AMD may be trying to keep a lid on their upcoming hexacore AMD Phenom II X6 processors, but ASUS are just too excited about their motherboards to play along. The company has announced which motherboards in its range will be compatible with the new processors - codenamed Thuban - thanks to a new batch of BIOS updates.
We already heard the specs and details on the Asus M4A89GTD PRO mainboard when it leaked on some websites in February. With the AMD 890GX chipset going official yesterday, Asus has made the M4A89GTD PRO mainboard official too.
Mamiya have announced their latest digital camera, and if you're a slave to megapixels then you won't be disappointed. The Mamiya DM40, as the name suggests, has a 40-megapixel sensor with a new "DF" camera-core that can use leaf or focal-plane shutter systems. It's also capable of 0.8-second-per-frame peak capture rate, and sustained 60 frames-per-minute sustained capture rate.
Processors from ARM end up in all sorts of products from smartphones to automobiles and a myriad of other devices. The company seems to have a processor for just about every need. The latest processor from ARM is the Cortex-M4 that has been unveiled for digital signal control markets.
Wall mounting a flat screen HDTV looks cool, but it presents certain challenges in many instances. The first is how to mount the TV securely and in a way that you can see the picture ideally. The other is how to get your HDMI and power cables ran to the TV.
Every time I see a new PND unveiled I wonder how long it will be before the smartphone does to the PND what it did to the PDA by making PDAs obsolete. I suspect that eventually the smartphone will kill off the PND since most smartphones today handle navigation with aplomb. PNDs are still popular right now though, and Mio has announced two new navigation devices on the cheap called the Moov M300 and M400.
Camcorders are one of the devices that just about everyone has today. Parents use them to shoot miles of footage of their kids, mostly hoping to get something humiliating they can hold over their kids heads when they grow up. JVC has unveiled a new full HD camcorder for video fans called the GZ-HM400.
JVC announced today a brand new addition to their Everio line-up. The new model is called the GZ-HM400 and it's an HD camcorder with the 1080i widescreen and H.264 goodness of the GZ-X900 but an all new 10.2-megapixel sensor.
As home networks have proliferated, it's taking a while for peripherals to catch up; ethernet ports are reasonably common on printers, but there's still a price-premium. Winstar's M4 USB Networking Server aims to address that, a compact box that supports connecting up to four different USB 2.0 devices to your home or office network.
Now cell phone WiFi access will get a lot more efficient, thanks to a new chip from Broadcom. The BCM4329 chip will be used in cellphones that have 802.11n WiFi in order to decrease the amount of power required to maintain that wireless connection.
Normally, WiFi on cellphones takes up a lot of energy. In fact, it's often thought of as a serious battery drainer. But this new chip makes it so a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band connection can occur without using as much power. It uses less power than earlier chips that could only manage the 802.11g standard and no higher.
This chip also offers up Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner and a feature called space time block coding, which makes connections on the outskirts of a network more stable. The Broadcom BCM4329 chip is expected sometime in 2009, though no customers for it have been named yet.