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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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  • 1. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! bonus that USB 3.0 offers and in reality theres no reason for VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication a device with USB 2.0 ports today. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. In related news, were also hearing that Apple is working with some of its partners to create more affordable ThunderboltApples considering USB 3.0 storage solutions suitable for demanding consumers or small businesses that dont need the throughput offered by high-as an addition to Thunderbolt end RAID enclosures. Further on the subject of Thunderbolt,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-considering-usb-3.0-as-an- Intel might allow third party companies to create deviceaddition-to-thunderbolt/13467.html side Thunderbolt chipsets, although the company is notSeptember 1st, 2011 considering allowing the competition in on the host side. Exclusive preview of Lenovo IdeaPad U400A lot of people have been disappointed over Apples lack of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-preview-of-lenovo-ideapad-interest in the USB 3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR- u400/13466.htmlZone has heard that the company is still looking at USB 3.0 as September 1st, 2011a potential feature to add on future products. As to when andhow this might happen is not something we know, but fromour understanding itll happen before Intel integrates USB 3.0support into its chipsets.A lot of people have been disappointed over Apples lack of VR-Zone was one of the media to get an exclusive previewinterest in the USB 3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR- of the new Lenovo IdeaPad U400 notebook PC in Singapore.Zone has heard that the company is still looking at USB 3.0 as Although it is not the U300 UltraBook, the U400 is designed asa potential feature to add on future products. As to when and an affordable laptop with style and good functionality. Detailshow this might happen is not something we know, but from inside.our understanding itll happen before Intel integrates USB 3.0support into its chipsets.Sadly we cant reveal all the information at hand, as not onlywould we cause problems for our source, but also the entirecompany in question, but suffice to say, Apple has been lookinginto USB 3.0 host controllers, especially as the price has finallyreached an affordable level. A USB 3.0 host controller is pricedat somewhere between US$2-3 in large quantities today whichshould be compared to US$10-15 for Intels Thunderbolt chip.Its also important to remember that Thunderbolt not onlyrequires a host chip, but also a device chip and additionalchips on the device end depending on the type of device.This makes Thunderbolt a very expensive solution for simplestorage device etc.For this simple reason it makes sense that Apple is consideringimplementing USB 3.0 support into its products, especially asthe device end is very simple and equally affordable, if not evencheaper than the host end. USB 3.0 can of course not matchthe performance of a device connected over Thunderbolt,but that level of performance is often not required by theconsumer market and Apple is seemingly catering more andmore towards consumer. Backwards compatibility is another 1
  • 2. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U400 looks extremelystylish with round edges and from its exterior design, it isinevitable to draw comparisons with the renowned AppleMacBook Pro. According to the company, the U400 we seehere is a prototype unit. Its chassis is made of aluminiumwhich makes it fairly durable and comes in graphite grey at thispress time. The laptop has spacious palm rest, a huge multi-touch touchpad with left/right clickable buttons and uses achiclet-styled keyboard for comfortable typing. The power button is on the top left corner of the keyboard, and we did not find any notification LEDs as the body is one piece aluminium. Needless to say, it is impossible to replace the battery or even upgrade the memory modules without having to void the units warranty. Looking at the dxdiag.exe information, the U400 is equipped with 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2330M, 2GB DDR3 memory and ATI Radeon graphics. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is currently available as an exclusive bundle with StarHub MaxInfinity Ultimate 100Mbps fibre home broadband plan (S$99.30 per month). The U400 offered with StarHub is valued at S$1,899 and comes with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard disk, ATI Radeon HD 6470M graphics (1GB VRAM), DVD SuperMulti drive and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium. According to Lenovo, the IdeaPad 400 would be retailing soon at their authorized resellers and retail stores with similar hardware specifications and price point.On the right, we find the system recovery button, air vent, LANand USB3.0 port, while on the left holds the headphone jack, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray pre-two USB 2.0, HDMI out connectors and a slot-in DVD drive. orders began; retails on 9 September in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-ray-pre-orders- began-retails-on-9-september-in-singapore/13464.html 2
  • 3. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 1st, 2011 September 1st, 2011Sony Ericsson has a booth at the COMEX Show 2011, located HP Singapore announced the promotion prices for theiron level 6, hall 602, booth number 6341, to showcase their WebOS-based TouchPad tablets just a day before the COMEXcurrent offerings which include the Xperia Arc, Xperia Mini, Show. Needless to say, there are a lot of enthusiastic buyersXperia Mini Pro and Xperia Play. But if you were at their booth, who want to grab the special offer. But in the end, manyyou would notice a banner that says taking pre-orders of the were angry and disappointed when they found out the tabletsXperia Ray. Yes, pre-orders have started, which means the new have been fully redeemed even before the show started.Xperia Ray Android smartphone is arriving here in Singapore. UPDATE: HP has issued a statement that due to safety and security concerns, the sale of the standalone HP TouchPads at COMEX will be discontinued. However, HP PCs purchase with purchase offers for the HP TouchPad will still be available at the COMEX show.The much anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is comingto Singapore with pre-orders commencing today. Measuringjust 9.9mm thin, the Xperia Ray sports a 3.3-inch screenand runs the latest Android platform for smartphones(Gingerbread 2.3). The phone packs a powerful 1GHz UPDATE: HP has issued a statement that due to safety andprocessor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a security concerns, the sale of the standalone HP TouchPads8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R for mobile and high at COMEX will be discontinued. However, HP PCs purchasedefinition video functionality. with purchase offers for the HP TouchPad will still be available at the COMEX show.The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available for sale on 9September at a recommended retail price of S$598. If you pre-order the Xperia Ray smartphone from today until 9 Sept, you At the COMEX Show 2011, the 16GB HP TouchPad is goingwill receive an exquisite gift from Mont Blanc. for S$126 (w/GST) while the 32GB version is selling at S$201Pre-order of the Xperia Ray is available at M1, Singtel and (w/GST). However, only 100 units of each model will be soldStarhub, Sony Ericsson Concept Stores (Parkway Parade and with only one tablet per person, and on the first two days ofAng Mo Kio Hub) and selected Sony Stores and Sony Centres. the show. On top of that, the company will only accept cashAlso available at COMEX 2011, Hall 602 at the Sony Ericsson payment; no credit cards or NETS, and there will also be non-Booth 6341. Redemption of gift at Mont Blanc boutique at returnable and non-refundable policies. With such attractiveMandarin Gallery from 10 Sept to 30 Nov, while stocks last. price tags, ever since HP USA announced the US$99 TouchPad tablets just about ten days ago, it makes sense why people are going "ga-ga" over them.HP TouchPad at COMEX 2011 Unfortunately, the arrangement for the COMEX promotiondraws huge (angry) crowd was badly planned. There was no mention as to where oneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-touchpad-at-comex-2011-draws- can queue to get the TouchPad tablets. Not even on the HPhuge-angry-crowd/13460.html Singapore Facebook Page. Not to mention, the comments on the popular social networking website are not very encouraging either, with some citing the obvious fact that why the company is only selling 200 units each day when there are so many people who would kill to buy the tablet. HP Singapore 3
  • 4. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneonly said that if you missed the special promotion, you can stillpurchase it with their purchase-on-purchase program which Notebook PCs promotion @include buying either a HP TouchSmart610 -1138d, 1178d, COMEX Show 20111188d; HP Pavilion dv4-3020TX, or HP Pavilion dv6-6144TX, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/notebook-pcs-promotion--comex-dv6-6105TX and dv6-6106TX. You can then get the chance to show-2011/13462.htmlbuy the HP TouchPad 16GB and HP TouchPad 32GB for S$49 September 1st, 2011(with GST) and S$119 (with GST) respectively. The COMEX Show 2011 is here. For those who are hunting for a new notebook PC, well, there are some good offers from the various manufacturers including ASUS, Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. Who knows you might find something that would suit your computing needs. ASUSVR-Zone was at the COMEX Show 2011 around 10am,and learnt that all the TouchPad tablets have alreadybeen redeemed even before the 12pm official opening time!Apparently, the company had handed out queue numbers tothose "in queue" when there was no mention anywhere (noteven on their Facebook page) as to where the queue would takeplace. One of the lucky buyers (above pic) was 83 in the queueand said that he was there since 6.45am in the morning. Thismeans that by 8am, all 200 queue tickets would have been soldout. The best part was that, there was a huge crowd waitingoutside the halls and they were unaware of this. The hallswere opened 30min earlier at 11.30am and the mad hordeall ran to the HP booth at the rear, only to be left angry and The K series laptop is one of ASUS star products whichdisappointed when they learnt that all the TouchPad tablets features highly durable premium aluminum textures andhave been redeemed. comes in variopis stylish colors - red, green, blue, pink and black. The 14-inch ASUS K43SJ29i5 which is equipped withCheck out the crowd pic and video below:- 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 500GB SATA hard disk, Nvidia FeForce GT520M with 1GB VRAM, DVD Super-Multi double layer drive, and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium, is selling at S$799 (U.P. S$999). The slightly more power variant, K43Sv29i7, which comes with 2GHz Intel Core i7-2690QM processor, 6GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 640GB SATA hard disk, Nvidia GeForce GT540 with 1GB VRAM, DVD Super-Multi double layer drive, and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium, is retailing at S$1,099 (U.P. S$1,398). Dell 4
  • 5. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGamer enthusiasts who are looking for a powerful Incorporating a 14-inch display with LED backlight, theyet portable gaming laptop would have to check out VAIO C features 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GBthe latest Dell Alienware M14x. In terms of hardware DDR3 memory, 500GB hard disk, AMD Radeon HD6630Mspecifications, the Alienware M14x is equipped with Intel (1GB VRAM) graphics and preloaded with Windows 7 HomeCore i7-2630M processor, 4GB dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM, Premium 64-bit operating system. Available in four stylish500GB 7200rpm SATA hard disk and Nvidia GT555M colors of black, orange, green and pink, the VAIO C (model:graphics with 1.5GB DDR3 memory. The 14-inch gaming VCPCCA15FGD) is selling at a decentS$1,399.monster, which is one of Dells star products, is selling Acerat S$2,299. But if you want a slightly lower Intel Core i52410M processor variant with Nvidia GeForce GT555M (1.5GBVRAM), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 500GB SATA hard disk,you can get it at S$1,999 with free Razer Gaming Mouse andHeadset.Samsung The Acer Aspire 4750G-2634G50MN is one of the few very attractive purchases at the COMEX Show. Inside the 14- inch notebook PC are 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, 8GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 500GB hard disk, Nvidia GeForce GT540 graphics with 2GB VRAM, DVD+RW combo drive and preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 7Powered by 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor and comes Home Premium operating system. For such high-specificationwith 4GB DDR3 memory, 640GB hard disk, Nvidia GeForce machine, it is selling at S$1,098.GT520M graphics with Nvidia Optimus technology and Blu- Toshibaray combo drive, the Samsung RC420E is designed for workand play. If the attractive price tag of S$1,099 (U.P. S$1,299)isnt enough to swing you over, the manufacturer also throwsin free Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security software,carrying case and second year extended local warranty.Sony 5
  • 6. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 8th Prize: S$ 600 cash 9th Prize: S$ 500 cash 10th Prize: S$ 400 cash 11th Prize: S$ 300 cash 12th Prize: S$ 200 cash The COMEX 2011 Show Lucky Draw Results will be published in the New Paper on 12th September 2011.At the Toshiba booth, the Satellite P745 stands out amongits peer with its sleek and stylish looks. In the hardwaredepartment, it comes with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 750GB SATA hard disk,Nvidia GeForce GT525M with 2GB VRAM and Optimustechnology, DVD SuperMulti drive and preloaded withWindows 7 Home Premium. All these at an attractive price ofS$1,399 (U.P. S$2,199).COMEX 2011 Lucky DrawRedemption Counter on Level Making a purchase at COMEX 2011? Remember to redeem6 Suntec Exhibition Centre and fill up your Lucky Draw Coupons on Level 6. For every $100 spent at the show, you will get a chance to win up toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-2011-lucky-draw-redemption- $20000 cash.counter-on-level-6-suntec-exhibition-centre/13461.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011 Lucky Draw Redemption Counter / Organisers OfficeMaking a purchase at COMEX 2011? Remember to redeemand fill up your Lucky Draw Coupons on Level 6. For every$100 spent at the show, you will get a chance to win up to$20000 cash.Lucky Draw:For every $100 spent during the show, you will get a chanceto win1st Prize: S$ 20,000 Cash Coupon Filling Up Area2nd Prize: S$ 3,000 Cash3rd Prize: S$ 2,000 Cash4th Prize: S$ 1,000 cash5th Prize: S$ 900 cash6th Prize: S$ 800 cash7th Prize: S$ 700 cash 6
  • 7. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Considering that this is a weekday and just the start of the show, we dont expect the situation to change anytime soon. AMD FX-Series Lineup Revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-series-lineup- revealed/13458.html September 1st, 2011 As we move ever closer to the release of AMDs FX-Series, Gigabyte has revealed a CPU compatibility list for its 990FXDriving to COMEX 2011? - motherboards, which all but confirms the final FX-SeriesCarparks Full Already SKUs. As expected, there will be 8-core, 6-core and 4-coreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/driving-to-comex-2011--carparks-full- CPUs, with the flagship clocked at 3.6 GHz.already/13459.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Our correspondent on the ground managed to snap this The final shipping stepping is B2. The top part, FX-8150, ispicture just now - looks like visitors to COMEX 2011 @ Suntec clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is theCity will have to take public transport or park their cars FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125Wsomewhere else as all the parking lots near the exhibition and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targetedarena is unavailable. for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz. The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4- core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies. The clock speeds mentioned in the table only refer to the base frequencies, with no mention of Turbo Core. The latest rumours still suggest a launch in September, while other rumours suggest mass availability may happen only in October. COMEX 2011 Pricelists now available @ http://vr-zone.com/ comex/pricelists Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-2011-pricelists-now-available--Our correspondent on the ground snapped this picture just http-vr-zone.comcomexpricelists/13457.htmlnow - looks like visitors to COMEX 2011 @ Suntec City willhave to take public transport or park their cars somewhere elseas all the parking lots near the exhibition arena is unavailable. 7
  • 8. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 1st, 2011 One slight issue with the announcement is that various Samsung websites contain slightly different details with regards to the exact specifications and features, so well suggest a smidgen of caution here. The Series 7 carries the sub brand Chronos borrowed from the Greek god of time, as Samsung claims to have added several new features that helps to reduce the boot time of the system and in general speed things up.Samsung Series 7 notebookshave big screens in smallfootprintsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-series-7-notebooks-have-big-screens-in-small-footprints/13456.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011 Most of the speed increase comes from what Samsung calls ExpressCache, which sounds a lot like Intels Smart ResponseEven if the rumours about Samsungs interest in HPs PC technology, but apparently its not, as Samsung is using a muchbusiness were refuted by the company, if Samsungs Series 7 smaller 8GB SSD, whereas Intels Smart Response requiresnotebook announcement is anything to go by, the company at least 20GB of SSD storage. It works more closely to thathas a bright future in the notebook market. The Series 7 is of a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive; albeit with the SSDSamsungs new performance line of notebooks, but possibly part being fitted to the notebooks PCB rather than inside thethe most impressive feature is the fact that Samsung claims hard drive. Combine this with something that Samsung callsthat theyve managed to stuff a larger screen size inside a FastStart and you end up with a claimed POST time of twosmaller chassis size, but is this even possible? seconds and a cold boot time of 19 seconds.Even if the rumours about Samsungs interest in HPs PCbusiness were refuted by the company, if Samsungs Series 7notebook announcement is anything to go by, the companyhas a bright future in the notebook market. The Series 7 isSamsungs new performance line of notebooks, but possiblythe most impressive feature is the fact that Samsung claimsthat theyve managed to stuff a larger screen size inside asmaller chassis size, but is this even possible? In terms of battery life, Samsung claims an impressive 9h on a single charge and the company goes on to say that its "Life Plus" battery technology keeps 80 percent of the cells original capacity for up to 1,500 re-charge cycles. As such Samsung claims that its batteries can last up to five times as long as some of its competitors. This is all great stuff, but the real selling point of the Series 7 in our opinion is that Samsung has managed to squeeze a larger screen size into a smaller notebook size. As such, the model with a 14-inch screen is the size of a 13.3-inch notebook, the model with the 15-inch screen the size of a 14- inch notebook and the model with the 15.6-inch screen the size of a 15-inch notebook. If that wasnt good enough, Samsung is offering 1600x900 resolution panels across the board, all sporting 300nits brightness. It gets even better though, as all four models have matt screens, which is a really welcomed 8
  • 9. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneaddition and hopefully something that Samsungs competitors $1,299 (S$1,565) and Samsung is expecting to start selling thewill pick up on. Series 7 on the 2nd of October in the US. Check out the video below for some additional details. OCZs SSD caching solution launches Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-s-ssd-caching-solution- launches/13455.html September 1st, 2011 Its hard not to call OCZ an innovative company as they keep coming up with new ways of either connecting your SSD or take advantage of SSD technology somehow in your PC. The latest addition to the RevoDrive series of PCI Express basedAs for the actual hardware specs, well, Samsung will be SSDs is the RevoDrive Hybrid and if youve been around for alaunching with Intels updated Core i7 and Core i5 processors while, you might remember that once upon a time ISA cardsand all but the 14-inch model (or is that 13-inch?) will come with a hard drive strapped to them werent so uncommon andwith a quad core CPU, while the smaller model will have to the RevoDrive Hybrid somewhat harkens back to those days.make do with a dual core CPU. All models also have discreteAMD graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory and a 750GB hard driveas standard. Do keep in mind that this is the US spec and this Its hard not to call OCZ an innovative company as they keepmight be different in other markets. The rest of the specs can coming up with new ways of either connecting your SSD orbe found in the somewhat messy table below. take advantage of SSD technology somehow in your PC. The latest addition to the RevoDrive series of PCI Express based SSDs is the RevoDrive Hybrid and if youve been around for a while, you might remember that once upon a time ISA cards with a hard drive strapped to them werent so uncommon and the RevoDrive Hybrid somewhat harkens back to those days. Although the Hardcards as they were known as, are long since history it looks like well once again shove hard drives into our expansion slots, at least if OCZ has anything to do with it. Early details from the Flash Memory Summit last year suggested that OCZ was working on a hard drive caching solution using a RevoDrive with a pair of SATA connectors on it, but apparently this idea was scrapped in favour of the RevoDrive Hybrid.We almost forgot to mention that the keyboards features bluebacklight and that Samsung has of course implemented a pairof USB 3.0 ports and a slot-loaded optical drive in all models.The trackpad is also massive and very similar to the one found OCZ demoed an early version of the RevoDrive Hybrid back aton Apples MacBooks. Price wise were looking at a starting Computex, but quite a few things have changed since then. Ok,price of US$999.99 (S$1,205) stretching all the way to US so OCZ is a couple of months later than it planned, but these 9
  • 10. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethings happen and there are some upsides and downsides performance and reliability under the harshest operatingto this. For starters larger 2.5-inch hard drives have become environment.widely available and the RevoDrive Hybrid will now ship with • Double-forward switching circuitry: offers low powera 1TB drive rather than a 500GB drive. The SSD part has also loss and high reliability.been boosted from 60 to 100GB which should hopefully meanimproved performance and OCZ is claiming speeds of up to • Unparalleled DC to DC converter provides highest910MB/s in the press release alongside 120,000 IOPS at 4K efficiency, most stable performance, and perfectrandom writes, all very impressive numbers indeed. regulation.The not so good news is that the price also went up, from • 3oz PCB design reduces heat generation and allowsan estimated US$350 to US$499.99 making the RevoDrive greater efficiency.Hybrid a very costly SSD caching solution. This clearly puts it • Robust & dedicated +12V output: comes with dual +12Voutside of your average consumers reach as well, but hopefully rails design providing up to 40A for 12V1 and 80A forOCZ will consider launching more affordable options in the 12V2.future. • FanDelayCool Technology allows 14cm fan to continue to operate 15-30 sec after system shuts-down to ensure allThermaltake Toughpower components are properly cooled.Grand 1050W PSU Review • Multi-GPU ready: comes with 8 x PCI-E 6+2pin forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-toughpower- cutting-edge gaming machine.grand-1050w-psu-review/13454.html • Auto switching circuitry for universal AC input fromSeptember 1st, 2011 90-264V. • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.95 at full load. • High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours. • DIMENSION: 5.9”(W) x 3.4”(H) x ?7.1” (L);150mm(W) Thermaltake is a well known company and carries a good x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L)reputation as a high quality PSU manufacturer. Not too • Built-in industry grade protections: Over Current, Overlong ago we had a look at one of Thermaltake’s mainstream Power, Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Temperaturepower supplies, the TR-2 800W unit. Today we are going to and Short-Circuit protection.examine and review one of the company’s best products, theToughpower Grand 1050W unit, a power supply aiming to • Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOSTsatisfy the craving needs of hardcore enthusiasts. Let us have and BSMI certified.a closer look at it.Thermaltake is a well known company and carries a goodreputation as a high quality PSU manufacturer. Not too Acer finally launches thelong ago we had a look at one of Thermaltake’s mainstream Iconia Smartpower supplies, the TR-2 800W unit. Today we are going to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-finally-launches-the-iconia-examine and review one of the company’s best products, the smart/13453.htmlToughpower Grand 1050W unit, a power supply aiming to September 1st, 2011satisfy the craving needs of hardcore enthusiasts. Let us havea closer look at it. • Compliance with Intel ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards. • 80 PLUS Gold certified – with 87-93% extreme high efficiency @ 20-100% load to cut down electric cost. Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first • 24/7 @ 50oC: Guaranteed to deliver 1050W continuous announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February power. has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, • Pure aesthetic design with uncompromising the company did deliver on its September launch date, performance. although judging by the fact that no hardware changes were • Proprietary dual ball bearing 14cm flower-shape fan implemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late. enables longer lifespan and lowers overall noise output by dramatically reducing bearing frictions. Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and • 100% 105oC (221oF) Japanese made electrolytic in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first & solid state capacitors: provide uncompromised announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, 10
