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Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Sensors Work Through Glass, Metal, and Displays

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Qualcomm has announced its next-generation of Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, which will work under a display, metal or glass. In addition to that, these new fingerprint sensors will also work under-water as they are rated at IP68, like most smartphones these days. These three new fingerprint sensors are made to work through water and oil, and still be reliable and accurate.

So even if you are cooking, you can pick up your smartphone and still be able to unlock it with your fingerprint. Qualcomm also notes that these fingerprint sensors do also support blood flow and your heartbeat, so there’s no more needing to touch the flash next to your camera (and risk smudging the camera lens) to check your heart rate.

These new Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors do also support gestures. This is a feature that has been adopted recently by a number of smartphone makers. Allowing users to do things like swipe down on the sensor to bring down the notification shade and such.

Qualcomm notes that these fingerprint sensors are the first to scan through up to 800µm of cover glass and 525µm of aluminum. Making them pretty powerful fingerprint sensors. It’s also the first fingerprint sensor to detect heart rate and blood flow, as other smartphones have done this using the flash next to the camera, instead of the fingerprint sensor.

This Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is going to mean that manufacturers like ASUS, HTC, LG, and Samsung will be able to put their fingerprint sensors under glass, and won’t need to cut a hole in the back of the device for the sensor. Manufacturers could also put it on the display of their smartphones, really making it hidden.

Qualcomm announced Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors a few years ago, but we never saw them launch in any commercially available devices. Qualcomm is looking to change that with this generation. The company notes that these Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors will work with current and future Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800-series processors, including the recently announced Snapdragon 630 and 660 SoC’s. On top of that, they will also be compatible with non-Snapdragon chipsets, like those made by MediaTek, Samsung and NVIDIA.

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CORSAIR Intros 30mm Thick RS MAX Series PC Fans

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CORSAIR has announced the launch of its first 30mm-thick PC cooling fans, the RS MAX Series. By combining extremely durable Liquid Crystal Polymer material with a larger fan blade bolstered by AirGuide technology, CORSAIR’s expert engineers have created its best-performing fan with zero compromises.

The RS MAX Series connects with a simple 4-pin PWM header, enabling precise adjustment over fan speeds without the need for a separate controller.

With a 20% increase in thickness over standard fans, the RS MAX Series can spin at a lower speed to generate the same airflow as its thinner counterparts – translating into lower overall fan noise.

For enthusiasts who push their systems to the limit, the high static pressure created by the RS MAX’s larger fan blade helps power airflow through obstructions and dense radiators, making it an ideal choice for high-performance liquid cooling setups.

CORSAIR Magnetic Dome bearings – an evolution of the acclaimed magnetic levitation bearing – significantly reduce friction for both enhanced longevity and quieter operation. For PC builders looking to boost performance without boosting noise, the RS MAX Series will help push your system to the max.

The CORSAIR RS MAX Series is available in 120mm and 140mm sizes from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

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TEAMGROUP Launches the MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

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Team Group has launched TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 Solid State Drive, featuring the latest 3D QLC NAND technology, combining cutting-edge technology with the trend of demanding high storage capacity to meet daily system and file storage needs. TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD utilises the latest 3D QLC NAND, offering capacities of up to 4TB. With the PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and SLC Caching technology, it achieves maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,400 MB/s and 6,500 MB/s, respectively.

The MP44Q SSD operates with low power consumption, catering to all document processing and storage applications, significantly enhancing work efficiency. Paired with TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented graphene heat dissipation sticker, whose thickness is less than 1 mm, eliminating the potential for mechanical interference in any assembly, coupled with the native heat sink of the motherboard, such an arrangement effectively addresses the heat generated by high performance, extending the SSD’s lifespan.

Additionally, it supports TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented SSD intelligent monitoring software, S.M.A.R.T., allowing for quick and easy configuration and testing, effortlessly monitoring the quality and performance of the SSD. The product also provides the latest QLC high-speed Gen4 x4 SSD to cater to various storage needs for both life and work.

The packaging of TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD adopts recyclable packaging materials and has passed RoHS, REACH, and other environmental protection certifications with the effort of contributing to sustainable living. The product comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, ensuring consumer confidence in product quality. It is expected to be available globally starting in early May 2024.

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Gigabyte Unveils Limited Edition “Ice” Themed Motherboard and GPU

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Gigabyte has officially launched its long-awaited XTREME Prestige Limited Edition lineup, featuring a visually stunning and overclocked RTX 4080 SUPER graphics card and a feature-packed Z790 motherboard. Both components boast a luxurious titanium and gold design, complete with unique engraved serial numbers, hinting at the limited production run – estimated between 300 and 500 units.

The centrepiece, the Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Xtreme Ice 16G, boasts a factory overclock of 150 MHz and improved performance over the stock model. Gigabyte claims it delivers 885 AI TOPs compared to the stock card’s 836. Cooling this beast are three massive “bionic shark” fans and a large vapour chamber. For those seeking ultimate customization, the fans feature addressable RGB rings, and the card itself sports an LCD monitor displaying customizable GIFs.

The Z790 Aorus Xtreme X Ice motherboard complements the graphics card perfectly. It boasts a unique crystalized titanium finish, a golden CPU socket, and a removable M.2 heatsink. Feature-wise, it supports DDR5 memory with speeds exceeding XMP-8266 and offers AI-powered CPU overclocking, promising speeds exceeding 6.3 GHz on an i9-14900KS. An included external DAC further boosts audio quality.

While pricing remains a mystery (promised on the Gigabyte website but currently unavailable), expect a hefty price tag, likely exceeding $1,299 for the graphics card alone. Both products will be sold separately, but a future bundle with additional Xtreme Ice components is a possibility.

Gigabyte promises a luxurious “unboxing experience” for each component, complete with premium packaging, high-end tools, and even anti-static gloves. We’ll update this story with confirmed pricing when available.

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