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Playstation Move Motion Controller, Surround Sound System To Hit Worldwide Market In Fall 2010

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Razer Introduces Gaming Peripherals For StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

ViewSonic Introduces NexTV VMP75 Networked Media Player

Toshiba Improves Silicon Nanowire Transistor for 16nm Generation and Beyond

Gigabyte Launches an Ultra Durable GeForce GTX 465 Graphics Card

D-Link Unleashes Its Fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi Router



Playstation Move Motion Controller, Surround Sound System To Hit Worldwide Market In Fall 2010

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release PlayStation Move motion controller (requires PlayStation Eye) for PS3 on September 15, 2010 in Europe/PAL territories and in Asian countries/regions at an RRP of EUR39.99.



PlayStation Move motion controller

It will also become available in North America on September 19 at an RRP of $49.99 and in Japan on October 21 at a RRP of 3,980 yen (including tax). PlayStation Move navigation controller, one-handed controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day in each region at an RRP of EUR29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax), respectively.



PlayStation Move navigation controller

Sony Computer Entertainment America will release a PlayStation Move bundle comprised of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray disc game and PlayStation Move demo disc for $99.99 (RRP).

Additionally, a PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, which includes a PS3 system, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye Camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, will be available for $399.99 (RRP). The PlayStation Eye camera will also be sold separately for $39.99 (RRP).



PlayStation Move navigation controller

On the software front, SCE Worldwide Studios will release more than 20 titles that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform in fiscal year 2010 ending March 2011. The titles available in the launch window will include: Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition by CAPCOM, Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 by Electronic Arts, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest by WB Games, EyePet, Sports Champions, Kung Fu Rider by SCE and many more.



PlayStation Eye

Furthermore, SCE also announced today the release of two PlayStation Move controller peripherals, PlayStation Move charging station and PlayStation Move shooting attachment, that will help to further enhance the PlayStation Move experience.

  • PlayStation Move charging station
    By utilizing the charging station, users will be able to charge up to two PlayStation Move controllers, motion controller or the navigation controller, at once without having to connect them to the PS3 system. The charging station will become available concurrently with the motion controller launch in each region at a RRP of EUR29.99, US$29.99 and 2,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
  • PlayStation Move shooting attachment
    The shooting attachment, designed to place the PlayStation Move motion controller horizontally, will allow players to hold the motion controller as if they are holding a gun and to easily aim at an in-game target. The trigger on the attachment is interlocked with the motion controller "T" button and will enable users to intuitively play the game, not only limited to shooting games but also on games that may require precise button input and control. It will work with software titles like The Shoot! by SCE and Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games which are expected to support the attachment. The shooting attachment will become available starting this fall in each region at a RRP of EUR14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax), respectively.

Aside from PlayStation Move motion controller, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release a subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation 3 system in Fall 2010 in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, and EUR199, respectively.

The Surround Sound System utilizes technologies, including Sony's S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound that generates realistic surround sound over one front speaker. Bringing in SCE's expertise in both entertainment and technology acquired from developing games, four sound fields of the speaker system have been designed with the help of SCE's game sound designers, to optimize the cinematic experience of all forms of entertainment.

The Surround Sound System comes with two audio inputs - an optical audio input for connecting entertainment systems, including PS3, and an analog audio input for connecting portable devices like PSP. System form factor features a sleek and casual design that matches with PS3.

Product outline:

  • Product name: PlayStation Move motion controller
  • Product code: CECH-ZCM1
  • Release date: Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
  • Recommended retail price: EUR39.99, US$49.99, 3,980 yen (including tax)
  • Color: Black
  • Mass: Approx. 145 g
  • External dimensions: Approx. 200mm x 46mm (height x diameter)
  • Battery type: Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Voltage: DC 3.7 V
  • Operating temperature: 5 ~ 35C
  • Included: Strap

  • Product name: PlayStation Eye
  • Recommended retail price: EUR29.99, US$39.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax)
  • Mass: Approx. 173 g
  • External dimensions: Approx. 84 x 67 x 57 mm (width x height x length)
  • Power consumption: 5V, Maximum of 500mA
  • Operating temperature: 5 ~ 35C
  • Connector: USB 2.0
  • Cable length: Approx. 2m
  • Video capture: Maximum of 640 x 480 @ 60fps, 320 x 240 @ 120fps
  • Lens head: 2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus
  • Range of distance: 25cm to inf. (in wide-angle view)
  • Field of view 56 (standard view) ~ 75 (wide-angle view) FOV zoom lens
  • Sound recognition: Built-in 4 microphone array
  • Product name: PlayStation Move navigation controller
  • Product code: CECH-ZCS1
  • Release date: Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
  • Recommended retail price: EUR29.99, US$29.99, 2,980 yen (including tax)
  • Color: Black
  • Mass: Approx. 95 g
  • External dimensions: Approx. 138mm x 42mm (height x diameter)
  • Battery type: Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batter
  • Voltage: DC 3.7 V
  • Operating temperature: 5 ~ 35C

