CES 2010 - CES Unveiled a preview event before the big show begins is still underway here in Las Vegas, but it was extremely crowded and there wasn't a whole bunch of stuff there that impressed.
One thing that did draw the crowds was Parrot's AR.Drone quadricopter. It's a toy that is said to allow video games to become reality. It comes with wireless networking support and two cameras - one on the bottom to track speed and one at the front to provide a cockpit view.
You can control the copter from your iPhone or iPod touch at this stage after linking up to it over wireless. Parrot also has launched the toy based on a open platform and has an SDK for registered developers who wish to built games and apps based around it for folks who like this kind of thing, and seeing it in person - I'm sure I could mess around with it for hours without getting bored.
At the time of writing there were no details on price or availability.
CES 2010 - One of my final visits at Storage Visions was with the CES of ioSafe who was kind enough to give us a brief introduction to its new Solo SSD external HDD.
Watch our video below for a hands-on and what the company intends to do to the unit out in the Las Vegas desert during CES in a couple days. Nuts!
That is it for me at Storage Visions 2010, it's a small show and a lead up to CES. Chris may have some more coverage up a little later as he goes for a more technical look at the event and what other storage goodies are on show here at the Riviera hotel.
NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently made the statement that he wants Tegra to be 50% of the company's revenue in the coming years. It looks like not only does he want this to happen, but the engineers working on the Tegra project are also committed to this goal. With the release of the first Tegra and its inclusion in Microsoft's Zune HD we got a first glimpse at the power behind this idea.
But what is more for the first time NV actually released a road map for a product. They showed us just before the Zune HD where they planned on going. On this map was an entry labeled Tegra 2 2010. At the time my thoughts were that we would see this around the end of 2010 (Q3 at the earliest). It seems like might be way off the mark. Instead of waiting for Q3 NVIDIA could be showing off Tegra 2 as soon as January 2010. This introduction would be at CES with the tiny little computer being shown off working in Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) smart phones, and Personal Media Players.
While the details on the Tegra 2 are short we do have NVIDIA's claim that it will be twice the power of the original Tegra (big surprise). As far as rumors go, well there are plenty of them. We hear there will be two Dual Core Arm Cortex (11) CPUs dual GT200 based GPUs (possibly for SLI or to enable Cuda acceleration or Physx) as well as s host of other features. All told the future of Tegra 2 looks exciting.
I am all for saving power when we can and the upside to lower power requirements in much of our beloved tech gear means longer battery life. A company called Tecsol has unveiled a new "green tech" touchscreen computer called the TPC-43C Medallion.
The machine is for very specialized uses like building automation and factory human-machine interfaces, but it is very cool. I would love to have one running a home automation system in my house. The device has a 4.3-inch color TFT touchscreen with 65K colors.
The screen is LED backlit and the processor inside the slick computer is an ARM9 unit with 32kB of cache, 64MB of SDRAM, and 128MB of NAND flash. The machine gets power and connectivity from a single Ethernet cable. Linux is installed on the computer and it measures 7" high x 3.9" thick x 0.4" from the wall. It appears the machines have to be ordered in at least a quantity of ten for $425 each.
Poor ol' Dell is getting beat up on in the global PC market. It sat in the second spot behind HP for a long time until Acer booted it out this year. Now Asus and Toshiba are eyeing a partnership to oust Dell from its third spot.
There is little information available on the rumor, but according to Asus chairman Jonney Shih, gobbling up Toshiba's PC business is being eyed as a target. Toshiba has an estimated 5% of the global PC market right now.
That amount would be enough to put Asus above Dell and send Dell's ego a bit lower in the global market. PC shipments are expected to climb for the holiday season, so this would be a good time for Asus to buy.
For a long time I used a special edition Cooler Master Stacker NVIDIA edition case for my gaming machine with the black and green trim to celebrate the NVIDIA corporate colors. If you like the idea of a case that has design cues from your favorite video card marker, but you aren't an NVIDIA fan, Cooler Master has a new case for you.
The new case is the Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD. The case is black with red trim. The clear side window has the AMD Fusion dragon logo and looks really cool. Inside the case the lights are red as well. Other than the red trim and special clear window, the case is just like the other HAF 932 already available.
The case has tool-free drive bays, a removable HDD cage, and openings for liquid cooling tubing to be passed through. The PSU is bottom mounted and the case ships with two 120mm fans to keep the components cool.
In Win are gearing up to host their first big LAN party event next month on December 5th and 6th and invite all gamers to attend at the Southern California University of Health Sciences - Gymnasium.
LANCryption 1.5 will comprise over 24 hours straight of gaming along with many goodies and giveaways to be in on. There'll be food, drinks and entry for several prize raffles throughout the course of the event so there's plenty of fun to be had.
