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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 8 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Researchers at IBM have reportedly been able to develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor by using a diamond-like carbon substrate;
  • Elpida has developed a 4-gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which employs a 30nm process technology;
  • Microsoft's Bing app has gone live for the iPad;
  • Nokia does an about-turn with Symbian by taking down its online distributions of the mobile OS under the justification that the code is still closed-source;
  • The Arcade version of Super Street Figher IV will reportedly be making its way to consoles in the form of a DLC, and
  • BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation to create an anime Mass Effect feature film.

Hardware news

Crucial M4 / Micron C400 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Crucial, best known for their memory products, was the first to put an SSD on the market with a 6Gbps interface way back in early 2010 with the C300 drive. Back then, we ran some tests and found it to be impressive when compared with what was on the market at the time. Since then, a lot has changed and there are a number of 6Gbps interface drives on the market now so competition is definitely stiffer this time around. Will it hit them mark using the same controller with firmware and NAND updates? Read on and see.

MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB Lightning Overclocked Video Card Review
Description: While most companies have a good stand-out series, MSI have an arsenal of them. The Cyclone is great for these lower end mid-range cards; the cooler is quiet and performs very well. You can kick it up a notch and start looking at the Twin Frozr series which tends to be reserved for the higher end cards. It's also quiet, performs well and is essentially a higher end version of the Cyclone series.

IBM researchers develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor using a diamond-like carbon substrate
Description: Researchers from IBM developed a graphene transistor with a record cut-off frequency of 155 Ghz and the shortest gate length ever (just 40nm). They used a diamond-like carbon as the top layer of the substrate on which the Graphene is deposited. This material is a great substrate for Graphene. It's a& non-polar dielectric material – so it does not 'trap' or scatter charges, doesn't absorb a lot of wayer and has excellent thermal conductivity. It's also cheap to make and widely used today in the semiconductor industry.

Lian Li PC-A04 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the PC-A04 Lian Li has a mATX case in it's portfolio which offers a lot of space for hardware for such a compact enclosure. Especially regarding the hard drives Lian Li seems to have made its homework. Of course, like with all Lian Li cases the timeless design alone would be reason enough to wirte an entire review. Furthermore this case can be used for a wide area of applications which ranges from a standard office PC to a very well performing gaming PC.

Eurocom launches MXM 3.0b AMD Radeon HD6970M VGA module for High Performance Embedded Systems
Description: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com), the leading mobile technology developer launches the AMD HD6970M MXM 3.0b graphics module for embedded systems use. MXM Modules are available from Eurocom's MXM Group.

VisionTek Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo Card Review @ Real World Labs
Description: However fascinating the entire concept behind the Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo by Visiontek and Bigfoot Networks might be the cards mid-level performance, although enough for casual gamers and HTPC owners just won't cut it for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers.

AMD Radeon HD 6450 Launch Review @ Rage3D.com
Description: AMD's Caicos GPU has arrived … again, after being launch as OEM only early this year. Check out the features and performance of the AMD Radeon HD 6450, and how the same architecture tweaks seen in the HD 6800 series deliver real next generation performance in the $60 price point

Elpida develops 30nm, 4Gb DDR2 mobile RAM
Description: Elpida Memory on April 7 announced that it has developed a 4-gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which employs the company's 30nm process technology. The new device features a low operating voltage of 1.2V, achieves a data transfer rate of up to 1066Mbps, and uses roughly 30% less operating current compared with stacking two of Elpida's 40nm 2Gb products.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

ROCCAT Kulo Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The latest Stereo Gaming Headset from ROCCAT is named Kulo, is very light (suitable for LAN Parties), and comes with an unique feature: the Automatic Mic-Mute; also, the in-line volume control is very handy. Even if it is an on-ear model, it's confortable even after many hours of use.

Sapphire Edge Mini PC Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Well here’s an alternative to the HTPC and lounge media center, possibly the smallest full scale PC around: the Sapphire Edge Mini PC. It’s about the size of a DVD case and comes packing HDMI out, dual core atom CPU, a 512 MB nVidia ION 2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of storage and gigabit ethernet. Should make for an interesting combination. Let’s see how it performs.

Bing’s Flair For Visual Search Comes To The iPad
Description: Bing’s iPad app goes live in the Apple App Store this morning, with Bing’s signature focus on visual search in full force. The new app will feature a different high-resolution homepage every morning, with more details about the image revealed through image hotspots.

LCD prices set to soar
Description: Major LCD TV brands are expected to increase production during the second quarter of this year, with monthly production growing by 15 percent from February to March.

Sony accelerates Memory Stick's rate of obsolescence to 50MBps
Description: Only Sony — the company behind the "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" streaming service — would consider naming its latest flash memory card the "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX." But once you get past its monumental moniker you'll notice that the 32GB (¥17,000 about $200), 16GB (¥9,000 or $106), and 8GB (¥5,000 / $59) MS-HXB series memory cards boast an impressive 50MB per second transfer rate as tested by Sony.

Finally, a Decent Honeycomb Tablet For Less Than the iPad 2
Description: Okay, maybe it's a little too early to say for sure just how good the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 is, but the specs—1GHz Tegra guts, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage 1280×800 LCD screen, 2MP and 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, etc.—put it up there with the elite guard of Android tablets. And its price tag of $450 makes it the first serious cost competitor to Apple's ace.

Nokia says Symbian now closed-source
Description: Nokia this week confirmed that its decision to take down online distributions of Symbian was actually the effective end to Symbian as an open-source platform. Although it republished the code this month, it has since said it the code was only under a closed-source license and couldn't be legally used for any purpose without a commercial deal. The code was only online to help Japanese phone makers still using Symbian and to help existing platform partners, H Online was told.

Gaming news

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Is Coming For Consoles as DLC
Description: It looks like an official announcement is coming soon as trailers of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition coming to the console as a DLC is popping out in Youtube although Capcom has been fast in taking them down. ConsoleTECH have managed to get their hands on a trailer from an anonymous source.

BioWare, Funimation Announce Mass Effect Anime Movie
Description: Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights to the Mass Effect franchise last year, but before fans see a live-action Commander Shephard, they'll see a cartoon version of the protagonist. BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation to create an anime Mass Effect feature film.

NGP Launch Not Impacted by Quake, Sony Now Claims
Description: Contrary to what has been implied by the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony claims that last month's earthquake in Japan has had no effect on plans for the NGP's launch.

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