Monthly Archives: July 2011

Reuters reports that U.S. ratings agency Moody’s cut its credit rating on bonds of struggling Finnish phone maker Nokia Oyj by two notches on Wednesday and said the outlook on the rating was still negative.

A spokesman for Nokia said the rating cut would have no
material impact on the company’s current financing costs.

Fitch and S&P cut Nokia’s credit ratings last month.

Last week Nokia reported a steep net loss for the June
quarter and surrendered its lead in the global smartphone market
— which it created in 1996 with its first Communicator model —
to rival Apple . [ID:nLDE76K01W]

In recent years Nokia has failed to match the appeal of
Apple and phones using Google software. It is now
pinning its turnaround hopes on a new suite of devices using
Microsoft software, which are due to start reaching
consumers in late-2011.

“Visibility for Nokia’s future operating metrics such as
mobile phones sold or average selling prices is currently very
low due to the transition in its product offering,” Moody’s said
in a statement.

However, it said Nokia has maintained a strong liquidity
position and capital structure, which should support the
transition process by covering possible cash burn.

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ASUS WL-330N3G

ASUS WL-330N3G 6-in-1 Wireless-N Mobile Router, world’s smallest multi-role device

Ultra-portability with Footprint Smaller Than a Credit Card
Industry-leading 6-in-1 Multi-role Functionality: Router, Access Point, Universal Repeater, Ethernet Adapter, Hotspot, 3G Sharing
Plug-n-Surf Installation with Graphic Management

Delivering spectacular utility and value, the WL-330N3G works as six different devices rolled into one. What’s worth highlighting first is its Hotspot Mode and 3G sharing Mode. As a hotspot, it can serve as a mobile Wi-Fi connection for several devices at no extra cost. While in 3G sharing mode, it provides internet connectivity for several devices through the 3G network. This mode works in conjunction with a 3G USB adapter. The other four modes allow your devices to get connected in different scenarios!

The 6 modes are : Router, Access Porint, Universal Repeater, Ethernet Adapter, Hotspot, 3G Sharing

Tech report reports that AMD released a graphic novel titled “The Legend of FX” last week in a rather strange effort to build some hype for the brand’s revival later this year. The Legend of FX takes some jabs at Intel while touting AMD’s superior graphics and improved performance, but it’s the recently posted cinematic trailer promoting the novel itself that brings a juicy tidbit: hidden at 0:15 is the date “September 19″ which some have taken as a hint for when FX will see the light of day.

WCCFTech claims to have confirmed a September launch date with Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers and says four processors will make the initial FX lineup — the FX-8150, FX-8100, FX-6100 and FX-4100.

The range-topping FX-8150 packs eight cores clocked at 3.6 GHz (or up to 4.2GHz in Turbo mode) and has a TDP of 125W, while the FX-8100 drops frequencies to 2.8-3.7GHz and the power rating to 95W. The six-core FX-6100 and quad-core FX-4100 will also have a TDP of 95W and feature base/Turbo clocks of 3.3/3.9 GHz and 3.6/3.8 GHz, respectively.

The chips are all based on GlobalFoundries’ 32nm process technology, come in an AM3+ package, and have a built-in dual-channel DDR3-1866 memory controller. They also feature 1MB of L2 cache per core, 8MB of shared L3 cache, and unlocked multipliers. A previous leak covered here mentioned four additional FX chips and a possible delay into Q4 of 2011, so until we get an official announcement from AMD we won’t know for sure.

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SP/Silicon Power launches its all-new SATA III SSD

Taipei, Taiwan, July 26 2011 – Leading memory storage brand, SP/Silicon Power today announces the launch of its first SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD), the Velox Series V30. Continuing the efficiency and stability of the V20, the V30 employs the highest spec SATA III 6 Gbps interface on the market, while remaining backwards compatible with the SATA II Gbps interface. Running at over double the efficiency of the SATA II interface, the V30 is a top level product that can meet the needs of computer gamers and professional computer users alike.

The SP/Silicon Power V30 SSD uses a SandForce controller chip, enabling it to reach a top read speed of 550 MB/s, and top write speed of 500 MB/s. It also supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology, resolving the issue of decreased efficiency in SSDs used for long periods of time.

The V30 SSD employs multiple techniques to strengthen the product’s stability and durability. These include: DuraWriteTM and wear leveling, which extends the endurance of MLC memory providing at least 5 year lifecycles with 3-5K cycle MLC flash; Implementation of ECC (Error Checking & Correction) technology then ensures reliability of data transmission; and built-in SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis & Reporting Technology) enables consumers to check on the product’s operating status at any time.