  • 11. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe company did deliver on its September launch date, Sadly the tech specs are a bit long in the tooth now with aalthough judging by the fact that no hardware changes were single core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC, 512MB of RAMimplemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late. and 8GB of internal storage the Iconia Smart is pretty average in terms of spec today, no matter if you compare it to otherWe got some hands on time with the Iconia Smart at Acer’s smartphones or to tablets. Other features include 802.11b/g/low key launch event in Taipei and not much has changed n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, an 8 Megapixel camera thatsince February. The only really good news is that Acer has put can shoot 720p video, a micro HDMI and USB port and finallyAndroid 2.3 on the Iconia Smart which does at least put it HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and HSUPA speeds of up toat level playing ground with the competition. To be fair, the 5.76Mbps.Iconia Smart doesn’t have a ton of direct competitors thanksto its 4.8-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1024x480resolution and this is the saving grace of what can only bedescribed as something of a hybrid tablet. Overall Acer has come up with a unique form factor, but we don’t think this on its own is going to be enough considering all of its competitors are now offering dual core devices on their high-end devices. Luckily, Acer has priced the Iconia Smart atDespite its fairly large size at 141.7x64.5x13.6mm, it’s a reasonable NT$14,800 (S$615/US$510) which does at leastsurprisingly slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II with its make it competitive price wise and we’d expect actual retail4.27-inch screen as it’s 66.1mm wide. That said, at 185g pricing to drop lower than this quite quickly.the Iconia Smart is bordering on obese when you’re talkingphones, but if you consider it a competitor to say the Dell We’ve added a few more pictures from the event on the nextStreak for example, then it’s actually quite light and pocket page.friendly. HP Singapore unveils TouchPad pricing at COMEX Show 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-singapore-unveils-touchpad- pricing-at-comex-show-2011/13452.html September 1st, 2011 While HP has officially dropped their WebOS-based TouchPad tablet pricing to US$99, there was no news whether the pricing would be applied at this part of the world. Well, apparently the company has unveiled the latest pricing of the TouchPad,Kudos to Acer for hosting the entire presentation from an though there are some terms and conditions. Details inside.Iconia Smart thanks to its micro HDMI port, this is a first tous, as we haven’t seen any other company brave enough to hostan entire presentation including demos from the device beinglaunched. 11
  • 12. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone having large computer systems, even up to the supercomputer grade, for a long time. A*CRC is a unique combination of diverse high-end hardware resources led by a team of experts to support the growing user base. A Choice of Systems for Every User In the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore may be smaller in scale compared to the resources of China, Japan or Korea when it comes to the scientific, research and engineering base, but it has had accumulated expertise and user base to justify having large computer systems, even up to the supercomputer grade, for a long time. Top Singapore universities, NUS and NTU, as well as variousAccording to HP, the 16GB and 32GB HP TouchPads will institutes and even companies involved in rendering farms orbe available at S$126 (with GST) and S$201 (with GST) oil exploration simulations have been using large computerrespectively, for the first two days of COMEX Show. However, here, either vector or parallel single image supercomputers,only 100 unit of each of the versions will be available each day or clusters of standardised servers. As the usage increased,and that the purchase is limited to only one unit per person leading to many disparate systems in various locations, theregardless of whether it is 16GB or 32GB. Best of all, the mode Government agency A*STAR created A*STAR Computationalof purchase is cash and carry only; no credit cards or NETS, Resource Centre (A*CRC) where, at least for the numerousand it will be a non-refundable and non-returnable. So, if institutes under the A*STAR umbrella as well as other researchyou want to grab one, you will have to be quick. The units bodies in Singapore, there was now a centralised high endwill be available at HP booth 8428 (specifically the HP Direct supercomputing resource base.counter), Hall 402/403.For those of you who are purchasing the HP TouchSmart610 Located on the 17th floor of the humongous Fusionopolis-1138d, 1178d, 1188d; and HP Pavilion dv4-3020TX, HP behemoth of a building on top of the soon to open One-Pavilion dv6-6144TX, dv6-6105TX and dv6-6106TX, you will North Circle Line MRT station in Ayer Rajah area, A*CRC hasalso get to buy the HP TouchPad 16GB and HP TouchPad one of worlds rare heavy-duty supercomputer data centres32GB for S$49 (with GST) and S$119 (with GST) respectively. located on a high floor of a tall building. It is dividedThe purchase-with-purchase HP TouchPad will be available at into five functional areas: Computational Systems, Storage,RewardsLINK in a first come first serve basis, while stocks last. Networking, Operations, and HPC Software.The two dozenRewardsLINK can be located at 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-163 staff, headed by Dr Marek Michalewicz, Director, and StephenSuntec City Mall, Singapore 038983. Wong, Deputy Director in charge of systems, among others,Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 11.00am – 7.00pmEve of provide support for over seven hundred of local, and someX’mas /New Year/CNY: 11.00am – 3.00pm. Closed on X’mas, international, users on a variety of systems. A*CRC operatesNew Year and CNY another data center with large storage, located at the Biopolis, aimed mainly at bioinformatics users.A*Stars ACRC: Singaporeaims for SupercomputingHeightsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-star-s-acrc-singapore-aims-for-supercomputing-heights/13450.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011In the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore may be smaller in scalecompared to the resources of China, Japan or Korea whenit comes to the scientific, research and engineering base, butit has had accumulated expertise and user base to justify 12
  • 13. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNow, A*CRC cant yet fight in size with multi-petaflop systems main systems here, one being a brand new IBM p755that can now be found in Japan or China, but the centre has Power7 cluster of 30 nodes, each with 32 cores runningdiversity of hardware platforms that makes it interesting: from at 3.3 GHz and 128 GB RAM per node; the other one istheir 2048-core Westmere-EX single-image shared memory an older 32-node cluster of 8-socket quad-core Opterons,machine with 12 TB RAM, the largest of its type in the region, made by HP, but its excellent PCIe I/O bandwidth asto a 3,800+ core Xeon DP Fujitsu general purpose cluster, well as 128 GB RAM per node make it good for hostingAMD Opteron SMP cluster combination as well as one of the multiple GPGPUs, for instance.largest IBM Power7-based RISC clusters in the region. • SMP machine, aimed at very large tera-scale tasks in terms of both processor and memory load, like the aboveThe first one would obviously make hackers salivate - how mentioned SGI Altix UV with its 256 eight-core Intelabout seeing a Linux (or Windows, as the machine could Xeons put together sharing 12 TB RAM, all under onerun it too) task prompt showing 2048 cores available with Linux OS boot. Each of the cores runs at 2.66 GHz with12,000 GB system memory - and theres a good reason for peak 4 flops/cycle, offering theoretical peak performanceit. Too long there was an overemphasis just on the TOP 500 of over 21 TFLOPs in a single machine.supercomputer ranking in terms of peak and tested GFLOPsor TFLOPs according to the (in)famous Linpack linear What would seem to be good to add here to the resource,algebra benchmark routine, however the underlying system I feel, would be a nice visualisation cluster, driving a ~architecture can influence the real application execution 100 Mpixel 3-D CAVE-style VR facility. Such combinationpotential even more. Dr Mareks team has, over the past is normally driven by dozens of tightly interconnected dual-few years, consciously diversified the available resources for CPU workstations, each with a powerful Open GL GPU orvaried usage types so, whether your application can scale to two, which use Chromium or similar parallel OpenGL software1,000 cores in a single task, or you just dump 1,000 simple layer to parallelise real-time 3-D across dozens of GPUs at theunconnected threads at the same time, there is the right kind same time. Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, which reallyof system to run either kind of jobs - plus many other types - gives the user an immersion of being in a virtual world cavein the centre. recursively acronyms as CAVE anyway. A*CRC sister institute IHPC has a small setup of this type already for awhile. Machines alone, even with petabytes of associates storage, huge ventilation, power and backup facilities, and hardware support staff monitoring the usage constantly, are not enough. A*CRC expert team helps the users acquire the right applications - commercial or open source - or, where needed, additional hardware that can be housed at the premises - as well as user code tuning and optimisation. And, as more users from within and outside A*STAR, including NUS, NTU, associated schools and commercial, as well as selected international collaborations, are added to the roster, the pressure to increase resources is constant. It may sound unbelievable to an outside user, but most of the A*CRC system resources are constantly used, every moment, at 90% to 100% usage. Imagine your computers CPU loaded at that level for, say, 5 years of its life, non stop!.There are three types of computer systems right now atA*CRC: • Cluster of large number of small, dual processor nodes for heavy loads of many serial jobs as well as highly parallel codes that run well with message passing (MPI); The Fujitsu BX900 450-node cluster of dual-XeonDP small nodes, each with two CPU sockets and 24 GB or more RAM per node, all connected via generic Infiniband QDR, is the main resource here. Its 45 TFLOPs performance capability puts it close to the ~ 50 TFLOPs class where the worlds Top 200 systems start right now. • Cluster of smaller number of larger nodes, more suitable for large memory-footprint applications with higher degree of CPU and thread communication. There are 2 13
  • 14. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTherefore, to keep up with the user requirements and alsocompeting centres in the region, A*CRC has to increase itscapacity rapidly, as soon as possible. After all, Japan andChina both have multiple petaflop-class systems right now,including the worlds largest one in Kobe reaching close to 10PFLOPs at RIKEN right now. While we cant have a petaflopmachine in Singapore yet as of today, a slightly smaller one,say half-petaflop cluster of large core-count noder, wouldmake very good sense right now, to attract more users toour shores and provide a good base for an even largernational level supercomputing core. This takes an investmentin systems, infrastructure and of course people, but wouldcement Singapores role as the high performance computingcentre of the region. Samsung D7000 LED TV The LED D7000 incorporates improved backlight scanning technology with Samsung’s new 3D proprietary frame interpolation algorithm, which improves 3D picture quality and creates sharp 2D and 3D pictures and smooth frame transitions without blurring. With access to Smart Hub, the LED D7000 Series is an ideal media center, complementing consumers’ ever connected and mobile lifestyles. Usual Price: 46-inch - S$4,499; 55-inch - S$5,999 COMEX Promotion:TBAIn the Part 2 of the story, we will look at some good applicationand code examples how A*CRC users actually make fullutilisation of thousands of cores and terabytes or memory, atone go, as well as challenges in configuring, benchmarkingand maintaining huge supercomputer systems of this sort,especially in our hot, humid climate here.COMEX Show 2011Promotions: SamsungSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- Samsung NX11 Camerasamsung/13449.html Equipped with a built-in flash and electronic VGA (640x480)September 1st, 2011 viewfinder, the NX11 sports a 3-inch AMOLED LCD screen which reduces glare from sunlight so that images can be seen under any lighting conditions. The NX11 also provides high quality video with 720p HD recording, and its large APS-C sensor allows the videos to be recorded with shallow depth of field, providing effects similar to in-motion picture movies. The NX11 will come complete with an 18-55mm i-FunctionSamsung will be showcasing their range of products from lens, as well as two new i-Function lenses, a 20mm pancakelaptops, smartphones, LCD TVs, Blu-ray players, home and a 20-50mm zoom silver color lens.entertainment systems to tablet devices, video camcorders anddigital cameras at this weeks COMEX Show 2011. The COMEX Promotion: S$999 with 20-50 mm i-FunctionSamsung booth can be located on level 4, booth 8321, 8328. standard kit lens 14
  • 15. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsung Series 9, 900X3A, 13.3-inch NotebookWith a maximum thickness of 16.3mm and an ultralightweight of 1.31 kg, the 9 Series Notebook 900X3A sports ahigh quality screen boasting market-leading 400nit brightnessand 16 million colors. It also comes equipped with an Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1Intel CoreTM i7/i5 Processor, solid state drive and genuine The GALAXY Tab 10.1 features Samsung’s own TouchWiz userWindows 7 Home Premium. Using Samsung’s innovative interface implemented on the Android Honeycomb platform,PowerPlus charging technology and a power-efficient and offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interactionadvanced Lithium-Polymer battery, it has a battery lifespan and navigation. It is the world’s thinnest mobile tabletthat lasts up to 6.5 hours. available, at 8.6 mm and weighs approximately 560g. TheCOMEX Promotion:S$2,488 GALAXY Tab 10.1, with its WXGA TFT LCD display (1280 x 800) is powered by 1GHz dual core AP. It is the perfect device for sharing and enjoying media content with family and friends. COMEX Promotion:16GB 3G version - S$848 M1 announces new mData mobile broadband plans Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-announces-new-mdata-mobile- broadband-plans/13448.html September 1st, 2011Samsung GALAXY S II M1 Limited (M1) has announced that it will launch four newThe Samsung GALAXY S II features a 1.2GHz dual-core competitively priced mobile broadband plans for customers onprocessor, HSPA+ connectivity providing data transfer of September 1 this year. The new plans, which are claimed toup to 21Mbps, a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display. be aimed at providing a better mobile surfing experience toAt just 8.49mm in thickness, the new smartphone is a consumers, will reportedly start from the low price of S$12 apowerful evolution of its predecessor in speed, screen and slim month and will be differentiated by data bundle sizes.design. Weighing 116g, the GALAXY II has a 4.27-inch Super M1 has announced the availability of four new mData mobileAMOLED Plus screen, making improvements in screen size, broadband plans for customers starting from September 1 thiscolour gamut and power consumption. year. According to M1, the new plans, which start from the lowCOMEX Promotion:16GB - S$998 price of S$12 per month, will help the company to provide a better mobile surfing experience to customers The new plans will be provisioned at the speeds of 7.2 Mbps or 21 Mbps theoretical download speeds, although M1 has claimed that users can expect to experience typical download speeds ranging between 0.6 to 6.7 Mbps under most circumstances. M1 has also confirmed that customers who opt to go for the 7.2 Mbps package will be given the chance to 15
  • 16. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonechoose from a range of plans valued from $12 for 5GB to $40 The newly launched Microsoft Touch Mouse is optimallyfor 50GB. designed for Windows 7 PCs. The new multitouch mouse lets you click, flick, scroll and swipe, so it is easy, fun andLast but definitely not least, the company has also confirmed interact more intuitively on your PC. The top of the Touchthat mData’s monthly mobile broadband data usage bundle Mouse is composed of a matrix of capacitive touch-sensingwill be capped at a maximum of $69.30 to help eliminate the electrodes to track the position of the user’s fingertips alonglikelihood of consumers suffering from a heart attack caused its surface.by astronomically high data charges due to freak incidents. COMEX Promotion: S$99 (Free S$10 shopping voucher)The full list of mData mobile broadband plans from M1 are asfollow:COMEX Show 2011 Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000Promotions: Microsoft The Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 features an ergonomist-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- approved contour layout that creates an organic arc tomicrosoft/13446.html encourage natural wrist posture. It has a slim and glossySeptember 1st, 2011 design makes a modern statement while minimizing clutter on your desktop, and media keys that provide one-touch access to popular media functions, such as play, pause and volume. COMEX Promotion: S$27Microsoft is making a great presence at this years COMEXShow with great promotions on their keyboards, mice and webcameras, as well as XBox 360 and Kinect games. You can alsotrade in your old console and receive up to $150 off a new Xbox360, as well as pre-order for the higly-anticipated GEARS OFWAR 3. Their booth can be located on level 6, booth 6126. Microsoft LifeCam Studio Enjoy great video chat with friends and family with the new Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam. It incorporates a full high definition 1080p sensor that can deliver widescreen video at 16:9 at up to 30 frames per second. With ClearFrame Technology, it can offer smooth, detailed video with an improved de-noiser, which reduces image graininess — especially in low light. Usual Price: S$149Microsoft Touch Mouse COMEX Promotion: S$129 16
  • 17. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGears of War 3 Limited Edition Xbox 360 consoleCustom designed with artwork inspired by Gears of War 3, HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-OneXbox 360 is offering this exclusive console with Wi-Fi built-infor easier connection to the world of games and entertainment The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One allows smallon Xbox LIVE. This limited offer also includes a copy of the businesses to get professional colour and laser performancegame Gears of War 3, two custom-designed Xbox 360 wireless at a low cost per page. Featuring HP ePrint, users can printcontrollers, and a 320GB hard drive. Available only for a anytime, anywhere using any mobile device1. The printer alsolimited time. features a 2.36-inch (5.99cm) color touchscreen display to easily copy, fax, print, scan and more.COMEX Promotion: S$649 COMEX Promotion Price: TBACOMEX Show 2011Promotions: HPSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions-hp/13445.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Even though HP has announced the price drop of US$99for thier TouchPad tablet devices, there is still no news asto whether the company will be offering that price tag toconsumers. (Probably the reason why we have yet to receiveall the promotions). Well, here are some of the great deals ontheir printers and all-in-one devices. You can check out theirbooth on level 4, hall 401, booth 8150. HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer The HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer is designed to be easy to use and requires minimal maintenance. Whether you are in the office, in a car, or at an airport, you can print wherever you want, knowing that you will get the same quality you expect from desk-top printers. COMEX Promotion Price: TBA 17
  • 18. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone HP ePrint technology, users can print anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device. COMEX Promotion Price: TBA COMEX Show 2011 Promotions: Olympus Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- olympus/13444.html September 1st, 2011 Photographer enthusiasts would be delighted with some of the good promotions on Olympus digital cameras including the Olympus E-PL1, E-P3 and E-PL3 which use micro four-thirds system, and XZ-1. The Olympus booth can be located on level 4, hall 404, booth 8205.HP Laserjet Pro CM1415FNWThe HP LaserJet Pro CM 1415FNW is the first LaserJet printerthat allows users to print from the Web and mobile devices.Users can minimize environmental impact with the Instant-on Technology and Instant-on Copy. It features wireless andEthernet connectivity which lets you print from anywhere inthe office via a shared network.COMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus E-P3 The Olympus E-P3 claims to be the flagship of the PEN series of new generation Micro Four Thirds system cameras with the world’s fastest autofocusing (AF) achieved through the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor) AF system and a lens incorporating the MSC (movie and still compatible) mechanism. It also boasts superb image quality and high ISO12800 sensitivity, thanks to the new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor with full HD movie compatibility and new TruePic VI image processing engine. Usual Price: Option 1: E-P3 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$1,298 (w/ GST) Body (Available colours: Black, White and Silver)HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One C410aThe HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One C410a is an all- M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6in-one that allows you to do more. You can boost your homeprinter capabilities by easily faxing, scanning and copying with Bundled with 8GB SD Cardthis 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF), and print Option 2: E-P3 Twin Lens Kit - S$1,548 (with GST)photos and web content without a PC. With the revolutionary Body (Available colours: Black, White and Silver) 18
  • 19. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneM.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm R f4.0-5.6 lensBundled with 8GB SD CardCOMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus E-PL1 Availabile in white, champagne gold, and black, the Olympus E-PL1 is an entry-level micro four-thirds camera that is equipped with a new Live Guide interface which makes it easy for photographer enthusiasts and beginners. With the dedicated Movie mode button, you can quick access to movie shooting at any time. The E-PL1 also comes withOlympus E-PL3 six Art Filters, including new Gentle Sepia, for enhanced photographic creativity.Launched on 29 June, the Olympus E-PL3 is designed as thecentrepiece of Olympus’s popular PEN series of versatile, high- E-PL1 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$698 (with GST) Body (Available colours: White, Champagne Gold, and Black)performance interchangeable-lens digital cameras. It is thefirst PEN series camera with a swivel type 3.0-inch display M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–42mmthat can tits 80-degree up and 45-degree down for improvedfunctionality and compatibility with size reduction.Option 1: E-PL3 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$998 (w/ GST)Body (Available colours: Black, White, Silver and Red)M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6Bundled with 8GB SD CardOption 2: E-PL3 Twin Lens Kit - S$1,248 (w/ GST)Body (Available colours: Black, White, Silver and Red)M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm RCOMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus XZ-1 The Olympus XZ-1 uses the brightest i.ZUIKO DIGITAL f1.8 lens which is the first to be designed for a point and shoot digital camera. It has a large f1.8-2.5 aperture that assures maximum brightness from wide-angle to telescopic and combines with the large 1/1.63-inch high-sensitivity CCD sensor to achieve amazing picture quality close to that of digital SLR cameras. Usual Price: S$698 COMEX Promotion Price: TBA 19
