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Intel held a briefing today to further disclose and discuss details regarding their upcoming 45nm High-K Penryn and Nehalem processor cores.  Roughly two years ago, Intel talked about their proposed "tick-tock" product strategy which entailed the shift to a new process technology followed by an enhanced or entirely new microarchitecture approximately every year. Today we have more details regarding 2007's "tick", the Penryn core, and next year's "tock", the Nehalem core, which also ushers in significant changes to Intel's platform architecture as a whole. Intel Penryn Core Details Features and Enhancements A Range of Products - Six Penryn... Read more...
After a long wait, the new Folding@home client is here.  No more need to run multiple consoles to get all those cores cranking away.  Keep in mind that HH is team number 32407. "We are pleased to announce the release of our Folding@Home Windows SMP client to open beta! Please keep in mind that this is beta software. There will be bugs. You may lose work. If you are looking for a "safe" way to complete work (and earn points), we do not recommend using a beta client. For those who are willing to risk a little more debugging and the potential of some lost work (and points), this is a wonderful way to contribute to the science and see... Read more...
NVIDIA's latest beta drivers for Windows Vista, Forceware 101.41, was released to the public last friday and after a great deal of anticipation, the guys over at Bit-Tech have good things to say. Addressing issues such as the functionality of 6 and 7 series GeForce cards in SLI, NVIDIA has added SLI functionality to these cards under Windows Vista including the 7950GX2, which requires SLI functionality to run properly. NVIDIA says they haven't ironed out all the kinks yet, but Forceware 101.41 is a good step forward. here is an old saying that says, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." Well, the "in like a lion" part is at least accurate in our industry. Nvidia has finally... Read more...
In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand this, however as CNET reports, many retailers won't be staying open late for the new software. "Releases of new operating systems may not have quite the same appeal as in years past, but Microsoft has a couple of things going for it this time around. First of all, a new version of Office--Office... Read more...
Bethesda released a few content add-ons for their highly praised RPG last year, but 2007 will see the first full expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. The Shivering Isles is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2007, and will contain about 30 hours of added gameplay, with new monsters, new quests, and a new land "that you can watch change according to your vital life-or-death decisions". We Can't wait! "etting the scene, it's explained that an ominous-looking gate has opened in Nibben Bay, the portal leading to a torn realm - the Shivering Isles - ruled by Sheogorath, the god of madness and dementia.... Read more...
AMD AND IBM DETAIL EARLY RESULTS USING IMMERSION AND ULTRA LOW-K IN 45NM CHIPS -- Advanced technologies provide improved performance and efficiency while reducing complexity in microprocessor design and manufacturing -- San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process generation. AMD and IBM expect the first 45nm products using immersion lithography and ultra-low-K interconnect dielectrics to be available in mid-2008.... Read more...
Google's Gmail has been available for some time now, though up until now it's always held onto the Beta tag. Google has ended their long Beta test of Gmail, and now anyone can sign up for the service without the need for an invitation or cell registration. If you're still one of those folks without a Gmail account, head on over for your free 2.7GB+ of e-mail storage.... Read more...
The winner in the plasma/LCD wars to supply you with a television is coming to a head. Big, high resolution LCD screens are forcing plasma televisions into the huge screen corner. And the price of all of it is coming down --way down. It is technologically difficult and often costly for plasma makers to give a full high-definition function to models with a screen size of less than 50 inches, while LCD TV makers are aggressively promoting full HD models in that segment although prices are generally higher. "This Christmas season probably is the last chance for (plasma TV makers) to promote 42-inch models. By this time next year probably there will be no price difference between plasma and LCD TVs,"... Read more...
Cray XT4 Supercomputer Debuts With Petascale Capability Significant Backlog of Large Orders System Built on Cray XT Infrastructure Represents a Milestone for Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing Vision... SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the availability of its next-generation massively parallel processing (MPP) system, the Cray XT4TM supercomputer. The powerful new supercomputer, previously code-named "Hood," is designed to easily and efficiently scale to a peak performance of more than one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating-point operations per second). The Cray XT4 supercomputer debuts with several large system orders announced... Read more...
I am very interested in power principles with respect to the semiconductor industry, so imagine my surprise when the following popped up on my desk this morning. Transmeta Corp. on Wednesday said it sued Intel Corp., claiming that the world's biggest semiconductor manufacturer infringed patents covering computer architecture and power efficiency technologies. The complaint in U.S. district court in Delaware charges that Intel is infringing 10 Transmeta patents by making and selling microprocessor products including Intel's Pentium III, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core and Core 2 product lines, the computing technology company said. What is amazing is that the suit claims infringements all the way back... Read more...
DailyTech has once again navigated around NDA's to bring word that they have managed to get their hands on NVIDIA"s upcoming G80 GPU and are sharing some details. Dubbed the Geforce 8800 series, the first two initial flavors will be a GTS and flagship GTX version. Supposedly, these two cards will each have 768MB of GDDR3 memory with the GTX version also having a 384-bit memory interface. In total, the flagship GPU will have 128 unified shaders, have full HDCP support, dual-link DVI, and feature a dual-slot heatsink assembly. Unfortunately, little is known regarding the specific architecture details of the G80 GPU though you can be sure that... Read more...
