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It's been six weeks since Eric Demers, AMD's CTO of graphics, left the company to pursue other opportunities, and another former ATI employee has followed his example. Godfrey Cheng, who recently served as one of AMD's Director of Client Technologies, has left the company. Cheng was part of AMD's high-profile Llano launch and reportedly chose to leave after it became clear that AMD wasn't going to follow Rick Bergman's ideas for how to best leverage AMD's graphics and APU assets. How much truth there is to that assertion is unclear. Bergman's departure was certainly surprising, but the slides AMD showed at Financial Analyst Day in February confirmed the shape of the slides Bergman showed in June... Read more...
AMD has confirmed that Eric Demers, AMD's graphics Chief Technology Officer and head of the graphics business unit, has left the company to "pursue other opportunities." His job will be taken over by Mark Papermaster until a replacement is found. AMD notes in a prepared statement that it "remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP development and discrete GPU products.  We have a tremendous depth of talent in our organization, a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team, and we are continuing to bring graphics-performance-leading products to market.  We will attract the right technology leader for this role." Demers is just the latest executive to leave AMD--in... Read more...
Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries have released new information on their respective plans for the next few years. TSMC has announced its intention to double its 2011 R&D capital expenditure to $700 million, while it simultaneously spends $7.8B over the next year in order to increase its manufacturing capacity by approximately 20 percent. This is presumedly over and above what the company has spent thus far on constructing its new "gigafab" foundry, Fab 15. TSMC began work on Fab 15 last summer, but the plant isn't scheduled to come online until 2012; TSMC is most likely building out capacity at an already established plant. TSMC's production growth over the past few years. Information provided... Read more...
BigFoot Networks, the makers of the Killer Network Interface Card, have launched a new, more affordable version of the product.  The first Killer NIC, aka the M1, sells for roughly $250. It is equipped with a 400MHz network processing unit, a large "K" heatsink, 64MB of DDR RAM, and a USB 2.0 port for connecting an external flash or hard drive.  The drive is used to store files or FNApps which can be executed on the Killer.  Our complete review of the original Killer NIC can be found here if you'd like some more in-depth analysis. The new Killer K1 NIC is similar to the M1, with a few exceptions. Before we list the differences, let's take a look at the K1 in all... Read more...
The gang over at PC Perspective have taken a look at Bigfoot Networks new Killer NIC ethernet card to see if it is worth the hefty $250 price of admission. Although the Killer NIC showcased some impression performance gains on an Intel 975X platform, the performance gains seen on an old nForce2 platform were the largest and easily most surprising. Now the real question is, would your $250 upgrade for an AthlonXP platform be best spent on the CPU, memory, GPU, or on a Killer NIC ethernet card? It is obvious that the Killer NIC is not for everyone, but the potential for the card is actually quite compelling. And unlike some other recent additions to the gaming add-in card market, you... Read more...
Bigfoot announces First Linux-based FNApp for the Killer NIC; posts bounty for more To Drive FNApps Development Bigfoot Launches FNApp Bounty Program with more than $15,000 in Cash and Prizes for Linux Developers AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 21, 2006 - Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company announced the first Flexible Network Architecture (FNA.TM) application for the KillerTM Network Interface Card (NIC) to help make online gaming safer and more secure. The new FNApp, called the FNA Firewall, is an embedded Linux-based firewall client application that runs inside the Killer NIC, enabling gamers to turn off their CPU burdening firewall and continue gaming with security and optimal... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted a review of Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC here at HotHardware.com. We explore framerate performance and ping times and discuss the underlying hardware and technology employed on the Killer. Here's a snip from the piece: "By now, we're all familiar with Creative Labs' Audigy and X-Fi audio processors. A startup known as AISeek is working on an Artificial Intelligence accelerator for the PC. Ageia's PhysX processor is already on store shelves, and the product we'll be looking at today, the Killer NIC, is designed to offload some network functions from the CPU. Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC is more than... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk within the industry of consolidation as of late. AMD's acquisition of ATI has been a hot topic ever since it was announced.  And that acquisition has spurred rumors of an unlikely merger between Intel and NVIDIA. Both AMD and Intel have talked about integrating a GPU on to the CPU in one form or another, Seagate bought Maxtor, Asus and Gigabyte entered into a strategic partnership, and the list goes on and on. Despite all the talk about consolidation, however, there are still quite a few companies that are pushing for more dedicated co-processing processing elements in the PC architecture. By now, we're all familiar with Creative Lab's Audigy and X-Fi audio... Read more...
