Genius send out word that it will show off some new peripherals at Computex:
Genius today announces that they will be attending COMPUTEX Taipei 2013 from June 4 to June 8, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan. Genius is extending an invitation to all COMPUTEX attendees to visit their booth (#L0631A Nangang Exhibition Hall 4F) and get a hands-on experience with the latest product offerings.
Genius has had a reputation for combining the functions of multiple peripherals into one sleek form factor. Recent innovations include the Ring Series: Ring Presenter, Ring Mouse 2 and Ring Pointer, which unite the functionality of a mouse and/or presenter into the form of a ring.
Continuing this trend, Genius will display a new line of hybrid peripherals at their booth. Products in this line will include:
Energy Mouse, a wireless mouse acting as a power bank with a 2400mAh lithium polymer battery allowing users to charge their mobile devices
Speaker Mouse, a mouse that doubles as a 2.1 speaker system adding more sound to a PC system or mobile device
Cam Mouse, a mouse that becomes a camera with QR code scanning functions, instant upload and more
Traveler D6600, a wireless mouse that lets users switch mouse control between two different computers with a press of a button
Transbar, a portable Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system that doubles as a stand and works with all sizes of tablet PCs
Two New Additions to the Award Winning GX Gaming Series
GX Gaming Gila mouse, a 2013 CES Innovations Award winner, as well as a 2013 COMPUTEX d&i Award winner, and the rest of the GX Gaming Series will be on display. Genius will also be showcasing two new additions to the GX Gaming series: Manticore, the 2013 COMPUTEX d&i Award winning professional gaming keyboard with a mechanical touch and feel as well as Zabius, a powerful gaming headset compatible with PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Genius will be demonstrating their entire product lines including smart phone and tablet PC accessories, some of the lightest AndroidTM and Apple Bluetooth keyboards on the market, professional-grade graphic design tablets, audio devices such as gaming and iPad / iPhone speakers, imaging devices such as digital cameras, camcorders, vehicle recorders and gaming accessories like headsets and ultra-responsive computer mice.
Western Digital's HGST division announced the launch of world's first 9.5mm thick 2.5" HDD with a capacity of 1.5TB. The Travelstar 5K1500 features three platters with 500GB each, it spins at 5400RPM and has an idle power consumption of 0.5W.
Availability is slated for June.
HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) continues to push technology innovation by offering the highest storage density (MB/mm3) of any hard disk drive (HDD) today. The new Travelstar® 5K1500 is the industry’s first 9.5mm, 1.5TB mobile hard drive and features the industry’s highest capacity in a standard 9.5mm design. Built on HGST’s proven platform for quality and reliability, the Travelstar 5K1500 delivers high shock protection, low power and solid performance to meet the growing demands for a variety of market segments, including notebooks, external hard drives, gaming consoles and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The HGST three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 offers 50 percent more capacity than currently shipping 1TB 2.5-inch 9.5mm HDDs and 200 percent more capacity than single-disk 500GB 7mm or 5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, making them ideal for capacity-hungry devices. With better PCMark® Vantage and PCMark 7 performance than currently shipping two-platter HGST 5,400RPM models, all Travelstar 5K1500 drives ship with a 32MB cache buffer and 6Gbps SATA interface.
Smaller than current 15mm or 12.5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, the Travelstar 5K1500 drive features a standard 9.5mm form factor for simple integration into many traditional system designs. This allows OEMs and system integrators to take advantage of its huge capacity, 0.5 watt low power idle and 5,400RPM performance to deliver new high-capacity, power-efficient systems for longer battery life in notebooks and other unplugged applications. With only 2.5 bels idle, the 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 drive is also whisper quiet. The new Travelstar 5K1500 family offers the best operating shock at 400G/2ms and non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against bumps and rough handling in mobile environments. A dual stage actuator is included for track miss registration improvements for greater data integrity and reliability. All Travelstar drives use halogen-free components to support the “green” computing initiatives that are of increasing importance to today’s end users.
