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Intel Updates Technology Roadmap with Data Center Processors and Game Streaming Service

At Intel's 2022 Investor Meeting, Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger and Intel's business leaders outlined key elements of the company's strategy and path for long-term growth. Intel's long-term plans will capitalize on transformative growth during an era of unprecedented demand for semiconductors. Among the presentations, Intel announced product roadmaps across its major business units and key execution milestones, including: Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics, Intel Foundry Services, Software and Advanced Technology, Network and Edge, Technology Development, More: For more from Intel's Investor Meeting 2022, including the presentations and news, please visit the Intel Newsroom and Intel.com's Investor Meeting site.

NVIDIA Brings Reflex to More Monitors and Mice, HDR10+ support later in 2022

In addition to the new game titles with Reflex support that Nvidia announced during its CES press conference, the company has also announced an additional eight displays and six mice that are now supported. Four of the displays are part of Nvidia's new 1440p esports display scheme and comes from AOC, MSI, ASUS and Viewsonic, one being the Alienware QD-OLED display, with the remaining three being 4K miniLED displays from Acer, Asus and HP. The 1440p esports monitors are all capable of a refresh rate of at least 300 Hz, with the ASUS ROG Swift going as high as 360 Hz.

We've already covered the Alienware QD-OLED display in a separate news post, so we'll skip it here. The 4K miniLED displays consist of the Acer Predator X32, the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQXE and the HP Omen 32u, all 32-inch displays, with the Acer and ASUS displays being capable of 160 Hz refresh rates. We can't find any details about the HP display beyond the limited information provided by Nvidia.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB Edition Rumored to Launch on January 11th

During the CES 2022 keynote, we have witnessed NVIDIA update its GeForce RTX 30 series family with GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti. However, this is not an end to NVIDIA's updates to the Ampere generation, as we now hear industry sources from Wccftech suggest that we could see a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM enabled, launched as a separate product. Compared to the regular RTX 3080 that carries only 10 GB of GDDR6X, the new 12 GB version is supposed to bring a slight bump up to the specification list. The GA102-220 GPU SKU found inside the 12 GB variant will feature 70 SMs with 8960 CUDA, 70 RT cores, and 280 TMUs.

This represents a minor improvement over the regular GA102-200 silicon inside the 8 GB model. However, the significant difference is the memory organization. With the new 12 GB model, we have a 384-bit memory bus allowing GDDR6X modules to achieve a bandwidth of 912 GB/s, all while running at 19 Gbps speeds. The overall TDP will also receive a bump to 350 Watts, compared to 320 Watts of the regular RTX 3080 model. For more information regarding final clock speeds and pricing, we have to wait for the alleged launch date - January 11th.

Alienware Demos 34-inch QD-OLED Monitor at CES

Although Samsung apparently wasn't ready to show off its rumoured 34-inch QD-OLED monitor at CES, Alienware stepped up and demonstrated a fully working model that is said to be launching as soon as the 29th of March in the US market. The Alienware 34 Curved QD-LED Gaming Monitor or the AW3423DW as it's also known as, uses a curved QD-OLED panel from Samsung, with QD standing for Quantum Dot, a technology used to boost colours in various types of display panels.

The Alienware 34 Curved QD-LED Gaming Monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, which gives it an aspect ratio of 21:9. It's said to feature Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate, with refresh rates of up to 175 Hz over DP and 100 Hz over HDMI. It has a typical brightness of only 250 cd/m², but as this is an HDR capable display, this can go as high as 1000 cd/m² in HDR mode. The monitor sports one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports and three USB 3.2 ports at 5 Gbps, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a line-out jack. No word on pricing as yet, but it would be silly to presume this will be a cheap monitor.

Samsung Goes Large with 55-inch Odyssey Ark Monitor

There's always a discussion about screen sizes and resolution when news about a new display is posted and we have a feeling that this one will be ultra polarising, since Samsung has decided to show off a 55-inch 4K curved display, with a tilt option. Yes, you read that correctly and there are pictures from CES to prove it as well. It would appear to come with a small, external control unit, which is likely to come handy, as reaching the onboard controls could be tricky on a large display like this.

Little else is known about the Odyssey Ark at this moment, but it's apparently using what Samsung calls a Quantum Mini-LED panel and it's meant to have multiple built in speakers. However, it is said to be a real product that should launch in the US market in the second half of this year, but expect to pay a crazy premium for the pleasure of owning one.

Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Features 120Hz 3072x1440 17.3-inch Display

We've already seen some leaked pictures of Lenovo's awkwardly named ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, but what they didn't convey was the specs and almost all of them are quite impressive. The main display might be the most impressive part, as it's a 17.3-inch, 120 Hz 16:10 panel with a resolution of 3072x1440, which is as far as we know, the first of its kind. Then there's the "tablet" which measures 8-inches, although it's fairly low resolution at 1280x800. It comes with a "digital pen" as Lenovo calls it and is designed for graphics works courtesy of a software plugin that allows it to work with Pantone colours.

CPU wise, we're looking at the brand new 12th gen Intel Core H-series of CPUs, although no mention of the exact SKUs was offered. There's support for up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 2 TB of storage. Sadly, graphics are limited to the Intel Iris Xe GPU built into the CPU, which means it might not be the ideal notebook for some of the types of work it was intended for.

Anker Innovations' Brands Unveil New Product Lineup at CES 2022

Anker Innovations, a global leader in mobile charging and consumer electronics, today unveiled new products from its brands Anker, AnkerWork, eufy Security and Nebula. This includes an AI-powered video conferencing bar with built-in lighting; a smart video doorbell with two cameras; and a portable 4K laser projector featuring AndroidTV.

The AnkerWork B600 utilizes an all-in-one design that combines a 2K camera, 4 mics array, built-in speakers and supplemental light bar. Ideal for use either at home or at personal office space, the compact design easily sets atop an external monitor. Once connected using USB-C, the B600 can be used with most current video conference platforms to provide vibrant video and crystal-clear audio while keeping the desk uncluttered. The B600's VoiceRadar technology combined with dynamic beamforming and an A.I. algorithm allows users to achieve full-duplex, clear calls in noisy environments, while the 2K capable video camera offers auto-focus, FOV adjustment, and image enhancement while also utilizing the camera's MagicSight technology for automated lighting adjustment including brightness and color temperature.

ViewSonic Launches its Flagship 32-inch ELITE XG321UG 4K Mini-LED Gaming Monitor

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, introduces the ViewSonic ELITE XG321UG gaming monitor. This 32-inch monitor is equipped with a mini-LED light source IPS panel and NVIDIA Reflex technology. It features a native 4K Ultra HD resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, along with NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate technology bringing lifelike HDR quality and taking gaming immersion to whole new levels. Engineered for competition, the XG321UG delivers reduced latency thanks to NVIDIA Reflex suite and G-Sync technology. The VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification ensures that the panel can adjust individual brightness zones up and down, hundreds of times a second, to provide a lifelike image with better contrast, higher brightness, and more lighting control than possible on any standard LED-based panel.

"With the ViewSonic ELITE XG321UG, we're adding one of the best high-end monitors to our ELITE gaming series," said Jeff Muto, business line director at ViewSonic. "Featuring a mini-LED panel, advanced ergonomics and customizable RGB lighting, this monitor is packed with features that give users the gaming setup they've always wanted. What's more, with super-smooth gameplay, incredible responsiveness, and amazing color accuracy, the XG321UG delivers an immersive experience."

Shiftall Introduces MaganeX, World's First 5.2K High-Dynamic-Range Virtual-Reality Glasses at CES 2022 Incorporating Kopin's 2.6K x 2.6K OLED Displays

Shiftall Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, will reveal MaganeX, its stylish, lightweight, high-dynamic-range (HDR), virtual-reality (VR) glasses at CES 2022 this week incorporating Lightning 2.6K x 2.6K (2560 x 2560 resolution) micro OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays on chip (DoC ) and all-plastic Pancake optics from Kopin Corporation.

Shiftall, a fully owned subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, presents MaganeX which is an ultra-lightweight, 5.2K HDR VR headset supporting 6 degree-of-freedom (DoF) head position detection and various SteamVR applications. The MaganeX has a very small form factor thanks to Kopin's 1.3" displays and the slim Pancake optics. The small, lightweight form factor makes the glasses comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, unlike today's bulky VR headsets. The very advanced VR glasses also provide for interpupillary distance (IPD) and diopter adjustments so that they can be used without corrective lenses. The foldable frame with built-in speakers makes it easy to carry.

Phanteks Previews Robotic-Looking Evolv Shift XT Case, Compact PSUs, and White Edition Products

Phanteks debuts a host of new products for the upcoming year at CES 2022 - The brand new Evolv Shift XT Mini-ITX Chassis and Revolt SFX Power Supplies, Matte White Editions for the Evolv X & Eclipse P600S Chassis, white SK PWM D-RGB Fans, white AMP Power Supply and a complete range of Gen4 PCIe Riser Cables and Gen4 Vertical GPU Bracket.