The gang at IGN have been chatting with the folks at Bigfoot Networks regarding the company's new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In essence, this new NIC offloads all the networking tasks from the CPU and OS and handles it onboard with its own 400MHz NPU (Network Processing Unit) and 64MB of RAM. As one might suspect from the hefty price tag, there are a multitude of features and functionality which are tailored around online gaming. Unfortunately, all performance benchmarks and claims thus far are coming straight from Bigfoot Networks. Should the results we witness when we test the hardware be even close to what these preliminary benchmarks indicate, we will have... Read more...
HardOCP has sat down with the company Bigfoot to analyze the new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In short, the card is a 10/100/1000 PCI network card that is equipped with a 400MHz onboard processor and a USB 2.0 port. Here, the company is touting significantly lower ping times and higher overall system performance. Then again, when one compares the $279 price tag to the $0 price penalty found with onboard gigabit NIC's we should be seeing some healthy gains somewhere. Although this article is merely a preview of sorts, you can expect the gang here at Hot Hardware will run the Killer NIC through its paces and let you know whether it's worthy of your hard earned cash as soon... Read more...
The optimization accusations have started again. German tech sites 3D Center, and Computerbase are taking a close look at Nvidia's Anisotropic filtering methods after some recent findings as to how Nvidia implements the technique. Flashbacks of the Nvidia FX days are starting to hit me... ohhh the horror. There's little doubt that Nvidia's currently working on a response, and we'll be sure to bring it to you. Aerocool Masstige Computer Case @ A True Review | Image "Currently, there are two major new design trends for computer cases. One trend is to move the motherboard tray from the right side of the case to the left. This, in turn, will make a mounted ATX motherboard upside down as well... Read more...
Samsung DVD-L75 Portable DVD Player @ CoolTechZone: "Portable DVD players are great consumer electronics devices to have if you're constantly on the road and would like something to keep you entertained for a little while. Samsung is one of the prominent CE manufacturers in the market with solid products from one product line to another. According to Samsung, you can "now feel free to go anywhere with this portable DVD player. When you carry the Samsung portable DVD Player to places with similar background as in the movie you are watching, you can feel just like one of the movie's heroes." BlueGears HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold Sound Card @ A True Review: "The good news... Read more...
Asetek introduces - New WaterChill 12V pump system with integrated reservoir and USB/Software Control Panel The NEW WaterChill 12V DC pump system with integrated reservoir and USB/Software-based control unit is the first of its kind. Packed with features and design that ensure every consumer with the markets best usability and developed especially for water-cooling this 12V pump system utilizes the ultimate balance between flow, pressure and power consumption (heat dissipation) for maximum performance. Ensuring uncompromising reliability in water circulation and maximum performance the 12V low noise pump system is the perfect match for ANY water-cooling set-up – customized or included in... Read more...
Good afternoon ladies and gents. I've got some new hardware to play around with, and a few errands to run, so I'm going to get straight to the news. Enjoy! Soltek Qbic EQ3901-300P Review @ AMDZone "We are quite happy to have an Athlon 64 small form factor that can handle two hard drives and two optical drives. We are also impressed with the first 300 watt power supply we have seen in a SFF. Stability of the system was excellent, the price is agreeable, and the looks are pleasant." GeForce 6600 GT and SLI @ LostCircuits "From an SLI standpoint, the 6600GT is especially interesting since its single card performance - even though excellent for the price - offers enough headroom for... Read more...
Hello all!  We've taken a long hard look at Pentium M "Dothan" CPU core performance tonight on DFI's new 855GME-MGF motherboard.  Based on Intel's Pentium M embedded chipset architecture that utilizes their mobile i855GME Northbridge and the i6300ESB Southbridge, this combination actually gives the fastest Pentium 4 Extreme Edition CPUs a run for their money in many applications, especially gaming.  Check it... DFI 855GME-MGF and Pentium-M Dothan Desktop Performance... Read more...
