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VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover ...

VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover key international events like CES, CeBIT, MWC, Computex and local exhibitions like CommunicAsia, IT SHOW, PC SHOW, COMEX and SITEX.

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  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIts surprising what you can find browsing compliance hard drive technology and then applied a sprinkling of salt todatabases and we just happened upon a big one today. AMDs really spice things up.next generation chipset for its Trinity Fusion APUs have made Ok, thats not quite true, as the salt was added as a stepan appearance in the USB-IFs certified product list and the in the e-beam lithography process as this helped to produceUSB-IF kindly revealed the chipset name, rather than putting a much more defined nanostructure on the disk surface.up some kind of code name. The end result is a structured surface on the disk, whereasIn all fairness, we have very little to go at here, but as you can traditional hard drives have randomly distributed nanscopicsee from the screenshot below, the first chipset model will be magnetic "grains" (measuring around 7-8nm each) wherecalled the A85X. Wed presume that this is the replacement multiples of tens are used to store a single bit, the researchedfor the x90X series of chipsets for AMDs AM2/3 sockets and managed to create a disk where the disk surface consist ofthis suggests that we might end up seeing a higher-end and a tiny "islands" (measuring around 10nm each) instead and eachlower-end version as well. island can store a bit.So far the only feature we know that well see as part of thisnew chipset is of course USB 3.0, although we dont expectAMD to go with more than the current four ports as seen in theA75 chipset. Trinity is expected to arrive fairly early next year The method used still requires a lot of refinement, as onand judging by the fact that the reference platform has already average the researches managed to boost the storage densitypaced through the PCI-SIG as we reported earlier, it seems like from 0.5 Terrabit per square inch to 1.9 Terabit per squareAMD might actually be on track with its follow up to Llano. inch, they also managed to reach data densities as high as 3.3 Terabit per square inch. As you can see from the electronSingaporean researchers microscopy image above, the data is packed extremely dense by using this new technology. However, this is just a stepboost hard drive capacity six towards the researchers goal to hit 10 Terabit per square inch,fold with a sprinkle of salt although this isnt likely to happen overnight.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singaporean-researchers-boost-hard- Currently there are two competing standards in the futuredrive-capacity-six-fold-with-a-sprinkle-of-salt/13739.html of hard drive technology, one is the bit-patterned technologyOctober 17th, 2011 used by the Singaporean researches and this is also the technology that Hitachi GST (which might soon be part of Western Digital) and something called heat-assisted magnetic recording or HAMR which is a technology Seagate is pushing for. The long of the short is that the current perpendicular drive technology is about to run out of steam once storageJudging by the latest news, the good old hard drive is far from densities of 1 to 1.5 Terabits per square inch is reached as thedead as it seems that we can expect a six fold increase in bits stored will be too small and become unstable due to thestorage capacity in the near future, at least if researched by fairly unstructured surface of the disks. HAMR is expected toSingaporean scientists end up catching on with the hard drive happen sooner than bit-patterning, although its possible thatmanufacturers. Whats surprising is that simple table salt, also this new break-through process will change all that.known as ammonium chloride is what made it all possible. Well definitely be keeping an eye on things, as in as much as SSDs are getting cheaper and the density is going up, they justJudging by the latest news, the good old hard drive is far from cant compete with hard drives in terms of cost per GB. On topdead as it seems that we can expect a six fold increase in of that were storing more data than ever, so larger hard drivesstorage capacity in the near future, at least if researched by is a must, but with 4TB drives starting to trickle out from theSingaporean scientists end up catching on with the hard drive manufacturers, it seems like we have little to worry about formanufacturers. Whats surprising is that simple table salt, also the time being at least.known as sodium chloride is what made it all possible.The development is actually two fold, as the scientists fromSingapores Institute of Material Research and Engineering Xbox Singapore unveils new(IMRE) as well as ones from Singapores Agency for Science, Kinect holiday titlesTechnology and Research (A*STAR) with some help from the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-singapore-unveils-new-kinect-National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Data Storage holiday-titles/13737.htmlInstitute (DSI) used bit-patterned media which is cutting edge 11
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 17th, 2011 Dance Central 2: Following up to the best-selling dance game for Kinect, Harmonix expands the full-body dance game universe with Dance Central 2, which provides new multiplayer experiences and all-new routines set to an unstoppable soundtrack, featuring Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Montell Jordan and more. Meet the crews and danceToday, Xbox Singapore had a media event to showcase collaboratively with friends in Perform It! or challenge themtheir upcoming holiday titles including Kinect: Disneyland to a simultaneous head-to-head Dance Battle.Adventures, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Dance Central 2 andForza Motorsport 4 which would be available this month and Pricing: SRP S$59.90November. On top of that, the company also showed the Xbox Availability: 21 October, 2011classic Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Forza Motorsport 4: With genre-defining controller-based racing, game-changing Kinect experiences, such as head tracking, and new social features that connect players in ways no other racing game can, Forza Motorsport 4 is transforming the racing category. Availability: 11 October, 2011 Pricing: Standard Edition: SRP S$59.90; Limited Collector’s Edition: SRP S$84.90Kinect for Xbox 360 was launched a year ago and accordingto Jimmy Khoo, director for Retail Sales and Marketing,Microsoft Singapore, it set the new Guinness world recordas the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in 60 days.Today, the company unveiled the new Kinect holiday titleswhich some were showcased at Electronic EntertainmentExpo (E3) in June this year. Titles include the Kinect:Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Sports: Season Two, DanceCentral 2 and Forza Motorsport 4.Kinect: Disneyland Adventures: This is the first title comingout of a licensing agreement between Microsoft Studios andDisney Interactive Studios, and children, parents and Disney And for those who enjoyed Xbox classic, high-definitionfans can explore Disneyland park - from Main Street U.S.A. remake of Halo: Combat Evolved.to Critter Country - joining Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: Created in celebration ofhigh-five Mickey Mouse or hug Snow White using their full the tenth anniversary of one of the most beloved franchisesbodies and voices. No controller required. in gaming history, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary isPricing: SRP S$59.90 a spectacularly re-mastered version of the original HaloAvailability: 15 November, 2011 campaign, bundled with some of the most beloved multiplayerKinect Sports: Season Two: The sequel to last year’s nunber- maps in Halo history reimagined for Xbox LIVE. Halo: Combatone hit for Kinect is back with more full-body action, featuring Evolved Anniversary will include a bounty of new features,six new sports: American football, golf, baseball, winter skiing, including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, new challengesdarts and tennis. Whether you want to go for a hole-in-one in and new fiction to uncover.golf, throw a Hail Mary touchdown pass in American football Price: SRP S$42.90or compete against a friend during a few sets of tennis, Kinect Availability: 15 November, 2011Sports: Season Two has something to appeal to everyone.Price: SRP S$59.90Availability: 25 October, 2011Xbox and the Health Promotion Board is also collaborating topromote a fun and healthy lifestyle to Singapore families. Thepublic can get their first hands-on with Kinect Sports: Season 2at the upcoming National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign (NHLC)launch at Sengkang Community Club on Saturday 22 Oct 2011,a week before the game’s retail launch. 12
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone turning on digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x,Sony unveils worlds first both boost total magnification range from 0.9x up to 20x.digital binoculars with HD Electronic autofocus allows both binoculars to focus cleanly on subjects as close as 1cm away when recording in 2D (min.video recording, zoom, 80cm when recording in 3D).autofocus and SteadyShotSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-world-s-first- Separate images for left and right eyes are captured bydigital-binoculars-with-hd-video-recording-zoom-autofocus-and- a matched pair of precision G Lens optics by Sony withsteadyshot/13736.html Exmor R CMOS sensors and powerful BIONZ processors.October 17th, 2011 Independent electronic viewfinders provide clear, detailed images for left and right eyes, offering a 3D viewing experience that’s comfortable, natural and highly immersive. The binoculars are comfortable to hold for extended periods,Sony has unveiled the worlds first digital binoculars - DEV-5 thanks to the ergonomic grip area that’s coated with anand DEV-5K - which claim to offer high definition video elastomer material for comfortable handling and stablerecording, as well as 3D recording for military, security and operation. Top-mounted controls allow easy operation withprivate investigation use. Both binoculars are going to be gloved fingers, while dual buttons are provided to startavailable from November. recording instantly with either hand. As an additional refinement, both models include an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geotags video clips as you are on the move. The DEV-5 comes supplied with a rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) that allows up to approximately 3 hours of 2D recording on a single charge, while the DEV-5K is supplied with a high capacity rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV100) that allows up to approximately 6 hours of 2D recording. In addition, both models come with lens cover, finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and neck strap supplied. The new DEV-5 and DEV-5K digital recordable binoculars from Sony will be available in Singapore from November 2011 and are priced at S$2,599 and S$3,080 respectively. Quick hands on videoThe DEV-5 and DEV-5K from Sony claim to be the world’sfirst digital binoculars that can record Full high definition Colourful and affordablevideo with stereo sound. Available in two versions, theDEV-5 is the consumer version of the digital binoculars, Nokia 603 to be available inwhile the professional DEV-5K comes with the same technical Singapore in Q4specifications as the DEV-5 but also includes the AC-VQV10 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/colourful-and-affordable-nokia-603-to-high-speed AC adaptor/charger, plus a high-capacity NP- be-available-in-singapore-in-q4/13735.htmlFV100 battery. October 17th, 2011The DEV-5 lets you capture precious moments that you canenjoy later on your HD television. There is also a 3D recordmode that captures the scene as thrilling stereoscopic videofootage to enjoy on your 3D BRAVIA TV, with a maximummagnification of 5.4 times in 3D mode. Similar to the DEV-5,the DEV-5K professional model lets you observe and captureincontrovertible evidence simultaneously without having to The new Nokia 603 is equipped with the latest Symbiantake your eyes off the subject. It also offers 3D recording Belle operating system and with the Nokia Luna Bluetoothas realistic stereoscopic video footage, which is suitable for headset, both aim to bring Near Field Communication (NFC)military, security and private investigation use. to mass market. The Nokia 603 smartphone and Luna Bluetooth headset are scheduled to be available in Q4 this year.Variable zoom on both models lets you scan a wide area atlow magnification before zooming in seamlessly to pinpointyour subject, like a distant golf ball or birds in the field. By 13
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone subscription plan. Singapore is one of the first markets where the MediaPad is commercially available.Nokia has announced their new colourful and affordable Nokia603 which is preloaded with the latest apps and featuringsingle-tap pairing, sharing and tag reading with Near FieldCommunication (NFC). The company also unveiled the Nokia Singapore, 13 October 2011 - The wait is finally over forLuna Bluetooth Headset to use with the Nokia 603 that lets Huawei MediaPad fans in Singapore! From 15 October 2011,user pair easily via NFC technology. Designed to appeal to the 7-inch Android Honeycomb 3.2 MediaPad will be retailingfirst time smartphone users and those upgrading from older at operators as well as selected retail stores for S$598products, the Nokia 603 offers the latest technologies and (including GST) without subscription plan. Singapore is onefeatures in a package that is extensive, affordable and unique of the first markets where the MediaPad is commerciallyto the company. available.The Nokia 603 has a seamless, compact design and has a The Huawei MediaPad is a complete entertainmentdurable 3.5-inch ClearBlack, scratch-resistant display that powerhouse driven by Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHzis optimized for use even under bright sunlight. Priced at processor. Featuring a 7-inch 217 PPI capacitive touch screen,EUR200 (before taxes and subsidies), the Nokia 603 comes the MediaPad is Huawei’s smartest, slimmest and lightestpreloaded with Maps, latest social networking games and tablet yet, measuring just 10.5mm (0.4 inches) deep andapps, and the ability to capture, edit and share photographs. weighing approximately 390g (0.86 pounds).It also features the latest Symbian Belle software with up tosix customizable homescreens and dynamic live widgets for It supports 1080P full HD video playback and features a 1.3improved personalization and prioritization of your favourite megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focuscontent. rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. With HSPA 14.4Mbps and high-speed WiFi 802.11n InternetThe Nokia 603 is available in black and white with a choice connectivity and preloaded with 3 popular games, theof back covers in six different colors: black, white, fuchsia, MediaPad doesn’t just entertain – it keeps you connected.green, yellow and blue. The Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headsetis available in black, white, fuchsia, green and cyan. Bothproducts are expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter Intel CPUs Overclocked: Sandyof 2011. Easy, Ivy Easier, HaswellHuawei MediaPad on sale Easiest! Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-cpus-overclocked-sandy-easy-ivy-tomorrow for S$598 easier-haswell-easiest-/13733.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-mediapad-on-sale-tomorrow- October 17th, 2011for-s-598/13734.htmlOctober 17th, 2011 Contrary to the image some harbour due to the temporary Sandy Bridge overclock lock on the generic non-K parts, Intel The wait is finally over for Huawei MediaPad fans processors are expected to be very overclock friendly in thein Singapore! From 15 October 2011, the 7-inch Android future generations. My sources at IDF confirmed that directly,Honeycomb 3.2 MediaPad will be retailing at operators as well and now it might be the time to cover it in more detail...as selected retail stores for S$598 (including GST) without 14
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEven with AMDs initial Bulldozer parts around now, Intel All thats missing in this story is some competition to this...seems to still hold a firm lead when it comes to easy where, oh where?"production" overclocking where, with just a small tune up,you can get an extra 20% to 30% processor performancewithout major - or any at all, if using a good board and decentcooling - impact on your systems long term reliability. For Asus launches USB 3.0 speedinstance, a typical six-core Core i7 990X runs very nicely at4.27 GHz speed everyday at just 1.28 volts, without a hitch. booster, UASP support forAnd, the K-series Sandy Bridge overclocking capabilities, even ASMediaon standard air cooling, are well known, with the new i7 2700K Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-usb-3.0-speed-booster-parts running stable at 5 GHz with decent air cooling alone. uasp-support-for-asmedia/13732.html October 17th, 2011 So far weve only seen performance boosting software for USB 3.0 data transfer from ASRock, but now Asus has launched its own take, alongside a set of new drivers for ASMedias USB 3.0 host controllers which adds UASP support. We did a quick and dirty speed test with the new drivers to see if there was any improvement, although we didnt have a compatible Asus motherboard at hand to test the speed boosting software. So far weve only seen performance boosting software for USB 3.0 data transfer from ASRock, but now Asus has launched its own take, alongside a set of new drivers for ASMedias USB 3.0 host controllers which adds UASP support. We did a quick and dirty speed test with the new drivers to see if there was any improvement, although we didnt have a compatible AsusNow, the good seems be just getting better, as we move motherboard at hand to test the speed boosting software.forward. According to the stuff seen at the IDF, Ivy Bridge UASP or USB Attached SCSI Protocol not only brings with itCPUs decouple the main clock finally, following what the a performance boost as long as youre using a storage devicecoming Sandy Bridge - E Socket 2011 is also implementing. with UASP support, but it also offers support for commandNow, you can overclock the cores and memory without queuing and removes several software overheads. But mostworrying about affecting the I/O and PCIe clocks. But then significantly for most consumers, UASP adds support for out-comes the more interesting piece news. of-order completion of file copies. What does this mean in practical terms? Well, you can now copy files simultaneouslyA year later, in early 2013, the pinnacle of Intels 22 nm by drag and drop and theyll finish based on the file size ratherprocess show off, the initial Haswell processor, is expected than on the order you copied them as in generally the caseto go another step further, where CPU core, GPU, memory, with the Bulk Only Transfer protocol. Sadly UASP wont be aPCI and DMI ratios are all set independently here, on top of standard until Windows 8 comes out and its quite tricky tofine grain BCLK base clock available within the Lynx Point know which devices are supported and which arent.chipset. Also, due to its fully integrated voltage regulatorcircuitry for simplified platform design, more stable power Renesas was the first to support UASP for its host controllersdelivery and therefore more predictable overclocking could and has so far been the only USB 3.0 host controllerbe achieved. Add to it the expected major improvements in manufacturer to support the standard. That said, ASMediamemory DIMM layout topology, enabling great performance has support UASP on the device side for quite some time andeven with 2 DIMMs per channel without the usual penalties its ASM1051E, ASM1051U and ASM1054 SATA to USB 3.0compared to just 1 DIMM per channel. bridges all support UASP. According to Asus, the LucidPort USB300 SATA to USB 3.0 bridge also offers UASP support andNow, this would be as far as one can go in overclock this is also what the manufacturers website is stating. Beyondfriendliness on a mainstream platform, and, knowing that the SATA bridges several USB 3.0 flash drives also support UASPsources were confirming the likelihood of combined multiple and Asus is providing a list of devices that the company hasCPU and multiple GPU cores on Haswell (i.e. you could have, tested on its website (see link at the end of the article).say, 4 CPU cores and 2 GPU cores, or 2 CPU cores and 3 GPUcores chip), would create possibly the most flexible desktop -and mobile - platform Intel, or anyone else, ever had in onesocket. 15
