MSI AM1I: Motherboard with Military Class 4 Hardware Base

MSI is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a motherboard for the newly launched AMD AM1 platform. The MSI AM1I features rather compact dimensions (170x170 mm) but its mini-ITX form-factor does not affect the specified functional possibilities for entry-level systems. The model supports AMD Athlon/Sempron processors for the above-mentioned socket.



The employment of Military Class 4 hardware base is supposed to be a major advantage of AM1I motherboard. It involves dark chokes, dark capacitors and other crucial components, which are backed by Military Class Essentials technology. The latter is called to protect the PCB from varied unfavorable happenings, i.e. high humidity, electrostatic discharge or high temperatures.


The PCB comes with two DIMM slots for the incorporation of one-channel DDR3 memory modules (up to 32 GB) with 1333/1600 MHz frequency. Storage is organized by means of two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas expansion of functional is due to two PCI …

Samsung Showcases SD850 Series of Corporate Monitors

Samsung has officially introduced a new series of corporate-class monitors entitled SD850. The series currently combines two models: the S27D850 and the S32D850. Both boast a number of similar features, including resolution, imaging modes, the number of video interfaces, although are differentiated by dimensions and some other specifications. Pricing and release date are unknown.



Samsung S27D850 is equipped with 27-inch PLS panel that offers 350 cd/m2 brightness and a standard 1000:1 static contrast. Its companion, Samsung S32D850, features 32-inch VA panel with the maximal brightness of 300 cd/m2 and static contrast index of 3000:1.


Both new-comers are characterized by 2560x1440 pixel resolution, 5 ms response time, and what is more striking, 100% color gamut in sRGB environment. The rear facet of the display accommodates three video ports: DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, HDMI 1.4. Besides, there is a USB-hub that offers four USB 3.0 ports.


The monitors are thought to support …

Qualcomm to Enter Into Contract with GlobalFoundries

Qualcomm, a world-known provider of chips for mobile gadgets, has entered into a contract with GlobalFoundries company with the intention to develop chips based on 28 nm technology. Such information has been voiced by an authoritative Chinese publication Commercial Times, referring to the reliable sources. It is presupposed that the manufacturer will start the first dispatches for Qualcomm in the end of this year. The previously voiced data claimed that Qualcomm had arranged orders of 28 nm chips from UMC with the similar dispatch dates.



The estimated reason for the cooperation with GlobalFoundries is the insufficient delivery of 28 nm chips by TSMC. Moreover, Nvidia is supposedly targeting at the cooperation with one more manufacturer except for the TSMC as well. It should be mentioned that the preliminary memorandum between Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries was concluded in 2010; according to this memorandum, the designer got the access towards 45 nm LP and 28 nm LP technological …
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