Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Information Design-Assignment #22


Intel CEO spells out Atom, small-device push

At Intel's investor meeting Tuesday, CEO Paul Otellini discussed how the company is moving to system-on-chip technology in a big way.

Otellini began by saying that the market outlook remains positive. "A little better than we expected. So far, so good." He said he was "more firm in my belief that we will see seasonality in the second half," alluding to Intel's expectation that the PC market should pick up in the second half of the year. Otellini added that Gartner's forecast of a PC sales decline between 9 and 10 percent in 2009 may be too pessimistic.
System-on-chip (SOC) opportunities will be driven by Intel's upcoming 32-nanometer technology. "All that you're doing is reducing (a computer) system to a single chip," he said. Market segments that will benefit from this technology are Netbooks, smartphones, and embedded devices, he said, adding that Netbooks and smartphones each represent a $10 billion market opportunity by 2011.

Otellini talked up Intel's new relationship with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which involves "deep collaboration" on the Atom SOC chips used in smartphones. It means, he said, "taking Atom and porting it over to the TSMC process, to help further Intel architecture into those new markets."

Traditional PC markets will give way to "targeted micro-segments" such as the high-end desktop gaming segment, exemplified by PCs from Voodoo and Alienware, Otellini said. "The old big, beige, boring desktop is dead." Intel's upcoming Larrabee graphics chip will address this market, in addition to standard multicore processors.

The consumer desktop market will be transitioning to iMac-style all-in-one systems, Otellini said. There will be Atom-based "Nettops," small entry-level computers priced at a couple hundred dollars, he said. The desktop market will see "small growth" as people incrementally replace the 800 million units in use.

Otellini said Intel will mix and match technology across different product segments very quickly now--the number of cores and the type of graphics, for example, will be quickly rejiggered across different product categories.

Intel views its fab (factory) strategy as extremely important. Otellini said that Intel is one of the few companies that has committed to a next-generation 22-nanometer manufacturing process. "Intel was able to create a market for Netbooks faster than the (Nintendo) Wii and iPhone...Only Intel has the (manufacturing) scale to do this," he said.

source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10238991-64.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1


Information Design-Assignment #21


Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework

As part of the Streaming Media East conference in New York, Adobe has unveiled "Strobe," the "open framework" for its Flash video player that the company first announced last month. It's expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

Since you were probably wondering: No, Adobe is not tweaking the pronunciation of "Strobe" so that it rhymes. Thank goodness.

But here's what it is: Strobe is a product and architecture for accompanying plug-ins based on Adobe's Flash technology that lets a company build a custom video player more easily, should it want to host online videos in-house rather than relying on YouTube or its ilk.

While Adobe's ActionScript language is "very flexible," explained Jennifer Taylor, director of product management for Flash distribution, "everybody's sort of had to recreate that from scratch, and as a result it's taken people longer than they've wanted to to to get their video players up to get their video online."

The meat of Tuesday's announcement at Streaming Media East is that a host of big new partners are on board, from content delivery networks to analytics firms. The full list of supporters is Adap.tv, Akamai, Blip.tv, Brightcove, CDNetworks, Digital Smiths, Eyewonder, GlanceGuide, Grab Media, Incited Media, iStreamplanet, KickApps, Level3, Limelight Networks, Multicast, Nielsen, Omniture, Panache, PointRoll, ScanScout, Thumbplay, Visible Measures, and YuMe.

Strobe is "taking the mystery out of creating video players, and also streamlining and simplifying that process, so people can do it much faster than they could before," Taylor said. She added that ComScore statistics have said that Flash is used to serve up 80 percent of all online videos.

Adobe is calling Strobe an "open framework" and is inviting developers to contribute, but has not finalized the way that it will be licensed. There may, for example, be an open source version that developers are invited to try out, test, and build on, but the version that will be downloadable at Adobe.com may haev a different license. This, Adobe representatives said in an e-mail to CNET News, would "take all the best pieces of the open source code, bundled with plug-ins," but that it would be protected to "prevent modifications, breaking plug-ins and prevent competing branding."

Company representatives followed up later on Tuesday to clarify that "the intent is to work with a license that allows for liberal use and innovation."

