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COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 VIA held a press conference yesterday during which they announced their new Mini-ITX 2.0 concept; this further advancing on an already well regarded platform in the embedded market.
As a solid example of where Mini-ITX is now heading, a demonstration was run on an optimized PC based on the VIA Nano platform along with an NVIDIA graphics card (thanks to the residing x16 PCI-E slot) in which Crysis was then fired up and shown to be ticking along quite nicely.
The folks at Technovoyance were there to witness the action and kindly uploaded a video so we can see it for ourselves.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 We caught up with Sam from Albatron earlier in the week at their booth in Nangang and he was kind enough to give us a exclusive preview of its multi-touch IR 22" LCD panel.
If you recall a movie called "Minority Report", this tech will blow you away. In the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft will introduce multi-touch finally that basically allows multiple input detection where as XP and Vista is still single.
Albatron had a special driver made for Vista which allows multi-touch and while it is nowhere near fine tuned at this stage, it does work surprisingly well even now.
Albatron's Optical Touch Panel is 22-inches in size, has a widescreen resolution of 1650 x 1080, has touch accuracy up to 90 frames per second and uses DVI. Here is a video of the amazing technology that we uploaded to YouTube.
The future is on our doorstep and it's exciting!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 During Day 1 of Computex we got a chance to sit down with Intel in its hotel suite and get a one on one look at the progress of its forthcoming Nehalem processor.
From what we saw today, we think things are progressing just nicely. Intel setup a Nehalem demo system but we weren't told what clock speed it was running. It did have a pair of Intel's 80GB SATA-II SSD drives in RAID 0. Intel demonstrated the speed of Nehalem and SSD in RAID 0 by opening various applications under Vista and even if they were cached in local memory, everything that was click popped up instantly almost with no delay - responsiveness was amazing.
To demonstrate the raw power of Nehalem, Intel first started encoding raw HD footage into 1080p Blu-ray format and while we didn't get any numbers, it handled it without a sweat at all and was on track to complete in record time with solid CPU utilization over all eight threads.
Next up we got a look at a program called Deep Viewer which brings a new way at how we could be looing at old photos in the not so distance future. Intel had a monitor setup with touch capabilities and were showing off how Nehalem handled accessing and processing huge amounts of data in terms of photos and mapping in real-time.
We made a video and uploaded to YouTube for all to view - take a look, it's pretty damn cool actually.
While Intel did not mention anything about clock speeds to us at all, word from other press around Computex is that it could be running at 3.2GHz and it could be ready to rock and roll sooner than expected but you didn't read that here.
MSI's upcoming Atom powered Wind PC has gotten some Turkish video preview treatment by Uruninceleme.
Good luck to you if you can understand Turkish speak otherwise just have a look at the video and the occasional close-ups of the small notebook. It's a tad insane posting this on ANZAC day but we all move on, I guess - Aussie's and Kiwi's will only get this.
We will have our own exclusive look at the Wind PC very soon - stay tuned!
I am speechless...
... Yep, still speechless...
Intel ultra mobile man, Uday Keshavdas, gives us a preview of a whole range of upcoming Mobile Internet Devices based on the Atom platform and processor which are being displayed at IDF in Shanghai. Uday states that they should be for sale this summer.
"Crack an Atom" video has been uploaded to YouTube which is rather interesting. It shows the physical size of an Atom processor and where it would sit inside one of the devices on show.
Have you got all those pennies (well, notes) saved up for one of these? Start researching, as there will be a heck of a selection to choose from in the ultra mobile product market in a few months.
It's not April Fools today, is it? On first inspection, this is the type of product I thought we were dealing with here.
HIS has just released its newest product called the "iClear" which is said to aid in noise reduction from graphics cards and TV tuners.
It provides up to 10% increase performance on SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) which is said to offer a better gaming experience by reducing the distortion and noise generated.
The HIS iClear card is HIS latest solution to video card noise reduction. It has an excellent implement of state-of-the-art design and technology and give you a better gaming experience by reducing the distortion and noise generated from graphic card. It reduces the noise distortion generated from high-end graphic card (from both Radeon and GeForce) or TV tuner card, which provide up to 10% increase performance on Signal-to-Noise Ratio.
For example: The SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) is up to 10% (SNR 38 vs 34.3) better in ATI X1300XT model.
Compro have just forwarded on details of their latest VideoMate Series TV Tuner; the VideoMate Vista U2800F Hybrid D/A Stick.
This compact USB 2.0 device carries hybrid support for DVB-T and analog signals, including FM reception. The tuner is bundled with a Microsoft certified remote and USB IR receiver for Media Center. Furthermore, the U2800F features advanced PIP/POP capabilities, allowing for up to one main and three sub digital TV channels to be viewed simultaneously.
For further information, grab Compro's official announcement here.
Have you ever enjoyed the ease and comfort from entertainment of Microsoft Media Center? Only the latest VideoMate Vista U2800F for laptop or desktop PC will let your dreams come true! Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of multimedia products, today presents VideoMate Vista U2800F Hybrid D/A Stick, a USB 2.0 interface hybrid DVB-T and universal analog TV/FM reception tuner stick, which provides 1080i HDTV quality digital TV and worldwide analog TV watching/recording and FM radio listening on your desktop or laptop PC. Bundled with card-design Microsoft certified Vista/MCE remote control, USB IR receiver, and Microsoft certified MPEG-2 encoder can directly support DVB-T or universal analog TV watch/record in Media Center of your Vista Premium/Ultimate.
Russian design studio Art Lebedev were in attendance at CES this year; these are the guys behind the fancy OLED keyboard known as the Optimus Maximus.
A six minute video presentation has been posted up onto Youtube which gives you a good idea of its functionalities and how the software works. It's been reported that initial samples of the keyboard will be shipping out in just a few weeks.
Thermaltake is constantly innovating to get its message across to its gamer fan base. One of the steps it has taken recently is to introduce videos onto the Youtube platform so that the ever demanding gaming audience can get glimpses of the latest technology before it hits the shelves, or even before the products are reviewed. This unique and forward thinking strategy is making the already steep competition between the big chassis and cooler manufacturers a one horse race.
Undoubtedly Thermaltake is almost the only brand name "in the game" with stalwarts like Zalman and Cooler Master having to re-invent themselves just to keep up. It used to be that Zalman would not budge from its predefined strategy, since its name is already synonymous with solid, reliable, quiet systems. Cooler Master on the other hand are more aligned with mainstream offerings, catering for businesses, System integrators and such like, with only a few of their products geared for gaming. Thermaltake is the only company that has consistently targeted the mainstream and high-end gamer, they consistently focus on lots of flash and plenty of features that keep the gamers coming back for more.
This latest move to Youtube sees the DuOrb CPU cooler: Thermaltake's most innovative and stylish cooler yet, with lots of LED's and flash; debuting in its entire attractive splendor. As a side note, the music is reminiscent of Africa, and might have something to do with the film clip director having spent some time in Africa. But that's just a guess, the main point is check out the link and judge for yourself.