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Samsung Introduces AMOLED Beam, Its Latest Beam Projector Mobile Phone

Intel Plans New Intel Atom Processor-based System-on-Chip

BenQ Rolls Out GL Series LED Monitors

Apple Delays International Launch of iPad

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Samsung Introduces AMOLED Beam, Its Latest Beam Projector Mobile Phone

Samsung Electronics today introduced AMOLED Beam (SPH-W9600) to the Korean market. The novelty succeeds Samsung Haptic Beam (SPH-W7900), company's first full-touch beam projector phone.

Moving the mobile phone experience from personal use to social engagement, the AMOLED Beam allows users to project and share multimedia entertainment, games, video and pictures captured on the 5.0 megapixel camera. Business users can use the AMOLED Beam to deliver presentations wherever and whenever required.

The AMOLED Beam can project any content onto screens up to 50 inches in diagonal. The phone also boasts a display 1.5 times brighter than that of Haptic Beam. Other features include Microsoft Office and DivX codec support, 3.3" WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, and Terrestrial DMB.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Intel Plans New Intel Atom Processor-based System-on-Chip

Two Intel executives today outlined the latest Intel system-on-chip (SoC) products for embedded applications (codenamed Tunnel Creek) and described new research to allow homes and small businesses to better use and manage energy. The forthcoming SoC product features an Intel Atom processor core that, for the first time, will let other companies create PCI Express-compliant devices that directly connect to the chip, which offers new flexibility for embedded applications.

This SoC for embedded applications, such as in-vehicle-infotainment and IP media phones, will use a standard interconnect to the processor. The highly integrated SoC combines an Intel Atom processor core, the memory controller hub, graphics engine and video engine into one chip.

The chip will also enable companies to connect their own custom-built silicon to the Intel chip as long as it is a PCI Express compliant. The flexibility in this highly integrated one-chip solution helps reduce bill of materials and saves on board real estate for embedded applications.

Following Davis on stage, Intel Chief Technology Officer and managing director of Intel Labs, Justin Rattner, discussed how smarter technology at home and at work can reduce and better manage energy consumption. Rattner said the company's goal is to apply Intel technology in ways that empower consumers and small businesses to make better energy choices.

Researchers at Intel have invented a new wireless device to make the collection of energy data easy and inexpensive for consumers. The experimental, low-cost sensor need only be plugged into the house wiring to instantaneously measure and wirelessly report the power consumption of each electrical load in the home. The technology could be easily deployed by consumers to analyze energy usage of devices and appliances throughout a home.

Rattner also demonstrated a working prototype of an Intel-powered home energy display that when coupled with the wireless energy sensor, would monitor performance, recommend solutions for more efficient usages, set goals, and reward success. The pair of devices forms the heart of a personal energy management system that could help a U.S. household save up to $470 per year in electricity costs. Given that the U.S. has 113 million households, the potential savings is over $50 billion a year. If only one percent of U.S. households were to realize this savings, it could reduce annual coal demands by 371,000 tons and reduce carbon emissions by 2.4 million metric tons, or the equivalent of taking 535,000 cars of the road. Intel's CTO went on to describe how to improve personal energy management of electric cars. He said as the volume of electric cars increase, strain will be placed on the local electric grid at night when most are recharging. Intel Labs is looking at how to better coordinate charging times to reduce peak loads, which would reduce the need to upgrade local electrical distribution facilities and save significant amounts of money.

Source: Intel

BenQ Rolls Out GL Series LED Monitors

BenQ announced the release of its GL Series LED Monitors today that includes GL930 (18.5-inch wide), GL931 (19-inch wide), GL2030 (20-inch wide), GL2230 (21.5-inch wide) and GL2231 (22-inch wide). According to the press release, the new monitors eschew the cold, clinical high-tech aura for a warm, playful, sense of style.

The new GL Series LED monitors feature 5 ms response time, the dynamic contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1, Senseye Human Vision Technology -- a proprietary image enhancement engine that enhances colors, clarity and contrast of video contents and smoothens out quick images through motion optimization.