If you'd like to be in on the action, head over to the official LANCryption website and register now.
Not happy with the stock Dual Fan cooler? Well Sparkle has something interesting for you.
This is a dual fan cooler that is able to adjust the direction of air flow by titling the fans based on the temperature of the GPU. The rest of the design is pretty straight forward and follows the traditional Dual Fly design.
The new fan will be called the Calibre IDF. IDF stands for Intelligent Dual Fly. The new Calibre IDF will get its power directly from the board through a 4-pin power adapter.
The design is very interesting but I am not all that certain it will make much difference. In the end (although I hope different) I am concerned this will just be another gadget that will not help but will raise costs.
New things will be showing up at TDF 2009. These new things will include Westmere.
Westmere will be an interesting device that will feature two 32nm Cores with 4MB of cache, a memory controller, and a 45nm GPU "core". This new package will be the basis for future Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs.
Westemere will have Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost just like Nehalem but will only support Dual Channel memory from the information we have.
For your viewing pleasure Ken Kaplan has a couple of video's up to show off some of the new toys that Intel will show off at IDF 2009.
Computex Taipei 2009: Continuing on with day 2, AMD holds its first press conference of 2009 Computex and they started with a dance performance from Taiwan's Monster cheerleading team with the Dragon theme to represent the Dragon platform AMD now uses.
Billy Wong, VP of Greater China sales opened the proceedings with a run down of AMD's 40th anniversary achievements and technologies that AMD has brought to market as well as emphasising the Future of Fusion.
Billy then turned the proceedings over to Rick Berman, product manager who got things started on AMD/ATI's products and also told us today we will see the first showing of a DX11 demo as well as touching on some of the first to market features of ATI graphics' including DX9 and GDDR3, 4 and 5 before any other graphics card maker.
John Wei, Senior Director of Advanced Technology marketing from TSMC joined Rick on stage to give a run down on the new 40nm process that they have developed for ATI's new GPU production. What was also impressive was TSMC delivered the first 40nm wafer supporting DX11.
Next we got to see a very brief video run of a DX11 character named Sebastian which was extremely high quality through what is called teselation.
We were also given a wireframe overview of teselation enabled with the Froblings. That's right, a frog/goblin creation from ATI; bye bye Ruby.
Our next slide gave us a bit of info on DX11's shader models.
Rick brought Steve Guggenheimer, corporate VP from Microsoft to show off Windows 7 DX11 capabilities as well as integrating shader processing in Windows with Stream processing to help accelerate the system by CPU/GPU co-processing.
AMD then moved along into its mobility segments. AMD isn't moving into Netbooks as we would hope, but they've tried to sway the vote towards thin and light notebooks.
In an interesting twist Asus, a company that has had a few technical support and reliability issues in the past has surpassed Apple in the early days of 2009 as the most reliable computer manufacturer.
This is according to a study done by RESCUECOM, they compare technical support calls against the number of systems shipped.
RESCECOM noted that Asus had a very high score of 972, this is more than likely due to the mass of EEEPCs shipped in the early parts of this year. The score may settle out as the year progresses and we may again see a change of leadership.
Apple meanwhile dropped to second place after ending the 2008 year in the top position with a score of 324.
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The new leader of the group is ASUS, with an unusually high score of 972. The company is, however, sharing its position with the IBM/Lenovo partnership, despite the latter's score of 348. RESCUECOM ntoes that the ASUS number has been swayed by a sudden influx of Eee netbooks from the previous quarter, which may mean that the company's score will settle as its products undergo more rigorous use.
Ranking third in the study is Toshiba at 172, followed by Acer in fourth with 151, and HP/Compaq in fifth with 142. Conspicuously absent is Dell, which is typically in competition with HP for domination of North American PC sales.
With the global economic slowdown something even the biggest of companies have no control over, Intel has decided to cancel one of its IDF (Intel Developer Forum) events this year; the one slated for November in Taiwan. IDF Taiwan has been hosted by Intel every year and the move to drop it this year comes as a surprise to many Taiwanese PC and motherboard makers.
Further to this decision, Intel has also chosen to shorten the IDF Beijing 2009 event from two days into just one in April.
On the upside, IDF San Francisco in September will continue to be treated as Intel's flagship conference and will be as big this year as it always has been, if not more so.
All set to dazzle the masses at CES with a new lineup of goodies, Logitech has just announced a complete new series of gaming peripherals under its G-series product line.
The line-up refreshment includes the new G19 keyboard which is the first Logitech keyboard to feature a full color GamePanel LCD; this being 320x240 in resolution and is able to provide extended information for over 60 gaming titles using the supplied GamePanel software. There's also a whole host of other additional features not seen before which you can read more about within the official PR.