But regardless of license, the Strobe framework will be free, and Adobe does not have plans to charge for it. "Our intent is to not monetize Strobe directly," Taylor said. "Obviously, we anticipate and hope that Strobe will help accelerate the adoption of Flash video, and the rising tide helps all boats: it's going to help our partners and those who provide plug-ins for the framework."

source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10237909-93.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0


Information Design-Assignment#20


Pico Projector Roundup

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pico Pocket Projectors

Projectors have become essential business tools; at just about every meeting there’s a projector attached to a laptop displaying spreadsheets or presentations. At home, a projector can fill a wall with a movie, console game, or YouTube video.

There’s a new class of projector emerging that fits in the palm of your hand. Some of these are being built into phones and it wouldn’t surprise us to see them appear in camcorders, cameras, or laptop computers. Called handheld or pico projectors, these tiny devices can be used for business or personal entertainment.

There are still very few of these devices that you can actually buy today but you should see more become available as this hot product category grows. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest of these little gems:
Microvision PicoP
Microvision hopes to see its laser-based pico projectors in everything from cell phones to laptops. Their SHOWWX projector has been shown at trade shows filling a large screen with a fairly good quality image. Early adopters should expect to pay around $400 - $500 for these when they go on sale.
3M Micro Professional Projector MPro110
The 3M Micro Professional Projector MPro110 weighs 5.6 ounces and can display a 50 inch image using LED LCoS technology. This pico projector has been on the market over 6 months and costs $359.
Optomo PK101
Optomo’s PK101 pico pocket projector uses DLP technology with an LED light source. It weighs 4 ounces and can project an image up to 60 inches. It costs around $400.

AAXA Technologies P1 Projector
AAXA Technologies sells their P1 Projector for an MSRP of $259. It has an SD card slot, built-in speaker and uses LED LCoS technology.
Samsung MBP200
The Samsung MBP-200 is an updated version of the MBP-100. It uses DLP Pico technology to display an image up to 50 inches. It includes a microSd card slot, headphone jack, and 2.2 inch screen.
Toshiba PICO
News on this stylish pico projector has been sparse since its announcement at CES in January 2009. Reports indicated it could shed 10 lumens of light on a WVGA (848 X 480 pixel) image. v
Aiptek Pocket Cinema V10
You can actually buy this LCoS pico projector based on 3M technology. It has been on the market for over a year and sells for $285. It only gets a 3 out of 5 rating on amazon.com but it will project a 42 inch, 640 X 480 image and includes an SDHC card slot.
Toshiba PICO
This projector is powered by the 3M optical engine that will display a 50 inch VGA (640 X 480) image. It includes a 3.5 mm audio jack and a built-in volume switch. They claim 80 minutes of use on a charge.

source: http://www.retrevo.com/content/blog/picoprojectorroundup



Network Keyterm 10


Developed by MIT, Kerberos is network authentication protocol designed to encrypt and secure data on an insecure network.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/k/kerberos.htm


Short for Local-Area Network, a LAN is a network that has networking equipment and/or computers in close proximity to each other, capable of communicating, sharing resources and sharing information. Most home networks and businesses who have their own network are on a LAN.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/l/lan.htm


Process that allows only one person at a time full access to files contained in a network database. Locking prevents two people from trying to make changes to the same file at the same time.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/l/locking.htm


Short for Loss Of Signal, LOS is generally an indicator on a networking device to indicate that a network signal or connection has been lost.

If a LOS is encountered, it is an indication that the cable connected to the network device is bad, has no connection on the other end, network is improperly configured, or the network device itself is bad.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/l/los.htm


Short for Logical Unit, LU is an identification of an individual or a software application on an IBM's SNA network.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/l/lu.htm


Thursday, May 7, 2009


Network Keyterm - 9

**IEEE 802 standards**

The standard that was set by IEEE for networking, specifically through local-area networking or LANs. Below is a listing of just some of the 802 standards currently referenced in the Computer Hope database.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/ieee802.htm


Short for Internet Message Access Protocol, IMAP was developed at Stanford University in 1986 and is a protocol that allows users to retrieve e-mail but still uses SMTP for sending e-mail messages. IMAP4 is the latest version of IMAP that is similar to POP3; however, supports additional features not found in POP3.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/imap.htm


Short for Free Space Optics and also known as infrared broadband or optical wireless, FSO is a communications standard that transmits data by using lasers over mirrors and lenses.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/f/fso.htm


Short for Internet Protocol, IP is an address of a computer or other network device on a network using IP or TCP/IP . For example, the number "" is an example of such an address. These addresses are similar to addresses used on houses and help data reach its appropriate destination on a network.

