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Digi Connect ME 9210 - the World's Smallest Linux Server

Photo Frame With a Printer Introduced in Japan

Subnetbook Weighing 315g

Smooth HD SCinema Features Core 2 Extreme 9770 and 2 x GTX 280

AMD Announces New Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor

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  • XFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ Black Edition 512MB video card review @ Elite Bastards
  • Article about ATI Stream Technology in Cat 8.12 @ Bjorn3D
  • AT&T Pantech Matrix Mobile Phone Review @ I4U
  • Futurelooks - Seven Ways Gadget Geeks Can Go Green
  • Asus M3A79-T Deluxe @ Neoseeker
  • HWC Exclusive: ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sneak Peak
  • Corsair Flash Voyagermini 8GB Review at Overclockers Online
  • NorthQ NQ-3360A Max Tower Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA.net
  • Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 Surround Speaker System @ TweakTown
  • Akasa Vortexx Neo @ techPowerUp
  • Thermaltake Xaser VI Case Review @ Motherboards.org
  • Intel Core 2 Duo: E0 vs C0 @ NordicHardware
  • ABIT FunFab P80 - Digital picture frame with printer @ TweakPC
  • SmoothCreations LanShark Pro Customized Gaming System Reviewed @ TheTechLounge
  • Call Of Duty: World At War (X360 & PS3) Review @ GamingHeaven
  • TuneClone Audio Converter Software Reviewed @ DragonSteelMods
  • Technic3D/Super Talent Pico-Gold Series 8GB
  • Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide - November 2008
  • TV Viewing Without the TV Set @ OCModShop
  • Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Mini HTPC Enclosure @ BmR
  • Altec Lansing Portable Speakers @ InsideHW
  • Overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 Shoot-Out: ASUS, MSI @ HotHardware
  • Gears of War 2 Review @ Gameconnect
  • Coolmax CUG-950B 950W Power Supply Review @ Rbmods
  • Aiptek PocketCinema V10 Mini Projector review in Metku.net
  • NEXT 2008 coverage @ DV Hardware
  • Cooler Master HAF 932 Full-Tower ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
  • Intel Core i7 - Choosing the Best Memory Kit @ Techgage
  • Xilence Icebox Passive Hard Disk Cooler @ TechwareLabs
  • Decco Integrated Amp & Era Design-4 speakers for PC Review @ Madshrimps
  • [Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.1
  • AMD vs. Intel - Which is the Better Processor Right Now? @ PCStats
  • Powercolor Radeon HD4870X2 videocard @ Hardwareoverclock Austria
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Review @ TSesp

Digi Connect ME 9210 - the World's Smallest Linux Server

Digi International introduced Digi Connect ME 9210, a miniature PC working with Digi Embedded Linux. The company believes that Digi Connect ME 9210 is the world's smallest Linux server and states that the novelty will enable manufactures to add protected Ethernet connectivity into compact devices.

Digi Embedded Linux is based on Linux 2.6.26. Besides, the build includes Digi Package Manager that allows updating via the Digi ESP development environment.

Digi Connect ME 9210 is sized 36.7 x 19.05 x 18.67 mm and features the 75MHz ARM9-based NS9210 processor, 8MB RAM, 2MB/4MB flash memory. Interfaces include 10/100 Ethernet (10/100Base-T), serial port, SPI, I2C, GPIO, CAN, 1-wire and Flexible Interface Modules (FIM). The latter enables to tailor the device for specific needs.

Digi Connect ME 9210 features a built-in NIST certified AES accelerator for protected network connections that works 10 times faster than purely software solutions. The server supports power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and thus lets create devices not requiring standalone power sources. At that, power consumption can be reduced with the help of the Digi Dynamic Power Control kit.

Modules and Digi Connect ME 9210 JumpStart Kits for Linux will go on sale in December for 48 USD (in 1000-unit quantities) and 399 USD, respectively.

Source: Digi International

Photo Frame With a Printer Introduced in Japan

Japanese Keian developed the P71-A2-JP photo frame with a 7-inch 480x234 display. What's interesting, the novelty also features a built-in printer that lets you have hard copies of images you like.

The frame features a USB host, MS/SD/SDHC slots and is capable of playing back MP3 music. The USB host allows connecting various storage devices with images, but there's no information about USB hard drives support.

