Computex 2011

Pixel Qi demos super-slim panels; smartphone and bistable on roadmap [Video]

Pixel Qi demos super-slim panels; smartphone and bistable on roadmap [Video]

Pixel Qi had promised some new screen technology at Computex this week, and the company has delivered, with a fresh 10.1-inch super-thin panel. Unlike the existing 10.1-inch screen, as used in the Notion Ink Adam, the new panel runs at 1280 x 800 making it ideal for Android Honeycomb slates; meanwhile, as ARMdevices' video demo shows, it's far more sunlight-visible than the iPad.

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Android 3.1 packing Eee Pad Transformer supports PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming controllers

Android 3.1 packing Eee Pad Transformer supports PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming controllers

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the coolest and most desirable tablets on the market. We put up our review of the Transformer not too long ago and came away feeling pretty good about the Asus offering. We also mentioned last week that the tablet was getting an OTA update to Android 3.1 this week. Tablets with the new update will support something new that Android gamers will really appreciate.

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ASUS ROG range gets dual-GTX 580 MARS II video card, motherboards, more

ASUS ROG range gets dual-GTX 580 MARS II video card, motherboards, more

ASUS' glasses-free 3D gaming notebook will likely get most of the attention, but the Republic of Gamers team has also brought along plenty of kit for the DIY enthusiast. In addition to the ROG Crosshair V Formula series motherboard shown yesterday there are the ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z and ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z motherboards, plus the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 based ROG MATRIX GTX 580 and ROG MARS II graphics cards.

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ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook arrives (& brings friends)

ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook arrives (& brings friends)

You didn't think ASUS was going to leave it at a single Republic of Gamers motherboard and a clutch of tablets did you? The company's computing arm has brought a whole bevy of ROG-branded kit to Computex this week, including everything from video cards, gaming notebooks and desktops, 3D displays and more. Top of the tree is probably the ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook, with a glasses-free 3D display paired with Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics.

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Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Ultrabook may be the fancy branding, but Intel isn't relying solely on a swish name to make its Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge notebooks appealing. Later in 2011 will come various "responsiveness innovations" including a MacBook Air-style instant-resume feature called Rapid Start, which promises just 5-6 seconds between hibernation and being ready to use, along with Smart Connect, for streamlining social networking updates.

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Intel Atom accelerates: Cedar Trail for netbooks, Medfield for sub-9mm gaming tablets

Intel Atom accelerates: Cedar Trail for netbooks, Medfield for sub-9mm gaming tablets

It's not just Ultrabooks that Intel is pushing at Computex this year: the chip company also has Atom news to share. That concerns Cedar Trail and a Moore's Law outpacing shift to a yearly die-shrink schedule: Intel reckons Atom chips will shift through the 32nm of Cedar Trail, past 22nm, and hit 12nm within three successive years. Technically impressive, but for the consumer it should mean significant gains in power and battery life. Meanwhile, there's also Medfield news for tablets and smartphones.

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Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel isn't willing to let ARM grab all the ultraportable mindshare, and the chip behemoth has obviously decided that some judicious rebranding is what's needed. At Computex 2011 day one, Intel announced its new Ultrabook segment, initially using second-gen Sandy Bridge Core processors (before graduating to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips in early 2012) in sub-0.8-inch thick chassis and with "mainstream price points" that come in under $1,000. Intel expects Ultrabooks to account for 40-percent of consumer laptop sales by the end of 2012, with the first models on the market in time for the 2011 holiday season.

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ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula, SABERTOOTH 990FX and M5A99/97 motherboards outed

ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula, SABERTOOTH 990FX and M5A99/97 motherboards outed

ASUS has brought motherboards to Computex as well as tablets and notebooks, with several new AMD 9 Series models offering things like AMD CrossFireX, NVIDIA SLI and Intel ThunderBolt connectivity depending on 'board. The ASUS M5A99/97 Series, the TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX and the ROG Crosshair V Formula all support 990FX/990X/970 chipsets and AM3+ CPUs, with the Republic of Gamers 'board having a ThunderBolt audio/LAN combo expansion card.

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