  • 20. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone control and the option to disable the Windows key whileRazer announces Stealth gaming.versions of BlackWidowand BlackWidow UltimatekeyboardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-announces-stealth-versions-of-blackwidow-and-blackwidow-ultimate-keyboards/13443.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Razer has announced the availability of the new Stealthversions of its BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate series ofmechanical gaming keyboards. According to the company, the The Razer BlackWidow Stealth Edition and BlackWidownew Stealth Edition keyboards have been designed to offer the Ultimate Stealth Edition gaming mechanical keyboards aretactility of a typical mechanical keyboard, but with the added now available for purchase from Razerzone.com at the price ofbenefit of having a much quieter feedback that is reportedly US$79.99 and US$139.99 respectively.ideal for the “true silent assassins of gaming”.If you love Razers line of mechanical gaming keyboards but COMEX Show 2011cannot stand having to deal with the annoying clicky soundsproduced by the keyboards mechanical switches any longer, Promotions: Nortonyou are in luck. This is because Razer has just announced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions-the availability of the new Stealth editions of the BlackWidow norton/13442.htmland BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical keyboards, which the September 1st, 2011company claims have been designed to deliver the sameperformance as the non-Stealth versions, but with the addedbenefit of more quiet feedback.As they are essentially the same keyboards with quieterswitches, the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition andthe BlackWidow Stealth Edition have access to all of the While consumer products like digital cameras, smartphonesfeatures that are present on their non-stealth counters. In and laptops are hugely popular at PC Fairs, security solutionsthe BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Editions case, this includes are also well sought after. Norton will debut their newsupport for anti-ghosting across the entire keyset to allow for Internet Security 2012, Antivirus 2012 and Norton 360 V5.0up to six simultaneous key presses, programmable keys with at tomorrows COMEX Show 2011. Symantechs main booth ison-the-fly macro recording, keys for media control and audio located on level 6, booth 6251.jacks.The BlackWidow Stealth Edition, on the other hand, dropsthe anti-ghosting support that is present on the Ultimateedition, but otherwise sports the same features present on theBlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition, such as programmable Norton Internet Security 2012keys with on-the-fly macro recording, buttons for multimedia The new Norton Internet Security 2012 offers various security features such as the Norton Identity Safe that provides a 20
  • 21. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestreamlined interface with improved login and form detectiontechnology; Norton Management which makes it easy for users Samsung announcesto download, transfer, update, or renew your Norton products availability of new mobilefrom anywhere right over the Internet; and Norton OnlineFamily that helps to keep your kids safe online as it tracks phones with Bada 2.0where your kids go and what they do online. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-availability-of- new-mobile-phones-with-bada-2.0/13441.htmlCOMEX Promotion Price: S$29 (1 user license); S$49 (3 user September 1st, 2011license); S$79 (5 user license)Norton Antivirus 2012If you only need the anti-virus protection, the newNorton Antivirus 2012 has all the features that are adequatefor your use. It comes with Norton Management which is alsofound on the Internet Security 2012 for users to download,transfer, update, or renew your Norton products; Norton So you want a new smartphone to play around with, but do notInsight, the latest version of Norton’s exclusive reputation- wish to get involved with the fan war that is currently ragingbased security technology, checking where files came from between Android, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone 7and how long they have been around to automatically identify and iOS users, dont you? If so, dont sweat it; Samsung has justand stop new online threats before trouble arises. It also announced the availability of a new batch of smartphones thatdoes Insight checks on every downloaded file for safety and will be preloaded with the latest version of its Bada operatingprotects users against dangerous applications by prompting system, Bada 2.0if they may harm the health and stability of your computer Getting a new smartphone is always something that is worthbefore you install them. looking forward to, but the possibility of getting into flameCOMEX Promotion Price: S$39 (1 user license); S$69 (3 user wars with users or various mobile operating systems is alicense); S$119 (5 user license) very real problem with some would like to avoid as much asNorton 360 V5.0 possible. If this sounds like what you are consciously looking out for in your choice of smartphone platforms, the goodThe Norton 360 V5.0 features groundbreaking new reputation news is Samsung has just announced the availability of a newservice technology that provides unmatched real-time threat batch of smartphones that are powered by its latest Bada 2.0detection to guard against viruses, worms, spyware, bots, operating system.Trojans, rootkits, identity thieves, and other digital dangerssuch that users can browse, purchase, and bank online without According to the machine translation of Samsungs recentworry. It has an automated set-it-and-forget-it backup with press announcement, it seems that the Korean electronicsweb access that lets you quickly and easily retrieve and giant intends to release at least three new smartphones basedrestore digital photos, music, financial documents, and other off the Bada operating system for sale on the market someimportant files in case of loss or damage. The Norton 360 can time soon. Known as the Samsung Wave 3, Wave M and Wavealso automatically tunes up users’ PC to help keep it running Y, Samsung claims that the new smartphones are designed towell. be premium products that will cater to users who reportedly desire smartphones that feature a robust platform.Usual Price: S$64.99 (1 user license); S$158.99 (3 userlicense); S$199.99 (5 user license) Not much information about the new smartphones have beCOMEX Promotion Price: S$59 (1 user license); S$99 (3 user released by Samsung, although the company has claimed thatPremier Edition license with 25GB online backup storage); S the new Samsung Wave 3, which is touted as the flagship$159 (5 user license) model for the new Bada-powered smartphones, will feature a four-inch Super AMOLED display of an unknown resolution,Additional special offers: as well as support for wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 3.0Any 1-user purchase will entitle customer to 1 chance at the and WiFi under the b, g and n bands. In addition, the companylucky draw has also confirmed that the Wave 3 will sport a processorAny 3-user or 5-user purchase will entitle customer to have 3 clocked at 1.4GHz and what is reportedly a five-megapixeltries at the lucky draw camera.Top prize each day will be the latest Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K132GB bundled with Norton Mobile SecurityOther prizes include Xbox Kinect 4GB, TomTom GPS XXL 550and Sandisk 4GB Cruzer Edge USB drive 21
  • 22. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOn the other hand, the Samsung Wave M will sport a 3.65- No details about pricing and global availability of the newinch display that is capable of displaying content at HVGA smartphones have been released by Samsung at this point ofresolutions, along with a five-megapixel camera, and a sleek time.design which is reportedly aimed at making it easy for userswith smaller hands, such as women, to have a comfortable gripon the phone. COMEX Show 2011 Promotions: Dell Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- dell/13439.html September 1st, 2011 Check out the exclusive offers from Dell at tomorrows COMEX Show which include the Alienware M14x, Inspiron 13z, Inspiron 14 and Inspiron 15R laptops, and Inspiron 620MT desktop PC. The Dells booth is located on level 4, booth 8251, 8230, 8139, 8418. On top of that, the company will be providing free shuttle bus services from various locations around Singapore to ferry visitors to COMEX 2011, as well as various activities including the chance to win attractive prizes.Last but not least, Samsung has also announced theavailability of the new Samsung Wave Y smartphone, whichwill make use of a 3.2-inch TFT LCD display capable ofdisplaying content at HVGA resolutions, along with a two-megapixel camera and a slew of features designed to make iteasy for the first-time smartphone user to get the most out ofthe Bada operating system. 22
  • 23. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDell Inspiron 13z Notebook Dell Inspiron 14 (N4050) LaptopPowered by Intel Core i3 2330M processor, the Dell Inspiron The compact and responsive Inspiron 14 (N4050) is all you13z sports a 13.3-inch HD WLED True-Life display (1366x768) need to get your work done wherever you go. It offers a 14-for your mutlimedia enjoyment. It comes with 2GB DDR3 inch HD WLED True-Life display (1366x768), and is equippedSDRAM (1333Mhz), Intel HD graphics 3000 video card, with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 2410M processor with Turbo Boost320GB 7200RPM SATA hard disk, and is preloaded with 2.0, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333Mhz), 1GB AMD Radeon HDMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. 6470M video card, 500GB SATA hard disk and preloaded withUsual Price: S$899 Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.Comex Promotion Price: S$799 + free DVD-RW drive worth Usual Price: S$999S$99 Comex Promotion Price: S$899 + additional Belkin backpack worth S$39 for Amex customers + free 2nd year warranty upgrade worth S$99 Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop The Dell Inspiron 15R comes with stylish designs that claimDell Inspiron 620MT Desktop to fit every personality and full features that let you stayThe slim and high-performance Inspiron 620MT lets you connected and entertained anywhere, anytime. Specifications-do more and share more. It comes with Intel Core i5 2310 wise, it comes with 15.6-inch HD WLED True-Life displayprocessor, 4GB memory, (1366x768), Intel Core i7 2630QM processor, 6GB DDR31GB AMD Radeon 6450 video card, 1TB SATA hard disk and memory, 1GB Nvidia GT 525M video card and 640GB SATApreinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium OS. The Inspiron hard disk.620MT is also bundled with 20-inch LED monitor with 1-year Usual Price: S$1,349warranty with in-home service. Comex Promotion Price: S$1,099 + free exchangeable lid andUsual Price: S$1,099 second year extended warrantyworth over S$168Comex Promotion Price: S$949 + additional S$50 off forAmex customers 23
  • 24. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to a machine translation of the Japanese electronics giants recent press release, the new MDR-DS7500 headphones has been touted to be the industrys first such headphones to be optimized for 3D surround sound used in the playback of 3D video content. Sony claims that the headphones feature the Dolby Pro Logic II z decoder which isDell Alienware M14x Laptop reportedly capable of delivering 7.1 channel surround soundIf you are looking for a high performance gaming laptop, for greater depth and realism. In addition, the company hasyou must check out the Alienware M14x at Dells booth. also added that the MDR-DS7500 has been furnished withIncorporating high-end hardware components including Intel 3D VPT technology to further enhance the realism of theCore i5 2410M processor, 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GT555M with headphones surround sound system.Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics technology, 4GB DDR3 Additional features available on the MDR-DS7500 includeSDRAM and 500GB SATA hard disk, the Alienware M14x what appears to be the capability to accept audio inputclaims to be the most powerful 14-inch high definition gaming directly via HDMI, various pre-set audio modes such as Newlaptop in the universe. Cinema Mode, Game Mode and Voice Mode for optimal audioUsual Price: S$2,099 playback quality under specific conditions, as well as theComex Promotion Price: S$1,999 + free Razer Gaming Mouse ability to be remotely controlled. Last but not least, Sonyand Headset worth over S$168 has also confirmed that the NDR-DS7500 will feature built-in support for BRAVIA Sync, where users can remotely control a compatible BRAVIA television set via the headphones.Sony launches new digital 3D Full specifications for the MDR-DS7500 surroundsurround sound headphones headphones are as follow:system in JapanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-launches-new-digital-3d-surround-sound-headphones-system-in-japan/13440.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Sony has announced the availability of its new digital 3Dsurround sound headphones system, the MDR-DS7500, inJapan, According to the company, the new headphones isdesigned to faithfully reproduce the same quality of soundwhich artists and film-makers have originally intended forconsumers to hear. The MDR-DS7500 surround headphones are expected toSony has announced the availability of its new digital 3D make their way onto retail shelves in Japan for sale comesurround sound headphones system, the MDR-DS7500, in October 10 this year at the suggested retail price of 49,350 yenJapan. According to the company, the new headphones (approx US$643) after taxes.have been specially designed to ensure that it is capable ofdelivering to consumers a faithful reproduction of the kind ofsound which artists and film-makers have originally intended Samsung announcesfor consumers to hear. availability of new portable media players in Korea Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-availability-of- new-portable-media-players-in-korea/13438.html 24
  • 25. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 1st, 2011 back most common audio formats, such as MP3, WMA, Acc, Ogg and more importantly. Flac.For most people, the fact that their smartphones boast thecapability to provide basic audio and video playback meansthat there is little need to invest in a dedicated portable mediaplayer when their smartphones can satisfy that need. However,it seems that there are enough people who believe in the valueof having such a dedicated media player for Samsung to justifythe release of yet another such device, and it comes in the formof its new YP-R2 and YP-Z3 players.Who needs to invest in a portable media player when thehumble mobile phone, which boasts the ability to deliver basicmedia playback support, is fast becoming the device of choicefor portable media playback while on the move? Well, tell thatto Samsung; the Korean electronics giant has just announcedthe availability of two new portable media players, the YP-R2and YP-Z3, in Korea.According to the machine translation of Samsungs pressrelease, the new YP-R2 and YP-Z3 portable media playersfeature the Korean electronics giants SoundAlive technology The YP-R2 will be available in black silver color at the pricewhich allows for increased audio playback quality such as bass of 149,000 won or approximately US$139 (4GB) and 169,000enhancement as well as three-dimensional sound. In addition, won (approx US$158) for the 8GB variant , while the YP-Z3the YP-R2 will sport a three-inch WQVGA touchscreen and will come in Mercy Mellow White, Cherry Pink and Mint Blue,come bundled with the DivX codec for better video playback and will be sold at the price 119,000 won (aprox US$111)for asupport. total of 8GB storage space. ASUS announces availability of new O!Play Mini Plus set- top box in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-announces-availability-of-new-o- play-mini-plus-set-top-box-in-singapore/13437.html September 1st, 2011 Want to hook up a home theatre PC (HTPC) of sorts to your TV set but dont wish to deal with all the hassle involved in configuring it? Dont worry, there is a set-top box for that, and it comes in the form of ASUSs new set-top media player box, the O!PlayMini Plus, in Singapore. According to ASUS, the new device is designed to offer access to a multitude of online services for endless entertainment from both video and social media websites, among many others. ASUS has announced the availability of its new set-top box for home theatre systems, the ASUS O!Play Mini Plus, in Singapore. According to ASUS, the new O!Play Mini PlusOn the other hand, the YP-Z3 will come with a 1.8-inch is designed to designed to offer access to a multitude ofdisplay (non-touchscreen) and make use of physical buttons online services for endless entertainment from both video andfor navigation. Last but definitely not least, Samsung has social media websites, along with many other media-relatedconfirmed that the media players will be capable of playing features. 25
  • 26. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone No details about the O!Play Mini Plus set-top boxs pricing hasIn an official announcement made by the company been announced by ASUS at this point.yesterday, ASUS claimed that the new O!Play Mini Plusset-top box will feature built-in support for various onlinemedia streaming and social networking services, such as Zotac launches tiny AMD E-“Mediafly, Dailymotion, Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr(and) thousands of internet TV and radio stations. ASUS has series powered ZBOX nanoalso touted the new O!Play Mini Plus set-top box as being the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zotac-launches-tiny-amd-e-series-worlds first device to support Acetrax, the most popular online powered-zbox-nano/13436.htmlvideo on demand service in Europe. September 1st, 2011On the specifications side, it would appear that the new O!Play Mini Plus set-top box has got just about everything anaverage user will need to get the system working right out-of-the-box. According to ASUS, the device will feature built-in support for gigabit Ethernet and WiFi N connectivity, whileutility tools such as O!Direct and O!MediaShare enable usersto stream media files from a variety of devices straight to an If youre on the hunt for a tiny PC – and were not talkingHDTV without complicated setups, as well as stream content Mac mini small here, we mean really tiny – then Zotac mightfrom a desktop PC or notebook to the TV. just have what youre after in the shape of its ZBOX nano, a 127x127mm AMD E-series APU powered computer. It might not have the most powerful hardware, but youll have a hard time finding anything smaller with as many features crammed into it. If youre on the hunt for a tiny PC – and were not talking Mac mini small here, we mean really tiny – then Zotac mightFull specifications for the new O!Play Mini Plus set-top box are just have what youre after in the shape of its ZBOX nano, aas follow: 127x127mm AMD E-series APU powered computer. It might not have the most powerful hardware, but youll have a hard time finding anything smaller with as many features crammed into it. We first saw this tiny box on display at Computex, but back then it was featuring a VIA Nano CPU, but it seems like either Zotac changed their mind, or they just made another SKU with AMDs E-series APU. Zotac will apparently be offering the ZBOX nano with either an AMD E-350 or an E-450, although the initial version appears to be sporting the E-350. Despite its small size, the ZBOX nano is missing very little in terms of features. 26
  • 27. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone the time of writing there were no details to be found on the Zotac website relating to the ZBOX nano. AMD Trinity to feature Radeon HD 7000 Graphics Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-trinity-to-feature-radeon- hd-7000-graphics/13434.html September 1st, 2011 AMD first demonstrated next-gen Trinity APUs at Fusion Developer Summit in June this year, also revealing Trinity will feature a GPU part based on the VLIW-4 architecture currently only used in Radeon HD 6900 series. Fudzilla have now leaked a Globalfoundries slide which mentions the GPUFor starters, looking around the back we find two USB part of Trinity will be branded as part of the Radeon HD 70002.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an family.eSATA port, a DisplayPort, an HDMI port and an antenna for AMD first demonstrated next-gen Trinity APUs at Fusion150Mbps 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Around the Developer Summit in June this year, also revealing Trinityfront is a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader that takes will feature a GPU part based on the VLIW-4 architecturemost of the regular formats apart from CF cards and an IR currently only used in Radeon HD 6900 series. Fudzilla havereceiver. Internally theres only room for a single SO-DIMM now leaked a Globalfoundries slide which mentions the GPUand a 2.5-inch drive. A remote control is also bundled that part of Trinity will be branded as part of the Radeon HD 7000works with Windows MCE and for some reason Zotac is also family.supplying an additional IR receiver that connects via USB.Although at 127x127mm the ZBOX nano is tiny, its quitechubby at 45mm tall. It does of course have an externalpower brick as its power source and Zotac supplies a VESAcompliant mounting plate that allows the entire system to bemounted on the back of an LCD screen. Overall its a pretty The slide mentions upcoming Orochi die, set to release asneat little package, but if the Japanese price is anything to by, Zambezi or FX-Series on the desktop and Valencia (Opteronits horrendously expensive, as in Japan it retails for 27,500 4200) and Interlagos (Opteron 6200) on servers. AMDsYen (S$433) and the Plus model which comes with 2GB of next-gen Fusion APU, Trinity, is set to feature next-genDDR3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive is even pricier at 35,000 Piledriver architecture cores, as revealed in recent roadmaps.Yen (S$550) which makes it questionable if this is the route As mentioned before, the GPU part will be part of the Radeonto go down. That said, prices in Japan are usually higher for HD 7000 family, and is rumoured to feature the VLIW-4electronics, but even so, it doesnt seem worth the money. At architecture. The overall improvement in theoretical GFlops will be 50% over Llano. Of course, while this may not indicate a 50% increase in real-world performance, Trinity is set to be a 27
  • 28. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemajor step forward for the Fusion initiative. Trinity is expectedto release in the first half of 2012.In addition, Fudzilla also reports that the next-gen 28nm partswill now also be branded under the Radeon HD 7000 moniker,as expected.Corsair adds roomier SKUs tothe Force GT SSD seriesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-adds-roomier-skus-to-the-force-gt-ssd-series/13433.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011So far Corsair has only offered fairly small sized SSDs inits high-performance Force GT series of SSDs, but now the Were expecting one of the new models for testing andcompany has added a pair of new, roomier models to the although neither comes in cheap, wed expect Corsair to beseries. The new capacities are 180 and 240GB, a doubling of competing for a top spot in terms of raw SSD performance withthe two previously largest models. these models. As for pricing, the 180GB model has an MSRP of US$379 (S$459) while the 240GB model comes in at US$489 (S$590), which is pretty much in line with other SSDs basedSo far Corsair has only offered fairly small sized SSDs in on the latest generation of SandForce controllers.its high-performance Force GT series of SSDs, but now thecompany has added a pair of new, roomier models to theseries. The new capacities are 180 and 240GB, a doubling of COMEX Show 2011the two previously largest models. Promotions: Sony Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- sony/13432.html September 1st, 2011 At the COMEX 2011, Sony will have some great promotions on their products including the Cyber-shot DSC-WX30, VAIO Z notebook PC and the recently launched NEX-5N mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The company will occupy the usual area on the Concourse on level 3, and their booth can also be seen on level 4, booth 8210.These SandForce SF-2280 driven SSDs have also gained asmall performance increase on the write side, with bothmodels offering write speeds of up to 525MB/s, up from515MB/s for the 120GB drive. A small increase perhaps andthe sequential write speed is still stuck at 555MB/s. As with theprevious models, Corsair is bundling both drives with a 3.5-inch adapter. Sony VAIO Z Series Notebook PC 28
  • 29. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Sony VAIO Z series is designed as a high performance yetthin and light PC. It is equipped with second generation Intel COMEX Show 2011Core i7 processor, SSD in RAID ) configuration and full high Promotions: PROLiNKdefinition LCD display for your multimedia enjoyment. The Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions-VAIO Z comes with an optional Power Media Dock with AMD prolink/13430.htmlRadeon HD 6650M (1GB VRAM) and Blu-ray disc player. September 1st, 2011COMEX Show Price: TBA PROLiNK will showcase several new products at the COMEX Show 2011, which include the new wireless pan/tilt network camera, Bluetooth keyboard, wireless presenter, and three device servers. The PROLiNK booth can be located on level 6, hall 602, booth 6231.Sony NEX-5N Interchangeable Lens CameraThis new compact NEX-5N from Sony is built on thepopularity of the NEX-5 and claims to offer superbresponsiveness, image quality and creativity of a DSLRcamera. It features 16.1-Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOSsensor and new BIONZ processor enabling ISO 25600 highsensitivity, full high definition movie with 50p/25p, manualfocus, full P/A/S/M exposure control and improved audio. TheNEX-5N also comes with a tilt-angled 3-inch Xtra Fine LCDtouchscreen display for viewfinder.COMEX Show Price: TBA PROLiNK PPS2101, PPS2101N and PPS2104N Device Server The new device servers with Sharehub technology are available in three models, in 1-port (wireless and wired) as well as 4-port wireless versions. Unlike regular print servers which only allow the user to share the use of standard printers, the new Sharehub device servers can be used for sharing even multifunction printers. You can also share data in USB devices within the network (acts as a network-attached storage device) and even playback music to USB speakers. COMEX Show Price: S$69 (PPS2101), S$79 (PPS2101N) and S$85 (PPS2104N)Sony Cyber-shot WX30Launching at COMEX, the super-compact and stylish Cyber-shot WX30 offers a wide range of imaging options for stills, fullHD video and 3D shooting. It is also the first-ever Cyber-shotWX series model to feature a spacious 3-inch Xtra Fine LCDwide touch screen for beautifully simple fingertip operation.COMEX Show Price: TBA 29