The SP/Silicon Power V3 SSD hard drive comes with a 3 year warranty, and a complimentary 3.5″ adapter bracket that allows easy installment. Come and immediate experience of the SATA III super-high efficiency!

High Efficiency & High Stability

– SATA III 6Gbps backwards compatible with SATA II 3Gbps

– Super-high transfer rate: 550MB/s max. read speed

                       500MB/s max. write speed

– Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology

– Equipped with DureWriteTM and wear leveling, to extend endurance

– Implement with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability

– Built-in with SMART monitoring system

– Low power consumption

– Shock & Vibration-proof

– Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error

– 3 year warranty

Specification

– Capacity: 60GB/120GB/240GB/480GB

– Dimensions: 100mm x 69.85mm x 9.4mm

– Weight: 70g

– Complimentary 3.5″ Adapter Bracket

– Vibration Resistance Test: 20G

– Shock Resistance Test: 1500G Max

*Transfer rates may vary, depending on system platform.

The cuts will see 11 per cent of the Canadian tech giant, which practically invented the smartphone market until Apple came along with its pesky iPhone, collecting their P45s as the company struggles to keep up with the game.

RIM’s first foray into the tablet market with its business-centric PlayBook device seems to have been an unmitigated disaster, with reports suggesting that the company has only managed to ship 50,000 units of the touch-screen gadget.

It looks like things are being further shaken up at the company’s Ontario HQ with COO Don Morrison taking early retirement and Thorsten Heins stepping into his shoes in an expanded role of COO of product and sales.

RIM said in a statement that it would be shedding staff throughout the company in an attempt to “focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities,” according to Bloomberg.

RIM’s BlackBerry handsets, which were once the de facto standard for besuited business types because of their bombproof email and messaging services, have since been overtaken by devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.

The company announced last month that it had failed to meet even lowered profit forecasts and had reduced shipments of hardware in light of reduced sales.

The company’s stock has dropped 52 per cent already this year and is bound to take another kicking once this news gets out.

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ASRock A75 Extreme6 Motherboard Review with AMD LIano APU A8-3850
Bluetooth 25 Jul 2011

Not everyone makes the same boards. The features, overclocking, design differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. In fact, to us, innovation is more than anything else.

Say Hello to ASRock A75 Extreme6 where you meet the amazing feature set.

The ASRock A75 Extreme6 is a board based on the AMD A75 Hudson D3 chipset and support for Socket FM1 100W processors. It supporst native 6 x SATA3, 4 x USB 3.0 Ports. For memory, it can achieve up to dual Channel DDR3 2400+(OC).

Although the processor has an integrated video, users who wants to use external graphics cards can do AMD Quad CrossFireX™ , 3-Way CrossFireX™ , CrossFireX™ and Dual Graphics. There is also multi VGA Output : D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI.

For users who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on graphics cards, the graphics within the APU supports AMD Steady Video™ : New video post processing capability for automatic jutter reduction on home/online video. The board also also has 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio™.

Important features only available on ASRock board are XFast USB Technology, Graphical UEFI BIOS, Supports On/Off Play Technology, Instant Boot, Instant Flash, APP Charger, SmartView.

The APU we are going to use is the A8-3850. This APU is 32nm DX11 3D graphics capable. It also supports OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 standards. It has 4 Core 4 threads and the embedded video is a Radeon HD6550D class video capable of doing 4000 marks in 3DMark Vantage Performance test.

On page 2, we will take a look at the motherboard layout.

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2011 of $1.57 billion, net income of $61 million, or $0.08 per share, and operating income of $105 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $70 million, or $0.09 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $114 million.

“In the first half of 2011, AMD brought to market the most competitive client offerings in our history, reinforcing our position as a design and innovation powerhouse,” said Thomas Seifert, CFO and Interim CEO. “Today’s computing experience is increasingly being defined by the ability to deliver brilliant multimedia and video content with all day battery life. Fusion APUs are ideal to meet this need, positioning AMD to gain unit market share in the mobile computing space.”

