BeastRig launches BeastRig Gaming PCs. BeastRig's high performance gaming PCs feature:

-- customization

-- personalized support

-- top quality components

"The problem with the industry now is that customers are given too many choices with too little knowledge, which leads to uninformed buying decisions," says Chris Motes, CTO and Co-Founder of BeastRig. "This leads to incompatibility, low return on investment and flat out disappointment. BeastRig experts have done the research for you, allowing us to offer the customer only meaningful options that will ensure their GPC meets their standards."

Deviating from industry norms, every BeastRig comes standard with liquid cooling, solid-state operating system drive with a large data drive, high-speed memory and high-performance power supply. All components are housed in only select modified cases from industry leaders in quiet computing and cooling architecture. BeastRig GPC has made proactive decisions like this to assure swift startup, lightning-fast response and supreme reliability from every machine they sell, not just those with every upgrade.

These are standard options because they are the core infrastructure components around which BeastRig GPC builds each machine. BeastRig's dedication to every customer's gaming experience makes their machines superior products.

"We think too many gaming PC builders offer, and allow their customers to buy, products that are inferior in order to appear cheaper or have lower bottom lines," says Javier Cortes, CFO and Co-Founder. "At BeastRig, the consumer is not bombarded with hundreds of options they may not understand, do not need, or do not want. Sure, we could offer you a low-end product with cheap parts simply to make a sale, but we know that would compromise the integrity of our product and our reputation."

BeastRig's commitment to gamers does not end with high-quality, performance parts. Their machines look as good as they perform. Each rig is crafted with considerable expense toward internal and external aesthetics. Cable color and management, lighting and overall style is just as important to us as how the machine benchmarks the latest games. They also offer lifetime, personalized customer support on every BeastRig. Finally, each BeastRig is quality tested to make sure that it exceeds industry standards, going through a rigorous 72 hour stress-testing phase prior to shipment.

BeastRig Gaming PC Specs -- starting at $1099:

-- Modified CoolerMaster or Zalman GS1200 chassis

-- AMD3+, Z68 LGA1155 or X79 LGA2011 motherboard

-- AMD3+, Intel i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processor

-- Solid-state OS drive

-- 500GB+ data hard drive

-- Radeon or GeForce GTX graphics (SLI opt.)

-- Cooler Master eXtreme or Silent Pro power supply

-- 4GB+ 1866MHZ DDR3 RAM memory

-- Liquid cooling system

-- 60-in-1 media reader

-- DVD-RW (Blu-Ray RW or Blu-Ray combo opt.)

-- Windows 7 Premium (Pro, Ultimate opt.)

-- 1 year parts & labor (up to 4 year opt.) warranty

-- Lifetime support warranty

Two unexpected new hadrons containing bottom quarks have been discovered by the Belle Experiment using the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)’s B Factory (KEKB), a highly-luminous, electron–positron collider. These new particles have electric charge and are thought to be “exotic” hadrons — non-standard hadrons, containing at least four quarks. Previously, a series of new and unexpected exotic hadrons containing charm and anti-charm quarks have been observed. This latest discovery from Belle demonstrates the existence of exotic hadrons containing at least four quarks in a particle system including bottom quarks .

The Belle Experiment has discovered two new unexpected particles at  the KEK B Factory (KEKB). These new particles, termed Zb, contain both one ‘bottom’ quark (the second-heaviest quark among the known six types of quarks) and one ‘anti-bottom’ quark (the anti-particle of the bottom quark). Moreover, they have electric charge and thus are thought to be hadrons in which at least two additional quarks other than the bottom quark and anti-bottom quark (at least four quarks in total) are bound together.

A large amount of data containing particles produced in electron–position collisions using the KEKB accelerator, which has achieved the world’s highest luminosity, has been obtained. While focusing on ‘bottomonia,’ heavy mesons composed of one bottom quark and one anti-bottom quark, we conducted a detailed analysis of events involving two types of bottomonia, the Υ and the hb. This analysis revealed two new unanticipated charged particles that decay into a bottomonium ( Υ or hb) and a charged pi meson (π±), which were then called “Zb(10610)” and “Zb(10650)” according to their mass values, 10610 and 10650 MeV/c2, respectively. They are approximately eleven times heavier than a proton. In principle, a bottomonium particle’s charge is zero; therefore, these charged Zb particles should have at least two more quarks, e.g. one ‘up’ quark and one ‘anti-down’ quark (Fig. 1).