  • Product name: PlayStation Move charging station
  • Product code: CECH-ZCC1
  • Release date: Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
  • Recommended retail price: EUR29.99, US$29.99, 2480 yen (including tax)
  • Mass: Approx. 190 g
  • External dimensions: Approx. 160mm x 90mm x 34mm (width x height x length)
  • Included: AC Adaptor x 1, AC Cable x 1

  • Product name: PlayStation Move shooting attachment
  • Product code: CECH-ZGA1
  • Release date: Fall 2010
  • Recommended retail price: EUR14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax)
  • Mass: Approx. 150 g
  • External dimensions: Approx. 167mm x 145mm x 55mm (width x height x length)

Product name Surround Sound System
Product code CECH-ZVS1
Release date Fall 2010
Recommended retail price 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, EUR199
Power Output and Total Harmonic Distortion: (FTC) for the U.S. model L + R: With 6 ohms loads, both channels driven, from 200-20000 Hz; rated 5 watts per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 1% total harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier section, U.S. models: Power Output (reference) L / R: 10 W (per channel at 6 ohms, 1 kHz)
Subwoofer: 15 W + 15 W (at 8 ohms, 100 Hz)
Speakers Front speaker unit:
Speaker system: Full range, Bass reflex, Speaker units: 50 mm x 90 mm (2 in x 3 5/8 in), Rated impedance: 6 ohms
Subwoofer unit:
Speaker system: Subwoofer system, passive radiator type, Speaker units: 65 mm x 2 (subwoofer) 65 mm x 4 (passive radiator), Rated impedance: 8 ohms
Inputs Analog x 1, Digital (Optical) x 1
Supported formats Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG-2 AAC, Linear PCM (2 ch; up to 48 kHz)
Sound fields Dynamic: provides a wide range of tones with low/high frequencies and dynamic sounds.
Stereo: suitable for any sound quality, optimized for video games implementing 2 ch stereo sound. (Multiple channels are down-mixed.)
Vivid: provides a wide sound range and enhances the surround sound channels.
Standard: reproduces the sound track with the kind of dynamic range that the recording engineer intended.
Other effects/functions Night mode: allows you to enjoy sound effects and hear the dialog clearly even at low volume levels.
Dialog mode: allows you to hear in-game speech and narration with greater clarity.
Auto Standby: the surround sound system enters standby mode automatically when there is no audio output for 30 minutes.
Power requirements 18V DC (2.6A) (100V ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz using the supplied AC power cord)
Mass Main unit: (approx.) 2.4 kg, AC adaptor: (approx.) 240 g
Dimensions Main unit: (approx.) 720 mm x 85 mm x 87 mm, AC adaptor: (approx.) 121 mm x 53 mm x 33 mm (w x h x d)
Included Remote control x 1, Optical digital cable (2.5 m) x 1, AC adaptor x 1, AC power cord x 1

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment


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Razer Introduces Gaming Peripherals For StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Razer has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment to introduce an entire suite of peripherals designed specifically for the release of Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty RTS. The series includes the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard and the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset.

All of the Razer StarCraft II gaming peripherals feature an APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System that provides the gamer with feedback on performance, providing a fully integrated gaming experience that responds directly to the player's performance and speed. Each peripheral also features a gaming-optimized design with an emphasis on portability for tournament play, and is stylized with design elements from the StarCraft universe.



Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse

Tournament-ready and designed for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse is a lightweight, five-button mouse designed to provide precision and control for RTS gamers. The Razer Spectre features the newly developed APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System with a multi-color LED that provides real-time performance feedback through changing lighting hues and adjustable mouse button force settings for optimal mouse click speed and control. The Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse is equipped with a 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and a 1000Hz Ultrapolling 1ms response time.