The built-in printer produces 100x150mm images at 300dpi.

Sources: Keian, Akihabara News

Subnetbook Weighing 315g

AVING published photos and specs of a 315g "subnetbook" (MID) that was introduced by South Korean UMID.

While there's no information about the exact dimensions, the photo below hints at the size.

The device is based on the 1.1GHz or 1.33GHz Intel Atom CPU, 512MB/1024MB RAM, 8-32GB SSD. Connectivity options are impressive: WiBro, HSDPA, WiMAX, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The MID features a 4.8-inch 1024x600 touchscreen, 1.3Mp webcam, DMB/DVB-T tuner, USB 2.0 port, microSD/USIM slots.

It's also known that the device can work with Windows XP, Vista or Linux. But, unfortunately, there's no information about prices or sale dates.

Source: AVING.net

Smooth HD SCinema Features Core 2 Extreme 9770 and 2 x GTX 280

BFG and SmoothCreations decided to create an uncompromised HTPC solution called "Smooth HD SCinema".

The novelty features an Intel Bonetrail (X38 Express) motherboard plus the Intel Core 2 Extreme 9770 CPU, today's most powerful. As for games, the machine offers a couple of BFG GeForce 280 GTX cards.

Other features include:

  • 8GB G.Skill DDR3 RAM
  • 2 Blu-ray drives
  • 10TB(!) of hard drive space (supposedly as NAS)
  • Silverstone 1000W PSU
  • Silverstone LC-18 enclosure
  • ATI 650 TV tuner
  • Samsung 50-inch FullHD plasma panel
  • Klipsch THX Ultra 2 speakers (costs ~10000 USD alone, see the photo below)
  • Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse

Imagine the price of this thing. The correct answer is below.

Smooth HD SCinema costs 19975 USD. Up for grabs!

Source: SmoothCreations

AMD Announces New Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor

AMD today announced widespread availability of its 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor (formerly codenamed "Shanghai"), delivering up to 35 percent more performance with up to a 35 percent decrease in power consumption at idle.

The new processors deliver faster "world switch" time, which enhances virtual machine efficiency, and feature improved Rapid Virtualization Indexing, AMD's innovation in AMD-V that reduces the overhead associated with software virtualization.

Features of the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors include:

  • Significantly higher CPU clock frequencies in the same power envelope in comparison to previous generations of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.
  • A 200 percent increase in Level 3 cache size to 6MB to help speed memory-intensive applications like virtualization, database, and Java.
  • DDR2-800 memory support
  • Upcoming enhancements to the AMD Direct Connect Architecture with coherent HyperTransport 3.0 technology, providing up to 17.6GB/s of bandwidth for processor-to-processor communication planned for Q2 2009.

According to the press release, 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors draw up to 35 percent less power at idle compared to the previous generation while delivering up to 35 percent more performance, and feature a number of new power-saving technologies. AMD Smart Fetch technology can help reduce power consumption by allowing cores to enter a "halt" state during processing idle times with zero impact on application performance and compliments AMD CoolCore technology, which reduces power to unused sections of each processor to further reduce power consumption.

The new processors fit into the existing Socket 1207 architecture and are also planned for use in the upcoming "Istanbul" processor, the next generation of AMD Opteron processors.

The latest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors at the 75-watt ACP ranging from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz are available immediately, with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE (55-watt) and SE (105-watt) processors planned to follow in Q1 2009.

The prices for new processors are as follows:

  • AMD Opteron 8384 - $2149
  • AMD Opteron 8382 - $1865
  • AMD Opteron 8380 - $1514
  • AMD Opteron 8378 - $1165
  • AMD Opteron 2384 - $989
  • AMD Opteron 2382 - $873
  • AMD Opteron 2380 - $698
  • AMD Opteron 2378 - $523
  • AMD Opteron 2376 - $377

Upcoming 45nm Desktop Processors AMD also plans to bring this higher-performance and more energy efficient 45nm processor technology to the desktop PC market in Q1 2009 with the AMD platform codenamed "Dragon." This platform will be the second generation AMD performance desktop platform, featuring all next-generation components in comparison to the first generation AMD "Spider" platform released in 2008. The AMD "Dragon" platform is called to optimize the performance of new 45nm AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processors with AMD 700 Series chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics.

Source: AMD

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