Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Compro VideoMate V220F - standalone TV tuner, a media center

In addition to models VideoMate Vista U890F, about which we talked yesterday, Compro introduced yet another new TV-tuner model VideoMate V220F. As stated in a press release the company, VideoMate V220F - profitable (because of competitive prices) way to view the television screen computer monitor.


VideoMate V220F - standalone TV tuner that supports high resolutions up to 1680x1050, or 1600x1200 for viewing on television screens with a diagonal of 15 to 22 inches, as a ratio 4:3 / 5:4 or wide 16:9 / 16:10 .

To use the new device does not require a computer, so VideoMate V220F does not require installation of drivers - simply connect the device to monitor.

VideoMate V220F Features include a preview 9 channels simultaneously on one screen, the setting of priorities channels, creating a list of favorite channels. The new device also has corrected 3:2 pull-down, spread-3D-adaptive deinterlacing filter, progressive and denoiser to obtain a clear and vivid images.

OptiMode feature allows you to select a set of settings for different types of Video with presets: TV, games, Cinema and User. Today, more common are already widescreen monitors, so the Compro VideoMate V220F allows agree on the ratio of the picture and display using modes OptiRatio, such as 4:3, 16:9, Panorama, Full screen and a unique mode SmartZoom, of the traction movies in the format of the entire LetterBox screen. Also, VideoMate V220F has, reportedly, improved treatment Picture in Picture, supports high resolution up to 1680h1050 that allows both to watch TV on your monitor and work on a computer in an easily customizable screen.

In addition to viewing television, radio series VideoMate V220F allow DVD-player, VCR or modern gaming console to watch DVD-movies or games on the PC monitor using video and audio, including S-Video and composite.

VideoMate V220F allowed to take additional radio FM-band and hear them via the built-in speaker.

Source: Compro Technology

NVIDIA GeForce joined Atom and 9400 in the platform Ion

On interest NVIDIA to produce sets of system logic for systems on the processor Intel Atom is known for some time. The last communication on the subject said that the company plans to add support for Intel Atom in chipsets MCP7A and MCP79.


The official press release, dated 17 December, NVIDIA introduced a new platform that will enable the issue based on the Atom system different from existing designs advanced multimedia capabilities. The platform, known as Ion, focus on segments notebook, mini-PCs and monoblock PCs, and has a high-performance graphics subsystem. The basis for the integrated graphics core has GPU GeForce 9400. Recall single set of system logic with integrated graphics core of GeForce 9400 is already used in laptops Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The fact that NVIDIA is considering production of special versions of GeForce 9400M for notebook we wrote back in late October.

According to NVIDIA, in newcomer ten times the graphics performance of existing chipsets for Atom, providing high-definition video format 1080p, support for Windows Vista and Windows 7, and the opportunity to play in modern games such as Call of Duty 4. Importantly, that the platform based on the GeForce 9400 came out twice leaner than other solutions with support for Atom, on the market, with minimal impact on the time of the battery life.


The company demonstrated a prototype laptop on a new platform (top shot) and 10-layer system board format Pico-ITX (100 x 72 mm), proposed by VIA. In the configuration of board that supports processors Atom N230 and Atom N330 (dual-core), includes a slot SO-DIMM, up to modules DDR3-800/1066/1333, Adapter Gigabit LAN, one port DVI-I, USB 2.0 and SATA.

Sources: NVIDIA, VR-Zone

Engineering samples of RV740 working memory GDDR5

As you know, the AMD already have the first graphics processors, issued under the rules of 40 nm. Source published additional information on this subject.

It follows that AMD has a 3D-maps on the new GPU, which is included in the configuration memory GDDR5, operating at clock frequency of 900 MHz (effective frequency 3600 MHz).

Using a high-performance memory products targeted at the mass segment, probably due to a desire to test processors at a time when there are no restrictions on capacity memory, a source.

It is possible that GDDR5 memory will remain a privilege of engineering samples, and the series will be 3D-card memory, more affordable. Such a situation occurred in the case of the GPU RV730 - test samples at its base operated at higher frequencies than the serial products, which are available in the retail network.

If you believe published data, engineering samples of RV740 relate to the audit A11, printed circuit board is marked B507/895, and the production of GDDR5 memory chips Qimonda - IDGV1G-05A1F1C-40X.

Find out what memory will be used in mass-produced products, we will be able to close to their emergence in the market, which is expected in the second or third quarter of next year.

Source: Nordic Hardware