The stumbling block when it comes to quantum computing – which aims to use the quantum-mechanical phenomena of entanglement and superposition in order to perform superfast computational operations without electronic transistors – is maintaining superposition (i.e. more than one physical state, simultaneously; think Schrödinger’s cat), but a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thinks the secret behind sustaining that state can be found in diamonds.
The MIT researchers have developed a feedback-control system, utilising synthetic diamonds, which can successfully maintain a quantum superposition, the process of which is detailed in a paper entitled “Coherent feedback control of a single qubit in diamond,” published in Nature.
“Instead of having a classical controller to implement the feedback, we now use a quantum controller,” Paola Cappellaro, Esther and Harold Edgerton Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT (pictured above), told ComputerWorld. “Because the controller is quantum, I don’t need to do a measurement to know what’s going on.”
The artificial diamonds used featured a “vacancy” – essentially, a missing carbon nucleus within the structural lattice of the jewel – which was exploited by swapping an adjacent carbon atom for a nitrogen atom, resulting in a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre. If the NV is exposed to a strong magnetic field – the MIT team fixed a magnet to the diamond – the centre’s electronic spin can then maintain a superposition of up and down at the same time. In this case, the NV centre was able to maintain its superposition for 1,000 times as long as previous experiments.
Diamonds. Known for being priceless stones and hard to scratch, they’ve been at the centre of jewellery for years due to their shine, price and resilience. This could all change soon though, thanks to Scientists from North Carolina State University who have just announced their newly created form of carbon, Q-Carbon.
Previously carbon could exist in two other forms, graphite and diamond. Q-carbon is unique in that it is ferromagnetic, meaning not only is it harder than diamonds, but when exposed to energy it begins to glow.
Q-Carbon has also been used to construct diamond structures at room temperature, a feat that was only ever possible in extreme heats (e.g. specialised furnaces and volcanos) and under immense pressure. While still requiring a temperature of 3,726 °C, a feat achieved by a single laser pulse, the heat is only needed for 200 nanoseconds before being cooled down.
With current films of Q-Carbon measuring between 20 and 500 nanometers thick the researchers have been able to adjust the created structures by changing the laser pulse’s properties or the substrate, a material where the reactions take place.
Jay Narayan, the lead author of several papers described the process and continued to say, “And it is all done at room temperature and at ambient atmosphere – we’re basically using a laser like the ones used for laser eye surgery. So, not only does this allow us to develop new applications, but the process itself is relatively inexpensive.”
With its strength and luminescent properties, imagine a phone screen made of Q-Carbon?
You can find the latest update into their research here.
A great desktop or AV setup should simply work, with as few controls needed as possible, as few cables as needed, so that you can power it up and get on with the work or entertainment you desire, with as few problems as possible. Whether you’re wanting to take your work and throw it up on the big screen for a presentation, send your video output to a projector, take the movie or website you’re working with from your desktop to the living room, it doesn’t matter, you just want to be able to do it in a few simple clicks. The Diamond wireless display transmitter is one device that promises to be able to let you do just that, but is it any good?
“Wirelessly stream HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Now you can enjoy your home computer content and stream movies from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee®, iTunes® and YouTube® from the comfort of your own living room. There is no need to buy bulky set top boxes that limit what you can watch. Simply connect your PC to your high definition television and watch quality digital content supporting 1080p resolution. It’s your TV and your PC wirelessly!”
I’ve had a little experience with wireless display technology in the past and it was woefully inefficient. There were lag issues, display quality problems, stutter, range issues, resolution limitations and more. However, that was a fair few years ago and wireless technology has improved greatly since then, so I’m eager to see how this device holds up.
Watch ANYTHING from your PC or laptop on a large flat panel TV
Simple and Easy installation
Supports 1080p Full HD
5.1 Digital Audio
3.5 MM 2 Channel Stereo
MULTITASKING – Watch TV while working on your PC or laptop
Stream presentations wirelessly to your HDMI or VGA projector
Stream photos, music library or Internet radio from your PC or laptop to your HDTV home theater
Up to 30 foot range
HDMI cable included
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. The power cable, a USB transmitter, the receiver box and a HDMI cable.