  • 30. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePROLiNK PIC1003WP IP Camera PROLiNK PWP102G Wireless PresenterThis new PROLiNK PIC1003WP IP camera claims to be one of The wireless presenter, on the other hand, is boththe easiest IP cameras to set up in the market, and comes with ergonomically designed and easy to use and setup. Thewide range pan/ tilt capabilities as well as built-in micro-SD additional function of the Optical Finger Navigation (OFN)card interface for video storage. technology allows the user to even use this device as an “air mouse” to remotely control your computer.COMEX Show Price: S$299 COMEX Show Price: S$59 Renesas announces its first SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 bridge controller Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/renesas-announces-its-first- sata-6gbps-to-usb-3.0-bridge-controller/13429.html September 1st, 2011 Judging by todays announcement, Renesas has realised that it only has so much time left in the so far for the company,PROLiNK PKM-3810B Bluetooth Keyboard very profitable USB 3.0 host controller market and itsAesthetically designed and very user-friendly, the PROLiNK now branching into other USB 3.0 markets. As such theBluetooth keyboard is a must for users who value functionality company has announced its first USB 3.0 peripheral chip,as much as beauty. It is sleek and slim, comes with 12 hotkeys, the µPD720230 which is a SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 bridgeand has a transmission range of up to 10m. controller.COMEX Show Price: S$59 Judging by todays announcement, Renesas has realised that it only has so much time left in the so far for the company, very profitable USB 3.0 host controller market and its now branching into other USB 3.0 markets. As such the company has announced its first USB 3.0 peripheral chip, the µPD720230 which is a SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 bridge controller. The only other company were currently aware of that has a SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 bridge solution is ASMedia, so if Renesas can deliver the µPD720230 on time in October as per the press release, then the company might just manage 30
  • 31. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto hit the market at the right point in time. Renesas has September 1st, 2011one advantage over its competitors, as its only one oftwo companies that were aware of that can offer UASPlicenses and as such the company has of course added UASPsupport to the µPD72023. This means that there should be aperformance improvement when used with UASP compatiblehost controllers.As such, Renesas own host controllers as well as those found Where Apple innovates, others follow, right? Well, apparentlyin AMDs A75 and A70M chipsets should see not only a not for Sony, especially if the companys recent update to itsperformance advantage when used with the µPD720230, but VAIO Z line of ultra-thin and highly portable notebooks areUASP also adds support for command queuing, something of any indication. With frills such as an extremely thin body,that the standard bulk-only transfer protocol lacks. With over high-performance hardware for its assembly and the inclusion40 million Renesas controllers already in the market, thats a of an external graphics solution for added firepower, it wouldpretty decent install base to start making accessory chipsets for seem that Sony has had Apple finally beaten at its own game.and unless its competitors licenses UASP support, were going Or has it? VR-Zone investigates.to have to wait until Windows 8 until we get universal UASPsupport.The press release doesnt talk too much about performance,but mentions speeds of up to 370MB/s using ATTO. This is a As far as most people are concerned, Apple appears to be thevery impressive figure, but ATTO tends to produce numbers only computer OEM that is capable of churning out notebooksthat are in general higher than that seen in other benchmarks that not only boast cutting edge and futuristic designs, but areand as such wed take this number with a grain of salt. On the also thin enough to be capable of being transported around inother hand, well try to get hold of a bridge for testing to see if a typical manilla envelope. However, it would seem that theRenesas can deliver on their claims. design crown is no longer Apples to dominate, especially ifRenesas has also implemented support for the U1 and U2 the introduction of Sonys new VAIO Z ultra-thin notebookpower states which are part of the latest USB 3.0 specification is of any indication. With access to Intels i7 range of mobilefor bridge devices, something VLI is already supporting in its processors, a 13-inch LED backlit display that is capable ofVL701. Renesas claims that this can help reduce the power 1080p resolutions, a docking station that doubles up as anconsumption at idle by up to 40 percent, although we presume external graphics solution, and copious amounts of RAM,this is when hard drives are used rather than SSDs. Sonys intent is clear. The company is aiming to go head-to-Renesas expects to kick off production volumes of around head against Apple in the market for premium, ultra-portable500,000 chips a month and samples are already available. notebooks, a segment which Apple has enjoyed undisputedThere seems to be some confusion about the pricing though, as success in for the longest time, with other OEMs mostlythe Japanese press release mentions US$3 per chip in sample playing catch up to the Cuptertino giant.volumes, while the English press release puts the price at US$3.50. We wouldnt expect to see products in the market based That being said, good design and performance, while vital,on the µPD720230 until early 2012. cannot make up for a sloppy user experience, and suffice to say Sony will have its work cut out for it in order to ensure that its new VAIO Z is capable of delivering a decent experienceSony VAIO Z review: that is worthy of its futuristic design. And that is what we are here to find out in todays review of the Japanese electronicsPortability, meet Power giants new (and oh-so-droolworthy) VAIO Z ultra-portableSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-vaio-z-review-portability-meet- notebook.power/13345.html 31
  • 32. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNew SONY VAIOZ VPCZ217GG/N/X notebook PCspecificationsProcessor Intel Core i7-2620M clocked at 2.7GHz (up to 3.4GHz under TurboBoost), 4MB L3 cache Chipset Intel HM67 Chipset Graphics Card Onboard Intel HD Graphics 3000 Display LED backlit 13.3-inch full high-definition display (1920 x 1080) TFT VAIO Display Premium screen Operating System Windows 7 Professional SP1 (x64 version) Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB custom DIMM) Storage capacity 256GB intenal flash memory (128GB SSD x 2 under RAID 0) Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) Weight 1.165kg including bundled battery packConsidering how the docking station for the new Sony VAIOZ notebook is in itself both an attraction and a unique systemof sorts, we decided that it deserves its own little list ofspecifications as well:VGP-PRZ20A externalPower Media DockspecificationsGraphics Card 1GB AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6650MOptical disc drive BD-ROM with DVD SuperMultiDimensions 148.0 x 16.65 x 220.0 mmWeight 685g 32
  • 33. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Now as you mightve gathered by now, xFD isnt necessarily VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication going to bring cheaper memory, even though Invensas claims covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. that its cheaper to manufacture if you consider the memory density improvement. xFD will be available in either DFD (Dual Face Down) or QFD (Quad Face Down) which as theSingle chip DIMM is close to name suggests puts two or four DRAM dies inside a single chip.becoming reality The xFD packaging supports x4, x8 and x16 data bus width, although the chip size will of course get bigger with largerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/single-chip-dimm-is-close-to- chip sizes. The DFD packages will measures 11.5x11.5mmbecoming-reality/13500.html or alternatively 11.5x14mm while the QFD packages willSeptember 6th, 2011 measures 16.2x16.2mm. Invensas claim to have tested and validated its xFD packaging at speeds of up to 2133MHz and although the company isThings just got really interesting in the memory market space, currently targeting the server and datacentre market space,as Invensas Corporation, a subsidiary of Tessera Technologies we can see this technology trickle down in consumer relatedhave come up with a way to shove as much memory as that products in the not too distant future and the company isfitted to a SO-DIMM into a single chip. The technology is mentioning mobile computing as one of its target marketsknown as xFD or multi-die face-down packaging and itll be beyond servers. If it proves to be cheaper to manufacture thandemonstrated at IDF San Francisco next week. traditional memory packaging technology while delivering on the performance claims, we might soon be back to the days of single rank DIMMs (memory chips on only one side). TheThings just got really interesting in the memory market space, DRAM business isnt exactly making a lot of money these daysas Invensas Corporation, a subsidiary of Tessera Technologies and a solution like this might very well be able to reduce thehave come up with a way to shove as much memory as that cost of a single DIMM by a significant amount, simply byfitted to a SO-DIMM into a single chip. The technology is allowing for a component cut.known as xFD or multi-die face-down packaging and itll bedemonstrated at IDF San Francisco next week.The xFD packaging is interesting in more ways than one, asalthough its currently used to stack several DRAM wirebonddies into a single BGA package, its possible that we couldsee other types of memory put into xFD packaging as well.Invensas claims that its xFD packaging can not only save 25to 35 percent space in vertical height, but it can also improve That said, for now the technology will most likely be used toelectrical performance by 50 to 70 percent in speed-bin yield double or quadruple the memory size on server level DIMMs,and provide a 20 to 30 percent heat transfer advantage of which should not only help boost the amount of memory youstandard dual-die packages. can put in a server, but hopefully also allow to reduce the overall total memory cost by reducing the total DIMM count in many a server. So good news all around then? Well, well have to wait and see how popular Invensas xFD packaging technology turns out, but in theory we could see products in the future where only a chip or two make up an entire DIMM, quite a change from how things are today. Source: Invensas Lenovo announces IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook, and U300 and U400 laptops Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-announces-ideapad-u300s- ultrabook-and-u300-and-u400-laptops/13498.html 1
  • 34. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 6th, 2011It was only last week when VR-Zone had an exclusive previewof the IdeaPad U400. Today, Lenovo has announced its newrange of luxury laptops, which come in the form of IdeaPadU300s Ultrabook, as well as the U300 and U400 laptops.The new IdeaPad U series laptops are designed for fashionistasand provide everything they need in a slender, mobile andsuper chic package.Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Equipped with second generation Intel Core processors, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300 and U400 boast boot up times of under 17 seconds thanks to the optional RapidDrive SSD technology. The U300 sports a 13.3-inch display while the U400 has a 14-inch high definition display and AMD Radeon HD5470M 1GB graphics. Both models have specifications that support up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 1TB HDD storage and up to 256GB SSD storage. The U400 also has an integrated slot- loading DVD-RW drive. The Long Life Battery on the U300 lasts for up to six hours of productivity and up to seven hours on the U400. Both laptops also feature the same Breathable Keyboard technology as the U300s.The super slim U300s Ultrabook features second generationIntel Core i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology2.0, and boots quickly in about10 seconds with EnhancedExperience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology. It has a 13.3-inch16:9 widescreen high definition display, 4GB DDR3 memoryand up to 256GB solid state drive. The U300s is built from asingle-piece aluminum shell to create a sleek and lightweightproduct weighing in at less than 1.4kg and measuring just14.9mm thin.Available in Graphite Grey or limited-edition ClementineOrange with scratch-resistant coating, the U300s comeswith other smart technologies including Breathable Keyboard, Pricing and Availabilityan Intel Advanced Cooling Technology that allows air to flowin through the keyboard and out of the sides and rear hinge. The Lenovo IdeaPad U300, U300s and U400 will be available in Singapore from October 2011 onwards. All three laptops areWith Lenovo Long Life Battery, the U300s provides up to available in a cool Graphite Gray color, and the U300s alsoeight hours of productive use or an incredible 30 days on comes in limited-edition Clementine Orange. Prices for thesestandby. And with Lenovo RapidCharge its battery can be laptop models will be announced closer to the availability date.charged to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes. Other featuresinclude Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0connectors, as well as an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam. Genius Intros SP-U150X USBLenovo IdeaPad U300 and U400 Ultraportable Laptops Speakers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-intros-sp-u150x-usb- speakers/13499.html 2
  • 35. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 6th, 2011 cm high, Genius notes that its rounded-triangle shape is "eye- catching". The set weighs about 400 grams. Peripherals major Genuis rolled a new line of cute-lookingUSB stereo speakers for PCs and Macs, particularly notebooks.The SP-U150X as its called, comes in three variants basedon the color of a ring around its dome - black, yellow, andgreen. The speakers feature 2-inch drivers, which can deliver2W (RMS) output per speaker. Its shell is made of piano-black (glossy) ABS, with a matte front finish, and a glossy ringaround its dome. It takes input in two ways. It can act as a USBaudio device and run entirely off a USB connection, or it cantake a 3.5 mm line input while drawing power from USB. The Genius SP-U150X speakers are now available in North America for US $20. Images Courtesy: Genius Shenzhen Files 1: New Mobile Phone Formats appear -Peripherals major Genuis rolled a new line of cute-looking UMEOX V3 credit card sizeUSB stereo speakers for PCs and Macs, particularly notebooks.The SP-U150X as its called, comes in three variants based phone, and moreon the color of a ring around its dome - black, yellow, and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shenzhen-files-1-new-mobile-phone-green. The speakers feature 2-inch drivers, which can deliver formats-appear--umeox-v3-credit-card-size-phone-and-more/13497.html2W (RMS) output per speaker. Its shell is made of piano- September 6th, 2011black (glossy) ABS, with a matte front finish, and a glossy ringaround its dome. Our experienced well weathered strategic adviser, Nebojsa Novakovic, covers here his discoveries and experiences from visits to various electronics hubs around the world. This time, his first thoughts on interesting hardware coming from Shenzhen - we start with UMEOX and its unique mobile phones. When you get to Shenzhen, youll get overwhelmed by the sprawling green city of over 14 million, and thousands of gleaming skyscrapers, with a huge metro system that seems even cleaner - and less crowded yet more modern - than the one we have in Singapore. If youre an electronics or computers buff, this is probably heaven on earth for you, more so thanThe SP-U150X set takes input in two ways. It can act as a Taipei. There are dozens of electronics malls, many of themUSB audio device and run entirely off a USB connection, or it around Huaqiang Lus SEG Plaza, having everything under thecan take a 3.5 mm line input while drawing power from USB. sun from the weirdest resistors or oddball CPUs to LCD or LEDEither ways, it needs the USB cable plugged in. Apart from its panels, power supplies, drives... anything, you name it.4W total maximum output, the speakers offer full frequencyresponse range from 100 Hz to 22 KHz. Measuring about 10 3
  • 36. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHowever, the design capability of Shenzhens own companies exported to Singapore, besides other usual global markets.has also improved dramatically, leading to many new Other stuff they design includes oversize button senior citizenbrands appearing in the market, including the currently hot phones with SOS buttons, as well as tracker devices. They dontsmartphone and tablet arena. Some of them even try to open seem to have a very high end flagship mobile phone model,up new market niches with unique models. A case in point was though, which is a pity as having a good flagship often benefitsUMEOX, a local Shenzhen mobile phone design firm, which the sales of same vendors lower end units, as the users haveuses large contractors as FOXCONN and CHANGHONG for more confidence in the technological capability of the vendormanufacturing, besides its own assembly facility - some 6 itself. More on these, as well as other interesting gadgetrymillion units last year. I saw their ultra compact phone model, coming out of Shenzhen labs, on these pages soon.V3, which may not have too many features, but is slim andbasically close to credit card size. Hitachi GST first with single platter 1TB hard drives Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hitachi-gst-first-with-single- platter-1tb-hard-drives/13496.html September 6th, 2011 One Terabyte per platter hard drives isnt breaking news these days, but Hitachi GST has put a twist on things by launching several new models with a single 1TB platter in them. The new drives are also available in smaller sizes, but this is where things get strange, as despite being a single 1TB platter drive, some of the models will only offer 250 or 320GB of usable storage space.With roughly 9 x 5 cm dimensions, and just 5.8 mm thickness,this Infineon ULC2-based unit, sold to Alcatel in France and One Terabyte per platter hard drives isnt breaking news thesePearl in Germany, among others, is the first phone that I know days, but Hitachi GST has put a twist on things by launchingof, that can be carried INSIDE THE WALLET. The simple low several new models with a single 1TB platter in them. Thecost quad-band 2G phone, as you can see here, isnt intended new drives are also available in smaller sizes, but this is wherefor mobile Net or other fancy activities, but for what the things get strange, as despite being a single 1TB platter drive,phones were originally used for: calls and messages. I guess a some of the models will only offer 250 or 320GB of usabletouchscreen 3G version could add even those mobile surfing storage space.capabilities. Its pretty clear that the hard drive market has reached a stage where the drive makers are wasting a lot of potential storage space on hard drive and we end up with a pricing scheme that doesnt reflect the actual value of the storage space. Today a 160, 250, 320 and 500GB hard drive can be had for the same price and in one case were looking at twice the capacity for the same model from the same manufacturer. No wonder theres so much consolidation going on in the industry, as theres really not much money to be made from hard drives these days.UMEOX also offers SOLO, a rugged, water/shock/dustproof design with huge back solar panel for total outdoorindependence, but again it is a 2G phone, aimed at keycommunication functionality important when away fromurban areas, rather than sophisticated Net surfing or such.It is also fine when the sun goes down, as, once the batteryis charged, there is still 250 minute talk time. According toMs Sandy Zhang in UMEOX marketing, this phone was also 4
  • 37. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Motherboard major ASUS unveiled a new micro-ATX motherboard based on the AMD E-450 accelerated processing unit (APU), the E45M1-M PRO. This board is nearly identical to the E35M1-M PRO, except of course its faster APU. The AMD E-450 is clocked at 1.65 GHz, a mere 50 MHz jump over the E-350, but the real improvement here is that the GPU core speed that jumps to 600 MHz thanks to TurboCore technology. Motherboard major ASUS unveiled a new micro-ATX motherboard based on the AMD E-450 accelerated processing unit (APU), the E45M1-M PRO. This board is nearly identical to the E35M1-M PRO, except of course its faster APU. The AMD E-450 is clocked at 1.65 GHz, a mere 50 MHz jump over the E-350, but the real improvement here is that the GPU core speed that jumps to 600 MHz thanks to TurboCore technology.Hitachi GSTs new models include the 1TB Deskstar 5K1000.Bwhich is a 5,400rpm drive with 32MB cache and a claimedpower saving of 23 percent compared to the new Desktar7K1000.D. The 7K1000.D on the other hand is available in250, 320, 500, 750GB and 1TB sizes and as the name suggestswere looking at a 7,200rpm drive here, again with 32MBof cache. Both models do of course sport the SATA 6Gbpsinterface and they also comes with what Hitachi GST callsHiVERT which the company claims reduces idle power by up The E35M1-M PRO is a micro-ATX motherboard measuringto 15 percent. 244 x 183 mm. It is powered by AMD E-450 Fusion "Zacate" processor platform, aided by AMD Hudson M1 chipset. TheAlongside the two new consumer models, Hitachi GST also platform offers a wealth of connectivity and performance perlaunched a pair of new CinemaStar DVR drives, namely Watt for its price. The E-450 APU and Hudson M1 chipset arethe 5K1000.B and 7K1000.D. The biggest difference here cooled by a common low-profile heatsink, an optional fan cancompared to the Deskstar drives is that theyve been optimised be attached to it for better cooling. A 3-phase VRM powersfor video recording and playback. Both models comes in the APU, which is goverened by an ASUS EPU chip that workscapacities from 250GB to 1TB and features what Hitachi GST to improve energy efficiency. The APU is wired to two DDR3calls CoolSpin technology, as well as HiVERT, 32MB cache and DIMM slots that support single-channel DDR3 memory witha MTBF of 1.2 million hours and a slightly lower noise level speeds of up to 1333 MHz.than the desktop equivalent models. Expansion slots include a PCI-Express 2.0 x16, a PCI-ExpressNew ASUS Fusion Zacate x1, and two legacy PCI slots. The PCI-Express slots are wiredMicro-ATX Board Is A Notch to the APU. Compared to Intel Atom "Pineview" based desktop boards, this platform provides a wealth of connectivity. TheFaster E-450 APU embeds a Radeon HD 6320D graphics processorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-asus-fusion-zacate-micro-atx- thats DirectX 11-compliant, and is driven by 80 streamboard-is-a-notch-faster/13494.html processors. Display outputs include one each of HDMI, DVI,September 6th, 2011 and D-Sub (VGA). In terms of storage, there are no less than five SATA 6 Gbps ports, and one eSATA port with 6 Gbps data- rate. 5
  • 38. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone MeeGo products will be diminished, especially when the majority of companies are going for Android and Windows platform instead. Intel has denied giving up on MeeGo, and the company expressed that it will continue to MeeGo development. However, it is questionable as to what future plans the chip maker would have for the platform. And even if the chip maker is still actively involved in MeeGo, the development looks to be stalled. If Samsung should buy over the MeeGo system, it was speculated that it may not use the plaform directly, since the company already has its own Bada platform, alongside with Android and Windows Phone. It is likely that the company could integrate MeeGo with Bada, or we may see MeeGo-based devices in the near future.The Realtek ALC-887 chip used on this board is an 8-channel HD audio CODEC, but its wired to a 6-channelaudio jack cluster. Those seeking 8-channel output can still Reallusion unveils Visualizeuse the TOSLINK connector, which gives out 7.1 channeloptical SPDIF output. Other connectivity includes one gigabit image editing tool for iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/reallusion-unveils-visualize-image-Ethernet connection, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Firewire port editing-tool-for-ipad/13493.htmlapart from a number of USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel, and September 6th, 2011via internal headers. We dont expect the ASUS E45M1-M PROto be priced significanly higher than the E35M1-M PRO.Images Credit ASUS Reallusion has unveiled their new Visualize application whichIntel gives up MeeGo is designed for Apple iPad users who want to do some image editing on their tablet device. Visualize is an image editingdevelopment; Samsung eyes tool that allows users to make cutouts and stylized imageto take over composition. You can give this software a try; Visualize is now available in iTunes store.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-gives-up-meego-development-samsung-eyes-to-take-over/13495.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011According to news reports, chip manufacturing giant Intelmay be shifting its focus from MeeGo platform to smartphoneand tablet development, and it was said that Korean companySamsung may be intending to take over the platform. Reallusion have launched a brand-new visual application for the iPad market, which combines the power of free- hand cutouts, visual templates and layered compositiion. It is a image editing application that can create instant PNG cutouts by importing and editing images directly from the iPad camera or the Internet. Cutouts can be saved in the onboard gallery folders, to expand the current collection, or be retouched for further layering and compositing. Customizing and compositing images are made easy, thanks to a wide range of stationeries, symbols, icons and arrows, found in over seven item categories. You can rotate, scale and transform images or use the embedded slider controls forThe MeeGo platform has suffered a huge blow, especially pixel-accurate positioning. The same can be done for changingwhen Nokia has announced their Windows Phone in Februarythis year. This means that the production quantity of 6
