Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PLC 1, 3 Ethernet, many possibilities

TRENDnet has marketed a new PLC adapter, the TPL-305E. Behind this poetic name hides an adapter HomePlug AV 200 Mbps with not one but three Ethernet ports (10/100 Mbps). The TPL-305E is no router, but it nevertheless provides network access equipment located three loans from the same outlet. Ideal for example for a TV stand welcoming a connected TV, a Blu-ray and console games.

The TPL-305E also has the good taste to be cheap: it costs 50 €.

Galaxy and Zotac GTX 550 already grow their Ti

Just officially by NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is already overclocked by some manufacturers of graphics cards. Galaxy and Zotac are for example both to disclose factory overclocked versions to 1 GHz (2000 MHz for CUDA cores) of their GTX 550 Ti, against 900 MHz for the GPU versions of classics. Side-board memory, the Galaxy announced a frequency of 1150 MHz model, against "only" 1100 MHz for the Zotac model.

NVIDIA Enhances 3D glasses

NVIDIA has improved its 3D glasses used with 3D Vision. The new version is on IR - radio is reserved for professional models - but the autonomy of the new glasses is rising: it goes from 40 to 60 hours. Remember that NVIDIA's glasses are models called "active" glasses incorporate LCD screens that alternately darken so that each eye receives only a picture on both.

The technology requires a screen capable of working at 120 Hz (60 fps per eye), either 120 Hz or an LCD projector or CRT capable of working at this frequency refreshments. The glasses are synchronized with the public screen via a small box to plug in USB which is connected to the glasses via an infrared link.

GeForce GTX 550 Ti, custom solutions partners nVidia

We reported this news with the debut of the new video card GeForce GTX 550 Ti. In addition to Afoxé, nVidia partners have shown their own interpretations of this model, all with custom cooling system and in some cases with clock rates pushed beyond the specifications suggested by the house of Santa Clara.

Asus offers the GTX550 and GTX550 Direct-Ti Ti Top DirectCue respectively clocked GPU / SPs / Mem equal to 975/1950/4100 and 1015/2030/4200MHz: standard clock frequencies (900/1800/4100MHz) for GTX 550 Ti Sparkle: Two versions announced by Gainward: GeForce GTX 550 and GeForce GTX 550 1024MB Ti Ti 1024MB Golden Sample ", the first and second reference frequencies with factory overclocked to 1000/2000/4400 MHz Same thing for Palit, which has the standard GTX 550 Ti (900/1800/4100MHz) and the GTX 550 you drive to Sonic 1000/2000/4400 MHz:

Apple's Tablet PC from the inside: Split: The Apple iPad 2 in its individual parts

Brave engineers have taken apart the iPad2 Apple and documented the procedure in detailed images. In the overview you can see, the individual parts comprising the new model of success - and how small some of the components actually are. The best example are the speakers that turn out not larger than the nail of a little finger.
And of course, the batteries must also have a special shape to fit in the flat unit. Another striking feature: the iPad 2 is really not meant that it is building apart. A major difficulty awaits anyone with Apple at the beginning when it comes to the opening of the device. Instead of screws or clips Apple is dear to a lot of glue to connect the frame of the screen to the housing.

Thames, Chelsea, Wimbledon Radeon Mobile 28 nm

Information on upcoming mobile chips from AMD are beginning to filter. Good news, the chips will increase from 40 nm at present, a fine engraving appeared on the Radeon 4000, 28 nm. The first chips will come into production in the third quarter of 2011. Thames, expected in the fourth quarter, will use a 128 bit bus and should provide twice the performance of "Seymour".

As a reminder, Seyamour is the codename of the current Radeon 64xxM, featuring 160 units of computation and a 64-bit bus. Chelsea, scheduled for the same date, replace "Whistler", which is used in chip family 66xxM (480 units of computation). Finally, Wimbledon will be a high-end chip, expected in the second quarter of 2012 and has a 128-bit memory bus.

Tom's Hardware: WiFi fun

Level 10 GT Thermaltake Toughpower 1050W Grand received the red dot design award

Thermaltake is proud to announce that its cash Level 10 GT Extreme Gaming Station and Power Supply Toughpower 1050W Grand received the prestigious red dot design award. The design language of the Level 10 GT expresses a passion for the visual concept, created by the application of immersive gaming and multimedia excitement.

The GT Level 10 also represents the importance that users end hardware configurations, and the need for more space and an optimized cooling. This year, more than 1700 companies from more than 60 countries have been nominated for the prestigious "red dot" with a total of 4433 candidates.

3D Mark Vantage evolves

Good news for fans Benchmarks: 3D Mark Vantage evolves. Indeed, a new version 1.1 has just appeared and it brings with it new. The first is that the version of "Basic Edition" is now free instead of $ 7 earlier. The second is that the benchmark offers more choices for the definition - in its "advanced" - and no longer restricted to predefined choices.

Another small change, test that uses PhysX - and that fostered NVIDIA cards - no longer enabled by default. It is especially interesting to test laptops: they do not generally run 3DMark Vantage, which until now required a screen 1280 x 1024 while the laptops are often limited to 1280 x 800 or at 1366 x 768.

