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Lexar 133X CF & SD Memory Cards

Le 13 mars 2014, 08:26 dans Humeurs 0

Lexar Media, Inc., a world leader in advanced digital media technologies,announced availability of its new Professional CompactFlash® (CF) and SecureDigital(TM) (SD) flash memory cards designed to deliver optimal performance inall digital SLR cameras. Speed-rated at 133X, Lexar's new flash memory productsare capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 20MB per second and signifythe company's continued commitment to providing professional photographers withreliable flash memory cards that deliver fast image read and write speeds, andseamless operation throughout each step of the digital imaging workflow processenabling the user to spend more time taking pictures.

"Our new 133X cards allow digital SLR cameras to perform optimally and supportthe high speed transfer of images and information, and help improve thephotographer's digital imaging workflow," said John Omvik, director ofprofessional product marketing, Lexar. "Lexar's new 133X cards are ideal forthose photographers who require reliable, high-performance flash memory thatmakes the most of all the professional-level features available in their digitalSLR camera."

Like all of Lexar's Professional series CompactFlash memory cards, the new 133Xcards include Lexar's Write Acceleration Technology (WA). The WA technology isdesigned for optimal performance in digital SLR cameras, allowing these camerasto exchange and store images faster, for super fast image-write speeds. Inaddition, the new 133X CompactFlash and SD cards include Image Rescue(TM) 2.0,Lexar's award-winning image recovery software, and a trial version of PhotoMechanic(TM) 4.0, the popular image browsing software from Camera Bits. As withall of Lexar's professional products, each card includes a lifetime warranty andunlimited access to Lexar's dedicated technical support team for professionalphotographers.

"Second to reliability, speed is the name of the game in digital photography,and Lexar has a lengthy history providing cards and accessories that are notonly fast but also substantially improve workflow," said professionalphotographer Vincent Laforet. "Having 133X cards in both card formats allows meto leverage both slots in my Canon EOS 1D Mark II. By storing RAW files on my CFcards and JPEGs on my SD card, I maximize my camera's technology and reduceadministrative time when I'm back in my studio," he added.

"I am constantly working from remote locations like the Alaskan Wildlife Refugeand the Australian rainforests, so I need fast cards with the maximum capacity,"said professional wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. "I am very impressedwith Lexar's new 133X CompactFlash card because I know that they are capable ofrapidly storing and uploading large images, especially those taken during burstmode shooting with the Nikon D2Hs. I love taking as many pictures as I canwithout changing cards and I shoot confidently knowing that in addition to animmediate write speed, the 4GB 133X has plenty of room for my largest files."

In addition to a valuable suite of software, Lexar is providing additional valueto its 2GB SD flash memory card package by including a high-speed USB 2.0 CardReader with its 133X cards to proactively address industry compatibility issuesthat may otherwise arise with some SD card readers. Lexar's new 133X speed-ratedProfessional Series CompactFlash and SD flash memory cards are currentlyavailable in photo specialty stores and through online resellers.

Additional information regarding Lexar's new 133X Professional Series flashmemory cards can be found on the company's digital photography website, locatedat

LevelOne launches clever Powerline Wi-Fi access point

Le 13 mars 2014, 08:26 dans Humeurs 0

Powerline networking has its use and although it is nowhere nearly as popular as the almost ubiquitous Wi-Fi standard when it comes to networking there are times when its the only option to get a network connection in your home. LevelOne has announced a clever solution that helps bridge the two technologies, something that should appeal to that need network connectivity in a larger building.

Although being far from the first of its kind the PLI-3411 as its called, it manages to combine the functionality of both being a Powerline adapter, an Ethernet switch and a Wi-Fi access point. This means that you can use it to extend your Wi-Fi network to remote areas of your home or office without the need of additional Ethernet cables while also having the additional benefit of being able to connect multiple wired devices that can communicate locally with each other without having to send the data over the Powerline interface.


The PLI-3411 features Powerline speeds of up to 200Mbps and the three port switch is only offer 10/100Mbit speeds, not exactly cutting edge, but good enough for streaming HD quality video and then some. The Wi-Fi part support speeds of up to 300Mbps and features a pair of external antennas with 2x2 MIMO support, another rare combination for this kind of product. Another handy addition is an off-switch for the Wi-Fi, which allows the Wi-Fi to be disabled easily without affecting other devices that are plugged in. The PL-3411 is available as of now and retails in Europe for around €70 (S$115/US$95).

Source: LevelOne

Less Than Rosy 140W TDP For Phenom

Le 13 mars 2014, 08:25 dans Humeurs 0

According to Taiwanese mainboard manufacturers, AMD's Phenom 9700 Quad Core CPU, which was slated for a Decmeber appearance would likely appear on shelves only early next year. Aside from that, 2008Q1's Phenom 9900, clocked at just 2.6GHz could have a TDP of 140W. It is said that this arose from AMD's 65nm SOI process, which has comparatively poorer power dissipation.

Industry watchers have high hopes on Phenom as AMD 's hidden ace, yet difficult fabrication issues coupled with external pressure has forced AMD to release Phenom early (possibly without the full possible optimisations). Given that Phenom could possibly debut at just 2.3GHz, disappointment could ensue.

Though the Phenom 9700 clocked at 2.4GHz is just 100MHz faster than the Phenom 9600, TDP is raised by some 30W. Taiwanese mainboard makers have revealed that power issues on the SOI process could possibly be solved by 2008Q2 at best.

Phenom 9900 with its 140W TDP is also a cause for concern of mainboard makers. Thermal stresses, particularly on the Voltage Regulation Modules would be significant enough to impact failure rates and production costs. Considering the case of Prescott's takeover on Northwood boards, history could repeat itself if TDP does not fall to 125W or less.

Roadmaps put the Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 at US$ 283 and US$ 320 respectively for 1kU, hitting shelves in 2008Q1. Looks like AMD won't be coming up with open challenges against Intel anytime soon like they did during the Presler/A64 era.

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