The USB adaptor is simple enough and will connect to your computer easily enough, the higher and more insight of the transmitter you can get it, the better.
The receiver box is nice and compact, a lot smaller than most streaming devices and it shouldn’t be hard to integrate into your home entertainment setup, or pop next to a device such as a projector. It’s also small enough that you could keep it stored in your laptop bag. On the end, you’ll find a VGA port, great for keeping it compatible with older projectors and displays.
Down the other side, you’ve got a power input port, Mini-USB, HDMI (1080p and 5.1 Digital Audio support) and a 3.5mm jack for external 2 channel audio.
Two indicator lights on one end, to show signal and power.
The aerial can be moved to help you find an optimal signal.
It can also be removed should you need to and it features a standard WiFi antenna port, so you may even be able to add your own aerial if you really wanted to, or simply replace it should you break the original.
It doesn’t matter if you got the new Apple Macbook with just one USB port or any other system, you always have too few, especially on your portable computers. The Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock Dual Video USB 3.0/2.0 docking station enables multiple USB devices, monitors, and a network to be connected to the computer using a single USB3.0 cable. It doesn’t matter if you want to connect to your large screen displays, stereo speakers, external hard drive, optical disk drive, printer, USB keyboard, mouse or any other USB devices, the DS3900 has it covered.
Any laptop, Ultrabook, MacBook, just as well as any other PC, can connect to the Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock docking station, eliminating the need to plug in all USB peripherals and external monitor every time you come into the office or go back home. Just plug in the one USB 3.0 cable from the docking station to any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port on the laptop and your displays and accessories will be activated in seconds.
Most laptop manufacturers also build some sort of docking station for their systems, but they usually come with a pretty hefty price as well as being limited for use with specific models. Not so with Diamond’s universal solution. One of the big advantages of having a docking station at home, is that you don’t need to connect every single cable when you get home, a single one will do the trick and all your hardware is hooked up. Even audio is covered.
The single USB 3.0 uplink provides two USB 3.0 ports where one of them supports quick charge (BC1/2 battery charging function) for iPad and iPhones. Further, it has four USB 2.0 ports as well as an IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab compatible RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port with full support for IPv4 and IPv6, full-duplex, and flow control. Just like it should be.
On the video side of things, the DS3900 is using a DisplayLink DL-3900 chipset and it supports 1080p HDMI and DVI dual digital video output. Extend or mirror your display onto another monitor or set an external connected monitor as your default one, you won’t notice any difference between the use of this docking station and a native connection. It supports High Resolution up to 2048 x 1152 and the entire unit is DisplayLink certified. Audio connections shouldn’t be left out, and they aren’t. It has two 3.5mm stereo jacks for audio output and microphone input.
The Diamond docking station measures 234 x 86 x 33 mm and weighs just 450 grams, light enough to make it portable as well. It does require Windows 7 Mac OS X, and newer versions to work, 1GB of memory, a 1.2GHz or faster SSE2 supporting CPU and 30MB free space for the installation and 10MB hard disk space for the drivers.
Besides the large rubber foot underneath the docking station, it also features a vertical stand for different optics and a smaller footprint. The metal foot is heavy enough to give the station a sturdy stand, even when heavy cables are connected to it. The rubber foot can be slid off and then you just hang the station onto the stand. Very simple and it looks awesome.
Diamond created a what looks to be a solid docking station, one where you only need to connect one cable to your system and in return you get full connectivity including dual display, audio, network, and USB 3.0 speed.
The package includes everything that you need, including a DVI to VGA adapter, power supply, vertical stand, USB cable, manuals, and driver disk.
So you’ve just bought that amazing new 4K monitor and you’re loving the resolution and stunning images, except every time you get back to your notebook or other older computer that can’t handle such a resolution. Diamond comes to the rescue with their BVU5500 USB 3.0 to 4K Display Port Adapter.
