COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Now that VIA has officially announced its codenamed Isaiah processor called Nano, it can begin showing off just exactly what it is capable of doing.
On Thursday during Computex VIA held a press conference with CJ Holthaus of Centaur Technology, who demonstrated the power of this small VIA EPIA SN computing platform.
Using a VIA Nano processor clocked at 1.8GHz on a Mini-ITX CN896 based motherboard with an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT graphics card in its PCIe x16 slot and Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, CJ showed that it is able to run Crysis with a relatively good frame rate. Here is a very blurry shot of the specs shown in Windows.
We were present at the event and got some footage which we've just uploaded to YouTube for all to see.
Hopefully VIA will send us one of these chips and boards soon for us to put through our paces - we can't wait to see how it stands up to our benchmark suite!
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.
Now, normally we wouldn't make a big fuss about something like a portable media player, but the Qingbar GP300 takes portable to a whole new level. YellowMosqiuto, the company behind the Qingbar GP300 has managed to incorporate everything into a pair of rather unsightly video glasses, so forget about needing a DVD player or something else to plug into them, as they're ready to go as they are. Apparently the Qingbar GP300 features two LCOS displays with QVGA resolution - that's 320x240 to you and me - which are meant to simulate the image of a50-inch display at 2 meters distance.
We've sadly had the pleasure of testing similar products in the past and they're far from great, although we haven't seen any using LCOS technology before. But the very low resolution on these glasses seems like a limiting factor, as even the poor quality modes we've tried has had 640x480 or 800x600 resolution LCD displays. The Qingbar GP300 accepts mini SD cards for media storage, as it incorporates all the hardware needed for video playback.
It also has a built in battery and a headphone socket is located at the end of one of each of the arms. It can also be connected to other devices such as a TV-tuner or a DVD player if you must. For some reason it also comes with an IR remote, which indicates that there wasn't enough space to add all the needed buttons to be able to control the features available. It also has a mini USB connector so you can connect it directly to your PC for file transfers.
The Qingbar GP300 will play Mpeg 1/2/4 files encoded with most common codects such as DviX and XviD. It also plays back MP3, WMA9, IMA and AAC audio files and JPEG still images. No word on battery life, but the supplied battery is only rated at750mAh, which is no more than your common or garden verity of mobile phone. We don't expect it to last much longer than a couple of hours. Another downside is the fact that the whole contraption weighs in at 100g, not exactly something you'd want perched on the top of your nose. Finally, if you order one now, you can get away with paying US$299, as the SRP is no less than US$399.
If you're still interested, then you can find out more here
Compro have just announced a new member to their range of VideoMate series TV tuners.
The new VideoMate E800 is a PCI-E x1 based card which is a hybrid design with support for both DVB-T and analog TV signals.
The card also sports hardware MPEG-2 encoding which opens the doors to many other features and capabilities such as seamless timeshifting during the recording of programs thanks to freed up CPU cycles.
For full details on the new VideoMate E800 PCI-E tuner, grab the official PR here folks.
What kind of TV card do you need in these digital times? Compro Technology, an innovative leading manufacturer and developer of PC multimedia products, launched VideoMate E800, which is a hybrid advanced PCI-E interface DVB-T and analog TV/FM tuner card with powerful real-time hardware MPEG-2 encoding. You can hardware record DVD full-D1 / MPEG-2 TV shows and hardware timeshift for instant replay of live TV without heavy CPU loading as a high-end DVD recorder.
World reknowned overclocker and AMD chipset guru Sami "macci" Mäkinen has kindly posted up two short YouTube videos which shows AMD's new "OverDrive" application in full swing with a Phenom at 3GHz. He goes into a lot of detail about its features and just how easy it is to overclock and tweak your AMD 790X or FX based system on the fly.
This looks to be a terrific application which would serve the overclocking and enthusiast community extremely well. I hope it won't be too long before we see Intel adopt something similar.
Definitely check out these videos, they're well worth the 10 minutes of your time.
Leadtek have just released the world's smallest universal video capture device suited to video editing tasks. It sports built-in automatic scene detection and comes with a nice bundle of software to make your editing role a breeze. Due to being universal it can capture video to MPEG-4/2/1 format from any source such as VHS/VCD/VHS players.
For full details on the new WinFast VC100 U Video Editor grab Leadtek's official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 5th, 2007: Always geared to getting more fun out of life, Leadtek Research Inc., a world leader in the manufacture of multimedia products, is dedicated to technology innovation to enrich all users' visual enjoyment. Today Leadtek takes pride in announcing its latest WinFast VC100 U Video Editor, the world smallest universal video capture device, which turns your PC into a film studio with you playing director!
With built-in automatic scene detection, WinFast VC100 U Video Editor is a USB 2.0-compatible Plug-and-Play video capture device that enables you to record home videos, TV recordings and any other personal video/music collections in the highest quality MPEG-4/2/1 format for eventual archiving.
AC Ryan have just announced a new digital video recorder dubbed the "AluBoxDVR" which is essentially a storage + media machine. As well as being able to play all types of media (audio, video, images), it also includes a built-in cardreader with read/write support for CompactFlash/SDCard/MMC.
What's more, direct recording and encoding into digital (MP4) files from multiple video input sources is an effortless task, as simple as pressing a single record button in fact.
You can learn more about the new AluBoxDVR Digital Video Recorder from AC Ryan here.
AluBoxDVR is the first of a new line of AluBox equipped with Digital Video capabilites. As digital media grips our digital lives, the ability to record, store, manage and enjoy your digital media becomes a handy tool.