There are five classes of available IP ranges: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E, while only A, B and C are commonly used. Each class allows for a range of valid IP addresses. Below is a listing of these addresses.

Class Address Range Supports
Class A to Supports 16 million hosts on each of 127 networks.
Class B to Supports 65,000 hosts on each of 16,000 networks.
Class C to Supports 254 hosts on each of 2 million networks.
Class D to Reserved for multicast groups.
Class E to Reserved.

Ranges 127.x.x.x are reserved for loopback tests, for example, Ranges are used to broadcast to all hosts on the local network.

All IP addresses are broken down into 4 sets of octets that break down into binary to represent the actual IP address. The below chart is a basic example of the basic IP

IP: 255. 255. 255. 255.
Binary value: 11111111. 11111111. 11111111. 11111111.
Octet value: 8 8 8 8

If we were to break down the IP "", which is the IP address of Computer Hope, you would get the below value.

166. 70. 10. 23
10100110. 01000110. 00001010. 00010111
128+32+4+2=166 64+4+2=70 8+2=10 16+4+2+1=23

There are several IP addresses used or automatically assigned on a network. For example: 0 is the automatically assigned network address. 1 is the commonly used address used as the gateway. 2 is also a commonly used address used for a gateway. 255 is automatically assigned on most networks as the broadcast address.

Users and/or companies who need to register an IP address or a valid range of IP addresses must register that IP address through InterNIC.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/ip.htm


Short for Internet Packet eXchange/Sequential Packet eXchange, IPX/SPX is a local-area network communications protocol developed by Novell that exchanges information between network clients, applications, and network peripherals. This Protocol cannot be used over the Internet.

source: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/ipxspx.htm


Saturday, May 2, 2009


Network Keyterm - 8


Term used to describe the process of one computer establishing a connection with another computer or device. The handshake is often the steps of verifying the connection, the speed, and/or the authorization of the computer trying to connect to it. An example of handshaking is when a modem connects to another modem; the tones heard after the dialing is the handshake and can be thought of as the computers greeting each other.

: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/h/handshak.htm

**Heterogeneous Network**

Computer network that combines one or more different types of computers and/or protocols.

: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/h/hetenetw.htm

**Homogeneous Network**

Computer network derived of computers using similar configuration and protocols. A good example of a homogeneous network is a network using Microsoft Windows over TCP/IP.

: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/h/homognet.htm

**Hubbed mode**

Term used to describe when a router or switch is acting like a hub and broadcasting everything to every port instead of a specific port.

: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/h/hubbmode.htm

**Hybrid topology**

A network topology that uses two or more network topologies.

: http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/h/hybrtopo.htm




Talk about the mouse that roared.

It’s not for the casual gamer — or the casual anyone—but the $500 SpacePilot Pro, arriving courtesy of Logitech subsidiary 3Dconnexion, is full of wow for designers and engineers who work in three-dimensional computerized environments.

SpacePilot has a built-in color LCD screen, which can display e-mail, messages and other customizable visual information, but the substance of the mouse is to expedite workflow and navigation through 3-D spaces like Autodesk Inventor, Microsoft Virtual Earth and SolidWorks.

Of course, mouse geeks will have to have one, if only to gaze at sexy blue lights and the Darth Vader form factor — the buttons on SpacePilot make BMW’s confusing iDrive simple by comparison. The big knob in the center twirls six ways, and it tilts and rolls as well. In Logitech-speak, the device has “six degrees of freedom sensor technology … by lifting, pressing and turning the controller cap, design engineers can easily pan, zoom and rotate without stopping to select commands.”

It adds up to a virtual nirvana for fingers.

For a neat full-motion video demonstration and more information about where to plunk down your $500, look here.

source: 1. http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/super-mouse/
2. http://www.3dconnexion.com/spp/index.php