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Logitech Buys Astro Gaming

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Logitech acquires the means of producing another piece of gaming hardware with Astro Gaming, maker of the highly rated A-Series headsets and Mixamp console peripherals.

Astro gamingThe deal cost Logitech $85 million in cash and is the second acquisition for the company in little more than a year, following the September 2016 purchase of British joystick maker Saitek from Mad Catz. Post-acquisition Astro Gaming will be folded into the Logitech G gaming peripheral brand.

"Astro is the leading player for premium console headsets and is the preferred headset for console esports athletes," Logitech says. "It's a perfect complement to Logitech G's focus on PC gaming and we couldn't be more excited; we love the team, the brand and the products. Together, we want to make game play even more fun for gamers everywhere."

EVGA Intros GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Hybrid

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EVGA presents another, curious take on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-- the FTW3 Hybrid, a version combining the Nvidia graphics card with an AiO Cooler and iCX technology for "water cooled domination."

EVGA CardThe FTW3 Hybrid promises the fasest out of the box clockspeed of all GTX 1080 Ti variants, as the built-in hybrid cooler allows for 1569MHz base clock and 1683MHz boost clock. In addition, iCX technology offers a full card temperature monitoring system, with 9 sensors allowing the cooling to react according to different conditions and stresses to provide "targeted cooling," at least according to EVGA.

Dell Adds Wireless Charging in Latitude 2-in-1

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Dell claims to offer the "world's first wireless charging 2-in-1" mobile device-- the Latitude 7285, a 12-inch portable PC promising to be thin and light while meeting the needs of commercial clients.

Dell LatitudeFirst seen back at CES 2017, the Latitude 7285 is also described as the "world's thinnest Windows-based commercial 2-in-1." For the record, it is 7.25mm thick, 274.8mm wide and 209.2mm, while weight totals 0.68kg. It carries a 12.3-inch 2880 x 1920 resolution display with an anti-glare panel, and can be configured with a variety of processors, from Intel Core i5-7Y54 to Core i7-7Y75 (all 4.5W solutions), and M.2 PCIe NVMe storage from 128GB to 256GB.

The aforementioned wireless charging uses the WiTricity standard and requires extra hardware-- specifically either an included USB-C 45W adapter or an optional wireless charging mat (PM30W171). Use of the charging mat requires an optional Dell Latitude wireless charging keyboard.

The Asus VP28UQG 4K Gaming Monitor

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Asus announces a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution) gaming display-- the VP28UQG, a 28-inch monitor featuring a TN film panel with a grey-to-grey response time of just 1ms.

Asus monitorBeing aimed at the gamer market, the VP28UQG supports AMD FreeSync adaptive v-sync technology and includes a number of "Asus GamePlus" features. These include OSD crosshairs, frame-rate counters and game genre-specific display presents. Maximum refresh rate reaches 60Hz, and it can smoothly drop to 40Hz to reduce screen tearing or choppiness when paired with a compatible graphics card.

Further specs include 10-bit colour support, maximum brightness of 300cd/m² and 1000:1 static contrast-ratio. Flicker-free and low blue light technologies boost eye comfort, while colour preset modes incde 3 screen tone modes and 4 colour temperature presets. Connectivity includes DisplayPort 1.2a and x2 HDMI v2.0 ports, with a 3.5mm jack for audio pass-through.

Researchers Combine Computing, Storage in 3D Chip

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Scientists at Stanford and MIT take on the communications bottleneck separating the storage and processing of data-- bringing about a 3D chip combining processing and storage through breakthrough nanotechnologies.

MIT NanotubesAs the researchers put it, current computers waste a lot of time and energy shuffling data between storage and processing. The amount of data produced by the modern world is increasing at a rapid rate, while we are reaching the physical limit as to by how much silicon transistors can be improved.

Enter the Stanford-MIT 3D chip. It is built using carbon nanotubes, sheets of 2D graphite formed into nanocylinders, and resistive random-access memory (RRAM), a type of memory built using a "solid dielectric material." The actual prototype stacks 1 million RRAM cells on 2 million carbon nanotube transistors, making a "dense 3D computer architecture with interleaving layers of logic and memory." Bringing the layers together are ultradense wires, resolving the communication bottleneck.

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