Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): CES 2006 Coverage Around the Web

I have been reading lots of articles, from personal logs to known review sites, about the items being shown off at CES. Of course, big named sites are not to be missed, but personal touch are still nice to know, right off the bat from an end-user's perspective rather than purely technicaly inclined people and review staff. So I'll expand the list of this posts as I find any interesting items on CES floor.

Jensen's All New Car Media Stereo (and more)@TechRank
This beauty is one of my personal favorites! A touch screen media center pc thats dash mounted and works seemlessly with your car's stereo! This beauty runs on Windows XP! Plays DVD's, Internet connectivity is just a touch away! Look for this and many others like it for 2006! More on this beauty later...

Upgradeable Graphics Card@HoiHardware
What you're looking at is "technically" an upgradeable graphics card based on a pair of NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 MXM modules that typically are used in notebook discrete graphics solutions. There are two MXM (Mobile PCI Express) modules populated in the sockets in a SLI configuration with 512MB of total on board graphics memory, 256MB per Go 6600 core. What's really interesting and cool about this approach is that you can potentially pop out the Go 6600 modules some time down the line and upgrade to a pair of GeForce Go 7800 GTXs in single card SLI mode as well. And next generation NVIDIA Mobile Graphics solutions will also be released in the MXM form-factor, so there is an upgrade path theoretically there also. Pretty spiffy eh? We thought you'd like this one.

500 Gb likely the end of the line for current HDD storage technology@TG Daily
But while computer users typically might not be able to imagine how to fill their current generation of hard drive with space, digitally streamed multimedia content can consume whole gigabytes in a single file. As a result, we may be entering an era when even the latest HDD cannot provide appropriate space.

The Sony Reader@Gizmodo
Who needs Blu-ray? This is the Sony reader that uses the display technology from E-Ink I’ve been hearing so much about. To give you an idea of just how good this display looks… I walked up to the counter, looked at the text on the screen and asked, “So when will you have working units to play with?” The reply: “This is a working reader.” I mistakenly though the text on the screen was some kind of plastic overlay—that’s how ink-like it looked. Then the PR rep increased the text size, searched through the table of contents and showed me some Manga comics. It is the first e-reader that seemed like I could sit down and spend hours on without experiencing eye strain. Part of the reason it works is that it does not have a backlight, so forget about reading in the dark. There is also zero flicker, as far as I could see. It’s small and lightweight too (.5 inches thick and smaller than a hardcover book). The reader accepts both Memory Stick and SD flash memory cards. It’s got a USB plug, and could be used to download and read websites, JPEGs or PDF docs. The battery life, as they are selling it, is equivalent to “7,500 page turns, avid readers can devour a dozen bestsellers plus War and Peace without ever having to recharge.”

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