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3Dconnexion Launches Its Most Powerful 3D Mouse Ever: the SpacePilot PRO

DFI LANParty to Unveil Its First AM3 microATX Motherboard Late in April

SPARKLE Introduces GeForce GTX 275 Plus Graphics Card

Planet Announces 802.11n 3G Broadband Router

Planet Announces 4-Bay SATA NAS RAID Server

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Lian Li Launches NC-09 Notebook Cooler

IBM Announces Advanced 28-Nanometer, Low-Power Semiconductor Technology

EMC Breaks the $2,000 Barrier with New Iomega Rackmount NAS

3Dconnexion Launches Its Most Powerful 3D Mouse Ever: the SpacePilot PRO

To meet demands of design engineers working in 3D applications, 3Dconnexion announced the new SpacePilot PRO. The company's flagship 3D mouse is designed to deliver advanced control of 3D models, easier access to features of professional 3D applications, fewer interruptions in the design workflow, and improved comfort. Specifically, the SpacePilot PRO features a new color LCD Workflow Assistant, second-generation QuickView Navigation technology, Intelligent Function keys, and an improved design for enhanced comfort and control.

SpacePilot PRO 3D mouse features:

  • LCD Workflow Assistant: The color LCD lists function-key assignments and provides at-a-glance access to Microsoft Outlook e-mail, calendar and task lists. Through 3Dconnexion's open software architecture, the workflow assistant can be further customized.
  • Advanced MCAD Navigation: Five new dual-function QuickView Navigation keys provide one-touch access to the following views: top and bottom, right and left, front and back, two isometric views, and 90-degree view rotation of any view either clockwise or counter-clockwise for a total of 32 views. A short press activates a key's primary view command, while pressing and holding a key activates a secondary view command. In addition, new Navigation Setting keys offer simplified and customizable control, allowing to turn pan-and-zoom, rotation and one-axis control on or off, making it easier to define navigation settings for certain work modes.
  • Intelligent Function Keys: Five new fully customizable, dual-function keys offer one-touch access to 10 frequently used commands within any supported 3D application. The SpacePilot PRO automatically detects the active application and assigns appropriate function keys whether default or customized. The color LCD denotes the function key assignments and application mode so engineers can easily identify commands and design states.
  • Comfort: The SpacePilot PRO has a new sculpted, soft-coated wrist rest that positions the hand in relation to the controller cap to support a balanced workflow. The micro-precision six-degrees-of-freedom sensor allows for fingertip control with minimal effort from the arm, wrist and hand, while frequently used commands are conveniently positioned at your fingertips. The intuitive and symmetrical layout of the function keys makes the device usable with either hand.

3Dconnexion provides 3D mice that are supported by more than 130 of today's 3D applications, including Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, NX and Solid Edge.

The SpacePilot PRO is backed by a three-year warranty, and is currently available at a suggested retail price of $499. The SpacePilot PRO is supported by Windows XP, Windows Vista, Sun Solaris 8 (SPARC), Sun Solaris 10 (x86), and Linux (Redhat Enterprise Linux WS 4, SuSE 9.3 or later). Linux and Solaris support workflow assistant function key assignments only.

Source: 3Dconnexion

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DFI LANParty to Unveil Its First AM3 microATX Motherboard Late in April


  • Chipset: AMD 790GX + SB750
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II (Socket AM3)
  • PWM: 4+1-Phase Digital PWM
  • HyperTransport: 3.0
  • Memory:
    Dual-channel memory architecture
    4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets, max. 16GB
    Supports DDR3-800/1066/1333
  • Graphics:
    ATI Radeon HD3300 Graphics
    2 x PCI Express Slots (x8, x8) with CrossFireX and Hybrid Graphics support
    128MB DDR3 SidePort memory
  • Storage:
    1 x floppy
    1 x PATA, up to 133Mbps UltraDMA
    6 x SATAII (RAID 0/1/0+1/5)
    AMD SB750 supports SATA II with RAID 0/1/5/10
  • USB: 12 x USB2.0
  • Audio: Realtek ALC885 for for 8CH HD
  • LAN: 1Gb LAN by Marvell 8056


  • ABS II -- Helps to overclock CPU and saves data to firmware.
  • Genie BIOS -- Numerous tweaks and options are promised.
  • CMOS Reloaded -- Allows to save up to 4 o/c profiles to firmware. These can be loaded from Windows by means of the ABS application.
  • EZ Switch -- Onboard Power/Reset buttons.
  • DeBug LED -- Shows the system status.

