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Samsung Electronics has revealed the first display to feature the new DisplayPort interface that it has developed together with Intel, AMD, Nvidia, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Philips and others. DisplayPort is also sanctioned by VESA and it's the next generation display interface on computers, set to replace DVI, LVDS and D-sub.
However, there's a little while before you can go out and buy one of these, as they won't be available until Q2 2008. The demo display measures 30-inches and it has WQXGA (don't you just love acronyms?) resolution, which to most of us means 2,560x1,600 pixels.
It's using a S-PVA panel and has a contrast ration of 1,000:1 with a response time of 6ms, which is all quite impressive for a panel this size. The panel was using a chip jointly developed by Samsung and Genesis Microchip for the DisplayPort interface and it features four 2.7Gbps lanes. This allows the panel to display 1.07 billion colours thanks to its 10-bit colour depth.
To do this with DVI would require three DVI interfaces according to Samsung, as DVI only have 1.65Gbps per lane, although dual link DVI is usually used for high resolution displays these days that double that bandwidth, although even this is limited to 2,048x1,536.
Now we just have to wait for DisplayPort enabled graphics cards to appear on the market, which might take a while, since there's kind of a chicken and egg effect until Samsung has its new display available for sale.
SanDisk has announced that it is working closely with Ducati in a sponsorship deal that allows SanDisk to use the Ducati brand for its products. The Ducati Moto GP motorcycles will carry SanDisk branding as part of the agreement.
SanDisk launched three new SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition products, of which the first is the Ducati Edition USB flash drive. It's been designed to resemble the Duacti Moto GP motorcycle and it comes with 4GB of capacity. It has a read and write speed of 20MB/s according to SanDisk, which makes it their fastest USB flash drive.
The Ducati Edition flash drive has a retractable USB connector and a rear light that illuminates when the drive is accessed. It will cost around US$124.99 when it becomes available in August in the US and Europe, with the rest of the world following in September.
The other two products consist of a new Extreme Ducati Edition CompactFlash card and SD Plus card. The SD Plus card features an integrated USB connector so it can be used without a card reader. The CF card features write speeds of up to 45MB/s and the SD Plus card manages 20MB/s.
The SD Plus card will be available in a 4GB capacity for US$129.99 while the CF card will cost US$164.99 for the capacity and an insane US$314.99 for an 8GB version. All three cards will be available in the US and Europe in August.
Ratoc Systems International, a to us unfamiliar company has launched the REX-USBDVI external graphics card. Although it seems like it's only available in Japan at the moment, it's likely that the company will launch it in other markets in de time. Ratoc seems to specialize in PDA graphics solutions and various notebook upgrades.
The REX-USBDVI supports resolutions of up to 1,600x1,200 or 1,680x1,050. It's not going to be powerful enough for playing games with, but you can attach multiple units to your PC or notebook for some multi display action. This isn't the first such device, but it's the first one we've seen with a DVI connector.
At US$130 it might be cheaper to add a second graphics card, even a PCI or PCI Express x1 card. However, if you're looking for a multi display solution for your notebook, this looks like a decent option. Another downer is that the REX-USBDVI isn't fast enough for the new Aero interface in Vista, although it is Vista compatible.
Ever had your MP3 player run out of juice mid-flight? Is there anything more annoying than having several hours left in the air without being able to power on your portable game console. Well, this might just be a problem of the past if we're to believe the claims of the Inflight USB Power Unit.
This is a nifty little box that allows you to draw power from the airplanes audio socket and it outputs regulated 5V power that allows you to charge a variety of devices.
You can charge pretty much any device that connects and charges via a standard USB connector, although two different adaptors are available, one for iPod's and one is a mini USB connector.
Starting at US$34.99 this is a clever device that is ideal for long haul flights as it allows you to boost the battery life of your portable gadgetse, mobile phones and what not.
You can pick one up here
Palit has just announced its Radeon HD 2600Pro Sonic, which features a built in HDMI connector, making it easier to connect the card to HDMI enabled displays and HD TV's. The card retains one DVI and get a D-Sub connector as well, although it's missing a TV-out connector, but if your TV already has HDMI, why bother with analogue?
The card itself looks quite generic and it features a fairly standard cooler. The HD 2600Pro Sonic has 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.4GHz and the GPU is clocked at 650MHz. This is the first Radeon HD 2600 Pro card to feature GDDR3 memory and it should allow for a performance boost against the competition.
Palit also announced its HD 2600XT series which consists of the Sonic and the Super. The difference between the two being that the Super has 512MB of memory. The Palit HD 2600XT cards are clocked at 800MHz for the core and both cards have GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.6GHz. The Super version is one of the first GDDR3 cards with 512MB of memory to be announced, although it's unlikely to add a great deal of performance apart from in games with large textures.
You can find out more by visiting Palit's website by clicking here
A to us unknown console accessory company called XCM is listing a new product that should appeal to owners of older Xbox 360 consoles, as they claim they're working on an HDMI cable that will work with them.
What exactly this cable does isn't clear at this time, as the only reference on the site is that it enables HMDI and 1080P output from the regular white Xbox 360. Our guess is that it combines the VGA or component video signal with the digital audio in the round little box on the middle of the cable and then outputs this as some kind of pseudo HDMI signal.
Considering that it won't add HDCP protection to the signal it's unlikely that it will work with protected HD DVD video, since the console won't be able to communicate with the HD TV and thus the HD video stream will be downscaled. However, to date, this is not being enforced on any HD DVD media we know of.
The cable should finish development in about four weeks time, so expect availability on some six to eight weeks time, if it really works. No pricing information was given, so it's anyone's guess how expensive it will be.
You can visit XCM's website by clicking here
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Although this doesn't come from Lego officially, as it's made by an Australian company called Zip Zip! it's none the less a cool toy. It's actually not that special, as all they've done is to squeeze a tiny USB memory key into a Lego block.
The Lego USB keys are available in a wide range of colours and you can pick one up in black, white, blue, yellow, red or green. They cost AU$59 plus shipping, which seems quite steep for a 1GB memory key, but I guess you have to pay for the novelty value of owning one of these.
You can buy your own Lego USB key here
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