Friday, February 4, 2011

Frankencamera, a camera with the Linux Operating System

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Now not only the PC or notebook that can be fitted with an operating system (OS) open source. Frankencamera, so the camera is named, may be the first to adopt kamerapa Linux operating system which is an open source software. The purpose of making Frankencamera none other for the camera is no longer limited by various software innate specific camera manufacturer. 

Andrew Adams and Marc Levoy which is a student and professor in the department of computer science at Stanford Engineering is two people who were behind the creation of Frankencamera. As with the open source operating system, programmers can write program code or algorithms to process different images. In fact, the same class can compete with Cannon or Nikon camera. 


Frankencamera consists of nokia N95 mobile phone camera modules, electronic circuit boards, and a pair of Canon lenses. Camera type DLSR camera allows the owner to control all the existing features, including focus, lens speed, and flash can be programmed via software alone. 


The ability of this camera can be proved using a specific algorithm. For example, a camera that can record low-resolution video at 30 frames per second, will be combined with the results of shooting still images periodically camera into the video frame. Interestingly, this camera also can be connected to the Internet. This project has received support from Nokia, Adobe Systems, Kodak, and Hewlett Packard.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

MSI O35 Neo2-FR

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P35 Neo2-FR is a variant of the output MSI motherboard that uses Intel's P35 chipset. When compared, the most obvious physical difference with the MSI motherboard IP35 that has a chipset other is a form of the heatsink. Heatsink on this motherboard looks much simpler than the circular design which used the motherboard MSI Platinum version. One of the positive value of this simple heatsink design is to make installation easier because it does not make the space becomes narrow. 

In addition to heatsink design, the facilities offered are not much different motherboard with the MSI motherboard output its IP35 series. What is certain is the support processors up to Core 2 Quad that is safe enough to use until several years into the future. PCI Express x16 slot as much as 2 already supports CrossFire dual graphics card technology. It's just that the bandwidth offered is not full, the first slot has a bandwidth of x16 while the second one just x4. As for maximum memory capacity that can be used is up to 8 GB which consists of 4 slots. While on the rear panel, we will see there is a port PS / 2 for keyboard and mouse, as much as 6 USB ports, gigabit LAN, eSATA, and audio. 


Although LEDs do not have debugging code, MSI with clever use as indicator lights. Located on each side of the expansion slot as well as areas of battery and the jumper would be a good marker of whether the component works or not. Of course this is easier if something goes wrong or defective components. In this, prove that the motherboard MSI Neo2-FR with also be invited to have fun with overcloackingnya a dynamic capability. High Performance on gaming-based applications will be another added value for those who want to build a gaming PC.

Sapphire FireGL V5600

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For middle-class graphics card, ATI preparing FireGL V5600 variants. One is the output Sapphire also discussed by many people. Same as version value, the middle version of this graphics processor that is used is also RV630. However, unlike the V3600 and V5600 is similar with the Radeon HD2600XT.
 
On board VGA ATI distinctive red, Sapphire puts the video memory of 512MB that when working with the heatsink fan assisted cooling that works as well as cool the core and VGA memory.  


Unfortunately, memory chips found on the back of the board does not get cooling. Heatsink fan that is used is also a reference from ATI as used in the original version of the Radeon HD2600XT. Although quite capable, but when it works, the heatsink feels quite hot to the touch. It can be said is relatively normal due to the VGA sucking power to 75 watts when full. V3600 own a maximum of only 50 watts of sucking power.
 
From the specification, not much of a difference that this variant is owned by his brother in the version value. In addition to the type of video memory, and installed capacity, only the clock and memory is a little different. From the performance side of the V5600 is able to provide excellent performance for a middle-class professional graphics card. Very interesting for users who have the budget was not too expensive.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kingston Memory for Intel Core i5

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For the first time, flushing Kingston 2133 MHz memory, a memory that target users of the Intel Core i5. In addition to Core i5, Kingston HyperX 2133 MHz is 1.65 volt voltage is also used as a support system Intel Core i7 LGA 1156. 

HyperX XMP product was launched in several different clock frequencies to suit users of all levels. For the series 4 GB kits, provided frequencies 1333, 1600, and 2133 MHz. Later, Kingston will also launch a series of 8 GB kits with two frequencies, namely 1333 and 1600 MHz. This last series is perfect for users who want to benefit 64-bit operating system. 