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone maximum write speed peaked at 293.3MB/s a few times, with the average write speed hitting 242.6MB/s. Pretty impressive stuff, especially as its a free upgrade. Seagate launches the GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-launches-the-goflex-cinema- multimedia-drive/13731.html October 17th, 2011 Media players are hardly what wed call special these days andEven if you dont have an Asus motherboard, but an ASMedia you can get some really cheap, if albeit basic models these dayshost controller we suggest you head over to Asus and hit the that will play pretty much any file format you throw at them.download button, as included in its USB 3.0 Boost package are Seagate has been trying to get in to the media player for quitenew ASMedia drivers as well as a new firmware and both are some time and so far the company has come up with someneeded for UASP support and will work on all ASMedia USB fairly uninspiring solutions, but its new GoFlex Cinema is a3.0 host controllers. We did a really quick Crystal DiskMark rather intriguing piece of hardware.test using the same ASM1051E bridge and Patriot WildfireSSD and although we used a different system for the testthan the one we used during our exhaustive USB 3.0 host Media players are hardly what wed call special these days andcontroller roundup, we saw improved read speeds of about you can get some really cheap, if albeit basic models these days12MB/s although the read speed was only up by about 1MB/s. that will play pretty much any file format you throw at them.Thats still a decent improvement considering that all we did Seagate has been trying to get in to the media player for quitewas flash the host controller firmware and install a new driver. some time and so far the company has come up with someAsus is making some wild claims of a 170 percent performance fairly uninspiring solutions, but its new GoFlex Cinema is aincrease in UASP mode which might be possible in some rather intriguing piece of hardware.scenarios and considering that their test setup was slightly The GoFlex Cinema is one of the smallest media players indifferent and consisted of actual file copying, we cant say the market, well; it is as long as you dont take into accountits wrong. Whats more surprising is that its Turbo software the size of the GoFlex hard drive which its attached to. Theonly offers a 127 percent improvement in the same scenario, entire setup measures 223x120x44mm and that gives you aalthough that was in BOT (Bulk Only Transfer) mode, as sizeable external hard drive available in 1TB, 2TB and 3TBapparently Asus USB 3.0 Boost software isnt compatible with sizes. Unlike Seagates previous attempts at media players theUASP. Still, if you have a device that doesnt support UASP, GoFlex Cinema relies on 3.5-inch hard drives rather than 2.5-its still a decent way of getting some additional performance inch drives. Beyond its media player features it can also beout of your USB 3.0 devices. For some reason theres also a used for copying files directly from a digital camera without the"normal" mode in the USB 3.0 Boost software in case you have need of a PC. A small remote control that doesnt look overlya device that doesnt like UASP or the boost mode. impressive is also supplied.So the takeaway here is that even if you dont have an Asusmotherboard on the list, as long as you have an ASMedia USB3.0 host controller its well worth upgrading the firmware anddrivers. Asus is currently listing 17 motherboard models thatit says are compatible with the USB 3.0 Boost software andthe new UASP drivers. We tested with a standard ASM1042based PCI Express cards and didnt run into any issues withthe new UASP drivers and several devices that we tested itwith. All were hoping for now is that all the other USB 3.0 hostcontroller makers will follow suit and launch UASP drivers fortheir host controllers.Update: We ran another quick test in HD Tune Pro 4.61 andgot an average read speed of 261.6MB/s, thats nearly 37MB/s faster than without UASP. In terms of write performance wesaw a huge increase in performance here too with an increasein the average sequential write speed of 33MB/s, although the 16
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe actual media player is a small attachment that goes on October 17th, 2011what would normally have been the bottom end of a GoFlexhard drive and it sports a mini USB port for file transfers to/from a PC, a standard USB port to which cameras or other USBstorage devices can be connected, an HDMI port, an opticalS/PDIF out, a pair of RCA audio jacks and a composite videoconnector as well as a power connector. Theres both an upsideand a downside to this. The upside is that the drive that comes This afternoon, Western Digital announced the launch ofwith the GoFlex Cinema works with other GoFlex adapters the WD TV Live, My Passport Studio and My Passport forfrom Seagate, so you can get a USB 3.0 dock to boost the speed Mac in Singapore. The WD TV Live streaming media playerwhen youre copying files from your PC. The downside is that can connect to the Internet easily via Ethernet or wireless,the GoFlex Cinema isnt sold without a hard drive, so if you and supports high definition video applications. The WDalready own a GoFlex drive, youll have to get another one to MyPassport portable hard drives come in compact form factorget the GoFlex Cinema. with high storage capacity options and are designed for use with Mac and Apple Time Machine.In terms of file support the GoFlex Cinema appears to have justabout every format in all standard resolutions supported. Itllplay back AVI (Xvid, MPEG 1/2/4, AVC, H.264), MPG/MPEG,VOB, ISO (DVD and Blu-ray), M2TS, MP4, MOV (AVC ,H.264), MKV (MPEG 2/4, AVC, H.264), FLV and ASF (VC-1,WMV9) video files as well as MP3, WAV, AAC, MKA, FLAC,WMA, APE and OGG audio files, alternatively audio combinedwith the video. Theres also support for LPCM, WMA Pro,Dolby Digital and DTS audio, although only pass through forthe multi-channel formats. Finally itll display JPEG (up to20Megapixles), GIF, TIFF, BMP and PNG images and SRT,SSA, ASS and SAMI subtitles.We cant say much about the UI as Seagate has only posted asingle screenshot on its website and even that isnt very clear.Theres multi-language support, but as to which languagesare supported seems to vary between the regions the unit issold in and currently it seems to only be available in EMEAand the details on Seagates website is as such limited to thatregion. The 1TB model retails for €99 (S$175), with the 2TBmodel only being slightly more expensive at €129 (S$229) andfinally the 3TB model at €179 (S$315). No word on when or ifSeagate is planning on launching the GoFlex Cinema outsideof Europe, but wed expect it to be available globally. Western Digital has launched their latest WD TV Live wireless streaming media player, WD My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives in Singapore. The WDWestern Digital launches WD TV Live streaming media player is Wi-Fi enabled and canTV Live, My Passport Studio connect to the Internet via wireless or Ethernet connection. It features a new intuitive user interface and offers Internetand My Passport for Mac in content from services including Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Dailymotion, Spotify (available only in USA), AccuWeatherSingapore and even Shoutcast Radio. The media player also includesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-launches-wd-tv-live- Fun Spot Games gaming service that has games such asmy-passport-studio-and-my-passport-for-mac-in-singapore/13730.html Sudoku, Black Jack and Poker. Other features include DLNA- compatible, supports a wide variety of media formats and support any USB connected drives, digital camera, video camcorder and network drives. 17
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe WD TV Live streaming media player is available atselected retailers at S$189. Chevrolet works on next- generation EN-V concept vehicle Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chevrolet-works-on-next-generation- en-v-concept-vehicle/13729.html October 17th, 2011 Car manufacturer Chevrolet has announced plans to work on the next-generation EN-V vehicle that claims to be safe, is zero-emission and powered by Lithium-ion batteries. The company intends to use the EN-V vehicle for pilot programs in selected megacities around the world.The ultra-copmact WD My Passport for Mac sports an elegantMac-inspired finish and features high capacity storage optionsof up to 2TB. The WD My Passport for Mac is powered throughUSB2.0 and does not require additional cables or powersource. The WD My Passport Studio, on the other hand, has anall-metal design and offers multiple connectivity options - twoFireWire 800 and USB 2.0. It also allows users to daisy chainadditional drives or other peripherals such as high definitioncamcorders, and features encryption and password protectionsoftware.The WD My Passport for Mac and My Passport Studio areavailable at selected retailers at the following price tags:- WD My Passport Studio WD My Passport for Mac 500GB - S$169 500GB - S$119 Work on the a next-generation Chevrolet EN-V concept vehicle 750GB - S$189 750GB - S$129 was announced today, and it represents General Motors’ 1TB - S$219 1TB - S$159 vision to meet the growing demand for safe, connected, zero-emissions personal transportation. The next-generation Chevrolet EN-V could participate in pilot demonstration programs in megacities around the world to determine real- world practicality. Future EN-V concepts will carry the Chevrolet brand, Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy, told international and domestic media visiting Detroit in advance of Chevrolet’s Nov. 3 Centennial celebration. The award-winning EN-V, short for Electric Networked- Vehicle, is a two-seat, electric urban mobility concept that maintains the basic principle of personal mobility, while responding to congestion and environmental concerns in growing global megacities. The next-generation Chevrolet EN- V concept will add new features that customers need, such asCraig Davis, director, Sales and Marketing, Branded Product climate control, personal storage space and all-weather andGroup, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region, was at the event road condition operation. It will also retain its battery electricto talk about the new offerings from the company. propulsion, connectivity and autonomous driving capabilities. 18
  • October 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe EN-V is a zero-emissions vehicle powered by lithium-ion — in more ways than one. Peep closely and you can see thebatteries. Recharging from a conventional wall outlet using notches of the capacitive sensors embedded on top of thestandard household power enables EN-V to travel at least 40 device. Our review unit came in a standard retail box withkilometers on a single charge, acceptable for most urban trips. bundled accessories including a USB nano receiver, two AA- size batteries, base cover, USB cable and the product and setup guides.By combining GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communicationsand distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be drivenmanually or autonomously. In autonomous mode, EN-V offersmobility to people who may not otherwise operate a vehicle.By leveraging wireless communications it allows drivers andoccupants to communicate hands-free with friends or businessassociates while on the go.The ability to communicate with other vehicles and withthe infrastructure could help EN-V significantly reduce thenumber of vehicle crashes and make it easier to find availableparking spaces. It could also reduce traffic congestion byautomatically selecting the fastest route based on real-timetraffic information.Microsoft Touch MouseReview: Mouse with a cleverTouchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-touch-mouse-review-mouse-with-a-clever-touch/13728.htmlOctober 17th, 2011The Microsoft Touch Mouse was introduced in Singapore,in August this year. The stylish, elegant mouse claims to workwith Windows 7 operating system and is capable to handlescrolling, minimizing/maximizing, and docking with fingergestures. VR-Zone managed to get one for this review and seehow well the Microsoft Touch Mouse works.This Microsoft mouse should come with a warning: Swipingis addictive. This is a wireless Mouse with a different Touch 19
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  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! such as the dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication rear touch pad are all designed to deliver the unique, powerful covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. gameplay experiences consumers have been asking for and enable new ways for users to connect with the world around them."Playstation Vita Launches The portable market is changing, and on February 22 well allFebruary 22, 2012 get a chance to see if the Vita has a fighting chance.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/playstation-vita-launches-february-22-2012/13781.htmlOctober 20th, 2011 Lytro finally shows off and launches its light field camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lytro-finally-shows-off-and-launches- its-light-field-camera/13782.html October 20th, 2011Sony has announced that the Playstation Vita will hit thestreets on February 22, 2012 in the United States, Canada,Latin America, and Europe. The Wi-Fi model will sell for thesurprisingly reasonable price of $249.99 followed by $299.99for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. The portable market is changing, and The first pictures taken using Lytros light field technologyon February 22 well all get a chance to see if the Vita has a appeared on the web a few months back and stirred up quitefighting chance. a lot of interest in what kind of camera the company could be working on, as it all seemed a little bit too good to be true and there werent a whole lot of details to go on. Now the company has finally launched its first product which is simply called the Lytro light field camera and it doesnt look like any camera weve ever seen before. The first pictures taken using Lytros light field technology appeared on the web a few months back and stirred up quite a lot of interest in what kind of camera the company could be working on, as it all seemed a little bit too good to be true and there werent a whole lot of details to go on. Now the companySony has announced that the Playstation Vita will hit the has finally launched its first product which is simply called thestreets on February 22, 2012 in the United States, Canada, Lytro light field camera and it doesnt look like any cameraLatin America, and Europe. The Wi-Fi model will sell for the weve ever seen before.surprisingly reasonable price of $249.99 followed by $299.99 If anything, the Lytro light field camera looks a bit like afor the 3G/Wi-Fi model. CCTV camera in terms of design, albeit like a smaller designerThough my initial excitement for the device was tepid, that version. The rectangular body houses a lens at the front and achanged after spending some time with the Vita at this years comparatively tiny 1.46-inch glass covered LCD touch screenE3. It feels good in the hand, has a gorgeous 5 inches (16:9), at the back. It only has two buttons, power and shutter, as960 x 544 OLED screen, finally has dual analog sticks, and Im well as a small touch sensitive surface on the top which isinterested in the potential of the rear touch pad. used for zooming with the lens. Theres also a micro USB 2.0 port hidden under a flap at the bottom. Theres a built-inPresident and chief executive officer of SCEA Jack Trenton rechargeable battery, but theres no mention as to how manysays "PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of pictures its good for. One very questionable design decisiongaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality. from Lytro is the fact that the company decided to go with built Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of in memory and as such you get to make do with either 8 orportable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation 16GB of storage space.gamers for generations to come. With its technologicalprowess and social connectivity, PlayStation Vita offers anexperience beyond anything available on the market. Features 1
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe lens sports 8x optical zoom and appears to have 10 or 11lens elements. The f/2 aperture is constant across the entirezoom range which is photographically an impressive feature,but it also helps explain why the camera is 112mm long,although it only measures 41mm square. Behind the lens is thelight field sensor which sports ”11Megarays” as the companycalls it, although they dont seem to be too keen to say whatthis compares to in traditional Megapixles. Its pretty clearthat the Lytro camera doesnt shoot super high resolutionpictures, as in various videos from the launch event companyrepresentatives are talking HD video resolution and images The bad news is that currently the Lytro camera only comeswith sides of 1080 pixels. Its possible that this is a limitation with software for Mac, although the company has promisedof the technology at the moment and its also worth noting that to deliver Windows software sometime next year. On topthe camera takes square pictures. of that all images are saved in a proprietary lfp file format and it doesnt appear to be possible to export the images to standard formats if youd want to. This makes it impossible to edit the images and it also makes them fairly useless for any kind of professional use. That said, Lytro seems to be targeting the consumer market with its first camera as the company is offering a free, unlimited image hosting service that will allow the pictures to be shared to various other services such as Facebook or Twitter. It should also be pointed out that the company is only talking about online sharing of the pictures and there really seems to be little else you can do with them. This is again disappointing considering the otherwise impressive technology.Despite the peculiar camera design and somewhat Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)disappointing specifications, the technology behind thepictures you take is mind blowing. Not only can you re-focus With so many pros and cons youll have to be a true gadgetand zoom your pictures after taking them, but you can even lover or an experimental photographer to invest in one ofadjust the parallax of the images, something that has never Lytros cameras, as they dont come cheap. The 8GB modelsbeen possible to do before. On top of that all the pictures will be available in electric blue and graphite for US$399 (Syou take with the Lytro camera are 3D compatible and the $509) whit the 16GB red hot model will be going for US$499company even claims that the pictures will be compatible (S$639). We dont want to be overly pessimistic here, as wewith future display technology such as holographic displays havent actually played with one of the cameras, but it feels likeif theyre ever made. As such quite a lot of data is saved per Lytro has created a camera with very limited appeal despiteimage, the company recons each image is about 16MB in size, its obvious technological advantages over a traditional digitalsimilar to RAW images out of high-end digital cameras or camera.DSLRs. What isnt so great, at least in its current state, is thatyou cant seem to get the entire image in focus the way you can Source: Lytro, for some more examples of Lytros images,by stopping down a traditional camera lens, but hopefully this please check out their image galleryis something that will be added in the future. HP Launches new e-All-in-One Printers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-launches-new-e-all-in-one- printers/13780.html 2