Source: DFI LANParty

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SPARKLE Introduces GeForce GTX 275 Plus Graphics Card

SPARKLE Computer today introduced the its GeForce GTX 275 Plus Graphics Card, specifications of which are below.


  • Model numbers: SXX275896D3S-VP, SXX275896D3S-VM
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 275
  • Core clock: 648 MHz
  • Memory clock: 1152 MHz
  • Memory type: 896MB GDDR3
  • Memory interface: 448-bit
  • Stream processors: 240
  • Shader Clock: 1440MHz
  • Bus Type: PCI-Express 2.0
  • RAMDAC: 400 MHz
  • Outputs: Dual DVI-I+HDCP
  • HDMI: yes (via an adapter)


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Planet Announces 802.11n 3G Broadband Router

Today Planet also announced a new 3G Broadband Router, the WNRT-625G, that provides Internet access over mobile UMTS/HSDPA protocols and 3G Internet USB Adapter. It features 802.11n radio with 2T2R antenna technology compliant with 802.11g and 802.11b standards.


  • Model: WNRT-625G
  • Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g, 802.11n Draft 2.0, IEEE802.3u
  • Signal Type: 11b mode: DSSS, 11g mode: OFDM, 11n mode: OFDM, MIMO
  • Modulation:
    802.11b: DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK
    802.11g: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
    802.11n: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
  • WAN Port: 1 x 100Base-TX, Auto-MDI / MDI-X
  • LAN Port: 4 x 100Base-TX, Auto-MDI / MDI-X
  • Antenna connector: 2 x fixed 3dBi dipole antenna
  • Data Encryption: 64 bit / 128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA, WPA2, 802.1x encryption
  • Output Power: 11b: 18 dBm, 11g: 15 dBm, 11n: 15 dBm
  • Data Rate:
    IEEE 802.11b: 11/5.5/2/1 Mbps
    IEEE 802.11g: 54/48/36/24/18/12/9/6 Mbps
    IEEE 802.11n: Max. 300Mbps
  • Receiver Sensitivity:
    11b: CCK1.0Mbps -94dbm, 11b CCK: 11.0Mbps -91dbm
    11g OFDM: 6Mbps -92dbm, 11g OFDM: 54Mbps -76dbm
    11n 20MHz MCS7: -72dbm, 11n 40MH MCS7: -70dbm
  • Session: 2000
  • LED Indicators: PWR, WLAN, 1 x WAN, 4 x LAN
  • Compatible mobile networks: UMTS / HSDPA

Source: Planet

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Planet Announces 4-Bay SATA NAS RAID Server

Planet announced NAS-7400 storage server with four SATA II HDD bays for SOHO and small business environments. It provides connectivity to existing networks without requiring extra client access licenses fees, upgrading or replacing servers. It can be applied to a mixed platform network and offer fault-tolerant, high-performance and high-availability storage service.

