Monthly Archives: May 2012

New AMD A-Series APUs Win 2012 Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI Award

AMD today announced its AMD A-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) are winners of the 2012 Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI award, the second consecutive win for the product family. The award is given by the Taipei Computer Association, a driving force behind the annual event and the leading technology organization in the country. Extensive reviews are conducted by a panel of esteemed government officials, academics, research analysts, editors-in-chief of key media outlets and industry experts to select winning products based on outstanding design and cutting-edge technology in nine product categories.

The second generation AMD A-Series APU combines the company’s latest multi-core x86 CPU core architecture and award-winning AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics to provide an increase in performance of up to 29 percent on productivity applications (as compared with the first generation AMD A-Series APUs), an increase of graphics performance up to 56 percent, and deliver up to 12 hours of battery life. Its unique features enable improvements in the areas that matter most to consumers today, including entertainment, gaming and mobility, through a growing ecosystem of APU-accelerated applications.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Taipei Computer Association for the second consecutive year,” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president, AMD Client Products. “The overwhelming market reception and industry accolades for the AMD A-Series APUs demonstrate that AMD is uniquely meeting the needs of our customers and a new generation of PC buyers.”

AMD and other award recipients’ products will be displayed at the Best Choice Award Pavilion by Taipei Computer Association at the upcoming 2012 Computex exhibition. In addition, AMD’s product showcase will be located at Booth #L0607 in the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall.

For developers interested in learning more about APUs and heterogeneous computing, AMD will be hosting the second annual AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) from June 11-14 in Bellevue, Washington. Summit participants will be able to engage in interactive sessions and hands-on labs to deepen their knowledge of APU programmability, and gain a better understanding of how software applications can take full advantage of their parallel processing power.

Visit the AMD APU website for more information about AMD APUs.

Shares of Facebook Inc (FB.O) slid to a new low on Tuesday at just above $30, extending their lose since May 18. Traders would have added more fuel to the fire with shorting of the stock in a turbulent market.

Latest : It has dropped to USD 29.54

Stock of the world’s No. 1 social network briefly skirted a record trough of $30.03 and was down 5.6 percent at $30.12 at midmorning. Facebook shares are now down more than 20 percent from their IPO price of $38.

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SINGAPORE, 24 MAY 2012 — ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces that its eagerly anticipated PadFone™ and PadFone™ Station will be ready for exclusive retail at StarHub from 2 June. These two devices are expertly designed to offer a completely new mobile experience. Alone, the PadFone™ is a fully featured Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a 4.3” screen, but when connected to the PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” Android™ ICS tablet with up to 64 hours battery life.

“As Android smartphones and tablets are kicking up a storm in Singapore, we are very excited to partner ASUS to bring the PadFone, a cleverly designed phone-tablet hybrid device, exclusively to StarHub’s customers,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, StarHub’s Head of Marketing and Products. “With easy access to more than 450,000 Google Play apps, 32 StarHub TV on Mobile channels, and the World Wide Web, the PadFone allows our customers to work hard and play hard, redefining on-the-go entertainment and productivity.”

“Offering road warriors the best of both worlds in productivity and entertainment on a single mobile device with a single mobile service subscription, the standalone 4.3-inch smartphone seamlessly morphs into a fully-functional 10.1-inch tablet complete with a full-sized keyboard perfect for reading and responding to emails on the move. When docked, it boasts a battery life of up to a whopping 102 hours,” added Mr Chan. “Paired with StarHub’s advanced nationwide mobile broadband network, no-bill-shock mobile data plans and 32 Mobile TV channels, the PadFone is truly a road warrior’s best friend.”

ASUS PARTNERS STARHUB TO EXPAND NEW MOBILE HORIZONS WITH THE PADFONE AND PADFONE™ STATION IN SINGAPORE

Highly anticipated Android ICS smartphone and tablet dock combination
will be ready for exclusive retail at StarHub from 2 June!

 

SINGAPORE, 24 MAY 2012 — ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces that its eagerly anticipated PadFone™ and PadFone™ Station will be ready for exclusive retail at StarHub from 2 June. These two devices are expertly designed to offer a completely new mobile experience. Alone, the PadFone™ is a fully featured Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a 4.3” screen, but when connected to the PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” Android™ ICS tablet with up to 64 hours battery life.

“As Android smartphones and tablets are kicking up a storm in Singapore, we are very excited to partner ASUS to bring the PadFone, a cleverly designed phone-tablet hybrid device, exclusively to StarHub’s customers,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, StarHub’s Head of Marketing and Products. “With easy access to more than 450,000 Google Play apps, 32 StarHub TV on Mobile channels, and the World Wide Web, the PadFone allows our customers to work hard and play hard, redefining on-the-go entertainment and productivity.”

“Offering road warriors the best of both worlds in productivity and entertainment on a single mobile device with a single mobile service subscription, the standalone 4.3-inch smartphone seamlessly morphs into a fully-functional 10.1-inch tablet complete with a full-sized keyboard perfect for reading and responding to emails on the move. When docked, it boasts a battery life of up to a whopping 102 hours,” added Mr Chan. “Paired with StarHub’s advanced nationwide mobile broadband network, no-bill-shock mobile data plans and 32 Mobile TV channels, the PadFone is truly a road warrior’s best friend.”