GAAP Financial Results2

  Q2-11 Q1-11 Q2-10
Revenue $1.57B $1.61B $1.65B
Operating income $105M $54M $125M
Net income  (loss) / Earnings (loss) per share $61M/$0.08 $510M/$0.68 $(43)M/$(0.06)

Non-GAAP Financial Results1

  Q2-11  Q1-11 Q2-10
Revenue $1.57B $1.61B $1.65B
Operating income $114M $92M $138M
Net income / Earnings per share $70M/$0.09 $56M/$0.08 $83M/$0.11

Quarterly Summary

  • Gross margin was 46 percent.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance at the end of the quarter was $1.86 billion.
  • AMD’s second quarter had 13 weeks of business compared to 14 weeks for the first quarter.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue was flat sequentially and year-over-year. Sequentially, higher mobile microprocessor revenues were offset by lower desktop and server revenue. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower server revenue.
    • Operating income was $142 million, compared with $100 million in Q1 11 and $128 million in Q2 10.
    • Microprocessor ASP decreased sequentially and year-over-year.
    • AMD launched the highly-anticipated AMD A-Series APU for client PCs combining a brilliant HD experience, supercomputer-like performance and all-day battery life for notebooks.
    • AMD Fusion APUs received the 2011 Best Choice of Computex Taipei Award and the A-Series APU-based products have won 20 reviewer awards to-date.
    • The AMD A-Series APU has secured more than 150 notebook and desktop design wins across leading PC manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba.
    • Acer and MSI introduced new tablets based on AMD’s 2011 HD Tablet Platform and AMD Z-Series APU that enables outstanding video, graphics experience and content creation capabilities for Windows-based tablets.
    • The new AMD Embedded G-Series APU was named Best in Show for hardware at the Embedded Systems Conference by industry analyst firm VDC Research.
    • The number of AMD-powered offerings on the most recent TOP500 supercomputers list increased 15 percent, with more than half of the AMD systems featuring the AMD Opteron™ 8- or 12-core processors.
    • Dell, Cray and NexServe announced new AMD Opteron processor-based systems aimed at high-performance, compute-intensive workloads. Leading enterprises, universities and research facilities worldwide announced new high-performance computing installations featuring the AMD Opteron™ processor.
  • Graphics segment revenue decreased 11 percent sequentially and 17 percent year-over-year. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by lower discrete mobile unit shipments and seasonality in the desktop discrete graphics add-in board market. The annual decrease was primarily driven by lower unit shipments.
    • Operating loss was $7 million, compared with operating income of $19 million in Q1 11 and $33 million in Q2 10.
    • GPU ASP was flat sequentially and year-over-year.
    • AMD expanded its offerings for the professional graphics market with the introduction of the AMD FirePro™ V5900 and FirePro™ V7900 graphics cards which provide enhanced visual capabilities designed to improve workflow and increase productivity for engineers and designers.
    • Dell announced a new, ultra-high performance blade server powered by the AMD FirePro™ V7800P professional graphics.
    • The award-winning AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 family of graphics expanded with the introduction of two sub-$100 cards offering support for DirectX 11, AMD App acceleration and AMD Eyefinity multi-display technologies.
    • AMD extended its position as the graphics provider of choice for the game console market, where more than 140 million current-generation games consoles are powered by AMD graphics technology. Nintendo announced it selected AMD to provide the graphics technology for its next-generation Wii U™ System that will be available next year.

Current Outlook

AMD’s outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under “Cautionary Statement” below.

AMD expects revenue to increase 10 percent, plus or minus 2 percent, sequentially for the third quarter of 2011.

For additional detail regarding AMD’s results and outlook please see the CFO commentary posted at quarterlyearnings.amd.com.

AMD Teleconference

AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today to discuss its second quarter financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at AMD. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income 1

(Millions except per share amounts)
Q2-11  Q1-11 Q2-10
GAAP net income (loss) / Earnings (loss) per share $  61 $  0.08 $  510 $  0.68 $  (43) $  (0.06)
Equity income (loss) and dilution gain in investee, net - - 492 0.66 (120) (0.16)
Payment to GLOBALFOUNDRIES - - (24) (0.03) - -
Non-GAAP net income excluding GLOBALFOUNDRIES related items 61 0.08 42 0.06 77 0.11
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (9) (0.01) (9) (0.01) (17) (0.02)
Restructuring reversals - - - - 4 0.01
Legal settlements - - (5) (0.01) - -
Gain on investment sale - - - - 7 0.01
Non-GAAP net income / Earnings per share $  70 $  0.09 $  56 $  0.08 $  83 $  0.11