“Contrary to popular belief, the mobile hard drive market is not being replaced by SSDs. We continue to invest in and serve both the traditional 9.5mm and 7mm thin and light HDD mobile markets as they offer the best cost-per-GB, performance and proven product reliability for high-capacity, mainstream, Ultrabook® and A/V content creation notebook markets,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST. “HGST continues to have a strong share in the 2.5-inch market and the new Travelstar 5K1500 hard drive is the latest addition to our broad line of 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch drives, giving OEMs, ODMs and integrators an opportunity to grow and differentiate their product lines.”
“The PC continues to be an important productivity platform for content creators, who represent an echelon of users that value high-capacity portable storage," said John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at IDC. "HGST's new mobile 1.5TB hard disk drive in a standard form factor for notebook PCs provides the highest capacity solution available today for users seeking more storage capacity inside their notebook PC.”
The new 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 is also available in an Enhanced Availability (EA) model, which brings together a host of features such as high capacity, durability and low power for blade servers, network routers, video surveillance and other systems needing 24x7 access to data. The Travelstar 5K1500 drive helps system designers, integrators and IT managers build and maintain their storage systems, achieving greater storage density in the same 2.5-inch footprint, while maximising performance, and improving data integrity in “always-on” applications in lower-transaction environments.
Travelstar 5K1500 drives are expected to ship in June. The EA model, and the optional self-encrypting Travelstar 5K1500 model, which is designed to meet the Trusted Computer Group (TCG) Opal Storage Security specification, are expected to be available in 3Q 2013.
Cooler Master revealed details about the new products it will present at Computex. This includes a new compact Cosmos case, the CM690 III, five new watercooling systems and new gaming gear.
The latest and greatest Cooler Master cases
Cooler Master will debut new models in several signature series with improved handling, performance and water cooling support. Our new Cosmos case brings a sense of luxury to mid-tower systems with its race car inspired wing doors and space for a 240 radiator at the bottom and a 360 or 280 radiator at the top. The next generation CM 690 manages to encase up to 3 massive 200mm fans and two 280 radiators in the all familiar subtle 690 design lines. A David among Goliaths, the mini ITX Elite130 packs an entire high-end system into incredibly compact dimensions with nothing but a case and mainboard upgrade. Compared to its highly successful predecessor it features a full mesh front panel for much improved airflow, and even front mounted water cooling support.
A complete Range of Top Performing Water Cooling Systems
We will exhibit our highly acclaimed modular Eisberg series with the latest water cooled motherboards from Asus and Gigabyte. Another highlight will be our flagship Nepton 140/280 coolers which will be on display next to our new premium Glacer series, providing outstanding cooling performance at extremely low noise levels
Best Performing Efficient Power Supplies
We will display the successor to our extremely popular Game Extreme series, our GX2, as well as our brand new modular V-series and its extremely powerful, yet efficient single 12V rail. Most systems spend 90% of their up-time in idle and low-power states, which is why we fine-tuned the V-series to offer notably higher efficiency in idle and low-power states, making it the perfect match for Intel Haswell.
CM Storm Gaming Gear
With recent additions of CURSE, MYM, CMStormPolt, CMStormPandaTank and Li Chen to team CM Storm, we have bolstered our roster to over 18 international pro-gaming players and teams, helping us develop more advanced gaming peripherals. The highlight is our aluminum series featuring a powerful fully programmable keyboard with 32bit processor and on-board memory for 75 macros and 5 profiles, an ergonomic Avago powered 8200DPI laser mouse with 8 fully programmable buttons and a light yet durable headset with 42mm drivers.
Enermax announced it has launched five new fans with APS (Adjustable Peak Speed), a feature that enables users to adjust the peak speed as their preference.
ENERMAX is pleased to launch their latest five fan models along with their new patented technology, APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) Control. As the name implies, the peak speed of these fans can be adjusted as you prefer, and the speed will be regulated automatically by pulse-width modulation (PWM) or by an integrated thermal sensor after selecting the particular RPM range.
New Twister Advance Series with APS Control: Cluster Advance, Everest Advance, Magma Advance
While the current Twister Series have been introduced into the market for more than 5 years, ENERMAX decided to refresh the series by adding the new Twister Advance series offering three different RPM modes which can be selected with a small switch at the fan hub. Users can then easily adapt the ENERMAX fans for various applications. For instance, the new Cluster Advance 12cm version fan runs within the ranges of 500 to 1200, 500 to 1500 or 500 to 1800 RPM, so that users can select the best combination for their chassis. Other features such as the patented Twister Bearing, carved halo frame and batwing blades are still retained to offer users the best cooling performance.