  • Model: NAS-7400
  • Supported HDD: 4 x 3.5" SATA I/II
  • LAN Connector: 1 x RJ-45 (10/100/1000Mbps)
  • Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
  • USB Connector: 2 x USB 1.1/2.0 Compatible (Type A)
  • USB Connectivity: Print Server, External HDD connection, APC Smart UPS
  • Support Protocol: TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, SMB
  • Client OS: Windows, Mac OS, Linux/Unix
  • System Configuration: Windows Base utility, Web Browser
  • Supported Concurrent Users: Up to 16
  • Max. User Account: Up to 512
  • Share Folder: Up to 1024
  • File Language Format: 6 (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian)
  • Operating Temperature: 5~35C
  • Relative Humidity: 10~85%(non-condensing)
  • Storage Temperature: -10~60C
  • Relative Humidity: 10~95%(non-condensing)
  • Dimension : 230 x 188 x 153 mm
  • Weight: 2,420g (without HD)
  • Power Adapter: Input Voltage 100-240V AC, 4A-2A, 50-60Hz, FUSE 6.3A / 250V
  • Regulatory: FCC Class B, CE

Source: Planet

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  • Dell Vostro A860 @ InsideHW
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive Review @ OCIA.net
  • Asus 4850 Matrix Videocard @ Rbmods
  • MSI HD4890 Graphic Card Review on Technic3D
  • X58 for the Masses: Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R and EX58-UD4P @ HotHardware
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  • Sapphire Vapor-X HD4850 512MB Videocard @ Tweaknews
  • Aten Laptop USB KVM Switch @ TechSpot
  • OCZ Eclipse laser gaming mouse review @ Elite Bastards
  • Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard @ DriverHeaven.net
  • DIAMOND-based heat transfer compound @ frostytech
  • ASUS ENGTS250 DK Geforce GTS 250 Videocard Review @ PCSTATS
  • Futurelooks - Kingston HyperX 6GB 2000 MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review
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Lian Li Launches NC-09 Notebook Cooler

Lian-Li Industrial has launched the NC-09 notebook cooler pad. The brushed all aluminum black anodized structure has a huge 220mm 5V silent DC Fan with a blue LED and a large steel mesh which allows extra air-flow under the notebook. The notebook cooler has dual USB connectors with one mini USB power connector that can accept either a notebook power source, or a universal 5V USB Cellphone charger. In addition there is a on/off switch to facilitate ease of use. The mini USB provides power to the fan and other USB connectors (Fan uses 300MA only).

The NC-09 cooler has a three level height adjustment, or alternatively the smooth base panel can conveniently be placed on a flat surface or on one's lap. As the press release states, the NC-09 is perfect for High End notebooks, since aluminum is four times more effective than steel to transfer and dissipate heat. The NC-09 has been designed for 12.1"/14"/15"/17" notebooks.

Source: GlobalPR

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IBM Announces Advanced 28-Nanometer, Low-Power Semiconductor Technology

IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

The low-power, 28nm technology platform can provide power-performance and time-to-market advantages for producers of a broad range of power-sensitive mobile and consumer electronics applications, including the fast-growing mobile Internet device market segment. The favorable leakage characteristics of the HKMG technology result in optimized battery life for the next generation of mobile products.

A 28nm low-power technology evaluation kit was previously made available in December 2008 to early access clients, followed by release in March 2009 of an evaluation kit for open access to the general marketplace. Early risk production is anticipated in the second half of 2010.

Already working with clients on 32nm low-power technology, the alliance has gained valuable experience in the implementation of HKMG technology, and is offering a migration path from 32nm to 28nm technology. Clients can begin their designs today in 32nm HKMG technology and then move to 28nm technology for density and power advantages, without the need for a major redesign.

Preliminary results working with early access clients and partners indicate that the 28nm technology platform can provide a 40 percent performance improvement and a more than 20 percent reduction in power -- all in a chip that is half the size -- compared with 45nm technology. The high-k metal gate implementation allows one of the industry's smallest SRAM cells at 0.120 square microns, with low minimum voltage operation and competitive performance, leakage and stability.

Source: IBM

EMC Breaks the $2,000 Barrier with New Iomega Rackmount NAS

Iomega, an EMC company, today launched the Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS Rackmount Server. Powered by the EMC LifeLine operating system, the StorCenter Pro ix4-200r delivers economical file sharing, fast data throughput, cross-platform support and enterprise features for today's small to medium businesses and remote work groups.