Also released is the new G35 surround sound headset which is Logitech's first 7.1 model and harnesses second-gen Dolby headphone technology.
Further complimenting the new lineup is the G9x laser mouse with unprecedented precision from its next-gen laser sensor, capable of being adjusted on the fly from 200 to a whopping 5000dpi. Two interchangeable snap-on grips are supplied that helps you choose a fit that best suits your playing style. On-board memory also gives the ability to save up to five ready-to-play gaming profiles and there's some other nice touches like the weight-tuning system and the choice of custom-color LEDs.
Last but not least is the new G13 advanced gameboard which was just given the CES 2009 Design and Engineering award; the best of innovations in electronic gaming. 87 buttons reside on the G13 and custom button profiles can be configured with ease. A 160x43 pixel GamePanel LCD resides up top which like the G15/G19 provides live game stats and system relayed information to keep you in the know while you've got all guns a blazin'.
For full details across the complete lineup of new gaming peripherals including their respective pricing, have a read of the official PR here folks.
LAS VEGAS - The G-series line of gaming peripherals from Logitech® (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) gives gamers what they want: complete control. Today, Logitech unveiled an extension of its award-winning G-series by introducing three new products that deliver precision, high performance and customization: the Logitech® G19 keyboard for gaming, the Logitech® G35 surround sound headset and the Logitech® G9x laser mouse. Delivering everything gamers need for a competitive edge - from programmable buttons to 7.1-channel surround sound and 5000 dpi laser sensors to backlit keys - Logitech's best-in-class gaming peripherals are engineered to deliver everything you have always wanted.
During Kirk Skaugen's keynote today at IDF in Taipei, Stephen Pawlowski hit the stage briefly to chat about a small little thing called Nehalem.
Intel's upcoming Nehalem-based Core i7 processors are due to go on sale on November 17. Stephen spent a little bit of time, among other things, explaining exactly how Intel's Turbo Boost (or Turbo Mode) technology will work on its new CPU.
Don't forget to take a look at the video below but basically Intel has spent a lot of time not only on ensuring extreme performance from Core i7 but also tried to consider power as much as possible, too. Turbo Boost works by dynamically adjusting the clock speeds of each core depending on what type of application is being used.
For instance, if you are using a multi-threaded application, all four cores will stay switched on and run at 100% clock. If, however, you are only running an application which is single threaded, all of the cores besides one will be switched off and that single core will get a speed boost with a higher clock speed.
More from IDF Fall Taipei 2008 shortly.
Media coverage of the Intel Developer Forum, currently taking place in San Francisco, CA, has taken an innovative turn today.
We received news from PC Perspective of their efforts to bring the IDF to life, by presenting coverage from the show, to readers, in as close to real-time as possible.
This allows for key points and facts to filter out, leaving the detailed analysis for later and, gives us an opportunity to capture the knowledge gained, form our own opinions and engage more readily in subsequent debates.
Live Blogging 2.0 are those buzzwords to thank for this turn of events and, this refreshing approach is somewhat more dynamic and endearing, than the traditional methods of coverage we have seen from IDF over the years.
PC Perspective is already planning to take this experiment to NVIDIA's NVISION08 and, let's hope that this is a trend that is adopted by more in the future.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Computex is sure full of press events, today's was GIGABYTE's turn officially launching their Intel P45 line of boards, which from the static display in the main meeting room is extremely impressive.
GIGABYTE had the VP of Intel with them to officially give the big P45 launch speech, which was a slightly modified one from the keynotes; however it was more of a focus on what GIGABYTE has done for the industry. GIGABYTE has been officially recognized now as the leader in motherboard technology, bringing the first Dual BIOS system as well as the first power saving technology in DES.
After a few speeches, we were in for a bit of a treat with famous Taiwanese overclocking guru HiCookie making an appearance with a LN2 cooled GIGABYTE DS3R motherboard and a 45nm Core 2 Extreme based on the Kentsfield quad-core running just over 5.5Ghz. Wow!
The screenshot verifies the system working and running SuperPI, unfortunately that's all the tests that were run, a 3DMark Vantage run would have been nice to see just how far it got with a CPU score.
During the show, Colin Brix asked HiCookie to show us his Taipei Ninja overclocking trick. How this went down even scared me - he held a cup of LN2 about one foot off the top of his and then simply dumped it onto his hand.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 With opening day now upon us, COMPUTEX is in full swing with plenty of surprises around the corner.
NVIDIA has geared up early with a recent official announcement supporting its new Tegra family of processors; these being the first complete system-on-a-chip solutions to come to market. In case you missed it, we were able to bring you some early coverage of Tegra and the types of devices it's being paired up with during our Day 0 wanderings.