New Vegas LED Fan with APS Control and Carved Halo Frame: T.B.VEGAS QUAD, T.B.VEGAS
On the basis of the design of the APS control that allows end users to have different RPM settings and specifications, ENERMAX has released two new Vegas fans, the 4-color LED (blue, red, green and white) and single-color LED models coming in blue, red or white. These two series have 48 LEDs and 18 LEDs respectively, and each contains 6 lightening modes. These LED specifications truly make ENERMAX Vegas fans the brightest and shiniest fans in market. In addition, this is the first time that ENERMAX Vegas fans have the patented carved halo frame to allow more air in to enhance the cooling performance.
Furthermore, just like all other ENERMAX fans, all of the above five new models utilize the ENERMAX patented Twister Bearing, a magnetic bearing technology, which helps prevents the abrasion which mechanical bearings such as Sleeve or Ball-Bearings have. This design helps to give these ENERMAX fans a long lasting lifetime of more than 100k hours.
Bright Side of News receive d exclusive word that Sean Pelletier has left his position as Senior Technical Marketing Manager for Windows, Windows RT, and Apple notebooks at NVIDIA to take up a position at AMD.
It's unknown what Pelletier's focus will be at his new job.
Today we got word of yet another one of AMD's acquisitions of top-notch talent. We earlier reported on the acquisitions of people like Jim Keller, Raja Koduri and Roy Taylor among many others. Today, we got word from both internal an external sources that Sean Pelletier (Pelly), Nvidia's Senior Technical Marketing Manager for Windows, Windows RT, and Apple Notebooks. He has worked at Nvidia for almost 6 years and has primarily held a role in notebook marketing for quite a while.
While we don't quite know his role within the company, it is known that he would likely help the company to head up their initiatives in trying to position themselves in the new middle of the notebook market. Sean has traditionally worked with us here at BSN* with notebook graphics, generally tending to be on the high-end. Since AMD has recently launched their Radeon HD 8970 for notebooks, it remains to be seen what new products he will be responsible for handling.
ThinkComputers came across what is said to be the specifications of NVIDIA's soon-to-be-released GeForce GTX 780 graphics card. If the rumor mill is right, you can expect the 780's launch in about three days.
The GeForce GTX 780 would be based on a cut down version of the GK110 core codenamed “GK110-300-A2?. Unlike the GeForce GTX Titan that has 14 streaming multiprocessors and 2688 cores the GTX 780 will have 12 streaming multiprocessors and 2304 cores. The core clock is set at 863 MHz with a turbo boost of 900 MHz. The included 3 GB of GDDR5 memory operates at 1502 MHz (6GHz effective) and will operate along a 384 bit memory bus. Power is given to the GPU by an 8+6 pin PCI Express connector and the card has a TDP of 250W. Display connectors include dual link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
EVGA uploaded a YouTube clip that shows off the ACX (Active Cooling Xtreme) graphics card cooler. Not a lot of details are available, but we can expect this cooler to make an entry on May 23rd, meaning it will most likely be used by one or more of EVGA's upcoming GeForce GTX 700 series cards.
ASRock send out a press release to announce that its upcoming A-Style motherboards for Intel's Haswell processor will feature 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth v4.0.
Take a good minute to reminisce all the joy and fun you had on the internet. Good times, I tell you. Then take another solid minute to recollect those dark depressing moments when the connection was either slow or unstable. Images turning into rectangles with red crosses, laggy videos that took forever to load, downloads that tragically failed at the last few seconds, and it all seemed like the world was coming to an end. Rest assured that ASRock is bringing better Internet connections to the upcoming Intel® 8 Series motherboards with A-Style: 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth v4.0!
802.11ac WiFi is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on the 5GHz band with data transferring speeds up to 867Mbps, a whopping 289% speed boost compared to the former models with 2T2R 802.11n WiFi. Besides the new WiFi, some models will also come with a new ASRock Wi-SD front tray which includes 4 USB 3.0 ports and an SD 3.0 card slot.
