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GIGABYTE Supports New VRD 11.1 Power Specifications For Intel Core 2 CPUs

GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced support for the new VRD (Voltage Regulator Down) 11.1 processor power delivery specification for the latest E-stepping E8000 and E7000 series of Intel® Core™ 2 processors on all Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced (DES Advanced) motherboards. VRD 11.1 is a new energy saving power standard from Intel that communicates the CPU’s power requirements to the motherboard and enables DES Advanced motherboards from GIGABYTE to further reduce power consumption during idle operation.
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The CPU power requirement is communicated via the processor Power Status Indicator (PSI) signal when the CPU is in the deeper sleep state. This PSI improves load efficiency of the CPU voltage regulator in order to improve platform power savings from VRD 11.1 compliant GIGABYTE DES Advanced motherboards. Since the fourth quarter of 2007, GIGABYTE motherboards have featured dynamic multi-gear switching to enable/disable power phases as the CPU workload varies. Older P35 chipset motherboards (with the previous generation of DES energy saving technology from GIGABYTE) are VRD 11 compliant and can drop down to a minimum of two power phases. Now with the new VRD 11.1 standard, GIGABYTE P45-series motherboards with DES Advanced technology benefit from additional power savings by dropping to only 1 power phase during deeper sleep mode.

As an innovation and technology leader in the motherboard market, GIGABYTE prides itself in being first to introduce new technologies and features. With VRD 11.1, GIGABYTE is not only the first hardware vendor to adopt the new Intel CPU power standard, GIGABYTE has gone the extra mile and added support for VRD 11.1 on a full range of DES Advanced motherboards from the high-end EP45T-DQ6 down to the entry level EP31-DS3L and EG31M-S2 products. With GIGABYTE, tomorrow’s technologies and features are available on a full range of products, today.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in Technology

 

Samsung unveils 8MP Camera – Samsung Innov8

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, recently announced the launch of the almighty entertaining mobile phone, Samsung Innov8, which is to be made available in the global market from August 2008.
Samsung Innov8 (Model name: i8510; pronounced [in-uh-veyt]) takes mobile handset photography and multimedia experience to new heights. It offers users top of the range camera technologies, a surround-sound cinematic video experience, the best mobile internet browsing experience and mobile gaming capabilities.
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Efficiently designed for mobile multimedia, Samsung Innov8 provides devout tech addicts with the most innovative 24/7 multimedia entertainment features. It also offers a fun, easy to use experience for those who want to get the most of their mobile phones.

Having globally launched the first 5-megapixel camera-phone in 2004, 7-megapixel camera-phone in 2005, and the groundbreaking 10-megapixel SCH-B600 in the Korean market in 2006, the launch of long awaited 8-megapixel camera-phone for GSM market, Samsung Innov8 reinforces Samsung’s renowned leadership in camera-phone.

Geesung Choi, President of Samsung Telecommunication Business, said “ Samsung Innov8 is made for tech-savvy users who enjoy the best possible multimedia entertainment with their mobile phone. With the 8-megapixel camera, pre-embedded 3D games, high speed data connections and much more other features will help our users to gain the true benefits of mobile entertainment. I expect Samsung Innov8 to be a revolutionary milestone for Samsung for opening a new era of mobile multimedia.”

A groundbreaking multimedia and internet experience
Recognized as Samsung’s first ever 8-megapixel camera phone, the Samsung Innov8 is perfect for users for capturing and storing precious memories in style. Using the latest in imaging applications such as smile shot, blink shot and face recognition, the memorable moments can be stored in their best quality. Users can enjoy personalizing and editing their photos, videos and music with Movie Maker and Story Board applications. The handset also acts as a digital photo frame, allowing users to display their favorite images.

Samsung Innov8‘s crystal clear 2.8” 16M color LCD, is perfectly designed to provide users with the best possible photography, video and gaming experience on-the-go. The 8G or 16GB Flash memory and external memory slot upto additional 16G provides sufficient contents storage. 1200mAh battery provides a long enough battery life to enjoy all the multimedia experience without worrying about limits on size and time.

Supporting a wide range of video player formats including DivX, WMV, Real Player and MPEG4, users can enjoy an exciting pocket cinema experience. Its external dual speakers and 3D surround sound supported by DNSe 2.0, make every video clip and movie more realistic than ever.

