Archive for Nov 21, 2008

AMD Phenom II Shanghai to reach 4GHz with fan-based cooling

AMD Phenom II Shanghai to reach 4GHz with fan-based cooling

AMD is working hard to make their clock speed relevant again with their latest Shanghai architecture for their Phenom II processors. In fact, these quad-core desktop processor chips bring official clock speeds up to 3GHz and make it so 4GHz is possible overclocking while just using fan cooling alone.

Extreme cooling methods improve performance even more. Dry ice as a cooling method provides for about 5GHz and liquid nitrogen provided 6.3GHz. These are some seriously impressive improvements, if you ask me.

Apparently, they were made possible by decreasing the size from 65nm to 45nm, which reduced heat and power usage. You can expect the Phenom II to be released early next year. It should be interesting, because this will definitely relight the flame beneath the AMD/Intel competition. AMD has the whole  budget thing on it's side, too.

Princeton Jive Box Ipod Dock cranks 90 Watts with Digital Amp

Princeton Jive Box Ipod Dock cranks 90 Watts with Digital Amp

Princeton presents the Jive Box 2.1 channels boom box with an integrated dock for your Ipod. The manufacturer wants to remind you not to be scared of the 90 watts high power Ipod companion; unlike traditional amplifier, the 3 ways designed speaker system play loud tunes with energy efficient digital amp and will not run up your power bills.

Fujitsu put IPx7 Waterproof high end cell phone to test

Fujitsu put IPx7 Waterproof high end cell phone to test

Forget the cheesy weather proof feature or having a pelican case for your cell phone. The Futjisu F-01A goes beyond Slashproof, offers feature-rich handset with IPx5 and IPx7 waterproof protection. The F-01A is no ordinary cell phone with few O-rings; it’s a fully loaded "docomo PRIME series" mobile phones with GSM, GPS, Bluetooth, fingerprint sensor, and has a 5.2MP CMOS sensor for still image capture which also sports a 3.5-inch TFT LCD with ultra wide 854x480 resolution screen.

Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays Review

Nanovision MIMO UM-710 & UM-730 USB displays Review

It's a rare occasion when one of the gadgets Korean customers are blessed with deigns to cross over to shores further afield; so rare, in fact, that you can help but have high-hopes for them.  Nanovision's MIMO 7-inch USB displays endeared themselves when first announced, and became only more attractive when the company confirmed US and European availability.  We've had the UM-710 and UM-730 on our desk for the past week; are they legitimate productivity enhancers, or just another USB ornament?

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Mercedes myCOMAND in-car PC concept demo

Mercedes myCOMAND in-car PC concept demo

Mercedes Benz have announced their latest myCOMAND "Internet-Based Infortainment System" at the LA Motor Show, and while the name might be a bit tacky the system itself is anything but.  Controlled by a multifunction dial and joystick, the system makes the most of a large, high-resolution LCD display to offer VoIP, a web browser, GPS with satellite imagery and a hard-drive based media server.

 

Video demonstration of myCOMAND after the cut

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