Several hundred mesons have been identified to date.  All of them are thought to be bound states of one quark and one anti-quark, with the binding provided via the strong interaction of elementary particles. Using the KEKB accelerator, however, the Belle experiment has discovered more than ten ‘exotic hadrons,’ including the X(3872), Y(3940), and Z(4430), which were not anticipated by existing theories. These new particles, which are about 4–4.5 times heavier than a proton, may be exotic hadrons consisting of one ‘charm’ quark and one ‘anti-charm’ quark plus two more different types of lighter quarks. These unexpected discoveries have attracted the attention of researchers around the world. The latest discovery has revealed the existence of exotic hadrons containing bottom quarks, which are heavier than charm quarks.

The Belle B Factory experiment, which began in 1999 with the aim of elucidating the origin of  particle–anti-particle symmetry breaking (CP violation), has contributed to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008 awarded to Drs. Kobayashi and Maskawa. Moreover, data obtained from electron–positron collisions with the world’s highest luminosity achieved at the KEKB accelerator have resulted in a series of unexpected discoveries of exotic hadrons, opening a new research frontier in particle physics. Data taking at the Belle Experiment has already been completed, but a vast amount of data is still awaiting detailed analysis. Moreover, an upgraded version of the KEKB/Belle Experiment, called SuperKEKB/Belle II is currently being prepared. Belle II aims to collect 50 times more data than the earlier experiment. Researchers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore the full spectrum of exotic hadrons containing various types of quarks, including strange quarks, as well as charm and bottom quarks, which are expected to be discovered in the future at the SuperKEKB/Belle II Experiment. It is worth noting that quarks are bound by the strong interaction and confined to composite particles, such as mesons, and thus cannot exist individually as free particles. The detailed exploration of exotic hadrons will advance the understanding of how and what types of hadrons are possible based on the mechanisms defined by quantum chromodynamics, which describes the strong interaction.

A paper reporting this achievement has been accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters on December 30, 2011, and will be published shortly.

Barco has created a 3D panoramic view MEGA I-Space museum for the Yunnan Pu'er Tea Culture Centre. The project – providing the first 3D stereo Mega I-Space system for a museum application in Asia – was carried out in collaboration with Changchun University of Science and Technology (CUST). Although Pu'er tea is well-known in Yunnan province, most people are not familiar with this special tea and its history. So, the Yunnan Pu'er Tea Culture Centre decided to build a MEGA I-Space museum to popularize the Pu'er tea culture. By means of a stereo panorama space with a screen measuring 11.1 x 11.1 x 4.5 meters, the past, present and future of the Pu'er tea culture are presented to the viewing public.

The system comprises 12 system-optimized Galaxy NW-12 active 3D stereo projectors and related peripherals, with WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution and 12,000 lumens. The system introduces the latest multi-angle supportive design concept to create a virtual reality that combines dream-like images with present-day realities. Barco's multi-channel processing technology ensures the consistency of all frames and the brightness of the full-spectrum of colors to exhibit super high-resolution and high-quality 3D panoramic images. Thanks to its 360° panoramic 3D technology, everything seems close enough to touch. Standing in this huge virtual space, visitors experience a stunning immersion effect.

The new 3D panoramic view MEGA I-Space museum adds an innovative concept to museum display: adding new exhibition elements to folk museums and creating room for innovation in teaching formats, which will have profound effects on national museums around the world.

Professor Fan Jingtao from CUST said: “We chose Barco as our partner because of its superior design abilities and high quality. CUST – a multidisciplinary university of science and technology, with optoelectronic technology as its distinctive feature – is known as China's 'Optical Talent Cradle'. So, we are extremely happy to work with Barco, the visual technology and display solutions innovator, to accomplish this cultural heritage mission.”

Barco's Managing Director Sales & Service and VP Sales Entertainment for Greater China, Mr. Tang Feng, commented:”Barco has always been committed to the development of China's culture industry, and our collaboration with CUST provides a new way of thinking about this development. The equipment we've installed for Yunnan Pu'er Museum creates the first 3D panoramic view museum in Asia. It's a milestone accomplishment for both Barco and national museums worldwide. At the same time, this cooperation also provides a successful example for other enterprises and institutions in the future.”
Galaxy NW-12

The annual capacity of the new plant is 6,000 metric tons. Construction of this specialty plastics plant will start in early 2012 and production is expected to begin by early 2014. About 50 new jobs will be created once the plant is operational.