Samsung Innov8 is also ideal for enthusiastic gamers. It comes pre-embedded with two of the world’s most famous games, Asphalt and FIFA 08. The handset has been chosen as the official phone for the World Cyber Games 2008, which begins on 25th July.

Samsung Innov8 offers the best ever mobile web browsing experience. With an optical mouse and 4-way navigation key, users can enjoy PC-like browsing experience. Both HSDPA high speed Internet and WiFi connection offer convenient and seamless internet experience wherever users are. The phone is equipped with A GPS technology, offering navigation and geo-tagging service. It also comes with the Symbian OS V9.3, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, which helps users to easily download various ready-made applications for Symbian mobiles.

Samsung Innov8 is going to be launched in Europe in August, and then expanded to other markets during September.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in Samsung

 

HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed

HP, Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. announced the creation of a global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education. The goal of the initiative is to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing.
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The HP, Intel and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed will provide a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before. The initiative will also support research of cloud applications and services.

HP, Intel and Yahoo! have partnered with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany to form the research initiative. The partnership with Illinois also includes the National Science Foundation.

The test bed will initially consist of six “centers of excellence” at IDA facilities, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo!. Each location will host a cloud computing infrastructure, largely based on HP hardware and Intel processors, and will have 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores capable of supporting the data-intensive research associated with cloud computing. The test bed locations are expected to be fully operational and made accessible to researchers worldwide through a selection process later this year.

The test bed will leverage Yahoo!’s technical leadership in open source projects by running Apache Hadoop — an open source, distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation — and other open source, distributed computing software such as Pig, the parallel programming language developed by Yahoo! Research.

“The HP, Intel and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed furthers our commitment to the global, collaborative research community that is advancing the new sciences of the Internet,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo! Research. “With this test bed, not only can researchers test applications at Internet scale, they will also have access to the underlying computing systems to advance understanding of how systems software and hardware function in a cloud environment.”

Researchers at HP Labs, the central research arm of HP, will use the test bed to conduct advanced research in the areas of intelligent infrastructure and dynamic cloud services. HP Labs recently sharpened its focus to help HP and its customers capitalize on the industry’s shift toward cloud computing, a driving force behind HP’s vision of Everything as a Service. With Everything as a Service, devices and services will interact seamlessly through the cloud, and businesses and individuals will use services that anticipate their needs based on location, preferences, calendar and communities.

“To realize the full potential of cloud computing, the technology industry must think about the cloud as a platform for creating new services and experiences. This requires an entirely new approach to the way we design, deploy and manage cloud infrastructure and services,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of Research at HP and director of HP Labs. “The HP, Intel and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed lets us tap the brightest minds in the industry, academia and government to drive innovation in this area.”

Intel is a leading provider of platform technologies, including processors, chipsets, networking and SSD (solid state drives), for cloud computing data centers. Current platform features such as Data Center Management Interface (DCMI), Node Manager (NM) and virtualization have been designed to improve the manageability and energy efficiency of data centers. This open, collaborative research effort will give researchers full access to the system’s hardware for further innovation of existing and future platform features.

“We are pleased to engage with the academic research community — open collaboration with the academia is in our DNA at Intel Research,” said Andrew A. Chien, vice president and director of Intel Research. “Creating large-scale test beds is important because they lower barriers to innovation and provide the opportunity to experiment and learn at scale. Intel’s support of Tashi, an open source cluster management system for cloud computing, and this HP, Intel, Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed are a natural extension of our ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships with the research community, such as the Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers.”

IDA will facilitate research in the test bed by providing its users with the computing resources required to develop cloud computing software and applications. IDA will also leverage the test bed and its industry partnerships to train local students and professionals on the technologies and programs associated with cloud computing.

“With the ready and available Internet-scale resources in Singapore to support cloud computer research and development work, we can collaborate with like-minded partners to advance the field,” said Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive of the Infrastructure Development Group at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. “Cloud computing is considered by many to be the next paradigm shift in computer technology, and this may be the next ‘platform’ for innovative ecosystems. Partnerships like this will allow Singapore to leverage this new paradigm for greater economic and social growth.”

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in HP

 

Dell’s Launches New Studio Hybrid PC: Ultra-Small, Colorfully Stylish, “Green”

Dell introduced a desktop that is ultra small and super sleek called the Studio Hybrid.