Brand new and unique Evolv Shift XT Mini-ITX Chassis and super compact Revolt SFX Power Supplies
Evolv Shift XT - Compact, Powerful, Futureproof
The Evolv Shift XT brings a unique small form factor that can extend in size to tailor to your cooling performance needs. The Evolv Shift XT has no compromise on performance with support for powerful hardware, whether in Compact, Aircooled, or Liquid Cooled Mode.

XPS 13 Reinvents Itself, Embracing Simplicity as the New Premium

It's no coincidence the new XPS 13 Plus is our most powerful yet, considering it was inspired by Gen-Z - a group that knows who they are, where they want to go and demands the horsepower they need to get there. Modern and stylish, yet approachable and efficient - simple and intentional are the new definition of premium. Redesigned from the ground up with more performance than ever before, the XPS 13 Plus makes it so you can do everything you love to do in style. While beautiful designs and powerful technology innovations are crucial, there's so much more beneath the surface. And when it comes to creating your own world, a better tomorrow or whatever it is you love to do, there's no better companion than the XPS 13 Plus.

Performance, design and packaging; from top to bottom, we've stripped away the unnecessary and streamlined features to deliver a complete, seamless experience. Simplified interiors make your creative experience the focus, with best-in-class edge-to-edge displays that bring your visions to life. Additionally, leading battery technology make sure you can go the distance without disruptions. And with Express Charge 2.0 that gets your laptop to about 80% battery life in less than an hour, you can quickly juice up on the fly. Oh, and did we mention it's just as light and thin? More power, without weighing you down.

Samsung Electronics Launches The Freestyle, a Portable Screen for Entertainment Wherever You Are

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its all-new portable screen and entertainment device, The Freestyle, ahead of CES 2022. The Freestyle offers first-of-its-kind technology and flexibility to deliver optimal viewing and entertainment for customers looking to bring video and audio content wherever they go. Targeted toward Gen Z and millennials, The Freestyle is a projector, smart speaker and ambient lighting device all rolled into one lightweight, portable device. When it comes to portability, The Freestyle weighs only 830 grams allowing to change any space into a screen with ease. Unlike conventional, boxy projectors, The Freestyle's versatile cradle allows rotation of up to 180 degrees, enabling users to show high-quality video anywhere - tables, floors, walls or even ceilings - no separate screen required.

"The Freestyle is a one-of-a-kind projector geared towards ultimate versatility and flexibility to meet the consumers' changing lifestyles," said Simon Sung, Executive Vice President and Head of the Sales & Marketing Team of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "Without the limitation in space and form factor, The Freestyle is a fun and versatile device that can be used in any way consumers prefer."

AMD CES 2022 Liveblog: Zen 3+, RDNA2 IGP, 6nm, RX 6500 XT, AM5, Zen 4 and More

Although physically away from the 2022 International CES, AMD is hosting a virtual press event to announce many new consumer products. The year's biggest tech-show allows AMD to talk about its latest, and next-generation architectures, the products it has in store for 2022, as well as introduce new technology. We expect the company to unveil "Zen 4" from a consumer perspective, its next-generation mobile processors, and much more. Stay tuned as we live-blog the event as it unfolds.

15:01 UTC: Straight away we see some big new model names:
15:02 UTC: CEO Dr Lisa Su takes centrestage.

Targus Showcases New Product Range at CES 2022 to Empower a Seamless Life at Home, in the Office, or on the Go

Targus, a leader in laptop cases and mobile computing accessories, will unveil its latest innovations at CES 2022 to empower today's mobile and agile workforce. The new lineup of products includes a new eco-friendly backpack with built-in Apple Find My technology, the world's first fingerprint-enabled docking station, and a wide range of antimicrobial tech accessories to help keep surfaces and devices cleaner and more resistant to harmful bacteria.

"The global pandemic has undoubtedly transformed the way we work, learn, and live," said Andrew Corkill, vice president of global marketing & eCommerce, Targus. "As we reimagine what the next normal will be and what the future looks like, we are proud to continually bring purposeful technology solutions to the market that address productivity, sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives to enable a seamless life."

New Year, New Heights: NETGEAR Builds On WiFi 6E Leadership With Latest Nighthawk WiFi 6E Tri-band Router

-NETGEAR, Inc. the leading provider of award-winning connected products designed to simplify and improve people's lives, today introduced a new router to its award-winning WiFi 6E lineup. Building on the success of the Nighthawk RAXE500, a 2021 CES Innovation Award honoree, the Nighthawk RAXE300 Tri-band WiFi 6E Router provides speeds up to 7.8 Gbps while leveraging the new era of fast connectivity on the 6 GHz band, free of interference and congestion.