The Diamond BVU5500 features DisplayLink’s 4K technology with a DisplayPort 1.2 plug and adds this to your old laptop, tablet or computer, increasing the resolutions up to four times that of 1080P. If one extra monitor shouldn’t be enough for you, then just add some more. You can have up to six BVU5500 adapters connected at the same time, increasing your PCs capability with six times 4k resolution.
The device in itself is very simple and relative small. It has a short USB cable attached at one end, a DisplayPort 1.2 at the other end, and the side offers two 3.5mm audio jacks. On the bottom it has 4 small rubber feet for better surface grip where it’s placed as well as a sticker with the serial and model numbers. The weight of 90 grams and size of 80 x 48 x 25 mm also make it highly portable so you can take it with you where ever you need it.
This is such a simple tool, yet so useful. It is also one of those gadgets when used once, you just can’t seem to think how you ever lived without it before. At least when you own a 4K monitor like I do and also have a lot of older systems running for different tasks. It’s only the newest that support 4K natively and this already makes the Diamond BVU5500 adapter a winner in my book.
The adapter is almost plug and play, it will require you to either download the drivers or install them from the included disk. It only takes a couple of seconds and Windows will recognize the adapter and extend your desktop; It could hardly be any easier.
Inside it features a DisplayLink DL-5500 chipset that can handle a maximum resolution of 3840×2160, and the BVU5500 also supports HDCP 2.0 protected video playback. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 and only requires a 1.2GHz CPU with SSE2 support to work. For 4K resolution you’ll need a system that is a little faster, recommended is an Intel Core i5 with 2GHz or more. You’ll also need to have a 4K capable display, a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port, 30 megabytes of free disk space, 1GB system memory, and either a CD/DVD drive or an internet connection to get the drivers.
“Updates to the screen are automatically detected and compressed using the DisplayLink compression technology (DL2+ or DL3). This adaptive compression technology automatically balances the compression methods based on the content, available CPU power, and USB bandwidth, providing the best possible USB graphics experience at any given moment.”
The Diamond tier isn’t the highest level in the League of Legends title’s ranked mode, but it still is near the top and very hard to achieve. Players who want to climb up the ladder all the way to Diamond (at least) are said to put a lot of effort and time into the game, like three years and around three million clicks, according to a player’s statistic.
League of Legends and redditer r3as0n has reached the Diamond V level, the lowest of the top five tiers that Riot uses to separate each of the seven separate ranks.
Diamond is said to be the third rank, falling short behind Master and Challenger, making it a respectable level to achieve, even with the game’s big community. The redditer has even kept track of the total number of times he clicked the mouse in-game during rank mode and until reaching the Diamond rank.
“I use a Razor Naga MMO mouse for league of legends because i’m not a big fan of shift clicking + Ctrl clicking,” the ranked League player told Kotaku in an email this morning. “I like having the extra 12 buttons at my disposal for key-bindings.”
“I’m reluctant to say that the mouse is the MVP,” he added, “but i’ve had this mouse since 2010 and I’ve never had any issues with it.”
After the last successful qualifying match that placed r3as0n in Diamond V rank, the counter indicated a number of 3,439,140 mouse clicks. This statistic is not just numbers, it also shows how long players are required to play the game in order to just scratch the surface of the upper-most competitive high ranks.
The redditer also admits that he formed a lot of reflexes during his time spent in-game, helping him make quick-judgement and take swift actions during battles.
In the end, given the statistics captured by r3as0n and the high number of League of Legends players, we will probably not see a lot of Master or Challenger ranked characters in the title.
Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information
There’s no doubt in my mind that if you’re using a computer, you’re using a display of some sorts; a PC isn’t much use without one. Having a single display is fine for most people, it’s more than enough for working, gaming and whatever else you need. However, what if you need to expand your display setup even further? There are other display outputs on your GPU, or at least most graphics cards have more than one output. However, what if you find yourself in a situation where you have no more outputs available? If you have 1-3 displays setup for your system, or you run your spare output to a bigscreen TV or projector, you’ve got no room left to add another display to your setup, without adding another video card into the mix.