The following sites have full coverage on Tegra which should give you a solid understanding of its capabilities :-
SANTA CLARA, CA-JUNE 2, 2008-Today, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) introduced the Tegra family of processors, the world's first single-chip computer capable of the rich high definition and internet experiences we've come to expect from our PCs, but on small pocket type devices. NVIDIA Tegra is a tiny computer-on-a-chip, smaller than a US dime (10-cent piece), designed from the ground up to enable the "visual PC experience" on a new generation of mobile computing devices while consuming the smallest amount of power.
"Creating Tegra was a massive challenge. Our vision was to create a platform that will enable the 2nd personal computer revolution - which will be mobile centric, with devices that last days on a single charge, and yet has the web, high definition media, and computing experiences we've come to expect from our PC," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "Shrinking down a 50 watt PC architecture will not create the discontinuity this industry needs. The culmination of nearly 1,000 man years of engineering, Tegra is a completely ground-up computer-on-a-chip architecture that consumes 100 times less power. Mobile internet and computing devices built with Tegra are going to be magical."
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 While many of the major players are still hard at work setting up their booths in the numerous halls, NVIDIA has already started putting on a show. Day 0 has given us a few glimpses of some new products based on the NVIDIA Tegra technology.
Designed for ultra compact laptops as well as UMPC's, phones and various other media devices, NVIDIA calls this new technology the visual computing era. Tegra is a new all in one solution, SOC, PC on a chip, whatever you want to call it, NVIDIA's Tegra is able to do it, and at 1-watt power usage - that's impressive to say the least.
First off a few miniature notebooks using NVIDIA Graphics, one of these little babies was outputting 720p video to a large LCD monitor without any jittering or lost frames.
This little baby is a prototype reference design using NVIDIA's new Application Processor called Tegra. It is a full on system platform with a built in ARM11 CPU, memory controller as well as a rather powerful graphics processor called goForce. During the conference, this unit was able to output a full HD 720p video to a projector without any frame skipping. NVIDIA announced that the Tegra will take on the Intel Atom platform directly. A full demo of the unit with a power meter registered just 1.3 watts while decoding and displaying the video while the Atom was using around 11.5 watts.
Here we get a look at the reference designs inners. Unfortunately the Tegra processor was covered from view.
Tegra's architecture was shown to us and just how it works and one of the biggest parts about is was ARM, a new code that does not rely on x86 architecture. Ian Drew gave a key speech on how well ARM is now being taken up allowing NVIDIA Tegra based MID's to easily view just as many products as x86 is now able to, major contributors to this is Microsoft, Adobe and Mozilla.
The benchmark analysis that was given shows that ARM is able to load some websites faster and some websites slower than the x86 based Atom system using both 800MHz powered systems. NVIDIA's plans to remove the Intel Atom processor as the platform of choice for MID's and this looks like they are on the right direction. With Microsoft already supporting the ARM11 processor, its going to be an interesting ride.
We are hoping to see Tegra based MID's and UMPC's start coming out soon as we have been told that NVIDIA's partners already have Tegra chips in their labs.
MSI held its ECOlution press conference in Taipei this afternoon and it was quite an upbeat event with fancy green dancers, attended by a sizeable audience of local Taiwanese press.
It seems a tad strange for MSI to hold a press event of this size just one week before the Computex trade show begins in Taipei but there was plenty for us to see early before the show begins.
In the following posts we will show you plenty of shots of the WIND notebook and WIND PC along with a bunch of other goodies which focus on power saving and monitoring.
For now enjoy the short video below which I uploaded to YouTube of the fancy green dancers MSI hired for the event.
More coming right up about the actual products on display!
CeBIT, the annual trade fair for Consumer Electronics and the PC industry has always been about technology. However, some people enjoy the "software" as much as the hardware.
Traditional statistics have shown that this show's target market is aimed at men from the ages of 14 to 38 years old. That being said, every year this number increases, but their overall share decreases because women are making it more apparent that they are avid fans of technology too. The theory that sex sells seems to be more than true when applied to boys and their toys but does the copious use of scantily clad women really appeal to the women?
We have a selection of hundreds of photos from our friends at Techpowerup. Above are just two examples from them. The rest can be found here.
Looking at the photos in general, one has to say that CeBIT is very toned down compared to other trade shows around the world.
If you agree that booth babes are necessary and want to see more pictures of them in the future then tell us in our forums, if not, feel free to tell us why.
Nadan Hadzibeganovic from Fudzilla spent all of his time at CeBIT trade show in Germany taking photos of sexy girls walking around the show floor.
We do not know if he actually spent all his time everyday doing that but if he did, there are far worse things he could find himself doing.
Look here gentlemen for Part 1 with Part 2 presumably on the way - and sorry ladies!