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Long life, no cooling fans: Intel’s 4.5W Core processors could blur the PC/tablet line

Long life, no cooling fans: Intel’s 4.5W Core processors could blur the PC/tablet line

Windows tablets hold within them an implicit promise: To deliver the full Windows 8 experience in a svelte tablet form factor.

Unfortunately, the ambitions of Microsoft and its partners have thus far exceeded reality, largely due to processor power issues. Even the lowest of low-wattage Ultrabook chips simply sip too much juice, forcing manufacturers to house their hybrids in cases full of fans—a compromise that has left Windows tablets and convertibles thicker and louder than the ARM-based tablet competition.

No more. Intel announced Tuesday that new Core Y-series Haswell processors capable of fitting in thin, completely fanless designs are inbound “in the coming months.”

While Intel had previously announced its Core Y-series chips would run at a scenario design point—basically, an Intel metric for the power draw during sustained workloads—of 6 watts, the newly announced processors will dip all the way down to 4.5W SDP. (6W variants will also be available.) That 1.5-watt difference between the two is the difference between needing additional cooling and a potentially fanless design, according to Intel

Tablets and hybrid PCs with the 4.5-watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via email.

Don’t expect to see crazy performance from such low-powered Haswell processors, however.

While the new chips will be able to boost to higher performance for short periods thanks to their 11-watt thermal design power rating—a “worst-case” power metric that measures the maximum energy used during heavy workloads—a large part of Intel’s ability to bring the cooling and power requirements down so far lies in underclocking the processor. Sustained boosting above 4.5W would strain the cooling capabilities of a fanless chassis.

Even still, a low-powered Haswell processor will blow the pants off both ARM chips andIntel’s own Atom CPUs, performance-wise, bringing true Ultrabook-like chops to a truly tablet-style design.

“I think there is a real market need for a fanless tablet or 2-in-1 with PC-level performance,” says Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. “This is exactly where Intel’s new 4.5-watt [chip] comes into play… Even though the 4.5-watt Haswell will be clocked lower than the 6-watt version announced at Computex, it will have significantly higher performance than Bay Trail.”

While Moorhead expects production of low-watt chips to ramp up sometime in 2014, Intel says the first round of energy-sipping Y-series processors will be produced in limited quantities. It’d be a shock if those chips failed to show up in a Haswell refresh of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet.

Acer’s New Z3-605 Available in Canada: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer’s New Z3-605 Available in Canada: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one (AIO) desktops delivering crisp sound and a clean design are now available for consumers in Canada. The new series includes two 3W front-facing Harman Kardon speakers that leverage thorough and precise scientific methods to accurately produce crystal-clear audio that’s as close to the original recording as possible. In addition, Dolby®Home Theater® v4 audio features optimized digital output technologies for delivering music, movies and games in dynamic surround sound.

“Integrating Harman Kardon speakers is an important milestone and showcases Acer innovation and technology leadership,” said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer. “Acer is the first in the market to bring Harman Kardon premium sound to a mainstream all-in-one desktop, setting a new standard. The Aspire Z3-605 delivers a dynamic, high-quality audio experience for music and movie lovers and furthers convenience and comfort with an ergonomic and adjustable frame and webcam.”

Boasting an ergonomic chassis, easy operation and optimized sound, this platform is built to offer an enjoyable computing experience and a digital centerpiece for the home. The Aspire Z3-605 Series comes with a 23-inch 1080p Full HD display. The understated look and feel provides a neat, uncluttered appearance and smart ergonomics ensure easy viewing.

Primed for Comfort

Thanks to the chassis’ 10 to 30 degree tilt adjustment, users can find the best angle for watching a film or playing a game. In addition, the integrated 1MP HD Webcam with 720p image capture can be adjusted between 0-20 degrees, affording users the ability to find the best position for comfortably chatting with friends or family.

Convenient Control Via Touch and Hand Gestures

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10-point capacitive touch technology. The IPS panel delivers consistent images, colours and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees, a significant advantage for group viewing. These models also offer integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand has hooks to keep cables neat and the desk tidy, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n eliminate messy wires.

The Aspire Z3-605 Series is primed for power with Windows 8, up to an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory and a 1TB(1) hard drive. Offering excellent connectivity, these AIOs come with an HDMI port for attaching a gaming console or television and two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one desktops will be available at leading retailers with a limited one-year warranty(2) and a starting price of $699.99 CAD without touch and $799.99 CAD with touch.

Acer is the No. 1 vendor in Canada for notebooks and the country’s No. 3 overall PC provider.(3)More information about Acer and its products in Canada can be found at www.acer.ca.

About Acer
Established in 1976, Acer is an information and communication technology company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s green supply chain delivers environmentally friendly PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Ranked No. 3 for notebooks globally,(4) Acer employs 8,000 people, and 2012 revenues reached US$14.7 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

About Harman Kardon
Harman designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

© 2013 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available though all sales channels.

1) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
2) Limited warranty agreement applies. For a copy, write to Acer Customer Service, P.O. Box 6137, Temple, TX 76503.
3) IDC Q1 2013
4) IDC 2012

AMD & Nvidia Driver Update Available for Windows 8.1

AMD & Nvidia Driver Update Available for Windows 8.1

CALIFORNIA – Microsoft preparing update hardware drivers Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia for Windows 8.1. Thus, users need not worry if will upgrade the latest version of the operating system.

Reported Hardware.info, Monday (01/07/2013), both companies are based in the United States announced the optimized drivers for Windows 8.1 Nvidia stressed that the company intends to have a reliable certified WHQL drivers available for one day.

AMD just published a list of new features, including revealing designated driver for the graphics processing unit (GPU) FirePro. While Nvidia, is reportedly not mention updated drivers for the graphics card with the Quadro series.

In addition to the graphic card’s drivers, original hardware vendor giant Santa Clara (Nvidia) also reveals updated device drivers for notebook GPUs. Nvidia also write a list of downloads or update Nvidia drivers are suitable for ‘Windows 8.1 Preview 62-bits’. Writing ’62-bits’ appears to be a typing error.

AMD calls several new features, including the option to play the video on the ‘refresh rate’ 48 Hz. In addition, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale also brings hardware acceleration in video conferencing application Skype and Lync.

The information circulated previously revealed, Windows 8.1 will present a free phone features. Windows 8.1 Preview is reportedly updating Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), which will bring some interesting improvements.

Reportedly, IE11 will present the option ‘Click to Call’ which allows users to dial phone numbers directly from the browser. “Click to Call is a new feature in IE11. If you want to make phone calls by simply click the name mereka.Anda can choose to call Default Programs of IE11 or Skype, “said Microsoft.

Sony Launches Laptop Weighing 770 Gram

Sony Launches Laptop Weighing 770 Gram

Computer manufacturers are competing to make the laptop with the smallest possible size and weight as possible. Sony did not want to miss the issuing Vaio laptop that they claim to be the lightest in the world.

Vaio laptop in question is a size 11-inch Vaio Pro which was launched to the market of Indonesia in Jakarta, Friday (05/07/2013), Sony Indonesian President Satoru Arai. In addition, Sony also launched a Pro-sized 13-inch Vaio, Sony Vaio laptop hybrid Duo 13-inch Vaio E Fit as part of their flagship line up for the summer of 2013.

With a weight of 770 grams, meaning Vaio Pro 11 is only slightly heavier than the iPad tablet. But it does not have the Vaio lightest touch screen capabilities. For Vaio Pro 11 which has a touch-screen capability, weighs a little heavier, which is 870 grams. Both are much lighter when compared with, for example, the Acer Aspire S7 11-inch or 11-inch MacBook Air which weighs about 1 kilogram.

With light weight, the Sony still reluctant to sacrifice the ability of computing the two variants Vaio Pro 11’s. The fourth generation of Intel processors (which are named Haswell) claimed more energy efficient so as to save battery more than 50% when compared to the previous generation of Intel processors.

Though tiny, do not underestimate the power of this Vaio Pro 11. Material uni-direction carbon fiber wrapped her body is material that’s 50% lighter 25% stronger than aluminum. In addition, convenience Vaio Pro 11 to work in a long time is also optimal with standard-size keyboard design and a comfortable palm rest.

As a gadget aimed at mobile users, Vaio Duo 13 count battery life up to 15 hours after a single in-charge. In addition, the weight of the Vaio Duo 13 is only 1320 grams also make it light enough to carry anywhere.

Vaio Duo 13 comes with Triluminous display, high-resolution screen that was adopted from the Sony Bravia TV screen. In addition, to maximize his ability as a tablet, Vaio Duo 13 also comes with a stylus pen for writing, sketching, drawing even.

Other security features Vaio Duo 13 is the 8 MP camera that can take very sharp photos. Not only that, this camera can also function as a scanner, so that when a user photograph a document, the picture can be converted to PDF with ease.

Indonesian Sony Vaio series mentions that Pro 11 and 13 and the Vaio Duo 13 will be available in Indonesia on August 30 at a price of around Rp10-17 million for Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and Rp15-24 million for the Vaio Duo 13.

Sony’s latest laptop introduced for this summer is the Vaio Fit E. This 14-inch laptop and is intended for home users who want to enjoy the visual and audio capabilities ala Sony with a relatively affordable price.

Not vary much with Vaio Pro 11, Pro 13 Vaio also comes with a very light weight. Although a 2-inch screen is bigger, but the weight of the Vaio Pro 1060 only 13 grams, making it practically lighter than the 13 inch ultrabook output of other producers.