The Studio Hybrid was designed to enhance personal expression and creative living. Dell’s smallest desktop PC, about the size of a collegiate dictionary, can fit just about anywhere. Depending on the location or decor, the Studio Hybrid can be set up in a vertical or horizontal orientation, and be personalized with a choice of seven optional, interchangeable external finishes or color sleeves: Bamboo, Emerald, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Slate, and Topaz.
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With a starting price of $499, the petite Hybrid PC has the performance to take on the digitally enlightened user’s everyday activities like creating mash-ups, content for personal web pages, editing and uploading videos and digital photo albums. The Studio Hybrid is at home in the living room, fitting easily into entertainment centers, and connecting to HD TVs via a standard HDMI port. When paired with an optional wireless keyboard, people can easily flip back and forth from watching a favorite broadcast TV show or sporting event to checking online stats, sending email, looking at digital pictures, etc. on the TV.

Customers can configure a Studio Hybrid with variety of optional technologies and peripherals to make it truly unique, like:

– Wi-Fi networking – allows people to place the PC anywhere that’s convenient for them.

– Wireless keyboard and mouse help ensure a clean desktop, counter top or coffee table.

– Blu-ray DiscTM drive for watching high-definition DVDs.

– TV tuner that enables users to watch, pause and record live TV1.

– Multiple flat panel display options, like the Dell’s first 16:9 Full HD LCD monitor, the 24-inch S2409W

“Our goal was to design a desktop that fits in the office or in the living room, or anywhere space is at a premium,” said Michael Scheschuk, Dell desktop product marketing. “We’ve created a desktop PC category that combines style, performance and a high degree of energy efficiency.”

The Dell Studio Hybrid is about 80 percent smaller than the typical desktop minitower, and uses up to 70 percent less energy. In addition to being extremely energy efficient and Energy Star 4.0 compliant, the Studio Hybrid’s unique packaging was designed to be environmentally responsible:

– Reduced packing materials about 30 percent by weight as compared to typical tower desktops.

– Packing materials are also 95 percent recyclable.

– Reduced printed documentation 75 percent by weight on average as compared to typical tower desktops.

– System recycling kit is included.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in Dell

 

BenQ MP512 ST – your ideal short-throw projector

With the BenQ MP512ST projector, you don’t need a big space to create big pictures! The BenQ MP Short-Throw Projector prove that distance is a non-issue when it comes to getting the big picture you want even in the smallest space!

The BenQ Short-Throw Technology
Thanks to the special aspherical lens adopted by BenQ, the MP512ST only require half the projection distance of traditional projectors!
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With its short-throw ratio lens precisely calculated and positioned, the BenQ MP 512ST projector is able to deliver large-screen projection in tight spaces without jeopardizing picture quality.

With the BenQ Mp512St, Good Things that Come with Short Distances….

Zero Space Constraints
Room size in no longer an issue. Just imagine the freedom of having a large size clear projected image with half the required distance! You’ll now have better flexibility in choosing your projection locations.

Zero Eye-Blinding Lights
You can now make your presentation and have the projector behind you. The shorter projection distance keeps the projector light from shinning directly into your eyes, allowing you to keep your focus on your audience.

Zero Disruptions
Say goodbye to the shadows that often interrupt your presentation. With a projection distance this close, you and your audience can move freely behind the projector without worrying about between the projector and the screen!

BenQ believes in paying attention to details. The snow white BenQ MP512 ST is built to please your eyes. The full-bodied design of this desktop projector – the extraordinary posterior, the barrel shaped lens and the one-of-a-kind leaflet cooling vents – shows how the designers at BenQ’s Lifestyle Center work towards integrating function and style, bringing total visual enjoyment to your everyday life.

The BenQ Short-Throw Series Projectors also offers Close-Up Color Enhancement for Close-Up Enjoyment.

With the Revolutionary BrilliantColor™ Technology of Texas Instrument, BenQ Mp512 St offers images that’s vibrant and bright ! Working with the multi-segment color wheels, this revolutionary technology enables a greater than 50% brightness increase in mid-tone colors, allowing the BenQ Mp512St to make images more precisely rendered than ever!

BenQ has studied the world’s most commonly used paint wall colors and developed easy-to-use wall color correction technology to ensure you outstanding image quality on all surfaces, even blackboards. Who said you must have a projection screen to get the best color! Witht eh BenQ Mp512ST great presentations can be used almost anywhere.

