Computex 2011

HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

We usually associate HomePlug products with straightforward ways to spread your internet connection around the house using mains cabling rather than WiFi but, if the Powerline Alliance has its way, your future hybrid or all-electric car may also be using the system to talk to your power supply. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have all thrown in with the HomePlug Green PHY (GP) profile for electric vehicle charging, enabling Earth-friendly cars to integrate with the smart grid.

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Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Hard to believe it, given the torrent of tech yesterday, but Computex 2011 only really kicked off properly in Taipei this morning. Intel delivered the biggest keynote, announcing its Ultrabook platform which, the chip giant hopes, will supplant generic ultraportables and grab 40-percent of the market by the end of next year. Sandy Bridge and, in 2012, Ivy Bridge processors will be inside, with slick sub-0.9-inch chassis and price tags under $1k on the outside. Read on for the rest of our Computex day one wrap-up.

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Acer W4 mango smartphone specs revealed

Acer W4 mango smartphone specs revealed

Microsoft is hard at work on getting the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 ready for the prime time later this year. The company has been talking up a lot of the new partners that will be offering smartphones running Mango. Last week Microsoft announced that Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE would all be producing Mango smartphones. We already know Nokia is onboard too. The specs of the Acer W4 Windows Phone have been unveiled.

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SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk makes a lot of flash-based storage gear from memory cards to SSDs that turn up in consumer systems and are used by OEMs for tablets and other devices. SanDisk has announced a pair of new SSDs at Computex 2011 called the SanDisk SSD series U100 and the SanDisk iSSD integrated storage device is a new capacity for the i100. The i100 is the world's smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD. It is aimed at the tablet and ultra-thin notebook market.

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Broadcom unveils BCM43142, first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip in the industry

Broadcom unveils BCM43142, first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip in the industry

Broadcom has announced an industry first at Computex. The announcement is of the first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip. The chip is called the BCM43142 InConcert combo chip. It is aimed at the notebook and netbook market where the reduced size and power consumption are of the most benefit. Smaller size means that the machines can potentially be made smaller and less power consumption leads to longer battery life.

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MSI debuts N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition video card, claims world’s fastest title

MSI debuts N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition video card, claims world’s fastest title

Companies that make video cards like to lay claim to the title of world's fastest when they can. AMD and NVIDIA like to do the same thing trading the title back and forth. MSI has unveiled a new video card at Computex 2011 called the N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. This isn’t the first video card from MSI packing in the NVIDIA 580GTX GPU. The N580GTX Twin Frozr II surfaced form MSI back in January. The latest card gets a new fan and sensor design.

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MSI debuts new notebooks at Computex 2011 including G, C, X, and F series machines

MSI debuts new notebooks at Computex 2011 including G, C, X, and F series machines

MSI has offered up several new notebooks at Computex 2011 today that include the new G Series machines aimed at the mobile gamer. The series includes the GT780, GT683, and GE620 models. They all use the Intel second gen Core i7 processors. The GT780 and GT683 both have 16GB of DDR3 RAM and use the newly announced GTX 560M GPU from NVIDIA. The 780 and 683 are also both RAID capable and have lots more features like backlit keyboards.

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