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 20th, 2011 HP says the Photosmart range of printers allows home users to print lab quality photos at home. According to product sheets provided by HP, the HP Photosmart 7510 has 5 individual inks system that allows for the changing specific inks for greater savings. The Photosmart 7510 comes with an automatic document feeder that can hold up to 25 loose sheets, whileHewlett Packard (HP) has launched a new series of lifestyle duplex printing capabilities helps reduce paper wastage. Wi-connected printers that the company promises will enhance Fi is also built in, with a large 4.33-inch TouchSmart screen forand redefine users home printing experience. They are running HP print Apps and printing of web content withoutthe stylish HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One printer and the HP the need for a PC.Photosmart family of e-All-in-One printers for consumers. Other printers in the Photosmart family include the HPAll e-All-in-One printers incorporate ePrint technology that Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One and the HP Photosmart 5510 e-allows them to be customized with an email address. Printing All-in-One.can be initiated by simply sending a photo or document to theprinter via email and picking up the printed pages later. In The HP Envy 110 will be available at the recommended retailaddition, the printers come with AirPrint and HP ePrint Home price of $440 from October onwards. The HP Photosmart 7510& Biz support for app based printing from Android, iOS and will be available from November at a recommended retail priceSymbian. of $387, while the Photosmart 6510 and the Photosmart 5510HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One will be available for $307 and $261 respectively. Buyers Guide: MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition 3GB - The Fastest Single GPU for BF3? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/buyer-s-guide-msi-n580gtx-lightning- xtreme-edition-3gb--the-fastest-single-gpu-for-bf3-/13772.htmlThe HP Envy 110 e-All-in-One printer features a sleek and slim October 20th, 2011design in a classy white and cream color. Elegantly designedto blend in, HP says that the printer will easily complementany room in the house. Whisper-quiet printing also ensuresthat no conversations or TV programs are ever interruptedaround the house. The Envy 110 comes with copy, scan andduplex printing capabilities, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)connectivity, as well as the ability to read memory cards such There are plenty of reasons why anyone would onlyas the Memory Stick Duo and Secure Digital/MultimediaCard. want a single graphics card in their system - limitedFinally, a 3.45 inch touchscreen makes it possible to access space in SFF motherboards/enclosures, power consumptiona wide array of HP print Apps that include Facebook Photos considerations, and input lag or framerate stuttering withto printer photos directly from your Facebook Photo album, some multi-GPU setups. Before Battlefield 3 launchesto My Recipes, which is filled with recipes from various officially next Tuesday (25th October 2011), we take amagazines. quick look on whether the MSI N580GTX Lightning XtremeHP Photosmart e-All-in-One printers Edition is best single GPU weapon for your online battlefield domination. Introduction Earlier this month, the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 multiplayer open beta introduced revolutionary new levels of DirectX 11 graphics quality and detail in the game environments, obsoleting many older hardware in the process and triggering a mad rush to upgrade to higher grades of graphics cards and CPUs in order to get comfortable and consistent framerates. As covered by our BF3 system builder guide, we mentioned that the game demands at least a 3GHz Quad Core processor such as Intels Core i5/i7 and AMDs Phenom II/FX Bulldozer 3
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneclass of CPUs to not be bottlenecked by it. Scaling the numberof CPU cores/threads/modules, or overclocking the workingfrequency did not show much noticable improvement beyondthat.Things were more exciting on the GPU end though as we sawalmost linear FPS scaling when we varied the number of cards,shaders, clock speeds and memory bandwidth. GPU usage waswalling at 99% - something we havent seen in games exceptthe original Crysis and stress test burners. For example, wetested that a dual SLi setup (ultra image quality) get almost90% more FPS (~95fps) than a single card (~50fps), a tri-SLisetup get 170% more (~135fps), and a quad SLi 250% more(~175fps). Well be testing this again when the final retail gameis released, with the latest drivers. Inset of Box (with a transparent window to see the card)There are plenty of reasons why some end users andcompetitive gamers would want only a single GPU graphicscard: • Lack of space and cooling capacity in cramped small form factor cases/motherboards • Power Consumption of Multiple Cards • "Good Enough" for lower resolutions / image quality presets • Mouse Input Lag, framerate jitter and micro stuttering caused by certain bridge chips implementations and the concept of AFR (alternate frame rendering) itself which is used in both SLi and Crossfire.Today, well be doing a quick look on the MSI N580GTX Back of BoxLightning Xtreme Edition 3GB that we will be using in someof our upcoming BF3 articles. Simply put, the card in handbelongs to the pinnacle of off the shelf air-cooled gaminggraphics cards, bar multi-GPU behemoths like the NvidiaGTX590 and the AMD Radeon 6990. As the final Battlefield3 game is not released yet, we will be doing some max airoverclocking and running a few demanding benchmarks inpreparation for the main event next week..The PackagingFront of Box Accessories (PCIe 6 to 8 pin convertors, Analog to DVI dongle, SLi Bridges, Installation CD and a User Guide) 4
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Asia, World Sport Group, Warner Music Group, Refinery Media, and Oak3. The partners are establishing a strong presence on YouTube to easily distribute their content and grow their audience. YouTube has also secured a masthead advertisement on the Singapore home page for opening day from local telecommunication operator, SingTel. At the launch, SingTel has expressed plans to launch a new YouTube channel and seeks to find a suitable host who could well be the next social media star on youtube.com.sg. The video sharing site has also signed a licensing agreement with Composers & Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) that allow music artists to earn revenue on YouTube. Revenue is generated when advertisements are displayed against YouTube partner’s videos. This means that under the agreement, Singaporean authors can receive payments from their associations when rights holders distribute them. For Xbox 360 owners, the company has also announced thatYouTube launches localized YouTube service will be available on the gaming console inservice in Singapore November next month. While no details are out, it should come in the form of an online update. No word as to when theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/youtube-launches-localized-service-in- YouTube service will be available on other game consoles likesingapore/13779.html Sony PS3 though.October 20th, 2011Today, YouTube announced a localized service in Singapore,www.youtube.com.sg, which features a local interface thatallows users to search relevant videos quickly and easily; hasexpanded content from local and global partners; and offersSingaporean users opportunities to increase their exposure. According to Adam Smith, director of Product Management for YouTube Asia-Pacific, with todays launch, YouTube will be globalized to 35 countries around the world. "Every day, the 35 countries generate close to 3 billion video views on the YouTube platform, and that figure is a 50% increase of the 2 billion last year. What we see is that every single minute, there are 48 hours of videos uploaded. One of the trends we are watching very closely is how YouTube is expanding from being primarily a desktop service to one that is available wherever people are, with mobile playing anThe world’s most popular online video sharing site, YouTube, incredible part; we have over 400 million views a day on thehas made its official debut in Singapore. Singaporeans can now mobile platform. And that is important over here, in Asia" saidfind their favourite local content easily, and share them across Smith.the globe. All you need to do is go to URL youtube.com.sg orselect the location "Singapore" at the bottom of the YouTubewebsite.In conjunction with this launch, YouTube has formedpartnership agreements with top Singaporean mediacompanies such as Interactive SG, Valleyarm / Music Services 5
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone October 20th, 2011 Admittedly were late on reporting this, but it seems like the camp of four port USB 3.0 host controller makers is growing quickly and about a month ago Fresco Logic quietly joined Renesas, TI and VLI with its own four port host controller. Its latest product is the FL1100 and it gets a couple of additional features over the FL1009Nikon 1 cameras, J1 and V1, Admittedly were late on reporting this, but it seems like thearrive in Singapore camp of four port USB 3.0 host controller makers is growingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-1-cameras-j1-and-v1-arrive-in- quickly and about a month ago Fresco Logic quietly joinedsingapore/13778.html Renesas, TI and VLI with its own four port host controller. ItsOctober 20th, 2011 latest product is the FL1100 and it gets a couple of additional features over the FL1009. Fresco Logic is making a big deal about the FL1100 featuring new "hardware-based multi-stream, multi-threaded parallel processing engines" which are meant to help deliver full USB 3.0 bandwidth to each of the four ports. The chip itself is fairly big compared to the competition at 9x9mm, Renesas recentlyNikon surprised the world when the company announced launched µPD720201 measures 8x8mm and has nearly halftheir new Nikon 1 advanced mirrorless cameras with the pin count at 68 vs 119 pints for the FL1100.interchangeable lens last month - the J1 and V1. Well,apparently, the Nikon 1 cameras have just hit the shelves inSingapore and are retailing from today. As with the older FL1009, the FL1100 supports xHCI 1.0 and UASP. It also features Fresco Logics GoXtream technologyPlease note that Nikon will only carrying the Black, Pink and which the company claims minimizes latency and helpsWhite version of the Nikon 1 J1 at this point in time. protect real-time data streams when other devices are being used simultaneously. Whats new is support for hardwareFresco Logic does four ports based link power management which is still a fairly new addition to USB 3.0 and its not a feature all device supports.of USB 3.0 goodness However, USB 3.0 devices that support LPM can go into sleepSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fresco-logic-does-four-ports-of- states if there are long periods of inactivity.usb-3.0-goodness/13777.html The final new addition is support for USB battery charging and the FL1100 supports revision 1.2 of the standard. Apparently theres also a special USB charging standard for China that isnt quite the same as the one pushed by the USB-IF, but 6
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe FL1100 can apparently auto detect which standard issupported by the device being charged and automaticallyswitch between the two standards. The reason this is needed isbecause USB devices that supports the USB charging standardwill send a handshake that informs the host controller howmuch power it wants and if this isnt initialized correctly, thenthe USB device will only get 500mA.Well have to wait and see if any of the motherboardmanufacturers picks up the FL1100, but at the moment it looksas if Gigabyte is slowly moving from Etron to Fresco Logic, atleast on its high-end motherboards. We should also take the opportunity here to clear up aIntel talks Intelligent Systems misunderstanding here with regards to Intels Digital Homeat IEDS Taipei Group. Although the DHG has been merged with the tabletSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-talks-intelligent-systems-at-ieds- group, Intel didnt communicate what was going on in a cleartaipei/13776.html manner. Intel has indeed pulled its Atom CE 4000-series ofOctober 20th, 2011 SoCs out of the retail product market and as such products like Google TV and the Boxeebox wont be getting any competitors on the retail shelf. However, Intel is actively pursuing the IPTV and Cable TV market space with its CE 4000-series of Atom SoCs.Mention embedded computing and most people either leavesthe room or start yawning and this is something Intelapparently have picked up on, as the company as re-namedits embedded computing division to Intel Intelligent Systems.We spent a day at the Intel Embedded Developer Summit inTaipei and found out that the company is busy trying to makeembedded computing sexy.Mention embedded computing and most people either leavesthe room or start yawning and this is something Intelapparently have picked up on, as the company as re-namedits embedded computing division to Intel Intelligent Systems.We spent a day at the Intel Embedded Developer Summit inTaipei and found out that the company is busy trying to makeembedded computing sexy.When most of us think about embedded computing, wethink about industrial PCs and antiquated motherboards andpossibly expensive, yet out dated hardware. However, this isquickly changing as the embedded market is evolving andmoving towards more advanced solutions and were nowseeing cutting edge hardware in many embedded systems.Intel is of course pushing its Atom processors heavily into thismarket space, as theyre low power and can often be equipped In fact, Intel is making a big push into the IPTV and Cable TVwith passive cooling. That said, the company is also busy market and is working closely with several service providerspushing its Sandy Bridge processors into this market space not only on the hardware side to create devices that consumersand there were a few demos as the show that explained why. wont be ashamed to have in their homes, but also on the software side to allow the set top box makers to build software platforms that are future proof, upgradable and expandable. 7
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSwedish telecom company Ericsson was on location at IEDSas well and theyre one of the bigger players out there whenit comes to delivering the connectivity between the serviceproviders and the end users. Ericsson was keen to point outthat consumers wants easy to use hardware where they donthave to sit down and read manuals to work out how to getthe most out of their set top box, but they also want a lot offunctionally and are in fact willing to pay for it. They didntspecifically promote Intels solution, but hinted at the fact that Other products on display included a rather nifty patientoffering hardware that can be easily upgraded instead of using hospital all-in-one PC which doubled up as a TV, a streamingcustom made solutions for each generation of set top boxes video player, meal ordering system, phone and maybe mostwould overall offer a better customer experience. importantly, a means for the doctor to easily access the patients records. Some other rather peculiar products on display included a set top box from Tatung with Intel WiDi, i.e. video streaming over Wi-Fi to the TV. Were not sure how much sense this makes, unless its possible to stream to another room. There was also a company showing off an Atom powered car "stereo" which will of course handle video playback, navigation and a wide range of other things such as optional internet access and what not.Not only set top boxes were on display of course, Intel alsohad several other partner demos and some of its own. Onethat caught our eye was an augmented reality demo that wasdone together with Lego. Although Intel and Lego has shownoff similar demos before, the ones weve seen on YouTube inthe past have been of simpler Lego toys, while the demo atIEDS consisted of a couple of Lego Technics products whereyou could actually interact with the demo and one of the Legokits could show at least two different trucks you could buildout of the kit. 8
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone A wide range of other more traditional embedded computing products were also on display, but we wanted to show off a few that were more in line with Intels new Intelligent Systems name. In fact, Intel is expecting there to be around 15 billion “intelligent connected devices” out there by 2015, which is computers that can somehow interact with each other without any need for user input. These 15 billion devices are expected to create 35 trillion gigabytes of data by 2020 and this doesnt even take us humans into account. Embedded computing is changing and although it still has a long way to go before it becomes what wed call sexy technology that people care about,Finally a rather unusual product was on display by a Malaysian more and more of us are likely to end up with some embeddedcompany called Pradotec, an Atom Z510 powered portable technology in our homes sooner or later, if we dont alreadyePassport terminal. The HPT600 as its known as is a one of a have some.kind product so far that has been designed for border controlsaround the world and it allows passports to be easily scannedwithout the need of a larger PC. It also sports a wide range of MSI X79A-GD65 8Dwireless and wired connectivity options, a 5-inch LCD screen, Motherboard Pictureda GPS unit, USB 2.0 ports, a keyboard and even an optional Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-x79a-gd65-8d-motherboard-fingerprint scanner. pictured/13775.html October 20th, 2011 Here are some of the first pictures of MSI X79A-GD65 8D, the companys second-to-best socket LGA2011 offering, which will feature in the first wave of Sandy Bridge-E compatible motherboards. The marker "8D" brings back some old memories. It literally stands for "eight DIMMs", and was first used on the P45-8D "Memory Lover", a board that featured four each of DDR3 and DDR2 slots. On the X79A- GD65 8D, however, it refers to two DDR3 DIMMs per channel, to take advantage of the quad-channel IMC of Sandy Bridge- E. Lets put this one under the looking glass. Here are some of the first pictures of MSI X79A-GD65 8D, the companys second-to-best socket LGA2011 offering, 9
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhich will feature in the first wave of Sandy Bridge-E options includes four each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s.compatible motherboards. The marker "8D" brings back some There are no eSATA ports.old memories. It literally stands for "eight DIMMs", andwas first used on the P45-8D "Memory Lover", a board thatfeatured four each of DDR3 and DDR2 slots. On the X79A-GD65 8D, however, it refers to two DDR3 DIMMs per channel,to take advantage of the quad-channel IMC of Sandy Bridge-E. Lets put this one under the looking glass. Connectivity options are fairly standard. Theres 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, one gigabit Ethernet connection, FireWire, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by internal header), a few USB 2.0 ports, and the PS/2 combo connector. The board supports 4-way SLI and CrossFireX, and quite a few overclocking options packed into the UEFI configuration utility. There are MSI exclusives such as OC Genie II.The MSI X79A-GD65 8D is a socket LGA2011 HEDT (high-end desktop) platform offering by MSI, based on the Intel Samsung and GoogleX79 chipset. The landscape photograph shows just how theboard is bursting with features. The LOTES-made LGA2011 unveils GALAXY Nexus, firstsocket is powered by what appears to be a 5+2 phase VRMconfiguration, which makes use of solid-state choles and Android Ice Cream SandwichPOSCAP capacitors. DIMM slots are arranged in two sets of smartphonefour slots, on either sides of the socket. Each of the two sets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-and-google-unveils-galaxy-has wiring for two of the four DDR3 memory channels of the nexus-first-android-ice-cream-sandwich-smartphone/13774.htmlSandy Bridge-E processor. The memory is powered by a 4- October 20th, 2011phase VRM. The wait for the Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform is finally over. Today, Samsung and Google have jointly announced the GALAXY Nexus, which claims to be the first smartphone running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system.Expansion slots include five PCI-Express x16, of which twoare PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, four are PCI-Express 3.0 x8capable (depends on the way theyre populated), and one isPCI-Express 2.0 x4 capable (wired to the X79 PCH). A PCI-Express 2.0 x1 makes itself comfortable in the middle. Storage 10
