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Vertex 2 Pro Back By Demand from Market

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 19:53 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - It looks like those looking for an affordable SandForce SF-1500 enterprise class SSD with low(er) cost MLC memory will have the opportunity to purchase the OCZ Technology Vertex 2 Pro after all.


The Vertex 2 Pro will ship with the famed Super Capacitor, enterprise SandForce SF-1500 controller that is able to achieve an amazing 60K IOPS and MLC flash that will allow the drive to cost much less than the a SandForce SF-1500 / SLC flash drive AKA Vertex 2 EX.

I didn't get pricing information or when these will be hitting the market but we will be trying to get a final version in for testing as soon as possible. Maybe one of these days Seagate will release their Pulsar and the Vertex 2 Pro can go head to head with it.

Hands on videos of Intel Canoe Lake netbooks surface

By: Shane McGlaun | Laptops | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 19:46 CDT

Yesterday we talked a bit about the new gear and future parts that Intel is talking up at Computex. One of the coolest things that Intel showed off was the new Canoe Lake netbooks with scant 14mm thick profiles.


That makes the machines among the thinnest netbooks in the world. Exactly when the netbooks based on Canoe Trail will hit the retail, market is unknown. What we do know is that they are seriously thin.

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Pretec offers world's first USB 3.0 card reader

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 14:12 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.


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.

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Sony working PlayTV 2?

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

Way back in 2008 Sony got a lot of us excited when it started to talk about the PlayTV add on for the PS3. The device let you turn the PS3 in to a DVR and watch over the air programs. The big catch was that the device landed in Europe but never came to the US.


Kotaku reports that Sony is now at work on the PlayTV and is working on a new PlayTV 2 according to a Sony producer at Cambridge Studio. There are no details on the PlayTV 2 system to share at this time.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon FLUID 7x30 PDP displayed, shows what it can do

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 12:31 CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Qualcomm today were also showing one of its prototype development platforms that uses one of the newest chipsets in its range called the 7x30. Qualcomm call it a powerful integrated single chip design that includes standard processing capabilities along with modem and multimedia functions.

The 7x30 chipset also embeds 3D graphics processing abilities that allows for drawing of over twenty million triangles per second, something along the lines of what a standalone gaming console can do. Using the Google Android operating system, a game was displayed that looked really good on the small form factor device and also looked to be running very smoothly.

The other demonstration was a 3D UI that was attached on top of the standard Android install that was designed to show what Qualcomm's graphics hardware is capable of producing.

Keep in mind that what you are seeing in the video above is purely a development platform and you'll never be able to buy these devices. But it does provide a good indication of the type of experience you'll see from one of the handset providers that Qualcomm works with such as HTC.

ADOMAX show interesting touch keyboard and gesture mouse

By: Cameron Wilmot | Peripherals | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 12:17 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.

Get an early look at both products above in the video.

Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-FX75 digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 12:08 CDT

Panasonic has added a new digital camera to its vast Lumix line today called the DMC-FX75. The new camera is a point and shoot digital camera with a 14.1MP resolution that also records video.


The camera has a 3-inch LCD on the rear that is used for aligning still shots and video. The lens is a 5x optical zoom lens with a 24mm to 120mm equivalent range. The camera has an aperture ranging from f/2.2 to f/5.9.

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

By: Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 11:34 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.


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.


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Dolby tells us about its audio enhancement tech for mobiles

By: Cameron Wilmot | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 11:25 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.

If you haven't heard about this technology until now, it's well worth watching the video above and getting a bit of an education on Dolby Mobile.

Synaptics debuts cool touch pad tech at Computex 2010

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 @ 11:08 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.

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