With the BenQ Mp512St, you can enjoy a lamp life performance of up to 4000 hours – twice the lamp life expectancy of average projector lamps on the market! This certainly lowers
the number of lamp changes and keeps all maintenance to a minimum.

The BenQ <p512St also comes with double speakers. So you can double your video game enjoyment with two built-in 5W speakers! Experience the intensity of powerful 3D surround sound with the BenQ MP512 ST.

The BenQ MP512 ST provides you with the most convenient audio/video connection to anything in the digital world allowing you to enjoy your favorite video games on an amazing big screen in your leisure time.

So with the BenQ MP512ST, you can toss all your projection space stereotypes aside!

And like all BenQ digital lifestyle innovations, the MP512ST is engineered to the highest standards of style and reliability.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in BenQ

 

D-LINK Launches 3-in-1 Wireless G Access Point

D-Link International, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of network products, unveils the latest member of their wireless G Series – the D-Link Wireless G Access Point (DAP-1150). The versatile 3-in-1 DAP-1150 allows consumers to use the device in three different ways to extend their wireless coverage, enabling a wireless home network to cover all dead spots.

“With technology becoming increasingly integrated and productive, the DAP-1150 provides the convenience of three wireless functions in one package. These functions are housed within a stylish jet black D-Link casing and come with WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) to ensure the prioritizing of data packets, thus improve the qualities of VoIP and real time multimedia streaming,” said Mr Desmond Toh, Marketing Director of D-Link International Pte Ltd.

Flexibility and Adaptability
More than just an access point, the 802.11g DAP-1150 can be configured to operate as a central hub for wireless users, as an AP client to connect another access point, or as a repeater to extend the network’s wireless coverage to cover all dead spots. These can be done with just a slide of a button

Increased Security Features
Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM (WPS) certified, the DAP-1150 enables a secure wireless network to be easily configured. Providing 64/128-bit WEP encryption and WPA/WPA2 security to protect the network and wireless data, the DAP-1150 also features MAC address filtering and the Disable SSID Broadcast function to limit outside access to a user’s wireless network.

Easy to Install and Use
Easily configured to different applications by a switch located on the rear of the unit, the DAP-1150 allows various modes to be selected with a simple slide of the switch. Working hand in hand with the D-Link Setup Wizard, the DAP-1150 allows a wireless network to be set up simply in a number of minutes.

Pricing and Availability
The D-Link DAP-1150 wireless G Access Point will be available at authorized retailers, resellers and distribution partners in Sept 2008.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2008 in D-Link

 

Mariwasa Siam optimizes its business operations with SAP’s Business One

Mariwasa Siam, the country’s leading manufacturer of ceramic tile, partners with SAP Philippines through ABM Computech Enterprises, Inc. an affiliate of Bayantrade Group of Companies, with SAP’s Business One software to optimize Mariwasa’s overall business operations by improving its departmental functions. ABM is SAP Philippines’ licensed reseller of SAP Busines One. This comes after the company embarked on a restructuring program that saw the need for a more efficient system. What the company needed to do was to integrate their key business processes into one business process that eliminates the need for maintaining several databases.
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As a key player in the industry for the last 40 years, Mariwasa Siam employs over 900 employees and a turnover of over PhP2 billion pesos with the most extensive network in the country. Prior to the company’s acquisition of Business One, the company maintained two (2) databases, two (2) different versions and two (2) locations. Furthermore, because much of the work of keying in data was done manually, hence reporting was very complex and time-consuming.

“We just completed a restructuring program and saw the need to implement a system that is more efficient for our operations. After being informed of SAP by our parent company, we chose Business One because it combines all critical business processes in one software.” said Emilie Maramag, vice president for finance of Mariwasa Siam.

During its initial phase, SAP Business One was applied to Mariwasa’s sales, human resources and finance operations. Its second phase will see the integration of the company’s manufacturing processes into the Business One system. With its integration of Business One, Mariwasa Siam hopes to realize better profitability and business efficiency. Also, staff productivity was increased because Business One eliminated redundancy of work.

“We are confident that Mariwasa will realize its full potential with the integration of Business One. We expect to see the full benefit of this new business system to our business in general.” said Maramag.

“We are very excited with this partnership with such respected market leader like Mariwasa Siam. We are looking forward to being an integral part of Mariwasa’s growth and future success.” Said Jennie Ligones, SAP Philippines country manager.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2008 in SAP