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 850/900/1800/1900, *LTE version will be available depending on the region. Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor Display 4.65-inch 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED OS Android Ice Cream Sandwich Camera Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot; Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call Video Codec : MPEG4/H.263/ H.264, Playback : 1080p@30fps Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@30fps Audio Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/Samsung and Google today announced GALAXY Nexus, the eAAC+, 3.5mm Ear Jackworld’s first smartphone running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Google Mobile Services Android Market, Gmail,Sandwich; the latest release of the Android platform. The Google Earth, YouTube,GALAXY Nexus sports a 4.65-inch high definition Super Movie Studio Google MapsAMOLED display that supports 720p resolution and is 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor. by-turn navigation Syncing with Google Calendar, GoogleAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new + applook and feel, with a redesigned user interface. It also offersimproved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC Connectivity Bluetooth technology v 3.0,support and full web browsing experience. The Samsung USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, which is n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz), NFCa first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, Sensor Accelerometer, Compass,phone app, and everything inbetween has been rethought and Gyro, Light, Proximity,redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful. Barometer Memory 1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memoryIce Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets Size 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135gyou, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos Battery Standard battery, Li-on 1,750in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from mAhGoogle+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus featuresa camera which can shoot panorama pictures, do 1080p HDvideo capture, has zero-shutter lag, and offers various pictureeffects like silly faces and background replacement. On top of Gigabyte teases near finalthat, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also offers Face Unlockwhich uses facial recognition to unlock your phone, and NFC G1.Assasin 2 X79 motherboardtechnology that lets you share web pages, apps, and YouTube Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-teases-near-final-g1.assasin-2-videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones x79-motherboard/13773.htmltogether. The Samsung GALAXY Nexus also supports LTE and October 20th, 2011HSPA+ connectivity for high-speed web browsing whereveryou are.The Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., We already got a sneak peek at the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 X79Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled motherboard along with Gigabytes other X79 boards fromout to other global markets. IDF, but now the company is showing off teaser pictures of what should be near a final product on its Facebook page. Nothing much appears to have changed in terms of the board layout, although several SATA ports are missing thanks toNetwork HSPA+ 21Mbps/ Intels X79 chipset snafu. HSUPA 5.76Mbps, 850/900/1900/1700/2100 EDGE/GPRS; 11
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWe already got a sneak peek at the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 X79 by the time the board launches, which should be in less than amotherboard along with Gigabytes other X79 boards from months time, although well hopefully be able to get a previewIDF, but now the company is showing off teaser pictures of of the board before then.what should be near a final product on its Facebook page.Nothing much appears to have changed in terms of the boardlayout, although several SATA ports are missing thanks toIntels X79 chipset snafu. Polycom goes mobile with release of RealPresence Mobile for Tablets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/polycom-goes-mobile-with-release-of- realpresence-mobile-for-tablets/13771.html October 20th, 2011 Unified communications provider Polycom has announced the general availability of Polycom RealPresence Mobile, a high-definition video software solution for tablets. Designed to work with the companys RealPresence Platform, RealPresence Mobile promises to bring collaborationThe big news is that Gigabyte has overhauled the chipset technology beyond the confines of office and conference room.heatsinks to something more akin to its previous G1 boards,although were looking at an entirely new heatsink design. TheVRM cooler appears to have a machinegun barrel type design,whereas the X79 chipset itself is covered by a handgun witha beret carrying gold skull with a knife in its mouth. Maybenot to everyones taste, but at least the heatsinks are unique intheir own right. Essentially, businesses that deploy the Polycom RealPresence Platform will now be able to use a tablet such as the Apple iPad2 to collaborate face-to-face with their colleagues. These colleagues could be joining via other tablets devices, desktops, laptops, or even immersive video room systems. Other than the iPad2, support for Android 3.0 devices such as the Motorola XOOM and Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 are also mentioned. The RealPresence Mobile software application can be downloaded for free as of last week from the Apple App Store and Android Market. The company says delivering Polycom video to mobileIt looks as if the board will get a total of eight SATA ports, with platforms is a key component of its recently announceda Marvell controller adding two SATA 6Gbps ports to the two software strategy to bring secure high definition (HD) videoSATA 6Gbps port and four SATA 3Gbps ports provided by the collaboration to the broadest range of business, video, mobile,chipset. As we mentioned back at our IDF preview, it appears and social networking applications.that the G1.Assasin 2 is sporting USB 3.0 host controllers fromFresco Logic, although the new pictures dont add any more "RealPresence Mobile is a significant step toward achievingclarity to this. Well see if any other changes have been made our vision to make it possible for millions of people to use video 12
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecollaboration as their preferred method of communicating - camera with a single LED flash which can also be seen in theeasily, reliably, and securely - no matter what network, carrier, video. Well simply have to wait for more details on the newprotocol, application, or device they use," said Andy Miller, Eee Pad Transformer 2 before we can say with a certainty whatpresident and CEO of Polycom. it will come with or not, but wed expect that Asus will continue to throw teasers at us ahead of the launch which is expected toAccording to Polycom, RealPresence Mobile supports firewall take place sometime between now and the end of November.traversal and virtual private network clients, both of whichare important capabilities for the travelling executive. RealPresence Mobile delivers support for up to 75,000devices and 25,000 concurrent sessions, and also offers Nokia introduces NFCuniversal bridging to support both on-premises and cloud- services for businesses andbased delivery. consumers in SingaporeThe Polycom RealPresence Platform is available through Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-introduces-nfc-services-for-Polycoms certified channel partners. More information about businesses-and-consumers-in-singapore/13767.htmlRealPresence Mobile or the RealPresence Platform can be October 20th, 2011obtained at www.polycom.asia.Asus teases the Eee PadTransformer 2 tablet Today, Nokia Singapore showcased their new smartphones,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-teases-the-eee-pad- Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 603, based on the Symbiantransformer-2-tablet/13770.html Belle platform. In addition, the company also introducedOctober 20th, 2011 Near Field Communication (NFC) services for businesses and consumers.In a short 22 second video posted on YouTube, Asushas revealed the first glimpse of its upcoming Eee PadTransformer 2 tablet which is rumoured to be powered byNvidias upcoming quad core Tegra 3 SoC. The video doesntreally give away much in terms of details and as a teaser it surehas our interested piqued.In a short 22 second video posted on YouTube, Asushas revealed the first glimpse of its upcoming Eee PadTransformer 2 tablet which is rumoured to be powered byNvidias upcoming quad core Tegra 3 SoC. The video doesntreally give away much in terms of details and as a teaser it surehas our interested piqued.What you can tell from the few short glimpses of the tablet Today, Nokia Singapore held a event to announce theiritself is that Asus has been hard at work to create something a Symbian Belle smartphones - Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokialot more professional looking that its first Transformer tablet, 603. The Nokia 700 and 701 are available now, while theas the Transformer 2 has a brushed metal finish which in Nokia 603 will be available next month. All three phonesthe video appears to be a pinkish purple, although we have a also feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology thatfeeling that this isnt the actual colour of the tablet. The new allows users to pair with NFC-enabled mobile accessoriesfinish isnt the only change though as it appears that were such as speakers, Bluetooth headphones and headsets; sharelooking at a much thinner tablet this time around with styling content between devices, simply by tapping them.similar to that of Asus recently launched Zenbooks. The company also announced the launch of the new NFC Hub in Singapore, which allow businesses to adopt NFC technology in offering innovative services including ordering of NFC tags and posters to create custom NFC campaigns - social mediaThe keyboard dock is of course making a return and it too engagement on Facebook, Twitter etc; sending business cards,appears to have been given a few tweaks to go better with the opening a pre-defined web-page, launch application, sendingredesigned tablet part. The only connectivity option we know text message etc. According to Nokia, it costs only S$5 forfor sure is present is a single USB 2.0 port which is seen inthe video. The tablet itself appears to have been given a new 13
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneeach NFC tag which include the programming and design of financials were driven largely by strong growth in notebookthe collaterals. and Data Center (and cloud computing) segments.Nokia has partnered ComfortDelGro to offer NFC-enabled Intel has reported yet another record quarter for Q3, withoption for the FastCall automated taxi booking services, which revenues of $14.3 billion and net income of $3.5 billion,is available at over 400 locations in Singapore. The NFC- up 29% and 24% versus Q3 2010, respectively. The recordenabled service allows user to tap his or her phone and sms financials were driven largely by strong growth in notebookfor a cab at the location. The service simply initiates the taxi and Data Center (and cloud computing) segments.booking via SMS to FastCall, and a SMS confirmation will be Compared to the previous record, Q2 2011, revenues weresent to the phone. Note that in order for any NFC service to boosted 9% and net income 15% for Q3. The only blemishwork, user need to unlock their phone and choose to allow the was the Atom division, down 32% versus Q3 2010, due toNFC-service initiation. SMRT and National Heritage Board strong competitiom from AMDs superior C-Series and E-have also participated in the rolling out of NFC services. If you Series APUs.are at Bras Basah MRT station, look out for the iMobSMRTposters with the "Tap here, NFC" logos; you may also find these Looking to Q4 2011, Intel expects the juggernaut to roll onNFC-enabled posters around Bras Basah and Bugis area. with another record quarter. Revenue of $14.7 billion plus or minus $0.5 billion is forecasted, and could see Intel achieving quarterly revenue of $15 billion for the first time. AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPUs listed in leaked driver Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-7000-gpus-listed-in- leaked-driver/13766.html October 20th, 2011 AMD Catalyst driver 8.91, presumably preview for 11.11, has leaked on the internet, containing references to AMDs next- gen Radeon HD 7000 family. In addition to previously leaked codenames, the 8.91 driver also lists final branding, ranging from Radeon HD 7300 to Radeon HD 7600 series. AMD Catalyst driver 8.91, presumably preview for 11.11, has leaked on the internet, containing references to AMDs next- gen Radeon HD 7000 family. In addition to previously leaked codenames, the 8.91 driver also lists final branding, ranging from Radeon HD 7300 to Radeon HD 7600 series. The relevant names are listed as follows: AMD6778.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7000 series"Intel reports record financials AMD68FA.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series" AMD6850.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"for Q3 2011 AMD6858.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reports-record-financials-for- AMD6859.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"q3-2011/13768.html AMD677B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series"October 20th, 2011 AMD6772.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400A Series" AMD675D.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series" AMD6742.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500/7600 Series" AMD6841.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series" AMD675B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600 Series"Intel has reported yet another record quarter for Q3, withrevenues of $14.3 billion and net income of $3.5 billion, AMD6751.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600A Series"up 29% and 24% versus Q3 2010, respectively. The record AMD6840.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series" 14
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAMD683B.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO" quad-core parts are codenames Devastator, in both mobile and desktop variants. Devastator will be part of A8 whileAMD683F.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO" Devastator Lite will be integrated in A6 APUs, with some unitsAMD6839.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT" disabled, like the Llano A6 APUs. The dual-core Trinity willAMD683D.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT" most likely feature a scaled down GPU, codenamed Scrapper. Devastator and Scrapper fit in well with the Piledriver CPUAMD6838.1 = "CAPE VERDE XTX" cores in Trinity, at least linguistically.AMD682F.1 = "CHELSEA PRO"AMD6824.1 = "CHELSEA XT" Judging by the concrete brandings, which only go up toAMD682D.1 = "CHELSEA XT" HD 7600, it appears AMD is following a similar strategy to NVIDIA - releasing mainstream parts before performance/AMD6831.1 = "GREAT WALL" enthusiast GPUs. Moreover, AMDs demonstrations have allAMD6821.1 = "HEATHROW PRO" been mainstream notebook GPUs. The die AMD recentlyAMD6827.1 = "HEATHROW PRO" showed off is also believed to be a mid-sized mainstream GPU. This strategy makes sense for both AMD and NVIDIA as itAMD6820.1 = "HEATHROW XT" allows to learn the unfamiliar 28nm process before delvingAMD6825.1 = "HEATHROW XT" into complicated large die performance GPUs.AMD6819.1 = "PITCAIRN PRO"AMD6818.1 = "PITCAIRN XT" The first AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPUs are expected to release in December, while NVIDIA is aiming for Q1 2012.AMD6799.1 = "SI NEW ZEALAND"AMD679A.1 = "SI TAHITI PRO" The 8.91 driver is available on various tech forums round theAMD6798.1 = "SI TAHITI XT" internet.AMD6830.1 = "SUMMER PALACE XT"AMD9901.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR DESKTOP" Research In Motion UnveilsAMD9904.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE DESKTOP" BlackBerry BBXAMD9903.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE MOBILE" Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-unveils-blackberry-AMD9900.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR MOBILE" bbx/13765.html October 20th, 2011AMD9991.1 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER DESKTOP"AMD9990.2 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER MOBILE"AMD6800.1 = "WIMBLEDON XT"Right off the bat, there are a string of Radeon HD 7000,containing Radeon HD 7300, 7400, 7500, and 7600 Series. At the BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011, Research in MotionFor notebooks, HD 7500M and HD 7600M are listed. Also announced the next generation mobile platform, the BBX.mentioned are HD 7400A and HD 7600A Series for All-in-one On top of that, the company also announced a series ofPCs. developer tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.In addition, several codenames have been revealed. Mostcodenames, such as Heathrow, Chelsea, Thames, NewZealand, and Wimbledon (mobile GPUs) and Tahiti, NewZealand and Cape Verde (desktop GPUs) have been revealedbefore. We have two new codenames leaked with this driver- Summer Palace and Great Wall. Unlike the mobile GPUcodenames which are locales in London and desktop GPUswhich refer islands; these two codenames refer to monumentsin China. New Zealand and Tahiti now contain the prefix "SI"or Southern Islands. At the BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011, Research In MotionFinally, a host of integrated graphics codenames for Trinity (RIM) announced the BlackBerry BBX, the next generationAPUs are also confirmed. We know that Trinity will be mobile platform that takes the best of the BlackBerry platformavailable in two forms - quad and dual core, over three and the QNX platform to connect people, devices, contentsegments, presumably A8, A6 and A4. Likewise, the GPU in and services. The company also announced a series of 15
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedeveloper tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry compatibility with the PlayBook, and repackage and sign theirsmartphones and tablets, the Native SDK for the BlackBerry apps for submission to BlackBerry App World, all withoutPlayBook and a developer beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 downloading any tools. BlackBerry Runtime for Android Appswith support for running Android applications. and the associated tools allow Android developers to easily expand their market to include BlackBerry PlayBook users,BlackBerry BBX and hence increase their apps’ market potential.The BBX platform include BBX-OS, and will support The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 - Developer Beta alsoBlackBerry cloud services and development environments for supports Adobe Air 3.0 and Adobe Flash 11, as well as WebGL,both HTML5 and native developers. BBX will also support a new web technology that brings hardware-accelerated 3Dapplications developed using any of the tools available today graphics to the browser without installing additional software.for the BlackBerry PlayBook – including Native SDK, Adobe Developers will be able to generate rich, interactive 3DAIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry graphics within their BlackBerry WebWorks application.Runtime for Android Apps – on future BBX-based tablets andsmartphones. It will also include the new BlackBerry CascadesUI Framework for advanced graphics, and bring "Super App" For more information about the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0capabilities to enable many advanced capabilities including - Developer Beta and BlackBerry Runtime for Android Appsdeep integration between apps, always-on Push services, the and associated tools, visit For more information about theBBM Social Platform, and more. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 - Developer Beta and BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and associated tools, visit: https://BlackBerry WebWorks bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/android/bpaa/Developers who want to support existing smartphonesrunning BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 7 OS, and BlackBerryPlayBook tablets can monetize apps on both platforms withBlackBerry WebWorks. BlackBerry WebWorks supports appsbuilt on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript and the latest The Samsung Galaxy Nexusrelease, BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.2 which support both leaks ahead of launchsmartphones and tablets, is now available and includes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-samsung-galaxy-nexus-leaks-updates for the new PlayBook OS SDK, PlayBook Simulator ahead-of-launch/13764.htmland more. October 20th, 2011The BlackBerry WebWorks APIs are supported by theRipple Emulator, a standalone, high-fidelity browser-likeemulation tool that allows developers to test and debugtheir applications on multiple platforms and devices withouthaving to compile or launch simulators. Starting todaythe Ripple Emulator is available in beta and can also bedownloaded from RIM’s WebWorks Developer site at: http:// By now, Samsung and Google cant be too happy with Japanesedeveloper.blackberry.com/html5 NTT DoCoMo, as the company has leaked the very soon to launch Galaxy Nexus flagship phone that will be the firstAdobe AIR 3.0 Support Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 handset. The specs shouldAdobe Flash allows developers to produce stunning, high be correct this time around, although well wait for thefunctional applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook that can announcement at around 10-ish today local Singaporean timeintegrate with the underlying OS and that are supported on to see what is what.future BBX-based tablets and smartphones. By now, Samsung and Google cant be too happy with JapanesePlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta NTT DoCoMo, as the company has leaked the very soon to launch Galaxy Nexus flagship phone that will be the firstRIM has also unveiled the Developer Beta version of the Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 handset. The specs shouldBlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 which includes the BlackBerry be correct this time around, although well wait for theRuntime for Android Apps and the BlackBerry Plug-In for announcement at around 10-ish today local Singaporean timeAndroid Development Tools (ADT). The BlackBerry Plug-In to see what is what.for ADT (an Eclipse plug-in) extends a developers existingEclipse Android development environment to support the The leaked details are lining up quite well with some of thePlayBook, and includes the BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator earlier leaks and were apparently looking forward to a handsetfor developers to test and debug their apps before submitting with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution ofthem to BlackBerry App World. 1280x720 pixels and of course that curved glass surface. The processor will apparently in the end be the TI OMAP 4460 dual core Cortex-A9 based SoC which will be clocked at 1.2GHz.Android developers can also repackage Android apps for the This also means that well see PowerVR SGX540 graphics,BlackBerry PlayBook online by using the BlackBerry Packager which is a bit of a shame, but at least the graphics core isfor Android Apps. The web tool guides developers through clocked higher than for the OMAP4430 which is fitted to thea step-by-step process, allowing them to test their apps for just announced Motorola RAZR. 16