The pandemic has irreversibly accelerated the world's dependence on WiFi as working, learning and video streaming from home have continued to place unprecedented demands on home WiFi networks. Devices in these ultra-connected households have been in a constant contest for bandwidth on crowded WiFi networks, stressing the need for the new, clean 6 GHz band. NETGEAR's WiFi 6E offering helps to resolve these congestion issues by adding the previously unavailable 6 GHz WiFi spectrum that can be used as an express lane to connect more devices with faster speeds and reliability.

New LG TVs Redefine Viewing and User Experience with Unmatched Features, Technologies

LG Electronics USA (LG) today unveiled its most advanced and impressive TV lineup yet, headlined by the company's exceptional 2022 OLED TVs. With powerful imaging technologies and an improved webOS offering even more smart features and services, LG's latest models are expected to elevate the viewing and user experience like never before.

The leader of the global premium TV market for nine years and counting and a CES Innovation Award honoree for eight consecutive years, LG OLED TV has reshaped the premium TV segment to become the first choice for millions of consumers worldwide. OLED TVs employ self-lighting pixels that can be turned on and off individually to deliver perfect blacks, incredibly lifelike colors and infinite contrast. Backlight-free, OLED is thinner and lighter than any other display technology, allowing for the creation of unprecedented form factors such as bendable and rollable TVs.

Intel's NUC 12 Extreme Edition to Feature Non-Soldered LGA1700 Socket for Alder Lake

For a significant period, Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series has featured soldered processors on the PC's motherboard. However, according to the latest leaks from Twitter hardware leaker @9550pro, we have a potential Alder Lake-based NUC featuring desktop processor versions and a dedicated LGA1700 socket. As the leaked image shows, it looks like Intel's NUC 12 Extreme edition will feature an LGA1700 socket that features support for desktop-class of Alder Lake processors. If this leak is correct, we could see a compelling NUC solution filled with Intel-only processors, meaning an Alder Lake CPU and Arc Alchemist discrete graphics card.

There is room for PCIe expansion, which means that theoretically, you could connect any GPU to the mainboard. However, it is natural to assume that Intel could force their own GPU SKUs to launch this mini PC. We have to wait and see what Intel presents at tomorrow's CES 2022 event for more information.

CES 2022 Event Closing One Day Earlier on January 7

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced that CES will be closing one day early and the in-person event will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-7, 2022. The show will close at 6 PM on January 7. The step was taken as an additional safety measure to the current health protocols that have been put in place for CES.

Well over 2200 exhibitors committed to participate at CES 2022 in person in Las Vegas. While some 200 canceled their physical participation, in the last two weeks 143 additional companies have signed up to exhibit in-person. Construction of exhibitors' show floor space is well underway and soon you will be able to see and experience the latest tech innovations.

MSI Cancels their Physical Presence at 2022 CES

Due to the growth of confirmed Omicron cases in the United States, the global leading gaming brand, MSI, officially announced that its on-site CES physical presence in Las Vegas will be canceled for the safety of all employees, customers and fans. The new products for 2022 will be showcased through online events virtually.

"Since December, the rapidly spreading Omicron variant has brought the USA a surge of COVID-19 cases. The health and well-being of our employees, customers and fans are our top priority. Hence, we have decided not to participate in-person at CES 2022 and will join the show virtually with our online product launch," said Sam Chern, MSI Marketing Vice President.

CES Organizer Claims Chip Shortage, Not Covid is Keeping Exhibitors at Home

January 5th is when CES 2022 is set to kick off and we've already seen reports of several big brands cancelling their attendance, but according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) who are the organisers behind CES, it's not because of Covid, but rather due to the chip shortage. The fact that most countries have imposed travel restrictions and even gone into fairly strict lockdowns seems to have eluded the CTA as its CEO claims exhibitors aren't overly concerned about the virus.

Instead, the reasoning by the CTA CEO goes along the lines of the chip shortage causing issues with prototypes and product samples, so the companies that were planning to attend CES won't have any products to showcase. This seems like some very strange logic, since from what we've seen so far, prototypes and product samples don't seem to be a major concern. That said, the CTA is correct that logistics are going to be a nightmare this year, as shipping delays are not uncommon and are likely to cause bigger problems for the exhibitors this year than anything else. TPU is still expecting to be on location in Las Vegas for next year's show, unless something changes drastically in the next week and half.

