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VIA Introduces ARTiGO A1100 DIY PC Kit

Micron Introduces 2Gb Low-Power DDR2 Memory for Smartphones and Smartbooks

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Models Available in U.S. on April 30

Lian Li Launches PC-Q06 Mini Test Bench

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VIA Introduces ARTiGO A1100 DIY PC Kit

VIA Technologies today announced the launch of its latest DIY PC kit, VIA ARTiGO A1100, a sub-liter DIY PC kit for enthusiasts who want to taste the most extreme, ultra-compact desktop computing experience.

The VIA ARTiGO A1100 takes inspiration from Pico-ITX, cramming a range of features that include a 64-bit processor, HD video support, HDMI and VGA display connectivity, Gigabit networking, Wi-Fi support and five USB ports, all into a PC chassis that fits into the palm of your hand.

The VIA ARTiGO A1100 is powered by a 1.2GHz VIA Nano processor, joined by the VIA VX855 media system processor, a fully integrated all-in-one chipset.

The novelty is claimed to be the smallest full-featured PC Kit available today. With dimensions of a mere 5.7" x 3.9" x 2" (14.6 cm x 9.9 cm x 5.2 cm), totaling only 44.46 cubic inches or 752cm³, this mini-PC is suitable for a variety of applications in the home or office, including home server, media streaming and surveillance applications. The VIA ARTiGO A1100 can also be used as a regular desktop PC, using only a fraction of desktop space.

The front and back panel I/O includes HDMI and VGA ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, five USB ports, including one USB device port, three audio jacks with optional wireless IEEE 802.11 b/g and SD card reader modules.

In turn, VIA VX855 supports hardware acceleration for H.264, WMV, VC-1 and MPEG 2/4 at high bitrates and display resolutions of up to 1080p with very low CPU utilization. The VIA Vinyl HD audio codec provides 6-channel DTS capable audio while an onboard HDMI port is included for seamless connection to the latest HDTV displays.

VIA ARTiGO A1100 offers easy installation of system memory, hard drive, wireless module and SD card reader. Supported operating systems include Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and a variety of Linux distributions.

VIA ARTiGO A1100 is available now from the recently launched VIA Online Store (store.viatech.com), retailing at US$243. The first ten customers get a special early bird discount price of only $199.00.

Source: VIA Technologies

Micron Introduces 2Gb Low-Power DDR2 Memory for Smartphones and Smartbooks

Micron Technology today announced that it is now sampling a monolithic 2-gigabit (Gb) low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) memory device designed to provide mobile products, such as smartphones and smartbooks, with improved battery life and speedier system performance.

The new 2Gb LPDDR2 can be used as a stand-alone device or in combination with Micron's NAND for high-capacity multichip package (MCP) or package-on-package (POP) solutions. By stacking four of these 2Gb LPDDR2 memory devices, Micron can achieve an ultra high-density, 8Gb-based solution.

Micron's LPDDR2 family:

  • Operates at 1.2-volts, reducing the device's memory power consumption by as much as 50% compared to LPDDR1;
  • Delivers data transferring speeds of up to 1066 Mb per second;
  • Supports advanced mechanisms for managing power usage, allowing for portions of the array to be powered down when not required;
  • Offers a broad temperature range from 40°C to +105°C;

Micron expects to launch the mass production of 2Gb LPDDR2 in the third quarter of 2010.

Source: Micron Technology

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Models Available in U.S. on April 30

Apple today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its iPad will be delivered to US customers who have pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intuitive way than before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's Multi-Touch user interface. iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds -- thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook -- and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.

Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. US Apple retail stores are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

iPad is available in Wi-Fi models in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available on April 30 in the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores. AT&T is offering 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.

iPad will be available at the end of May in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders for iPad on May 10.

Source: Apple

Lian Li Launches PC-Q06 Mini Test Bench

Lian Li Industrial today launched a new Mini-Q Series test bench enclosure, the compact PC-Q06. Designed for IT professionals, overclockers and experienced users, PC-Q06 allows quick and easy access to motherboards and VGA cards.

The dimensions of PC-Q06 are 205 x 210 x 250 mm at 1.2 kg weight. The brushed aluminum mini-tower chassis has mounts for a mini-ITX motherboard on its top and has an optional ATX or mini-ATX motherboard tray. It also features holders for two PCI brackets to support heavy graphic cards and can hold a 5.25-inch drive bay, a 3.5-inch HDD bay, and an ATX PS/2 power supply unit. The enclosure also features two USB and HDA audio ports on the front panel.

Other useful features include a cable management clamp on the rear panel, aluminum thumb screws, and vent holes at the bottom and the rear. The side panels of PC-Q06 are secured with screws to reduce vibration. Vibration is also reduced by rubber pads used in the power supply bay.

The PC-Q06 series is available in red, black and silver colors.

Source: Lian Li Industrial

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