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Income 1

(Millions)
Q2-11 Q1-11 Q2-10
GAAP operating income $  105 $  54 $  125
Payment to GLOBALFOUNDRIES - (24) -
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (9) (9) (17)
Restructuring reversals - - 4
Legal settlements - (5) -
Non-GAAP operating income $  114 $  92 $  138

 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Gross Margin 1

(Millions except percentages)
Q2-11 Q1-11 Q4-10
GAAP Gross Margin $  720 $  691 $  738
GAAP Gross Margin % 46% 43% 45%
Payment to GLOBALFOUNDRIES - (24) -
Legal settlements - (5) -
Non-GAAP Gross Margin $  720 $  720 $ 738
Non-GAAP Gross Margin % 46% 45% 45%

As most of you are aware, counterfeit iPhones are popular in Asia. In fact, a lot of iPhone or even Nokia look alike commonly known as Shanzhai products are commonly manufactured in remote parts of China.

News reports have always been uncovering fake phones, food etc. One thing you would have never have expected is that they now even have a copy cat faked Apple Store in Kun Ming. In China, there are only a couple of Apple Stores, they are located in Beijing and Shanghai only.

Our HK editor alerted us about a traveller blog and revealed that there are at least 3 shops in design to the real stores. The decoration looks high pretty decent to say but no one is sure if they are selling the real products.

The blogger also noticed that friendly salesperson are wearing the blue Apple shirt with a name tag with word “STAFF” printed on it.

When he tried to take photos, he was stopped by the staff and security was called in. You can suspect as much why they are so worried of being exposed.

The most surprising fact is that there is not just one but three such Apple Stores in the same area. One of the shops even have the word spelt wrongly as “Apple Stoer”.

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See the pictures attached.

Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store

SINGAPORE, Singapore – July 21, 2011 – Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features, is available today as a download from the Mac® App Store™ for US$29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.
“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”

Additional new features in Lion include:

• Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
• Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
• Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
• AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.

Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard® from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. Lion is the easiest OS X upgrade and at around 4GB, it is about the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store®. Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com/sg) for a suggested retail price of S$88 inc GST. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99.

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. Lion is an upgrade and can be installed on all your authorised personal Macs. Details regarding Business and Education licensing can be found at apple.com/sg/macosx.

The OS X Lion Up-to-Date upgrade will be available through the Mac App Store at no additional charge to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchased a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and July 20, 2011 will have until August 19, 2011 to make a request. Additional information can be found at apple.com/sg/macosx/uptodate.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Intel Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems Inc., a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers. Fulcrum Microsystems designs integrated, standards-based 10GbE and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) switch silicon that have low latency and workload balancing capabilities while helping provide superior network speeds. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ASUS Releases the ROG Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming Headset

Conquer the competition with the world’s first active-noise-cancelling gaming headset

Singapore (July 20, 2011) — ASUS has released the ROG Vulcan ANC, the world’s first active-noise-cancelling pro gaming headset designed to immerse users into games and keep them free of distractions like never before. Created from the needs of competitive pro gamers to remain focused during competition, the ROG team forged the Vulcan ANC with both performance and comfort in mind. The Vulcan ANC features 85% active noise cancellation to filter out sounds like low frequency computer fan noise and 30dB passive noise cancellation to reduce a wide range of ambient noises, including background voices.

Long lasting comfort with lightweight, ergonomic design

The Vulcan ANC not only provides gamers an immersive gaming experience with noise cancelling features, but also a comfortable one. The lightweight design of 320g is lighter than other comparable models of the same size, with other headsets weighing around 350g. Soft memory foam encased in breathable Japanese protein leather ensures user comfort even after extended gaming sessions. It is also portable, with a foldable design that easily fits into a durable touring case to take between competitions or LAN parties.

Crystal clear audio with 40mm drivers and noise-filtering microphone

The Vulcan ANC is built with enlarged 40mm headphone drivers for crisp, clear audio. ASUS audio experts optimized the headset for a wide sound stage so audio is balanced with both thundering bass and brilliant mids and highs. A stylish blade-shaped detachable boom microphone has built-in noise filtering technology so teammates hear clear conversations during games instead of ambient noise.

Specification
Driver Dimension Diameter 40mm
Impedance 32 ohms
Frequency Response 10~20k Hz
ANC (noise-cancelling) Performance • Maximum > 15 dB
• Effective Bandwidth > 600Hz
PNC (noise-isolation) Performance Maximum > 30 dB
Battery Life Up to 40 hours  (with one AAA battery)
Product Dimension 8.1″H x 7.7″W
Weight 325g

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AMD Inc., the technology company who supplied the graphics hardware for the Xbox 360, has stated that the next Xbox will be capable of the level of graphical detail seen in James Cameron’s movie Avatar.

