Thursday, 1 August 2013

Wendy MacNaughton..


We all ride public transportation sooner or later, some more than others, some more happily than others as well. I usually have my iphone to keep me busy, or distracted is more like it, not Wendy MacNaughton. No, Wendy keeps busy by drawing and sketching the over 400+ commuters in her series she has been growing for four years now. Everything about Wendy's work pulls me in, the scratchy sketching to the exquisite hand writing. I'd be honored if she caught me checking out to a recent app. on the 22 Fillmore. See more of Wendy's work on her new website and/or her blog where she posts pretty frequently. P.s. The last drawing is obvs not from a commute, but I fell in love with up it goes.






Saturday, 27 July 2013

Epson Develops New High-Resolution 3D LCD Display


( -- Seiko Epson Corporation has developed a high-resolution (equivalent to QVGA) autostereoscopic 3D liquid-crystal display that affords extra freedom of viewing position compared to conventional 3D displays, without the need for special glasses.

Demand is on the rise in the movie and gaming industries for 3D images that provide a different level of excitement from that offered by two-dimensional images. Conventional 3D displays are not up to the task due to their limited viewing zone and low resolution.

Epson's newly developed 3D display addresses these problems with a lenticular lens optimally designed for a view width of 31 to 32.5 mm. (Lenticular lens: A columnar array of cylindrical lenses that determine the view width by refraction). The development prototype presents sharp, vivid 3D images over a wider viewing zone than was previously possible. While 3D displays have often traded off resolution for enhanced 3D effects, Epson has successfully improved the perceived image quality by using "step 3D pixel array" technology.

To further popularize 3D displays and 3D content, Epson will promote the optimized 31-32.5 mm view width as an industry standard. Epson sees 3D displays that render scenes in sharp, vivid color as the next-generation of highly realistic displays and is working on proposals for delivering compelling entertainment to customers.

Technology features

[Optimized view width]

(1) Smooth 3D images

Epson's 3D display is a multiview system. Multiview systems are generally acknowledged to provide superior 3D image reproduction because the image that is visible changes along with the observer's vantage point relative to the screen. To heighten the illusion of depth in stereoscopic 3D images, design engineers can increase the number of views so that the image can be viewed from various head positions. The problem, however, is that increasing the number of views has led to a loss of resolution per view, since only so many pixels can be placed on a liquid crystal display.

Conventional multiview displays commonly employ lenticular lenses designed for a view width of 62 to 65 mm, a distance equal to the separation between the eyes of an average person. Epson, bucking the conventional industry wisdom that held the best view width to be the distance between the eyes, designed its system based on a view width of 31-32.5 mm. With a view width half that of conventional designs, combined with optimizations to prevent loss of resolution and add 3D information, Epson has succeeded in developing a display that offers smooth, high-quality 3D images.

(2) Wide viewing zone

Images on ordinary 3D displays designed with a view width of 62 to 65 mm can appear incorrect and be uncomfortable unless viewed head-on from a certain distance, since the eyes can detect a 2D image in portions of the display. The optimized view width on Epson's display reduces the appearance of visible 2D images and enables natural-looking 3D images to be viewed from a wider viewing zone.

[Step 3D pixel array technology]

To address the problem of resolution loss on multiview displays, Epson uses an image processing technology called "step 3D pixel array" that takes into account the sensitivity of the human eye to resolution loss in the horizontal direction. By minimizing pixel horizontal resolution degradation, Epson has improved perceived image quality to provide viewers with sharper, more vivid 3D images.

Provided by Epson

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Intel Robson Technology For Desktop

Intel mentioned that Robson will have a version for desktop computers calledSnowgrass. The technology is currently in the works and is planned to bereleased after Robson. Motherboard makers will have designs that contain a slotdesigned to take a Snowgrass NAND module. Intel's current Snowgrassspecification calls for a modular design, but it now appears that motherboardmakers have the option of integrating the technology directly on board.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Lucky Draw Win ASUS P5E3 Deluxe This Saturday 29th Sept!!

Win it!!

This Saturday, 29th Sept, at ASUS WGT Finals at Funan IT Mall, a lucky draw will be held for all those present to enjoy the battle!! Everyone stands a chance to win this spankin new X38 Motherboard!!

What's more, learn some overclocking basics - given by yours truly ;)

So, be there or be Square!!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

ASUS Uses SiS671FX On P5S-MX SE Board

SiS today proudly announced that the SiS671FX, which is integrated with theMirage™ 3 graphics engine, has been implemented in the ASUS P5S-MX SEmotherboard. ASUS P5S-MX SE is fully compatible with Windows® Vista™ and hasofficially been launched in the market.

ASUS, as one of the leading motherboard makers, highly appreciates theperformance of the SiS671FX chipset. Therefore, P5S-MX SE motherboard isequipped with the SiS671FX chipset aiming to perfectly release the power of thesystem.