The new StorCenter Pro ix4-200r provides up to 4TB of networked storage in hot-swap SATA II hard drives. This four-drive NAS rackmount server offers such advanced features as iSCSI block-level access, multiple RAID configurations, folder quotas support, jumbo frames, Windows Active Directory support, remote access and management, IP security camera support and a first for its rackmount storage capacity and price category: VMware Ready certification for vitualization installations - all at a starting price of less than $1,800 (for the 2TB model).

The ix4-200r NAS features include:

  • Hardware: The ix4-200r contains 4 disk drive bays, a 3.2 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1GB system memory and one Gigabit Ethernet connection in a 1U (1.75-inch) high chassis that is mountable in NEMA-standard 19-inch racks. The ix4-200r ships with disk drives fully populated, for a total capacity of 2TB or 4TB.
  • iSCSI Support: Provides block-level access for efficient storage utilization, especially for database, email and backup application performance. This feature also allows host-based operating systems and virtualization software to use the full capabilities of their native file systems, such as enabling VMFS for VMware utilization.
  • VMware Ready Certification: The ix4-200r is certified as both NAS (NFS) and iSCSI storage VMware ESX server 3. The ix4-200r is the only product in its class to carry VMware Ready Certification, and enables SMBs to affordably take advantage of the tremendous benefits and advanced features offered by shared storage in a VMware environment.
  • Remote Access: Set up remote access and remotely manage and access data from your ix4-200r.
  • RAID Support: The ix4-200r is pre-configured for RAID 5 but also offers the alternatives of RAID 10 (both with automatic rebuild), as well as single volume storage (JBOD).
  • Multiple Network Protocols: The ix4-200r works in Windows, Linux and MAC environments with network protocol support including CIFS/SMB/Rally, NFS, and AFP/Bonjour. The ix4-200r also supports advanced protocols such as HTTP, FTP and SNMP.
  • Windows Active Directory Support (ADS): The ix4-200r functions as a client member in an Active Directory domain.
  • UPS Support: UPS enables unattended system shutdown without data loss in the case of power failure.
  • Expandability and versatility: 3 USB 2.0 ports. On expansion storage, the ix4 supports read and write on various formats, including Fat32, NTFS or ext2/ext3 formatted hard disks (read only on external HFS+ formatted drives).
  • Video Surveillance: Supports up to four Axis Network video cameras, for real-time monitoring and video capture directly to the ix4-200r, dependent upon system workload and network conditions.
  • Print Server: Supports intelligent print sharing capability for up to three USB printers directly connected to the ix4-200r.
  • Advanced Media Support: Includes UPnP support through an integrated DLNA certified media server. The ix4-200r includes an iTunes server and also supports Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) via one of three USB 2.0 ports, as well as Bluetooth uploads from a cell phone, pocket PC or Blackberry phone.

With just four mouse clicks, the ix4-200r is ready to work with any computer on the network. Management of the ix4-200r is handled by a user friendly web interface, accessible in any of 11 supported languages. Users can access files from any networked Windows PC, Linux workstation or Macintosh computer for easy file-sharing, data backup and print-serving.

The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS provides data backup and protection for any number of desktops and laptops with integrated EMC Retrospect Express backup software. During the set-up process, users choose files and folders for scheduled automatic backups. After that, any changes or additions are updated and saved automatically.

For additional protection, the ix4-200r includes MozyHome online backup service, a secure way to store, protect and access important files. MozyHome online backup service provides 2GB of free online storage per user for backing up selected folders directly from their computers to world-class EMC data centers. Users can also upgrade to unlimited online storage for just $4.95 per month per client computer, or to the centrally-managed MozyPro plan for businesses.

The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r also includes RSA BSAFE encryption security technology for protecting installs and upgrades from viruses or malware.

The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS Rackmount Server is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux environments. The interface is localized in 11 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, German, and Russian).

The 2TB Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS Rackmount Server is now available worldwide for $1799.99; the 4TB model is also now available worldwide for $2,799.99. Both models include a three-year warranty (with registration).

Source: Iomega

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