Of course, the real market for this device is for notebooks and tablets with a single display output. Most ultrabooks only have a single display output, if they have one at all! So being able to have a cost-effective connectivity solution could be a great solution for expanding your workspace.
The Diamond USB 3.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA does exactly what it says on the box, it allows you to turn a USB 3.0 port into a video output, giving you as many more display ports as you could need, at a significantly lower price point than adding an extra dedicated GPU. Of course, there are some shortfalls to this, such as the solution may not be ideal for gaming, but for work and content creation, it could be the flexible solution you need.
Specifications and features
Product weight 0.10 lbs.
Package weight 0.65 lbs.
Product Dimensions 3.2(L) x 1.9(W) x 1.0(H) Inches
Package Dimensions 8.6 x 6.4 x 2.1 Inches
DVI to HDMI (with included adapter)
DVI to VGA (with included adapter)
USB 3.0 Micro
Number of Displays Supported
1 per BVU3500 adapter
2048 x 1152 and 1080P
Yes, Protected video playback HDCP 2.0
In the box, you will find a USB 3.0 cable, the USB to DVI adaptor, a DVI to VGA adaptor and a DVI to HDMI adaptor; virtually any monitor you can think of should be able to connect with ease.
The main unit is simple enough, with the USB connection on the end and a small LED indicator on the top.
The DVI port is self-explanatory and what is nice to see is that all the connectors are gold-plated, so they should last a lot longer without corroding.
On the underside, you’ll find a small sticker with the product model number (UGA250000S REV.A) and four small screws should you need to open the device for repairs, which is very unlikely.
Both of the connectors are of a very high quality and come with metal thumbscrew fittings to ensure your cables don’t drop out; with the exception of HDMI, which is a self-supporting cable.
The HDMI connector may not screw into place, but the mount does swivel and twist, which should further ensure that your cable doesn’t get pulled from its fitting.
We stopped by the Diamond suite at CES 2015 to check out their latest range of accessories which will be hitting the market this year, as well marking the companies stronger push into UK markets. They’ve got new routers, connectivity devices such as USB hubs, USB to 4K monitor hubs and more. While they’re not the most exciting products in the world, they’re certainly practical and can reap great rewards for the home/work office environment. I have no doubt they’ll prove popular when they hit the market and Diamond say they’ll be competitively priced. We’ll be following up with reviews of these products in the near future, so stay tuned for more.
As we take a look around the various suite and stands at CES, we always want to expand the number of vendors that we work with and this year sees us meeting up with the team at Diamond Multimedia. Now going by just the name alone we would expect Diamond to be showcasing products for the home entertainment market as well as the business sector, however as we find, presumptions such as this should not always be made.
It turns out that Diamond make quite a large number of wireless products as well as various other connectivity devices for the home along with the graphics cards that Pete took a look at during our suite tour.
Wireless range extenders – as I’ve detailed in the past – are one of the easiest ways of filling in any wireless dead spots in the home, especially those which have solid walls as I’ve personally found out. Whilst some range extenders simply do little more than just extend the range of the network coverage, Diamonds wide range of items pack a variety of additional features to add extra functionality and convenience along the way.
The WR300NR range extender as seen to the left in addition to extending a wireless network, also packs in the full functionality of a wireless router with two Ethernet ports on its underside of WAN and LAN connections. For for some users who are always on the go, carrying around a bulky router is simply not practical and this compact unit packs everything into a single unit for convenience and portability.
In addition to wireless range extenders, another way of connecting to locations together in the home is over a powerline network. Since the early days of powerline – where I had little faith in the technology (to be perfectly honest) – the number of vendors offering up powerline kits has expanded considerably, especially as the technology has been refined and made more reliable. Diamond had two powerline kits on show in their suite; the HP500AV which offers up a 500Mbps link speed for a simple point-to-point connection and the HP500WEK (as seen below) which, in addition to the specs of the kit above, also features a wireless range extender to give the benefit of powerline technology to both wired and wireless devices.
