The new motherboards will support Intel’s latest Core i3 and Core i5 processors, in addition to the Core i7. Most all have four DDR3 DIMM sockets, supporting dual-channel memory up to 2133+ Mhz. All will have onboard VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports, and four will offer Gigabyte’s high performance digital DisplayPort, which delivers up to 10.8 Gbps of bandwidth over standard cables, allowing for fast refresh rates and greater color depths. And all will offer a pair of rear panel USB 3.0 ports.
These motherboards are now available through a number of online retailers. Sorry, but no pricing information was offered.
Motherboard makers are wasting no time pumping out products built around Intel's new H57 and H55 Express chipsets, and that includes EVGA, who just announced three new boards built around the new platform.
Both the H55 (123-CD-E635-KR) and H57 (123-CD-E637-KR) are full sized ATX mobos and both come with four DDR3 slots supporting up to 16GB of memory running at 1333MHz+. So what exactly separates the two? The H57 comes with a whopping 14 USB ports and two PCI-E x1 slots, while the H55 boasts a still impressive 12 USB 2.0 ports and one PCI-E x16 slot.
Finally, there's the H55-V (111-CD-E630-TR) mATX board. This one also comes with four DDR3 slots and features 12 USB ports. No Firewire or IDE connector, though.
Both the H55 and H55-V are available now for $170 and $100, respectively. No word yet on price or availability for the H57.
Nintendo's Wii was fun, for about a week. And while we admit there are still some Wii remote controlled games that still capture our attention, Nintendo hasn't delivered that knockout punch in motion control. Can there even be such a thing?
Razer and Sixense think so, and two have collaborated to bring motion sensing controls to the PC platform.
"Razer is extending its vision for PC gaming by partnering with Sixense on this exciting new endeavor," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "The magnetic motion sensor technology combines precision and speed with the freedom of other motion sensing technologies to fill the gap between consoles and PC in terms of human interface devices."
The controllers use electromagnetic fields to track movement along all six axes and, according to Razer, the absolute controller position is tracked within a millimeter for positioning and to a degree for orientation.
Razer and Sixense have also been working with Valve, who has signed on to support the technology and was showing off a special version of Left 4 Dead 2 programmed specifically with the motion controller in mind.
In 2009, OCZ emerged as one of the busiest makers of SSDs on the planet, and lest you thought they might kick it down a notch in 2010, take a look at company's roadmap.
There will be no slowing down for OCZ, who is wasting no time in transitioning to 34nm and 32nm NAND flash memory. This will allow OCZ to introduce larger models, including 512GB versions of the Vertex and Agility series. The company's also planning a 1.8-inch SSD built around Indilinx's new Amigos controller.
The next generation of Vertex drives, Vertex 2, will sport a customized SF-1200 controller from SandForce and boast 270MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds, putting them close to the theoretical bandwidth limits of SATA II.
OCZ also plans to expand its Z-Drive series, which use the PCI-E bus. The upcoming Z-Drive e88 will come rated at up 1400MB/s read and 1500MB/s write speeds, however it will be mainly targeted at enterprise environments. On the desktop front, the Z-Drive p88 will boast 1300MB/s read and 1200MB/s write speeds.
No word yet on pricing for any of the upcoming models.
If anything, the tablet dampened hopes of Microsoft setting the bar quite high for Apple's rumored tablet by unveiling a truly revolutionary slate of its own at CES2010. Being a Windows 7-powered tablet, it was anything but avant-garde.
A lot of people thought – or actually hoped - that Microsoft would unveil something based on its Courier tablet prototype, but it wasn't to be. All said, not a lot is known is about the HP tablet and the version of Windows 7 that it runs.
The SG41J1 is a low end PC based on the G41 chipset and runs Core2 Quad CPUs. You’ll get integrated Intel graphics on this model. The next step up is the SH55J2 which has the Intel H55 supporting both Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs, but still just integrated graphics here. If you’re out for performance in your tiny PC, the SX58HJ3 is the way to go. It will run Core i7 CPUs and somehow has room for a CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI setup.
Stepping a bit out of their comfort zone, Shuttle is also showing off their now Shuttle X50 V2 all-in-one. It will have a dual-core Atom and Intel GMA graphics. No availability or pricing information was released.
As storage technology moves inexorably toward solid state, Toshiba is determined to be on the forefront of the changeover. The Japanese tech giant has announced plans to expand their selection of 32nm Multi-Level-Cell (MLC) NAND SSD units. The new lineup will include a “Half-Slim” 128GB SSD suitable for use in netbooks. The drives will be capable of 180MB per second read and 70MB per second write speeds.