 

Enjoy More

Key to the ASUS PadFone™’s supreme versatility is the unique Dynamic Display technology which allows a seamless transition between standalone and docked modes, where the majority of applications are automatically enhanced with their display layouts adjusted to suit the screen you’re using. A great example of DynamicDisplay in use is the email app. You can connect PadFone™ to the PadFone™ Station while halfway through typing and email, the app will automatically adjust to take advantage of the PadFone™ Station’s 10.1” 1280 x 800 screen by displaying more information such as the list of emails in your inbox with a full view of an open email. The intelligent DynamicDisplay technology will also ensure that the app remembers where you stopped so that you can immediately continue playing that new game without having to start all over again when switching from PadFone™ to PadFone™ Station and vice versa.

 

Achieve More

The PadFone™ provides all of the PadFone™ Station’s processing power and storage when the two are docked. So no matter which device you used last, all your photos, documents, and games are kept up to date and available whenever you need them. Now you can continue right where you left off working when moving from pad to phone without having to start all over. Better still, the PadFone™ Station charges the PadFone™ for up to 64 hours of extended usage.

 

Save More

When docked, the PadFone™ Station uses the PadFone™’s 3G connection for internet access, so you only need one data plan for two devices. That translates into large savings every year! 

Super Performance

With a crystal clear Super AMOLED qHD display and powerful dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, the ASUS PadFone™ is perfectly suited to the most demanding usage. Its 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor, F2.2 aperture and 5-element lens offers best-in-class performance too for shooting under low light and various adverse conditions, while renowned ASUS SonicMaster technology provides outstanding audio through the PadFone™ Station’s built-in high-quality speakers.

Unique and innovative accessories

An optional Bluetooth stylus headset is both a headset and a stylus – you can use it to draw and write effortlessly and, when a call comes in while the PadFone™ is docked, pick up the calls with ease. The PadFone™ Station comes with its own keyboard dock – PadFone™ Station Dock to meet the needs of more demanding users. To maximize productivity, the Station Dock keyboard accessory also houses its own battery that charges PadFone™ for up to 102 hours of use and comes with additional USB ports and card reader. A sleeve is not just a cover to us. We’ve designed it to include a SIM card slot for frequent travelers, and added a cleaning cloth which is cleverly hidden in the sleeve. Nothing is left to chance, so we fashioned the brand tag to double as a stylus headset combo holder. 

 

Availability

ASUS PadFone will be available at $800 without contract. Customers who want the PadFone Station can simply top up $328. Other accessories such as the PadFone Station Dock and the PadFone Stylus Headset will be priced at $228 and $128 respectively. The PadFone and its accessories will be available at all StarHub Shops and authorised dealers from 2 June 2012. StarHub customers who pre-order the PadFone together with the PadFone Station between 25 May and 31 May 2012, will receive the PadFone Station Dock and the PadFone Stylus Headset for free. To place a pre-order, visit www.starhub.com/padfone.

For more information, please visit http://asus.com/mobile/padfone or check out the latest PadFone™ video at http://goo.gl/leZNT.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

PadFone™ Specification*

Networks WCDMA 900/2100 MHz /EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900HSPA+(DL: 21Mbps, 42Mbps(optional) UL: 5.76Mbps)
Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU Qualcomm 8260A Snapdragon S4 Dual-core 1.5Ghz /Adreno 225 GPU
Memory 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
Storage 16GB or 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash32GB Free ASUS Webstorage for 3 years
Connectivity 802.11b+g+n, Bluetooth 4.03.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0
GPS GPS  and A-GPS support
Display 4.3“ Super AMOLED, qHD (960 X 540), Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Main Camera 8 Mega-Pixel BSI sensor, F2.2 Aperture, 5-element lens,Auto Focus with LED Flash
Front Camera VGA Camera
Others Built-in motion sensor / proximity light sensor / gyro sensor / E-compass
Battery 1520mAh Lithium-ion
Talk time WCDMA: Up to 480 mins    GSM: Up to 940 mins
Standby time WCDMA: Up to 370 hours   GSM: Up to 360 hours
Expansion Slot Micro-SD (supports SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)
Browser HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / IM / Push E-mail (Gmail, Exchange)
Video Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264 1.4a/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080pVideo Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080pH.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p
H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP/
Picture JPEG / PNG / GIP / BMP
Audio MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC+
Dimension 128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm
Weight 129g
Accessories Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve

 

PadFone™ Station Specification*

Connected interface Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI
Display 10.1“, 1280 x 800, with capacitive touch/multi-touch,Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film
Camera 1.3 Mega-Pixel (1280 x 800) front Camera8 Mega-Pixel via PadFone rear Camera
Others Vibration sensor built in,2 color LED indicators for battery status
Battery 6600mAh Lithium-ion
Interface 3.5mm audio jack40pin connector
External Antenna Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna
Audio High Quality Speaker, SonicMaster
Dimension 273(W)  x 176.9(D) x 13.55(H-average) mm
Weight 724g

 

*All specifications are subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Battery life is based on 2G network usage. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Content and product availability varies by country and coverage areas, and is subject to change. Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

SINGAPORE, May 29, 2012 – Following in the footsteps of last year’s glasses-free 3D smartphone, LG Electronics Singapore introduces the Optimus Max. With powerful 3D technology and sleeker design, the Optimus Max provides a complete 3D entertainment platform and marks a big leap forward in the ever-expanding 3D ecosystem.

“The LG Optimus Max will provide the maximised 3D mobile experiences for Singaporean users through its powerful performance and innovative 3D entertainment features,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “Leveraging on LG’s global leadership in the 3D consumer electronics, the phone boasts the latest 3D innovations without compromising its performance as a powerful smartphone.”

The Optimus Max will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android 2.3 Gingerbread after the launch. The phone is available at all StarHub and M1 stores at a recommended retail price of S$698.

