Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The first chips Qualcomm Atheros arrive

The buyback Atheros Qualcomm is beginning to show fruit. Qualcomm Atheros is a subsidiary of Qualcomm, which has therefore to announce his "first" chips. The first, WCN3660, is a chip designed to assist the SoC Snapdragon, pending integration into the future. The chip supports 802.11n Wi-Fi on a channel (150 Mbps) in both conventional frequency bands, the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

Compatible with Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0, it is also capable of receiving analog radio signals and is even compatible RDS. The chip is expected in late 2011 and will be compatible with most operating systems. The second, AR9004TB is a smart Wi-Fi WiGig but also an evolution of the standard.

3 without the Eyefinity DisplayPort with a Radeon HD 6970

HIS advantage of Computex to unveil a new graphics card, the Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Mix. With a dual-slot cooling IceQ HIS clean, this card has the distinction of being compatible Eyefinity on three screens, but without the obligation to use one of DisplayPort outputs. The Radeon HD therefore has two DVI outputs and an HDMI output, and two mini DisplayPort outputs.

The Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Mix also embeds a GPU Cayman (probably running at 880 MHz, a frequency identical to the reference model) and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory running at prior to 1375 MHz. HIS has unfortunately not yet provided pricing or availability date.

Thunderbolt is shown at Computex

Thunderbolt, the standard range of Intel, Apple proves (finally) at Computex. At Computex, watch boxes Pegasus Promise R4 and R6, two external models compatible Thunderbolt and differ on one point: the first accepts four storage devices and the second can receive six. The boxes offer two connectors Thunderbolt, which allows you to chain devices, and RS232, which is a priori for maintenance.

The test model introduced at Computex is equipped with high-end Intel SSD, X25-E equipped with SLC memory, but the final versions should - as LaCie - use Intel SSD 510 (based on Marvell controllers) or simple hard drives. The tests are quite encouraging, with 735 MB / s write, Thunderbolt is the fastest interfaces, the general public, well ahead of USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire.

Doom in JavaScript and HTML 5

Mozilla recently put Doom on JavaScript and HTML 5. The demo is playable from Safari or Firefox and if our initial tests have encountered some problems, it's still a great achievement by the developers according to the explanations posted on the publisher's website, used the Mozilla source code the demo of Doom released by id Software.

He first used to go Clang C source code to a bitcode LLVM. He then turned to Emscripten, LLVM compiler to JavaScript. The code was then optimized with closure-compiler. Doom is rendered using the SDL API, which is a multimedia library implemented in JavaScript by Emscripten. It offers access to audio, mouse and graphics chip with OpenGL.

Kova Roccat Plus, in-depth analysis

HardZone Today we present our analysis of ROCCAT Kova [+], a mouse manufactured by the German mark ROCCAT for the world of gamers. As always we hope you enjoy the analysis. Kova ROCCAT Analysis [+]

HTC flyer with Android OS

With the launching is the tablet PC HTC Android flyer with 2.3 on the market. HTC but has already announced an update on the efforts in the past to hope for a timely implementation. Regardless of HTC's own user interface makes sense for simple operation and a high degree of customization. Turn the instrument the display from portrait to landscape mode.

The Android-control buttons on the edge of the display move with it, so they are always below the picture. With the seven-inch display, the device is considerably smaller than one (9.7 inches), but at 1.6 inches, almost twice as thick. The case makes a quality, solid feel. The aluminum back with the rubber applications ensures a pleasant feel.

Chinese offers EUR 629 million: Lenovo wants to buy Medion

The shareholders will offer 13 euros per share in cash, announced Lenovo. The Chinese, who acquired a few years ago the PC business of U.S. group IBM will take over Medion like to complete - but it will be at least 51 percent of the share capital. On the way to Lenovo has taken a big step with the consent of the founder, majority owner and CEO Gerd Brachmann behind.

He accepted the offer to a large extent on already and is just under 17.75 million shares for about 230.7 million euros to make the Chinese. Brachmann receives 80 percent of it in cash and 20 percent in the form of Lenovo shares. been over the remaining shares held by him Medion is a long-term call and put option (right to buy and sell securities at a specific value) agreed.

