Chinese OEM Tongfong and VIA have announced the latest Via Nano based ultraportable, the Tongfong S30A. A mere 33mm thick and tipping the scales at 1.4kg, the S30A has a 13.3-inch display, integrated DVD burner and 2GB of RAM; it uses the VIA 1.3GHz Nano U2250 processor together with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics making for a HD-capable machine.
The first retail product to use Intel's Media Processor CE 3100 - aka the Canmore SoC - has been announced, the Conceptronic YUIXX, promising streaming media at up to 1080p high-definition resolution, up to 2TB of onboard storage and optional DVB T/C/S TV tuners. The handiwork of Conceptronic and Metrological (who supplied the software), the YUIXX has HDMI 1.3a, composite and component ports, together with two USB 2.0 ports, TOSLINK, an SD/MMC card reader and optional Bluetooth and WiFi draft-n.
Panasonic have taken the wraps off of two Full-HD AVCHD camcorders, which it claims are the lightest of their kind. The Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 each have 16x optical zooms, optical image stabilization (OIS) and touchscreen controls, and record to SD/SDHC memory cards. The Panasonic HDC-TM10 also has 8GB of its own internal storage.
Acer may not be quite in the ASUS league when it comes to confusingly large netbook ranges, but they're obviously trying to catch up. Latest - and managing to offer something unique in the netbook segment - is this, the Acer Aspire One 571. Not to be confused with the Aspire One 751, the 571 boosts the resolution of the 10.1-inch display to 1280 x 720, and throws in an optical disc drive. Unlike the ASUS Eee PC 1004DN, however, this is no DVD burner but a Vmedia drive.
AMD did something a bit surprising today. They've announced a new version of their ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics chipset that will be factory-overclocked to bump up the standard speed from 850MHz to 1GHz.
Flip Video carved a niche for themselves with point-and-shoot camcorders, and it's a niche which soon got crowded as rival firms offered their own entry-level devices. The launch of the Mino HD late last year kicked things into 720p high-definition, while squeezing the camcorder down into a super-pocketable size; now the bigger Ultra model gets its own high-def upgrade, in the shape of the Flip Video Ultra HD. Is there still a place in the range for the chunkier Ultra HD? SlashGear set to finding out.
Further details on Pegatron's Intel Atom-based nettop have emerged, courtesy of SiS, and they seem to suggest that the compact PC will not, in fact, use NVIDIA's Ion GPU. Instead, the Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom Nettop will use the SiS672/968, a low-power chipset that includes high-definition capable graphics and support for two SATA 3Gbps drives. Pegatron will bundle that with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor and up to 2GB of RAM.
The BBC have released footage filmed with their $100,000 high-speed HD camera, a modified TyphoonHD4, in advance of their new documentary South Pacific. The camera - which is capable of filming in super slow motion and high definition at 20 times the speed of a normal HD camera - was used to record big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom in a 12 foot monster barrel, the first time such footage has ever been filmed.
From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206. Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots.
The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver. Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.
The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video. Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media.
Well here it is, folks! Renesas announced this morning that their latest media processor is optimized to allow for full HD video on mobile devices and phones. It's called the SH7370 and as a part of the SH-MobileHD1 series, it will be able to decode 1080p at 30 frames per second.
But that's not all. It can also encode H.264-based video at 30 frames per second. This means that your smartphone could both play and create video akin to Blu-ray format. It could also be outputted with full quality via HDMI with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound.
Other features include support for MPEG-4, MPEG2-TS, SD cards and Wi-Fi. It also has 64MB of RAM, making it a rather self-contained device. We don't know when the the SH7370 will hit mass production, but for now, some unspecified companies are getting samples for testing.