BIOSTAR to show world exclusive Z77 Wi-Fi motherboard @ Computex 2012

Taipei, Taiwan 2012 – BIOSTAR, major manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals, is introducing their latest world exclusive motherboard solution, the Intel Z77 based BIOSTAR Puro Hi-Fi series, equipped with an integrated independent audio power design and built-in amplifier. This uniquely designed motherboard among the entire motherboard, graphics cards as well as IPC product line-up can being seen live and in action during Computex 2012 at the BIOSTAR booth number M1019a, 4F in the Nangang Exhibition Hall.

“Computex 2012 is a very special show for BIOSTAR as we are introducing an absolute world exclusive. Our integrated Puro Hi-Fi solution promises refined sound-enjoyment even for demanding audiophiles. We will start with Intel Z77 based motherboard platforms in July this year and later on will expand it onto AMD FM2 motherboard line. “

The Puro Hi-Fi technology utilizes audio components with an independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound. With sampling rate of 192Khz/24-bit which delivers a high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers and high-end headphone. You can enjoy real Blu-ray grade high-definition sound that you’ve never experienced before.

Make sure to stop over at the BIOSTAR Computex of a real-life demonstration and many more innovative solutions in the fields of motherboards, graphics cards and IPC products.

Singapore’s Only Dedicated Drama Channel Celebrates 20 Years of Broadcasting

- Fresher TVB Dramas and Rewards for Subscribers to Mark the Occasion-

Singapore, 23 May 2012 – Fans of Asian dramas will soon have more reasons to cheer. VV Drama (StarHub TV Channel 855) – StarHub’s only dedicated 24-hour drama channel, is commemorating its 20th Anniversary this year with a slew of exciting programming events and activities as a way of rewarding and engaging its fans.

VV Drama, launched in 1992, aired mainly drama series from Hong Kong, China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Throughout its 20-year history, VV Drama has been an integral part of Singaporean TV households, constantly entertaining the local audience with its quality content screened round-the-clock.

VV Drama has always been synonymous to local fans of Hong Kong dramas as the one-stop for the latest TVB titles. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, VV Drama has sealed a special deal with TVB to air the highly-anticipated drama Tiger Cubs concurrently with Hong Kong, the first ever in the local TV scene! Premiering at 10pm on 24 June, Tiger Cubs stars Jessica Hester Hsuan and Joe Ma, and revolves around a group of elite officers from the Special Duties Unit of the Hong Kong police force. Each episode is centered on an individual criminal case based on true events.

In addition, VV Drama will be offering its loyal fans a trip down memory lane by showcasing some of the best drama series ever screened on the channel. The historic look back will kick off on 1 June with a series of Japanese Classics starring Takuya Kimura every Friday, at 10.30pm. Fans of the top Japanese actor can look forward to his iconic works Long Vacation, Love Generation, and Hero.

StarHub was the platform that played a key role in propelling the Korean wave in Singapore, with the airing of An Autumn’s Tale and Jewel in the Palace years ago. To cater to consumers’ insatiable appetite for K-Dramas, VV Drama will introduce a new weeknight time-belt dedicated to screening top quality Korean dramas from 23 July, 7pm. Ojakgyo Family, the highest-rated soap drama in Korea, will be first to be aired on this belt. Jewel in the Palace, one of the biggest Korean classic titles in history, will be aired from 23 July, 6pm.

VV Drama will be launching four campaigns from now till end of the year to thank its fans for staying with the network:

1.    Favourite  TVB Classic Series Poll

From 21 May to 3 June 2012, VV Drama is inviting fans to vote online for their favourite TVB Classic Series from the past 20 years. 10 lucky fans will win limited edition VV Drama and TVB premiums.  The top five TVB classic dramas that garner the most votes will be aired on VV Drama from 23 June, Every Sat and Sun 6 pm.

2.    Search for VV Drama’s Biggest Fan

One of the most coveted prizes for any TVB fan would probably to get up close and personal with TVB artistes at the upcoming StarHub TVB Awards 2012. From 1 July 2012, fans who take part in this contest via www.starhub.com/vvd20 will stand a chance to take pictures with the artistes at the event.

3.    Surprise 20 Attack

VV Drama customers now have more reasons to stay at home for their staple of dramas. From June to December 2012, there will be a surprise visit sprung on households with VV Drama subscriptions monthly at 2000 hours or 8pm.

4.    Exclusive TVB City Tour for VV Drama subscribers

VV Drama subscribers can look forward to visiting TVB City in the last quarter of 2012 thanks to a special tie-up between TVB and selected tour agencies for limited Hong Kong tour packages that offer exclusive access into TVB City where most of TVB period dramas are filmed. More details will be announced at a later date.

Ms Iris Wee, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions & Content enthused, “Anniversaries are as much as looking forward as for looking back. VV Drama has been entertaining Singapore households with its quality dramas throughout these years, and we have delivered countless quality dramas. We are eager to take our viewers down memory lane by bringing back the best productions of yesteryears, as well as work with content partners to delight fans with new content at shorter windows.”

To better reach out to viewers today who lead busy lifestyles, and to continue to provide a better TV experience for them, VV Drama will be revamped to enhance its content offerings. Starting 28 June 2012, a new VV Drama On Demand will be made available on the network and together with the existing VV Drama, VV Drama (+ 3) and VV Drama Catch Up TV, it will be rebranded as VV Drama Pack. On VV Drama On Demand (Ch 857), subscribers can gain access to entire series of selected first run titles once the first episode premieres on VV Drama. This means that customers can look forward to catching the full series of their favourite drama at their convenience at any time of the day. In addition, fans of TVB dramas will be able to catch their shows which will be made available in its original Cantonese language. A selection of drama series on VV Drama Pack will also be screened in high definition and in dual languages, one in its original language and the other in Mandarin.