AMD Will Give a Glimpse of Zen4 Core at CES 2022 Presentation

As the year ends, one of the biggest consumer trade shows, CES, is on the horizon, and manufacturers are ready to present the work that will become real throughout the year. AMD will offer a keynote at the CES 2022 press conference, and we expect to hear more about the upcoming Zen3 processors with 3D V-cache stacked in them. However, what is interesting is that we may listen to more details about Zen4 core. In an exclusive interview conducted by Antony Leather, Forbes contributor and the person behind CrazyTechLab, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster started the hype machine by sharing that AMD will announce some Zen4 core details at the CES 2022 conference.
AMD CTO Mark PapermasterWith regards to the upcoming generation - I point to CES in January. We're excited to be revealing some additional details on our new product launches that will deliver phenomenal experiences and as we've said, later in the year as it progresses we'll share more detail on Zen 4 with some mentioned at CES and more announcements on it over the course of 2022. It will be a very exciting year for AMD.

CyberLink to Showcase the Latest Game-Changing Applications of its FaceMe AI Facial Recognition Solution at CES 2022

CyberLink Corp. a pioneer of AI and facial recognition technologies, will showcase several new, cutting-edge applications of its market-leading solution, FaceMe, at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Learn how FaceMe can be deployed across use cases covering security, access control, health & safety, contactless payment, identity verification, visitor analytics, and more at booth #9543, North Hall, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 4-8, 2022.

FaceMe offers a broad and growing set of features and tools powered by CyberLink's highly ranked AI facial recognition engine. It is at the forefront of biometric solutions with innovation that pushes standards for accuracy, performance, security, and flexibility across a wide range of industries. Since the launch of FaceMe in late 2018, CyberLink has collaborated with over a hundred global partners, including hardware makers, solution providers, and system integrators, deploying its technology across multiple scenarios.

CTA Announces Return to Las Vegas for CES 2022

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced CES 2022, the world's most influential technology event, will return to Las Vegas next year. Following a successful all-digital CES 2021, CTA will convene the tech industry in-person and digitally, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as the world's most-influential leaders and industry advocates. CES heads back to Las Vegas Jan. 5-8, 2022, with Media Days taking place Jan. 3-4, 2022.

Some 1000 companies have committed to showcasing their most innovative technologies in Las Vegas and companies are continuing to sign up. Attendees can expect to see global brands including Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Daimler AG, Dell, Google, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Sony. Companies including Caterpillar, Indy Autonomous Challenge and Sierra Space are planning to make a Las Vegas debut in 2022. Eureka Park will return with startups representing countries around the world, including large delegations from France, Italy, the Netherlands and South Korea.

EK at CES 2021: Active Backplate, New Torque Fittings, Concept Cases!

EK Waterblocks, who have decided to go by EK for the brand presence in the retail stream henceforth, had a stronger showing at the virtual CES 2021 than most other brands, and showcased a good deal of new products amidst their EK Expo ongoing as of this post. The most interesting product to me at least was their upcoming actively cooled backplate solution, which is different from what Aqua Computer has done to date in that it has an actual cold plate and coolant going through a small block on the back rather than just a heatpipe. Now I will mention that Aqua Computer had shown off some renders of their own take of this, but this is the first time a retail solution has been shown off by a company.

EK says that the new backplate offering will come in either acetal or nickel-plexi variants, and will incorporate a thicker terminal that splits coolant flow to the front and back. The backplate, first coming for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 reference PCB, will make direct contact with the components on the back as well, with freshly conducted internal testing showing VRAM cooling improvements in significant double digits already. The company plans to make this an option for other popular new GPU releases as well, except for the RTX 3090 FE that gets its own bespoke cooling solution with the backplate connected to the coldplate on the front via thermal pads for a more petite, semi-active cooling solution coming up soon. The first active backplate is due to release in a month, with cost on the order of a typical GPU block itself. Click past the break for more from EK at CES 2021!

CES 2021: Thermaltake Introduces ARGENT Gaming Peripherals with Immersive Gaming Ecosystem

Thermaltake, the leading PC component brand offering premium solutions for cooling, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, today announced the ARGENT series, which includes ARGENT K5 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, ARGENT M5 RGB Gaming Mice, ARGENT H5 RGB 7.1 Headset, ARGENT HS1 RGB Headset Stand, ARGENT Gaming Desk, ARGENT Gaming Chair, ARGENT MP1 RGB Mouse Pad, and ARGENT MB1 Mouse Bungee.

"We have decided to create a gaming series that can be enjoyed at all levels, including visual, auditory, and tactility while providing users to game and compete at the highest levels. The ARGENT series is a concept about creating an ecosystem, the hardware, software, and even the illumination can evolve to a state-of-the-art level. A truly immersive gaming and art enjoyment!" said Kenny Lin, the CEO of Thermaltake.
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