GL2030 specifications:

  • Product Color: Glossy Black;
  • Back Light Unit: LED
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9;
  • Resolution (max.): 1600 x 900;
  • Display Area (mm): 442.8 x 249.1;
  • Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.276;
  • Brightness (typ.): 250 cd/m2;
  • Contrast (typ.): 1000:1;
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio (typ.): 12M : 1;
  • Viewing Angle (L/R; U/D) (CR.>=10): 170/160;
  • Response Time (Tr+Tf, typ.): 5ms;
  • Hor. Frequency: 30kHz ~ 83kHz
  • Vert. Frequency: 50Hz ~ 76Hz
  • Video Bandwidth: 165MHz
  • Power Supply (90~264 AC): Built-in
  • Power Consumption: 27W max.
  • Power Saving Mode: >0.3W
  • K Locker: Yes
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 364 x 492 x 159.8 mm
  • Net Weight: 2.95 kg
  • Senseye Human Vision Technology: Senseye 3
  • Color Temperature: Reddish / Normal / Bluish / user mode
  • OSD: 17 languages
  • Tilt (down/up): -5° ~ 20°

All of the novelties come with four sets of interfaces: GL (D-Sub, DVI-D), GL/A (D-Sub), GL/M (D-Sub, DVI-D, Line-In, Headphone Jack), GL/AM (D-Sub, Line-In, Headphone Jack). Furthermore, the GL/M and GL/AM models come equipped with 2 x 1W built-in speakers.

Unlike the CCFL technology used in the LCD monitors, the GL Series uses energy-efficient LED backlighting panels and, thus, consumes less power than other BenQ monitors.

GL2030/A/AM/M will be available worldwide in mid-April, whereas GL930/A/AM/M, GL931/A/AM/M, GL2230/A/AM/M and GL2231/A/M/AM will be available worldwide in July.

Source: BenQ

Apple Delays International Launch of iPad

Apple today released the following statement:

"Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April."

"Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far."

Source: Apple

Daily Mailbox

  • Titan G9T 3-IN-1 Laptop Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
  • Sony Unveils OLED Display for Professionals @ t-break
  • Win a complete EVGA P55 barebones system @ Ninjalane
  • MSI WindBox Barebones-PC Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
  • Weekly Tech Update Podcast #44 - AMD "Core" Technology & More @ BCCHardware
  • VIZO SPEED-UP USB 3.0 ExpressCard @ TweakTown
  • ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard @ PCShopTalk
  • Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB Drive with Paramount Movies Review @ Bigbruin
  • Speedlink Medusa NX 5.1 - Surround Gaming-Headset Review @ TweakPC.de
  • Razer Imperator Gaming Mouse @ Rbmods
  • NZXT Premium Extension Cable Review @ OverclockersHQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 SLI @ techPowerUp
  • Alienware M11x Ultra-Portable Gaming Notebook Review @ HotHardware
  • Intel IDF 2010 Day 1 @ ocaholic
  • Intel X25-V 40GB SSD Review on Technic3D
  • CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. Liquid Cooler Review @ OCIA.net
  • Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600W Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
  • ASUS UL50VF: Optimus in Action @ InsideHW
  • [Tech ARP] BIOS Optimization Guide Updated!
  • Corsair Nova Series V128 SSD Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
  • Icy Box IB-318STU3-B USB3 HDD enclosure @ TestSeek
  • Gigabyte Intel P55 OC Challenge - The finals @ Bjorn3D
  • Danamics LMX and LMX Superleggera Liquid Metal CPU Cooler Review @ ITShootOut
  • Cooler Master GX 750W power supply review @ Elite Bastards
  • ASUS Maximus III Extreme LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
  • UMLan: Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme Review
  • HIS HD 5570 Fan 1GB Review at Overclockers Online
  • Lite-On eHAU424 External DVD Writer Review at CCE Reviews
  • Gelid Tranquillo Heatsink Review @ frostytech
  • Patriot Viper Series DDR3 6GB Triple Channel 1600MHz Memory Modules Unboxing Video @ eTeknix
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