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone October 20th, 2011 Xebec Tech is a relatively new computer component manufacturer and designer, with offices in the UK, China and Taiwan. The company, for the time being, focuses their products line-up on computer peripherals only and especially input devices. Today we are going to have a look at one of their most innovative keyboards, the itouchpad diamond wireless keyboard. Xebec Tech is a relatively new computer component manufacturer and designer, with offices in the UK, China and Taiwan. The company, for the time being, focuses their products line-up on computer peripherals only and especially input devices. Today we are going to have a look at one of their most innovative keyboards, the itouchpad diamond wireless keyboard. • Key count: 89 • Construction: Soft-Touch-Membrane technology • Battery type: 2× AAA 1.5 V (included) • Plug n play • Re-chargeable • Full functionality of a full-size layout keyboard due to built in numeric keypad and 12 function keys • Tilt feet for adjustment of the tilt angle for an absoluteOther features include 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage skid-proof and ergonomic operationmemory, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, a G • Blue LED indicating pairing, transmitting and lowsensor, a digital compass, various other sensors, NFC and batterya still unknown camera that can capture 1080p HD video.The Galaxy Nexus weighs in at 135g and should measure • Power On/Off switch to save battery126x68x8.8mm (11.5mm at its thickest part). Its said to come • Optimal for Digital Living Rooms (HTPC) as well as forwith a 1,750mAh battery and it will support at least 14.4Mbps training, conference & presentation rooms etc.HSDPA and 5.7Mbps HSUPA, but faster speeds might be • Dimensions: 307.2mm x 24.8mm x 203.1 mmavailable on other networks than NTT DoCoMo.Some tentative benchmarks have also appeared over at • Weight: 570gGLBenchmark suggesting that the PowerVR SGX540 GPU can • Life expectancy: approx. 5 million strokes per keyrender 40.6fps in the off screen rendering test at 720p. This • Switch travel / Pressure point: 3.0 ±0.5 mm (total run) /compares quite badly with the Galaxy S II which manages 55 ±15 g67.1fps in the same test, although its on pair with otherSGX540 implementations and Nvidias Tegra 2. Looking at the • Radio transmission: 2.4 – 2.4835 GHz, GFSK,other 720p off screen test which is called Egypt the Galaxy • Power supply: Keyboard: +2.2 VDC to +3.2 VDCNexus will apparently hit 29.3fps, again a poor show against Receiver: +5 VDC ±5 %the Galaxy S II which manages 42.5fps in the same test, but atleast this time around its about 4fps faster than other SGX540 • Power consumption maximal: Keyboard: 17 mAbased SoCs and some 8-9fps than Nvidias Tegra 2. Receiver: 100 mA • Keyboard Standby: 14 mAXebec Tech itouchpad • Keyboard Sleep-Mode: 30 μA (after 30 min.)diamond keyboard review • Temperature: Operating: -5 °C up to +40 °CSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xebec-tech-itouchpad-diamond- • Storage: -20 °C up to +65 °Ckeyboard-review/13763.html • Humidity: Operating and storage: 10 % up to 85 % RH • Interface: USB (nano dongle receiver) 17
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Certificates: CE, FCC, WEEE/RoHS The smartphone market is definitely starting to heat up in the run up to the holiday season and Motorola has just re- • Compatibility: Win 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista/ Win launched its RAZR, although this time were looking at quite a 7 difference device than we did the first time around. The only commonalty between the two devices is the slim profile and itsBe Quiet upgrades their actually quite amazing that Motorola has managed to create a smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED AdvancedStraight Power E9 line display that measures a mere 7.1mm thick, albeit at its thinnestSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-upgrades-their-straight- point.power-e9-line/13762.htmlOctober 20th, 2011 The smartphone market is definitely starting to heat up in the run up to the holiday season and Motorola has just re- launched its RAZR, although this time were looking at quite a difference device than we did the first time around. The only commonalty between the two devices is the slim profile and its actually quite amazing that Motorola has managed to create aBe Quiet, the PC components manufacturer from Germany, smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advancedupgraded their most popular power supplies series. The latest display that measures a mere 7.1mm thick, albeit at its thinnestStraight Power E9 series boast a 80Plus Gold certification, a point.new 135mm Silent wings fan and a 5 year long warranty. The new Android powered RAZR doesnt quite sport the same iconic design as the original RAZR, but it has the potential of becoming an equally big success. Beyond the already mentioned screen, the new RAZR sports Gorilla glass, a Kevlar and aluminium housing with a stainless steel "core" and something known as Motorola Splash Guard which is meant to be some kind of nanotechnology coating that helps prevent accidental liquid splash damage. Some pretty neat features and we havent even gotten to the hardware part yet. At the heart of the RAZR is a dual core TI OMAP 4430 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz with PowerVR SGX540 graphics. The processor has been paired up with 1GB of what should be dual- channel LPDDR2 memory. The US version called the Droid RAZR comes with 16GB of integrated storage memory, but the built in storage for the international version wasnt mentioned in the press release, so well just have to wait and see whatThe new Straight Power E9 series is basically an entirely new Motorola will offer the rest of the world.design, based on a different topology compared to the unitit replaced. The company boasts an efficiency of up to 93%,which should be about right because the new series comes witha 80Plus Gold certification. Be Quiet replaced all 8 StraightPower E9 models. Now the Straight Power series consists of 5units with fixed cables which range from 400W up to 700Wand three modular units able to deliver from 480W up to680W.Motorola launches the RAZR(again)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-launches-the-razr-again-/13761.htmlOctober 20th, 2011 Other features include Wi-Fi (no specifics were mentioned, but wed except 2.4GHz 802.11n at least), Bluetooth 4.0 low 18
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneenergy, GPS, an 8Megapixel rear camera with 1080p video dedicated webcam, as well as Ethernet, USB, audio and D-subrecording and image stabilization (most likely digital), a front connectors, the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, a Webtop dock, a carfacing camera for video calls, a micro HDMI and a micro USB dock, Bluetooth keyboards, chargers, power packs, Bluetoothport, a microSD card slot and a battery good for 12.5 talk time headsets and a peculiar accessory called the smart controller.and 8.9h video playback, at least on the US LTE equipped The smart controller isnt quite as fancy as it sounds, as itsDroid RAZR. pretty much a custom made Bluetooth touch pad for the RAZR that allows you to control it when connected to an HDTV in pretty much the same way youd control it via the touch screen. The touchpad even has the standard menu, home, back and search Android buttons on it. Last, but not least Motorola also announced the MOTOACTV, a compact MP3 player cum exercise companion with a tiny 1.6- inch screen coated with Gorilla glass. Its available in either 8GB or 16GB, has a built in FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and ANTMotorola has also kitted out the RAZR with Android 2.3.5 and + support as well as a GPS. It weighs in at a mere 35g and isan app called MOTOCAST which creates your own "personal said to have a battery life good for five hours of outdoors usagecloud" on a PC of your choice which allows you to share files (with the GPS enabled) and 10h of indoors usage. In the US theeasily from that computer. Motorola has also added a range 8GB model will retail for US$249, with the 16GB model goingof business features to the RAZR to give business users secure for US$299. There was no word on pricing for the RAZR itself,access to their corporate email, calendar and addresses for but itll start shipping in the US next month.example. For Singapore, the Motorola RAZR is coming to all three main local telecommunications operators’ customers from early November. Update: Apparently were looking at a TI OMAP 4460 and not a 4430, early specs were slightly off here. Exclusive Preview of Asus RT- N66U Dark Knight Dual-Band Router Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-preview-of-asus-rt-n66u- dark-knight-dual-band-router/13760.htmlMotorola also announced a range of accessories for the RAZR,such as the new 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with its own 19
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOctober 20th, 2011VR-Zone was among the few that was granted withan exclusive preview of the upcoming high performanceBroadcom powered dual-band 450Mbps wireless router fromAsus. The Asus RT-N66U was first seen a while back inJanuary during the last CES. Look inside for a quick tour.Asus sent us theRT-N66U Dark Knight Dual-Band Routerafter we reported on its next router line-up last week. The RT-N66U follows the Black Diamond series design. On the backof the router there are three RP-SMA removable dual-bandantenna, DC input jack, power switch, two USB ports, resetbutton, WPS button, 1x gigabit WAN port and 4x gigabit LANports. Asus decided to use red PCB on the router. There are two large ceramic heatsinks along with a small fan to help dissipate heat from the chipsets. Unfortunately, we wont know the actual specifications of the router until it is released. Though, were speculating that it will be using Ralink chipsets for its SoC and RF tranciever, Realtek gigabit controller, 32MB flash and 256MB RAM. A birdie told us that it will be using Broadcom radio, with 32MB for flash and 128MB of memory and an extra MicroSD socket for expansion. 20
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone to cool down those hot chipsets. The graph shows the temperature of the router and at which threshold should the fan be turned on. Also, do keep in mind that the routers firmware is still in beta stages. In addition to the RT-N66U wireless router, Asus also sentAsus has included IPv6 support into the router. Broadband us the USB-N53, a dual band USB dongle with 2x2 MIMOsubscribers with IPv6 address can finally utilize it. Also, it is antennas for speeds of up to 300Mbps and its been designedable to do 6-to-4 and 6-in-4 tunnelling. to go with the Black Diamond series of routers. The USB-N53 are using Ralink based chipsets for its MAC, baseband and RF. Currently there is no word on when the release date of the RT-N66U will be. Nor how much will it cost but with the additional features and specifications, it would be most likely to be slightly expansive than the RT-N56U wireless router. Stay tuned for our full review of the RT-N66U wireless router.Another feature of this router is the VPS server. This allowsusers to remotely access the router’s storage media fromvirtually anywhere. Loewe unveils Individual Compose 3D TVs in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/loewe-unveils-individual-compose-3d- tvs-in-singapore/13759.html October 20th, 2011 This morning, Loewe and Atlas Sound & Vision announced the new Loewe 3D Individual Compose TVs, which claims to offer high performance 3D viewing experience,and are available in three sizes - 55-inch, 46-inch and 32-inch. On top of that, Loewe has introduced the new Connect 40 smart TV which is also a 3D TV.Users could also set each of the radio’s transmission powerlevel individually. The fan speed can also be manually adjusted 21
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone October 20th, 2011 Canon has announced the new professional digital SLR camera, the Canon EOS-1D X, which claims to be the integration between the EOS 1D and 1Ds product lines. Powered by the new Dual DIGIC5+ image processor, the EOS-1D X features continuous shooting speed of 12 frames- per-second, 61-point AF system, carbon fibre shutter bladesLoewe and Atlas Sound & Vision, who is the sole distributor, and dust-proof and drip-proof magnesium alloy body.have unveiled new Loewe 3D Individual Compose which is the Edwin Teoh, assistant director, Consumer Imaging Productsfirst of its 3D TV series in Singapore. The sophisticated Loewe Marketing division, Canon Singapore, was at the event to3D TVs are capable of converting 2D programmes into 3D, and unveil the new Canon EOS-1D X professional digital SLRcan integrate into a Loewe 3D home entertainment system in camera.various set-up solutions and audio options, bringing superiorimage quality and cinematic experience into your home.Loewe 3D Individual ComposeThe Loewe range of 3D TVs includes the Loewe IndividualCompose 55 3D (55-inch), Individual Compose 46 3D (46-inch), and the Individual 32 Compose Sound 3D (32-inch).The Individual 3D flat-screen TVs come with integrated500GB hard drive, and the interchangeable insets can also befreely designed to suit individual colour preferences. The unitsalso boast DR+ streaming and hard disk recording capabilities.Loewe ConnectThe Loewe Connect TV offers innovative Loewe Media Netfunction that allows one to easily access and enjoy contenton their TV including videos, music, news and radio from theInternet. Loewe Connect also features a built-in LAN interfacefor access to content from the home network, as well as a USBport. With a high-quality front panel made of non-reflective The new Canon EOS-1D X claims to be the ultimatequartz glass, the Loewe Connect 40 3D boasts improved colour professional digital SLR (DSLR) camera designed to supportreproduction, refined detail resolution and moving image, and any photographic application and shooting demands. It is theoptimised response time. integration of the EOS 1D and 1Ds product lines and sports aPricing and Availability full-frame 35mm 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. The EOS-1D X boasts a shooting speed of up to 12 frames per secondThe new Loewe Individual Compose 3D TVs are now available (fps) with its new carbon fibre shutter and revised mirrorat S$14,358, S$9,558 and S$6,058 for the 55-inch, 46-inch mechanism, and 14 fps with mirror up (and lock focus).and 32-inch respectively. The new Loewe Connect 40 is also It is powered by the brand new Dual DIGIC 5+ imageavailable at S$7,158 (40-inch). The Loewe Active 3D glasses processor, offers ISO settings of up to ISO 204800 (H2); 61are sold separately at S$359 each. The new range of 3D TVs point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-typepoints), full highcan be purchased at the Loewe Gallery located at 390 Orchard definition 1080p video recording with choice of ALL-Iand IPBRoad #01-01A Palais Renaissance Singapore. compression methods and video file sizes that exceed 4GB (FATspecifications) are automatically split. The digital SLR camera also features an electronic curtain shutter for quiet operation during live view shooting.Canon Singapore launches Accompanying the EOS-1D X are two new accessories - theEOS-1D X professional digital WFT-E6 wireless file transmitter and GP-E1 GPS receiver.SLR camera Pricing and availability of the EOS-1D X arent available at press time, but Canon Singapore said that the digital SLR willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-singapore-launches-eos-1d-x- be available by the first half of 2012.professional-digital-slr-camera/13757.html Heres a few more pictures of the professional EOS-1D X digital SLR camera:- 22
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Specifications Feature EOS-1D X Pixels 18.1M Imaging processor Dual DIGIC 5+ One-touch image Yes quality setting Image creation Picture Style Auto Yes functions Chromatic Yes aberration correction Post-processing RAW image Yes processing Resize Yes Image recording Recording media CF (Type I, II) x 2 External recording — media Viewfinder Transparent LCD Yes New focusing Yes screen Autofocus AF point 61 points EOS iTR AF Yes AF Configuration Yes Tool Exposure control Metering sensor Approx.100,000- pixel RGB sensor Metering sensor 252 zones Subject recognition Yes ISO speed range (L:50) 100 - 51200 (H1:102400, H2:204800) Custom shooting Yes modes Exposure setting ±5 range [stops] Flash sync speed 1/250 Flash:Radio Yes wireless control 23
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMultiple exposures Yes CAS Latency of only 7. Lets see how this famous P55 era kitDrive Continuous 12 runs on the Z68 platform. shooting speed So today we have our hands on a really well speced kit, the (Max. fps) PIS 2200 4GB kit with timings of 7,10,10,28 CR2 at 1.65v.Super high speed 14 These timings and speed can be loaded through XMP profilescontinuous on most P55 and X58 boards, and also with profiles on AMDshooting 990FX platform with a Bulldozer processor. Yet we run intoElectronic level Yes an issue with the LGA1155 platform, in that we are limited to(LCD monitor and a 21.33 memory divider and only slight BLCK adjustment, soviewfinder) we brought in the Maximus 4 Gene-Z because of ASUSs goodShutter durability 400,000 cycles reputation with LGA1155 memory clocking. This kit isnt a new one to hit the market; in fact it was released back in the P55Movie shooting Compression Yes days, and optimized for that platform. Many overclockers have format taken it for a spin, and it seems to perform very well even at ALL-I (intra its rated speed, but what would this review be without some frame) / IPB(inter tweaking? frame)Time code YesNo 4GB limit YesImage playback Rating YesQuick Control YesImage transfer Direct image Yes transferWired LAN image YestransferCustom Controls YesLCD monitor 3.2 in., 1.04 million dotsFeature guide YesWorld time YesTime sync between Yescameras The re-emergence of this kit shouldnt come as a surprise,Camera system Yes since most manufactures think that overclockers are fine withinformation lower voltage and higher CAS latency, but that is just not theDimensions (Width 158 x 163.6 x 82.7 case. Overclockers wouldnt mind pushing some extra juicex Height x Depth into their memory, as long as the ICs can take it and it helps / 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.2 approx. mm/in.) clocking. When we look at G.Skills competition, we find manybased on CIPA high priced kits with worse specs. In fact on Newegg we cantcriteria even find DDR3 2200mhz kits with anything lower than CAS 9, what makes it worse is that a year ago the line would be full with low latency high speed kits. Whether this is due to a lack ofG.SKILL PIS Series 2200MHz good memory ICs, or by the emergence of higher density kits, we do not know. What we do know is that this kit is most likelyCL7 (2 x 2GB) Kit Review based upon PSC modules, and not BBSE, but G.Skills policy isSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-pis-series-2200mhz-cl7-2- to not reveal the ICs used. What we were told is that if G.Skillx-2gb-kit-review/13746.html has ICs that fit the bill and can work at these specs , then theyOctober 20th, 2011 will be sold as such. The only way we know that these as PSC is by other user’s experiences with them, as well as the fact that they don’t scale much past 1.72v and that the tRCD is very hard to lower past 2100mhz, both characters of PSC based memory.G.Skill is a prominent maker of DDR3 SDRAM, known fortheir reasonable prices and high clocking kits, their PI seriesis no exception. Today we will take a look at one of theirlegendary kits, the F3-17600CL7D-4GBPIS which boasts somepretty nice specs. It is rated to run at DDR3 2200 with a low 24