DVR Digital Video Recorder - we've equipped our first digital video model with not only Playback ability but also Recording features!! Direct recording & direct encoding into digital files (MP4 format). Records from all Video Input sources. Simply press record, one-step FussFREE digital recording+encoding.
Thermaltake have let us know about a video posted up on Youtube which shows you the ease of installing and uninstalling their latest watercooling kit, the Bigwater 760i.
A YouTube video of Crytek's upcoming game Crysis running on an Intel Penryn quad core CPU has been posted by XtremeQuest. Although we can't say we've heard of XtremeQuest before, it seems like there are a few YouTube videos of various related stuff, like a Graw 2 chat with the developers.
The interesting part about the Crysis video is the comments made by Cevat Yerli, the President and CEO of Crytek. It's apparently the first time he's seeing the demo running on the Penryn system. The game has been in development for three years and he said he thinks that the performance in amazing. He's really happy about how the game runs on the Penryn and he expects two to three years life span for Crysis.
According to Cevat, Crysis will be able to take advantage of the four cores of the Penryn and Crytek is working hard on adding additional features for multithreaded game play and better AI. The system looks pretty basic, although it's hard to tell from the fairly poor quality video. You can't really make out what the graphics card is, but our guess is that it's a GeForce 8800 series card. There's also an Intel motherboard, it might even be a Bad Axe 2 board, it does at least look very similar.
You can check out the other YouTube videos by XtremeQuest here
A Korean company called SavitMicro has launched an interesting device, it's a NAS and HD video player in one. It's called the cineDISK CD36HD and its one of the most feature packed devices of this type we've ever seen. Not only is it a NAS (it's actually a NDAS devices), although it only has 10/100Mbit Ethernet, it can also connect to your PC via USB 2.0 for some faster file transfers and it has two USB 2.0 host ports for external drives. There's also a version available with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.
So far it's not that remarkable, as there are plenty of devices like this on the market already. What sets the cineDISK CD36HD apart from every other such device is the fact that it connects up to your TV. Around the back you'll find DVI-D, Component video, S-Video and composite video outputs. It supports up to 1080p resolution, but there's no mention of HDCP support. It has a set of stereo RCA jacks, an optical and coaxial S/PDIF and finally even analogue 5.1-channel RCA jacks. Pretty impressive to say the least.
It will play just about every video format out there as well, as it supports WMV9, WMV HD, DivX (although not DivX 6.x), Xvid, MPEG1/2 and it will even play from ISO and VOB images. It supports SMI, SUB and SRT subtitles files as well. Supported audio formats consist of MP3, OGG, WMA and it does of course have support for AC3 and DTS. It will also display JPEG and PNG images and you can plug your digital camera straight into it.
It will also stream video, audio and pictures from your PC to your TV, so if you run out of disk space on the player, you can still watch content from your PC. The cineDISK CD36HD has space for a single SATA drive and it slots in neatly in a slot at the bottom. The only downside would be the fact that it uses an external 12V brick, but I guess you can't have it all
We have no idea what it's going to cost or even if it'll be available outside of Korea, but SavitMicro has an English website, which is always a good sign. You can find more info in English here and a lot more info and nicer pictures in Korean here
Amongst their extensive range of VideoMate tuner products, Compro also had a pretty swish looking remote on display at Computex last week, this being their "VideoMATE MCE" solution which enhances interactivity with Windows Vista/MCE.
The 51-key remote control is of course Microsoft Certified, and with the dedicated VideoMate software tools allows the user to navigate and perform most all multimedia tasks (and then some) with sheer ease.
To learn all about its capabilities, grab the official PR from Compro folks.
Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products, announces the latest analog and digital TV product series at Computex 2007. Compro has developed a complete VideoMate MCE solution to enhance the way people interact with Windows Vista/MCE. The VideoMate MCE solution maximizes your Vista experience with a smart, sleek, sophisticated Microsoft Certified MCE remote controller. Together with the VideoMate software tools, Compro offers products that make it easy to enjoy the latest in digital entertainment-at home or on the go Compro Technology will demonstrate all-new innovative multimedia solutions at Computex 2007.
High-Definition video has really taken off in the mass market now, with HDTVs left right and centre, Blu-ray and HD-DVD movie formats etc. - But as far as being able to playback a lot of HD content using a computer, it'll tend to run like a bit of a dog unless you've upgraded your platform recently.
Broadcom have come up with a solution for this, announcing the world's first HD Video Accelerator, a dedicated processor optimized specifically for the decoding of high-def formats - thus taking the load off the CPU/GPU.
The BCM70010/BCM70012 solution from Broadcom is apparently supported by new versions of popular playback software such as Cyberlink's PowerDVD and will come packaged in several formats (including a PCI Express mini card, PCI Express desktop adapter, ExpressCard 34 or as standalone processing chips for integration on a motherboard).
The other nice thing about this processor is that it's actually quite cheap, around $40 according to Broadcom.
You can learn more about it over at XBit Labs folks.
Broadcom Corp., a leading communication company, has introduced the first special-purpose high-definition media accelerator for personal computers. The company hopes that its solution will allow watching HD movies even on inexpensive computers. Nonetheless, market prospects of the solutions are not truly clear.
High-definition videos in 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080p) resolutions encoded with H.264, MPEG2 HD and VC-1 codecs require a serious amount of processing power to decode and not every central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) have enough power to decode them without lagging or dropping frames. As a result, movies in high-definition formats, including Blu-ray, HD DVD, or just those distributed via the Internet may not play well on outdated or low-end computers.