Neal Robison, Director of ISV relationships at AMD Inc. said, “The gamers have a lot to excited about. The A.I. and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality, meaning when you shoot a gun or run someone over they don’t all just do the same thing. There will be no more mob mentality, where everyone just screams and runs away; every NPC will actually be an individual character.”

AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD) company shares are currently standing at 6.18.

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Sandy Bridge-E Model Numbers, Clock Speeds Surface

Here are details of the first three models of Intel’s “Sandy Bridge-E” Core i7 processors in the LGA2011 package. Some of these details were made public as early as mid-April. It was then analyzed that Intel was driving two distinct lines of LGA2011 client processors: Enthusiast and Performance, and within Performance, there were BClk multiplier-unlocked six-core, and locked quad-core chips. With the new series, Intel will move to the 3000 series of processor model numbering, indicating that the new processors will be part of Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors, even though they’re based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.

Before we move to the model numbers, here’s a quick run up of the brand extenders. “X” denotes Extreme Edition, “K” denotes “Unlocked” (BClk multipler unlocked). Leading the pack will be Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition. This six-core (6 cores, 12 threads with HTT) chip has a nominal clock speed of 3.30 GHz, Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.90 GHz, and features the full 15 MB of L3 cache present on the Sandy Bridge-E silicon. Expect this chip to have a four figure price-tag.

Next up, is the Core i7-3930K, with 6 cores, 12 threads, a nominal clock speed of 3.20 GHz, and Turbo Boost speed of 3.80 GHz; but 12 MB of L3 cache compared to 15 MB on the Extreme Edition chip. This chip features an unlocked BClk multiplier, making overclocking it possible.

The most affordable LGA2011 chip will be Core i7-3820, with 4 cores, 8 threads, nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz, Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz, and just 10 MB of L3 cache. Unlike the other two, this one has its BClk multiplier locked. All three models feature quad-channel DDR3 memory controllers, but it is likely that the lower-end models could also have lower DRAM multiplier limits. All three chips will have other features in common, including a PCI-Express 3.0 root complex that gives out two x16 links to drive graphics.

At Computex Taipei 2011, manufacturers displayed their latest Intel X79 LGA2011 boards. You can view some of them from this link.

Computex Taipei 2011 Coverage ASUS showcase dual socket LGA1366 and LGA2011 ROG motherboard “DANSHUI BAY”

Computex Taipei 2011 INTEL Shows X79 mainboards ASUS CIX79 Deluxe, ASROCK X79 Extreme4, Gigabyte GD X79A-UD3 and the MSI X79A-GD65

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Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey series modules KHX2133C9AD3X2K2-4GX
Bluetooth 16 Jul 2011

When it comes to choosing ram modules for your system,  you would definitely go for something that gives you the best price performance ratio, that is lowest price yet give you the best performance. Of course, the cost per GB is also another consideration.

Kingston is known for it’s value series of DRAM and the higher end HyperX T1 series. While most manufacturers are competing for market share, Kingston is also eying the mid high range market. The Hyper X GENESIS series is just one of the 5 HyperX series that targets the gamers, enthusiasts and most importantly system integrators.

The Kingston’s KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX is a kit of two 256M x 64-bit 2GB (2048MB) DDR3-2133MHz CL9 SDRAM
(Synchronous DRAM) memory modules, based on sixteen 128M x 8-bit DDR3 FBGA components per module. Each
module kit supports Intel ® XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles). Total kit capacity is 4GB. Each module kit has been tested
to run at DDR3-2133MHz at a low latency timing of 9-11-9 at 1.65V. The SPDs are programmed to JEDEC standard
latency DDR3-1333MHz timing of 9-9-9 at 1.5V. Each 240-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires +1.5V.

As it supports Intel’s XMP profiling, it is easy to configure Intel P67, Z68 systems as both supports DDR3-2133. Simply enter into the BIOS and choose Profile#1 or Profile#2 and the system will be able to work correctly at the rated speed.

The two XMP profiles are as follow at 1.65v

Profile #1 C9-11-9-27-2T DDR3-2133
Profile #2 C9-9-9-27-2T DDR3-1866

On the 2nd page, we will take a look at the performance of this pair of modules with some benchmarks.