  • October 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHere are the specs straight from G.Skill.:Type DDR3 SDRAMDesigned For Intel P55Capacity 4GB (2x2GB)Speed DDR3 2200MHzLatency 7-10-10-28 2NVoltage 1.65vRegistered / Unbuffered UnbufferedError checking Non-ECCWarranty Lifetime 25
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! resolution display, although the Lumia 800 has an AMOLED VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication display (no specifics are mentioned beyond this) whereas the covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Lumia 710 gets to make do with a standard LCD display. Both handsets also sport a 1.4GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and 512MB of RAM. OtherNokia finally announces its shared features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1,Windows Phone 7 handsets A-GPS, a micro USB port and a 3.5mm jack. Finally the two handsets support HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbps andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-finally-announces-its-windows- HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76MBps and of course Windowsphone-7-handsets/13815.html Mobile 7.5 Mango.October 26th, 2011As per the leak hours before the launch event, Nokias two newWindows Phone 7 handsets did indeed end up being the Lumia800 and Lumia 710 and technically speaking, theres very littledifference between the two handsets. Also announced at NokiaWorld 2011 was the Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 201 and Asha200 Symbian S40 6th Edition handsets and a partnership withMonster which will see Nokia ship co-branded headsets, butwell cover those in separate news posts.As per the leak hours before the launch event, Nokias two newWindows Phone 7 handsets did indeed end up being the Lumia800 and Lumia 710 and technically speaking, theres very littledifference between the two handsets. Also announced at NokiaWorld 2011 was the Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 201 and Asha The Lumia 800 features 16GB of internal storage memory, an200 Symbian S40 6th Edition handsets and a partnership with 8Megapixel Carl Zeiss branded auto-focus camera with an f2.2Monster which will see Nokia ship co-branded headsets, but aperture, LED flash and 720p video recording. It also has anwell cover those in separate news posts. accelerometer, proximity sensor and magnetometer. Its non- removable battery is rated at 1,450mAh and Nokia claims 13h 2G talk time and 9.5h 3G talk time with standby figures of 265h and 335h respectively. As mentioned in the leak ahead of the launch event, the Lumia 800 measures 116.5x61.2x12.1mm and weighs in at 142g. The Lumia 800 will hit retail in Europe early next month for around €420 (S$745) off contract and will be available in black, cyan and magenta. Itll come with a USB charger, a data cable, a stereo headset and a soft cover in the box.The Lumia 800 and 710 are near enough identical in termsof spec, as both handsets sport a 3.7-inch WVGA (800x480) 1
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Lumia 710 which is the more affordable of the two does asyou might already have guess, come with slightly less features.It has a 5Megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and720p video recording, 8GB of storage and apparently withoutany of the sensors of the Lumia 800 if Nokias spec sheet iscorrect. It has a smaller, removable 1,300mAh battery andthe handset is also slightly smaller at 119x52.4x12.5mm andsomewhat lighter at 125.5g. The battery is said to be good forup to 6.9h of 2G talk time and 7.6h of 3G talk time and up to400h standby time. The Lumia 710 is expected to hit retail inEurope for €270 (S$480) without a contract in a wide rangeof colour option for the back of the phone, including black,white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow, although the front will only beavailable in black or white. In the box youll get a USB charger,a data cable and a headset. StarHub to retail iPhone 4S from 10am on 28 October 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/starhub-to-retail-iphone-4s- from-10am-on-28-october-2011/13813.html October 26th, 2011 StarHub has announced that it will start the retail of the iPhone 4S at 35 selected outlets across Singapore from 10am on 28 October 2011. This comes a day after SingTel took the wraps off its own plans on Tuesday, which itself came days after M1 became the first Telco to unveil its Apple iPhone 4S price plans last weekend. "We are pleased to offer iPhone 4S in Singapore. We believe that our customers will be thrilled by the exciting new features delivered by this iPhone model," said Mr Ng Long Shyang, Head of Sales and Marketing at StarHub. "Powered 2
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneby StarHubs nationwide advanced mobile broadband networkand with the generous 12GB bundled data on our 3GSmartSurf packages, iPhone 4S offers an outstanding mobileexperience that our customers will enjoy."StarHub has previously announced that it will not be acceptingany pre-orders for the latest smartphone offering from Apple,though it is understood that a random selection of customerswere selected as part of an invitation-only pre-order scheme.iPhone 3G 3G 3G 3GPlans SmartSurf SmartSurf SmartSurf SmartSurf 100 300 700 UnlimitedMonthly $38 $58 $98 $205SubscriptionLocal calls 100 300 700 2000Local SMS 500 500 500 2000Local Data 12GB 12GB 12GB Unlimited(Up to14.4Mbps)iPhone 4S $498 $248 $0 $016GBiPhone 4S $678 $378 $108 $0 Back of Board32GBiPhone 4S $818 $558 $228 $12864GBiPhone 4 $400 $130 $0 $08GBThe company says a midnight launch will be held on28 October 2011 at its Plaza Singapura store for invitedcustomers.First Looks: ASUS TUFSabertooth X79 - Stay Cool, BeTUF I/O Panel - 4 USB 3.0 ports (ASMedia), 6 USB 2.0 ports, IntelSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-tuf-sabertooth-x79-- Gigabit, 1 Power eSATA 6Gbps and 1 regular eSATA 6Gbpsstay-cool-be-tuf/13812.html serviced by an ASMedia 1061 controller.October 26th, 2011Yesterday, we previewed the resplendent ASUS ROG RampageIV Extreme, which is targeted at the hardcore overclockingenthusiast segment. In the second of a three part ASUS X79motherboard series, we turn our voyuering periscope to a For faster heat dissipation near the CPU Socket area, ASUSmainstream offering - the desert camouflage themed TUF uses stacked fins and heatpipes and has included an mountingSabertooth X79! area for the installation of a optional (included) 40mm fanFront View - The ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79 was built withlongevity and "military-standard" durability in mind, thus ahuge emphasis on heat monitoring and dissipation throughthe use of large heatsinks and active coolers. 3
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone CPU Socket Area - the TUF has a 8+2+2+2 Digital Phase Power DesignAudio is serviced by Realtek ALC892, Firewire by VIAVT6315N and Gigabit Ethernet by Intel 82579V. A view of the chokes and capacitors in the socket areaNot much going on here - The PCIe lanes are wired directly tothe CPU without the use of any major switches. DIGI+ EPU as seen in all recent ASUS motherboards, allowing for precise power control and stabilityA Marvell 9128 provides 2 additional 6Gbps ports (grey). Italso supports pairing a mechanical harddrive with a solid statedrive for SSD caching which is useful as the X79 chipset doesnot have Intel SRT as seen on Z68 motherboards. 4
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Google had announced the latest update for the Android mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which claims to bring exciting new features and capabilities to devices. In a statement issued by ASUS, the company hasAccessories and Certificate of Reliability. The TUF is also confirmed that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradebacked by an extensive 5-year warranty will be available on the Eee Pad family. We are delighted to confirm that we will be supporting Ice Cream Sandwich on our ASUS Eee Pad Family – our aim is to bring the latest Android updates to the Eee Pad Series. At this time, we are unable to confirm a date for this update. Please stay tuned for more news on our Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans Nokiaâs new handsets revealed ahead of announcement by VR- Zone.com Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-s-new-handsets-revealed-ahead- of-announcement/13810.html October 26th, 2011ASUS confirms Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich upgrade onEee Pad family With only hours to go until Nokias big reveal, but sadly forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-confirms-android-4.0-ice-cream- Nokia, the last details of its upcoming handsets have leakedsandwich-upgrade-on-eee-pad-family/13811.html ahead of the launch. We already had a good idea with regardsOctober 26th, 2011 to the specifications, especially as were looking at a pair of Windows Phone 7 handsets here (as well as one Symbian device), so Microsofts standard hardware limitations apply, but what we didnt know was the model names and which devices were going to launch.With the announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, With only hours to go until Nokias big reveal, but sadly forTaiwanese company ASUS has also confirmed that the new Nokia, the last details of its upcoming handsets have leakedmobile operating system would be available on their line of Eee ahead of the launch. We already had a good idea with regardsPad family. However, no exact dates have been released yet. to the specifications, especially as were looking at a pair of Windows Phone 7 handsets here (as well as one Symbian device), so Microsofts standard hardware limitations apply, but what we didnt know was the model names and which devices were going to launch. The high-end model, previously known as Sea Ray, the Nokia N9 lookalike will be known as the Nokia Lumia 800 and although the leak doesnt confirm all the specifications, weve 5
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonegot a handset that measures 116.5x61.2x12.1mm and weighs Well have to wait until 16.00 this afternoon local Singaporein at 142g, not exactly a skinny, lightweight handset. Itll time (09.00 UK time), as that is when the Nokia World keynotehave 512MB of RAM and apparently no micro SD card slot. is being held.The processor should be a 1.4GHz single core model fromQualcomm, but as for the rest of the specs, well just have towait and see. Thermaltake releases (yet another) Frio series cooler. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-releases-yet-another-frio- series-cooler./13809.html October 26th, 2011 Today Thermaltake enriched their high end coolers line-up with the Thermaltake Frio Advanced, an improved versionThe more affordable model, codenamed Sabre should be of the original and much loved Frio. The new version of theknown as the Lumia 710 and it measures 110x62.4x12.5mm, cooler promises better thermal performance and a wider fanagain fairly chubby and it also looks like it has quite a thick operational range.screen bezel. The picture is a bit too blurry and low resolution Today Thermaltake enriched their high end coolers line-upto make out the rest of the specs, but were not expecting with the Thermaltake Frio Advanced, an improved versionanything really exciting here. of the original and much loved Frio. The new version of the cooler promises better thermal performance and a wider fan operational range.Nokia is also rumoured to be launching a QWERTY keypadequipped Symbian handset during Nokia World and its beensuggested it might end up being called the Nokia 303. Itstipped to be a Symbian S40 6th Edition handset and it shouldfeature 3G and built in Wi-Fi, so good enough for anyone that The new Frio advanced can run its fans down to 800RPMdoesnt need a more advanced smartphone. each, which means that it has the potential to be much quieter than its very powerful but considerably loud predecessor. At the same time however it can "only" speed the fans up to 2000RPM, giving it a handicap compared to the older version. Perhaps the design changes will ensure that no performance will be lost. 6
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone I/O Panel (Intel Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth V2.1+EDR, 4 USB 3.0First Looks: ASUS ROG ports, 2 ESATA 6gbps ports and 2 buttons to activate ROGRampage IV Extreme (Intel Connect and reset CMOS)X79) - Hardcore is back!Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-rog-rampage-iv-extreme-intel-x79--hardcore-is-back-/13795.htmlOctober 26th, 2011 2 SATA 6Gbps ports (red) and 4 SATA 3Gbps ports (grey) from the Intel X79 chipset, and 2 more SATA 6Gbps ports (red)In the first of a three part Asus X79 Motherboard series, provided by an ASMedia controller. You can also plug a K-we introduce to our readers the flagship ASUS Republic of type thermocouple to the "Subzero Sense" (black block on theGamers Rampage IV Extreme. Built and tuned by a world- right) to get the readings from the motherboards temperatureclass team of perfectionist engineers and megahertz thirsty diodes during extreme LN2 sessionsoverclockers from the ROG team, this new Rampage couldturn out to be one of the all-time greats in the history ofenthusiast tech. Audio is handled by a Realtek ALC898 CODEC and NCT6776F for LPC I/O. The board is also filled with high quality Japanese-made 10K Black metallic capacitors and mature customized digital VRMs.Back view with Socket 2011 backplate 7
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFour Asmedia ASM1042 controllers takes care of USB 3.0 Some of the power circuitry - chokes rated up to 50A Socket 2011 in the fleshPCI-e 3.0 compliant Asmedia ASW1480 switches Diagnostic LEDs carried over from the previous ROG boards - these are very useful for troubleshootingSocket 2011 Area 8
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"GO" Button to trigger MEMOK! before POST or O/C Profilesafter POST,a DIP switch to enable/disable PCIe slots,Power/Reset Buttons, a PORT 80 display, Codenamed Brazos 2.0, the platform will feature updated Zacate APUs. (Ontario/C-Series refresh is not mentioned) TheLN2 "slow boot" switch E-450 will be replaced by E2-1800. Fundamentally the sameand LEDs next to each voltage measurement point for easy chip, E2-1800 features a slight boost to 1.7 GHz, while thetroubleshooting of OC failures due to incorrect adjustment of GPU is rebranded as HD 7340 and is clocked higher at 523key voltages. MHz and 680 MHz with Turbo. Computerbase also mentions in the possibility of a CPU turbo which will help E2-1800 differentiate itself from E-450. CPU turbo is already available on C-60 which is based on the same chip. E-300 will be replaced by E1-1200, clocked at 1.4 GHz, up 0.1 GHz from E-300. The HD 6310 GPU will give way to HD 7310 which features an insignificant 12 MHz overclock.Report: AMD Brazos 2.0 in Q12012Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-brazos-2.0-in-q1-2012/13808.htmlOctober 26th, 2011 Brazos 2.0 also includes a new mobile chipset - A68M. A68M, codenamed Hudson M3L, cuts down on SATA ports, down to 2 from 6 on A50M - thus saving on power. More than 2 ports are simply unnecessary for sub-notebooks Brazos 2.0 will power.According to a report from Computerbase.de, AMD is On the other hand, A68M enables RAID 0 and RAID 1. A68Mplanning to refresh its Brazos line-up with Brazos 2.0 in Q1 also features native DP support. USB 2.0 ports are cut from 142012. Released first in Q1 2011, Brazos was refeshed in Q3 to 8 - once again saving power - while the 2 USB 1.1 give way2011. Two more quarters on, Brazos will get another refresh, for 2 USB 3.0 ports. Other new features for A68M include APUthis time with new branding for both CPU and GPU parts. fan control and SD controller.According to a report from Computerbase.de, AMD is Also releasing in Q1 2012 will be the Brazos-T platformplanning to refresh its Brazos line-up with Brazos 2.0 in Q1 designed for tablets. Thanks to a much cut down A55T chipset2012. Released first in Q1 2011, Brazos was refeshed in Q3 and a power optimized Hondo APU, the Brazos T platform will2011. Two more quarters on, Brazos will get another refresh, feature much lower power consumption than the current Z-01this time with new branding for both CPU and GPU parts. APU platforms. 9
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLater in 2012, the Brazos 2.0 platform is expected to be The FM2 architecture will support DDR3 RAM upto 2133replaced by 28nm Wichita and Krishna APUs. MHz. AMD Eyefinity and DisplayPort 1.2 will also be available to the APUs.Report: AMD Trinity details Trinity production is expected to be prepared by November, with volume production beginning in January. If all goes well,revealed Trinity should arrive before Intels Ivy Bridge. Overall, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-trinity-details- Virgo platform and Trinity are expected to be fairly majorrevealed/13807.html upgrades over Llano. The competitive landscape is likely toOctober 26th, 2011 remain unchanged, with quad-core Trinity competing with dual-core Ivy Bridge, while significantly outperforming in the graphics department - much like Llano vs Sandy Bridge. Gigabyte to add 3-wayDonanimHaber has published more information on AMDs digital PWMs on its X79second-generation A-Series APU - Trinity. As a recap, Trinity motherboardswill replace the aging CPU on Llano with Piledriver cores Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-to-add-3-way-digital-pwm-s-featuring Turbo Core 3. The VLIW-5 GPU on Llano will also on-its-x79-motherboards/13806.htmlgive way for a VLIW-4 GPU. Trinity will be interface with the October 26th, 2011same A75 chipset as Llano but will fit into the FM2 socket.DonanimHaber has published more information on AMDssecond-generation A-Series APU - Trinity. As a recap, Trinitywill replace the aging CPU on Llano with Piledriver coresfeaturing Turbo Core 3. The VLIW-5 GPU on Llano will alsogive way for a VLIW-4 GPU. Trinity will be interface with thesame A75 chipset as Llano but will fit into the FM2 socket. Weve gotten our hands on some leaked documents detailing a few new additions to Gigabytes X79, more specifically the documents are pointing to the fact that Gigabyte has moved to new digital PWM controllers. At the same time, Gigabyte has posted the first official pictures of its X79 motherboards on its Facebook page, which gives us some further details as to what to expect from its upcoming X79 boards. Weve gotten our hands on some leaked documents detailing a few new additions to Gigabytes X79, more specifically the documents are pointing to the fact that Gigabyte has moved to new digital PWM controllers. At the same time, Gigabyte has posted the first official pictures of its X79 motherboards on its Facebook page, which gives us some further details as to what to expect from its upcoming X79 boards.The CPU gets an upgrade to the latest Piledriver cores,featuring 3rd gen Turbo Core. The performance is expected tobe up by 20% compared to Llano. Trinity will feature upto 2Piledriver modules, which AMD will market as quad-core. The2 module APU will feature a total of 4MB L2. Not surprisingly,it is hinted that the L3 will be dropped, as the L3 cachewas included in Bulldozer for server applications. Like Llano,multiple GPU and asymmetric crossfire will be supported.The GPU will also get a significant boost, moving to theVLIW-4 architecture. Estimated GPU improvement overLlano is expected to be 30%. The new UVD3 features VideoCompression Engine (VCE) which is surely a response toIntels QuickSync. 10
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLets start with the new digital PWM controllers. What werelooking at is one controller, or "digital engine" as Gigabyteseems to want to call it, for the CPU and two for thememory, i.e. one for each pair or quad of DIMMs dependingon the motherboard layout. The controllers are made byInternational Rectifier, which recently acquired CHiL whichis a well-known brand of a wide range of power related ICs.Because of the split memory banks, adding a separate powerregulation circuitry to each side of the motherboard allows foran overall simpler board design in terms of power delivery.All of Gigabytes X79 boards are also compatible with both theIntel VR12 and VR12.5 specs which suggest that we might beseeing support for Ivy Bridge-E on the X79 platform.As for the motherboards themselves, well, weve already seenseveral previews of them, least not the G1 Assassin 2 whichyou can now ogle in its full glory below. Its pretty clear thatGigabyte designed this board with four additional SATA portsin mind, but thanks to Intel, theres now a blank space on theboard where the ports shouldve been. Theres really very littleelse to add about this board that we havent already covered. Moving on, we have the GA-X79-UD7 which sports the X58- OC colours and a small Gigabyte OC logo. Although the board carries a lot of pedigree from the X58-OC board, were not looking at a feature stripped board this time around; instead this is a fully loaded model. Not too much appears to have changed since IDF, although once again, there are four missing SATA ports. The chokes appear to have changed as well from some rather industrial looking grey ones to some shiny black ones, but this also means that the total count has gone down from 22 to 18, suggesting fewer power phases. That said, we doubt itll make much difference to anyone except potentially the most extreme overclockers. 11
