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Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

Gigabyte Releases GA-6UASL3 microATX Server Board Based On Intel C202

Toshiba Launches Wipe Technology in Self-Encrypting 2.5-Type Hard Disk Drives

USB-IF Announces First Certified SuperSpeed USB Chipsets

Nokia Releases E6, X7 Smartphones Based on Symbian Anna

NVIDIA Releases Technology Enabling Websites to Stream Stereoscopic 3D Video

Verbatim launches First Commercially Available, Color Tunable OLED Lighting

QPAD Introduces MK-80 Mechanical Keyboard

GeForce GT 520 Rolled Out Officially



Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

Just four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at MIX11. In his keynote, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how the next version of Microsoft's Web browser builds on the performance and native HTML5 support delivered in Internet Explorer 9.



Internet Explorer 9 is the only browser with hardware-accelerated HTML5 spanning all graphics, text, audio and video. And the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 builds on these innovations and includes support for additional standards, such as CSS3 Gradients on background images and CSS3 Flexible Box Layout.

Developers can download the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview at http://www.IETestDrive.com and provide direct feedback through new code refreshes approximately every 12 weeks.

Examples of demos can be seen at MIX Virtual Pressroom.

Source: Microsoft


Gigabyte Releases GA-6UASL3 microATX Server Board Based On Intel C202

Gigabyte introduced its new GA-6UASL3 server motherboard based on the Intel C202 chipset designed for Intel Xeon CPUs of the Sandy Bridge architecture.



The novelty offers higher performance (up to 25% more) at lower power consumption. In particular, the Intel Xeon E3-1200 lineup has models with 45W and 20W TDP (E3-1260L and E3-1220L).

As stated in the title, Gigabyte GA-6UASL3 is a microATX board. It has four DDR3-1333 slots for up to 32GB of unbuffered RAM with ECC, and 6 SATA-II ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10.

Also onboard is the XGI Volari Z9s graphics chip, PCI Express x16, x8, x4 slots (one of each) and a PCI slot as well. The back panel has six USB 2.0 ports and two RJ-45 sockets connected to two Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet controllers. Finally, there's one VGA and one COM port.

Source: Gigabyte


Toshiba Launches Wipe Technology in Self-Encrypting 2.5-Type Hard Disk Drives

Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of the first series of Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) equipped with Wipe Technology, Toshiba's proprietary suite of security functions for IT equipment. Wipe Technology allows users to determine a range of security settings, including invalidation of encryption keys and data invalidation when a drive is removed from its housing or connected to an unauthorized host system.

The five models in the 2.5-type MK6461GSYG family range from 160GB to 640GB and are designed for use in copiers, printers, POS systems, PCs and other IT devices. Sampling will start from the end of April with mass production following at the end of June.



IT departments must contend with various security risks, from lost and stolen PC through to compliance with increasingly strict privacy laws and regulations governing data security. These concerns also go beyond PCs. Today, most office copier and printing systems utilize HDD capacity and performance to support productivity and the security of recorded document image data that must be maintained. Furthermore, data invalidation required overwriting for hours or physically disrupting until now.



Wipe Technology directly addresses these concerns. In August 2010, Toshiba announced development of the Wipe Technology that offered users two levels of control. Now, MK6461GSYG family drives not only add the third level of control, but also allow users to configure areas for invalidation and encryption.

  1. Invalidation of all data by the system.
    This invalidates all data. This feature is designed for use prior to system disposal or re-purposing to ensure that private data never leaves the control of the responsible business unit or the IT department.
  2. Invalidation of data on powering down.
    The HDD encryption key is automatically invalidated when the drive's power supply is turned off. If a Wipe Technology SED drive is removed from a system, it can be set to invalidate all data on the drive.
  3. Invalidation of data when the equipment is connected to an unauthorized system (new).
    When an SED HDD is inserted into a system it triggers "challenge response" authentication to confirm the system is known to the HDD. If the authentication fails, the HDD automatically deletes the encryption key. This level counteracts attempts to read a drive by physically removing it from a secure host system and installing it in another system.


Wipe Technology HDD can be incorporated into existing system architectures and integrated into various IT equipments where users demand a high level of data security, including multifunction printers, POS systems and PCs. Toshiba is now studying future integration of the technology into solid state drives (SSD).