  • 39. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecolor settings, and adjusting edge properties with special are also eight hidden pieces of mooncakes in the stages. Findeffects such as feathering, shadowing, or white edging. all eight mooncakes and you will be rewarded with another bonus level. The Angry Birds Seasons - Mooncake FestivalUsers can now import snapshots and clippings directly from is available for download on the iPhone, iPad, Android andonline websites with the use of a rectangular cropping tool. Symbian devices.Images can also be manually cut out with just a flick of thefinger, using the intuitive lasso tool. You can also add text by In addition, the Angry Birds Seasons also gets another thesimply typing and later adjusting the background and font Mighty Eagle like the regular version. The Mighty Eagle is asettings. Last but not least, you can also further customize your one-time in-app purchase and costs US$0.99 / £.59 / €.79.projects by dropping in background images with added Basically, you can use the Mighty Eagle to skip a level, unlockspotlight, and color effects to enhance the look. When ready, the next level so as to advance in the game. However, you aresimply export the projects to Facebook, Picasa, Dropbox or only entitled to skip one level every hour. The Mighty Eaglesend them as a email attachment to colleagues. also lets you attain new highscores and achievements.You can download the latest trial in your iTunesStores - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visualize-free/id456857776?ls=1&mt=8 , or visit Reallusion to get moreinformation: http://iphone.reallusion.com/Heres a demo introduction video of VisualizeNew update for Angry BirdsSeasons - Mooncake FestivalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-update-for-angry-birds-seasons--mooncake-festival/13492.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011 VMware to bring Business Capabilities onto Samsung Smartphones, TabletsThe Angry Birds Seasons has been rather quiet with no new Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vmware-to-bring-business-capabilities-update until few days ago. Well, there are only so many onto-samsung-smartphones-tablets/13482.htmlfestivities in a year and we would assume that there wont September 6th, 2011be any more to add to the game. The good folks at Roviohas announced the new "Mooncake Festival" stages for AngryBirds fans. If you have not updated the game, it is time to doso now. Virtualization giant VMware has announced a strategic partnership with Samsung that could well be a strong shot-in-the-arm for the adoption of the Android platform in businesses. In a nutshell, the collaboration means that Samsung will integrate the just-announced VMware View 5 and VMware Horizon Mobile with its mobile smartphones and tablet devices. VMware View 5 is an update to VMwares desktop virtualization solution with improved bandwidth utilization and graphics, while (the more interesting) VMware Horizon Mobile will essentially see VMwares mobile hypervisor technology installed onto compatible hardware.The Mooncake Festival is popular among Chinese, in China aswell as the Asia region. And it is interesting to see Rovio, thecompany behind the popular Angry Birds game, coming upwith new update for the Angry Birds Season using the Chineseholiday (in some countries) as theme. According to Rovio,there are 30 brand new levels with lanterns, pagodas andharvest moon. Besides the bonus stage which is unlockablewhen you get three-star achievement for every stage, there 7
  • 40. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAnnounced at VMware conference last week, VMware Horizon much of a stir as were looking at minor updates at the most,Mobile is a way for businesses to securely manage an although one or two of them as weve already mentioned,employees mobile work environment separately from their might be worth a closer look.personal space. This means that workers can continue to use Lets start with the desktop models where we have a new,and customize their Android-based phones without having slightly faster mid-range Core i5 model, a new top of the rangeto worry about messing up their companys settings and Core i3 model, a new Core i3 model with HD3000 graphicsconfigurations. Moreover, personal emails and apps will not and a new slightly faster power efficient Core i3 model, all asbe interspaced with work-related ones, allowing employees the per the table below. We also have two new, faster Pentiumfreedom and flexibility to use a single Android device for both models alongside a new slightly faster low power Pentiumwork and play. model. Possibly the most important new chips though are theWithin the mobile work environment, IT admins retain the first Sandy Bridge Celerons which means you can get dual corefull ability to remotely manage installed applications and Sandy Bridge action for sub US$50, although with quite a fewconfigurations. Everything here is saved within an encrypted features snipped off.virtual container that can only be accessed after keying in Desktop CPUs Price US$a password - including new notifications. It is clear thatthis technology offers enhanced protection against misplaced Core i5-2320 6M cache, 4 $177or stolen devices, even as its sandboxed nature eliminates Cores, 4 Threads, 3.00GHz,traditional fears of invasion of privacy when allowing the IT 95W TDPdepartment full access to personal devices. Core i3-2130 3M cache, 2 $138 Cores, 4 Threads, 3.40GHz,One criticism about VMware Horizon Mobile however, is 65W TDPthe potential performance reduction that running Android Core i3-2125 3M cache, 2 $134on top of Android. On its part, VMware has asserted that Cores, 4 Threads, 3.30GHz,the performance reduction is only 10 percent, and that the 65W TDPcompany hasnt heard any complaints pertaining on that front. Core i3-2120T 3M cache, 2 $127No specifics have been offered about which Samsung phones Cores, 4 Threads, 2.60GHz,might incorporate the technology, though it is understood that 35W TDPLG also plans to make phones available with the technology. Pentium G860 3M cache, 2 $86In the meantime, VMware has put together a short video clip Cores, 2 Threads, 3.00GHz,where you can see VMware Horizon Mobile in action on an 65W TDPAndroid smartphone here. Pentium G630 3M cache, 2 $75 Cores, 2 Threads, 2.70GHz, 65W TDPIntels new Sandy Bridge CPU Pentium G630T 3M cache, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 2.30GHz, $70lands, others receives price 35W TDPcut Celeron G540 2M cache, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 2.50GHz, $52Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-new-sandy-bridge-cpu-lands- 65W TDPothers-receives-price-cut/13490.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011 Celeron G530 2M cache, 2 $42 Cores, 2 Threads, 2.40GHz, 65W TDP Celeron G440 1M cache, 1 $37 Cores, 1 Thread, 1.60GHz, 35W TDP Celeron G530T 2M cache, 2 $47Remember all those new Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs weve Cores, 2 Threads, 2.0GHz,been writing about over the past couple of months that were 35W TDPsupposed to launch in September, well theyve arrived. Nowplease dont panic, as none of the models are likely to causemuch of a stir as were looking at minor updates at the most, On the mobile side we have three new quad cores, of whichalthough one or two of them as weve already mentioned, one is an Extreme Edition part which is 200MHz faster thanmight be worth a closer look. its predecessor with a 200MHz higher Turbo clock. The other two quad cores also receive a 200MHz speed increase over their predecessors, with the rest of the features seeminglyRemember all those new Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs weve remaining the same. Theres also a new dual core Core i7been writing about over the past couple of months that were model, but here were looking at a more modest 100MHz speedsupposed to launch in September, well theyve arrived. Now increase. Finally we have a 300MHz faster Celeron model.please dont panic, as none of the models are likely to cause Mobile CPUs Price US$ 8
  • 41. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCore i7-2960XM (8M cache, $1,0964 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.70 GHz32nmCore i7-2860QM (8M cache, $5684 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.50 GHz32nmCore i7-2760QM (6M cache, $3784 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.40 GHz32nmCore i7-2640M (4M cache, 2 $346Cores, 4 Threads, 2.80 GHz32nmCeleron B840 (2M cache, 2 $86Cores, 2 Threads, 1.90 GHz32nmAs for price drops, well they only apply to Intels Core i5 andCore i7 65W TDP S models and 45/35W TDP T models on thedesktop side and the price drops are very minor at betweentwo to six percent. Considering that these CPUs are still notthat widely available to consumers, this is not likely to affectconsumers that buy their own CPUs to any larger degree. Active Management Technolgy gives network administratorsTYAN Intros S5515 Single- a wealth of remote management tools, including hardware KVM over network helping with remote repairs and host basedSocket LGA1155 Server Board setup. Trusted Execution Technology ensures a high degreeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tyan-intros-s5515-single-socket- of trust and control over the machine and adds a line oflga1155-server-board/13489.html defence against software-based attacks aimed at stealing data.September 6th, 2011 Rapid Storage Technology allows administrators to build and service storage volumes connected to the chipset AHCI/RAID- compatible SATA controller. Measuring 243.8x243.8 mm, the TYAN S5515 complies with the micro-ATX form-factor. There are four expansion slots,As more businesses move online, the hosting industry is including a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 wired to the processor, aonly set for growth. With dedicated hosting, leasing a single close-ended PCI-Express x8 thats electrically x4 and wired tomulticore processor-powered server is an ideal option for the chipset, a PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a legacy PCI. In termssmall businesses. Often its boards such as the TYAN S5515 of storage connectivity, there are six SATA ports, the two portsreleased today, that make up such servers. The S5515 is colored blue run at a max speed of 6 Gb/s, while the rest runa micro-ATX motherboard based on the Intel Q67 Express at 3 Gb/s. RAID modes 0, 1, 10, and 5 are supported, and canchipset, which takes in second generation Core i3/i5/i7 "Sandy be managed over RST.Bridge", and Xeon E3-1200 series processors in the LGA1155package. The LGA1155 processor is powered by a 3+1 phase voltageTYAN is known most for its vast portfolio of enterprise regulation circuitry, there isnt any exotic digital PWM stuffmotherboards of all shapes and sizes, all architectures and here, but one can count on the board to be making use of high-sockets. At the outset the S5515 could look like a sub-par grade chokes and MOSFETs. The four DDR3 DIMM slots aredesktop board, but closer inspection reveals that everything wired to the processor, and support up to 32 GB of unbufferedis located in the right place for server setups. Intel Q67 non-ECC DDR3-1333/1066 MHz memory.Express "Cougar Point" is a viable choice of chipset as itgives nearly all management features one would expect fromIntels server chipsets. These include Intel Trusted Execution There are two gigabit Ethernet connections, handled byTechnology (TXT) with supported processors, Intel Active Intel 82583 controller that comes with a suite of networkManagement Technolgy (AMT), and the nearly-universal Intel management tools and a driver that spreads processing loadsRapid Storage Technology (RST). over multiple CPUs. Realtek ALC888 7.1 channel HD audio CODEC handles audio, it is wired to 6-channel jacks, which isnt a big concern in an enterprise environment. Display 9
  • 42. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneconnections include DVI, D-Sub (VGA) and DisplayPort. and video viewing. Transferring music from Windows MediaMiscellaneous connectivity includes two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Player or iTunes is an easy task, thanks to the Sony Mediaports, serial (COM) over header, and a number USB 2.0 ports. Go application. And with SensMe Channel, it automaticallyThe TYAN S5515 is available now. categorises music tracks into different channels and plays music to match the time of day and even the user’s mood, Other features include Karaoke Mode that can reduce theImage Courtesy TYAN volume of vocals for party time sing-alongs, and Synchronised Lyric Features let users follow along as they learn the words toSony Singapore unveils new their favorite songs.NWZ-A860 Walkman MP3 Intel SSD 710 Lyndonville forplayer Enterprise DetailedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-unveils-new-nwz- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-710-lyndonville-for-a860-walkman-mp3-player/13486.html enterprise-detailed/13485.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011 September 6th, 2011Even though many users do use their smartphones to listen totheir favorite songs, there still exist a group who prefer to rely Intels latest generation of solid state drives has come fullon the dedicated portable MP3 player. Sony Electronics Asia circle with new enterprise-grade SSDs in the 2.5-inch SATAPacific has recently unveiled their new NWZ-A860 Walkman form-factor. Called the Intel SSD 710 series, and codenamedMP3 player that features a stylish exterior design, Bluetooth "Lyndonville", the new series succeeds previous-generationwireless connectivity, and claims to deliver premium sound X25-E series in a similar way SSD 320 series does to thequality for audiophiles on the move. last X25-M drives. It makes use of NAND flash memory built on the 25 nanometer fabrication process, steps up capacities, lowers price per gigabyte, and adds new features that improve throughput and endurance, which are key in datacenters. We scored some information that gives you a fair idea of what to expect from the new drives, and especially why you shouldnt be neophobic with the new Intel SSD 710. Intels SSD 710 takes a new approach to addressing the problem of not being able to achieve good price per gigabyte ratios with single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory. SLC NAND flash has been preferred in the enterprise computing industry, due to its high cell endurance to rewrites, and throughput. With the new SSD 710 series, Intel will introduce the new High Endurance Technology Multi-Level Cell (HET- MLC) NAND flash. These new chips are claimed by its makers to offer endurance comparable to SLC, while giving users the capacity advantage that MLC offers.Featuring superb audio technologies, Bluetooth wirelessconnectivity, and sophisticated designs, the Sony NWZ-A860Walkman MP3 player is designed to deliver great qualityfor audiophiles on the go. It claims to deliver premiumsound quality, thanks to the company’s unique Clear AudioTechnologies. The Advanced Digital Amplifier ‘S-Master MX’technology also helps to improve bass reproduction andlowers noise levels, and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine(DSEE) ensures crystal clear reproduction of high frequencysounds.The Bluetooth connectivity allows users to share their favoritephotos with friends who have Bluetooth-enabled mobiledevices. The Sony NWZ-A860 also sports a responsive 2.8-inch touch panel display for ease of navigation and image 10
  • 43. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Yes, it looks like another new batches of Apple cases have been spotted in China. Unlike the ones that were reported from aIntels SSD 710 drives come in three capacities - 100 GB, 200 company in Shenzhen, China, which have thinner form factorGB and 300 GB - and the endurance rating varies between the and larger display, the latest cases showed that the iPhonethree. With 4 KB write endurance, while the 100 GB model is 5 may have a "Tear Drop" design, which is similar to therated to offer 500 TB (900 TB with 20 GB overprovisioned, Macbook Air. The cases have a thinner point closer to the homeleaving 80 GB unformatted capacity), and the 200 GB model button end of the iPhone and it looks to become thicker asoffers 1 PB or 1000 TB (1.5 PB with 40 GB overprovisioned, you go up the body to the camera and power button. Thisleaving 160 GB), the 300 GB model tops the charts with 1.1 may mean that the phone could be adopting a Macbook Air-PB endurance (3.0 PB with 60 GB overprovisioned, leaving inspired design. From the reports, the cases are currently in240 GB). The SSD 710 300 GB gets very close to X25-E 64 GB mass production, though it is still unknown whether they arewith 4K write endurance and 4K random write performance designed for the new iPhone 5, iPod Touch or even a newin IOPS. The figures paint SSD 710 to have most durable MLC device from Apple. Lets wait and see.NAND flash ever made, and should build confidence in serverbuilders. Logitech introduces BedsideApple iPhone 5 cases spotted Dock for iPad and New Tabletin China hints a "Tear drop" Speakerdesign, similar to Macbook Air Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-introduces-bedside-dock-for- ipad-and-new-tablet-speaker/13483.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-iphone-5-cases-spotted-in-china- September 6th, 2011hints-a-tear-drop-design-similar-to-macbook-air/13484.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011 Logitech Singapore has introduced their new AppleWith the launch of the highly anticipated Apple iPhone 5 accessories which include the Bedside Dock for iPad anddrawing closer each day, it looks like there a new batch Tablet speaker. The Bedside Dock comes with a speaker thatof iPhone cases have been spotted even before the phone is produces full stereo sound and includes a bass enhancer, andavailable. From the looks of the cases, it hints at the iPhone 5 lets you wake up to your own music or FM radio, The Logitechmay be adopting a Macbook Air-like "Tear drop" design. Tablet Speaker is easy to set up, boasts up to eight hours of battery life, and you can watch a full-length movie or two with good quality audio. 11
  • 44. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Desktop Experience just another App in Windows 8 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-desktop-experience-just-another- app-in-windows-8/13481.html September 6th, 2011 In case you missed it, Steven Sinofsky, who is the president of Windows and Windows Live division has started blogging about Windows 8 since the middle of August. Among other nuggets of information, he has revealed to date the next iteration of the Windows operating system that will incorporate robust USB 3.0 support as well as native supportThe Logitech Bedside Dock features an alarm that lets you for ISO and VHD files. In addition, Sinofsky touched on a topicwake up to your own music, tone or FM radio. The internal of immense interest when he wrote about the GUI (Graphicclock syncs with the clock on your iPad, so it is always accurate. User Interface) this week that we can expect to see in WindowsThe speaker offers full stereo sound and includes a bass 8.enhancer and you can even dock your iPad and charge it whenthe speaker is turned off.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Logitech Bedside Dock is expected to be available inSingapore by mid October for a suggested retail price of S$99. In the blog titled "Designing for Metro style and the desktop," Sinofsky confirmed that Microsoft will incorporate both the touch-friendly Metro experience (Think Windows Phone 7) while also retaining the traditional desktop. A few reasons were given against starting from a clean slate with a Metro- only touch interface, one of which would be the "hundreds of thousands of existing apps" designed with the desktop in mind. Sinofsky elaborated: "The mechanisms that people rely on today (mice, physical keyboards, trackpads) dont suddenly become less useful or "bad" just because touch is also provided as a first-class option. These tools are quite often the most ergonomic, fast, and powerful ways ofThe Logitech Tablet Speaker is a compact, clip-on, getting many things done."rechargeable speaker that offers maximum convenience andportability.Attach your iPad or other tablet devices securely Moreover, he cited the popularity of remote desktop programswith the rubberized clip and plug the 3.5mm audio cable into for tablets and phones as evidence of the desktops versatility.the headphone jack. It features with up to eight hours of With these considerations in mind, Microsoft has opted for abattery life depending on usage, which is good enough to watch more nuanced approach in the form of a Metro style interfacea full-length movie or two. The speaker also charges over that will work well with touch (and which includes the mouseUSB, which means you never need to worry about replacing and keyboard), in addition to support for a desktop interface.batteries. What I found interesting though, was the revelation thatPricing and Availability it will be possible to stay "permanently immersed in theThe Logitech Tablet Speaker is expected to be available in Metro world" as Sinofsky puts it. Users who opt for suchSingapore by mid September, for a suggested retail price of S an experience will work exclusively in Metro, without ever$59. needing to see the desktop. The desktop code will not even be loaded for such users, assured Sinofsky, which means zero penalties in terms of memory, battery life and performance. On the other hand, users who require the desktop experience 12
  • 45. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecan seamlessly switch to it. Indeed, Sinofsky encouragedseeing the Windows desktop "as just another app."On a more serious note, this update appears to dovetail wellwith earlier news that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer willbe shipping with Windows 8 in a 2012 refresh. Assumingthat Microsoft can deliver a truly seamless Metro/Desktopinterface, there could well be a surge of demand for Windows8 tablets that convert into a laptop by snapping on a keyboard. Rather than the prospect of a bleak post-PC world, a Windows8 "convertible" would conceivably serve the needs of users forboth work and play. Both models measure 235 x 195 x 50 mm. While the STOR.E TV 2 is strictly a hard drive media player, the STOR.E TV Pro has wired networking capabilities that connects your HDTVToshiba Smartens STOR.E TV to the web, and allows web-browsing. Both come in variants based on the capacity of the hard drives they pack: 500 GB,For Living Room Goodness 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB. Both drives connect to your TV usingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-smartens-stor.e-tv-for-living- HDMI and composite. Apart from the in-built hard drive, theroom-goodness/13474.html devices provide one USB 2.0 port, with which you can plug inSeptember 6th, 2011 any USB mass storage device (a flash drive or another portable hard drive), and transfer data from it, without taking the drive back to your PC. Add to this, a 3-in-1 media card reader. The drive itself connects to a host PC over USB 2.0. The new STOR.E hard drives allow you to play a wide range of popularContent consumption media is in a state of flux. From disc video formats, including H263/H264, MPEG4, DivX/XviD,players to media players that take USB mass storage devices, VC1/WMV, VP8; and audio formats including MPEG,OGG,the evolution is on at breakneck pace. Hard disk drive vendors MP3/MP2, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, and PCM.Video issuch as Toshiba and WD have taken the initiative to combine streamed out at 1080p, and the digital audio passed throughtheir external hard drive expertise with media center hardware supports Dolby Digital, DTS 2.0+ formats.to eat into the markets of both HTPCs and media players Things take a turn for the awesome with STOR.E TV Pro. Thisin one go. At this years IFA event, Toshiba unveiled its device provides all features of the STOR.E TV 2, but addssecond generation of hard drives tailor-made for the living an ethernet port with which it can connect to the web, or aroom. The STOR.E TV series of hard drives pack media player network. Toshiba bundles a compact bluetooth remote thathardware making the drive a single-device solution for media features a QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad. The hard driveconsumption. The consumer electronics giant unveiled two allows web-browsing at 1080p resolution. Toshiba howevermodels: STOR.E TV 2 and STOR.E TV Pro. Check them out on didnt mention in its press release if it supports Adobe Flash,the next page. giving it access to a wealth of online videos. "The vast majorityContent consumption media is in a state of flux. From disc of TVs in the home do not provide web access," said Marcoplayers to media players that take USB mass storage devices, Perino, General Manager, Digital Products Division, Toshibathe evolution is on at breakneck pace. Hard disk drive vendors Europe GmbH. "Weve been looking for a plug-and-playsuch as Toshiba and WD have taken the initiative to combine approach to connect these stand-alone TVs to the web andtheir external hard drive expertise with media center hardware designed the multimedia console STOR.E TV PRO," he added.to eat into the markets of both HTPCs and media players Toshiba expects a market release of these two in the fourthin one go. At this years IFA event, Toshiba unveiled its quarter of 2011.second generation of hard drives tailor-made for the livingroom. The STOR.E TV series of hard drives pack media playerhardware making the drive a single-device solution for media Show Babes @ Comex 2011consumption. The consumer electronics giant unveiled two Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/show-babes--comex-2011/13480.htmlmodels: STOR.E TV 2 and STOR.E TV Pro. September 6th, 2011 We take a look at the show babes that are in Comex 2011. Sadly, our favourite from ACRyan isnt here this time. Enjoy! 13