Following the launch of the VV Drama Pack, VV Drama Channel will cease to be available on an ala carte basis. The VV Drama Pack is priced at $12.84 (including GST) per month and those who sign up will enjoy a 50 per cent discount off the Pack’s subscription fee for three months. The offer is valid from 28 June to 31 Aug 2012.

StarHub TV customers can choose to purchase via Instant Buy1 on their remote control by tuning in to Channel 855 and pressing the blue button. Existing VV Drama subscribers may choose to remain on their current subscription or upgrade to the new VV Drama Pack at $12.84 (including GST) per month on/after 28 June 2012.

For more information on StarHub TV, visit www.starhub.com/tv.

CyberLink Optimizes Flagship Products for the New Second-Generation AMD A-Series APUs

Offering Free Updates for Users on PowerDirector 10, PowerDVD 12, MediaShow 6 and MediaExpresso 6.5

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today released new updates for PowerDirector 10, PowerDVD 12, MediaShow 6 and MediaEspresso 6.5. The products optimized for the new Second-Generation AMD A-Series APUs benefit users from hardware-accelerated HD playback, enhanced video editing, maximum rendering and improved transcoding performance.

PowerDirector 10 — The World’s Fastest Video Editor Optimized for the new 2nd Gen AMD A-Series APUs, CyberLink PowerDirector 10 now offers up to 3.6 times faster video production speed(*1) and allows users to produce professional quality home videos and 3D movies(*2), by harnessing the power of the system’s GPU to greatly improve the speed of the editing process. PowerDirector 10 provides a highly parallel scalable pipeline for many HD tasks with AMD’s new Video Codec Engine (VCE) to accelerate the encoding or transcoding of videos.

PowerDVD 12 — No. 1 Blu-ray & Media Player CyberLink PowerDVD 12’s DLNA Media Server (DMS) can stream videos on-the-fly to portable devices with AMD’s VCE transcoding technology. Intelligently converting videos to the right format, PowerDVD 12 allows users to browse, stream and enjoy high quality videos, in real time, on portable devices connected within the home network.

MediaShow 6 — Fast & Easy Photo/Video Organizer CyberLink MediaShow 6 offers a rich set of features to help users rapidly import, organize and share SD, HD and 3D media content. With the optimization for the 2nd Gen AMD A-Series APUs, users can now create stylish slideshow videos with incredible speed.

MediaEspresso 6.5 — Ultra Fast Universal Media Converter CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 accelerates the conversion of standard and HD videos into multiple formats for use on various consumer electronics devices. In conjunction with AMD’s VCE, MediaEspresso 6.5 provides quick output of video content for playback on new iPad, iPhone 4S, iPod and PSP devices in blazing speed.

“CyberLink is committed to provide premium user experiences,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp. “By optimizing CyberLink’s complete product lineup for AMD’s 2nd Gen APUs, our users can enjoy enhanced and accelerated performance in media creation.”

“We are excited to work closely with CyberLink, an industry leader for multimedia software,” said John Taylor, Director of Client Product and Software Marketing at AMD /quotes/zigman/216580/quotes/nls/amd AMD -1.59% . “With the launch of the 2nd Gen AMD A-Series APUs, we look forward to providing a whole new digital dimension to our customers.”

Free updates will be available from June. Please check CyberLink Website or Product Updates for more details.

*1: Testing was performed on AMD A10-4600M. With AMD UVD, VCE and OpenCL enabled, the production time of a single video applied with “beating” effect is 3.6 times faster than it is done in software mode. *2: Side-by-side 3D format up to 1920X1080 Resolution +AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

All companies and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the sole property of their respective owners. Copyright (C) 2012 CyberLink Corp. All rights reserved.

SOURCE: CyberLink Corp.

BIOSTAR Mainboard Draw 2012

Do you want to own a BIOSTAR Z77 or H61 board. We have 1 x TZ77XE4 x 1 and 2 x TH61A to give away to pair up with your Intel 3rd generation processor.

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This contest is open to all international readers. The contest ends on 12th June 2359 hrs GMT.

Don’t forget to check out our forum for latest news, updates and discussions.

ASUS Launches First Intel® Thunderbolt™ Certified Motherboard

P8Z77-V PREMIUM the first Intel certified and Windows optimized motherboard in the industry to feature Thunderbolt technology

Singapore (May 21, 2012) Further demonstrating its market leading innovation, ASUS has announced the launch of its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard — the flagship of the P8Z77 Series and the first Intel certified motherboard in the market to offer the latest Thunderbolt connection interface. The PREMIUM designation has been reserved for only the best motherboards with the latest technologies, and the P8Z77-V PREMIUM maintains this standard. In addition to the onboard Thunderbolt connection on the P8Z77-V PREMIUM, ASUS also offers the same technology on the P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT to give consumers a wider range of choices.

“Intel and Asus have worked closely on the implementation of Thunderbolt™ technology onto Asus motherboards”, said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing.  “The P8Z77-V PREMIUM is the first Thunderbolt certified motherboard in the industry, a testament to its solid design and compatibility.”

