Exclusive Content: Indilinx Jetstream Pushed Back to 2011

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Jun 2, 2010 5:51 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Indilinx, a leader in consumer performance solid state controllers has a product that we have all been waiting to see. Code Named Jet Stream, this SATA 6G controller was once thought to be hitting e-tail shelves in early 2010 but has been pushed back to 2011, possibly late 2011.

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Replacing the 16 channel Jet Stream in 2010 will be Barefoot 2, a product we know little about. Barefoot 2 will be an 8 channel controller with a maximum capacity of 512GB and well...that is really all I have at this time other than 2010 is the ETA and the words very soon came to the surface a few times.

The move to push Jet Stream back actually has more to do with Intel moving support for native ICH SATA 6G than anything else. With Intel out of the 6Gbps game now Indilinx doesn't want the headaches currently playing out with other SATA 6G products on the market already. We have experienced more than a few of those in our test lab already so even though we don't like hearing about a product delay we can understand the reasoning behind the move.

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ASRock develops world's first front USB 3.0 support with own I/O bracket

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Jun 2, 2010 5:34 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Last week we visited ASRock who gave us an exclusive look at some of its new technologies including the Vision 3D HTPC and AIWI, but one thing we didn't have time to check out when we went to their office was an interesting new feature that will be bundled for free in ASRock's new P55 Extreme3 motherboard package.

ASRock has developed a simple yet smart little device that allows users to easily add two USB 3.0 ports to the front of their case. The device is really just a small bracket that fits into a spare FDD-sized opening at the front of your case and then a cable from the bracket runs to one of the USB 3.0 pin connectors on supported ASRock motherboards.

Something simple, but it's a great idea especially if you don't like fiddling around at the back of your system and besides, who doesn't like free? Chris Lee from ASRock told us in the video above that its P55 Extreme3 mobo will go on sale in next week or two.

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Ballistix Gets Temperature Data Logging

Chris Ramseyer | RAM | Jun 2, 2010 5:16 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.

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I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future. Crucial has high hopes for this product and it may one day be a must have for all overclockers and system tweakers when it includes data logging capabilities for several other devices in your system. As for now the utility is a bit plain but does show promise. One of the best things right now is that it does work as advertised (tests going up soon) and it is free with the purchase of the new Ballistix memory.

• Crucial® Ballistix™ modules with thermal sensor provides real-time temperature monitoring with downloadable utility

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ASUS Immensity concept mobo with discrete GPU and Hydra spotted

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Jun 2, 2010 1:49 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - During an ASUS press event earlier today we ran into a brand new and unseen concept motherboard from the Taiwanese company called the Immensity.

It is an Intel X58 Express based ROG board for the latest Socket 1366 processors and what's real interesting about is that it comes with not only a Lucid Hydra processing chip onboard, but also a discrete GPU. And we aren't talking any standard Intel IGP, but a mid-range GPU from either NVIDIA or AMD, I don't think the actual choice has been made at this stage of the game, remembering what we saw was a very early concept mockup. I also doubt it is even working right now.

Kris from ASUS claimed that by adding in the onboard discrete GPU, users should see up to about a 20% increase in performance by combining it with your traditional discrete GPU in form of a usual PCI Express video card. Also since Lucid's much talked about Hydra chip is installed, you'll be able to mix and match any video card from ATI and NVIDIA and run them in Hydra dual or triple graphics mode.

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AMD's world first Fusion APU Demonstration at Computex

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Jun 2, 2010 12:27 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Now this is pretty cool people. We just saw that AMD spoke about its Fusion APU chips at its Computex 2010 press conference, during it at the end Rick surprised us a little by giving attending press the world's first public demo of Fusion APU actually up and running.

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Not only though was it running, but it was running Aliens vs Predator in DX11 mode with rather impressive visuals. It was interesting that Rick noted that only last fall did AMD showcase this same game at one of its DX11 press conference, but already they have the APU silicon working in what we would consider a seemingly fairly advanced state.

AMD's first Fusion APU hardware will ship in the first half of 2011 if everything continues to go to plan as it seems it is now from the surface.