Source: Toshiba Corporation


USB-IF Announces First Certified SuperSpeed USB Chipsets

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the first certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) chipsets.

The A75 and A70M FCH chipsets from AMD represent a major milestone for broad SuperSpeed USB adoption among manufacturers, as built-in USB 3.0 support enables designers to incorporate SuperSpeed USB into their systems. Certification of AMD A75 and A70M FCH chipsets provides assurance to manufacturers and consumers that the SuperSpeed USB chipsets are interoperable and comply with the USB 3.0 specification.

The analyst firm In-Stat forecasts that SuperSpeed USB will see a shift in the marketplace as a result of the newly certified chipsets. "Chipset integration is essential in order to make the latest version of USB dominant in the marketplace, and the first SuperSpeed USB chipsets will greatly impact adoption," said Brian O'Rourke, Principal Analyst, In-Stat.

Source: USB-IF


Nokia Releases E6, X7 Smartphones Based on Symbian Anna

Nokia announced the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, two new smartphones aimed at business people and entertainment enthusiasts respectively. The two devices are the first Nokia smartphones to contain the updated Symbian software, with new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps.



Following on from Nokia's successful Nokia E71 and Nokia E72 devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a high-resolution touch display. Designed using materials such as glass and stainless steel, the compact device can be easily used with either one hand or two. The Nokia E6 offers improved battery life and access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint.

The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone with a large 4-inch display ideal for gaming, and an 8-megapixel camera for capturing pictures and HD-quality video. The Nokia X7 is made of stainless steel and glass and gives a solid and durable feel in the hand. The Nokia X7 comes preloaded with the Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.



The Nokia E6 and Nokia X7 are also the first smartphones to have the complete update of the Symbian software. This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh, new icons, improved text input, faster internet browsing, and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with an improved search and new public transport routes. The renewed software also offers a set of new features aimed at business users in particular, including enterprise-grade security with hardware-accelerated encryption and new e-mail features such as full meeting request support.

In coming months the software update, which is nick-named Symbian Anna, will also be available as standard on the newly shipping Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 devices, as well as available to download on previously purchased models of those same smartphones.

More information on Symbian Anna is available at Nokia Developer News.

Source: Nokia


NVIDIA Releases Technology Enabling Websites to Stream Stereoscopic 3D Video

NVIDIA announced that it is making its NVIDIA 3D Vision video player technology available for free to Web developers, enabling them to easily build websites for streaming high-quality 3D video to 3D Vision-equipped PCs.

NVIDIA is the first company to deliver a 3D video plug-in for the Microsoft Media Platform (MMP) Player Framework v2.5 (F.K.A. Silverlight Media Framework) with support for active-shutter 3D glasses. The plug-in is based on the same technology that powers NVIDIA's 3D Web community. The MPP Player Framework is open-source code that enables developers to quickly deploy scalable, customizable media-player applications for the Web, based on Microsoft Silverlight and with full support for IIS Smooth Streaming and Microsoft PlayReady DRM.

NVIDIA is also releasing a how-to-guide outlining the key steps and additional components necessary for developers to integrate 3D streaming video capabilities into websites. The 3D video player plug-in and guide are available today at www.3DVisionLive.com/apps.

The company is demonstrating the 3D Vision video player and other technologies this week at NAB (Booth #SL2728, South Hall), at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 11-14, 2011.

Source: NVIDIA


Verbatim launches First Commercially Available, Color Tunable OLED Lighting

Verbatim has launched the world's first commercially available, color tunable organic LED (OLED) lighting panels. The OLEDs are based on a unique materials technology developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Group. The full-scale production of new OLED panels will start in July.



The large (14 x 14 cm) surfaces of Verbatim OLEDs, branded VELVE, produce a soft light that is free from glare and has deeply saturated colors. The devices which do not contain hazardous materials are very efficient, producing 28 lumens per Watt output at 1000 cd/m2 with accurate color rendering (CRI). Color tuning and white tone tuning allow the mood of a space to be varied to suit its function. For example, it may be changed from a workspace requiring bright, cool light to a place of relaxation with warm, subdued lighting.



