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Monthly Archives: February 2008

iPaq 210 finally ships, gets reviewed

iPaq 210 finally ships, gets reviewed A full five months after it was originally announced, HP has finally managed to ship production units of the iPAQ 210 Enterprise handheld, a very high-end device loaded with features, like a VGA screen and dual memory card slots.
iPAQ 210
Before I begin the review in earnest though, a few notes. The first is practically boilerplate by now: The device reviewed here is the iPAQ 210. The exact same device is sold through other retail channels as the iPAQ 211, and internationally as the iPAQ 212 in Asia/Pacific, and as the iPAQ 214 in Europe. All these models are physically the same, though international versions may vary in languages and other regional settings.
Second note: You’ll see a few comparisons in this review to the older Dell Axim X51v and Palm TX models. These have been the two reigning champions of the high-end handheld space, and many of the people contemplating the iPAQ 210 own one or another of them. Or in my case, both. by brighthand

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Posted by on 19/02/2008 in IT

 

Palm® Centro – Glacier White

  palm-centro-att-ofcThe Palm Centro is a compact QWERTY smartphone offering a full range of features. Transfer data or go hands-free with USB, Bluetooth® and infrared connectivity. Keep up with work and friends via email, Instant Messenger and Push-To-Talk. Enjoy the sounds of AT&T Music and XM Radio. Snap pictures and record video with the 1.3 MP camera, and store it all comfortably with up to 4 GB microSD¿ expansion memory.
Included Features
    * 1.3 MP Camera with video capture
    * Picture and video messaging
    * EDGE class 10 for rapid data transfers
    * Bluetooth v1.2 and Infrared connectivity
    * Supports MicroSD(TM) expansion memory – up to 4 GB
    * Full QWERTY keyboard and 2.2″ touchscreen display
    * AIM®, Yahoo!®, and Windows Live® Messengers
    * Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync email support
    * Support for Good Mobile Messaging
    * XM Radio, AT&T Music and MusicID
    * Support for Xpress Mail
    * Push-To-Talk

 
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Posted by on 19/02/2008 in IT

 

Mtron announces a 1.8-inch 128GB SSD

Mtron announces a 1.8-inch 128GB SSD Mtron developed a new 1.8 Inch ZIF-type high capacity SSD for laptop PC
1.8 Inch with maximum capacity of 128 GB
Mtron’s new SSD to replace current 1.8 Inch hard-disk in laptop PC
SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Mtronstorage Technology Co.,Ltd (KOSDAQ 046320), a global manufacturer of Solid State Drive (SSD) products in South Korea, announced today that they have completed the development of a new 1.8 Inch ZIF-type SSD for laptop PC and will begin the production in April.
Mtron has previously launched 2.5 Inch 32GB SSD and Multi Level Cell (MLC) SSD in 2007, and Mtron believes that the addition of the new product will help them to take the next step in mobile SSD market.
Mtron’s new SSD with Single Level Cell (SLC) Flash memory supports PATA (ZIF-type) interface and has a maximum reading speed of 120MB/s and writing speed of 100MB/s, which is more than 6 times faster than the current 1.8 inch HDD. Therefore when it’s used in laptop PC and UMPC, it delivers much faster performance than desktop. Mtron also released 1.8 Inch SSD with Multi Level Cell (MLC) Flash memory, which provides maximum memory capacity of up to 128 GB along with a maximum reading speed of 110 MB/s and writing speed of 40MB/s.
With no moving parts, Mtron’s 128GB SSD has no noise and the ability to resist up to shock and vibration and even consumes nearly 50 percent less power as compared with conventional hard disk drive.
Mtron’s new SSD also makes much lesser noise, has resistance against shock and vibration, and consumes nearly 50 percent less power than conventional hard disk drive.
SSD products were initially known to be ideal for laptop PC and mobile devices because of its Flash memory basis, but it was hard to implement them because of their low memory capacity and high prices.
However, Mtron’s new SSD provides 4 times larger memory capacity and makes it ideal for not only laptop PC, but also UMPC, PMP mobile devices, camcorders, MP3, gaming console, navigation, and other mobile entertainment devices.
Therefore, Mtron expects their new 128 GB 1.8 Inch SSD will begin replacing the current 1.8 Inch HDD.
Steve Jeon, CEO of Mtron, said, “With our new 1.8 Inch SSD, Mtron has added another great product line as a leader in SSD market, which is expected to grow into ten billion dollars in 2012. Our new product is a result of careful market analysis and research for consumer needs, and we will launch our new product in April so that we can satisfy their need for high performance SSD products.”

