Ho-hum, just some new Toshiba flash memory chips. Not so fast, though. The sheer existence of this chip could point to the impending production of a certain Apple product. This NAND memory module has a 64GB capacity consisting of sixteen 32Gb NAND chips. Toshiba is touting this as the world’s highest density NAND chip.
Back when the iPhone 3GS was torn apart (as is customary) we saw that is used single Toshiba NAND modules in either 16 or 32GB capacities. Could this be another hint that production is about to ramp up for a next generation Phone? It certainly would jive nicely with the rumors that Foxconn has already received orders for the new smartphone.
Toshiba expects to start mass producing the new chips in early 2010. That’s just in time to start stuffing them into new iPhones a few months later. The iPod Touch has always used a pair of NAND chips, so we may also see a 128GB iPod Touch.
When a PC modder truly loves his or her work, it really shows. The result is capable of causing pangs of longing in any nerd’s heart, and even non-nerds will look on in awe. Such is the case with the Cygnus X1 casemod. This gorgeous piece of computer was built by one Attila Lukacs. The project was started in 2008, and was fully documented.
The wood paneling was carved out solid pieces of West Australian Jarrah, and each side piece weighs in at 10 pounds. The front and sides even fold out revealing the cold metal computer heart that beats within. You can check out the modder’s account of the build process and tons of images here.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel's upcoming 6-core Gulftown chips won't be the only upgrade options for socket 1366 owners. They say Intel plans to release a Core i7 930 part in the first quarter of 2010, which will supplant the ever-popular Core i7 920.
Like the 920, the 930 is a Nehalem-based 45nm quad-core part, except that it will come clocked at 2.88Ghz instead of 2.66Ghz. It also boasts a QPI speed of 4.8GT/s and 8MB of cache. In addition, Fudzilla says the 930's Turbo engine can automatically overclock the part to 3.06GHz.
No word yet on price, but we suspect it will probably sell for about the same as the 920, which checks in at $284 in 1,000-tray quantities.
Thanks in part to native support in Windows 7 and falling LCD panel pricing (price fixing allegations notwithstanding), the time is right for touch technology to really take off on the desktop. Enter Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), the Taiwan-based panel maker who just launched a 21.5-inch projected capacitive touch panel.
Details remain pretty sparse, but according to Wolf Chen, VP of CPT, the 21-5-inched panel is currently being validated by clients. But that's not all the company has been up to. CPT said it has also started shipping 10.1-inch projective capacitive touch panels and 3D panels.
The company isn't putting all its eggs into one capacitive basket, however, and is also developing touch panels using two other technologies, including optical touch and in-cell photo sensing. Panels built around these two technologies will start shipping in early 2010, the company says.
Toshiba today reached another milestone by launching a 64GB embedded NAND flash memory module, which ranks as the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry.
The 64GB part serves as the flagship chip in a new line of six embedded NAND flash memory modules, including 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. Each one offers full compliance with the latest e*MMC standard and are designed with a variety of consumer electronics in mind, such as digital video cameras, smartphones, mobile phones, and even netbooks.
On the technical side, the 64GB embedded devices combines sixteen 32Gb (gigabit) NAND chips fabricated with Tosbhia's 32nm manufacturing process. It also contains a dedicated controller
Enermax today confirmed plans to start shipping its ultra-thin 'Acrylux' keyboard to the U.S. next month. The keyboard, which is already available in Europe, will come in both wired and wireless varieties.
Unlike other slim keyboards "that only achieve their slimness by sacrificing the wrist rest and thus typing comfort," Enermax points out that its Acrylux features a full wrist rest with a profile of only 9.2mm.
In addition to its svelte stature, the Acrylux comes built with reinforced acryl. Other features include a 2-port USB 2.0 high-speed hub, flat key caps and zero degree angle, and "SCISSORS" key switch technology, which Enermax claims offers comfortable typing for up to 10 million keystrokes.