Lest you assume that Toshiba has forgotten the performance space, there will also be new high performance SSDs. These standard 2.5-inch drives will be capable of 250MB per second read and 180MB per second write speeds. They will be available in sizes ranging from 64GB all the way up to 512GB.
If you’re weary of SSD reliability, fear not. These drives will support the new TRIM commands implemented in Windows 7. The first production samples should show up in Q1, with wide availability in Q2. No pricing information was available.
It you don’t have something singularly amazing, you might as well overwhelm with quantity. Olympus, working hard to be noticed in the CES throng, is announcing nine new point-and-shoot compact digital cameras.
The FE series (5030, 4040, 4030, and 47), have 14 megapixel sensors, 2.7-inch LCD displays, image stabilization, intelligent auto mode (i-Auto), auto focus tracking, face identification, and video recording. Optical zooms on the 4040 and 4030 are 4x, and on the 5030 and 47 are 5x. All have internal batteries, chargeable via USB, except the 47, which runs off standard AAs.
The µ series also has four models (9010, 7040, 7030, and 5010), and all have 14 megapixel sensor, the TruePic III image processor, and 2.7-inch LCD screens (except the 7040, which has a 3.0-inch LCD screen). All have 10x optical zoom, except the 5010, which has a 5x optical zoom. They all come with image stabilization, intelligent auto mode (i-Auto), auto focus tracking, and face detection. Each also has 2 GB of internal memory and are able to record HD movies (but only the 7030 is capable of sound).
The ninth camera is the µ TOUGH-3000. The TOUGH-3000 has a 12 megapixel sensor, a 3.6x optical zoom, image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, intelligent auto mode (i-Auto), auto focus tracking, and face recognition. It also has 1 Gb of internal memory and can record HD video.
The five µ-series cameras also come with Photo Surfing and [ib] Software, which lets you browse easily through and organize images based on events, people, face detection, location, or date. All cameras come with an in-camera help guide.
Prices vary, naturally, but Olympus says all will be on store shelves in March.
Big wheels keep on turning, and product announcements keep on churning out of CES. This one: IOGEAR is announcing a Wireless HD Kit and a Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit.
The Wireless HD Kit (GWAV8141K), IOGEAR tells us, will help “eliminate home theater clutter.” While it’s not clear how the Kit will help us “customize [our] living space”, it is clear it will let us stream video from a variety of sources, including Blu-ray/DVD players, DVR/set-top boxes, VHS players (VHS? Who still uses VHS?), computers, and media servers to home theater PCs or HDTVs. Inputs are: two HDMI ports, one composite port, one VGA port, and one component port. Outputs are: one HDMI port, one composite port, and one component port.
The Kit, touted as “Plug and Play”, will allow broadcasting of HD (1080p/60 Hz) content and digital audio to four separate HD/non-HD displays. (Package contents list suggests you only get one transmitter and one receiver in the Kit. Just guessing, but it looks like you’ve to pick up the other three receivers separately.) Customizing your living space isn’t going to come cheap--IOGEAR has attached a $899.95 price tag to the Kit. You’ll find it on store shelves in March.
The Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit (GBHFK231), does pretty much what its name says. It connects to any Bluetooth enabled cell phone, allowing communication through a built-in microphone and speaker. (You can also use a headset.) The Kit is Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR compliant. And it has an integrated solar panel to keep it charged. (It also can be charged via USB). IOGEAR’s asking price is $69.95, and is available now.
I've been a relatively fortunate mobile phone owner. I've dropped various phones countless times throughout my geek life, including the extended cleaning of my first-ever iPhone by accidentally introducing it to my apartment complex's pool. I've broken countless critical features on my phones as a result of this clumsiness, the smashing of a phone against the car keys in my pocket, and the general wear-and-tear of a semi-busy lifestyle. In college, I had a flip-phone that was anything but, the exterior having been beaten up and bruised enough to transform the phone's external screen into a strobe light of-sorts whenever anyone called. Awesome for parties; useless for caller ID.
I've never lost my phone, though. And every day I board a train to head to work, sit in a taxicab, or go about my business without really paying much attention to where I last put my dialing device, I wonder: Is this it? Will today be the day that some unscrupulous person gets a hold of my iPhone and, by proxy, my entire online life?
In some ways, someone already has.
This isn't some kind of "won't somebody think of the children" scare tactic. It's a simple reality: You're hearing a lot about the wonders of cloud computing at this year's CES. And while that has different applications for the enterprise level than consumer, the practical reality of it for most PC users (and laptop users especially cough-cough-Chrome OS-cough) is that you're taking the data that would otherwise reside on a system within your control and placing it in the hands of another entity.
Cloud applications can be super-useful when you let others run the services that improve your geeky life. Your data, however, is your own--the more consumers coalesce their computing lives into access points, the more this data becomes ripe for abuse... or worse.