 
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Posted by on 19/02/2008 in IT

 

Quickorder app would keep iPod touch owners hooked on Starbucks

2-16-08-quickorder You’re already well aware that Apple and Starbucks are buddy-buddy on at least some level, but this application would really cement their friendship. Quickorder, as you can probably imagine, would enable iPod touch users to swing by their local Starbucks, order up their favorite drink and avoid a good deal of that always questionable human interaction. Granted, what you’re peering at above is still a mockup for now, but it’s brimming with potential, no? Hit up the read link for lots more pics. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 17/02/2008 in IT

 

Asus Z7S WS Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek

2-16-08-asus_z7s_s we suspect most of you are aware of Intel’s extreme enthusiast platform – a.k.a. Skulltrail – that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness.  We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform posted for you all available right here. What you may not be aware of at this point is that some of Intel’s partners also plan to introduce enthusiast-class motherboards complete with dual LGA771 sockets, similar to the D5400XS.  Asus, for example is prepping the Z7S WS motherboard
The Asus Z7S WS features dual LGA771 sockets that support Intel Xeon 5000, 5100, and 5300 series processors of both the dual and quad-core varieties.  The Z7S WS is built around the Intel 5400 and ESB2E chipset and supports 1600MHz / 1333MHz / 1066MHz / 800MHz front side bus speeds, it has six Fully-Buffered DDR2 DIMM slots, and a pair of Marvell 88E8056 Gigabit LAN jacks with teaming functionality.  The Asus Z7S WS’ expansion slot configuration consists of two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, one PCIe x16 slot with an x8 electrical connection, and single PCIe x1, PCI-X, and PCI 2.2 slots.  The dual x16 PEG slots are a differentiating factor for the Z7S WS because Intel’s D5400XS only supports PCI Express 1.1.  The D5400XS, however, is outfitted with NVIDIA PCI Express switches which enable SLI, something the Z7S WS lacks.  Also note that the Asus Z7S WS requires standard LGA771 heatsinks, whereas Intel’s Skulltrail mobo will work with a wider variety of LGA775 CPU coolers.  We should also point out that the Z7S WS features a digital VRM, which significantly clears up the area around the CPU sockets and the PCB is “only” 12″ x 10.5″, which is much smaller than the DX5400XS. The Z7S WS’ I/O port cluster is pictured above, as are the board’s various heatsinks and its built-in active RAM cooler.  If you’ve ever worked with FB-DIMMs, you know they can get quite hot, so the active RAM cooler is a welcome addition to this motherboard in our opinion. We’ll be firing the Z7S WS up and taking it for a spin around the lab real soon, so stay tuned for more details and a full review. by hothardware

 
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Posted by on 17/02/2008 in IT

 

Samsung’s New Application Processor Brings Advanced Multimedia Capabilities to Smart Phones and Personal Navigation Devices

F1ZF5_samsung-armnew BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, introduced today its newest mobile application processor, the S3C6410, which combines a power ARM1176 processor core, clocked at up to 667MHz, and advanced hardware blocks for multimedia processing. Owing to its rich set integration of system peripherals, the S3C6410 minimizes overall system costs and eliminates the need of many costly external components. Fabricated with Samsung’s advanced 65nm process technology, the chip is designed for portable devices such as smartphones and personal navigation devices (PND).

Samsung’s suite of advanced products for portable consumer applications will be on display at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Hall 1, Booth #D33 of the Fira de Barcelona, Montjuic.

“Multimedia processing capability is one of the most important drivers for market penetration of advanced mobile devices such as PNDs and smartphones,” said Yiwan Wong, vice president, Marketing Team, System LSI Division, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics. “Understanding the performance requirements of this class of mobile applications, Samsung developed the S3C6410 to include powerful hardware accelerators to handle computation intensive tasks such as motion video processing, 3D graphics, video display control and scaling, thus freeing up the abundant processing cycles on the processor core for other computation and control intensive tasks that are critical for a rich user experience.”

