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NVIDIA Introduces Tegra 4i with Built-in LTE and "Phoenix" Reference Design

A-data Announces Global Launch of New DashDrive Air Model

ASUS Announces First AMD Motherboard with PCI Express 3.0

NVIDIA Introduces Tegra 4i with Built-in LTE and "Phoenix" Reference Design

Today NVIDIA introduced the Tegra 4i, an ARM-based quad-core SoC designed for the mainstream smartphone sector. Previously codenamed as "Grey" and it's packed with an integrated 4G LTE modem processor.

This SoC will focus on middle-to-upper class mainstream phone market. It consists of four R4 Cortex-A9 CPU cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, NVIDIA 's fifth battery-saver core, and 60 custom NVIDIA GPU cores.

The full specifications include:

  • Quad-Core CPU: R4 Cortex-A9, plus battery saver core
  • Max Clock Speed: 2.3 GHz
  • Tegra 4 GPU Cores: 60
  • LTE: Integrated Nvidia i500 core
  • Memory Type: LPDDR3
  • Memory Size: 2 GB
  • Max Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • 1080p HDMI out support

  • Process Technology: 28-nm

In addition to the Tegra 4i chip, NVIDIA formally introduced the Tegra 4 family's Chimera Computational Photography Architecture. Thanks to Chimera Photography Architecture users can instantly capture high-quality HDR image, it also allows the user to take wide-angle "fish-eye" shots, the persistent tap-to-track tech directly focuses on a person or object within a scene with a simple touch. Chimera is available in both the Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i SoCs.

Also, NVIDIA has shown the according "Phoenix" reference design for the Tegra 4i SoC. The prototype features a 5-inch 1080p display, an 8-mm thin design, 4G LTE connectivity, PRISM 2, DirectTouch and the Chimera architecture.

Both the chip and the reference design will be showcased next week during Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain (Feb. 2528).

Source: Tom's Hardware Guide

A-data Announces Global Launch of New DashDrive Air Model

A-data today announced the release of its DashDrive Air AE400, a versatile wireless reader that can read and stream data from USB storage media and SD memory cards, and also functions as a power bank that can charge other mobile devices.

The AE400 can be an easy to operate wireless hotspot, with support for 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. When functioning as a network bridge, the internet connection can be shared by up to 10 devices at the same time.

As a storage reader, the AE400 enables wireless data transfer between mobile devices and SD cards, USB flash drives, or portable HDDs. It supports up to 3 users simultaneously streaming 1080p video, or up to 5 users simultaneously streaming 720p video. Supported operating systems include iOS, Android, Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), OS X, and Linux 2.4+. The DashDrive Air Elite App (for users of iOS 5.0 & Android 2.3 or later versions) is free for download from both the Apple App Store and Google play.

The surface of the AE400 gleams with a modern, hexagonal lattice design. The power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, which usually translates to a charging capacity of more than two full charges for a smartphone. This combination of functions: USB storage, card reader and power bank make the DashDrive Air AE400 a versatile and multifunctional addition to your mobile setup.

Source: A-DATA

ASUS Announces First AMD Motherboard with PCI Express 3.0

ASUS today announced the TUF Series Sabertooth 990FX GEN3 R2.0, claimed to be the first AMD-based motherboard supporting PCI Express 3.0, to be used with up to three graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire.

The mainboard includes four DIMM DDR3 memory slots, supporting up to 32GB at frequencies up to 2400 MHz, expected to be accelerated by the eight-layered PCB.

Both the northbridge and southbridge use dual-heatpipe heatsinks with CeraM!X and ASUS's "military-standard" components. The Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 features TUF Thermal Radar, which includes multiple heat sensors across the motherboard for real time temperature monitoring.

The specifications of the novelty include:

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty and will be generally available in the middle of March.

Source: TechPowerUp

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