Packard Bell notebook with social networking feature

The social networking button to show up to three addresses for your favorite online networks, in order to connect quickly and easily with services like Facebook, YouTube or Flickr. For video chats and phone calls, the EasyNote a webcam and an integrated microphone. For software equipment includes, inter alia, a full version of the Adobe program Photoshop Elements 8.

The display of the 15-inch device reaches of 1366x768. Of processors available for the notebook, the Intel "Core" CPUs "i3", "i5" and "i7" the second generation to the election. The graphical representation is done by "Geforce" chips from Nvidia with "Optimus" technique. It fits on the performance of the graphics unit to the demands of running applications.

Market: game industry in Japan: the consequences of natural disaster

The Japanese gaming company Square Enix for the drive down from Final Fantasy 14 "," Final Fantasy 11 "and the online service's online. Reason to break the tense situation in the country after the earthquake. The local power company to ask the population to conserve as much electricity as possible in order to avoid any possible bottlenecks.

Square Enix makes the call to order and takes its data centers in Japan by the network. Paying users compensate the company with a free month: In April 2011, the online service from Square Enix for free. Other Japanese companies are responding to the dramatic events: Konami on the "Metal Gear Solid Online" server.

The hardware-accelerated VP8

The VP8, aka WebM, a video codec is effective but suffers from a flaw: it is not (yet) hardware accelerated. The VP8, aka WebM, a video codec is effective but suffers from a flaw: it is not (yet) hardware accelerated. If in a typical PC is not a problem for a dual core or quad core over 2 GHz, it is another thing in mobile devices.

Without hardware acceleration, ARM chips typically used are not easily able to decode the VP8, or maybe at the cost of a drastic reduction of autonomy. Fortunately, Google has thought about the problem and proposes "Anthill," a system to provide the decoding and encoding VP8 hardware accelerated.

HP: WebOS on PC via the browser

Leo Apotheker, CEO of HP described the strategy he wanted to see HP follow in the coming months. Two ads mostly hold the attention: a Cloud Marketplace open and install webOS on all HP PCs. HP will use its expertise to build the first Open Cloud Marketplace - online market opened - to the world. This platform follows the model of Apple's App Store, Google or Microsoft but is different in being open to other companies than HP.

Afoxé presents its GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Today is the day of the official debut of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, the first mainstream video card belonging to the series of nVidia GTX 500. This card is based on core GF116, always built with 40nmm production process, integrating CUDA Cores 192 and includes a video memory allocation to 1GB of GDDR5 with a 192-bit wide memory bus: it is a particular combination VRAM / bus obtained using 6 memory chip 32-bit video with different density (2x 256 MB + 4x 128 MB).

Swiftech cooling returns to the air with cooler Polaris 120

Swiftech and Bacatá (Swiftech exclusive official distributor in Europe) are proud to announce the launch of its high-performance heatsink Polaris 120 for Intel and AMD processors, which means the return of the market Swiftech cooling air. The Polaris 120 is based on heatpipe technology, using a 120mm fan controlled by PWM.

The Polaris 120 attempts to provide maximum thermal performance compatible with most sockets on the market, at a competitive price. The Polaris 120 is the return of Swiftech cooling market for computers. Some will recall that between 2000 and 2004, Swiftech was one of the most recognized brands thanks to its patented spiral pins, with innovative products such as the MC370 and MCX462.

TDJ: GeForce GTX 580 AMP!

Our fellow Cowcotland recently posted a review of the GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Zotac the manufacturer. Factory overclocked, the card features a graphics chipset GF110 clocked at 810 MHz (the 512 CUDA cores running at 1820 MHz) and 1536 MHz GDDR5 memory running at 1025 MHz. Verdict?

iPod alternative is not developed: Microsoft gives up: No new Zune player more

As the news agency "" reports, the IT group that draws conclusions from the poor sales figures. The Zune player came in 2006 as an alternative to Apple's iPod on the market, however, did not sit through. The Zune software that enables you to manage music and videos, among other things, however, remains preserved.

She comes to the games console Xbox 360 and Windows smartphones are used.

Bethesda confirms the development of Pray 2

Bethesda Softworks has confirmed rumors last week's leaked from the French magazine Joystick on the development of the second chapter of Pray. Pray 2 will be released in the coming year in sizes Xbox 360, PlayStatior 3 and PC. The processing is entrusted once again to the American team Human Head Studios, developer of the original title released in 2006.

Most likely the game will be based on the latest version of id Tech technology platform. "We are thrilled to be working with Bethesda on Prey 2. Prey 2 Will Provide gamers the opportunity to explore a new facet of the Prey universe, One That offers fast-paced action in an open, alien world.

Role-playing add-on for Xbox 360: Dragon Age 2 - The exiled prince: Achievement-hunters come up empty

Xbox 360 owners have reason for anger: players of the "Dragon Age 2" extension "The exiled prince writes the game has achieved successes (so-called achievements) is not well on their point total. The manufacturer reported Bioware. Whether the Achievements will be awarded retroactively, is currently just as uncertain as the release date for the patch that fixes the problem.

Owner of the extension should not play the DLC until the publication of the update. Achievement problems in DLCs are not unique. The "Broken Steel" extension to "Fallout 3". A subsequent entry of the success was not the way. Achievement Hunter had the DLC to play through a second time.