The last networking device we see on show stands out from the crowd – not because of its functions, but due to its bright red colour. It’s safe to say that Diamond want this router to stand out from the crowd and whilst it is not available on the market as of yet, the WRD7000 packs all the features that we would expect any wireless router to pack these days, along with two USB3.0 ports for connecting external storage devices or printers to the router for sharing across the network.
Moving along from the network devices and accessories, Diamond also have a host of display adaptors to show off, including a USB to DVI adaptor which easily allows for a secondary display to be connected to the likes of a ultrabook or laptop with a single display output.
Whilst VGA outputs are a rare sight on most desktop systems these days, we still tend to find them cropping up on tv’s and projectors and when we look at the latter – in most cases projectors are mounted to a ceiling and bridging the gap with a cable is not always practical. The ‘WPCTVPRO’ solves this conundrum with a simple two-piece kit that comprises of a wireless enabled VGA adaptor and a USB adaptor for the host device to connect to. Like the USB adaptor above, this adaptor is sutable for virtually any desktop system, whether it has a display output on it or not.
Moving away from display adaptors and back over to network adaptors, I find yet another item that pulls my attention as something a little different. Alongside a USB to Gigabit LAN adaptor, Diamond also have an Ethernet adaptor combined with a SuperSpeed USB3.0 hub giving the benefit of a Gigabit Ethernet port on ultrabooks or systems such as a Macbook Air, but also an additional set of USB ports for connecting cameras, and storage drives to. Like everything else that I’ve seen here from Diamond Multimedia, it is simple yet practical.
The last item that I found in the Diamond suite has certainly stirred my interest. Whilst the concept of a laptop docking station is not new – Dell for example have been providing their own proprietary units for a number of years now – many users today, turn to laptops as their main workstation and by the time we take a secondary monitor, network, and other peripherals into account, the number of cables that we need to connect up becomes quite an inconvenience. Add on the fact that ultrabooks are becoming more and more popular and we also realise that there is not the same range of connectivity options on hand to work with. This is where the DS3900 comes in to play. Through a single USB3.0 connection, this docking station provides four USB2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DVI on the rear and on the front, two USB3.0 ports and dual 3.5mm ports for microphone and headphone connections; all in all, everything that most users will need to get their desk connected – all through a single USB cable. This is something that I’m eager to get in for review and I’ll certainly be contacting Diamond after the show to get a sample arranged.
Stay tuned as we have still more content for you to see from our sweep around the Diamond Multimedia suite and the rest of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
CES 2014, Diamond are better known in the industry for their graphics solutions, but now it looks like they’re wanting to dip their toes into the world of peripherals with the release of an all new range of keyboards and mice. First up we have the DX1, a 6000 dpi laser mouse that features extra side buttons that make it ideal for general MMO gaming and FPS titles. It’s ergonomic shape means its only suitable for right handed use, but the build quality and design look great.
Their standard gaming keyboard is nice and compact, making it ideal for chucking in your bag for LAN gaming events. It features red plastic behind the keys that give it a nice bright appeal and should be aimed towards the mid-budget gaming market.
Next up we have their gaming keyboard, although this isn’t the final model it already looks promising and features a choice of Cherry MX switch types and a compact design that make it ideal for gaming, and portable enough to take with you to LAN events. It also features replaceable key caps on the WASD keys, these features a very grippy rubber cap that will help keep your fingers right where you need them.
Also in the Diamond suite were more gaming products, a wide range of video capture devices suitable for a wide range of budgets, some are simple pass through devices while others offer streaming capabilities, HDMI in put and more, all of which are available now on Amazon.
That’s everything from the Diamond gaming products for today, but well be getting them in for review in a few weeks time, so stay tuned for more details on their performance and features.
A brand that we’ve never really worked with in the past were at CES 2014, and after meeting with them, this should all change in the near future and that brand is Diamond. For those not in the know, they have a broad product range of networking products, but their bread and butter so to speak has always been graphics cards and after visiting their suite in the Mirage hotel, we got to see exactly what was on offer. This included the R7 240 and 250, as well as the R9 270X and 280X offerings from AMD.