"Overall in Asia Pacific, we are investing approximately €2.3 billion from 2011 to 2015 in order to achieve our goal to produce 70% of our sales in the region. By establishing local production of our high performance specialty plastics in Korea, we can support the growth of key local industries," said Dr. Albert Heuser, President, Market and Business Development, Asia Pacific, BASF.

Ultrason is sold to customers in the electronics industry, as well as the automotive and aerospace industries for the production of heat-resistant light weight components and to the water treatment industry for manufacturing of water treatment membranes.

At present this specialty plastic is only produced at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site in Germany. “ BASF is committed to strengthening its market position in the engineering plastics business,” said Dr. Wolfgang Hapke, President of BASF’s Performance Polymers Division. “This new plant will significantly enhance our engineering plastics position in the rapidly growing Asian market and reaffirm our dedication to being our customers’ supplier of choice for high performance materials.”

The Yeosu site was selected because of its highly trained and qualified workforce. Further, as it is a well-established, major BASF production site, the necessary infrastructure for the complex production structure of an Ultrason plant is already in place.

Ultrason is the trade name for the BASF product range of polyethersulfone (Ultrason E), polysulfone (Ultrason S), and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason P). The product can withstand temperatures up to 220 degrees centigrade without altering its properties and possesses outstanding chemical stability.

In addition to its use in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industry, other Ultrason applications include membranes for medical devices, hot water and food contact parts for example in espresso machines, microwave-proof dishes or baby bottles. Ultrason is also used in the production of carbon fiber composite materials.

The Korean electronics industry is a major target market for Ultrason. The location also benefits from the proximity to other major markets such as China and Japan.

Barco, a world leader in professional visualization, announces the release of the Galaxy 4K series projectors. These three-chip DLP projectors, dedicated to the Virtual Reality (VR) market, bring high-quality images with impressive detail to large-screen 2D and 3D applications. Depending on the required brightness level, customers can choose among three models: Galaxy 4K-12, 4K-23, and 4K-32. The Galaxy 4K series builds on the proven technology of Barco's world-leading digital cinema projectors and brings the many benefits these models offer to the VR market. With resolution of up to 4K (4096x2160) on its DVI inputs and – depending on the model – stunning brightness levels of 12,000, 23,000 or 33,000 lumens, the Galaxy 4K produces the highest quality 3D imagery under all circumstances. Benefitting from the recognized advantages of DLP technology – including superb brightness uniformity, long lifetime and color saturation – this projector series is the perfect basis for Barco's CADWall and I-Space systems.

Innovations enhance quality and lifetime
The hermetically sealed optical engine makes sure no dust can affect the DLP 4K chip, guaranteeing undiminished brightness, color uniformity and contrast levels over time. The enhanced DMD cooling protects the system's core components from overheating, which extends their lifetime dramatically. In addition, Barco projectors come with a patented convergence alignment tool requiring up to five times less effort to optimize convergence than any other tool available on the market today. Last but not least, the 12-bit input capability allows more details in black and grey scales when running the unit at 2K sources.

3D stereo flexibility
In VR applications, the use of clear and vivid 3D stereo content is critical, and the Galaxy 4K series is designed to ensure the ultimate in 3D available today. In order to counter the typical brightness issues that often impair 3D installations, the Galaxy 4K can produce up to 33,000 lumens. This makes it possible to operate the projector optimally even in very bright conditions or over extra-large screen surfaces. Furthermore, to give customers the possibility to choose the 3D stereo technology that best suits their needs, Barco supports a number of stereoscopic technologies. This includes active 3D stereo and active Infitec 3D stereo single-projector technology to display 3D content in 2K resolution, or a dual-projector passive Infitec 3D stereo setup for impressive stereoscopic images in 4K resolution.

Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
“The Galaxy 4K series is another example of Barco's leadership in the field of large-screen visualization for Virtual Reality systems,” says Stefan Vandemaele, Product Manager in Barco's Control Room and Simulation Division. “It gives customers the opportunity to create stunning details with fewer projectors (usually just one), and thus saves on maintenance costs and projector blending efforts. Plus, the Galaxy 4K's modular design and user-friendly interface ensure quick servicing and increase uptime – further reducing the Total Cost of Ownership. The excellent brightness and color uniformity over the entire projected surface, and the long projector lifetime, ensure the highest image quality for many years. In brief: the Galaxy 4K series has everything to become the new standard for large-screen VR installations.”
Galaxy 4K-12

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