The Register reports Intel is dabbling in the customization of its x86 processors for specific large-scale customers in the server market. The effort is a strategy to expand its dominance and increase competition vs ARM. Intel will not only select parts based on unusual temperature, power supply or overclocking tolerances, but will now even implement different features or instructions onto chips for specific customers.
Everyone expects any processor package maker to do deep sorts through their chip bins, finding components that can handle slightly higher temperatures or that have their voltages and clock speeds altered to fit in a specific thermal envelope, or that can deliver higher performance as clocks are cranked above the thermal limits of standard processors.
(Over in the ARM world, this has been going on for years and far more comprehensively: the British processor core designer flogs its technology blueprints to Samsung, Qualcomm, Broadcom et al, who package the CPUs with all manner of electronics to build heavily customised chips for specific applications.)
As it turns out, Intel has been doing more than just picking out devices with unusual temperature, power supply and over-clocking tolerances, and is in some cases actually etching different features or instructions onto its silicon for specific customers. This is a step outside the chip giant's comfort zone.
Jon Peddie Research published its Q1 2013 GPU market report. The research firm notes AMD and NVIDIA saw their share of the GPU market increase, while Intel saw its share drop from 63.1 percent to 61.8 percent quarter-over-quarter.
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers’ market share for 2013 Q1.
The news was disappointing for Intel, but encouraging for Nvidia and for AMD on the desktop.
AMD lost 0.3%, quarter-to-quarter, Intel slipped 5.3%, and Nvidia increased by 3.6%.
The overall PC market declined 13.7% quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market only declined 3.2% reflecting an interest on the part of consumers for double-attach—the adding of a discrete GPU to a system with integrated processor graphics.
On a year-to-year basis we found that total graphics shipments during Q1’13 dropped 12.9% similar to PCs shipments declined by 12.6% overall. GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped and most of the PC vendors are guiding down to flat for Q2’13.
The popularity of tablets and the persistent economic malaise are the most often mentioned reasons for the altered nature of the PC market. Nonetheless, the CAGR for PC graphics from 2012 to 2016 is 2.6%, and we expect the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 394 million units.
The ten-year average change for graphics shipments for quarter-to-quarter is a growth of -2.2%. This quarter is below the average with a 3.2% decrease.
Our findings include discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for Desktops, Notebooks (and Netbooks), and PC-based commercial (i.e., POS) and industrial/scientific and embedded. This report does not include handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based Tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers. It does include x86-based tablets.
The quarter in general
AMD’s quarter-to-quarter total shipments of desktop heterogeneous GPU/CPUs, i.e., APUs jumped 30% from Q4 and declined 7.3% in notebooks. The company’s overall PC graphics shipments slipped 0.3%.
Intel’s quarter-to-quarter desktop processor-graphics EPG shipments decreased from last quarter by 3%, and Notebooks fell by 6.3%. The company’s overall PC graphics shipments dropped 5.3%.
Nvidia’s quarter-to-quarter desktop discrete shipments were flat from last quarter; and, the company’s mobile discrete shipments increased 7.6%. The company’s overall PC graphics shipments increase 3.6%.
Year to year this quarter AMD shipments declined 29.4%, Intel dropped 8.8%, Nvidia increased 3.6%, and VIA fell 8.4% from last year.
Total discrete GPUs (desktop and notebook) were up 1.1% from the last quarter and were down 11% from last year for the same quarter due to the same problems plaguing the overall PC industry. Overall the trend for discrete GPUs is up with a CAGR to 2016 of 2.6%.
Ninety nine percent of Intel’s non-server processors have graphics, and over 67% of AMD’s non-server processors contain integrated graphics; AMD still ships IGPs.
Year to year for the quarter the graphics market decreased. Shipments were down 15.8 million units from this quarter last year.
Graphics chips (GPUs) and chips with graphics (IGPs, APUs, and EPGs) are a leading indicator for the PC market. At least one and often two GPUs are present in every PC shipped. It can take the form of a discrete chip, a GPU integrated in the chipset or embedded in the CPU. The average has grown from 1.2 GPUs per PC in 2001 to almost 1.4 GPUs per PC.