Features:

  • Gaming-Optimized Design inspired by the StarCraft universe
  • Lightweight, Finger-Grip 5 Button Mouse
  • 5600DPI Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor
  • Backlit Mouse with APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System
  • Mouse Click Button Force Adjustment
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling /1ms response
  • Hardware Configuration Utility
  • Price: EUR79.99
  • Availability: Q3 2010


Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard

Designed for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard is a full-featured, tournament-ready keyboard. The Razer Marauder features a multi-color backlit keyboard with an APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System that provides real-time performance feedback through changing color hues to complement the gaming experience. Enhanced with elevated keys for rapid command input and improved gaming performance and a dedicated on-the-fly macro recording system, the Razer Marauder is built with a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe.

Features:

  • StarCraft-inspired Design
  • Optimized Key Travel Distance
  • Backlit Keyboard with APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System
  • Optimized Spacing with Laser-etched Keys
  • Razer Hyperesponse technology
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling /1ms response
  • Hardware Configuration Utility
  • Price: EUR119.99
  • Availability: Q3 2010


Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset

Designed for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, with a focus on maximum performance, comfort and sound isolation, the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset features a newly developed, multi-color APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System that provides real-time feedback on player performance. The Razer Banshee is equipped with a configuration utility for customized adjustments of equalizer, pitch and volume. Other special features include a detachable microphone boom for easy transport and a comfortable circumaural construction, all in a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe.

Features:

  • Gaming-Optimized Performance & Comfort
  • StarCraft-inspired Design
  • Backlit Headset with APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System
  • Circumaural Design with 50mm Driver Units
  • Built-in Volume & Mic Control Buttons
  • Detachable Microphone Boom
  • Hardware Configuration Utility
  • Price: EUR119.99
  • Availability: Q3 2010


Razer StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag

The Zerg Edition of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Messenger Bag features artwork from the game and is designed to protect gaming gear in style.

Features:

  • Tear-resistant, weather-proof heavy duty 1680D ballistic nylon outer shell
  • Single shoulder sling design for added mobility
  • Easy one-handed release chest clasp enables quick and convenient access
  • Built-in compartments for laptops, gaming peripherals and portable gaming device
  • Padded inner lining protects electronic devices and provides ample shock absorbency while on the road
  • Price: EUR89.99
  • Availability: Q3 2010

Source: Razer


ViewSonic Introduces NexTV VMP75 Networked Media Player

ViewSonic today announced the NexTV VMP75, a network media player that delivers Full HD 1080p content from external storage devices, home networks and the Internet. Among the available Internet options is Netflix, an online movie subscription service whose members can instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed via the NexTV VMP75.



In addition to Netflix, NexTV's iMedia feature supports quick and easy links to media content from YouTube, Live365.com, SHOUTcast Radio, Flickr and more. NexTV's integrated web browser allows for Internet surfing and custom RSS feeds for instant news and world events of interest. Users can keep up with their friends through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook - all through an intuitive user interface and full function remote control.



Full connectivity for the NexTV VMP75 includes HDMI, Composite, S/PDIF, USB and eSATA, with an easy network connection through an Ethernet port or via 802.11b/g/n with an optional wireless adapter. NexTV also supports an external USB keyboard and mouse.



Although the NexTV VMP75 streams in full HD1080p, HD content from Netflix instantly streams in 720p and most of the thousands of titles streamed from Netflix are in standard definition.

The NexTV VMP75 has an MSRP of $149.99 and is available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Newegg.com.

Specifications:


Technology File System EXT3, NTFS, FAT16/FAT1632
Compatibility Photo Formats JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF
Video Formats MPEG1 (AVI/MKV/TS/DAT/MPG/MPEG/VOB), MPEG2 (MKV/DAT/MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP)/M2TS, MPEG4 (AVI/MP4/MKV/MOV/WMV/ASF), DivX 3/4/5/6 Xvid (AVI/MKV/MP4/MOV), H.264/AVC (TS/AVI/MP4/MKV/MOV/FLV)/M2TS, VC-1 (TS/AVI/ASF/WMV)/M2TS, WMV9 (ASF/WMV)
Audio Formats MP3, MPEG Audio, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, PCM, LPCM, FLAC, WAV, AAC, HE-AAC, OGG, MKA,VORBIS
Other Subtitles: SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA, IDX+SUB, IDX, AAS, TXT
Power Consumption 6.5W (max)
Voltage Input 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz
Voltage Output DC 5V 3A
Operating conditions Temperature 14F ~ 104F (-10C ~ +60C)
Humidity 80% (non-condensing)
Dimensions Physical (WxHxD) 5.2" x 1.1" x 4" (132mm x 28mm x 101mm)
Weight Net 0.49 .lb (220g)

Source: ViewSonic


Toshiba Improves Silicon Nanowire Transistor for 16nm Generation and Beyond

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has developed a breakthrough technology for a nanowire transistor, a major candidate for a 3D structure transistor for system LSI in the 16nm generation and beyond.