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Finally we have the GA-X79-UD3 and as with the other three boards, we see the same blank space where the additional Intel SATA ports shouldve been. Itll be interesting to see if IntelNext up we have the GA-X79-UD5, the only board in decides to do a new revision of the X79 chipset in the futureGigabytes X79 range to feature eight DIMMs. Again only that adds these missing ports or not. This board was not postedminor changes, such as the missing SATA ports, but otherwise on Gigabytes Facebook page and as such we sadly only have anothing significant that we can notice. Once again, we think smaller picture from Gigabytes unofficial/official blog.this will be the most popular X79 model from Gigabyte. 12
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Core). Despite the branding, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) has much more in common with GTX 570 than the vanilla GTX 560 Ti. As we wait for next-gen 28nm GPUs, NVIDIA is preparing an upgrade for the popular GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Much like the GeForce GTX 260 was upgraded to GTX 260 (216 Core) in 2008, the GTX 560 Ti is set to be revised as GTX 560 Ti (448 Core). Despite the branding, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) has much more in common with GTX 570 than the vanilla GTX 560 Ti. Unlike the GTX 560 Ti, which is based on a fully enabled GF114 die, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) will be based on the GF110 die. In essence, it is GTX 570 with 1 SM disabled, and likely underclocked. It features 14 active SMs, which indlude 448 SP / CUDA Cores and 56 TMUs; 320-bit memory and 40 ROPs - a very similar configuration to the old GTX 470. Along with increased performance, power consumption is expected to rise over the 384 SP GTX 560 Ti. A benefit to using GF110 means the revised 560 Ti will feature 2 x SLI connectors, enabling 3-way SLI. In terms of display outputs, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort are included. Visually, the reference GTX 560 Ti (448) is expected to look identical to the reference GTX 570. The revised GTX 560 Ti is expected to compete with overclocked SKUs of the HD 6950 2GB, and fill in the gap between HD 6950 2GB (~$280) and GTX 570/HD 6970 (~ $340). Priced right, the GTX 560 Ti (448) could be an enticing option until the next-gen GPUs hit. NVIDIA is preparing to release its first Kepler part, GK107, in Q1 2012. However,Update: Weve added a couple of better shots of the X79-UD3 performance GPUs to succeed the likes of GTX 560/570/580which got posted separately on Gigabytes Facebook page. are only expected later in 2012. With the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) there will be no less than 4NVIDIA preparing revised GTX different versions if GTX 560 on the market - GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 Ti (OEM) and now, GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) -560 Ti a new height for GPU nomenclature chaos.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-preparing-revised-gtx-560-ti/13805.htmlOctober 26th, 2011 Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 lands in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-gaming-mouse-g300-lands-in- singapore/13804.html As we wait for next-gen 28nm GPUs, NVIDIA is preparingan upgrade for the popular GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Much likethe GeForce GTX 260 was upgraded to GTX 260 (216 Core) in2008, the GTX 560 Ti is set to be revised as GTX 560 Ti (448 13
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Samsung launches SeriesOctober 26th, 2011 7 GAMER and CHRONOS notebook PCs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-series-7-gamer-and- chronos-notebook-pcs/13803.htmlThe G300 is the latest in Logitechs line of G-series gaming October 26th, 2011products, and this gaming mouse is targeted at PC gamers whowant an edge over their competitors. It suits ambidextroususers, and features nine programmable controls, which let youaccess keyboard commands to buttons that are in easy reach. Samsung has announced the launch of their latest Series 7 GAMER and CHRONOS notebook PCs. The Series 7 GAMER notebook (700G) is designed to deliver smart and rich gaming experience, while the Series 7 CHRONOS notebook (700Z) is made for maximum performance and productivity. Samsung Series 7 CHRONOSThe Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 is designed to give PCgamers an advantage over the competition, and featuresnine programmable controls, letting you move keyboardcommands to buttons that are in easily accessible. TheG300 can store up to three game or player profiles in themouse’s onboard memory, so you can run the mouse withoutsoftware or even move it between computers without havingto reconfigure each time. User-configurable lighting assignsone of seven colors to each profile, so you can easily seewhich profile you’re using. The mouse also offers sculpted,ambidextrous shape that is comfortable to use in either hand. Samsung has launched its premium Series 7 CHRONOS notebook PC which is encased in a thin and compactThe Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 features a gaming-grade aluminum chassis. Powered by the second generation Intel2500-DPI optical sensor that tracks slow or fast movements Core i7 quad-core processor, it incorporates ExpressCacheon a wide variety of surfaces. On top of that, optional drag- technology, providing an extra 8GB of flash memory onand-drop software makes it easy to set the Logitech Gaming the motherboard. This results in a faster start-up as wellMouse G300 up exactly the way you want. The software also as increases overall performance. The Series 7 CHRONOSworks with G-Series keyboards and headsets, so you can create also delivers maximum performance with its high qualitymacros once and share them between your G-Series family of display. With Samsung’s "MAX Screen" technology, the Seriesdevices. 7 CHRONOS allows users to experience up to an extra inchPricing and Availability of immerse viewing. The Samsung Series 7 CHRONOS 13.3-The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 is expected to be available inch (700Z3A) is available at S$1,688, while the 15.6-inchin Singapore in end October, at a suggested retail price of S (700Z5A) will retail at S$1,988 in mid November.$49. Samsung Series 7 GAMING 14
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone anounced that it will retail the phone on 28 October with prices starting at S$0 for 16GB and 32GB models, S$108 for the 64GB model from SingTel retail stores and online at www.singtelshop.com/iphone. iPhone iFlexi Lite iFlexi iFlexi Plus iFlexi Plans Value Premium Monthly S$39.90 S$59.90 S$99.90 S$205 Subscription Local calls 100 200 500 2,000 Local SMS 550 650 700 2,000 Data (Up to 12GB 12GB 12GB 30GB 14.4Mbps) iPhone 4S S$498 S$248 S$0 S$0 16GB iPhone 4S S$668 S$368 S$98 S$0The Samsung Series 7 GAMER notebook PC is designed to 32GBdeliver a smart and rich gaming experience. It is powered iPhone 4S S$798 S$538 S$208 S$108by a Intel Core i7 quad-core processor; combined with a 64GBhigh-end gaming AMD Radeon HD graphics card and an8GB ExpressCache system. The Samsung Series 7 GAMER iPhone 4 S$400 S$120 S$0 S$0notebook PC claims to deliver superb gaming speeds as well as 8GBa rich visual experience through its 3D 17.3-inch LED display, SingTel will also be organizing a special launch event forwith full high definition 1920x1080 resolution. On top of that, iPhone 4S this Friday, 28 October at Suntec Conventionthe notebook PC is also equipped with the latest 3D surround Hall 402 from 12:01am to 10:00pm. Beginning 26 October,sound. The Samsung Series 7 GAMER is available now at S customers may book an appointment online to pick up their$2,899. iPhone 4S on 28 October. SingTel customers will also be able to pre-order iPhone 4S online and enjoy free delivery beginning 28 October.SingTel to retail iPhone 4S inSingapore on 28 October 2011 NEC introduces new PX series professional projector,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-to-retail-iphone-4s-in-singapore-on-28-october-2011/13802.htmlOctober 26th, 2011 PX750U Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-introduces-new-px-series- professional-projector-px750u/13801.html October 26th, 2011The Apple iPhone 4S will be available in Singapore on 28October, and local mobile operator SingTel has revealed theprice plans for the highly anticipated smartphone. The iPhone4S will be available starting at S$0 for the 16GB and 32GB NEC Asia Pacific has announced their new PX seriesmodels, and S$108 for the 64GB model. professional projector, with the PX750U as the first model. Designed for large venues including education, corporate and retail environments, the PX750U offers 7500 lumens brightness, stacking capabilities, edge blending, option slot and integrated networking functions.The wait is over, for SingTel mobile users. If you are thinkingof getting the Apple iPhone 4S, the mobile operator has 15
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Lamp life up to 2500 hours with ECO Mode • Open Pluggable Specification option slot including an HD/ SD SDI input card and SBC • Connectivity includes HDMI, DisplayPort, three computer inputs, composite and S-Video • Center lens design for ease in retro fitting existing installations • Electronic lens shutter • Stacking capability (up to four projectors)NEC Asia Pacific has announced its new PX Series professional • Complete line of six bayonet-style lenses with powered zoom,projector line with the introduction of the PX750U. This model focus and lens shift (projector/lens bundles available)is designed for large venues requiring exceptional brightness,such as education, corporate and retail environments where • Lens memory controls the lens attributes (zoom, focus, lensthere is a need for a larger screen size. shift) based on input resolution and input selectionThe PX750U WUXGA (1900x1200) 7500-lumen projectoris the first model in NEC’s projector line to offer Open • Windows Network Projector Function directly connectsPluggable Specification (OPS), which is the first industry wide to networked projectors without the need for additionalstandardization in option slots to simplify installation, use proprietary softwareand maintenance while offering input flexibility. It supportsmultiple input cards, including an HD/SD-SDI and single • Windows Remote Desktop Function allows the control of theboard computer (SBC). The PX750U’s advanced input panel, projector with a keyboard and mouse through the USB inputalong with its powered lens controls, provides the flexibilityrequired for most installations, while its Crestron Roomview • Windows Network Drive and Media Connection functionstechnology allows users to directly connect their projector to display multimedia files (.jpeg, .bmp, .png, .mpeg2 or .wmv9)the managed network for monitoring and control.It also features stacking correction capability that allows up • USB Viewer allows users to present without the use ofto four projectors to be stacked vertically or horizontally to a computer by displaying images stored as .jpgs from anboost the image brightness to 30,000 lumens. With Integrated optional USB memoryDevice Technology HQV, a high performance video processingand scaling system, users can present with superior image • Cornerstone correction helps display the image properlyquality using the technology’s pixel-based, motion-adaptive when the projector is set up at an angle to the screende-interlacing to remove undesirable motion artifacts. • Geometric correction allows the projector to display square-The PX Series offers abundance of integrated networking looking images on cylindrical, spherical or cornered screensfunctions, such as RJ45 for LAN and optional high-speedwireless (LAN IEEE 802.11b/g). Windows Network Projector, • Edge blending technology creates panoramic images withWindows Remote Desktop, Windows Network Drive Function multiple projectorsand Windows Media Connection Function are just a fewof the networking tools that allow users to connect to the • DICOM simulationshared network, control a networked computer through theprojector’s USB input and display multimedia files. • PIP/side-by-side allows two sources to be displayed on theThe NEC PX750U Projector with lens is retailing now at S screen at one time$26,688 and comes with a two-year limited warranty • Automated features such as auto power-on via RGB (15-pin) input, quick start (3 to 4 seconds) and direct power-offOverview of the PX750U features:- • Carbon savings meter calculates the positive effects of• 7500-lumen brightness (achieved using a 6-segment color operating the projector in ECO Mode, which is encouraged bywheel) an optional message at startup• 1-Chip DLP - 1920 x 1200 WUXGA native resolution • Cabinet control lock• 2100:1 contrast ratio (with Dynamic Contrast) • Logo lock• Dual lamps • Password protection 16
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone announced a month or two ago. The big deal here is meant• Email notifications to inform the system administrator when to be the near borderless display, but if you look closely atthe projector’s lamp is approaching the end of its useful life the picture below, youll notice that a lot of the screen bezel is actually hidden behind the glass that has been put in front of the actual display. If were not mistaken, this is what Lenovo calls an infinity display.Dell announces the XPS 14z At 1.98kg the XPS 14z is lighter than most 14-inch notebooks,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-announces-the- by a massive 100g, or less. That said, this includes an 8-cellxps-14z/13800.html battery which Dell rates at well over 6.5h of usage, althoughOctober 26th, 2011 we wouldnt expect more than around 5h if you want to do any work on it and that roughly equates to the same as many other 6-cell battery packs.We dont want to be rude, but it looks like Dell has borrowedideas from most of its competitors in the notebook marketwhen it comes to the design and features of its new XPS 14z,a notebook which the company claims is the thinnest "fullyfeatured" 14-inch laptop with a built in optical drive. We dontknow about you, but optical drives feel a bit last decade whenit comes to notebooks, especially when were talking thin andlight models.We dont want to be rude, but it looks like Dell has borrowedideas from most of its competitors in the notebook marketwhen it comes to the design and features of its new XPS 14z,a notebook which the company claims is the thinnest "fully Maybe were being a little bit unjust here, but overall the XPSfeatured" 14-inch laptop with a built in optical drive. We dont 14z doesnt impress. Were all for the anodized aluminiumknow about you, but optical drives feel a bit last decade when alloy chassis, but it somehow looks a bit cheap and tacky,it comes to notebooks, especially when were talking thin and especially with the peculiar looking hinge. Sadly Dell onlylight models. offers one type of display resolution for the XPS 14z, namely a bog standard 1366x768 screen. The choice of CPUs, at leastThe press release from Dell speaks about the thinness of the in the US, starts with a Core i5-2430M and tops out with aXPS 14z, yet at 23mm thick, its hardly what wed call a really Core i7-2640M, so no quad core action here. The graphicsthin notebook. So ok, the optical drive does take up some options are either Intels integrated HD 3000 graphics or thespace and in all fairness, Dell has opted for a slot loading not much faster GeForce 520M, but at least it comes with 1GBdrive, but there are equally slim notebooks out there with an of dedicated graphics memory.optical drive, least not Apples MacBook Pro which is has to besaid would be a competitor here, if by for no other reason thedesigns have something in common. Depending on the market and configuration options, Dell will also supply anything from 4 to 8GB of RAM, a 500 or 750GB 7,200rpm hard drive or alternatively a 256GBDell is also banging on about how the XPS 14z has a 14- SSD, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 802.11a/b/g/n W-Fi with Wi-Diinch screen in a 13-inch form factor, something Samsung support, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, 17
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneone HDMI 1.4 port, one mini DisplayPort, a pair of audiojacks, a memory card reader and a 1.3Megapixel webcam. Thespecifications arent bad, but considering that this is Dells newhigh-end consumer notebook, were not blown away. We do TSMCs 28nm in volumelike the backlit, spill resistant chiclet keyboard and the sidemounted battery status indicator though and with a starting production Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tsmc-s-28nm-in-volume-price point of US$999 (S$1,265) were sure Dell will sell them production/13798.htmlby the bucket load to users who cant afford a MacBook Pro, October 26th, 2011but still yearns for that silvery metal look. The XPS 14z shouldbe available in the US from the 1st of November, with the restof the world following on the 15th.For a full rundown, we suggest you check out Anandtechsreview of the XPS 14z. TSMC has announced that its much awaited 28nm processApple refreshes MacBook Pro is in volume production and the first production wafers has already been shipped to customers. TSMC currently offerslineup with small spec bump 28nm tech in three forms - 28nm High Performance (28HP),Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-refreshes-macbook-pro-lineup- 28nm High Performance Low Power (28HPL) and 28nm Lowwith-small-spec-bump/13799.html Power (28LP). 28nm High Performance Mobile ComputerOctober 26th, 2011 (28HPM) is due to be ready for production by the end of the year. TSMC has announced that its much awaited 28nm process is in volume production and the first production wafers hasIf you are a Windows user thinking of making the switch already been shipped to customers. TSMC currently offersto the Mac platform, now may be a good time to make the 28nm tech in three forms - 28nm High Performance (28HP),switch. The anticipated move sees Apple selectively upgrading 28nm High Performance Low Power (28HPL) and 28nm Lowits MacBook Pro lineup with new processors, storage and Power (28LP). 28nm High Performance Mobile Computergraphics chips. As has been the case previously, prices for the (28HPM) is due to be ready for production by the end of thevarious models have stayed the same. year.Apples low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a NVIDIA and AMD are both preparing next-gen GPUs on2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor with a 500GB hard TSMCs 28nm, presumably 28HP and 28HPL. Due todisk drive (HDD) at SG$1,648; the higher-end model gets a cancelation of 32nm and delays for 28nm, 40nm has lived as2.8GHz dual-core i7 and 750GB storage at SG$2,048. In the the flagship process for GPUs an unprecedented over two and ameantime, the SG$2,488 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup gets a half years. For NVIDIA, AMD and consumers alike, the volume2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor with a 500GB HDD, while production of 28nm will be a long built up sigh of relief.the SG$2,988 model gets a quad-core Core i7 at 2.4GHz with AMD is rumoured to ship its first 28nm GPUs in December,750GB of storage. with NVIDIA following in Q1 2012. However, the firstFinally, the 17-inch MacBook Pro comes with 2.4GHz quad- 28nm GPUs are likely to be "pipe-cleaners", relatively small/core Core i7 with a 750GB HDD. Priced at SG$3,398 for a mainstream GPUs to test the new process, with largerbase unit, it now comes with the option to upgrade to a 2.5GHz performance/enthusiast GPUs releasing later in 2012. AMD isquad-core Core i7 CPU and 512GB solid state drive - bringing also planning to source certain GPUs on its HD 7000 line fromthe price to a whooping SG$5,259 for those with sufficiently Globalfoundries 28nm bulk process later in 2012.deep pockets.All models come with 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics Intel launches the Core3000 and Mac OS X Lion preloaded. The low-end 15-inchmodel also incorporate an AMD Radeon HD 6750M via i7-2700K, reduces pricing onautomatic graphics switching, while the high-end 15-inch and17-inch MacBook Pros comes with AMD Radeon HD 6770M. some CPUs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-launches-the-core-i7-2700k-With Intels Ivy Bridge expected to arrive in late Q1 or early Q2 reduces-pricing-on-some-cpus/13797.htmlnext year, Apple is probably waiting for the arrival of the new October 26th, 2011processors before performing a more substantial refresh of itsMacBook Pro family. With the new 22nm process contributingtowards a lower TDP in the new CPUs, new designs that mayjust not be possible with current-gen Sandy Bridge CPUs maywell be in the works. 18
