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The President of Toshiba, Shozo Saito, delivered  a fascinating look at near future of solid-state memory last week. He's in a position to know about NAND flash memory and Solid State Drives,  and the future not only looks bright, it looks like the future is right now. He predicted one-quarter of notebook PCs will have a solid state drive within three years. Toshiba cited notebook PCs as the most likely market where demand for NAND flash memory will strengthen. The global market for SSD for notebook PCs will expand 313% every year from 2008 to 2011, the company said.Toshiba is planning... Read more...
It has been predicted that existing manufacturing materials used in microchips will eventually hit a wall that no amount of R & D can overcome. As a result researchers are looking into several other technologies such as Graphene."When current silicon transistor technology goes below 10 nanometers in size, it's predicted it will run into the laws of physics and will no longer be able to create reliable transistors.??Graphene, on the other hand, is already seeing working transistors in the sub-10 nanometer range.  The researchers say their latest, unpublished work has used graphene to make transistors... Read more...
Your computer memory is magnetic affair of one sort or another. (We're assuming you've stopped using Punch Cards by now)Your processor is an electrical festival. The two have developed into a very powerful computing/storage machine indeed, but they have essentially always run on two separate tracks, one relying on the other to handle any increased capacity. Now researchers at the University of  Copenhagen have come up with a way to blur the line and combine electricity and magnetism into a new transistor concept. Jonas Hauptmann, PhD student, has carried out the experiments under supervision... Read more...
Global warming got you down?  Concerned about rising gas prices and our over-dependency on fossil fuels?  Before you declare that the sky is falling and reach for your favorite tree to hug in what some call the last few days of earth's existence, remember there are some pretty smart cookies and valiant visionaries still working on some of heavy lifting that will provide solutions for ensuring mankind doesn't strip the earth down to a baron wasteland... "IwamotoScott envisions the city as Hydro-Net, using “Geothermal Mushroom” structures to extract heat and water from deep in the earth,... Read more...
In the strangest trademark application we've seen since Fark tried to trademark NSFW, Futuremark is attempting to trademark PWNAGE.If it is approved, Futuremark's request will cover an extremely wide slice of the digital entertainment market, including (but not limited to) the following:"Computer game software for communication devices; computer game software and computer game programs enabling users to play games with mobile phones and personal digital assistants; computer software and programs enabling users to communication devices to simultaneously access databases and global computer networks;... Read more...
Apple has applied for patents on a series of single and multiple touch gestures that will undoubtedly show up in some iteration on their Mac OS X sometime in the future.  Of course Apple already uses a limited number of touch commands on some of their hardware, but the series of gestures outlined in the application indicate an enormous amount of possible gesture commands. They also claim to be able to distinguish between various combinations of fingers, including adjacent and non-adjacent finger presses. In particular, they point out that the pinky finger when applied sideways to the trackpad... Read more...
By now just about everyone has heard of the RIAA and their law suits against people who have allegedly pirated music over the Internet.  The stories of the RIAA suing grandmothers, minors, and the deceased are common place, but it seems that the RIAA's latest step might have taken things too far: they're asking that a new law be passed that will require schools seeking federal funding for their programs and student body to police their own networks and keep them piracy-free.The request isn't unreasonable, and ought to be a goal of any IT staff at an organization where piracy is probable, but... Read more...
Recent IDF attendees might have overlooked such acronyms as ONFI and NVMHCI, but these two acronyms could very well be the future of flash based storage and possibly even a look at the future of Intel Robson-like technologies.So what exactly are these acronyms, and how are they planning on changing the PC landscape?“It [NONFI] is a part of an initiative to optimise the flash memory integration and performance in the PCs, starting with NVMHCI "Non Volatile Mem Host Controller Interface" akin to SATA AHCI.NVMHCI is a standard programming interface for multiplatform OS support for flash as native... Read more...
Sony will offer an ultra-thin flat television starting in December in Japan. It's the first to use the spiffy new organic organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. It's not cheap for what you get: only 11" at around $1740.00, but OLEDs are wafer thin, use much less power than LEDs or plasma, and are great at displaying fast moving images without ghosting. It is technologically difficult at the moment to make larger panels, limiting the appeal of the otherwise promising next-generation television. Panasonic maker Matsushita... Read more...
Being that this is just a rumor followed by speculation, take all of this with a grain of salt.The first bit of news is that Intel is apparently considering an entry-level Xeon platform that would get rid of FB-DIMMs.  FB-DIMMs have their good uses, but tend to be more expensive, run hotter, and have some latency penalties which can adversely affect the performance of some applications. “FB-DIMMs consume quite a bit more power with commensurate heat (RAM fan is a necessity, not an option, on these), the AMB chip in there adds a bit of latency as well - although, with recent version, nearly the... Read more...
There has been a lot of confusion recently concerning upcoming AMD sockets dubbed AM2+ and AM3.  Since AMD hasn’t released anything official, all we really have to go on is speculation.Current speculation has yet to settle on exactly which CPUs will fit into which sockets, with some people/sites claiming any AMx CPU will work in any AM series socket and with other people/sites saying the exact opposite: AM2+ only in AM2+, AM2 only in AM2 and so on.  There are also many varying rumors in the middle.Here’s the latest speculation about socket compatibility: “According to our sources, AMD has understood... Read more...
John Carmack, owner of id Software, appeared at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and delivered the first public demonstration of id's next generation game engine. It allows almost unlimited visual tinkering separate from the mechanics of the game. Tools to be provided by Id mean "They have unlimited flexibility to change as much as they want on the surfaces with no impact on the performance or the stability of the game," said Carmack. So once the game developers have done their part, artists can be let loose on the visual appearance "to make it look as good as we have time or resources... Read more...
INTEL ELIMINATES USE OF LEAD FROM FUTURE MICROPROCESSORS Innovative Intel 45 Nanometer High-k Metal Gate Processors Go Lead-Free; Part of Intel’s Broad Commitment to Environmental Sustainability SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced that its future processors, beginning with its entire family of 45 nanometer (nm) high-k metal gate (Hi-k) processors, are going 100 percent lead-free. The Intel 45nm Hi-k family includes the next-generation Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Xeon® processors, and the company will... Read more...
Apple has an update for its ubiquitous Quicktime multimedia software, to fix the exploit discovered at a security conference two weeks ago. Remember, the exploit works if you're running Windows too, so everybody should get the update if you have Quicktime.  The exploit with QuickTime for Java was first reported as a Mac OS X issue as it was the winner in a $10,000 price to break into a MacBook Pro set up at a recent security conference. It was later revealed as a cross-platform security flaw that affects Mac and Windows users alike. Security experts opined that it was inevitable the... Read more...
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