The company has achieved a 1mA/m on-current, the world's highest level for a nanowire transistor, by reducing parasitic resistance and improving the on-current level by 75%. This is a major step towards practical application of nanowire transistors.

When the size of current planar transistors scales smaller, current leakage between the source and the drain at its off-stage (off-leakage) will become a critical problem in securing circuit reliability. To overcome this, transistors with a 3D structure, including silicon nanowire transistors, are being investigated as candidates for future generations of devices. The silicon nanowire transistor can suppress off-leakage and achieve further short-channel operation, because its thin wire-shaped silicon channel (nanowire channel) is effectively controlled by the surrounding gate. However, parasitic resistance in the nanowire-shaped source/drain, especially in the region under the gate sidewall, degrades the on-current.

Toshiba overcame this problem by optimizing gate fabrication and significantly reducing the thickness of the gate sidewall, from 30nm to 10nm. Low parasitic resistance was realized by epitaxial silicon growth on the source/drain with a thin gate sidewall, which leads to a 40% increase in on-current. The company also achieved a further 25% increase in current performance by changing the direction of the silicon nanowire channel from the <110> to <100> plane direction. Utilizing these technologies, Toshiba has demonstrated an industry-leading on-current level of 1mA/m, when the off-current is 100nA/m, a 75% increase in the on-current at the same off-current condition.



Figure 1: Structure of a silicon nanowire transistor


Figure 2: Comparison with the previous work

Source: Toshiba Corporation


Gigabyte Launches an Ultra Durable GeForce GTX 465 Graphics Card

Gigabyte Technology launched its latest Gigabyte GV-N465UD-1GI graphics cards featuring Gigabyte's own Ultra Durable VGA Technology and anti-turbulence Inclined Dual Fan.



GV-N465UD-1GI is equipped with NVIDIA's latest Fermi GPU (GF100) architecture and GDDR5 memory. It uses Gigabyte's own Ultra Durable VGA Technology which guarantees better overclocking capability, lower GPU temperature, and great power efficiency by using 2 oz PCB board, Samsung and Hynix memory, Japanese solid capacitors, Ferrite/Metal core chokes, and Low RDS (on) MOSFETs.

Equipped with 4 heat-pipes, the dual fan design doubles the cooling capability and offers a silent environment. In addition, the special inclined fan design effectively minimizes the flow turbulence between two fans and enhances heat dissipation of hot area right under each fan.

Specifications:

  • Series: GeForce 400 Series
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 465
  • Core Clock: 607 MHz
  • Shader Clock: 1215 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 3206 MHz
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • DirectX: 11
  • D-sub: Yes (with an adapter)
  • DVI: Yes
  • HDMI: Yes

Source: Gigabyte Technology


D-Link Unleashes Its Fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi Router

D-Link today announced it is now shipping its first 802.11n Wi-Fi router with 3x3 MIMO technology. The router provides better, more consistent coverage and uses three distinct data streams in a multiple-input and multiple-output smart antenna configuration to enable faster data transfer rates. While most routers on consumer shelves today operate at 300Mbps or less, this router boasts speeds up to 450Mbps.



The D-Link Xtreme N 450 Gigabit Router (DIR-665) is the company's first wireless router to receive Connect with Intel Centrino Ultimate-N certification. The testing for Intel Centrino compatibility assures faster and wider wireless connectivity. The DIR-655 utilizes the power of HD Fuel to play movies and games with superior technology over competing routers. It is also D-Link's first router to pass Wi-Fi Multi-stream N certification.



The router offers both wide area and local area network (WAN/LAN) Gigabit ports, SharePort for printer sharing capability, selectable dual band (2.4 or 5 GHz) performance, three antennas and D-Link Green technology, which saves power through Wi-Fi scheduling and innovative, eco-friendly port activity and cable detection techniques.



The D-Link Xtreme N 450 Gigabit Router is initially available at Fry's Home Electronics. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the DIR-665 is $229.99.

Source: D-Link


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