Vaio Duo with Bigger Size
In addition to introducing the lightest laptop, Sony in the same occasion also launched the second generation of hybrid Vaio Duo laptop with a screen size of 13 inches. According to Indonesian Sony Product Marketing Leo Marathon, Vaio Duo 13 has a body size similar to its predecessor, the Vaio Duo 11, but had a 2 inch larger screen.

Cisco’s acquisition of Sourcefire Rp 27 Trillion

Cisco’s acquisition of Sourcefire Rp 27 Trillion

California – The company manufactures and network equipment Cisco Systems Inc. will buy security firm Sourcefire. Companies based in San Jose, California that want to expand their business network security sector.
According to the Head of Business Development Cisco, Hilton Romanski, the company wanted to find a target security firm to grow its business. “We look at the major players security business, Sourcefire apparently the most fitting,” she said on Tuesday (23/7) local time.
With this purchase, the shares of each Sourcefire will be priced at U.S. $ 76. Sourcefire’s stock price jumped 28 percent from Monday’s closing price, U.S. $ 59.08.
Cisco is now focused on the security sector. They will mengenjot safety factor in the hardware, software and cloud. Sourcefire is strong in the security sector, especially the matter of detecting and protecting against any attacks.
According to analysts, this penjuala is expensive but worth it. Because in the security market, the market pie Cisco rivals such as Juniper Networks seized Inc., Check Point Software Technologies, and Palo Alto Networks Inc.. But Cisco reluctant to let market. Cisco Security Head Chris Young said the company will not stop until I can be a pioneer in the field of security.
With this acquisition, research firm IDC rate, Cisco should reach growth of as much as 7.8 percent. Brian White, analyst at Topeka Capital Markets judge, with this acquisition, the kinds of large competitors Dell and Hewlett Packard will also provide bid security for their clients.

Galaxy Note 3, use 3 GB RAM First Time

Galaxy Note 3, use 3 GB RAM First Time

The news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 made ​​it make gadget lovers curious. But this time the latest news about the hardware that is brought by the phablet. Of existing leaks, the device will reportedly be embedded RAM with a capacity of up to 3 GB.
Leaks from Slashgear did make a lot of people by surprise. But if the news is true, then the Galaxy Note 3 will be the first mobile device that is equipped with a capacity of 3 GB of RAM and a relatively very large.
Just a note, smart mobile devices and premium phablet circulating lately generally use 2 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 3 screen size of 59.9 inches is predicted to have a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) with the kind of super AMOLED display panel.
The size of a half-inch larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2, which has a 5.5-inch landscape display. As for the Galaxy Note to be launched in 2011 and carries the 5.3-inch screen. Body Galaxy Note 3 allegedly bit slimmer than its predecessor. If the Galaxy Note 2 has a weight of 182 grams, the Galaxy Note 3 little lighter by 180 grams with a thickness of 8 mm.
Just like the Galaxy S4, there will be two versions of the Galaxy Note 3, which was launched to the market. In a particular market, this device will be armed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 800. As in other markets, will use processors made by Samsung’s own Exynos SoC Octa 5.

Multifunctional HP Officejet 150 Mobile

Multifunctional HP Officejet 150 Mobile

Multifunction Devices with Batteries

Via Officejet 150 Mobile, HP (Hewlett-Packard) brings superior features the use of lithium-ion batteries. Even the battery usage on this multifunction device is the first in the world. By using the battery, you can run this device is not currently available grid (PLN). This battery is claimed to last for up to five hundred print document sheet.

u9-435-hp150Meski your physical form, HP still includes a variety of connectivity for easy printing of various devices. You can print directly from the camera using Pictbridge connection, also can print from a memory card slot thanks to the existence of SD and MMC. Any USB port makes HP Officejet 150 Mobile can be used to access and print the content of external media such as flash disks and hard disks. Memory card and flash drive can also be used to store the scanned file. While in the case of the scan function, its use must install the software first included in the package.

In addition, the device also supports printing directly from the smartphone. Unfortunately, given only limited support for Windows Phone and Blackberry platforms. While the operating system is quite popular smartphones such as Android and iOS are not supported. All of which functioned through the touch screen-based fee that is responsive. “Shortage” is in another physical form that are made as short as possible: not supplied buffer to hold the paper. As a result, you will be a little bothered by the scattered papers.

Although the print speed is quite normal, to say the performance is not too slow. Copy and scan process is done using sheet-fed technology. This technology will scan the pages of the paper. When finished scanned per sheet of paper, the results can be printed directly pindaiannya. When PCplus count, nicks exact same time even though the documents are processed differently.

With the innovations presented by HP, you can carry around a print device like a laptop. Thanks to the support of such batteries, as well as direct printing capabilities are fairly a lot, this device is more practical and flexible. If there is a problem with the price (U.S. $ 399), HP Officejet 150 Mobile suitable to accompany you to print anywhere.

