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Entropic Communications demos MoCA, allows network connectivity over coax

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 7:39 pm

An exciting new technology to expand network connectivity in older homes was shown at E3. Entropic demoed a technology that is similar in function to Ethernet-over-power, but higher performance and more reliable. The technology involves using the existing Coaxial cable (common TV, cable wire) that is in almost every house.

 

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Most people don't have the luxury of having Cat5e wired throughout their house, so this allows them to obtain higher, more reliable speeds than wireless without having to run new wire. "MoCA is the universal standard for home entertainment networking and can support multiple streams of HD video content while delivering up to 175 Mbps net throughput at less than 4.5ms of average network latency. MoCA has more than 100 certified products, which can give gamers:"

  • Low latency, lag-free, Internet gaming across any platform
  • HD-quality entertainment for over-the-top video streaming services
  • Maximized high-speed broadband access from the cloud

 

The technology is already in use in cable modems and other adapters on the market, so it isn't exactly new technology. At the same time, however, it isn't exactly well known. I can see the promise in this technology and wouldn't hesitate to use it in my own home if the need arose.

NVIDIA GRID: "It's a game changer"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 6:40 pm

NVIDIA was showing off their upcoming GRID technology which streams games to your television. GRID eliminates the need for high performance PCs or even consoles. Samsung is NVIDIA's launch partner and the technology requires the users have a Samsung SMART TV, but more companies could be added in the future.

 

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I got a chance to mess around with the technology at E3 and have to say I am impressed. The games were streaming from a data center about 5 miles away and I didn't feel like I was lagging. That's my biggest worry with the technology: how will they guarantee no lag? Furthermore, the technology requires a pretty big internet pipe, something that not all of us have the luxury of having.

 

The minimum spec for the internet is 5Mbps, something unavailable where I live. This means that it would be impossible for me to use NVIDIA GRID technology. Additionally, they haven't decided if it is going to be a subscription based model or something else, so pricing and information like that is still up in the air.

 

But, the main point to take away from this is that it works, seemingly without lag, and looks great while doing it. The graphics shown were better than any console that I have played on and they were coming from a data center 5 miles away. This truly seems to be "a game changer."

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WeMade's E3 line-up shows off 6 games, impresses some

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 5:49 pm

The first night, I attended WeMade's press conference at ICON Ultra Lounge. The press conference was good, but I wasn't so impressed by the games shown. Not to say they were bad games, they just weren't something I would play. However, this is probably due to me not exactly being a mobile gamer.

 

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The lineup included Chaos and Defense, Viking Island, Pet Island, Goblin Mobile, Friend Fighter, Rhythm Scandal, and Hero Square. Since the first night, I have been waiting patiently for screenshots and information about the games so I could tell you, the reader. Finally, the information has arrived.

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Intel powered Lenovo K800 smartphone shows NFC and performance aplenty

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 1:18 pm

Computex 2012 - Sitting in a private suite at the Grand Hyatt we got a chance to check out the Intel powered K800 Smartphone from Lenovo to see just what a smartphone from Intel was capable of doing.

 

I think the most obvious thing we notice is the performance of it. Silky smooth playback of video over a crowded 3G network in Taipei was great.

 

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Of course there's the responsiveness of the phone as well when it's running the video and the Intel powered K800 really has no trouble making sure everything is running super smooth at all times. It's probably the two other features that we really loved, though...

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Intel WiDi experience at Computex

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 1:14 pm

Computex 2012 - Over in the Intel suite yesterday afternoon we got a chance to check out a few cool things that Intel are working on at the moment. Once that really grabbed my fancy was the Intel WiDi technology or Wireless Display technology.

 

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Using a prototype Intel Ultrabook we saw them hook a external monitor to the device to give us a dual screen setup.

 

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What we then saw was via the WiDi technology, a third screen which in this case was a large TV monitor, be added into the array of monitors to give us a three monitor display setup all off a single Ultrabook.

 

There's no denying that the combination of multi monitor setups and ultra portability that the Ultrabook brings opens us to a new world of productivity on the go.

World Exclusive: Biwin NuvoDrive NX SSD (NovaChips Bugatti controller) First Tests

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 1:07 pm

Computex 2012 - Just moments ago, we brought you the world exclusive first looks of 19nm Toshiba Toggle Flash and 20nm IMFT ONFi2 Flash paired with the SandForce SF-2281 controller. The testing circumstances were not the best but good enough for a first look.

 

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Now we're running at the new Biwin NuvoDrive NX based on NovaChips upcoming Bugatti controller. At Computex the case was sealed up so we don't know what flash this drive is paired with but we do know once again C-States were turned on and the driver used on the systems was the baseline Microsoft default.

 

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Today we're looking at the 320GB drive but due to the system setup (X79, MS driver and C-States) we can't compare these numbers to anything...

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World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with IMFT 20nm ONFi2 Flash

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 12:59 pm

Computex 2012 - Just moments ago we brought you the world exclusive first numbers of a SandForce SF-2281 controller paired with Toshiba's upcoming 19nm Toggle Mode flash. The system we tested on was provided by LSI and was NOT our normal test system optimized for solid state drive performance. We now have a little something to compare the 19nm test with and it is yet another world exclusive!

 

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SandForce had three drives at their suite of interest to us. The first being the 256GB 19nm Toshiba Toggle Mode product and the other two are 128GB IMFT drives. One drive equipped with 20nm Intel ONFi2 flash and the other with Micron 20nm ONFi2 flash. We've learning that IMFT is a little behind Toshiba in the development of their next generation flash and right now the focus is on ramping up endurance. The performance improvements will come after the endurance is increased.

 

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We're just going to run over the numbers with brief commentary. At the end we'll talk about what we're seeing.

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World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode Flash

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 12:16 pm

Computex 2012 - Computex is starting to wrap up and we only have one day left to run the halls. So far I've only visited half of the companies I planned to, but all is not lost as we made a few changes to the schedule to bring you some really nice exclusive coverage.

 

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The first of our exclusive coverage comes from SandForce and what makes this particular SF-2281 controlled drive special is it's paired with Toshiba's upcoming 19nm Toggle Mode flash!

 

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We're just going to run over the numbers with brief commentary. At the end we'll talk about what we're seeing...

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Thermaltake Iron Man case mod of the Armor Revo kicks butt

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Modding | Posted: Jun 8, 2012 12:09 pm

Computex 2012 - This is not the first time I've been impressed by case mods on display at Thermaltake booths at trade shows around the world. However, I think today, I was the most impressed by what I saw. I guess being a big fan of Iron Man helps.

 

 

Out at the Computex Nangang hall Thermaltake were showing off a highly modified Armor Revo Snow Edition by a gentleman called Ron Lee Christianson. The amount of dedication and detail that has gone into the Iron Man Mod is just amazing.

 

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What I want to do right now is suggest that you hit the play button on the video embedded above and take a close look for yourself.

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