Computex 2011: ASUS Padfone, the hybrid smart phones and tablet

Asus has formally announced at Computex 2011, its new concept of a hybrid between smart phones and tablets, hidden in the guise of Padfone. The new device brings together a smartphone with a 4.3-inch 10.1-inch tablet Android 3 (the operating system will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich Android smartphone that is usable on the tablet).

The smartphone Padfone can be inserted into a dock on the back of the tablet to provide you with an overview of the extensive content. When your smartphone is connected to the tablet is taking energy from the battery charger of the tablet and, in contrast, provides the 3G network to connect to the Internet.

Seasonic: "The 80 Plus Bronze is dead"

At Computex, Seasonic has introduced a new line of power supplies certified 80 Plus Gold, the G series. This range starts with a 350 W model to be marketed at about 60 €. Echoing the design of the M12, the G Series are characterized by a breakdown of "hybrid": the fan remains off until the power supplied by the diet is less than 90 W.

Beyond that, the fan starts and fits conventionally speed according to temperature. This hybrid mode is also present on the P-series Seasonic. P as Platinum, 80 Platinum Plus. This very demanding standard guarantees a return of at least 90%. Upscale modular Seasonic P regain the design of the current X and start with a block of 860 W.

Intel launches its concept of ultrafine Ultrabook (tm)

Three years after its release, the MacBook Air is still spreading. And Intel has understood with his "ultrabook. It comes a little model "Culver" and the idea is to capitalize on the name, as then with the word "netbook", already put forward by Intel. On the concept, Ultrabooks are not new: the thin and light ultraportable existed for years and a top model like the Vaio X505 in 2004 could fall within the range.

HFX PowerNAS: Core i5 and 15 TB for your data

HFX product for many years of PC cases entirely passive. The company has diversified into logically NAS, and launches its PowerNAS at Computex 2011, a PC that does not speak its name. Inside is a mini ITX motherboard with Intel chipset Zotac H67 and Sandy Bridge Intel (Core i3 and i5). The processing power of the NAS thus goes well beyond competing products using either Atom or ARM chips.

All this power is used by Windows Home Server 2011, the system dedicated to storing and sharing data from Microsoft. The system is hosted on a 2.5 "hard drive, data, they are spread over one to five 3.5" hard drives. 5 hard drives that can now be up to 3 TB each for a total of 15 TB in RAID5, the total capacity will be reduced to 12 TB Inj The liability has been optimized for a large number of disks and fans s 'activate appropriate.

AMD shows its APU Trinity "Bulldozer inside"

Among other demos Llano and confirmation of the launch in September of Bulldozer, AMD has demonstrated at Computex a new chip, dubbed Trinity. Trinity is the code name of the successors of Llano. While using the CPU architecture Llano K10.5 very close to K10 in 2007, Trinity will adopt the Bulldozer CPU architecture.

In addition, they benefit from a new GPU. The name Trinity suggesting the presence of three elements, AMD may have another card in hand. In addition to the CPU and GPU, which could add its chips on AMD? Go to an undetermined date in 2012 to find out.

VIA Nano X2 mini PC Zotac

The manufacturer Zotac advantage of Computex to introduce a mini PC ZBox based on a platform and boarding VIA Nano processor therefore X2 dual-core model running at 1.6 GHz. Showing dimensions of only 12 x 12 x 4 cm, this mini PC has an SD memory card reader and front audio connectors. On the back, there are HDMI and DisplayPort, an Ethernet connector, an eSATA connector, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.

Z-01 (Desna), the APU Shelf AMD

Currently, AMD does not really dedicated to the x86 processor market for touch pads. Even if the Fusion C-50 is already built into the Tablet Tab Iconia W500 Acer, its TDP of 9W is still a bit too high for this type of machine. The manufacturer is thus to unveil the Fusion Z-01 (Desna), an APU comprising two cores clocked at Bobcat x86 1 GHz and a Radeon HD 6250 supports DirectX 11 and can play 1080p HD content.

Apple finally to tackle malware

In recent weeks, Mac OS X is under the spotlight: a malware (malicious software) is in fact look like a virus and tries to steal the credit card number of gullible users. Apple, which plays heavily on the absence of virus for Mac OS X (which strictly speaking is always the case) had to react, and that's the case.