Thunderbolt and the latest technologies on board

The ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM is the first Thunderbolt motherboard to be certified by Intel, showing its strength in the industry. Thunderbolt is a new, high-speed I/O technology designed for performance, simplicity and flexibility, with lightning fast transfer speeds that are twice that of USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional, 10 Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices with a single connection for a clutter-free computing experience. Users can connect multiple Thunderbolt-enabled external storage drives to a Thunderbolt-enabled display and transfer files while watching HD movies, all without experiencing any lag.

Strength through cooperation

With its long history of working with high tech vendors, ASUS is able to show its strength and commitment to innovation with a close relationship to three of the leading brands currently producing products with Thunderbolt technology, Elgato, LaCie, and PROMISE.

“Elgato is delighted to work with ASUS to bring the world’s first portable Thunderbolt drive to Windows,” says Markus Fest, Elgato’s CEO. “The powerful combination of ASUS’ new PREMIUM board technology and the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD dramatically outperforms state-of-the-art portable USB 3.0 or eSATA drives.”

“LaCie is pleased to work with ASUS to showcase the power of Thunderbolt technology in a Windows environment,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for Professional Solutions, LaCie. “Our solutions will deliver the unprecedented speeds and advantages of this technology to PC demanding users, especially those working in digital media applications who continually strive for more performance.”

PROMISE is a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions catering to customers from the enterprise to SMB, as well as SOHO and digital home applications. They currently offer the world’s first Thunderbolt enabled RAID storage solutions and have previously worked with ASUS to develop a diversified portfolio to meet customer’s requirements.

Premium features for a premium motherboard

The title of PREMIUM carries certain expectations, and as such, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard boasts several new features, such as true 4-way NVIDIA® SLI™ and 4-way AMD CrossFireX™ on the latest PCIe Gen 3.0 slots for maximum graphics performance. Also introduced is advanced SSD Caching II, allowing users to cache additional frequently used programs and files using multiple SSDs to instantly upgrade system performance. A 32GB mSATA based SSD is also onboard, enabling Intel® Smart Response and Rapid Start Technology™ for super-fast boot up and resume times. Network traffic is expertly handled by a pair of Gigabit Intel LAN ports, ensuring lag free transfers and streaming entertainment.

Dedicated to providing the latest innovations, the P8Z77-V PREMIUM and P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT provides users with the best and most complete solutions available, such as DIP3 with SMART DIGI+ Power Control, Wi-Fi GO! and Fan Xpert 2.

Available Models

Models P8Z77-V PREMIUM P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT
CPU Socket Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Chipset Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 2800(O.C.) MHz DDR3 2600(O.C.) MHz
Digital CPU Power Design Dual Intelligent Processors 3 – SMART DIGI+ Power Control
Digital 20-Phase Power
(16-Phase for CPU &
4-Phase for iGPU)
Digital 12-Phase Power
(8-Phase for CPU &
4-Phase for iGPU)
Digital DRAM Power Design V V
PCIex16 Slots 4*PCIe 3.0 x16 3*PCIe 3.0 x16;
Multi-GPU 4-Way CrossFireX™/SLI CrossFireX™/SLI
Graphics Thunderbolt/DisplayPort/HDMI Thunderbolt/HDMI/DVI-D/RGB
Gb LAN 2 (Intel) 1 (Intel)
Wireless Connection Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Dual band 2.4/5GHz & Bluetooth v4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Audio 8-ch HD, DTS 8-ch HD, DTS
Storage 1*mSATA 3.0 Gb/s with 32GB SSD onboard
6*SATA 6Gb/s
3*SATA 3Gb/s
2*eSATA 6Gb/s
4*SATA 6Gb/s
4*SATA 3Gb/s

1*eSATA (with bracket support)

USB 3.0 6*USB 3.0  (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board) 6*USB 3.0 (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board)
TPU/EPU
(with onboard switch)
V V
ASUS SSD Caching II V
ASUS Wi-Fi GO! V V
ASUS Fan Xpert 2 V V
USB BIOS Flashback V V
USB 3.0 Boost V V
Network iControl V V
LucidLogix Virtu MVP V V

NOTICE TO M1 CUSTOMERS (20/05/12, 2:00 PM)

We are experiencing technical difficulty on our fixed network, and fibre services to some of our customers are temporarily disrupted. We are currently rectifying the issue and apologise for the inconvenience.

Updates will be provided at the soonest possible time.

UPDATE (20/05/12, 3:00 PM)

We have restored fibre services to the affected customers and would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 Intel Z77 chipset motherboard review
bluetooth 20 May 2012

Sabertooth is the top range motherboard from ASUS. The Z77 chipset series of motherboards supercedes the Intel Z68 chipset which support the Intel LGA 1155 Socket type processors. In fact, the major changes would be the native USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 support.

The Intel Z77 Express chipset supports 3rd generation 22nm and 2nd generation core i7/i5/i3 LGA1155 socket type processors. It supports the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. As for memory, it is a dual channel memory architecture. The board itself suppots 4 Dimm with a max of 32GB of DDR3-1866/1600/1333/1066MHz. XMP profiles are also supported.

The Z77 supports 2 SATA 6Gbps ports (brown) with RADI 0,1,5,10 while 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports (black) wuth RAID 0,1,5,10. The board supports Intel SRT and Intel Rapid Start Technology.

As for expansion, the board comes with 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (single at x16, dual at x8/x8), 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1. The three graphics card slots supports NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD Quad CrossFireX. The board also supports LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology.