  • 46. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneA new legend is born however, A.C Ryan gets a new show babe Toshiba babe in redin Comex. Yes, she is rather tall and slim^^ 14
  • 47. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBabe in 3D holds a LG Optimus 3D Urbanears 15
  • 48. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The SE-208BW looks just like a regular external slim-line optical drive with the exception of the small Wi-Fi logo on it. Interestingly, the SE-208BW has an Ethernet port and USB connectivity and it will also work as either a Wi-Fi access point or a Wi-Fi repeater, although as to how useful the repeater mode will be depends on where your Wi-Fi router is located. Delving deeper into the networking features of the SE-208BW we find a Dynamic DNS server and thanks to a spare USB port, it can thus share data on a USB storage device over the network. The optical drive can be used for backing up data straight from your Wi-Fi devices, although were not quite sure as to exactly how this process would work. If you happen to own a DLNA compatible TV or media player, then the SE-208BW can stream media to it thanks to Samsungs Allshare software. The optical drive will read and write CDs and DVDs, with CD speeds of up to 24x for both read and write, while DVDs will be read at 8x with single layer write once discs written at 8x, dual layer discs at 6x, DVD-RAM discs at 5x, +RW discs at 8xCanon, delighting you always and finally –RW discs at 6x speed. Samsung didnt mention a price in the press release and youll have to wait until early next year to get your handsSamsung announces Wi-Fi on the SE-208BW. Despite the slightly bizarre nature of the SE-208BW, we have to applaud Samsung for creating a truelyoptical drive and then some unique convergence device, the question is, is there a marketSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-wi-fi-optical- for it?drive-and-then-some/13479.html Powered by USB to a greenSeptember 6th, 2011 future Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/powered-by-usb-to-a-green- future/13478.html September 6th, 2011Over the years weve seen a lot of peculiar bits of hardwarelaunch, but Samsungs new SE-208BW optical drive with Wi-Fi interface is among the strangest weve ever seen. Samsungcalls it the Smart Media Hub rather than an optical drive, as Today were kicking off something new here at VR-Zone withbeyond being able to connect to a PC over Wi-Fi, it also works the introduction of the first feature written by a guest writer.with tablets and smartphones. If this proves to be popular well be doing more of these kinds of stories about various topics written by industry insidersOver the years weve seen a lot of peculiar bits of hardware from a wide range of technology companies. So please click onlaunch, but Samsungs new SE-208BW optical drive with Wi- through and let us know if this is the kind of thing we shouldFi interface is among the strangest weve ever seen. Samsung do more of in the future.calls it the Smart Media Hub rather than an optical drive, asbeyond being able to connect to a PC over Wi-Fi, it also workswith tablets and smartphones. 16
  • 49. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOur first guest writer is René F. Koch, the CTO of Leader products without a charger; this is especially true for higher-Electronics Inc. which is one of the largest OEM/ODM value products. The rationale is that a lower quality charger,designers and manufacturers of power adapters and various which does not completely comply with the requirements,types of power supplies. Leader Electronics Inc. has over 40 could render mobile phones useless or even worse, makingyears of experience in the industry making product ranging the battery explode as seen in the past. Nevertheless, thefrom phone chargers, to notebook chargers all the way to future trend is set for a universal charger and is destinedvarious industrial solutions. René has been working for Leader to become reality. Other types of products take advantageElectronics Inc. for over a decade in various positions at the from this initiative, especially those that are battery operatedcompany and his guest feature is about where things seem to and are charged by USB; look at Digital Cameras, tabletsbe heading as far as device charging is concerned and why and smartphones. Even products that do not even need towe’re heading in that direction. communicate over USB, like wireless DECT phones or LED flash lights use USB ports to connect to their charger. If you wanted to use more power from a USB port than 2.5W you could choose to use two USB plugs, as often is the case with external 2.5-inch hard drives, alternatively, an external power supply could provide the additional power. Now, with the introduction of USB 3.0, the current capability was raised up to 900mA for super-speed ports, almost doubling the power delivery capability. Meanwhile, an additional feature was added to the USB standard in order to provide more power to connected devices, in particular to be able to charge battery operated handheld devices. The new standard is known as the “Battery Charger Standard” and in late December last year, V1.2 was released, which allows currents beyond 1.5A, up to a maximum of 5A, resulting in a power delivery capability up to 25W. The key feature of this charging standard is a dedicated USB mode which is initiated by a resistive pull-up / - down configuration of the data pins. With a maximum current handling capability of 1.8A for the connector-pins in a micro USB plug, the cables and connectors of the USB standard areThe Universal Serial Bus, or simply USB, has from its launch now the limiting factor to deliver more current and, as thealways been able to provide power to the connected device and voltage is standardized to 5V, also to power.it’s now transforming into the new Universal Power delivery This is where the new power delivery standard will comesystem, according to a recent publication from the USB in, as the Voltage will be negotiable in the future, by digitalimplementers forum. The strength of USB has always been its communication between the host and connected device, andability to provide power, next to a means of being an interface, could go as high as 60V DC; limited for safety reasons to theas this allowed for a single cable connection to be used with maximum Voltage of a Safe Electrical Low Voltage (SELV); aa wide variety of devices like Human Interface Devices (mice, Voltage that does not result in a shock hazard when touched.keyboards, etc.), microphones, speakers, storage devices and In theory this could mean up to 100W, with the 1.8A of currentso on. handling capability as maximum limit (1.8A * 60V = 108W).Until recently, the current limit was 500mA for configured Handling higher currents, like the absolute limit of 5A, ashigh-power devices and 100mA for un-configured or low- defined in all USB specifications, even if connectors and cablespower devices; with a standardized bus voltage of 5V this could handle this current, is however not a good solution forresults in a maximum power of 2.5W, similar to the power energy efficient transport of power.needed for a normal mobile phone charger. The European Current creates losses in cables and connections; the lowerUnion was interested in making this the mandatory mobile the current, the lower the power loss. (Ploss = I2 * R). Asphone charger standard, as that could result in major "Green" such 100W would be the maximum power that could bebenefits. Most people have had multiple mobile phones over delivered over a single USB port, which means that whenthe past decade; as functionality increased, people would buy using a 4-port USB hub, up to 400W could be delivered.new models, leaving their old phone with a still functional This power level goes way beyond the practical needs of mostcharger as waste, while buying multiple chargers, for home, computing equipment; dedicated gaming or CAD computers,work and in the car for example. Waste is a growing concern, or their imaging peripherals might need more power, butespecially in electronic goods; the EU therefore, figured this then again, this power delivery system is not meant to powera good opportunity to reduce the amount of waste, as the computer systems but rather peripherals, with a possiblechargers do not offer any additional functionality with newly extension to charge notebook computers or other handheldreleased phone models. battery operated devices. Thinking about the opportunitiesAlthough most major mobile phone brands agreed to the and possibilities this power delivery standard could offer, itproposed standard and signed the MOU that was initiated could very well change the world of power electronics, andby the EU, most of them are not yet willing to ship their power delivery as we know it. 17
  • 50. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEnergy Performance standards, which are mandatory in release makes bold claims of 1.5 second resume times (frommost western parts of the world, focus on active mode sleep) and up to 50-days battery life (this time in deep sleepenergy efficiency and off-mode, stand-by and no-load power mode), something that will be interesting to see if Acer canconsumption. really deliver on.Active mode energy efficiency is quite clearly the capabilityof the system to perform a certain action while limiting the It turns out the leaked pictures of Acers Ultrabook turned outenergy required doing so. Although actions are not always to be the real deal after all, as the company has unveiled itseasily translated into power, the EU tries to generalize actions Aspire S3 series of Ultrabooks at IFA in Berlin today. The pressand reflect a certain calculation on them in order to establish release makes bold claims of 1.5 second resume times (fromthe system performance of that action in relation to the used sleep) and up to 50-days battery life (this time in deep sleeppower consumption to perform said action. (The U.S.D.O.E. is mode), something that will be interesting to see if Acer canstarting similar activities) really deliver on.There are three modes of operation while the system is notactually performing its primary task:· Off-mode, in which the device / system is still powered,but not performing any action;· Standby-mode, in which the system is idle, waiting foran instruction to perform its primary action, and· No-Load, in which the power supply is connected, butthe device is not connected to the power supply. Ace is still being coy with regards to some aspects of theBasically, any energy draw during these three modes of specifications of the Aspire S3 and there are a few blanks inoperation is waste, as there is no action being performed. the press release. However, what we do know is that as with allAn additional state of non-active mode is now added to the the other Ultrabooks, Acer will be using Intels ULV Core i3,scope, which is referred to as “networked stand?by”. This i5 and i7 processors. In the storage department were lookingmode comes into scope when thinking about all the USB at a 320 or 500GB hard drive, or a 240GB SSD options. Itspowered devices that do not have their own power supply. worth noting that Acer has implemented what it calls GreenAt this time, each connected device needs to draw less than Instant On which is some kind of SSD caching technology but500mW of power while in a non-active mode according to were not sure if this is Intels Smart Response technology ormandatory energy efficiency regulations. The USB standard a different solution like the one used by Samsung in its Seriesactually defines a “suspend” mode in which no more than 7 notebooks.2.5mA (12.5mW) can be drawn from the bus, but does notmandate a suspend mode.Connecting 4 devices to one USB hub, would result in astand-by consumption of 2A (4 * 500mA), while the USB hubitself should also draw less than 500mA. As the system canbe considered to be idle during night time, the total powerconsumption of this configuration could add up to 2.5A * 5V =12.5W. This is a lot of wasted energy, but still in-line with thecurrent regulations. In order to reduce this waste, there is anobvious need for smarter power distribution. Using USB canprovide all the hardware needed to grow into an eco-systemthat incorporates smart power distribution, without the needfor new standards, connectors or interfaces. Other features will include a 13.3-inch 1366x768 display, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, a single headset jack and sadly what appears to be a pair of USB 2.0 ports. Less noticeableAcer unveils its first features include a 1.3 Megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-FiUltrabook, the Aspire S3 and Bluetooth 4.0+HSR. The notebook itself is a mere 13mm thick and weighs in at 1.4kg. It has a similar chiclet keyboard toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-unveils-its-first-ultrabook-the- that found on the current TimeLineX series of notebooks fromaspire-s3/13477.html Acer, but it has a much larger touchpad.September 6th, 2011It turns out the leaked pictures of Acers Ultrabook turned outto be the real deal after all, as the company has unveiled itsAspire S3 series of Ultrabooks at IFA in Berlin today. The press 18
  • 51. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAcer claims up to 7h battery life, but this is for the SSDequipped model, so expect that to be less on the hard drivemodels. Its a shame that Acer couldnt have made a thinnerscreen bezel, similar to that seen on Samsungs Series 7, as inas much as the Aspire S3 being a thin and light notebook, thethick screen bezel kind of ruin things a bit.The Aspire S3 will start shipping in selected regions thismonth, with broader availability in October. It seems like Acerdidnt manage to hit Intels sub US$1,000 price point with theAspire S3 as the most basic model which we expect to havea Core i3 CPU and a 320GB hard drive will retail at €799 (S$1,375/US$1,140) while the top of the range SSD equippedCore i7 model is expected to retail at €1,199 (S$2,060/US$1,710).You can find some additional pictures on the next page. Nikon Singapore is pleased to announce that the sales date for COOLPIX S100 officially starts on, 1st Sept, 2011, ThursdayNikon COOLPIX S100 @ S$449 and the recommended retail price for the COOLPIX S100 is S $449.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-coolpix-s100--s-449/13475.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011 Product Colors SpecificationsRecommended Name Available & Major Retail Price Features COOLPIX • Silver • 18.1mm slim S$449 S100 and stylish • Black Note: This designNikon Singapore is pleased to announce that the sales date for model was • GoldCOOLPIX S100 officially starts on, 1st Sept, 2011, Thursday • 16.0 launchedand the recommended retail price for the COOLPIX S100 • Red megapixels exclusivelyis S$449. Price and Sales Date for the remaining models • Pink with 3.5” during(COOLPIX AW100, P7100, P1200pj, S4150, S6150, S6200 and OLED touch COMEX ShowS8200) will be announced at a later date. • Purple panel 2011. • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide- W.e.f 1st Sep angle 2011 onwards, it will be • Backside available in illumination the market for CMOS sensor sale. • Full HD movie recording 19
  • 52. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • 3D • Full HD photography movie scene mode recording with stereo sound • Filter Effect mode COOLPIX • Silver • 18.1mm slim S100 and stylish • Black design • Gold • 16.0Price and Sales Date for the remaining models (COOLPIX • Red megapixelsAW100, P7100, P1200pj, S4150, S6150, S6200 and S8200) with 3.5” • Pinkwill be announced at a later date. OLED touch • Purple panelProduct Colors Specifications • 5x opticalName Available & Major zoom with Features 28mm wide-COOLPIX • Black • Nikon 1st angleAW100 AW Series • Backside • Blue compact illumination • Orange camera CMOS sensor • Camouflage • Waterproof, • Full HD shockproof, movie cold-resistant recording • 16.0 • 3D megapixels photography with 3” LCD scene mode • 5x optical • Filter Effect zoom with mode 28mm wide- COOLPIX • Black • 14.1 angle S1200pj megapixels • Pink • Backside with 3” LCD illumination • 5x optical CMOS sensor zoom with • Full HD 28mm wide- movie angle recording • Brighter • Built-in GPS projection up and electronic to 60” display compass • ProjectCOOLPIX • Black • 10.1 images viaP7100 megapixels iPhone, with 3” LCD iPad or iPod • 7.1 optical Touch* zoom • Special • 28mm Effect mode wide-angle *via dedicated to 200mm cable telephoto lens COOLPIX • Silver • 14.0 • Faster S4150 megapixels • Black response and with 3" LCD • Bronze lesser noise • 5x optical • Red zoom with • Special Effect mode • Purple 26mm wide- angle • Tone level information • Pet Portrait display Mode 20
  • 53. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Filter Effect • Backside Mode illumination CMOS sensor • Built-in original • High-speed animated response characters • TargetCOOLPIX • Silver • 16.0 finding AFS6150 megapixels function • Black with 3” LCD • Red • Continuous • 7x optical shooting • Pink zoom with function • Violet 28mm wide- angle • Smile timer continuous • Touch mode Shutter, Subject • Night Scene Tracking mode • Pet Portrait • Special and Mode Filter effect mode • Filter Effect Mode • Easy Panorama • HD movie recording • HD movie recordingCOOLPIX • Silver • 16.0S6200 megapixels • Still image • Black with 2.7” LCD during movie • White recording • 10x optical • Blue zoom with • Red 25mm wide- angle • Pink • High-speed response Tablets promotion @ COMEX • Special and Show 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tablets-promotion--comex- Filter Effects show-2011/13473.html mode September 6th, 2011 • Hand-held/ tripod night landscape detection If you are looking to get that Tablet device, well, you really need to drop by the COMEX Show. Now. There are some good promotions from the various vendors including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Motorola Xoom and we have noted them down in the next page. ASUSCOOLPIX • Silver • 16.1S8200 megapixels • Black with • Red • 14x optical zoom with 25mm wide- angle 21
  • 54. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone leather pouch (worth S$68) for the first 100 customers and free stylus pen (worth S$28) for the first 10 customers per day. If you sign up with the telco operators such as M1s Fibre Broadband 100Mbps plus Mobile Broadband (mData Lite) at S$75/month, you can get the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for free. AcerThe ASUS Eee Pad Slider was announced in August, but itwas only retailing officially at the COMEX Show. The EeePad Slider sports a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) capacitivetouch IPS display, and is powered Nvidia Tegra 2 dualcore processor, 1GB DDR2 memory with 15GB eMMC flashmemory, It also has a slide keyboard for ease of typing.Other features include integrated 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth+EDR, high definition audio CODEC, stereo speaker, 1.2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear cameras, and up to 8hr Acer is known for their range of desktop and notebookbattery life. According to ASUS, the Eee Pad Slider is preloaded PCs, though recently the company also came out with theirwith Android 3.1 though it will be upgradeable to Android 3.2 tablet devices. The 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 tabletin the near future. incorporates Nvidia Tegra 250 dual-core processor, and comes with 1GB DDR2 memory (and 32GB eMMC memory), ultraThe ASUS Eee Pad Slider is retailing at a S$759 (U.P. S$899) low power GeForce GPU, Acer Nplify 802.11b/g wireless, 5-for this show. megapixel rear camera with auto focus and 2-megapixel frontSamsung camera, and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is selling at a competitive S$599 (U.P. S$799). HuaweiDespite the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, and withcourt orders that the GALAXY Tab 10.1 is forbidden to besold in some countries (yet), the highly-anticipated tablet The new Huawei MediaPad claims to be the worlds first tabletdevice is fortunately selling here in Singapore, and also at to be preinstalled with Android 3.2 Honeycomb operatingthe COMEX Show 2011. Weighing just 565g and measuring system. It has an aluminium uni-body chassis, 1.2GHz8.6mm, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is equipped with dual core processor, 7-inch 217ppi ultra clear screen and1GHz dual core processor, support for Flash Player 10.3, 3- supports 1080p full high definition video playback (up to sixmegapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front hours). The MediaPad is not available for sale yet, but at thiscamera, and preinstalled with Android 3.1. The GALAXY Tab COMEX Show 2011, you can preorder it at S$598 (U.P. S10.1 is selling at S$848 without contract and comes with free 22
  • 55. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone$628). For those who preorders will also get the mini-HDMIcable, carrying case and 16GB SD card for free (worth S$168).Parallels unveils Desktop 7 forMac and new Mobile app foriPad, iPhone and iPod TouchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/parallels-unveils-desktop-7-for-mac-and-new-mobile-app-for-ipad-iphone-and-ipod-touch/13472.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011This morning, Parallels announced their new Desktop 7 for The Parallels Mobile app is compatible with the iPad, iPhoneMac which claim to provide Mac OS X Lion user experience and iPod Touch devices and allows users to have completeeven on Windows platform which is running on Mac machines. remote access of their Mac anytime, anywhere. The ParallelsThe upgrade is available today for current Parallels Desktop Mobile also works with Parallels Desktop 7, which means youusers (you can purchase at Nubox booth at the COMEX Show can run Flash videos and audio from Windows on your Mac,2011), while the retail package and downloadable version are via your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.going to be available next week. The Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available today as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop users (and at the Nubox booth at the COMEX Show 2011). The packaged retail software as well as downloadable version will be available on 7 September, next week. You can purchase the packaged software at all Nubox retail outlets, Apple retailers including epiCentre, Mutlmedia Integrated, iStudio, Juzz1, Infinite, Challenger, Mac Shop and Sapura, as well as from Apple Online Store. The Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will retail at S $129; the student edition at S$69; Paralles Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition at S$159 and upgrades available for customers at S$69. A special pricing of US$49.99 is available online for users who are currently using WMware Fusion who want to have a solution that is fully compatible with Lion. If you haveAccording to Parallels, there is a growing number of Mac purchased Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac from an authorizedusers, both home and business, who want to run Windows reseller on or after 1 August, you will be eligible for freeapplications on their machines. And if you are looking to get upgrade to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.a software that can run both Mac and Windows applications The Parallels Mobile app is available in the Apple iTunes Appside-by-side without rebooting, check out the latest Parallels Store with an introductory price of US$4.99; the standardDesktop 7 for Mac. It offers Mac OS X Lion functionality retail price is US$19.99. Current users of free Parallels Mobileincluding full screen, launch pad and mission control for app will get a free upgrade to the new functionality via anyour Windows prograns; run multiple copies of OS X Lion update on their devices.or Windows and applications on the Mac machine; use iPad,iPhone or iPod Touch to watch and listen to Flash videos inWindows on the Mac; access and even run various operatingsystems like Windows, Chrome OS, Ubuntu etc anytime,anywhere. 23