Since Snow Leopard (seventh version of Mac OS X), a system for detecting malware is present in the operating system. Pretty basic, he simply block the few malware by detecting them with a signature system. Small problem of the method for detecting the file was updated only during a minor upgrade of the system (version 10.6.

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Gigabyte ECO600, wireless mouse maximum duration

Gigabyte is pleased to announce the launch of its new wireless mouse Long-lasting durable Wireless Laser Mouse ECO600, which as its name suggests, offers a battery life of up to 12 months. Its long battery life not only helps you save time and money on shit and change the battery, but also practical in an environment of energy savings.

In addition to its precise laser sensor, 2.4GHz wireless technology and its nano portable receiver, the ECO600 can be used up to 10 feet away. It is also ergonomically designed with non-slip rubber grip and blue LED indicators 3 phases that change as we change the resolution on the fly between 800/1200/1600 DPI.

Cloud: an instant translation in Windows Azure

Microsoft and start-up Canadian Ortsbo resurrect the Tower of Babel in the Cloud! An example of services in the cloud that illustrates the strengths of public clouds. Ortsbo is not really a new service. Born in July 2010, it instantly translates in 50 languages written messages on instant messaging services like Facebook, Twitter, Live Messenger, GTalk or Google TencentQQ.

Here, no need to copy-paste using machine translation services of Google or Bing. Through a client (Silverlight), we chooses its service, it connects, it selects the destination language and start to discuss with friends: Any message written in your language is automatically translated into the language of caller, and any message written by your correspondent in his language is automatically written in your language.

TDJ: NH-D14 Pro Rock vs. Dark C1

Our fellow Cowcotland recently published a comparison between testing two cooling systems for CPUs, namely the Noctua NH-D14 and Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1. Format turn, these two rather impressive coolers consist of a aluminum radiator crossed by several copper heat pipes (six for the NH-d14, seven on the model of Be Quiet!), A copper base and two fans (120 mm or 140 mm).


The 5.25 "updated to help readers Slim

Manufacturers of optical drives and enclosures are working on a new standard 5.25 "optical drives that benefit the slim which are twice smaller but equally broad. The first examples were on display at Computex, according to AnandTech. The 5.25 "drives welcome disks of 4.75" (12 cm). They have adapted to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray for now.

Readers called skinny are becoming more common. They are found in many laptops and external drives. The problem is that desktop boxes are not officially compatible with the slim drives. In reality, the barebones HTPC and already offer bays for optical drives slim, but they are not designs that meet the official specifications of the standard 5.25 ".

Four SATA SSD 6Gbps at Kingmax

The manufacturer Kingmax has announced the imminent arrival on the market of several new models equipped with a SSD SATA 6 Gbps. Still on 2.5-inch SSD support these course NCQ and the TRIM command. Probably based on MLC NAND flash memory, the SSD show a MTBF of 1.2 million hours and are guaranteed for three years.

The controller used is unknown, however. As for performance, Kingmax announced that all models achieve 415 MB / s sequential read. The writing speeds are different depending on their storage capacity of SSD: 95 MB / s for the 64GB model, 175 MB / s for the 128 GB version and 260 MB / s for models 256 GB and 512 GB Unfortunately the manufacturer has not yet indicated the rates of these SSDs.

WHO: a portable "possibly carcinogenic"

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the intergovernmental agency based in Lyon and belonging to the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a press release stating that he classified the electromagnetic fields and radio frequency mobile phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)".

They aggravate the risk of gliomas which represent two thirds of all cancers of the brain, according to IARC, which cites the project Globocan published in 2008. A working group comprising 31 scientists from 14 countries met at IARC to try to assess the risks related to exposure to radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields, the statement said.

Samsung: 32 GB DDR3 "30 nm" in RDIMM

Samsung has announced the launch of mass production of modules from 32 GB DDR3 RDIMM format using memory chips with 4 Gb etched 3x nm. For servers and workstations, these RDIMM memory modules operate at a frequency of 1866 MHz with a voltage of 1.35 V. For comparison, the previous 32 GB modules equipped with chips etched 4x nm operating at only 1333 MHz with a voltage of 1.5 V.

The new DDR3 RDIMM memory modules should be both faster and more energy efficient than previous ones. It remains to know the price ...