Thursday, June 3, 2010

MSI reveals Fuzion motherboards and GT-series gaming laptops

MSI has been showcasing a number of new products at Computex, including Fuzion motherboards and gaming laptops.

The motherboards are the P55A Fuzion and 870A Fuzion, which are a collaborative project with Israeli company Lucidlogix. MSI is touting them as a follow-on from its Big Bang-Fuzion motherboard and said that they will support both Intel and AMD platforms.

They come with a Lucidlogix Lucid LT24102 processor and what is being sold as a "unique" X-Mode, that allows a lot of flexibility for choosing graphics cards. They also come with USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s ports, adding to the small number of motherboards that support the next form of USB.

The components are all made with military-grade material for added durability, while MSI has also thrown in its OC Genie feature, which allows a user to automatically overlock at the touch of a button.

Lucidlogixco-founder and president, Offir Remez, seemed particularly excited about the partnership: "This series of mainboards are powered by the unique Fuzion Technology, whether you are an Intel or AMD supporter, you will be spoiled for choices!" he said. "Not only can you choose your processor platform, we guarantee you an enhanced gaming performance and image quality! We will continue our highly successful partnership with MSI, and together we will develop more new products to fulfill our customers' needs. Our gamers will definitely enjoy more exciting gaming experiences!"

MSI has also been showing off its GT760 and GT660 laptops, the latest in its gaming line. Both feature Dynaudio and Turbo Drive Engine Plus technology for what MSI believes will make an amazing audio-visual experience.

They come packed with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card with 1GB GDDR3 memory. They also come with USB3.0 ports.

As part of its unveiling, MSI got gaming champions "FNatic" and "Evil Geniuses" to battle it out on  some GT660s. The battles have been ongoing since the start of Computex and members of the public will be invited to try their luck against the gamers on June 4 and 5.


Source: MSI reveals Fuzion motherboards and GT-series gaming laptops

Scientists make quantum computing breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe have made a monumental breakthrough in quantum computing with new LEDs.

The duo announced the invention of the Entangled Light Emitting Diode and plan to release a paper on it in the science journal Nature later today.

The head of the project at Toshiba Research Europe, Dr. Andrew Shields, said: "Although entangled light has been produced previously by shining an intense laser beam on crystals, the new simple device is the first voltage-powered source. The discovery is significant because it will allow electrical addressing of many entangled light emitters on a single chip, opening the path to ultra-powerful semiconductor processors based on quantum computation."

The ELED is based on standard LEDs used in current technology, such as traffic lights and the power indicators on most computers, meaning they can be produced quickly and cheaply for a mass market. The big difference, however, is that the ELEDs contain a nanometer-scale region of semiconductor which scientists call a quantum dot. This turns the conventional current into entangled light, opening many new avenues for quantum computing.

"For successful operation it was essential to optimise the thickness of the semiconductor material surrounding the quantum dot to control the supply of current to the dot," said Senior Research Scientist Dr. Mark Stevenson. "In addition the properties of the dot itself had to be carefully tailored to produce entangled emission."

This entangled light is necessary to make a quantum computer, which will be able to perform tasks well beyond the scope of current computer technology. Examples given by the scientists include modelling new pharmaceuticals or materials, communicating securely via quantum cryptography, and producing higher storage on optical disks.

Source: Scientists make quantum computing breakthrough