtek ALC1200, 8-CH High-Definition Audio CODEC
USB 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

Source: ASUS

AMD Officially Announces ATI Radeon HD 4830

AMD officially released and started shipping its new ATI Radeon HD 4830 solution that belongs to the "below $150" range. Like other products of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series, the novelty supports high-definition video and DirectX 10.1.

AMD believes that the price/performance ratio of the new product will especially interest gamers. The support of ATI CrossFireX at a mainstream price enables creation of multi-GPU configurations with up to 4 GPUs for a wide range of users.

The GPU also features Unified Video Decoder 2.0 and ATI Avivo HD. Supporting "picture-in-picture" and 7.1-channel sound, ATI Radeon HD 4830 can also be a home theatre foundation.

Solutions based on HD 4830 will be made by company partners, including ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology è VisionTek.

Sources: AMD, VR-Zone, donanimhaber

LG Showcases Dual-Side Display

At International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2008 in Korea, LG Display showcased a working prototype of a 15-inch monitor capable of displaying data on both sides.

Though technical specs are not very impressive at the moment, this is still an early stage of development. The prototype has the resolution of 512x384 at 14:1 contrast and 12% color gamut.

Such products can be a good choice for banking, where it's often needed to show data to both the clerk and the client at the same time.

There hasn't been any information about the commercial availability yet.

Source: Tech-On!

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