  In this our first article of 2005, we're going to take a look back at recent history and examine a driving force in computing technology that was dominant throughout much of 2004.  Intel launched its mobile Centrino technology in mid-2003.  It took a while to ramp up but once this new platform initiative gathered steam, it took off like a rocket for what has been a hugely successful marketing and technology development effort.  The centerpiece of this new architecture was Intel's new Pentium M processor core, then code named "Banias", which has since been enhanced and updated in .09 micron process technology, now known as the "Dothan" Pentium M core.... Read more...
Well the whole holiday season is finally coming to an end, and I'm looking forward to getting things back to normal. Who knows, maybe I'll get a few more tech calls from all the folks who got expensive computers and don't know how to use them :) Which brings me to a rather odd realization. Spyware and computer viruses, as annoying as they are, help me make money. I've always looked down on people who make money off of another persons misery... but that appears to be the situation I'm in... oh well ;) Albatron PX915G4 Pro @ Overclockers Online "Albatron decided to stick with the current Socket 478 processors on this model. This allows existing P4 users to migrate over to the PCI-E world without... Read more...
DFI Brings Dothan to Performance Desktop Computing The new Pentium M based 855GME-MGF "green motherboard" aims at energy-conscious enthusiasts who demand the best cool and quiet platform for overclocking or underclocking Hayward, CA (November 4, 2004) – DFI, maker of the award-winning LANParty and record-scoring LANPartyUT series of motherboards, today launched industry's most enthusiasts-oriented desktop Pentium M motherboard, 855GME-MGF. Based on the Intel mobile 855GME/6300 ESB chipset and supports socket 479 Pentium M processors, this motherboard merges cutting edge mobile technology and performance potentials onto an environmentally friendly platform. Its low heat generation, virtually... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back to HotHardware :)  Sorry about the later edition of news today, but the info-flow has been moving at a snails pace. Nonetheless, we managed to scrounge up a few tidbits for you to read over.  Here is yours evening shot of juice... NU SBW-242 External Combo Drive Review @ T-Break "Although Nu-Tech is a new name in Optical devices, we have seen some pretty impressive designs by them. In this review we will be taking a look at a very sleek external CDRW and DVD reader combo – codename SBW-242 "24X COMBI Slim". It can talk the talk, but can it walk the walk?" Revision 5.0 of the Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ rojakpot.com "These... Read more...
Welcome back friends :) My apologize about the late news update today.  My trip into Toronto lasted longer then anticipated.  Needless to say, it is getting late, so lets get down to business.... NVIDIA 6800 Ultra Previews/Reviews --> Our very own look: Link to HH's review PC Perspective Hard|OCP Tech Report 3D GPU Beyond 3D 3D Center XFX 5700 Ultra Dual DVI @ Viper Lair "While the XFX 5700 Ultra isn't the fastest card in the block, it is still a good card worthy of a recommendation for the performance and Dual DVI capability if nothing else. If you want a good, stable, fast video card that won't break the bank I would put the 5700 Ultra on your list of possible video cards to purchase."... Read more...
Asus V8420 Deluxe GeForce 4 Ti 4200 Review A Ti 4200 For Gamers & Video Aficionados... By - Robert Maloney October 16, 2002 The Asus V8420 Deluxe is a bit of a paradox at first glance.  It could be assumed that this is a budget package.  After all, it does contain a card built on the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200 chipset, technically the "low man on the totem pole" of the three cards in the GF4 Titanium series.  A closer examination reveals that Asus didn't just give you any board based on the Ti 4200 but a faster and more powerful version than most competitors. Then they threw together a bundle unmatched by most other companies. You want games?  How about two full... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-GF2560 SDR GeForce Get overclocked and ready to rock!   So, you are thinking, "great another GeForce SDR Graphics Card review".  On the surface, your aversion to mundane and "been there, done that" type of products and their respective reviews, could be well founded.  HOWEVER, not this time bunky.  Yes, this is another GeForce SDR Graphics Card review but things are always a little different when it comes to Gigabyte product.  This is a look at what could be the best value on the net if you are in the market for a GeForce 3D Graphics Accelerator.  Now that we've got your attention.  Let's see if Gigabyte can make good on this... Read more...
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