No word yet on price, but based on the going rate in Europe, look for the Acrylux to command $65 for the wired version, and $85 for the 2.4GHz RF wireless model.
There aren't many power users in the PC (as in, Window's based PCs) community who will admit to wanting a Mac, but there are those who secretly love the look of Apple's Mac Mini. If this sounds like you, then you might be a prime candidate for Ripple Look's new HTPC, which looks a lot like that other kind of personal computer.
From what we can gather, the Ripple Look boasts an Intel Atom 230 processor, a 2.5-inch 160GB hard drive, integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics with HD video support and DX10, four USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, audio inputs, printer port, serial port, and VGA port. Missing, however, is HDMI and Wi-Fi connectivity.
There are a couple of different ways you can situate the Ripple Look in your living room. Rubber pads on the bottom prevent vibration if you opt to toss the unit into your home theater rack, or you can remove the bottom plate to reveal VESA mount holes for attaching it to the back of your LCD TV or monitor.
No word yet on price or availability, but you can check out a video demo here.
Remember the OpenOffice mouse with an insane amount of buttons? The funky peripheral was designed with the help of WarMouse, a UK company who today announced the "18-button freak" will now be known as the WarMouse Meta.
"We were frankly shocked by the overwhelming response to our original announcement of the mouse," said Theodore Beale, Lead Designer at WarMouse, "We sent out three emails and ended up getting three million hits on our website that weekend; no one seemed to believe an 18-button mouse with a joystick could be anything but a joke. But it's real, it's brutal, and it's going to fundamentally change what people expect of their input devices."
The freakish rodent has apparently also been upgraded with a 5600 CPI (counts per inch) laser sensor. It also looks a little different and now sports a black color scheme with gray buttons instead of the white on light-white design previously depicted.
But is it just too much? Beale doesn't think so, who acknowledged that some feel that the Meta is "insane," but says "there are many gamers and power users who want to be able to do more than storke their mouse with two fingers."
The Meta is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, and will retail for $75 in the first quarter of 2010.
If you thought Apple's iPhone and Motorola's Droid were slick, wait until you see what the smartphones of tomorrow might be capable of. That is, if Synaptics' FuseTM concept take off.
FuseTM is a collaborative mobile phone concept that integrates "for the first time" multiple interface technologies, including 3D graphics, capacitive multitouch, haptic feedback, and force, grip, and proximity sensing, Synaptics says.
Some of the technological tricks the company envisions is grip sensing by way of capacitive touch sensors on the sides of the phone, which would streamline certain controls such as pan and scroll; 2D navigation from the back of the phone, which Synaptics says enables single-handed control without blocking the display; and 3D graphics with haptic effects.
"Consumers have many options when it comes to choosing a smartphone, and though many phones are loaded with applications to simplify one's life, they often accomplish just the opposite," said William Stofega, research manager for mobile device technology and trends at IDC. "Synaptics partnering with innovative industry leaders to deliver an intelligent concept device that has the consumers' lifestyles in mind will help showcase the true potential of the smartphone."
You can view a short YouTube video demonstration of the Fuse concept here.
Three-quarters of the way through our product-testing regimen, we saw HP’s unremarkable 23-inch display headed toward a verdict of 6 or 7. It has a couple of nice features—as well as a couple of odd omissions—but at that point we hadn’t encountered anything that would set it apart from the crowd either way. But then we came to the Extreme Grayscale phase of the DisplayMate benchmark and our eyes just about popped out of their sockets.
This test renders extremes in the grayscale, beginning with boxes of increasingly intense shades of gray displayed on black and then white backgrounds. The w2338h had no problems passing the first half of this test, and it performed as expected when we cycled through shades of blue, red, and magenta. But the monitor proved incapable of differentiating between any of the high-intensity shades of green displayed on a fully saturated green background. What should have been cyan boxes on a cyan background showed up as yellow, and what should have been yellow boxes on a yellow background were rendered green, instead.