In addition, ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 uses ASmedia 1061 SAtA controler to support an addition 2 SATA 6Gbps port (grey and 2 eeSATA 6GB/s ports (red). The Audio is power by Realtek ALC 892 while the GbE is powered by Intel 82579V controller.

The board uses a New DIGI+ Power Control includes multiple digital voltage controllers, allowing ultra-precise modulation and tuning for CPU, iGPU, and DRAM. This innovative and industry-leading ASUS technology provides an extremely accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability, and performance. With the next generation Intel VRD 12.5 future power design, CPU wattage can be decreased by half, creating a cooler and quieter PC. This innovation of industry-leading ASUS technology provides the smartest control for better power saving scenarios

As we mentioned before, the Z77 supports native USB 3.0. On this board, the Z77 supports 4 ports, 2 at mid board and 2 at back panel. Both supports Boost UASP mode. There are two additional USB 3.0 supported by ASmedia 1042 chipset, they are 2 of them labelled with blue at the back panel. In additional, the Z77 chipset support 10 USB 2.0 (6 at mid board and 4 at back (black)).

Similar to previous TUF boards, the SABERTOOTH Z77 uses the TUF Thermal Armour that covers the entire board with dual turbo fans directing cool air to critical parts and dissipating heat faster for better stability. TUF components that are certified by Military standard are used on board for heavy duty, stability use. There are also multiple sensors on board which provides information to Thermal Radar. Fan Overtime keeps dfans running after shutdown for extra heat removal while Fan off disables cooling if temperatures are low, reducing power consumption.

The SABERTOOTH Z77 is backed with a 5 years warranty which is not available on other boards.

See next page for unboxing video and detail pictures of the board

Xperia™ P, Xperia™ U and Xperia™ sola hit Singapore stores

Latest Xperia™ smartphones enable effortless sharing of content with easy connectivity across multiple screens
Xperia™ P delivers outstanding screen brightness with Sony’s “WhiteMagic™” display technology
Xperia™ U packs powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that is easily personalisable
Xperia™ sola allows easy access to apps and quick launch of actions with NFC and Xperia™ SmartTags

18 May 2012, Singapore – Sony Mobile Communications is launching the Xperia™ P, the Xperia™ U and the Xperia™ sola in Singapore today. Xperia™ P and the Xperia™ U from the Xperia™ NXT series combine iconic design and an enhanced User Interface (UI) to offer consumers the best of Sony technology and entertainment. The Xperia™ sola allows easy access to apps and quick launch of actions with NFC and Xperia™ SmartTags. The phones will be available across all Sony stores, Sony centres and Xperia™ concept stores in Singapore starting from today, 18 May 2012.

Xperia™ P Xperia™ U Xperia™ sola

Xperia™ and Box ® free online storage

Xperia™ users get free 50GB storage for life before the end of December 2012. Simply download the Box® app from the Google Play™ store on the Xperia™ smartphone to enjoy the free 50GB storage.

Key features for Xperia™ P

4” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
WhiteMagic™ display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience
1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage
8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images
Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen
Crisp and loud listening with xLoud, Clear Bass and 3D surround sound audio technology
NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia™ SmartTags
Available in a choice of silver and black, all with an aluminium unibody
Comes with embedded battery, fast charger, USB cable, standard headset, 2 units Xperia™ SmartTags and HDMI cable

Key features for Xperia™ U

3.5” Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine
1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance
5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images
Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology
Available in a choice of white or black, with additional yellow and white exchangeable caps respectively in the box
Comes with handset, standard battery, standard charger, USB cable, screen protector and SmartHeadset

Key features for Xperia™ sola

NFC enabled and Xperia™ SmartTags in the box to enable quick app loading and easy content sharing
Floating touch navigation for an easy web browsing experience
3.7” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
Powered by a 1GHz Dual Core Processor for super fast browsing
xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for crisp and loud listening
Available in a choice of white or black
Comes with embedded battery, standard charger, USB Cable, standard headset and 4 units of Xperia™ SmartTags

Availability

Xperia™ P, Xperia™ U and Xperia™ sola will be available in Singapore
from 18 May 2012.

Xperia smartphones
Recommended Retail Price
Colours

Xperia™ P
S$688 without contract
silver and black

Xperia™ U
S$488 without contract
black and white

Xperia™ sola
S$588 without contract
black and white

Although Intel Z77 board was released a couple of weeks ago, most were disappointed that Thunderbolt wasn’t integrated into the chipset although this technology has been on the Mac.

PC users wait is over as Intel’s DZ77RE-75K motherboard comes with the Thunderbolt interconnect, allowing faster transfer than before. USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s) and Thunderbolt is up to 10 Gbit/s.

The board’s Thunderbolt Technology Interface is supported by an Intel® L3310L CIO 10 Gb Controller.

The Thunderbolt controller connects a PC and other devices, transmitting and receiving information for both PCI Express and DisplayPort* protocols. The Thunderbolt controller switches between the two protocols to support communications over a single cable.
Thunderbolt technology is implemented on Intel Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K as a plug and play interface. No software drivers are required. A PCI Express x4 is linked from the Intel Z77 PCH to support the high bandwidth transfer of Thunderbolt.

Below is a picture of the box and motherboard.

Everyone knows that AMD and Intel are competitors. In the past, there were many chipset makers which one can choose from to power the processors. Likewise, for graphics options, NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX are not more of a defacto standard on Intel based motherboards.

The reality is, where money can be made, technology will be ‘ported’ into such products. Likewise, we see boards supporting both CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI while AMD boards are basically still supporting their own CrossFire technology.

