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VIA Rolls Out Its Most Power Efficient DX10.1 Chipset

Samsung Unveils New Smartphone Platform "bada"

A-DATA Ships XPG SX95, S592 SSD Preconfigured For Windows 7 Trim

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VIA Rolls Out Its Most Power Efficient DX10.1 Chipset

VIA Technologies today announced the VIA VN1000 digital media chipset, claimed to be the most power efficient DX10.1 media chipset available today.

At the core of the VIA VN1000 lies a DirectX 10.1 graphics engine. It means that Windows 7 can employ Microsoft's advanced Windows Desktop Driver Model 1.1, improving memory efficiency, overall desktop responsiveness and an improved visual experience compared to WDDM 1.0.

VIA VN1000 also features the VIA Chrome 520 IGP, combining a DirectX 10.1 graphics engine, with support for Shader Model 4, OpenGL 3.0 graphics and OpenCL 1.0 for GPGPU applications.

Paired with the new VIA VT8261 Southbridge, the VIA VN1000 consumes up to 12W for both North and South bridges.

VIA VN1000 supports DDR3 memory at speeds of up to 1066MHz, one x8 lane and four x1 PCI Express II expansion slots, up to five PCI slots and a VIA Vinyl HD 8-channel audio codec. An IDE controller, support for up to four SATA2 drives, SD/MMS/MMC card reader support, and 12 USB2.0 ports are supplemented with support for PS/2, SPI, GPIO and LPC technologies.

The VIA VN1000 Digital Media IGP Chipset is fully compatible with all VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors and supports all Microsoft Windows platforms and popular Linux distributions.

VN1000 Northbridge features:

  • Processor support: VIA Nano, VIA C7, C7-D and Eden (V4) processors
  • PowerSaver support: Yes
  • VIA V4 bus: 400/800 MHz
  • Memory support: DDR2-677/800 and DDR3-800/1066
  • Max. memory: 16GB
  • PCI Express: one 8-lane, four 1-lane
  • North/Southbridge link: Ultra V-Link (1GB/s)
  • Graphics core: VIA Chrome 520
  • DirectX: 10.1
  • Video acceleration: H.264, WMV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
  • HDTV support: Yes, including 1080p, 1080i and 720p resolutions
  • Multi-display support: Yes, including dual HDMI DisplayPort and LVDS

Source: VIA Technologies

Samsung Unveils New Smartphone Platform "bada"

Samsung Electronics unveiled its new smartphone platform, Samsung bada (means "Ocean" in Korean), along with the SDK.

Samsung bada has the following key characteristics:

  • User-interactive. Based on Samsung's TouchWiz User Interface, the Samsung bada platform provides flash control, web control, motion sensing, fine-tuned vibration control, and face detection. Also, it supports sensor-based, context-aware applications. By using various sensors such as accelerometers, tilt, weather, proximity, and activity sensors, application developers can implement context-aware interactive applications.
  • Service-oriented. Samsung bada supports various service-centric features such as social networking, device synchronization, content management, location-based services, and commerce services - all supported by back-end bada servers.

  • Open and configurable. Applications can use device functions to make phone calls, send messages, or access the contact list. Also, various service applications can share information such as personal profiles, social relations, schedules, or contents with a simple user confirmation.

Attendees of the launch event were also introduced to the Samsung bada Developer Challenge with the prize fund of US$2,700,000.

Source: Samsung Electronics

A-DATA Ships XPG SX95, S592 SSD Preconfigured For Windows 7 Trim

A-DATA Technology today announced that they started shipping the new XPG SX95 and S592 2.5-inch SATA II SSDs preconfigured with the latest firmware supporting the Windows 7 Trim feature. This feature reduces the amount of data to be deleted, increases the life cycle of the SSD and lets it delete useless data in advance. The feature also increases SSD write speeds by means of ATA commands.

The firmware updates can also be downloaded by the owners of older XPG SX95, S592 2.5-inch SATA II SSDs.

The novelties have new architecture and controller design, as well as onboard DRAM cache buffers with improved performance. The new firmware features also help SSDs to clean blocks and add to the free block pool, and maintain SSD performance.

Source: A-DATA Technology

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