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GTC 2010 - AMAX GPU Personal Supercomputer has 4.12 Teraflops in one system

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:43 am

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.



In this video she found Shoulin Chua from AMAX Information Technologies who gave us an introduction to one of its GPU Personal Supercomputers. It fits in a couple Intel Westmere Xeon processors along with four NVIIDA Telsa C2050 GPU processors. Each one of the C2050 cards has 448 cores, so if you do the math that gives us the system a huge total of 1792 cores of processing power. All of that amazing power on tap within a system chassis translates to a mega 4.12 Teraflops of performance or enough to do all sorts of simulations and supercomputing applications.


The cost for such a system comes in at about $10,000 USD. Nicole, just hand over that check book and bring a few home for us, will you?

RIM's new tablet possibly set for unveiling next week

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:11 am

The Blackberry tablet that has been the source of rumors and questions with no real substance could finally be officially seeing the light of day soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, RIM could be unveiling the long awaited device at their Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.




According to the source, the "BlackPad" will run on a QNX operating system with a Marvell powered chip. It will have WiFi connection only with tethering possible through a regular BlackBerry device, which means the tablet will not be tied to a carrier or a service contract. No prices have been thrown around yet, but with no possibility of a discount on contract you can expect to shell out a chunk of change for your BlackBerry's new best friend.

GTC 2010 - Exxact Corp $15k GPU Workstation shows rendering power over CPU

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:03 am

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.


In this video she hunted down Jason Chen from Exxact Corporation who gave us an introduction of one of its high-end GPU workstations based around a couple Intel Westmere Xeon 5650 processors and a staggering four NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU computing processors which comes to over 1,700 cores when all counted up.



The system had a rendering benchmark from Tech-X which showcases the raw power of CPU versus GPU rendering. As you can see in the video above, on the left the CPU is drawing at around 1 FPS or so and on the right the GPU is drawing at around 65 FPS.

Galaxy S Femme AVEDA Limited Edition unveils a softer side of Samsung

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 12:44 am

Samsung is very proud of the worldwide saturation of their Galaxy S line of smartphones, and they've done a ton to make sure there's one for everyone. This is not only by releasing a Galaxy S variant for nearly every carrier out there, but they've even gone as far as marketing them to every demographic. Check out the South Korean Galaxy S Femme special edition.




If the bright pink color (they call it a mix of pink, pearl, and orange) didn't point towards the female demographic, the travel kit of various creams and an app from Aveda that gives out beauty advice makes it a dead giveaway. Only 5,000 of these sets are scheduled for release with no pricing info at this time.

NVIDIA releases roadmap for 2011 and 2013 GPUs

By: Don Lynn | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 10:46 pm

NVIDIA turned quite a few heads today at their GPU Technology Conference today. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's biggest announcement was the roadmap they've set up for their future graphics products, including the next two core architectures codenamed "Kepler" and "Maxwell."




Kepler's release is planned for 2011, with products using the core coming later in the year. Kepler is planned to be based around a 28nm fabrication process with three times more efficiency in DP FLOPS per watt than Fermi's architecture. Maxwell, slated for 2013, will be based on a 22nm fabrication process with eight times the efficiency of Fermi. These improvements will not only be based on core design, but changes in chip architecture, design, and software as well.

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Blue Microphones announces Mikey for Flip camcorders

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 7:06 pm

When it comes to camcorders some of the most popular camcorders on the market are the low priced Flip line of camcorders like the Flip Mino and others. the cameras can shoot HD resolution video with impressive quality, but the sound often leaves a bit to be desired. This is where Blue Microphones comes in with its new Mikey for Flip.




Blue Microphones makes all sorts of mice for computer users down to professional musicians and recording mics. The Mikey for Flip is designed to connect to the FlipPort on the bottom of the Flip camcorders and enables studio quality sound. The use of the Mikey is an easy as connecting it to the camera with nothing else needed for operation.

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Leica debuts D-Lux 5 digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 6:04 pm

If you want, a digital camera that looks as good as it performs you will want to check out the retro looking Leica offerings that are on the market. These cameras are not for the shopper on a budget, but they offer some great features with excellent quality. The latest camera added to the Leica line has debuted today and is called the D-Lux 5.




The digital camera has a Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-19.2mm F/2-3.3 ASPH lens. That lens has a focal range equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm film format. The camera has a host of automatic features along with full manual modes as well. The camera can also record 720p HD video in AVCHD-Lite format.

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Rotel outs cool RCX-1500 receiver supporting multiple sources

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 5:02 pm

If you are a serious fan of audio in all sorts of formats, you may want a receiver that can handle multiple formats to cut down on the amount of gear around your home. Rotel has unveiled a new receiver that combines some nice features into one device. The RCX-1500 is a receiver with a CD player, FM/DAB tuner, and is capable of receiving internet radio as well.




The device uses a Wolfson 24-bit 192Khz DAC and has a Class D amp inside with 100W per channel. On the front panel, the receiver has a USB input that allows it to play content from music sources and it supports 30 presets for favorite stations. Supported formats include RealAudio, WMA, MP3, AAC & AAC+ (non DRM), AU, WAV and AIFF.

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Panasonic H-FT012 3D lens turns any G series camera into 3D shooter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 4:04 pm

I mentioned just a bit ago that Panasonic had unveiled a new G series micro four-thirds camera today. Along with the unveiling of that new camera come some new lenses that are compatible with all Panasonic micro four-thirds cameras. The coolest of the new lenses is the the H-FT012 that lets the cameras shoot 3D images.




The lens puts two elements into one package to shoot right and left images simultaneously. The two images are then processed in software to turn them into a 3D image. Those 3D images can be viewed on Panasonic Viera TVs and 3D Blu-ray players. The lens has a 12.5mm/F12 focal range and is very compact for a 3D lens.

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Panasonic Lumix GH2 digital camera surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 3:06 pm

One of the first companies into the micro four-thirds camera market was Panasonic. These cameras offer DSLR quality images and interchangeable lenses in much more compact designs. The downside is that the cameras cost more than many DSLRs that are on the market. Panasonic has expanded its range of Lumix G series cameras with a new Lumix GH2.




The new camera has a 14MP resolution and can shoot 1080p video at 24 fps and has support for 50p and 60p settings as well. Several video modes are included like a Cinema mode that makes video look more cinematic. The camera also has variable movie mode that will speed or slow frames by 80%, 160%, 200%, or 300%.

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