It is known that we are entering into an era of fast speedy interconnect that has been around since the new Mac Book was introduced last year. As we predict, there may be a chance that such a technology be made available on AMD boards for desktops and notebooks. It is only a matter of time.

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Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, today announced the latest addition to its Fermi architecture of GeForce GT 600 series, the Palit GeForce® GT 630, GeForce GT 620 and GeForce GT 610, which are specifically designed to provide the horsepower needed to power today’s digital media PCs and provide the high definition video and audio experiences that desktop customers demand.

The features include Fermi-based GF108 GPU, NVIDIA 3D Vision technologies, and supporting DirectX 11 Done Right. Palit GeForce GT 600 series are the ideal HTPC DX11 Graphics cards for the home theater power users. Palit GeForce GT 600 series are equipped with variety of video outputs such as Dual-link DVI, VGA and HDMI which are suitable for all kinds of home theater display monitor. Moreover, the new FXAA antialiasing and Adaptive VSync technologies to enrich visual quality without compromising gaming performance. Along with the latest NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and Blu-Ray 3D support, you can also enjoy the 3D content movie at home.

LG’S NEW OPTIMUS UI 3.0 ADDS NEW FEATURES
AND FUNCTIONS WHILE BEING UNOBTRUSIVE AND SIMPLE
New User Interface Makes the LG Smartphone Experience
Faster, Simpler, More Convenient

SEOUL, May 16, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) is introducing a new User Interface (UI) for its newest Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices, aptly named Optimus UI 3.0. Optimus UI 3.0 brings with it an array of enhanced key features, including Quick Memo™ and unique unlock functions, among other new features and functions aimed at improving LG smartphone experience.

“With smartphone hardware becoming more and more similar, it’s important for manufacturers to differentiate their products from the competition through the user interface,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Both carriers and customers tell us that they want LG phones to look and feel unique and the UI plays a big part in that. LG is really going to push the boundaries of what is possible in user interfaces starting with Optimus UI 3.0.”

Optimus UI 3.0 is designed with convenience and speed in mind. A powerful memo function called Quick Memo™ enables users to jot notes on the screen using a finger. Quick Memo™ in Optimus UI 3.0 allows users to share their thoughts through social networks, text messages and e-mails more conveniently than ever before.

Other new features include:

— the ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen;
— a new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function, such as the camera, which automatically opens once the phone is unlocked;
— a simpler version of Optimus UI 3.0 for new smartphone users which organizes the main applications so that they are the easiest to access;
— a new Voice Shutter that allows users to capture photos using only voice commands;
— a special camera feature that enables users to pick up the best shot among multiple images including the moment just before the shutter button is depressed;
— an Icon Customizer that provides an additional level of personalization by allowing users to set their own photos as icons and shortcut images;
— the addition of a Download category to the menu for easier organization.

Optimus UI 3.0 will debut on the LG Optimus LTE II launching this week in Korea, followed by LG Optimus 4X HD in June.

Sony lanuches Android powered Walkman Z series music player NWZ-Z1050
bluetooth 15 May 2012

Sony today launches the Walkman Z series music player in Singapore. The launch was held at Helipad. If you remember, the Walkman was first introduced back in 1979 and it was an instant hit among the young.

Today with digital audio, the Walkman is not longer just another personal audio playback device but a mobile entertainment player. Not only can you play audio, you can watch video, play games and run Android power apps on it just like what you do on your phones but with emphasis on audio reproduction.

This is possible with an anti-reflective 4.3” multi-touch LCD screee. With 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and powered by Android 2.3, it makes scrolling through the options very liquid, be it whether you’re browsing web pages, movies or apps.

The SONY NWZ-Z1050 features the new S-Master MX digital amplifier which greatly reduces noise and distortion level in your music, you also get the best-ever Walkman® in-ear experience on the go, thanks to the full range of 5 Clear Audio Technologies – S-Master MX, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), and EX headphones which delivers a truly phenomenal portable audio experience that many have come to expect from a Walkman® from Sony.

There is a W.BUTTON allows one to launch the unique W.Control app; allowing you to explore your music collection in an intuitive manner. You can flip through the cover art and enjoy viewing the on screen visualisations when playing back your audio. Walkman® Z Series can even sort your music collection using SensMe™ – be spoiled for choice from a total of 14 mood-themed channels to suit the time of day or the way you feel.

With XLOUD, you can now listen to your favourite music without the need to get hold of a docking station.

Similar to other Sony products, the Tablet, Walkman Z series allows you to share your content wirelessly viai WI-FI and connects to other DLNA-enabled devices. Simply ‘throw’ your music, pictures and videos from your Walkman® screen by ‘flicking’ them directly to compatible TVs, PCs, or home audio system to stream your media effortlessly.

Additionally, you can plug the Walkman using the HDMI cable to output the audio, video or games to LCD TV. Alternatively you can connect via Bluetooth® to compatible speakers, headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos effortlessly with no wire clutter.

The Battery life for Mp3 128kbps playback is approx 20 hours while Video playback (MMPEG-4 384kbps) is around 5 hours. with a 1300mAh battery.

Although it is a multimedia device, there is no back camera nor microSD card slot for memory expansion.

On the next page is a video run through of the features of the gadget.

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MSI, the leading innovator in mainboard and graphics card technology is happy to announce the availability of the new MSI Z77A-GD80 mainboard with Intel Thunderbolt technology.

