Items tagged with ATIC

September was a busy month for GlobalFoundries, the pure-play foundry AMD spun off earlier this year. For now, AMD remains the company's only customer; GF won't begin shipping STMicro products until the fall of 2010 at the earliest. Its current lack of customers hasn't deterred the company from thinking big, even as its slowed the pace on its 32nm process ramp. Earlier this month, ATIC (Advanced Technology Investment Company) announced its purchase of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Chartered for short). Once the transaction is complete, ATIC will completely own Chartered while maintaining... Read more...
Ever wonder why Microsoft releases these sorts of major updates via manual update first? Well, if you've been reading along, you know why (and we've seen more than one example of why). However, Windows XP SP3, after its initial fits and starts, is nearly ready to hit automatic distribution via Windows Update.This was revealed in an MSDN blog post by Nick MacKechnie, senior technical account manager at Microsoft New Zealand:Hi All,Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be... Read more...
Wednesday, in a post on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft announced that they had begun automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1. What this means if that if you have Windows Updates set to automatically download and install on your PC, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to your PC, after which a few clicks (for the EULA, naturally) will be required for the install to begin.Today, we're happy to announce that we are beginning automatic distribution of SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. So what does this mean? Over the next few months Microsoft will automatically... Read more...
Kodak is one of those companies that had problems adapting to changing technologies. The death of film cameras- you remember film cameras, don't you? -sorely tested Kodak's reason to exist. Now researchers from Kodak have made a 2 - 4 times improvement in the light sensitivity of the image sensor in any digital camera using what they call "panchromatic" technology. When the shutter opens on a digital camera, an image is projected onto the sensor, which converts light into an electric charge. Most sensors use the Bayer mask: Half of the millions of cells on a checkerboard grid are filtered... Read more...
No it's not a car. Husqvarna claims that its Automower is "the world's first fully automatic lawnmower." Of course, one of the things users must always do manually is set up the perimeter by laying down wires to define the Automower's boundaries. Being able to handle rain, inclines, and obstacles - it simply reverses when it bumps into stuff - the Automower is, without a doubt, both a smart and hassle-free minion. Complete with its own docking station, the Automower simply checks in to charge its batteries when it is low on fuel and can navigate all on its own. The Automower even incorporates a... Read more...
A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users' passwords and usernames by presenting them with a fake login form. Firefox Password Manager will automatically enter any saved passwords and usernames into the form. The data is then automatically sent to an attacker's computer without the user's knowledge, according to... Read more...
The Tech Report to a trip to a demonstration put on by Valve, spotlighting their latest collection of cinematic effects.  The goal is to both simplify the coding process on the programmers side while adding to the realism of the end result.  The Tech Report was their and offers a complete write up on the new effects, offering their impression on how this new techology will affect gaming in the future. "Some of the effects Valve has incorporated into the Source engine won't appear in games anytime soon, but color correction and film grain... Read more...