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Pretec offers world's first USB 3.0 card reader

Shane McGlaun | Storage | Jun 1, 2010 2:12 PM CDT

I am glad to see USB 3.0 ports finally coming to market in more and more notebooks, desktops, and mainboards. The increase in the number of USB ports making it to the market means that we are seeing more and more USB 3.0 gadgets land as well.

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Pretec has announced what it claims to be the world's first USB 3.0 memory card reader called the P240. The official name for the device is the P240 USB 3.0 High-Speed Multi-Card Reader. The card reader supports SDHC, SDXC, CF and other memory card formats.

The device has the full 5Gb/s USB 3.0 bandwidth for moving lots of data from high capacity memory cards to the computer. The card reader is set for sampling next month and will enter mass production in August.

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ADOMAX show interesting touch keyboard and gesture mouse

Cameron Wilmot | Peripherals | Jun 1, 2010 12:17 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Walking around the show floor today we spotted a company that we hadn't heard of until now called ADOMAX Technology and this Taiwanese company specializes in producing unique mice and keyboards as well as HD web cameras.

During our stop at their booth we got an introduction firstly to their touch keyboard prototype. It's a product unlike many others that doesn't use keys like on a normal keyboard, but instead relies on touch. It also comes with a touch sensitive mouse area meaning it would be rather suitable say in the lounge room for instance where you only want one device to handle input on your TV. ADOMAX mentioned that its target audience will be for consumers with PS3 gaming consoles and those who watch TV on their computers. Unfortunately the sample we saw today was only a mockup as the product is still in the development stage, but we will be interested to try it out when it goes on sale later this year.

Similarly we were also introduced to another touch input product, this time the ADOMAX touch mouse. This sort of technology is similar to the Apple Magic Mouse for Mac computers, but this difference with this one is that it not only works on Macs, but also Windows 7 and Vista machines.

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A-DATA is Ready to Move Pass SandForce and into SATA 6G

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Jun 1, 2010 11:34 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - A-DATA today gave us a taste of their next generation solid state drive that may one day reign as their flagship product. We can't really start quoting numbers right now since A-DATA has the Marvell SATA 6G controlled drive in RAID 0 at their booth but look for that to change in a couple of days.

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I guess it really wouldn't be that fun of a news post without some numbers but I will only show you these with a bit of a disclaimer. SSDs are not all that great in RAID 0 without being optimized. This is early hardware with even earlier firmware. To add to the complications the drives are being tested on an HBA controller with a Marvell SATA 6G chip so none of the numbers are going to be as accurate as what we put up in the lab.

At this point SSD enthusiasts are thinking RealSSD C300 clone since both drives use Marvell controllers but this is where you and even I would be wrong. The ADATA S501 uses a different Marvell SATA 6G SSD controller built for the enterprise market.

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Dolby tells us about its audio enhancement tech for mobiles

Cameron Wilmot | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Jun 1, 2010 11:25 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - One of our stops today was at the Dolby suite at the Grand Hyatt where we caught up with Keith who spent a little of his time telling us about one of its latest audio technologies called Dolby Mobile.

The technology has actually be on the market for almost one year now, but it's only recently that the consumer has a fairly wide range of choice for picking out a cell phone that has been tested and certified by Dolby to provide a solid listening experience.

Not only that though, but Dolby Mobile is also able to create a virtual surround sound experience from any set of headphones that are plugged into a phone with this tech and also improve the audio experience with a set of enhancements that improve things like bass and depth in the perceivable audio waves.

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Synaptics debuts cool touch pad tech at Computex 2010

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jun 1, 2010 11:08 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Synaptic is the company behind some of the touch pad tech we take for granted to day on notebooks and netbooks. The company is behind much of the gesture supporting tech that is on notebooks and netbooks we all use.

At Computex the company has shown off a sweet new tech called TouchPad-IS that is capable of accurately recognizing up to four fingers. The technology can also recognize the difference between fingers and the palm of your hand to eliminate accidental activation when you hit the track pad with your hand.

Synaptics is also demonstrating a new track pad that has no dedicated buttons for clicking. The track pad itself clicks providing a larger space for gesture control.

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