Intel is working together with Kingston's HyperX memory in a testing platform for use on i5 and P55 chipsets. Results show the seriousness of Intel in collaboration with Kingston on memory, especially in dual-channel kits at the level of high-performance. The combination of Kingston HyperX and Core i5 using Nehalem architecture provides excellent performance for mainstream users and enthusiasts. 


In this case, Kingston has been working internationally with various partners such as Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. Some motherboards also be released following the 4 GB of HyperX memory of this. 2133 MHz module is designed for the benchmakers and overclockers, while the 1600 MHz frequency can be the best alternative for the mainstream who want to build their own system using a P55 motherboard and processor-pin 1156. 


In general, XMP Kingston 4 GB dual-channel 2133 MHz CL8 kit is the best option for the ultra-enthusiast who is ready to use Intel's Core i5 platform in performance overclocking memory. All part numbers beginning with the abbreviation KHX HyperX and followed by frequency module in order to facilitate the users.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WinFast Quadro FX 1700

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As far as observation has ever done on this graphics card, the Quadro only occasionally seen in computer sales center in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Indonesia. Apart from Matrox is also not too much availability, Quadro graphics card into one of the middle class to be reckoned with in the market. Quadro FX 1700 is a relatively new product from Nvidia, and are directly present in the market are owned by Leadtek WinFast.
 
By design, the VGA is similar to the GeForce 8600GT. Not surprisingly considering the G84 chip that is embedded as well as on the 8600GT. Quadro FX 1700 that we see also the reference heatsink fan that just covers the GPU core only. No to both video memory installed on the front or the rear board. Materials are not as fancy as using for owned FireGL V3600 or V5600. However, this does not become a big problem because when working in full load condition even if the heat generated is relatively low. From the information available, while working full, this graphics card only uses 42 watts maximum power only. Lowest among the VGA that we often encounter.

 
Regarding performance, this graphics card powerful enough to run various kinds of professional 3D applications 3ds Max, Catia, and Pro / Engineer.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Qi: Wireless Phone Battery Charge

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Soon, the phone will charge the battery as easy to charge an electric toothbrush. Users simply place it in a kind of flat-shaped pad or place. This is thanks to the power charging wireless standard that was fought vigorously by the Wireless Power Consortium. 

Standard Power Wireless charging which will include the global environment is intended for low-power devices (about 5 watts or less). Mobile phones and personal music players are among these devices. Qi that is read with the word Chi means energy as an energy flow in the human body in Chinese culture. 


When this standard is successful, the user mobile phone or other device to charge the battery just by putting these devices on a flat container. Furthermore, electric power will be channeled through the process of electromagnetic induction. There is no electrical contact with an intermediary cable between the device and pad. 


Within a period of 7 months, the consortium has succeeded in raising standards up to version 0.95 for interoperability testing and is now making trademark of Qi as a standard wireless power the world's first universal. So it can be predicted that the operation of Qi will be one of the best in the world. 


As an example of why Qi is very useful, when we are at a coffee shop, we can download our electronic device charger if the owner of the coffee shop provides for the wireless charging pad at each table that exists. That way, visitors can more easily charge the battery of his mobile phone or notebook. Not just in coffee shops, restaurants and cafes, perhaps the owner of the hotel or airline companies also can benefit from this wireless power supply devices. 


Pre Palm actually already launched the first mobile phone with wireless charging. But from the observations IMS Research, a wireless charger that can supply power to various devices not only ogled the phone would be more than capable of supplying only 1 piece of the device alone.

Asus Formula Maximus Special Edition

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When overclocking, the temperature of all components will increase, ranging from the processor, memory, graphics card and even the motherboard chipset. To cool the chipset, motherboard manufacturers usually rely on the use of cooling cum large. But Asus breaking limitations by releasing Maxiums Formula Special Edition is equipped with fusion waterblock for the northbridge. 

Waterblock fusion is a combination of air and water cooling for the chipset. In standard conditions, northbridge cooling is not more than usual passive cooling, with MOSFET cooling, northbridge, and southbridge are made to connect and converge. But unique was the conduit for plugging the hose which contains special cooling cairin. Facilitation allows us to do pendinginanyang more extreme for the chipset, which will hopefully make the motherboard stability when operating at high frequency is maintained. 


Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition (AFMSE) itself uses artificial intel chipset that is Intel's latest X38, namuntetap use DDR2 memory types. Although his memory is still relatively long generation, other facilities are relatively new. Among the support 45 nm processors with the architecture, support for PCI Express x16 graphics card version 2.0, and supports CrossFire mode. ASUS audio Affairs FMSE appear somewhat different, not using an integrated sound system, but using the expansion SupremeFX II sound card that uses PCIe x1 slots. 


Facilities for other overclocking support comes in the form of clear CMOS button on the back. This is a little more help to those who like to experiment to tamper with the BIOS and have positioned the motherboard into the chassis. While in the corner of Southbridge area is also equipped with the power button and reset. One more interesting from Asus FMSE is the existence of an LCD panel that displays information on all activities when the PC is running. If you typically view that there be a code number, this time code display in the form of the word. For example, if something goes wrong in the BIOS / CMOS it will be displayed with the code "CMOS ERR" so that it will make users more clearly. In FMSE Asus also contains codes and descriptions listed in the manual. 


Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition is intended for enthusiast overclocking thanks to the inclusion of facilities. Luxury and convenience of those who indulge a hobby tinkering to improve performance standards.

Cooler Master Sphere

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A processor when encouraged to work hard, of course, will generate heat. This heat will increase as the increasing severity of the processor. Processor heatsink that covers the duty to reduce heat generated earlier. But, as you get hot, of course, the fan heatsink will work even harder. Fan rotation will be faster and generate noise. Noise is of course made the atmosphere uncomfortable.
 
CoolerMaster heatsink of this size has the shape of the moon which is not too wide so it fits many types of motherboards. All parts of this heatsink is made of 100 percent copper, which could help the absorption of heat release is better, let alone still equipped with four heatpipes. Do not be alarmed if this heatsink generate noise because the fan is installed only has speed to 2200 rpm.

 
When compared on the heatsink, CoolerMaster Sphere standard of performance is able to lower the temperature about 4 to 5 degrees Celsius compared to the standard heatsink at full load conditions. Unfortunately, the number of sections to be assembled at this heatsink, making installation difficult.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Foxconn 8600GT-256F

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G84 chips for game lovers were coded GeForce 8600GT, generally have a lot in to the market at this computer. Sample GeForce 8600GT that have been circulating in Indonesia is the Foxconn 8600GT-256F. As a faithful manufacturer of nVidia GeForce 8600GT Foxconn has optimized the design. For example with a modified layout of components and HSF is more qualified. With the specifications of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards 8600GT and have graphical clock and memory clock respectively 540 and 700 MHz, this  
 
Foxconn graphics card is ideal for playing games on the computer. Aside from these specifications Foxconn is also supported by video memory with a capacity of 256MB DDR3 Interface type PCL-E x16. Foxconn also exchanged a DVI output port with D-Sub port to accommodate the needs of users.
 
For Performance, 8600GT is powerful enough in OpenGL applications. On the creative 3D and rendering applications, its performance slightly behind the 2600XT. But certainly not a problem considering the target users are the mainstream gamers.

Monday, January 24, 2011

iMac, Show more attractive and Swift

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 Usually news about Apple products so fast that the latest blow, even though there has been no official announcement from the Apple. However, it is different now experienced by the latest iMac, where Apple has announced the existence of the new iMac. iMac with a casing that integrates with the monitor is powered by Core 2 Duo processor with a capacity of 2.66 GHz and equipped with 4 GB of RAM. This device uses a 640 GB capacity storage media that can be upgraded to a capacity of 1 Terabyte. And the iMac version of another, namely by 3.06 GHz processor itself has been equipped with hard disk capacity of 1 Terabyte. And more interesting is that all models can use the iMac with a capacity of 8 GB of RAM. In terms of graphics, this brand-new iMac powered by nVidia 9400M carrying the resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels and 1920 x 1200 pixels for the two types of the iMac that is for size 24 and 20 inches. Apple's latest iMac is also designed using glass and aluminum materials that can be recycled. Materials are also free of harmful toxic, carrying the Energy Star 5.0, EPEAT Gold compliant fund.
Not only featuring the iMac, Apple also introduced the iPod Shuffle, Apple iPod output is now appearing with more mini size, even claimed to be smaller than the size of AA batteries, but can hold about 1,000 songs. The existence of the VoiceOver feature allows the iPod Shuffle to give out information about battery status, telling the singer and the title song being played via the sound. About 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Fourteen of these languages has been bundled into this little tiny Apple iPod.