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 15, 2011 – Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel knows that gamers have different CPU preferences, so he worked with ASRock engineers to develop a full featured motherboard for the new AMD 990FX chipset, supporting the AM3+ Socket and 8-Core CPUs. AMD is known for cost effective processing and superb over-clocking features, making it a favorite among gamers.

“I wanted a motherboard for AMD CPUs with the same successful features as our award winning, Intel based Fatal1ty P67 Professional” said Fatal1ty. “In addition, ASRock has come up with some new technologies that excited me, such as the XFast LAN™ which can reduce the latency of on-line games, and allows gamers to play at their highest level and Frag the competition!”

“One of the great aspects of the ASRock – Fatal1ty relationship, is that Johnathan is always pushing for new gaming features, giving our engineers suggestions that help them develop applications like XFast LAN™ , F-Stream and the Fatal1ty Mouse port.” commented James Lee, VP of ASRock Sales and Marketing. “The 990FX is the fourth board in our line of Fatal1ty gaming motherboards, so we now offer a full range of products for the serious gamers of the world.” said James Lee.

AMD Gaming Machine : Fatal1ty 990FX Professional

Gaming is a way of life for Fatal1ty, and a high-spec system is a must for playing the latest games. With the increasing popularity of on-line gaming, the 990FX was developed with that in mind. The new AMD 990FX chipset supporting the AM3+ Socket and 8-Core CPUs makes a perfect gaming platform for the cost conscious gamer who wants advanced features, without an advanced price.

This is a premium motherboard, coming with top-end specifications. A Digital PWM design improves the CPU power solution and delivers Vcore voltage to the processor more efficiently. Combined with V12+2 phase power, it allows for the most stable overclocking possible. To provide the ultimate control in games, gamers need look no further than this customizable function: the Fatal1ty Mouse Port. With a wide range of 125 Hz to 1000 Hz for the mouse polling rate adjustment, gamers obtain more precise control of their mouse.

The 3 graphic card slots support AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM, as well as NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM. This set-up allows the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional motherboard to support virtually any kind of graphic card set-up, providing gamers with the best possible graphics configurations.

LG RAISES THE ANTE WITH TWO NEW GINGERBREAD SMARTPHONES
LG Optimus Pro and Optimus Net Bolsters Company’s Strength in Offering ‘Androids For Everyone’

Seoul, July 15, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today introduced two additions to the LG Optimus Series of smartphones — the LG Optimus Pro (LG-C660) and the LG Optimus Net (LG-P690) running on the latest Android 2.3 platform. Known as “Gingerbread,” version 2.3 of Google’s Android mobile operating system offers enhanced multimedia support, enhanced power management and better gaming support.

“Today’s customers want genuine choice, phones with a different mix of features and technology for different segments of the market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “And that’s precisely what we’ve done with Optimus Pro and Optimus Net, two completely new devices which enhance LG’s reputation as the company with an Android smartphone suitable for everyone.”

LG OPTIMUS PRO – Simple Social Networking with Both QWERTY and Touch
The first LG Optimus smartphone with a portrait bar QWERTY keyboard, the LG Optimus Pro offers the best of both a physical keyboard and touch display. The 2.8-inch display provides quick navigation while the QWERTY keyboard is ergonomically designed for fast and accurate typing. Dedicated hotkeys for email and scheduler enable instant access for enhanced speed and convenience. Optimus Pro will be available in white, titan, as well as black.

LG OPTIMUS NET – The Next Generation of Social Communication
Featuring LG Social+™, the Optimus Net combines the most popular social networking portals in one convenient widget right on the homescreen. With a single click, users can multitask between updating their status on Facebook and Twitter while reading their friends’ social media feeds on the same screen. The integrated social widget provides one-click photo sharing with multiple social media accounts from the home screen. In addition, the 3.2 HVGA (320 x 480) display delivers clearer, sharper viewing of multimedia content while the LG SmartShare™ function allows easy sharing of content with other DLNA-friendly devices.

Specifications for the Optimus Net will vary market by market. Depending on the carrier, some of the phones in Europe will be Near Field Communication (NFC) capable for mobile payments. The North American version will include a QWERTY keyboard and in Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS region, the Optimus Net will be dual SIM-compatible. The phone will be available in white, as well as black.

Both the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net boast the largest 1500mAh battery in their class and an 800 MHz CPU, ensuring longer, better performance.

The two smartphones will be available starting this summer, rolling out in 30 markets beginning in Europe.