Following its roadmap, AMD continues to introduce DirectX11-supporting devices into all price ranges. The deployment started in September 2009 with the rollout of the high-end ATI Radeon HD 5800. In October 2009, they released the mid-end ATI Radeon HD 5700, while in November 2009 it was the turn of the top-end dual-GPU ATI Radeon HD 5970. A week ago, the company unveiled the world's first mobile solutions with DirectX11 support: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5600, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400.
Today AMD released the mainstream ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card with the estimated price of $95-99, which is a kind of psychological threshold. ATI Radeon HD 5670 is well-suited for a wide range of tasks, including games, movies, etc. It also supports the Eyefinity technology, which allows connecting up to three monitors (2560x1600 each) simultaneously.
The 40nm GPU features 400 stream processors, the core clock rate is 775 MHz, the GDDR5 memory capacity can be 512MB or 1 GB, the memory clock rate is 1 GHz, the also features 627M transistors and performs at 620 GFLOPS. Another advantage of the ATI Radeon HD 5670 is that it's energy-efficient, the typical power consumption being 61W (14W idle).
The only market price range left unattended is the entry-level. The corresponding ATI Radeon HD 5500 and ATI Radeon HD 5400 are scheduled for release in February.
Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology, today announced it will replace certain secure USB Flash drives with new units designed with an improved security architecture. The Kingston drives affected are the DataTraveler BlackBox (DTBB), DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition (DTSP) and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition (DTEP). Kingston is offering its customers the following: a FIPS-certified replacement for the DTBB; and the DataTraveler Vault – Privacy Edition for the DTSP and DTEP.
Kingston was notified in December by a third-party security consulting firm that the DataTraveler BlackBox, DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition contained a potential security flaw. Kingston believes the best solution is to replace those potentially affected units.
"We have decided the best way to address this problem is to offer our customers replacement units that incorporate newer and stronger security architecture," said John Holland, vice president, U.S. sales, Kingston. "Since we were first notified of the potential hack, we have concluded that exchanging drives is the proper solution for our customers."
Customers who own one of the affected drives should contact Kingston's Customer Service Department for full details of our standard return process. For the customer service phone number in your region, visit http://www.kingston.com/driveupdate.
Source: Kingston Technology
Ultimate Ears, a product unit of Logitech today introduced the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom Monitors. Featuring the company's first six-speaker design, the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro monitors offer you and your band one-of-a-kind sound definition and clarity. Handcrafted like the finest instrument for a comfortable fit, while reducing ambient noise by 26 dBs, Ultimate Ears' new monitors are designed for performing artists and audiofiles alike.
Customized to be as unique as your fingerprint, the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom Monitors feature a proprietary six-speaker design that fits six individually tuned drivers in each ear, delivering the audio without distortion that artists demand for live stage performing.
In addition to the six-speaker design, Ultimate Ears' newest monitors combine four-way crossovers with acoustic and electrical tuning, patent-pending triple-sound channels and a new low-distortion cable to create the Ultimate Ears sound signature. Each sound channel includes an acoustically tuned in-line filter that keeps the frequencies separate and balanced until they blend naturally in your ear – not inside the monitors.
The Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom Monitors are compatible with wireless transmission systems and portable media devices. Packaged in a rugged, personalized aluminum roadie box, the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro monitors are designed to withstand the rigors of any tour.
The Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom Monitors are expected to be available beginning in February for a suggested retail price of $1350 (U.S.). (The price of the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom Monitors does not include the initial cost to have a qualified audiologist create your ear impressions.) The optional ambient noise feature can be added to your custom monitors for an additional $50 (U.S.).
VIA Technologies today unveiled the VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 Audio Controller, the industry's first highly-integrated single chip solution that leverages the broad USB 2.0 bandwidth (480 Mb/s) to deliver improved audio quality.
The VIA Envy VT1730 is an 8-channel, 24-bit/192kHz audio controller specifically designed to achieve cinema-quality audio recording and playback in high-fidelity USB and MIDI system applications.
Providing a smooth interface between USB, analog and digital audio devices, the VIA Envy VT1730 is well-suited for USB sound cards, headphones, audio hubs, recording consoles, and MIDI devices that require the streaming of considerable audio data between a host system and audio I/O system via the USB interface.
The VIA Envy VT1730 also supports the I2S standard enabling Blu-ray Disc audio content protection.
Source: VIA Technologies
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