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNot entirely unexpected, Intel has launched its Core i7-2700K Image source: Impress Akiba PC HotlineCPU today with little fanfare as is typical for when thecompany puts out an incremental upgrade. Three of Intelsother desktop CPUs have been given a price cut by between 13and 15 percent which is a pretty generous discount, although Sony Ericsson handsets thisnone of these models are likely to get anyone excited. year will get Android 4.0 IceNot entirely unexpected, Intel has launched its Core i7-2700K Cream Sandwich upgrade Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-handsets-this-year-will-CPU today with little fanfare as is typical for when the get-android-4.0-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrade/13796.htmlcompany puts out an incremental upgrade. Three of Intels October 26th, 2011other desktop CPUs have been given a price cut by between 13and 15 percent which is a pretty generous discount, althoughnone of these models are likely to get anyone excited.Lets start with the Core i7-2700K, the official list price is US$332 (S$422), slightly less than our anticipated price point, Sure, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may be out, and thealthough $1 more than the rumoured price point. That said, Samsung GALAXY Nexus would be the first smartphone to getthis is as always when it comes to Intel, in quantities of it. But Sony Ericsson has also revealed on their Facebook Page1,000 units and according to Impress Akiba PC Hotline the that their Xperia smartphones launched this year, will also getCPU is on sale in Japan for 27,800 Yen, or US$365 (S$464) the Android 4.0 update.which is actually higher than our price estimation. There reallyisnt much to see here in terms of new features, as the Corei7-2700K is simply clocked 100MHz than the Core i7-2600Kfor a clock speed of 3.5GHz and a Turbo clock of 3.9GHz. Thereshouldnt be any other differences. Good news for Sony Ericsson phone owners. For those of you who have purchased the smartphones this year, the company has announced that the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will be available in the near future. According to a Facebook post on Sony Ericsson Netherlands, the phone maker will be upgrading all of its 2011 Android devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012. Though no specific dates have been mentioned.As for the discounted models, well, the fastest one is theCore i3-2120 which was reduced by 15 percent from US$138to US$117 (S$149) which at least makes it a 200MHz fasteralternative to the Core i3-2100 which comes in at the sameprice point. Next we have the Pentium G850 which wasreduced by 13 percent from US$86 to US$75 (S$95), the same The translated dutch post reads, "We are planning for theprice point as the G840. Finally we have the Pentium G630 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio after Gingerbread 2.3.4.which was reduced by 15 percent from US$75 to US$64 (S to be upgraded to the next Android platform. The official$81), also ending up at the same price point as its slightly Sony Ericsson statement on the software upgrades will beslower sibling, the G620. No other changes were made to published by my international colleagues, on our blog: http://Intels price list and were not expecting anything major to blogs.sonyericsson.com". The Sony Ericsson smartphoneshappen before the Sandy Bridge-E launch in November. that would most likely get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update include the Xpreia Play, neo and neo V, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Arc, Xperia Arc S and Xperia Ray. 19
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Google Webmaster Tools. Clicking on an ad appearing in a Google search results page however, will "continue to send the relevant query over the network to enable advertisers toM1 Singapore unveils Apple measure the effectiveness of their campaigns and to improveiPhone 4S price plans the ads and offers they present to you."Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-singapore-unveils-apple-iphone-4s- Webmasters and professionals involved in the field of SEOprice-plans/13792.html (Search Engine Optimization) have quickly expressed theirOctober 26th, 2011 concerns that encrypted web search effectively obfuscates incoming keywords. Moreover, the fact that Googles own customers will continue to enjoy unfretted access to the data has further raised the ire of many. If SEO is a topic that is right up your alley, you may want to read Danny Sullivan very Telecommunication operator M1 has detailed post about its full repercussions here.announced that the highly anticipated Apple iPhone 4S willretail in Singapore on 28 October, with various price plans andmonthly subscriptions starting from as low as S$36. Moredetails inside.Google rolls out encrypted Epson launches worldsWeb search as default option smallest all-in-one printer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-launches-world-s-smallest-all-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-rolls-out-encrypted-web- in-one-printer/13790.htmlsearch-as-default-option/13791.html October 26th, 2011October 26th, 2011Google earlier this week announced that it will be encrypting Epson this week launched the worlds smallest all-in-oneWeb searches by default. Writing on the companys official inkjet printer that offers outstanding business value throughblog, product manager Evelyn Kao described the move as higher performance and lower running costs. The companyone taken to encourage the industry to adopt stronger says that the ME Office 535 (Nicknamed the "small-in-one")security standards. In a nutshell, the move means that users has been specifically designed to help conserve valuable spacewho initiate a search from www.google.com and who are with its ultra-compact and attractive chassis, a feature thatsigned into their Google Account will be automatically and should be welcomed by most SOHO (Small Office/Hometransparently redirected to the encrypted version of the search Office) users.engine. "We live in a society where space constraints are a constantGoogle first rolled out an encrypted search service last year at challenge and we wanted to address this by designing andhttps://www.google.com as a beta to better protect security- developing a printer that was economical in size, and yet didconscious users. The threat of data snooping is not a far- not compromise on quality and performance," says Tan Mayfetched problem either, given the increasing number of users Lin, General Manager, Epson Singapore. "We are confidentlogging in from Wi-Fi hotspots. The majority of such wireless that the new ME Office 535 fits that bill."access points do not have wireless encrypted enabled, which In terms of performance, the ME Office 535 delivers optimummeans that someone with the right tools will be able to snoop quality prints using ME 141 inks at a low running cost ofon any traffic that is not explicitly protected by encryption only $0.05 cents per page for monochrome printing. Whenmethods such as VPN tunnels or SSL. compared with its predecessor - the Epson Stylus TX22, EpsonThe benefit for users is obvious here - connecting to the says the ME Office 535 uses 19% fewer components, is 39%encrypted version of Google will help ensure that search smaller in overall size and 24% smaller in footprint.terms stay private. It is important to note however, that the All new printers from Epson consume up to 70% lessmove does not extend to country-specific domains, such as power than conventional laser printers and are Energy Starwww.google.com.sg and www.google.com.my. It will also not certified. This means that consumers not only save money onwork if you do not have a Google Account, or are currently consumables, but can also do their part for the environmentlogged out. Of course, manually typing in "https://" will also by choosing a product that result in a lower carbon footprint.bring you to the encrypted version of Google Search. The key specifications of the Office 535 are summed up in theKao noted that websites that receive visitors from its table below:encrypted searches will not be able to obtain informationabout individual queries. Instead, these sites will receive anaggregated list of the top 1,000 search queries that drovetraffic to their site for each of the past 30 days through 20
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system. Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)The Epson ME Office 535 Inkjet is available at all authorisedretailers in Singapore for a recommended retail price of $148 EVGA SR3 (Super Record 3)from October 2011. ComethUpdate: Dimensions of the ME Office 535 (WxDxH): 390mm Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/evga-sr3-super-record-3-(15.4") x 300mm (11.8") x 145mm (5.7") cometh/13788.html October 26th, 2011ASUS showcases Eee PadTransformer Prime at AsiaDSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-showcases-eee-pad-transformer-prime-at-asiad/13789.htmlOctober 26th, 2011 Its been on the backdrops at this years Computex event, where close to every motherboard maker showed off its LGA2011 wares. It had been written off after rumors spread of attrition among some of its "key" designers. Today EVGA has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Its latest disclosure, of the EVGA Super Record 3 (SR3) is more of a statement thanAt the AsiaD: All Things Digital event in Hong Kong, ASUS anything, that EVGA is still very much the king of ultra-highchairman Johnny Shih talked about the Ultrabook and also end motherboards.showcased the new Eee Pad Transformer Prime Androidtablet. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime claims to be Its been on the backdrops at this years Computex event,the world’s first tablet to incorporate Project Kal-El, NVIDIA’s where close to every motherboard maker showed off itsnext-generation quad-core Tegra mobile processor. LGA2011 wares. It had been written off after rumors spread of attrition among some of its "key" designers. Today EVGA has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Its latest disclosure, of the EVGA Super Record 3 (SR3) is more of a statement than anything, that EVGA is still very much the king of ultra-high end motherboards.The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime was recently showcasedat the AsiaD event in Hong Kong, and the Android tabletclaims to be the world’s first tablet featuring Project Kal-El,NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Tegra mobile processorwhich can deliver superb performance with low powerconsumption. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime sports a slimform factor that is thinner than its predecessor, and hasa metallic spun finish with comfortable grip. It will alsocome with a convenient dock with keyboard, touchpad, otherexpandability options and additional battery life. The SR3, going with tradition, is a 2P high-end desktop/ workstation motherboard in the E-ATX form-factor. ItThere is no word as to when the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer features two LGA2011 sockets, which can hold 2P-capablePrime will be officially launch, though according to ASUS Xeon processors in the LGA2011 package, though we have tochairman Jonney Shih, there will be a global announcement wait and see if at least the top-end Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-about the Android tablet on 9 November. From what we E" chips turn out to be 2P-capable. Socket 0 is wired togathered, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime would eight DDR3 DIMM slots (two per channel), while socket 1 hasprobably come with Android 3.x Honeycomb, and future 21
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefour (one per channel). This shows that the two sockets canbe asymmetrically populated with DIMMs, like 2P LGA1366systems.There are two BGA chips, at least one of them is a platformcontroller hub (PCH). There are seven PCI-Express x16 slots,out of which, four are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, everyslot is PCI-Express 3.0 x8 capable. Of course, 4-way NVIDIASLI is supported. In terms of storage connectivity, thereare, according to EVGA, 14 SATA ports. Other connectivityincludes 8+2 channel HD audio, two GbE connections, USB3.0, eSATA, Bluetooth, and EVBot connections.Moving on to things that actually make this an enthusiastproduct, umm...where do we start? Each CPU socket is Scheduled to launch in December 2011, Firefall is a free-to-powered by a 6+1 phase digital PWM power supply driven play cooperative shooter set in a science fiction world, andby CPL inductors, and Volterra PWM circuitry. The memory claims to be the only co-op gameplay that supports hundredsin turn is powered by 8-phase digital PWM circuitry. Apart of players at a time. The game offers various quests, missions,from the 24-pin ATX connector, power is drawn in by two 8- battlegrounds and even allows you to customize your gears andpin EPS, and three 6-pin PCIe connectors, so you can imagine abilities. You can also choose to purchase optional aestheticpower delivery to be robust. There is every EVGA-exclusive enhancements.feature you can imagine, starting from DIP switches that letyou toggle PCI-Express slots and SATA ports, consolidated The newly established Red 5 Singapore will be responsiblevoltage measurement points, EVBot support (the module for the operation of Firefall in other countries aside fromcould even come bundled), full POSCAP design, and a UEFI North America and Europe, and the focus will be on thefirmware with every option a record-seeking overclocker could Asian markets first. Red 5 Singapore will also develop localizedpossibly tinker with. versions of Firefall according to the progress of the game in each country in Asia region, and The9 and Red 5 Studios will support Red 5 Singapore with talent recruitment, capitalThe9 establishes Red 5 investment, technology and other resources.Singapore to operate gameoperations in Asia, includingFirefallSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the9-establishes-red-5-singapore-to-operate-game-operations-in-asia-including-firefall/13787.htmlOctober 26th, 2011This morning, Chinas online game developer and operatorThe9 has announced the establishment of Red 5 Singaporefor conducting online game operations and research anddevelopment activities in Asia and other regions. Firefall,Red 5 Studios first team-based action shooter game will bedeveloped in localized versions for other countries aside NorthAmerica and Europe. At the opening of the event, Jun Zhu, chief executive officer of The9, shared the story of a missed opportunity in 2001 with Mark Kern of Blizzard Entertainment on the purchase of Blizzard Entertainments shares. And in 2008, Zhu met up with Kern who showed him the slides, game concepts and future development plans for Firefall. And this time, Zhu decided not to miss the second opportunity and both signed the agreements in Singapore. 22
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - Sharing of content on Facebook and TwitterSingapore Police Forcelaunches Police@Sg iPhone - Viewing videos from SPFand PoliceLife@SG iPad apps - Viewing crime statistics around your neighbourhoodSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singapore-police-force-launches- The Police@SG iPhone App is free and will be available forpolice-sg-iphone-and-policelife-sg-ipad-apps/13786.html download from the iTunes Store next week.October 26th, 2011 With the PoliceLife@SG iPad App, you can now access the electronic version of PLM magazine. You can view the videos related to the articles you are reading, and also conveniently access Police’s social media channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Razor TV .The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has launched its The PoliceLife@SG iPad App is free to download and ismobile applications, Police@SG for the Apple iPhone and available now on the Apple iTunes Store. Simply search forPoliceLife@SG for the iPad. The Police@SG iPhone app is “PoliceLife@SG” in the iTunes Store’s search bar.designed to provide public quick access to information andservices on the go including crime news, viewing videos andsharing content on Facebook and Twitter. Both apps are freeto download from the Apple iTunes store. OCZ launches Indilinx based Octane SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-launches-indilinx-based-octane- ssds/13785.html October 26th, 2011 Besides OCZs mSATA SSDs, we havent seen anything based on Indilinx controllers since OCZ bought Indilinx back inToday, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has announced the March, well, that was until today when OCZ announced itslaunch of its mobile applications, Police@SG on iPhone and new Octane series of SSDs based on the new Indilinx EverestPoliceLife@SG for the iPad. The Police@SG iPhone app is controller. The new SSD controller not only offers SATA 6Gbpsone of two applications the Police have developed this year support and of course added performance, but its also Indilinxto provide members of the public convenient access to useful first SSD controller that supports 2Xnm flash memory.information and services on the go. The PoliceLife@SG oniPad App allows users to read Police’s in-house magazine – Besides OCZs mSATA SSDs, we havent seen anything basedPolice Life Monthly (PLM) – using the iPad. Both applications on Indilinx controllers since OCZ bought Indilinx back inare showcased as part of the exhibitions of the “Enjoying a March, well, that was until today when OCZ announced itsDigital Lifestyle 2011” event at HDB Toa Payoh Hub. new Octane series of SSDs based on the new Indilinx EverestThe developments represent a breakthrough in Police’s controller. The new SSD controller not only offers SATA 6Gbpsongoing efforts to leverage on social media and mobile support and of course added performance, but its also Indilinxtechnology to reach out to the tech savvy public. The Singapore first SSD controller that supports 2Xnm flash memory.Police Force hopes to galvanise the online community into So what can we expect from OCZs new Octane line of SSDs?action and participating in Police’s initiatives and programmes Well, its a bit of a strange one, as OCZ has launched twoto fight crime. The law enforcement agency believes that different SKUs, one that supports SATA 6Gbps and oneeveryone can play a part to keep the neighbourhoods safe and that supports SATA 3Gbps and as such were getting vastlysecure. different performance numbers. As such OCZ is targetingThe Police@SG iPhone App provides up-to-date crime alerts the Octane line-up for both mainstream and performanceand crime prevention advisories even when youre on the applications and the performance numbers quoted by OCZ aremove. Key features include: quite impressive, but more on that in a second. Lets start with- Latest crime news, Police appeals for information and a closer look at the Everest controller.missing persons There Everest controller is based on an unspecified dual core- Locating the nearest Police station from your current location ARM processor that supports up to 8 channels of ONFI 2.0 or Toggle 1.0 flash memory at speeds of up to 200MT/s and 23
  • October 26th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone16-way interleaving. The controller has been optimized for 4Kand 16K compressed files and high sequential speeds. Indilinxis still relying on external caching for its SSD controllersand the Everest is paired up with 512MB of 400MHz DDR3DRAM. Other features include Indilinx proprietary nDurancetechnology which claims to increase the NAND flash life byup to twice that of competing solutions, fast boot technologywhich as the name suggests reduces boot time, TRIM supportand background garbage collection, NCQ support up to 32queue depth and of course SMART support.What all this adds up to are some pretty speedy SSDs withthe SATA 6Gbps Octane SKU hitting sequential read speedsof up to 560MB/s making it one of the fastest SSDs outthere in terms of read performance. On the write side thingsslow down a bit with speeds of up to 400MB/s, not quiteSandForce territory, but well have to wait for some real worldbenchmarks before we can tell how well it really performs.Moving on to 4K random reads were looking at 45k IOPS, onpar with Crucials m4 SSD with the Marvell controller, but stillslower than SandForce.As for the SATA 3Gbps SKU were looking at fast, butfar from mind blowing performance with a sequential readperformance of 275MB/s and write performance of 265MB/s,enough to beat off Intels 320-series with ease. The 4K randomwrite performance should reach up to 30k IOPS, again betterthan Intel, but not something thatll set anyones world on fire.OCZ will be offering both SKUs in sizes from 128GB to 1TB,but the maximum performance should already have beenreached with the 128GB models due to the way the Everestcontroller works. OCZ hasnt gone out with official pricing asyet, but estimations of between US$1.10 and US$1.30 per GBis expected for the Octane series. 24