BlackBerry A10 Full Specifications Revealed

BlackBerry A10 Full Specifications Revealed

After physical appearance photographs circulating on the Internet, this time turn the hardware specs leaked BlackBerry A10. Successor Z10 previously known by the code name “Aristo” is called will be positioned as the most advanced smart phone from BlackBerry with the main focus on the aspects of performance and gaming capabilities.

As quoted from TechRadar, BlackBerry A10 specs revealed by an image capture of a document that was first circulated by a member of the CrackBerry forums.

In the document dated May 23, 2013 it was explained that this device will have dual-core processor Qualcomm MSM8960 (S4) 1.7 GHz speed.

The processor paired with 2 GB of RAM and an internal memory capacity of 16 GB which can be expanded with a micro SD slot up to 64 GB.

Called A10 screen size of 5 inches or 0.8 inches larger than the screen on the BlackBerry Z10. 1,280 x 720 resolution with pixel density of 295 PPI.

Other fittings include an 8 megapixel main camera, 2 megapixel front camera, NFC connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi A / b / g / n as well as 4G LTE, and a 2800 mAh battery. The operating system used is the latest BlackBerry OS 10.2.

BlackBerry A10 arrival time is not yet known for sure, but the device is expected to be introduced in November.

Intel aims for longer tablet battery life with Haswell chips

Intel aims for longer tablet battery life with Haswell chips

IDG News Service – Intel says it will increase of the battery life of tablets and hybrid PCs that use its microprocessors, with new low-power Haswell chips that will start shipping later this year.

The chip maker said Tuesday that its upcoming Core Y series chips will run at 4.5-watts using a metric called SDP (scenario design power), roomates measures the power used to dissipate heat while running certain apps on mobile and touch devices.

That’s a lower figure than Intel was aiming for initially, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via e-mail. Intel previously said it would release the Core Y chips with a 6-watt SDP.

Intel’s use of SDP has been Criticized, however, since it differs from the used and accepted, Instant-TDP (Thermal Design Power) metric. TDP Intel counters that may not be applicable on devices such as tablets, Because they differ so much in design from laptops. Rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices disagree.

Tablets and PCs hybrid with the 4.5 watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Snyder said. Intel also Announced Y 6-watt Core processors for PCs fitted with fans.

Claimed that Intel has the fourth-generation Core chips based on Haswell offer up to 50 percent longer battery life and up to twice the graphics performance than their predecessors Ivy Bridge.

The Y Core chips will ship to device makers in the coming months, Snyder said. However, the company Declined to comment on when tablets and hybrids based on the chips would Become available. Tablets and hybrids running on Intel’s third-generation Core i3 and i5 chips based on Ivy Bridge are already available. Intel also offers the Atom processor for tablets; faster the Core processors are more power hungry though.

The Y-series chips are vital for Intel, roomates needs to grab a larger share of the tablet market as PC shipments decline. Intel is also trying to bridge the divide via laptop-tablet Haswell, targeting the chips at hybrids with detachable touchscreens and keyboards. The market today is dominated by ARM, Whose processors are used in most tablets and smartphones.

The first Core processors Y joins a lineup of Haswell processors that include a dual-core Core U laptop chips, roomates draw 11.5 watts to 15 watts of power. Intel started shipping in June also other quad-and dual-core Haswell chips for desktops and laptops. Including PC makers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer have Announced laptops and hybrids based on the Haswell chips Announced in June.

Samsung Announces SSD Storage Capacity 1TB

Samsung Announces SSD Storage Capacity 1TB

SEOUL – Manufacturers of electronic devices from South Korea, Samsung, announced the latest hardware besutannya, solid-state storage drive (SSD) 840 Evo. The data storage hardware comes with capacities of 1TB of data.

Reported by Cnet, Thursday (07/18/2013), the launch of Samsung’s 840 SSD series has circulated in November 2012. Latest, Samsung offers a new device called the SSD 840 with a capacity of 1 TB Evo.

The main difference between the two is that, the latest variant of the Evo SSD 840 offers double the capacity than the 840 series and the performance is claimed to be faster. As with previous variants, 840 Evo comes with a 7mm thickness and 2.5-inch design.

The data storage device connectivity supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) I / O. Samsung said the 840 Evo compact design using 10-nanometer class technology with 128GB NAND flash memory.

Evo 840 companies scheduled to begin mass production in April 2013. The device will be equipped with Samsung’s multicore MEX controller.

This portable storage is claimed to offer speeds of between two to three times that of the previous series. Samsung SSD 840 Evo offers up to 520MBps and write speeds of 540MBps read. In random access (random access), the device offers up to 98,000 IOPS.

The company claims 840 Evo is the fastest SSD for consumers. Samsung 840 Evo will reportedly be available in five capacities, ie, 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB. Not yet known how much the price tag of the new device.