Our buds at ZipZoomFly let us know that ATI Radeon X1950s have hit the store shelves. ATI branded cards are available for $499 and Connect3D's offering weighs in at $449.  Still no word of CrossFire versions but the transmission says "coming soon".   Go get you some... Great cards but you've gots ta have the budget.... Read more...
DailyTech reports that their sources are indicating that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be arriving mid-October with 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders. Dubbed the Radeon X1950 Pro, the card will be priced below the recently introduced Radeon X1900XT 256MB and be doing battle with NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900 GS. At this time, it is hard to tell how ATI's GPU will fair against NVIDIA's latest performance GPU. However, the initial specs look promising as the reference board is running with a core frequency of 580MHz and a memory frequency of 1.4GHz. ATI certainly has an uphill battle ahead of them however as NVIDIA has been shipping their solution in volume... Read more...
The second beta for Mozilla's Firefox 2 browser has been released. As the release notes explain, the browser includes built-in phishing protection, improvements with the visual interface and tabbed browsing system, a browsing session restore feature, and enhanced search capabilities. There's plenty more to check out, so get downloading. "Firefox 2 Beta 2 is a developer preview release of our next generation Firefox browser and it is being made available for testing purposes only. Firefox 2 Beta 2 is intended for Web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Firefox 1.x should not use Firefox 2 Beta 2 and expect... Read more...
If you're interested in how your computer might fare with the still-in-development Battlefield 2142, AMD Zone has a preview of the game's performance with the latest beta build of the game. When looking at the scores, keep in mind "beta build". "For our testing we ran Fraps for the same length of gameplay, recreating the same gameplay. There was no way to make a demo unless you have a server, and you can not currently make one with 2142. This means there could be some error in these results, but looking at them we feel they should be accurrate. Settings we pushed to maximum for everything, and AA was set to 4XAA or off... Read more...
The GeForce 7900 GS is nothing new, but it hasn't been available in the retail market since its birth. According to HKEPC Hardware, Nvidia will be changing the situation by releasing the 7900 GS for around $179-$199. The GeForce 7900 GS is equipped with 20 Pixel Shader Pipeline, 7 Vertex Shader Engine, with a core speed of 450MHz, and 256MB of 1.32GHz memory. "In addition, the retail price of Geforce 7600GT has been reduced to $130. Since OEM manufacturer Palit has got a special price of G73GT from nVidia, the price war on Geforce 7600GT has begun. To lower the cost, manufactures are releasing 7600GT in 4-level PCB. Therefore,... Read more...
On August 17th, 2006, the multiplayer version of F.E.A.R. will be made a free release under the name of "F.E.A.R. Combat". F.E.A.R. Combat will include 10 game modes, 19 multiplayer maps, 12 different weapons, Punkbuster support, and the capability to download user created content. F.E.A.R. Combat players will also be able to compete against owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. Head on over to Joinfear.com for the full set of details. "08-08-2006 - Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.TM (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat,... Read more...
With the official release of Internet Explorer 7 expected later this year, Microsoft has updated their Internet Explorer page with the announcement of IE7 Beta 3's availability. IE7 is shaping up to be a much better browser than IE6 currently is, with improved security, tabbed browsing, and RSS capability being some of its highlights.... Read more...
If you want to see how the latest build of Vista performs with some of today's popular benchmarks, Techage has the scoop for you this evening. We urge you all to approach the results and writer's opinion with caution, however. We don't question the validity of the results, but Vista's performance has changed quite a bit from build to build, and driver support and optimizations will likely be worlds ahead of where they are now. "Windows Vista is system intensive, as we knew it would be. We set out to find out just -how- system intensive it is. We run a slew of benchmarks and gaming runs on both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions to see how they compare to XP."  ... Read more...
The article is meant as a preview, but Ars Technica's tour of Windows Vista Beta 2 has some good coverage on the progress of the upcoming OS. "Generally when I am reviewing beta operating systems, I use whatever throw-away gear that I might have. For this preview I've decided to throw my main machine at Vista. I really wanted to get a good feel for what using Vista day-to-day might feel like on more modern hardware that I have plenty of experience using."  ... Read more...
AppleInsider has learned that Dell is planning to tackle the retail business once again with stores opening in both Dallas and New York. Given the success of Apple's retail efforts and the amount of publicity their new retail store on Fifth Avenue is receiving, this is surely one of the catalysts for Dell trying their hand at retail again. An interesting question here is whether Dell will be pushing systems from their latest acquisition of Alienware or if Dell's own branded systems will be the only rigs to show up in retail. The two full-size stores, which Dell claims will be an extension of its kiosks model, are considered to be part... Read more...
OC Workbench has posted a brief article which outlines the features and benefits of Intel's new Core architecture. Here, the author steps through Intel's entire lineup from the mobile platform all the way through to multi-processor server platforms. If you're planning on upgrading your hardware in the near future, you'd be wise to take a peek at Intel's latest and greatest as they seem determined to knock the performance crown from AMD's head this round. Intel claims that the performance of the Conroe will be > 40% improvement in performance and >40% reduction in power in TDP as compared to today's Pentium D 950... Read more...
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