With MSI’s true integrated Thunderbolt design you don’t have to worry about losing bandwidth or placing additional add-in cards as it is the most simple Thunderbolt solution available. Of course, the renowned Military Class III components are again available to deliver the highest quality and most stable components. OC Genie II boosts your overall CPU, Memory, Disk and Graphics performance and thank to its power saving hardware features such as Active Phase Switching (APS) and DrMOS II, the MSI Z77A-GD80 can combine its CPU performance with best power saving.

Thunderbolt Technology: The Fastest Connection available

MSI equipped the Z77A-GD80 with the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology. Thunderbolt is the fastest data connection available for your PC, running at 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt technology delivers two communications methods, or protocols, on a single cable: PCI Express for data transfer and DisplayPort for displays. MSI has integrated the Thunderbolt controller on the mainboard, ensuring that Thunderbolt is a hassle-free solution that not requires additional cards, cables and configuration issues because external Thunderbolt controllers steal bandwidth from other devices. Thunderbolt is an easy technology and should not add to your PC complexity!

Fastest Data transfers

Data transfers for backup, sharing, and editing are faster with Thunderbolt technology, significantly reducing times to complete these tasks. Running at 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology on the MSI Z77A-GD80 can transfer a full-length HD video in less than 30 seconds and backup 1 year of continuous audio playback in just over 10 minutes.

Cable management without clutter

Thunderbolt technology delivers great responsiveness with data and display transfers – in each direction, at the same time – using a single cable to connect devices. It’s no longer needed to connect multiple devices directly to your PC. Using multiple connection in a daisy chain, the amount of cables directly attached to your PC will be reduced while maintaining maximum throughput.

Military Class III components

The MSI Z77A-GD80 is equiped with Military Class III components. consisten of the new DrMOS II next-generation MOSFET with double thermal protection ensure safety while providing the highest efficiency and power output. Hi-c CAPs have very high efficiency and small form factor, ideal over overclocking or oversized CPU cooling. Super Ferrite Chokes (SFC) are more powerful and more efficient than Chokes employed on other mainboards and the all-solid capacitors are the backbone of any long-lifetime product.

Smoothest system experience with OC Genie II

MSI OC Genie II is world’s easiest overclocking technique and allows a complete performance overhaul with a simple push of a button. My OC Genie is a new feature that allows end-users to customize their OC Genie II experience through MSI’s unique ClickBIOS II interface.

For more info head over to http://www.msi.com

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While everyone is trying to get their hands on the Intel Core i7-3770K, Xeon based on ivy bridge are available for sale in Japan. According to Akiba, there are 11 versions of Xeon processors. It ranges from the cheapest E3-1220 V2 to E3-1290 V2 (3.7GHZ) . The price ranges from 18580 to 79800 Yen.

A number of Xeon processors will also have Intel HD 4000 graphics core built in. e.g. those ending with 5 in the model name e.g. E3-1245 V2. These E3-1200 V2 processors do not support VT-D but supports ECC memory.

The TDP of these processors ranges from 45W-87W with the exception of low power E3-1220LV2 with a TDP of only 17W

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Thunderbolt to appear in 3 future models

Intel’s Thunderbolt isn’t new and has been on the Apple Mac computers. Thunderbolt was created as a fast IO technology that allows all devices to be plugged into.

With Thunderbolt, it allows one universal bus and can be used to extend to exisiting peripherals e.g. DVI, HDMI, Displayport, E-SATA, USB, Firewire, PCIe, LAN etc.

Basically, it is one single cable for Data + Video, data on PCI Express and Video on display port. So, one cable you can extend all your existing bus to external peripherals or expansion bays.

Thunderbolt features a 10GB/s Bi Directional per channels, 2 channels per cable. Just like the old SCSI, it supports daisy chain, so you can conenct up to 7 devices (6 devices +1 monitor). It also has a 10 W bus power. It’s supports native PCIe / DP protocol, thus there is no protocol conversion required. It’s small footprint allows it to fit nicely into any backplane of a system. Unfortunately, the cable length is limited to 3 metre right now.

The Thunderbolt supports up to 10 W, higher than existing USB 3.0 at 4.5W and USB 2.0 at 2.5W. The dasy chain setup allows it to hook up to 6 devices and 1 Display port. The new generation chipset allows two ports, thus allowing 2 display port and 12 devices.

Data throughput is also higher than existing USB 3.0 at 5Gb/s. Thunderbolot can do about 10Gb/s.

In a performance test, Thunderbolot can do 864MB/s and 746MB/s write while the same test on FireWire 800 is 93MB/s and 77MB/s write, USB 2 has 41MB/s read and 28MB/s write.

Thunderbolot also supports up to 8 Streams of uncompressed HD 720p video while Firewire 800 can only support 1stream.

Currently, there thunderbolt devices are only available on Apple monitors, Mac mini and it’s Ultrabook.

In the pipeline, there are other makers are having designs supporting Thunderbolt. They include BlackMagic Ultra Studio 3D by BlackMagic Design, LaCie Little Big Disk by LaCie as storage, Matrox MX02 Family H.264 Encoder by Matrox.
In fact, we featured the Promise’s Technology Peagasus RAID Storage R6 with Fiber Channel converter sometime ago on our website at this link before link.

Other future products in the pipeline include the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt HDD, Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock whcih allows you to have external (3 x USB 3, 1 X Firewire 800, 1 Thunderbolt and 1 Ethernet port. The most interesting is OMAGMA ExpressBox 3T. It allows you to connect your PCIe Graphics card outside the casing as the box is a three slot PCI express expansion chassis.

Gigabyte mentioned that there will be introducing 3 new models featuring the new Thunderbolt on board in 2 weeks time.