Adata launches DDR3L 1600MHz SO-DIMMs

Just in time for next year’s mini-ITX boards and gaming notebooks

COMPUTER MEMORY ISN’T the most exciting of product these days, as in broad terms – and the memory manufacturers wouldn’t agree with us of course – it’s much of a muchness. In saying that, Adata has announced two different DDR3L SO-DIMM’s which should prove popular not only in gaming notebooks, but also in mini-ITX boards that only accept SO-DIMMs.
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AMD Brazos powered Acer Aspires leaks

In green and black

IT’S NO BIG surprise that Acer is one of AMD’s Brazos partners, but at least one of its products have made an appearance on the web ahead of the January launch. It’s not going to blow anyone’s mind when it comes to performance, especially as Acer has gone for a dual core Ontario CPU, but the upside should be decent battery life.
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Plenty Sandy Bridge boards on sale, in Taiwan

Not a single CPU in sight

AFTER HAVING SEEN that Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors had gone on sale in some parts of the world already we decided to head over to the computer market in Taipei to see if we couldn’t coax up a CPU, but alas, none of the shops we talked to had any in stock. On the other hand, we spotted plenty of motherboards, but they’re not going to be much good without a CPU.
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Pixel Qi teams up with CPT for manufacturing partnership

Will we finally see Pixel Qi displays in retail products?

DESPITE SOME OBVIOUS advantages of its display technology, Pixel Qi has as yet to have a major breakthrough and has so far only mass produced a 10.1-inch screen that has as yet to make it into any retail products. However, things appear to be set to change come next year, as Pixel Qi has announced that they’ve teamed up with Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) in a manufacturing partnership.
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Elpida shows the world a working 30nm process

4GB DDR3 SO-DIMMS are about to hit prime time

Much to chagrin of graphics chip Etch-a-Sketcher’s everywhere, Elpida is rolling out its new DRAM chips on a 30nm process.  Sampling of certain 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM modules has already begun, and large-scale availability of these minified silicon marvels is expected in Q1 2011.  Benefits of this process enhancement are good for everybody as chips will be smaller, cheaper, larger, and faster and consume less power to boot.
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LG first with Tegra 2 Android phone

Doesn’t seem destined for the US

NVIDIA’S FIRST DESIGN win as far as smartphones are concerned was announced today by LG in the shape of the Optimus 2X, an Android handset with a pretty rich feature set outside of the Tegra 2 processor. The Optimus 2X is equipped with a 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch screen and some other goodies that should make this a really attractive Android handset in terms of features.
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We take a look at MSI’s P67 lineup

Plenty to choose from

YESTERDAY WE TOOK a look at MSI’s H67 boards and today we’ll take a closer look at some of its P67 boards, as although MSI has released details and pictures of some of its upcoming models, we have gotten our hands on some additional pictures and some information about some more models. MSI seems to have pulled out all stops to try and crowd the market with as many different models as possible, although we’re fairly certain that not all models will be on sale everywhere. 
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Imagination Technologies buys Caustic Graphics

Real-time ray tracing set to come in really small packages?

MANY OF YOU might not remember the glory days – well, ok, they weren’t that glorious – when PowerVR was a name that you had to consider when you bought a desktop 3D graphics card, but the company behind the technology is still alive and kicking, more so than ever and they are buying Caustic Graphics. Ok, hang on; let’s start from the beginning shall we, as neither of these companies is that well known outside of their respective circles, so let’s take a look at what’s going on here.
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