  • 56. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJohn Eng, vice president, marketing and alliances Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has unveiled theirfor Parallels, said that the company has 75% market share in Windows Phone HTC Radar which is designed to keep youdesktop virtualization - running Windows and Mac operating close to friends, family, news and entertainment that mattersystem side-by-side without the need of rebooting. Eng said to you. The HTC Radar is the companys first Windows Phonethat 50% of the customers who go to Nubox, who is also 7 with Mango update. It features a compact aluminium uni-a partner of the company, are new to Mac, and want to get a body, a built-in 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.2Mac but still want to run the Windows applications. aperture, 28mm wide-angle lens and back-illuminated sensor for improved low-light performance. The HTC Radar can "You may ask what kind of applications do people run on the also capture 720p high definition videos. The smartphoneMac? We did a poll of about half a million of our users and also incorporates Virtual 5.1 surround sound for a rich audiofound that there are more than 10,000 discrete (Windows) experience, and web browsing is fast and smooth with HTML5applications that they use," says the vice president. support. You can also get an amazing mobile gaming with Xbox LIVE that lets you access to a great selection of gamesHTC announces HTC Radar for Windows Phones.Windows Phone 7 with Mangoupdate Creative announces quad coreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-announces-htc-radar-windows- sound cardsphone-7-with-mango-update/13471.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-announces-quad-core-sound-September 6th, 2011 cards/13470.html September 6th, 2011Even though Nokia has said that their Windows Phone 7 wouldbe out in Q4 this year, it looks like some phone makers may Once upon a time there were as many sound card makers ashave theirs out earlier than the Finnish company. Today, HTC there were graphics card makers, but today only one of the oldhas announced their first Windows Phone 7 with the highly- companies are still alive, good old Creative (what happenedanticipated Mango update, which comes in the form of HTC to the Labs bit on the end?) and today the company hasRadar. The HTC Radar is scheduled to go on retail in Singapore announced its first quad core sound cards based on its recentlyin October. announced Sound Core3D audio processor. This might sound like total overkill for a sound card, but its not four identical cores, instead were looking at very specific audio DSPs that have their own tasks to perform. Once upon a time there were as many sound card makers as there were graphics card makers, but today only one of the old companies are still alive, good old Creative (what happened to the Labs bit on the end?) and today the company has announced its first quad core sound cards based on its recently 24
  • 57. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneannounced Sound Core3D audio processor. This might soundlike total overkill for a sound card, but its not four identicalcores, instead were looking at very specific audio DSPs thathave their own tasks to perform.The Sound Core3D handles the processing for Creatives newCrystalVoice feature, THX TruStudio Pro and all other kindsof audio processing beyond that. The glaring omission inthe press release is that theres no single mention of X-Fitechnology which suggests that Creative has moved on anddecided to drop the X-Fi moniker for its new soundcards. EAXAdvanced HD 5.0 is still part of the package though, so gamersneed not to worry.As for the new features, CrystalVoice adds acoustic echocancellation, support for beam-forming which in this caseis a kind of noise cancellation technology which requiresadditional microphones, general noise reduction, automaticloudness adjustment for the microphone and various voiceeffects and equalizer features. THX TruStudio Pro gets the The fourth and final product, the Recon3D USB which is quiteCrystalizer treatment, a throwback to the X-Fi days, surround different from the PCI Express cards, as although this is a USBsound support, a smart volume feature, something called audio device it packs connectivity for a headset, line in/out anddialog plus which enhances the voices in games and movies an S/PDIF input. The S/PDIF input allows for Dolby Digitaland finally a bass enhancer. decoding for use with headphones for surround sound. On the right hand side youll find a three step microphone booster and on the right hand side is a feature that might make the Recon3D USB popular, a switch that lets you select between PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.As for the new sound cards, first up we have the Core3DPCI Express which is seemingly sharing its basic design withCreatives first PCI Express card, although the PCB looks However, the features dont stop here, as the Recon3D USBextremely void of components for a sound card. Were not sure can be upgraded with wireless connectivity and it can beif the chunk of metal in the centre of the card has any kind of connected to Creatives Tactic3D Omega headset and Creativefunction, as theres a small Creative branded chip further down will offer a bundle of the two later this year. The Recon3D USBon the PCB which we suspect is the Sound Core3D rather than is expected to hit retail in October for a price of US$129.99 (Ssomething hidder under the purported heatsink. As to the pin- $157).headers, your guess is as good as ours as to what theyre for. As for the PCI Express cards, Creative didnt mention anyNext up we have the shrouded Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional actual launch date, although the press release stated that thewhich comes with the beam-forming microphone and a nice Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion wont be available until Q1 nextpiece of metal wrapped around the PCB with a small window in year. As a side note, apparently both Gigabyte and MSI hasit. This brings us to the Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion of which singed up as OEM partners for the Sound Core3D, so itll bewe have as yet to see a picture. This should be the same card as interesting to see what kind of onboard audio solutions the twothe Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but with an I/O drive that companies can come up with in the future.sports headset jacks, volume control and various other audiojacks. 25
  • 58. September 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCreative launches tiny ZEN X-Fi3 media playerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-launches-tiny-zen-x-fi3-media-player/13469.htmlSeptember 6th, 2011We cant say that weve been blown away by Creativesrecent additions when it comes to media player, but the justannounced Zen X-Fi3 is an interesting device that might notappeal to everyone with its tiny 2-inch screen and touchsensitive controls, but it seems like a step in the right directioncompared to some of its past products. In fact, the Zen X-Fi3seems to be the bigger brother of the Zen Style which launchedback in May.We cant say that weve been blown away by Creativesrecent additions when it comes to media player, but the justannounced Zen X-Fi3 is an interesting device that might notappeal to everyone with its tiny 2-inch screen and touchsensitive controls, but it seems like a step in the right directioncompared to some of its past products. In fact, the Zen X-Fi3seems to be the bigger brother of the Zen Style which launchedback in May. The Zen X-Fi3 also packs Bluetooth 2.1 with AVRCP and A2DPWhat were looking at is a tiny 65x45.5x12.5mm portable support, but maybe more importantly the apt-X audio codecmedia player that weighs in at a mere 45g, although Creative which is meant to vastly improve audio quality when combinedhas somehow managed to pack in a 262k colour screen albeit at with an apt-X compatible Bluetooth headset. As the namea mere 2-inches large with an unspecified resolution, but this suggests Creative has of course added support for its X-Fiis just the start. Around the screen youll find a set of capacitive technology and the Zen X-Fi3 packs X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fitouch buttons that gives you access to the menu and handles Expand. An 8GB and a 16GB model will be on offer, althoughnavigation and playback. There are a pair of volume controls if thats not enough, up to 32GB micro SD cards are supported.on the right hand side, with a micro SD card on the left side, Lets not forget the built in FM radio as well as the ability toa headphone jack and a microphone at the top and finally an output video to a TV via the A/V jack in the bottom, althoughA/V jack, a mono speaker and somewhat strangely enough a youll have to splash out extra on the composite video cable.mini USB connector at the bottom, were we really wouldve As for media support, the Zen X-Fi3 will play back most digitalexpected a micro USB connector by now. audio formats such as FLAC, DRM free AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV and Audible files, although were missing support for OGG. If you want to go blind, you can also watch movies on the tiny 2-inch screen, as the Zen X-Fi3 will play WMV9, MPEG4 Simple Profile and AVI files in either DivX4/5 or XviD format, although the top resolution for video is 640x480. Creative claims a battery life of up to 20h for audio and 5h for video. Price wise youre looking at S$149 for the 8GB version and S $189 for the 16GB version, both of which will be available from the end of October. 26
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  • 60. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Life time MTTF at 40C (h): 100000 VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Noise Level (dBA): 10 - 26.8 covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Number of LED: 4 Static Pressure (mmAq): 2.66Gelid GX-7 CPU Cooler review Warranty (years): 3Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-gx-7-cpu-cooler- Weight (g): 720 (heatsink and fan)review/13564.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011 Applications: Intel Socket 775, 1366, 1155 All Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ and 1156: All Celeron D All Pentium Dual-Core/ Extreme/ Gelid is one of the few companies which focus entirely ondesigning and supplying cooling solutions for PC systems; at All Core 2 Extreme/ Core 2least at the time of this review. It is a relatively new company, Quad/ Core 2 Duo, Core i5,founded only back in 2008, which is based in Hong Kong and Core i7has Swiss management. Today we are going to have a close AMD Socket AM2/ AM2+/ All Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64look at their latest CPU cooler, the GX-7. AM3/ AM3+/ FM1: All Athlon II, All Sempron, Phenom,Gelid is one of the few companies which focus entirely on Phenom IIdesigning and supplying cooling solutions for PC systems; at All A Series AMD APU Llanoleast at the time of this review. It is a relatively new company,founded only back in 2008, which is based in Hong Kong andhas Swiss management. Today we are going to have a closelook at their latest CPU cooler, the GX-7. Photos of Gigabytes X79 motherboards from IDFManufacturer features and specifications Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/photos-of-gigabyte-s-x79- motherboards-from-idf/13563.html September 14th, 2011 • 7 Power Heatpipes • Unique Heatpipes Arrangement • Optimized Heatsink with Multi Air Channels • Wing 12 PL Blue Fan By asking nicely, we were sent some pictures from IDF of • PWM Fan Control Gigabytes upcoming X79 motherboards, well, at least four out of the five models we understand the company is going • 3 Years Warranty to launch come November. That said, these arent the final boards, thanks to Intels last minute SCU errata, so GigabyteAir Flow (CFM/CMH): 75.6 / 128.6 will have to implement a few changes before these boards hitBearing: Nanoflux Bearing retail.Cable Length (mm): 500Current (A): 0.45DC Voltage (V): 12 By asking nicely, we were sent some pictures from IDF of Gigabytes upcoming X79 motherboards, well, at least fourFan Dimensions (mm) 120 (l) x 120 (w) x 25 (h) out of the five models we understand the company is goingFan Speed (RPM): 600 - 1800 to launch come November. That said, these arent the finalHeat Sink Dimensions (mm): 130(l) x 65 (w) x 159 (h) boards, thanks to Intels last minute SCU errata, so GigabyteLED Color: Blue 1
  • 61. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewill have to implement a few changes before these boards hit board and were also looking at tantalum capacitors. The boardretail. has four x16 PCI Express slots and if you have a chassis with eight or more rear expansion slots, you can fit four graphics cards to this board thanks to a sensible slot layout. Gigabyte didnt add any eSATA ports to the UD7, but once again we noticed a couple of Fresco Logic USB 3.0 host controller.Starting at the top we have the G1.Assassin 2 X79 and thebiggest surprise here really is the re-designed heatsinks whichare much less in your face than the current models. Thatsaid, Gigabyte might very well change this before the board islaunching, but well just have to wait and see if well get a gunthemed heatsink or not on the final boards. Expected featuresinclude a Killer NIC, Creative X-Fi audio and 3-way SLI andCrossFireX support. We also spotted a Marvell controller for apair of eSATAp (eSATA/USB combo) ports and a Fresco LogicUSB 3.0 host controller on the board. One feature we couldntfigure out what its for is the blue and green button on therear below the 4GHz overclock button, although it could besome kind of BIOS switch to select between the primary andsecondary BIOS. For those wanting to use more than four DIMMs the GA-X79- UD5 is the way to go, as this board sports a total of eight DIMM slots. This is a more well-rounded motherboard in terms of features, although it still has space for up to three graphics cards. Around the back were looking at one eSATAp and one eSATA port as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports and even a FireWire port for those that still utilize this interface. If the UD5 is priced right, wed expect this to be the most popular model among Gigabytes X79 boards.Next up we have the GA-X79-UD7 and as you mightve noticedfrom the colour scheme and the Gigabyte OC logo on thechipset heatsink, this is the next generation overclockingboard from Gigabyte, despite the model name. Its pretty clearthat Gigabyte has crammed in a few extra power phases on this 2
  • 62. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone You mightve noticed that we havent mentioned the SATA ports on any of the boards and the reason for this is simple, Intels last minute chipset errata. All boards will as such have two SATA 6Gbps ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports, but beyond this we dont really know what Gigabyte will offer. We spotted additional Marvell chips for a pair of extra SATA ports on some of the boards and its very likely that Gigabyte will add more than just a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports to all of its X79 boards. Well make sure we get a closer look at the new boards come November, as by then Gigabyte should have close to final boards to show us. The missing model that wasnt on display at IDF should be the GA-X79-D3, but we dont have any details about this model as yet. Weve added a few additional pictures on the next page as well. Sony PS3 in "Splash Blue" and "Scarlet Red", to launch on 17 November Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ps3-in-splash-blue-and-scarlet- red--to-launch-on-17-november/13562.html September 14th, 2011Last, but by no means leas we have the GA-X79-UD3 which isa slightly more basic board, although strange enough beyondthe UD7 this is the only board with seven slots and it appears tobe able to be kitted out with four x16 cards, although were notquite sure how the slots are wired. No eSATAp on this model,but at least it has a pair of eSATA ports and support for two At the Tokyo Game Show 2011 press conference today, Sonyrear and two front USB 3.0 ports, all via Fresco Logic chips like Computer Entertainment has announced the limited editionthe previous models. "Splash Blue" and "Scarlet Red" of their popular PlayStation 3 game console. Both new editions will be available from 17 November 2011. Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong (SCEH) has announced the 320GB PlayStation3 (PS3) (CECH-3000B series) in new "Splash Blue" and "Scarlet Red" colors. The colors will be available in limited quantity at a suggested retail price of S$429 from 17 November. The “Splash Blue” game console is a refreshing metallic blue color which is reminiscent of “the water splash and the ocean”, while the “Scarlet Red” system with its vivid metallic red color suggests "the glaring sun and the flame". The DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller included in the bundle will also come in the same special colors. 3
  • 63. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIntel, McAfee unveil DeepSafe IDF Day 1: Many bridgeshardware-assisted security abound... Sandy, Ivy, and moretechnology Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idf-day-1-many-bridges-abound...- sandy-ivy-and-more/13560.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-mcafee-unveil-deepsafe- September 14th, 2011hardware-assisted-security-technology/13561.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011 Not only did Intel show the new varieties of Sandy Bridge, but also briefed the audience about Ivy Bridge in more detail thanAt the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) held this week, chip maker before.Intel finally gave the world its first glimpse of the fruit of its US Todays Intel CEO keynote at IDF referred many times to the$7.68 billion acquisition of security vendor McAfee, which was new Socket 2011 Xeons and their desktop brethren, for casescompleted in February this year. Demonstrated during Intel such as reconstructing the St Peter Rome Church interior inPresident and CEO Paul Otellinis keynote, the technology full 3-D from millions of photographs - where Intel claimsdubbed DeepSafe is a revolutionary blend of software and the new Xeons do the job 50% faster than the old Westmere-hardware designed to deliver a level of security protection that based 6-core ones, to Dreamworks Jeff Katzenberg testimonyis simply not possible with a software-only approach. about the new generation processors for their 3-D animationThe idea revolves around building a "deeper" security renderings.footprint with the development of hardware-assisted security,fundamentally changing the cat and mouse nature ofsignature-based security software by operating beyond theconfines of the operating system.McAfee says the DeepSafe has a much greater ability todetect and stop advanced persistent threats (APTs) andincreasingly sophisticated malware. It is no secret thatcurrent antimalware technology is reeling under increasinglysophisticated attacks, with more than two million uniquerootkits currently in existence and 1,200 new rootkits detecteddaily. On its part, DeepSafe affords a trusted view of systemevent immune from even the most advanced rootkit. A rootkitis malware that employs stealth techniques of corrupting theOS to evade existing security solutions.Renée James, senior vice president and general manager ofthe Software and Services Group at Intel and the Chairman ofMcAfee summed up the synergy between Intel and McAfee:"By combining the features of existing Intel hardware andinnovations in security software, Intel and McAfee are drivinginnovation in the security industry by providing a new way toprotect computing devices." There were both single and dual socket 2011 platforms on the show floor, the single-processors ones open for everyoneIntel says it has no plans to embed McAfee software directly to see. And, both Intel and MSI had desktop boards withinto its processors, but will focus instead on creating software whopping 8 (eight) memory sockets on X79 chipsets for 64 GBproducts and services that take advantage of the embedded RAM desktops! Now, the question is why would most userssecurity capabilities. As the requisite hardware components need such high capacity, but then, there are users who dontare available for use by any developers, James told the Wall need too many CPU cores, just need a lot of memory. This is theStreet Journal in an interview that Intel expects competitors answer to them. Otherwise, the usual X79 Socket 2011 boardsto introduce similar technology for Intel processors. with 4 DIMMs, means one per channel, can fine tune theirTechnical information and product details were sparse at this tracing easier for slightly better memory performance.point, though Intel says products utilizing DeepSafe will beavailable for sale later in the year. Dont expect to see it in yourhome PC anytime soon however, as the technology will first Lets cut to the chase: the Ivy Bridge technical presentation wasroll out in enterprise products. the most interesting one. Have a look at the key points here, in summary, after the discussions post presentation. 4
  • 64. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone1 - Process advantage: the tri-gate 22 nm CMOS process willgive Ivy Bridge both power and performance advantage, whereit would either nearly match current Sandy Bridge clock speedbut at half power, or gain more than 20% extra speed at thesame power.2 - Much faster (at least 2x) integrated GPU with full DX11support and enhancements including DirectCompute, andmatching speedups in the video multimedia department, andtriple display support3 - Speedups in the core and the caches, as well as betteroverclocking for cores and memory4 - New instructions5 - Digital Random number generator6 - Improved protection from some hacking attacksYou can see the content of key slides here on the photos, butthe key point overall is that the thing is ready, seems to benefitboth desktop and mobile market right at start, and should beexpected by March 2012 as of now... Have a look at the slides! 5
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  • 66. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Norton launches Internet Security and AntiVirus 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/norton-launches-internet-security-and- antivirus-2012/13559.html September 14th, 2011 With the rising number of devices and applications for users to enjoy, there is a huge need for digital protection from viruses, malware and cybercrimes. Today, Symantec, the company behind the popular Norton security products, has launched their latest Norton Internet Security 2012 and AntiVirus 2012. Norton by Symantec today unleashed the new Norton Internet Security (NIS) and Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2012 with new features designed to enhance the overall user experience while providing the protection and performance the user requires. The company is also delivering on their initiative with mobile and cloud-based technology, which include new beta products and services which will be launched in the coming months with plans to support mobile and tablet devices for both Android and iOS platforms. 7
  • 67. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Norton 2012 incorporates new features to address thelatest threats and provides powerful protection against usersonline personal information. The key security technologiesand usability improvements include: Norton Identity Safe inthe Cloud which protects personal and financial informationfrom cybercriminals and keeps users safe from fraudulentwebsites; new streamlined interface with simplified loginexperience, and ability to store passwords in the cloud andaccessible from any computer with NIS2012 installed; andimproved SONAR technology monitors running applicationsfor suspicious behavior to quickly detect and disablepreviously unknown threats.The Norton Internet Security 2012 and Norton AntiVirus2012 are now available for purchase in Singaporethrough various retailers and the Norton online store atwww.nortonstore.com.sg. The MSRP for Norton InternetSecurity 2012 is S$89, which provides one year of protectionfor up to three PCs, and the MSRP for Norton AntiVirus 2012 Launching from the Jabra music series, the Jabra HALO2is S$39, which provides one year of protection for one PC. is the new Bluetooth stereo headset which claims to be the ultimate smart phone companion. The sleek metallic finishThe Norton 2012 products support Microsoft Windows XP HALO2 includes new features like AM3D Virtual Surround(32-bit) Home/Professional/Tablet PC/Media Center with Sound and Power Bass for an enhanced listening experience.Service Pack 2 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and It supports Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR technology and users can64-bit) and Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) both make and answer phone calls wirelessly as well as playfor Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate the favorite songs from their smartphones. The HALO2editions. Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2007 also incorporates AM3D Virtual Surround Sound and Poweror later users with a valid product subscription are eligible to Bass for enhanced audio experience.receive the latest product updates via the subscription servicemodel. For more information, visit the Norton Update center Jabra HALO2 boasts advanced Multipoint technology whichat http://updatecenter.norton.com. lets users connect up to two Bluetooth-enabled devices at any one time (out of maximum pairing with right devices). It has a touch sensor on the side of the headset that letsJabra HALO2 brings virtual you adjust the overall volume with just a swipe of a finger,surround sound and powerful while the wireless stereo sound AVRCP technology lets you control music all by touch - skip tracks, play, and pause songs.bass for users on the move Weighing 80g, the HALO2 gives a talk-time of up to eightSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jabra-halo2-brings-virtual-surround- hours (and separate music time, up to 8 hours). It featuressound-and-powerful-bass-for-users-on-the-move/13557.html Noise Blackout technology with dual microphones, so thatSeptember 14th, 2011 your voice transmission comes through crystal-clear. When theres an incoming call, the music playing will automatically fade so that you can decide whether to talk to the caller. The Jabra HALO2 Bluetooth stereo headset will be available from this Friday, 16 September 2011, and retailing for S$148 (RRP) from Challenger stores and Apple premium resellers: Epicentre, Nubox, Digi Lifestyle, Apple Shops at Best Denki With the Jabra HALO2 Bluetooth stereo headset, you can and other authorized Jabra resellers.enjoy good quality audio as well as make and receive phonecalls wirelessly. It features AM3D Virtual Surround Sound andPower Bass, and is available in Challenger stores and Apple Key specifications of Jabra Halo2:premium resellers this Friday. - Bluetooth 3.0 EDR+eSCO wireless technology, up to 10m - A2DP for music streaming - AM3D Virtual Surround Sound 2.0 and PowerBass - AVRCP for remote controls (skip track, pause, etc.) - Noise Blackout technology with dual microphones - Foldable headband and carrying pouch 8