In addition to the iMac and iPod product launch of their latest shuffle, Apple also announced two output their latest product is the Mac mini and Mac Pro. Mac mini is a mini nettop now embed graphics chip Nvidia GeForce 9400M GPU that has similarities with the MacBook. Meanwhile, for the type of the Mac Pro itself is now bundled with Nehalem-based Xeon processors and is claimed to work 1.9 times more agile than the previous version.

Saitek R660 GT Steering Wheel

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For some gamers, using a range of auxiliary devices joystick or gamepad game is one of the obligations for the sake of adding a realistic impression when playing your favorite games. Especially for racing games, there is a special device called a Steering Wheel that its form of racing car steering wheel. One of the best steering wheel is a Saitek R660 GT. 

Saitek Package G660 GT comes in 2 modules that are interconnected: module-gear steering wheel and gas pedal-brake module. Both modules are created separately according to the location of its functions. Steering wheel mounted on the table, while the pedals are placed underneath. Both modules are connected channeled through a special cable similar to the LAN. To install the wheel on the table added to the steering wheel clamp that makes seat firmly enough on the table so that you can freely rotate the wheel without fear apart. Grip on the steering wheel also feels solid thanks to some rubber material coating.

Prior to work properly, we must perform a useful default driver installation for computer synchronization with the steering wheel, including to enable the force feedback or vibration feature as an addition to realistic effect. Yes, this resonance effect will add a fun game because when the car is driven, cornering, or hit the tremors will be felt in our hands. In addition designed for racing games but the steering wheel of this kind was also able to function on other types of game eg fighting or shooting like Mortal Kombat or Raiden. But, of course a bit strange to use the steering wheel for these types of games. 

To find this level of comfort Steering Wheel, used in racing games like GRID and GT Turbo. In the game, Steering Wheel can be modified selection input from the keyboard to the steering wheel on the configuration control. In the new racing game there is usually a device that can detect directly and will ask you to specify the use of the steering wheel buttons section. At R660 GT there are 4 buttons press that sorted with numbers and two Formula 1-style pedals that usually serves to change gear up or down. The existence of direct navigation buttons on the steering wheel allows us to more concentrate on playing for the hand did not have to move.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Marine Cooling, a new technology from Asus Motherboard

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A new innovation introduced by the company's leading motherboard manufacturer, Asus, some time ago. This time, Asus, trying to leave the traditional ingredients and began applying the technology called cooling modules for the newest motherboard series. 

Cooling material used consisted of two types of materials, namely ceramics and metal. This is done to double the cooling efficiency to allow use in extreme environments, such as humidity and high heat. Clad in gray and army green metallic accents, the heatsink steel shaped like a military vehicle that represents the sturdiness and durability. According to Asus, the overall design of the stick will emit impression-class technology and durability of the military. 


The motherboard is also equipped with features Un-interruptible Power Supply (UPS) integration, using polymer batteries to supply electrical power during a power failure. Facilitation in the end, helps prevent damage to the integrated component, preventing loss of important files, preventing destruction of data due to the current and voltage fluctuation and avoid unexpected outages. 


Fail facility over memory serves to further support the long operation. Design standards Failover Memory on the motherboard cool marine uses an integrated memory which will help to continue the process of booting the system when an error occurs in the additional memory. Other uses from Memory Failover is to ensure that the system will still boot even if there is an incompatible memory or damaged. 


At the front of the motherboard can be found a metal heatpipe module that channel and remove heat from critical components. While the ceramic plate located on the back of the motherboard (integrated with the printed circuit board) using a micro-porous ceramic technology to provide a larger cooling area. These conditions will ultimately help to remove heat with high effectiveness. Asus states that the design of such cooling is expected to boost the cooling efficiency up to two-fold.

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