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- Investigation: Active 3D TVs, Full HD 3D ?/DVersus
- Monitor Review: AOC e2352Phz /DVersus
- Components returns rates (5)
- Test: Samsung S22A350H, Panasonic FZ150 /DVersus
- ARM Cortex A7 and big.LITTLE architecture
- Components returns rates (7)
- Components returns rates (6)
- AFDS: AMD, ARM, ImgTech, TI: HSA Foundation
- Monitor Review: Acer HN274Bbmiiid /DVersus
- Test : Dell Inspiron 14z vs XPS 14z /DVersus

 Components returns rates (7)
  Posted on 16/11/2012 at 00:05 by Damien
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Reliability is of course fundamental, but it’s also difficult to measure and we aren’t able to give stats on this in our usual reviews. Motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, RAM, HDDs and SSDs: here are the figures that we do have!

> Components returns rates (7)

 Components returns rates (6)
  Posted on 25/06/2012 at 19:30 by Damien
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Reliability is of course fundamental, but it’s also difficult to measure and we aren’t able to give stats on this in our reviews. Motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, RAM, HDDs and SSDs: here are the figures we have!

> Components returns rates (6)

 AFDS: AMD, ARM, ImgTech, TI: HSA Foundation
  Posted on 13/06/2012 at 08:32 by Damien
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The AMD Fusion Developer Summit, a tech forum dedicated to heterogeneous computing, is currently taking place in Seattle. This forum can be seen as AMD's answer to Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, which took place last month. However one important point distinguishes the two events: AMD designs as many CPU cores as it does GPUs. More than massively parallel computing, which uses GPUs, it's heterogeneous computing which is centre stage here.

Using CPU and GPU cores together is a complex task, notably because they don’t yet share a totally unified memory space, even if the Trinity APU does represent some progress here. Last year, AMD announced Fusion System Architecture, an attempt to give some answers to this problem so as to be able to provide a platform that is simpler to use for a maximum of developers. AMD said at the time that it wanted to make FSA an open standard and publish full documentation before the end of 2011, putting a consortium into place to manage it.

AMD has fallen behind this schedule in the publication of the documentation, which is still unavailable. In the meantime it has renamed FSA, calling it Heterogeneous System Architecture so as to separate off the Fusion brand. A few months ago, AMD outlined its plans with respect to the consortium, now to be known as the HAS Foundation, with the aim of passing all the initial work done on to the foundation.

This edition of AFDS is an opportunity for AMD to cement the place of the HSA Foundation, which has been in existence for the last few days. The HSA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which will henceforth be charged with the development and promotion of this open standard designed to simplify heterogeneous computing, whether this be with respect to PCs, smartphones or servers. Its task will also be to produce effective development tools and help train developers.

AMD is transferring all its initial work on FSA/HSA to the foundation, including an open source compiler, libraries and preliminary documentation concerning programming, hardware specifications and software specifications. Moreover, AMD is supplying some of the funds to set the foundation up.

The foundation has of course been designed to federate as many members as possible and membership can be of several types: founders (those invited during the first 90 days), promoters, supporters, contributors, academics and associates. As is generally the case with this type of organisation, each member participates in the funding according to their membership level: founder members for example contribute USD 125,000).

The representatives of five of the founding members of the HSA Foundation, who make up the current executive committee.

The HSA Foundation couldn’t have been set up without the support of other big names in the industry. The presence of ARM at last year’s AFDS left no doubt as to its interest in the project. For ARM, a company specialised in modules designed for SoC, heterogeneous computing is the only viable solution with respect to power consumption constrictions and it’s therefore no surprise to see that ARM is one of the founding members of the foundation. Others have joined the initiative and are all linked to SoC in one way or another: Imagination Technologies, MediaTek and Texas Instruments.

Each of these companies will be represented on the foundation's executive committee (Manju Hedge, Vice-President of developer solutions designed for heterogeneous computing at AMD and ex-CEO of Ageia; Jem Davies Vice-President responsible for the Media Processing division at ARM and so on), which will be managed on a day to day basis by Phil Rogers, President of the HSA Foundation and AMD Corporate Fellow.

Of course other major names are unfortunately absent, including Nvidia and, above all, Intel. The founding members haven’t given up hope of persuading them to join the initiative, though they aren’t holding their breath either. But it’s developers, more than anyone else, who they will have to convince and for this to happen, as Adobe, also present at AFDS, said, full, high-performance, reliable and easy-to-use tools will have to be developed. Plenty of work in perspective then!

You’ll be able to find all the information currently available on the HSA Foundation site.

 Monitor Review: Acer HN274Bbmiiid /DVersus
  Posted on 20/02/2012 at 07:20 by Vincent
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Just as Asus had to with its VG278H, now Acer has decided to update its own 27'' Full HD 120 Hz monitor to add the Lightboost feature which is now an essential component of Nvidia's 3DVision standard.

The original Acer HN274HBbmiid only scored three stars in our first review, so this time it's got a second chance to impress us.

> Test: Acer HN274HBbmiiid
> Sat Nav Buyer's Guide Updated
> All-in-One PC Review: Asus ET2700INTS, 27'' With Intel Core i7
> Review: RIM Back In Business With The BlackBerry Bold 9790
> Review: Sony PlayStation Vita Handheld Console
> Printer Review: WorkForce Pro WP-4525DNF, Alternative To Lasers
> APU Reviews: Affordable AMD A8-3870K and A6-3500
> Camera Review: Olympus SH-21 Touchscreen Superzoom
> 3D TV Review: Philips 58PFL9956H Home Cinema TV With 21:9, Full LED

 Test : Dell Inspiron 14z vs XPS 14z /DVersus
  Posted on 11/02/2012 at 15:09 by Vincent
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In our Dell duel today, we're setting two ultra-portable laptops from the same brand up against each other: the affordable Inspiron 14z and the elitist XPS 14z.

In spite of being identical in size, both earning our 4-star rating and having almost the same name, these two laptops are on sale at radically different prices. Is this justified? Answers in the duel!

> Dell Duel: Inspiron 14z vs XPS 14z

Digital Versus this week:
> All-In-One Home Cinema Kit Review: Yamaha BDX-610
> Laser Printer Review: Dell 5350dn, For Big Volumes
> Super Smartphone Duel: Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
> External Hard Drive Review: Seagate GoFlex Desk 3 TB USB 3.0
> Camera Review: Samsung MV800 Compact With Flip-Out Screen
> TV Review: Toshiba Returns To Active 3D With Affordable TL838 TV
> Monitor Review: Philips P241P: 24'' Full HD with MVA Display

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