Also in the mix was the BizView 750 card aimed at the business sector, offering some key features that AMD cater for, including Eyefinity but without the un-needed 3D performance that is’t required for a card catered for this market. Instead, this card is aimed at POS, digital signage and other similar functions. A good example is airports, travel agents and restaurants that could display their latest deals or flight times.
Other products that were on show included the MDS3900 dual head mini dock with Gigabit Ethernet which allows a digital display signal to be split for multiple outputs as well as including USB 3.0 and Gigabit functionality. Also on display was the BV550X4 quad output graphics card, which has an extremely small footprint working on a PCI-Express interface, but includes a single output connector with a 4-1 cable allowing 4 outputs to be displayed using the pre-supplied cable. This is a very cost effective way of displaying multiple screens from a single output and keeping costs and heat/noise to a minimum.
Would any of Diamond’s graphics card be something that you’d buy?
The Prestigio brand has just released two slate models with a luxury design, the MultiPad 4 Diamond 7.85 and MultiPad 4 Diamond 7.85 3G, measuring only 8.3 mm / 0.3 inches in thickness and come boasting an aesthetically pleasing aluminum chassis.
The MultiPads are certainly eye-catching due to their extravagant diamond cut, hence the “Diamond” name given. The MultiPad 4 Diamond 7.85 is a Wi-Fi model powered by a Rockchip chipset RK3188 CPU and has a Quad Core graphic card Mali 400MP. The device features an IPS display and has 16GB of given memory, though users can increase to 32GB via the microSD card. Prestigio also offers 5GB of free storage in-cloud and a 2.0MP rear camera is also available onboard.
The MultiPad 4 Diamond 7.85 3G bundles a MediaTek MT8389 chipset with PowerVR SGX544 graphic card. Naturally it has HSPA+ connectivity plus Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio. The slate can also be used to place phone calls and send texts. This time there’s two cameras and the same 16GB of internal storage.
Users should be able to get their hands on the new tablets in November and despite their luxury finish, they are quite affordable. The Prestigio MultiPad 4 Diamond 7.85 will be available for €169 / $228 / £142, while the 3G version will retail for €199 / $268 / £167.
Diamonds and Gold, great for rings, perhaps even a tennis bracelet. Perhaps even your smart phone, really?
Stuart Hughes designs “Ultimate luxury tailored in the UK”. Designing beautiful mobile phones, iPads, Laptops, Cars, Yachts, and the list goes on.
Recently Stuart Hughes designed a new a new chassis for the new iPhone 5, that’s right, I said chassis. This wasn’t just a bulky case to put your new iPhone in, it is the iPhone itself. The chassis is solid gold coming out to 135 grams (nearly 5 ounces), the home button was replaced with a 26 carat black diamond, around the edge of the phone there are about 600 white diamonds, and the Apple logo on the back of the phone has 53 diamonds. Really a stunning piece of art. You might ask how much this new iPhone would set you back, and the answer is 15 million dollars US or 10 million pounds, either way that is a lot of money!
Some people are more interested in luxury than to worry about protecting their devices.
The Apple iPhone 5 currently retails from $199 for a 16GB to $399 for a 64GB. Either way I wouldn’t mind having one, though I might be worried about losing it or it getting stolen. Thieves become smarter, realizing that they could make a few bucks by stealing your cellular phone and selling it to an EcoATM kiosk. Thieves are able to turn your valuable phone into a quick and easy $250. Showing off some bling like this might make a thief try to steal your phone, or perhaps you for a nice little ransom.
According to Lookout Mobile Security over 2.5 Billon dollars worth of phones were lost or stolen worldwide in 2011 alone, that is roughly 1.5 billion pounds. People will sit their mobile device down, and forget it, or perhaps even drop it accidentally. A lot of people decide to purchase cases to protect their investment, with most people treating their cellular telephones as a lifeline, it is important that you keep it safe from unwanted damage.