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Walton Chaintech Launches APOGEE A-Series, C-Series, L-Series SSDs

ViewSonic Unveils Android-based ViewPads

TUL Adds Custom Cooling to HD6850

Logitech Introduces Solar-Powered Keyboard

Kingston Digital Launches SSDs for Corporate Client System Use

Walton Chaintech Launches APOGEE A-Series, C-Series, L-Series SSDs

Walton Chaintech Corporation today announced APOGEE A-series, C-series and L-series solid-state drives. All novelties incorporate the mainstream SATA 3Gbps interface, and are targeted at gamering, price-sensitive and entry-level segments, respectively.

The 2.5-inch APOGEE A-series SSD features SandForce & Intel MLC solutions, offers up to 285MB/s and 275MB/s read/write speeds, the random 4KB write of 50000 IOPS, the seek time/buffering time of 0.1ms. The TRIM feature is also available for the system to inform the A-series to block the data that is no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. Finally, the APOGEE A-series can handle shocks up to 1500G. Sized 99.8x69.63x9.3 mm, it ranges in capacity from 60GB to 120GB.

APOGEE C-series SSD employs Indilinx Barefoot controllers and Intel MLC solution with a 64MB onboard cache. Also in a 2.5-inch form factor, it offers capacities from 30GB to 120GB. The read and write rates achieve up to 250MB/s and 180MB/s, respectively. These drives are marketed as having the best price-performance ratio.

The L-series SSD also employs Indilinx controllers plus Intel MLC solution with a 64MB onboard cache. Capacities range from 30GB to 120GB and the read and write rates are 125~150MB/s and 70~120MB/s, respectively. APOGEE L-Series SSDs are offered as entry-level solutions.

Source: Walton Chaintech

ViewSonic Unveils Android-based ViewPads

ViewSonic announced its ViewPad line of Android-based devices, featuring ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10.

ViewPad 7

The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines 800x480 WVGA LCD display with 3.5G-capable data technology in the 7-inch form factor. With its wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth connectivity the ViewPad 7 supports instant messaging, VoIP, and all the Web browsing and USB functions of a capacitive multi-touch device. The ViewPad 7 features 2 built-in cameras: a 3-megapixel, autofocus camera in the rear and a 0.3-megapixel camera in the front. In addition to the integrated 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot, along with battery life of up to 10 hours. The ViewPad 7 will be available late in Q4 2010 for an ESP of $479.

ViewPad 10

ViewPad 10, the 10.1-inch dual-boot Wi-Fi device, gives users a choice between Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. It features an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and an expandable micro SD slot. Additionally, the 1024x600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. Teamed with a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone, the ViewPad 10 can be used for videoconferencing as well. The dual-boot ViewPad 10 will be available in Q1 2011 for an ESP of $629.

Source: ViewSonic

TUL Adds Custom Cooling to HD6850

TUL added its own cooling solution to the HD6850 series and released PowerColor PCS+ HD6850. The novelty is factory-overclocked, it has 820/1100 MHz core/memory clock rates (vs. the standard 775/1000 MHz).

Other features include 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 256-bit bus, support for Eyefinity, DirectX 11, CrossFireX. Available interfaces include DL-DVI/SL-DVI, HDMI, Display Port.

The custom cooler has a 90mm fan and 3 heatpipes, as well as the copper base that covers the GPU completely. Compared with the reference design, the solution is claimed to reduce temperature by another 15%.

As for the bundle, PCS+ HD6850 (P/N: AX6850 1GBD5-PPDHG) comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 among everything else.

Source: TUL Corporation

Logitech Introduces Solar-Powered Keyboard

Logitech introduced the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, the company's first light-powered keyboard. The novelty powers itself itself through its integrated solar panel whenever there's light, even indoors. No batteries or charging cables needed.

The included solar power app (available for download beginning November 15, 2010), a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, makes it easy to get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.

According to the press release, Logitech's first solar keyboard can be powered by indoor light and stays charged for at least three months in total darkness. Plus, an integrated power-indicator light eliminates surprises.

At only 1/3-inch thick, the sleek Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard also looks good. With its rounded edges and thin profile, this stylish, streamlined keyboard is a "joy to hold and behold."

The low-profile keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys. Using a concave design, Incurve keys support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys. In addition, the soft, rounded edges make it easy for your fingers to glide from key to key.

The keyboard offers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no delays or dropouts. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes 128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard, one of the highest levels of security available.

Plus, the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver is small enough to stay in your laptop, so there's no need to unplug it when you move around. And you can easily add up to six Logitech Unifying and Unifying-ready mice and keyboards without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 (P/N: 920-002912) is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in November 2010 for a suggested retail price of $79.99 (U.S.).

Source: Logitech

Kingston Digital Launches SSDs for Corporate Client System Use

Kingston Digital announced the launch of its next generation SSDNow V+ solid-state drive, the Kingston SSDNow V+100. The new drive features enhanced garbage collection that is OS-independent to extend the life cycle of older client systems. The drive performance has also been increased by 25 percent. In addition, a new 96GB capacity has been added to the family.

As mentioned above, the new Kingston SSDNow V+100 has an enhanced "always-on" garbage collection feature, which cleanses redundant data from the drive to prevent performance degradation and maintains the drive over its life cycle. Since the garbage collection scheme operates independently from the OS, it works with both modern, TRIM-supporting systems such as Windows 7, as well as older legacy OSes such as Windows Vista and XP that do not support TRIM.

With a 2.5" form factor, this new series is now available in 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

Kingston SSDNow V+100 features and specifications:

  • Sequential Speed: 230MB/sec. read; 180MB/sec. write
  • Capacity: 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • PCMark Vantage: 64GB 35046, 96GB 34971, 128GB 35073, 256GB 34795
  • Silent: Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
  • Shock Resistant: No moving parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions than a hard drive
  • Ease of upgrade: Upgrade times can be reduced by up to 4 hours
  • Supports TRIM: TRIM notifies the SSD which data blocks are available to be written to
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
  • Power Specs: 3.4W (TYP) Active / 0.05W (TYP) Idle
  • Storage temperatures: -40C to 85C
  • Operating temperatures: 0C to 70C
  • Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Operating shock: 2.7G
  • Vibration: 20G, non-operating
  • Weight: 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB=128g; 512GB=150g
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty: 3-year

Source: Kingston Digital

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