Archive for Feb 23, 2009

ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM have announced their latest processor, the ARM Cortex-M0, which the company is describing as their smallest, lowest power and most energy efficient processor to date.  The Cortex-M0 consumes as little as 85 microwatts/MHz (0.085 milliwatts) and is intended for ultra low-power MCU and SoC applications like gaming accessories, ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless devices, and smart-home products.

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Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard up for pre-order: $200

Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard up for pre-order: $200

The Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, promising macros, switchable key backlighting and a 320 x 240 mini-display.  A panel of twelve programmable macro keys - each storing three macros - runs down the left-hand side, and there's a real-time macro recording button to quickly add keypresses. 

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Samsung TL320 and HZ15W 12MP digicams announced

Samsung TL320 and HZ15W 12MP digicams announced

Samsung have announced a pair of new cameras, including the OLED-display TL320 that Amazon prematurely listed last week.  The Samsung TL320 and HZ15W both have 720p movie recording, while the TL320 has a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch HVGA resolution AMOLED display, and the HZ15W has a 12-megapixel sensor plus a 3-inch LCD monitor.

 

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ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

There's a lot of people eagerly anticipating the ASUS Eee PC T91 convertible netbook-tablet, and bit-tech's early hands-on with a pre-production prototype certainly won't do anything to staunch that interest.  The 8.9-inch touchscreen netbook will get a new, chiclet keyboard like the Eee PC 1000HE before it ships, and unfortunately has a non-removable battery, but there's still plenty of good news to tide us over.

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Focal XS 2.1 Premium iPod speaker set & USB soundcard

Focal XS 2.1 Premium iPod speaker set & USB soundcard

French audio firm Focal have announced a new iPod dock and speaker set, the Focal XS, intended to bring studio-monitor level sound quality to your desktop.  The Focal XS 2.1 Premium setup consists of the company's slender-necked stereo speakers and a 70W subwoofer.

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MSI X-Slim X600: 15.6-inch MacBook Air lookalike

MSI X-Slim X600: 15.6-inch MacBook Air lookalike

From one Air-a-like to another; MSI have announced the next in their X-Slim series of ultraportable notebooks.  The MSI X-Slim X600 is the 15.6-inch big brother to the X-Slim X360 which we saw back at CES 2009 in January, complete with Intel's Centrino 2 platform, 16:9 widescreen display and a weight of around 2kg.

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nurian X40 e-dictionary is wannabe MacBook Air

nurian X40 e-dictionary is wannabe MacBook Air

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Apple must be one of the most flattered company's to date.  Latest to "borrow" some of the Cupertino industrial design is Korean firm Hanuribiz, whose nurian X40 may only be an electronic dictionary and part-time PMP, but does it all in a slick little MacBook Air suit.

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Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 compact eco-friendly server

Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 compact eco-friendly server

Fujitsu have announced a compact server that uses less energy than a desk lamp and offers a variety of RAID setups for home-office and small business users.  The Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 resembles a compact desktop PC, but uses Intel's latest power-saving Core 2 Duo processors paired with up to 16GB of RAM and remote ServerView Server Management control.

Both the P8400 (25W) or T9400 (35W) CPUs are available, using 25-percent less power than rival systems.  As for storage, the TX120 S2 can be fitted with either four 320GB SATA or 146GB 15,000rpm SAS hard-drives.  Nonetheless, according to Fujitsu it's still whisper-quiet at 27dB.

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Cambridge Soundworks MovieWorks HD X-Fi iPod dock

Cambridge Soundworks MovieWorks HD X-Fi iPod dock

Cambridge Soundworks - a subsidiary of Creative - have announced the MovieWorks HD, a docking station for the Apple iPod range that can output high-definition video and digital audio to a connected HDTV or audio system.  The MovieWorks HD also has an integrated X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity chip onboard, together with Creative's X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, and connects via HDMI.

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Arduino wristwatch plays Pong

Arduino wristwatch plays Pong

One of the reasons the Arduino is so successful is because of its flexibility - there's plenty of very complex ways you can implement the microprocessor board into a project - but that doesn't mean it can't do simple tasks just as well.  Psycholinguist Franklin Chang used his Arduino to make a fetchingly homespun wristwatch.

Video overview of the Arduino watch after the cut

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Huawei Android devices hitting T-Mobile in Q3 2009?

Huawei Android devices hitting T-Mobile in Q3 2009?

Huawei's "look but don't touch" Android handset at Mobile World Congress last week was quite the disappointment: if it wasn't for the display around it, you'd not know what OS the device was meant to be running.  We could be seeing production handsets a lot sooner than expected, though, with Huawei claiming to have signed a deal with T-Mobile that will see the Android-based smartphone shipping in Q3 2009.

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Cowon D2+ PMP tweaked: new GUI

Cowon D2+ PMP tweaked: new GUI

Cowon have announced an updated version of their D2 PMP, the Cowon D2+, with the same touchscreen control as the original but a newly tweaked OS.  The D2+ has an integrated DMB digital TV tuner, video and audio playback, together with an ebook reader, flash player and up to 52 hours battery life.

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