Making access to information anytime, anywhere from mobile devices a reality, Samsung’s new S3C6410 application processor is empowering the development of next generation, multimedia intensive smart phones and personal navigation devices. Developers can now design-in next-generation functionalities such as wireless communication, personal navigation, digital still and video camera, portable gaming, portable music/video player, mobile TV and PDA into a single device.

By embedding a hardwired Multi Format Codec (MFC) on-chip, the S3C6410 can perform video capturing in MPEG4/H.263/H.264 format and replay functions in MPEG4/H.263/H.264/VC1 format using much less power, thereby giving consumers longer video playback time with a standard size battery. The MFC offers standard-definition (SD) quality video capturing and playback at 30fps, as well as supporting two-way real-time video conferencing. In addition, the embedded hardware encoder/decoder also includes TV out capability in both the NTSC and PAL formats.

The S3C6410 has a flexible and optimized interface to external memory capable of sustaining the demanding memory bandwidths required in high-end communication services. The memory system has dual DRAM and Flash/ROM external memory ports for parallel access and the dual DRAM port can be configured to support mobile DDR or standard SDRAM simultaneously, enabling high-resolution display such as WVGA without sacrificing system performance. The Flash/ROM port supports a variety external memory storage devices such as NAND Flash (MLC and SLC), NOR-Flash, OneNANDTM, moviNANDTM and ROM, enabling equipment manufacturers to customize their devices for different market segments and application requirements.

The S3C6410 processor supports all major high level operating systems (HLOS), including Windows Mobile, Linux and Symbian OSTM. Using the S3C6410, OEMs and mobile operators can easily differentiate their products through a rich, easy-to-use, customizable user interface, and a robust and flexible application software architecture.

Samsung’s S3C6410 application processor is expected to be available in sample quantities in May, with mass production scheduled for the third quarter of 2008. by mobileburn

 
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Posted by on 17/02/2008 in IT

 

NVIDIA Introduces APX 2500

thumb_APX_2500_platform2 MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2008—BARCELONA, SPAIN—FEBRUARY 11, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies and inventor of the GPU, today introduced NVIDIA® APX 2500, a breakthrough applications processor that enables intuitive 3D user interfaces and engaging high-definition video on connected Windows Mobile phones. The APX 2500 applications processor delivers an unprecedented 10 hours of 720p HD playback—an industry first for video quality and power consumption on a mobile device, as well as stunning HD camcorder and ultra-high-resolution photo imaging capabilities.

“This is the dawn of the second personal computer revolution,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “Technologies are converging in amazing mobile devices, that have all of the rich, visual capabilities of a modern PC—from watching movies and making video calls to surfing the web and playing 3D games. The APX 2500 combined with Microsoft® Windows Mobile, will make the next generation of smartphones our most personal computer.”

NVIDIA has worked closely with Microsoft on the development of APX 2500, marking a significant milestone in a long-term relationship that has seen the companies share a passion for making interaction with technology more visual and instinctive across multiple platforms. The combined engineering efforts of the two companies will ensure that next generation versions of the Windows Mobile operating system will harness the capabilities of the APX 2500 applications processor across challenging multimedia use cases.

“Microsoft is dedicated to providing people true mobile freedom, so that they only need to carry one device for both communication and entertainment,” said Todd Warren, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s mobile communication business. “We are delighted to work with NVIDIA to offer our users an amazing visual experience on the next-generation Windows Mobile phones.”

The NVIDIA APX 2500 applications processor, which is the culmination of 800 man years of engineering, delivers:

  • The industry’s first HD (720p) playback and capture capability for handheld devices.
  • A new ultra-low-power (ULP) GeForce® core that is fully OpenGL ES 2.0 and Microsoft Direct3D® Mobile compliant and the lowest power 3D hardware solution available for acceleration of intuitive 3D user interfaces.
  • NVIDIA nPower™ technology, enabling over 10 hours of high-definition video playback and up to 100 hours of audio—more than four times the audio playback of the latest touch-screen phones.
  • The connectivity and media acceleration technologies required to enable the latest Web 2.0 applications, from effortless web browsing and social networking to GPS and mapping applications.

The NVIDIA APX 2500 applications processor is sampling today with key customers and will enter into full production by the end of Q2 2008. For a live demonstration of the APX 2500 applications processor, please visit NVIDIA at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Hall 1, Booth # 1C34.

For more information on the NVIDIA APX 2500 applications processor, please visit: www.nvidia.com/apx2500

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.

 
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