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NZXT Introduces Sentry Mesh Fan Controller

3M's Uniformity Tape Allows To Reduce Number of LEDs In Monitors

HP Introduces Wi-Fi Mouse

Rambus Acquires Cryptography Research

Xplore Technologies Unveils Rugged Tablet PC iX104C5

NZXT Introduces Sentry Mesh Fan Controller

NZXT introduced its new Sentry Mesh Fan Controller that features a black steel mesh front and slider controls for five 30W channels.


  • Installation: 5.25" ODD
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Plastic & Mesh
  • Panel: Scroll
  • Fan Channels: 5
  • Connections: 3-Pin
  • Wattage: 30W
  • Manual: Min 40%
  • Control: Voltage

Source: NZXT

3M's Uniformity Tape Allows To Reduce Number of LEDs In Monitors

3M Optical Systems Division today announced that it has developed a solution called Uniformity Tape that will allow LCD manufacturers to reduce the number of LEDs required for edge-lit LED LCD panels at a low cost, without sacrificing brightness or efficiency.

A regular monitor to the left, one with the Uniformity Tape to the right.
Take a closer look at the bottom edge of both. Click the thumbnail for a larger image.

LEDs are becoming brighter and even more efficient—requiring fewer bulbs to achieve target brightness for a given display. Until now, there have been limitations as to how far LEDs can be spaced apart at the edge of an LCD panel because of dark areas that appear between LEDs when they are too far apart. This scenario is commonly referred to as 'head-lighting' because it looks like the dark space on the road between the headlights of a car.

3M's Uniformity Tape is a clear tape, which has adhesive on one side and a micro-replicated optical pattern on the other side. It is adhered to the edge of the light guide, which faces the LED light sources. The tape is designed to increase the spreading of light in the light guide from each LED, which increases the allowable LED spacing. The optical pattern is spatially uniform, meaning that no positional registration of LEDs is required along its length. The Uniformity Tape keeps the edge of the display closest to the LEDs uniform in brightness when the spacing of light sources is increased. This allows panel manufacturers to save money by removing unnecessary LEDs. Uniformity Tape can also increase LED spacing by up to three times the current spacing, while maintaining edge uniformity for a given bezel size.

Source: BusinessWire

HP Introduces Wi-Fi Mouse

The new HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is claimed to be the first mouse to connect without a USB dongle via a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver. The mouse instantly reconnects during each use and operates without interference from other wireless devices.

The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse also offers:

  • Up to nine months of battery life;
  • Five customizable buttons that allow users to create shortcuts for common actions such as cut, paste, undo and redo;
  • A smooth, four-way-tilt scroll wheel to improve control while scrolling up and down or side to side;
  • Full functionality up to 30 feet from the PC;
  • A sculpted form with rubber sides to ensure a comfortable, secure grip that can be used in the right or left hand.

The HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is expected to be available in the United States in June at a starting price of $49.99.

Source: HP

Rambus Acquires Cryptography Research

Rambus, that positions itself as a premier technology licensing company, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Cryptography Research (CRI), a semiconductor security R&D and licensing company.

Rambus plans to acquire CRI for an aggregate of $342.5 million comprised of $167.5 million in cash, approximately 6.4 million shares of Rambus stock, and $50 million payable to CRI employees in cash or stock over three years. This acquisition will expand the breadth of Rambus' technologies available for licensing with complementary technologies from CRI that include patented solutions for content protection, network security, anti-counterfeiting and financial services. Rambus estimates that this acquisition will be accretive on a pro forma basis in 2013.

Over five billion semiconductor products secured by CRI's technology are made under license annually. CRI's licensees include semiconductor, electronics and services companies such as Atmel, Infineon, Microsoft, NXP, Raytheon, Renesas, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba, and Visa.

Rambus anticipates the transaction will close this summer contingent upon regulatory approvals and satisfying other conditions specified in the definitive agreement.

Source: Rambus

Xplore Technologies Unveils Rugged Tablet PC iX104C5

You are probably used to seeing how tablet PCs get cheaper and cheaper as more and more of them are released. Well, how about $7299 for a change? This week, Xplore Technologies introduced a new rugged tablet PC iX104C5.

Xplore Technologies iX104C5 has a 10.4-inch XGA display (resolution 1024x768) and is based on Intel Core i7-620UE 2.13 GHz processor, up to 8GB RAM, and an SSD drive (can also have two in a RAID array). Also included are: GPS, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a Gobi 2000 3G module.

A rugged device, the tablet PC is MIL-STD-810G and IP67 tested and can withstand blowing rain, sand and dust, vibrations, salt fog, shocks and drops on concrete floor from as high as 1.2 meters (2.13 meters if dropped on plywood) — all that while operating. Sized 284.4 x 209.5 x 40.7 mm, it weighs 2.27 kg.

The novelty can be equipped with a 10-cell hot-swappable battery which will be enough for 6.5 hours of operation, and works under Windows 7. The cheapest configuration costs $3299, the most expensive, $7299, as stated above.

Source: Xplore Technologies

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