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Daily Archives: November 13, 2008

ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCI-e Audio Card

Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, the Xonar Essence STX is capable of achieving an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) in signal clarity. Furthermore, full-driving for any available headphone is provided through the built-in headphone amplifier—presenting unprecedented audio quality and under 0.001% of distortion to sate even the most demanding audiophile. Interestingly enough, the design for this audio card is based on a paradigm that is forty centuries old.

The Quest for True High-end Audio Starts Forty Centuries Ago
In China 4000 years ago, the ancient ancestors were also searching for instruments that were able to play “heavenly” music; not just to pay homage to the gods, but also to represent the harmony between man and nature. This process of seeking the most sublime and harmonious music between man and the environment resulted in the Tiger Chime, which not only represented the soul and quintessence of sound, but also served as the highest level of audio enjoyment. Like these ancestors, ASUS also searched for the best components and used only the finest designs to reproduce the purest of sounds. As a symbol of respect for these ancient pioneers, the Xonar Essence STX adopts a gold-plated Tiger Chime totem on the EMI shield—infusing a mix of ancient and cutting-edge technologies.
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Industry-leading 124 dB SNR Delivers Pure Music for Listening Enjoyment
With the penultimate of component and design selection, the Xonar Essence STX is able to reproduce truly pure sounds, and delivers an industry-leading 124 dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio). This is 64 times clearer the most on-board audio solutions (85–88 SNR). It also features the ASUS exclusive Hyper-grounding circuitry design that utilizes a PCB design to separate signal and noise—ensuring that only the cleanest signals are passed on to ultra-sensitive components for decoding.

The Finest Component Selection to Deliver Crisp, Clear Audio
With a top-o-the-line Burr-Brown PCM 1792A Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC) to convert audio signals at 127dB signal-to-noise ratios, users will be able to enjoy minimum loss from the process of converting digital signals to analog sound. Additionally, Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors deliver rich bass and crystal-clear high frequencies (like the sounds from a piano or violin), allowing the Xonar Essence STX to achieve an amazing <10 Hz–90 kHz frequency response and 124dB dynamic range. Furthermore, The Xonar Essence STX’s EMI shield protects all analog outputs perfectly from any exterior electronic magnetic interference—resulting in the cleanest sound generation and delivery for the user’s enjoyment.

High Density Sound Performances with Built-in Headphone Amplifier
Most quality headphones usually require additional driving power; or else suffer from sounds that are dull and bland. The Xonar Essence STX is equipped with a built-in headphone amplifier capable of driving every available headphone with up to 600 ohms of impedance to their full extent and less than 0.001% of distortion—all without additional amplication. This ensures that only the most high density sounds can be heard from these headphones without the need to purchase an extra amplifier. Furthermore, the Xonar Essence STX also comes with the following features which include: Swappable OPamp sockets to help tune up unique sounds effortlessly, complete Dolby Home Theater technologies, and the latest DS3D GX2.5 3D gaming engine technology.

 
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HP Powers Philippine Stock Exchange’s IT Operations

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has engaged Hewlett-Packard (HP) Philippines to provide hardware, network and security as well as data center preparation for the New Trading System (NTS) Project.

The NYXT’s NSC® will be customized according to PSE requirements and scheduled to be completed and launched sometime in the middle of 2009.

Sealing the memorandum of agreement are Francis Ed. Lim, PSE President and Chief Executive Officer; and David Tan, HP Philippines Managing Director.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Marie Eulalie E. Cruz, HP Manager for Commercial Accounts and Solutions Partner and Alliances; and William L. Ang, PSE Director and NTS Oversight Committee Chairperson.

 
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Qualcomm Unveils PC Alternative for Bringing Internet Access to Developing Markets Worldwide

Qualcomm Incorporated announced a new PC alternative to make high-speed wireless Internet access more widely available and affordable in emerging markets. The Kayak™ PC alternative leverages the widespread availability of 3G wireless broadband to bring Internet connectivity to markets where wired Internet access has often been difficult to access or unaffordable. The Kayak PC alternative fills the niche that exists between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and Internet-capable wireless devices.

The Kayak PC alternative includes a reference design and recommended software specifications that will be made available to device manufacturers. Manufacturers can then design a wide range of devices based on the Kayak reference design that take advantage of the high level of integration, inherent connectivity and comprehensive functionality. The Kayak reference design uses Qualcomm’s dual-core Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7xxx-series chipsets to provide both computing and connectivity. Devices based on the Kayak reference design will offer:
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– A Full-featured Web 2.0-capable browser from Opera Software able to perform at desktop resolutions – Access via the browser to Web 2.0 productivity applications
– Support for both television sets and computer monitors to be used as displays and/or for a built-in display
– Compatibility with a standard keyboard and mouse for input
– Music player and/or a 3D gaming console functionality

In the future, commercial Kayak-based devices may also be powered by Snapdragon™ solutions. Initial Kayak PC alternative units, manufactured by Taiwan-based Inventec Corporation, will be used to initiate user trials during the first quarter of 2009 in Southeast Asia on both CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.

“Emerging markets will be a huge growth driver for the telecommunications industry in the coming years,” said Mark Hirsch, vice president of corporate marketing, Inventec Corporation. “We are very excited about Qualcomm’s innovative Kayak reference design that leverages wireless networks to bring Internet connectivity to developing markets.”

“Web-based applications open up new possibilities for people in emerging markets for whom packaged software can be expensive,” said Rod Hamlin, senior vice president of sales, Americas, Opera Software. “Combining the Opera browser with Qualcomm’s chipset is a great way to help bring the power of connected computing to millions of new Internet users around the world.”

“The broad footprint of 3G networks means that wireless is the answer to Internet access for worldwide markets – especially in emerging regions,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “The Kayak PC alternative is a great example of how Qualcomm is leveraging cloud computing over wireless broadband networks to help bring new areas of the world into the global online community for the first time.”

Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500 company. For more information, please visit http://www.qualcomm.com.

 
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