The panels are designed for general lighting, furniture lighting and other applications. Verbatim sells the OLEDs directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in these sectors.



To simplify development work, Verbatim offers two products. A sample kit for architects, lighting designers and planners, and development engineers contains an OLED that can be connected directly to the mains. It can be used to evaluate seven pre-programmed saturated colors, white tone tunability and a dimming function. Software control is implemented over a USB connection. The second product is an OLED module with a printed circuit board that provides an industry-standard DMX interface for RGB color conotrol and a DALI interface for white tunability.

The OLED sample kit will be available in May 2011, and the OLED module, during the second half of the year.

Source: Verbatim


QPAD Introduces MK-80 Mechanical Keyboard

QPAD rolled out its new MK-80 Mechanical keyboard targeted at pro gamers and enthusiasts. The keyboard has individual LEDs for each key and switches plated with gold/silver alloy.



Unlike regular keyboards that function through rubber domes, forcing you to press each key all the way down in order for the stroke to register, the MK-80 sports mechanical switches with improved accuracy and instant response.



Each key is built to last 50 million strokes, and the QPAD MK-80 mechanical key technology provides distinct feedback and puts you in control. The travel distance of the keys is set to 4mm with an actuation point at 2mm.



QPAD strongly recommends that their board be connected via PS/2 when possible. This will enable unlimited amount of simultaneous key presses, and since USB connected keyboards force your CPU to take time polling the strokes, it will also allow your computer to focus on what you want it to: running your game as fast as possible.



The QPAD MK-80 comes with a two-port high-speed USB hub, 3.5-mm headphone/microphone jacks and a detachable wrist pad. Four different backlight levels allow you to find the right key under any lighting conditions. Other functions include full N-key rollover with PS/2 or 6-key rollover with USB, gold plated connectors for reduced latency and media keys. The board also supports full anti-ghosting with an additional PS/2 plug.

QPAD will present the MK-80 at Norway's biggest gaming convention The Gathering, held in Hamar, Norway. The keyboard is to go on sale in May.

Source: QPAD


GeForce GT 520 Rolled Out Officially

NVIDIA updated its website with a description of a new entry-level product GeForce GT 520. Interestingly enough, the company didn't bother with posting a press release, but that was made up for by a whole wave of those posted by its partners.



So, GeForce GT 520 got 48 CUDA cores, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and a 64-bit bus. The graphics core/stream processors clock rate is 810/1620 MHz, memory works at 900 (1800) MHz. The novelty supports CUDA and PhysX as well as DirectX 11 API.



Available interfaces include DVI, HDMI and optional D-Sub. The reference card only takes one slot and is cooled by a small fan and a heatsink that covers both GPU and memory. Finally, the TDP is 29W.

All major NVIDIA partners have already released their variants of GeForce GT 520 to be priced $50-60, meaning that GeForce GT 520 will compete with AMD Radeon HD 6450 rolled out last week.

Just for your convenience, here's a small roundup of what partners are offering.

ASUS ENGT520 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP). Heatsink (looks like dual-slot), comes with low-profile brackets, memory downclocked to 600 (1200) MHz.



Club 3D CGNX-G5224LI. Comes with low-profile brackets, memory downclocked to 667 (1333) MHz.



EVGA 01G-P3-1523-KR memory overclocked to 897 (1794) MHz. EVGA 01G-P3-1521-KR memory downclocked to 700 (1400) MHz.



Gainward GeForce GT520 1024MB SilentFX. Dual-slot heatsink, memory downclocked to 535 (1070) MHz.



Gainward GeForce GT520 1024MB. Single-slot fan, memory downclocked to 535 (1070) MHz.



Leadtek WinFast GT 520. 512MB/1GB of memory downclocked to 533 (1066) MHz.



MSI N520GT-MD1GD3/LP.



Palit GeForce GT 520 (1024MB DDR3). Dual-slot heatsink/single-slot fan, memory downclocked to 535 (1070) MHz.





PNY VCGGT5201XPB. Memory overclocked to 897 (1794) MHz.



Zotac ZT-50601-10L. Comes with low-profile brackets, memory downclocked to 800 (1600) MHz.



Sources: NVIDIA, ASUS, Club 3D, EVGA, Gainward, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, PNY, Zotac


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