  • 68. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone- Talk time – 8 hours- Wireless Music time – 8 hours- Standby time – 13 days- Micro USB charger- Dimensions: 45mm (D) x 165-190mm (H) x 136mm (W)- Weight – 80 gCreative ZiiLabs unveils 3rd-Gen reference designs forAndroid tabletsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-ziilabs-unveils-3rd-gen-reference-designs-for-android-tablets/13558.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011 Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative Technology said in a prepared statement: "The explosive tablet market is pure ruthless in every sense. Even a slight delay in a fast-track 6-month design cycle can be lethal. This is a whole new ballgame where only the fastest can survive". Sim observed how Jaguar3 will help OEM to effectively enter theMedia processor and platforms company ZiiLabs has unveiled tablet market instantly and economically, while at the samethe Jaguar3, its 3rd generation of reference designs for time reducing their risks significantly.Android 3.2 tablets that incorporate over a decade ofdesigning experience in portable mobile devices from Creative A high-end Jaguar3 configuration will support advancedTechnology. Based on a motherboard concept, the designs capabilities such as:were first demonstrated at Computex 2011 in May this year,and were made possible for an OEM or ODM to bring Android • Dual camera system of up to 12 megapixel for rear facing3.x tablets to market in the shortest possible time. image capture and high definition (HD) front facingThe Jaguar3 features the ZMS-20 StemCell processor, • Easy-to-use 40 Megapixel panoramic photographya system-on-chip (SoC) based on the dual-core 1.5GHz • Advanced video playback with trick modes such asARM Cortex-A9. With the presence of an additional 48 rewind play, frame-by-frame advance and reverseStemCell processing cores, the ZMS-20 is effectively a 50- • Dual microphone array for noise-free recording andcore processor. In addition, OEM customers building Jaguar3 video conferencingtablets will have the option of upgrading to the 4th generationZMS-40 SoC chip, which will feature a quad-core ARM Cortex- • Creative Sound Blasters famed X-Fi audio effectsA9 and 96 StemCell processing cores for a 100-core processorwhen available in the next quarter. ZiiLabs said that the Jaguar3 breaks new ground by offering different "flavors" to snag various crowns such as the mostAccording to ZiiLabs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative powerful, the lightest, the slimmest, the most complete and theTechnology, the Jaguar3 design features massive integration lowest cost Android 3.2 tablet reference designs currently onof I/O devices and processors within a "granddaughter-board" the market. The Jaguar3 reference design kits are expected toin order bring its dimensions down to a mere 2.44" (62 mm) sample to select customers in October 2011.x 4.64" (118 mm). Designed with 10-inch tablets in mind,the Jaguar3 consumes just 1W of power, making it possible toachieve extremely slim designs of 7.4mm or weighing just 480grams. Lenovo ThinkPad X121e offers advanced video conferencing tools and robust performance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-thinkpad-x121e-offers- advanced-video-conferencing-tools-and-robust-performance/13556.html 9
  • 69. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AMD demonstrates 28nm GPUSeptember 14th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-demonstrates-28nm- gpu/13555.html September 14th, 2011The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e was announced in July, andtoday, the company has announced that the stylish full-featureultraportable for mobile professionals will be available inSingapore on 27 September. The ThinkPad X121e features Proving IDF is not all about Intel, AMD has demonstratedeasy-to-use voice and video tools, spill-resistant keyboard and the first working 28nm GPUs to the public. The developmentoptional fingerprint reader for secure log in. platform was notebook based, thus the working product was a "28nm next gen notebook discrete GPU". Proving IDF is not all about Intel, AMD has demonstratedLenovo Singapore has announced the ThinkPad X121e the first working 28nm GPUs to the public. The developmentultraportable laptop designed for mobile professionals. platform was notebook based, thus the working product was aIt claims to offers business-class performance with choices "28nm next gen notebook discrete GPU".of the latest Intel and AMD processors, easy-to-use,sophisticated voice and video tools, and looks stylish with softmatte finish in heatwave red or midnight black as well as anti-glare displays.Measuring less than an inch thin and weighing 1.36 kg,the 11.1-inch ThinkPad X121e has spill-resistant, island-stylekeyboard for long hours of comfortable typing. It also comeswith various security features such as self-encrypting USB andsolid state drives, hardware password manager, rescue andrecovery, and optional fingerprint reader for more secure log-in.The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e offers a wide range ofconnectivity options including USB, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. You can view your highdefinition content on the big screen via the HDMI output.In terms of battery life, the ultraportable notebook PC also The next-gen GPU ran Dirt 3, and was demonstrated by AMDsboasts over nine hours on a single charge. It is also equipped Director of Technology Management for GPU Division, Davidwith advanced tools including a low-light sensitive web Cummings. Not much else is known about the 28nm GPUcamera, noise suppressing keyboard, microphone mute key itself, but unsurprisingly, we know it is up and running. Nowand the ThinkVantage Communications Utility 2.0; users can it is up to TSMC to ramp up 28nm production.make seamless conference calls even under low light.The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e laptops will be available throughbusiness partners from 27 September 2011. Pricing details notavailable at press time. 10
  • 70. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMSI introduces stylish Wind Operating Systems Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bitBox DC100 with dual-core Processor AMD Brazos Dual Core E-450performance Chipset (1.65GHz) AMD A50M (Hudson M1)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-introduces-stylish-wind-box-dc100-with-dual-core-performance/13554.html System Memory DDR3 2GB , 1333 MHz (2GBSeptember 14th, 2011 x1) ; DDR3 SO-DIMM x 1 slot Max to 4GB Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6320 Discrete Wireless Networking 802.11 b/g/n Hard Drive 320G 2.5-inch SATA II 5400 rpmMSI has unveiled the updated Wind Box DC100, which Audio 5.1-channel Audio(SPDI/Fmade its first appearance in CeBit 2009. The small form adapter)factor PC is now equipped with the latest AMD Brazos Audio Chipset Realtek ALC662platform E-450 dual-core processor and A50M chipset for I/O HDMI out x1; VGA outx 1;superior performance, compared to the Intel Atom processor USB x6 (front x4, rear x2);incorporated two years ago. Front mic-in/Headphone out x1 /1; Line-out x1; SPDIF-out x1; LAN x1 Card Reader 6-in-1 (XD, SD ,mini SD ,Micro SD, MMC, MS) Adapter HD (30fps@720p) Power 40W Dimension 191.8 X 150.93 X 34.94mm Weight 830g Sony announces NW-Z1000 Android Walkman media player Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-announces-nw-z1000-android- walkman-media-player/13553.html September 14th, 2011The MSI Wind Box series is designed with superb performanceand energy saving capabilities in a small footprint. The newlylaunched Wind Box DC100 is equipped with the latest AMDBrazos platform E-450 dual-core processor and A50M chipsetto offer great computing performance. The average powerconsumption is only 40W, compared to 60W for previousgeneration products, providing power savings for users. Sony Singapore had recently announced their NWZ-A860The small form factor PC features AMD Radeon HD 6320 Walkman. And at the recent IFA 2011 trade fair for consumerdiscrete class graphics that support output resolutions of electronics and household appliances in Berlin, Germany, theup to 1080p, and supports DirectX 11 image processing company showcased the new NW-Z1000 Android Walkmantechnology for high-definition video playback. The Wind which claims to run Google Android 2.3 GingerbreadBox DC100 features VGA and HDMI output Incorporating operating system.MSIs proprietary software, Smart Media Link and SmartSync, you can synchronize your files with an easy-to-useuser interface, as well as play multimedia files you haveselected simultaneously on different devices such as tablets,smartphones and HDTV in the same LAN or Wi-Fi network.The Wind Box DC100 is also a quiet performer with under22dB noise when in standby mode.MSI Wind Box DC100 Specifications 11
  • 71. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Were not sure what the exact problem is, but combine this with rumours of a delay of Intels Sandy Bridge-EP server parts and it seems like the SCU issue might be affecting the server and workstation parts as well. That said, weve also spoken to motherboard manufacturers that told us that they havent been able to replicate Intels errata, so it remains to see what happens, as were still about two months away from the official launch. It has to be said that Intels X79 chipset has gone from being a chipset packed with features to the brim, to a chipset that is starting to look very much like the current P67 chipset, something that surely must be disappointing not only for Intels partners, but even more so for those who were/are planning to buying into the new platform. By now weve gone from eight, to four to no SAS ports and what were left with is two SATA 6Gbps ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports.At the IFA 2011 trade show in Berlin, Sony has unveiledtheir new Walkman portable media player (PMP), the NW- Were afraid that the bad news doesnt end there though, asZ1000. It claims to be the companys first PMP to incorporate Intel wont even guarantee PCI Express 3.0 compliance for theGoogles popular Android mobile operating system that is Waimea Bay platform with the company claiming that the firstusually found on smartphones and tablet devices. The NW- generation of Sandy Bridge-E processor might not be able toZ1000 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is equipped with cope with the high speed of the PCI Express 3.0 interface. InNvidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor and 512MB RAM. It sports other words, itll be a bit of a hit and miss as to which PCIa 4.3-inch display (480x800 pixel resolution) and features a Express 3.0 add-in cards will actually work with the first Sandydigital amplifier “S-Master MX” to provide improved audio Bridge-E processors.quality. Sony claims that the NW-Z1000 has a battery life of And if you were hoping for Ivy Bridge-E to sort this out next20 hours for non-stop music enjoyment, or five hours of video year, well, then we have really bad news, as Ivy Bridge-E isntplaying. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth schedule to arrive until 2013 now. On the upside, Intel expectswith A2DP, HDMI output, DLNA compatibility and built-in Ivy Bridge-E to be fully compatible with PCI Express 3.0.GPS. While on the subject, weve also managed to confirm that the delay of the quad core Core i7 3820 means that its unlikely toWhat Intel wont tell you about arrive this year, as itll only go into production at the very end of 2011. Can it possibly get any worse for Intel?Sandy Bridge-E at IDFSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/what-intel-won-t-tell-you-about-sandy-bridge-e-at-idf/13552.html SanDisk is pushing for new,September 14th, 2011 low power SATA interface Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-is-pushing-for-new-low- power-sata-interface/13551.html September 14th, 2011 According to SanDisk, the SATA standard just isnt powerIntel isnt having a good year when it comes to its integrated efficient enough for mobile devices and the company is nowcontrollers this year, first with the SATA 3Gbps issue in the proposing that a new low power SATA standard should be6-series chipset and now news has reached us that in the end developed. The company wants to cut the power consumptionwe wont be seeing any additional SAS/SATA ports in the X79 of mobile SSDs by 10 times, which is no mean feat, but SanDiskchipset. Apparently this is because of a “quality issue” in the expects this to be perfectly doable.SCU which wouldve been home to the four additional SAS/SATA ports. According to SanDisk, the SATA standard just isnt power efficient enough for mobile devices and the company is nowIntel isnt having a good year when it comes to its integrated proposing that a new low power SATA standard should becontrollers this year, first with the SATA 3Gbps issue in the developed. The company wants to cut the power consumption6-series chipset and now news has reached us that in the end of mobile SSDs by 10 times, which is no mean feat, but SanDiskwe wont be seeing any additional SAS/SATA ports in the X79 expects this to be perfectly doable.chipset. Apparently this is because of a “quality issue” in theSCU which wouldve been home to the four additional SAS/ SanDisk claims that todays best-in-class low power SSDsSATA ports. consume 50mW and apparently part of the reason for this “high” power usage is because the SATA interface doesnt 12
  • 72. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneallow SSDs to draw less power, even when theyre not in use.As such, SanDisk is hoping that its SATA DEVSLP initiativewill allow for lower power usage in the future with a proposedstandard target of a mere 5mW.What were not following is the part where SanDisk startstalking about Ultrabooks, as wed thought there is far moreneed for lower power SSDs in devices like tablets than in thinand light notebooks, although were of course not going tocomplain if we get lower power SSDs in notebooks as well. Sofar SanDisk has gotten a couple of small industry players –Intel, Samsung and Microsoft – to join them in their effort topush the SATA-IO to further develop the SATA DEVSLP intoa fully-fledged part of the SATA standard. Its of course goingto take some time before this happens, but its good to see thatthe industry is moving towards more and more power efficienthardware. We dont want to spoil AMDs moment here, but the press release is talking 8-core CPU and several publications areAMD scores Guinness Book of already reporting this as a feat performed with an 8-core CPU, when in fact six of the eight cores were disabled during the test.World Record for fastest CPU This doesnt make the 8.429GHz record any less impressive,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-scores-guinness-book-of-world- but it should be made clear that only two cores were activerecord-for-fastest-cpu/13550.html which most likely helped to improve the overclockability ofSeptember 14th, 2011 the CPU. We should also mentioned the small fact that the CPU was running at an icy cold -235 degrees C to achieve the record, something thats way beyond what even semi- professional overclockers can cool their CPUs down to.The Worlds fastest/smallest/largest capacity and so forth aregetting a little bit boring now, but AMD has managed toscore another Worlds fastest and an entry into the GuinnessBook of World Records thanks to some crazy liquid Heliumoverclocking of one of its upcoming AMD FX CPUs to a crazy8.429GHz. This seems to be the latest way of scoring consumerattention, although in this case AMD has performed quite afeat as were talking an 8-core CPU here, well, of sorts at least.The Worlds fastest/smallest/largest capacity and so forth aregetting a little bit boring now, but AMD has managed toscore another Worlds fastest and an entry into the GuinnessBook of World Records thanks to some crazy liquid Helium AMD didnt announce which CPU was used, but at the endoverclocking of one of its upcoming AMD FX CPUs to a crazy of the video (embedded below) theres an AMD FX logo and8.429GHz. This seems to be the latest way of scoring consumer underneath it theres an 8-core Black Edition AMD FX-8150attention, although in this case AMD has performed quite a Processor logo which suggests that this was mostly likely thefeat as were talking an 8-core CPU here, well, of sorts at least. CPU used. The record was actually achieved on the 31st of August, but kept secret until today, possibly as a bit of a spoiler ahead of Intels IDF conference which kicks off today. For those interested in a few additional details from the event, Nordic Hardware has a short interview with Sami Mäkinen aka macci who scored the Guinness Book or Record on behalf of AMD. 13
  • 73. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIDF 2011 starts in a fewhours...Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idf-2011-starts-in-a-few-hours.../13549.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011A few hours before Intel CEO Paul Ottelinis keynote officiallykickstarts this years IDF here in San Francisco, there are a lotof signs that Intels focus this year may be a little different -in fact, it will be wider than before. The high end, unlike somerumours, is not ignored - there should be plenty of sightingsof the new Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3960X and its dual-socket HTCs autumn product launch has been confirmed, on 20Xeon twin from the E5 series, the latter having all eight cores September in New York, and the event could be focusing on theenabled unline only 6 on the desktop Socket 2011 variant. And latest version of HTC Sense UI, products incorporating Beatsof course, there is the 22 nm Ivy Bridge, the next mainstream by Dr. Dre audio, and female-focused mobile phones. The newCPU, now almost ready to roll. HTC Sense UI will be greatly optimized and will be less "harsh" in terms of hardware requirements; the minimum supportedHowever, this year, the scope widens to tablets and configuration is MSM7227 processor, 384MB RAM, whichsmartphones - Intels next target area, where ARM rules means that even the older devices like HTC Legend can alsosolidly right now. We expect to see plenty of Clover Trail-based support.solutions for tablet and smartphone designs using this 32 nm Last month, HTC used US$300 million to acquire 51% stakeSoC dual core Atom flavour with PowerVR graphics, however, in Beats by Dr. Dre. And it is possible that the companyeither the CEO talk or the follow-on Steve Smith session post will showcase new products incorporating the Beats audiolunch should demo, and likely focus on, the follow on 22 nm technology. However, it is still not known if the new productsBay Trail. The difference? While the Clover Trail may be good would be compatible with Beats headphones. Most of theirenough even for a Full HD resolution tablet - hopefully NOT products are catered to the male users, though this quarter,a 16:9 panel one, the Bay Trails better process and power the HTC Bliss, which was leaked online, is designed for ladies.savings should make it a true smartphone candidate. The issue The HTC Bliss does not only feature mobile phone themes,here is not the processing power - Clover Trail has more than wallpapers, ring tones and custom software for the femalesufficient capabilities there - but the total idle and real load users, but also in the hardware aspect like notification lights.power consumption. Clover Trail is supposed to be close to The company could also be announcing the HTC Vigor, HTCthe 10 hour target battery life on a tablet, but Bay Trail should Ruby and HTC Holiday. Well, we would only know next week.bring power down sufficiently to have 2 day battery life on anIphone++ class cellphone. Trend Micro SingaporeMore on all this as the day goes on... launches Titanium Cloud Edition Maximum SecurityHTC to hold media event on 20 2012September Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/trend-micro-singapore-launches-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-hold-media-event-on-20- titanium-cloud-edition-maximum-security-2012/13546.htmlseptember/13548.html September 14th, 2011September 14th, 2011Taiwanese phone and tablet manufacturer HTC has sent outmedia invite for an event that will take place in New York, Today, Trend Micro Singapore announced the launch of theirUSA, on 20 September. Only the tagline "Come celebrate in latest Titanium Cloud Edition Maximum Security 2012 whichstyle with HTC" is stated, so it is everyones guess on what the claims to protect users online experience, be it online banking,company could be announcing. social media, gaming or online shopping. Other features include the Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android Personal Edition for security on Android smartphones and tablets, and Trend Micro SafeSync online service for file and folder synchronization. 14
  • 74. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTrend Micro Titanium Cloud Edition Maximum Security 2012 Terrence Tang, head of digital (Asia Pacific region) and headis based in the cloud and claims to offer robust protection of consumer business (Southeast Asia region) for Trend Microagainst malicious threats, regardless of how they are delivered, Singapore, addressed the media and talked about the variouswhere they hide, or what connected device is in use. The feature of the companys new Trend Micro Titanium Cloudsecurity suite features a "set-and-forget" user interface, and Edition Maximum Security 2012.provides real-time protection and proactively stops threats. "In the last 10 to 15 years, Internet has changed the way usersOne new feature in Trend Micro Titanium Cloud Edition exchange and consume information. New devices have beenMaximum Security 2012 is a tool that can visually identify safe created to support the new consumer behaviour. And moreand malicious links on social networking sites like Facebook social networking sites have been established for friends toand Twitter. The software also offers Trend Micro Mobile engage and connect with one another to share information. WeSecurity for Android Personal Edition for mobile security have our consumer solutions vision to protect our consumeron smartphones and tablets, as well as Trend Micro SafeSync digital lifestyle," Tang said.online service for file and folder synchronization and backup.Other security enhancements include a tool that can eliminateprograms posing as antivirus software (Fake AV); proactivebotnet and PE Virus protection; and protection againstmalware packer technology. Trend Micro Titanium CloudEdition Maximum Security 2012 also includes enhancementsto Parental Controls, Behavioral Monitoring, and Rootkitdetection and removal.The Trend Micro Titanium Cloud Edition Maximum Security2012 is available now for purchase through selected retailpartners at the following prices:- 1 Year / 1 User: S$39- 1 Year / 3 Users: S$109The Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android Personal Editionis also available separately for purchase through the AndroidMarketplace. The basic edition is free for download, while thepremium edition is available for purchase through selected Myla Pilao, director of TrendLabs, core technology marketing,retail partners at the following prices: was also at the event to talk about current and latest evolving- 1 Year: S$35.90 threats that users faced today, the technological landscape in- 2 Years: S$59.90 Asia which influence the types of threats, and the importance of security. Nikon COOLPIX AW100, S4150 and S6150 on sale now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-coolpix-aw100-s4150-and- s6150-on-sale-now/13545.html 15
  • 75. September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 14th, 2011 • Built-in original animated characters The sales for NIKON COOLPIX AW100, S4150 and S6150 COOLPIX • Silver • 16.0 $299officially start now. COOLPIX AW100 is available at all S6150 megapixelsauthorized dealers for S$529 while the COOLPIX S4150 is • Black with 3” LCDavaibale at Courts for S$229 and S6150 is available at Harvey • RedNorman for S$299. Price and Sales Date for the remaining • 7x optical • Pink zoom withmodels (COOLPIX P7100, P1200pj, S6200 and S8200) will beannounced at a later date. • Violet 28mm wide- angleThe sales for NIKON COOLPIX AW100, S4150 and S6150officially start now. COOLPIX AW100 is available at all • Touchauthorized dealers for S$529 while the COOLPIX S4150 is Shutter,avaibale at Courts for S$229 and S6150 is available at Harvey SubjectNorman for S$299. Price and Sales Date for the remaining Trackingmodels (COOLPIX P7100, P1200pj, S6200 and S8200) will be • Pet Portraitannounced at a later date. ModeProduct Colors Specifications Recommended • Filter EffectName Available & Major Retail Price Mode Features • HD movieCOOLPIX • Black • Nikon 1st $529 recordingAW100 AW Series • Blue compact • Orange camera Foxconn Quantum Force X79 • Camouflage • Waterproof, shockproof, New Version Pictured Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-quantum-force-x79-new- cold-resistant version-pictured/13543.html • 16.0 September 14th, 2011 megapixels with 3” LCD • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide- angle Having first made waves at this years Computex, its time for Foxconns premium socket LGA2011 motherboard, the • Backside Quantum Force X79, to get down to business. The channel illumination brand of the OEM giant is gearing up for a Q4 2011 launch, CMOS sensor and seems to have made some notable changes to the design • Full HD we saw in June, on its latest engineering sample. These movie changes include rearrangement of expansion slots, a finalized recording design for the heatsink over the X79 chipset, and a slight • Built-in GPS rearrangement of the front-panel header area. While this is and electronic still an engineering sample, there is some progress - for better compass or worse - as the final release revision takes shape.COOLPIX • Silver • 14.0 $229 Having first made waves at this years Computex, its timeS4150 megapixels for Foxconns premium socket LGA2011 motherboard, the • Black with 3" LCD Quantum Force X79, to get down to business. The channel • Bronze brand of the OEM giant is gearing up for a Q4 2011 launch, • 5x optical • Red and seems to have made some notable changes to the design zoom with we saw in June, on its latest engineering sample. These • Purple 26mm wide- changes include rearrangement of expansion slots, a finalized angle design for the heatsink over the X79 chipset, and a slight • Pet Portrait rearrangement of the front-panel header area. While this is Mode still an engineering sample, there is some progress - for better • Filter Effect or worse - as the final release revision takes shape. Mode 16