Based on the SiS671FX chipset, ASUS P5S-MX SE motherboard supports FSB1066/800/533MHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo/ Pentium® D/ Pentium® 4/ Celeron processors.It also supports DDR2-667 memory and allows up to 5.4GB/s of transmissionbandwidth. With SiS’s proprietary HyperStreaming™ technology, the SiS671FXenables to optimize the performance of the entire computer system. It smartlymanages the data streaming to flow effortlessly between the North Bridge andSouth Bridge, from the peripherals to the core logic chipsets, to the front sidebus, to the memory and to the graphic interface. The Mirage™3 graphics engine isalso integrated in the SiS671FX chipset to support 2D and 3D playback. TheMirage™3 graphics engine smoothes the image quality of the system when playinggames or watching DVDs. Moreover, the SiS671FX chipset equips one PCI Expressx16 slot which allows up to 4GB/s of bandwidth for each direction. Gamers do notneed to worry about further upgrading.

The SiS968 Southbridge is paired with the SiS671FX to strengthen the P5S-MX SEmotherboard. It supports PCI Express x1 interface, provides two high-speedSerial ATA connectors to speed up the data transmission process, and increasesthe stability of the system by supporting RAID0 and RAID1. Enabling users toenjoy Dolby digital and surrounding effects, the SiS968 supports 6-channel HighDefinition Audio. Also, the SiS968 has built-in 10/100Mbps Ethernet controllerfor Internet usage. Moreover, the SiS968 supports S/PDIF (Sony/Philips digitalInterface) to provide perfect digital signals by connecting PC with homeentertainment devices.

“The SiS671FX has received overwhelming responses from worldwide customers. Weforesee the great success will keep going and has a fruitful result.” said byDaniel Chen, CEO and the President of SiS.

Monday, 24 June 2013

ASRock launches Atom D2700 and D2500 mini-ITX motherboards

The ASRock related news arent over quite yet, as alongside its high-end boards, the company has also unveiled three new entry level Atom mini-ITX motherboards, all with Intels new D2x00-series of Atom processors. One of the new models sports the 1.86GHz Atom D2500, while the other two comes with the 2.13GHz Atom D2700.

Starting at the bottom we have the AD2500B-ITX which is a rather plain, almost dull looking board with a large passive heatsink covering the CPU and a really tiny one covering the NM10 chipset. The board has, rather unusually a pair of SO-DIMM slots, although as the new Atoms can accept up to 4GB of RAM, albeit in single channel mode, the two slots are at least somewhat useful.

Theres also a pair of SATA 3Gbps ports, a single PCI slot and a pair of headers for four USB 2.0 ports. The rear I/O consists of a range or ports that feel more like 1991 than 2011 with two PS/2 ports, a serial port, a parallel port, a D-sub connector, four USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100Mbit Ethernet port and 5.1-channel audio via three jacks. Overall not the most impressive board weve seen recently.

Moving up we have the AD2700B-ITX which swaps in the Atom D2700 over the D2500, but its not the only change. Although the board layout remains identical to the AD2500B-ITX, the AD2700B-ITX was upgraded with both Gigabit Ethernet and a pair of USB 3.0 ports making it an interesting board for a home server.

The third and final board is the most interesting of the three and its called the AD2700-ITX, a confusing similar name, but an entirely different board in many ways. Although youd be forgiven for thinking its yet more of the same if you take a quick glance at the top down view of the board, ASRock has overhauled the rear I/O entirely.

Here were looking at a single PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port. The general board layout is otherwise mostly the same, although theres a pin-header for a parallel port and a serial port not present on the first two models, but thats the only difference we can spot. We checked the manual quickly as we wanted to find out about the display connectivity and the good news is that both the DVI and HDMI port can be used simultaneously. The manual also suggested that there might be a version with the Atom D2500 of this board, although without USB 3.0 and with slower 10/100Mbit Ethernet.

One funny thing in ASRocks specifications is with regards to the GPU which ASRock lists as “Built-in IntelPowerVR SGX545” which isnt entirely true as the GPU is by Imagination Technologies and Intel calls it the GMA 3650 or GMA 3600 depending on which processors were talking about. If nothing else, ASRock has at least triple confirmed things for us. Once again we dont have any word on availability and pricing, but wed expect these boards to be out shortly.

Source: ASRock

Thursday, 13 June 2013

At Least 3 ARMs In Apple iPhone

Warren East, president and chief executive officer of ARM Holdings plc, has confirmed that "at least three" processor cores developed at his company are present within the iPhone from Apple Inc. Further to an "email to the editor" which estimated that there may be three ARM processor cores in the Apple iPhone, reports came forward that the main CPU for the iPhone is a PXA320, formerly the Monahan applications processor from Intel, now supplied by Marvell. "ARM is in 90 percent of the world's [mobile phone] handsets; we're in WiFi, baseband processors and applications processors and most of the world's MP3 players. So it's at least three," East said.