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TechWorld has just posted an interview with IBM's Chief Scientist and PowerPC inventor Frank Soltis. Amongst the field of solid questions, there were a few which drove towards understanding what direction IBM would be taking for the next generation PowerPC CPU. As you might have guessed, the next PowerPC will have more in common with the CELL architecture they helped create than with more conventional x86 processors from AMD and Intel. Cell is an awesome chip. Its performance is most impressive. The design uses a single main processor and eight co-processors on a single chip. Although we will not see the current Cell chips used in our commercial... Read more...
The noise over what to do about Digital Rights Management and how the idea should be approached is a battle that's been raging on for a while now. Public outcry was sparked last year when rootkit software was discovered on CDs produced by Sony, and really hasn't died down since. In their latest article, eCoustics discusses what DRM has become, and how it can possibly affect us 20-30 years down the road. "DRM has become a huge flashpoint for consumers because of one simple fact -- entertainment companies' fear of piracy. The music industry -- rattled by its bitter experience with peer-to-peer networks that allowed consumers to swap music across... Read more...
For some, a simple USB thumb drive is not enough portable storage, even at its largest capacity.  Whether it's for backup purposes or there's a need to carry gobs of data around, there is no better alternative to hard drive capacities.  Retail external drive kits can be pricey, which is where Vantec comes in with their NexStar3 with eSATA Interface.  This enclosure lets you drop in your own hard drive and make it as portable as can be.  Married with the right hard drive, this package can offer sizeable external space along with excellent transfer rates."External hard drive enclosures have been out for some time now. Vantec has been at the forefront with their NexStar series... Read more...
Just in time for the weekend, Fudo has posted an interesting bit of news regarding the next motherboard ATI will be cooking up for Intel. Apparently, we won't be seeing any earth-shattering changes in this next iteration aside from the switch from DDR to DDR2 memory. However, Fudo does leave us with a hint regarding the next motherboard to follow and suggests we might even see HDMI (and likely a much more powerful IGP). The next motherboard based on ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset is scheduled for Q1 2006 and will be known as Grand County 2. Intel will use the rather less impressive D101GGC2 name for it. The board will be very similar to its predecessor,... Read more...
Looks like ATi is gearing up to give NVIDIA a run for their money in the integrated video motherboard chipset space.  X600-like graphics on board; smells like it has HTPC all over it.  The Inq posted the skinny on this yesterday but I was too lazy to snap this up at the time... sincere apologies. Really...The next generation of chipsets will feature a new integrated core with four pixel pipelines and it should be relatively close to the X600 performance. It might end up a little bit slower due to slower memory performance from the integrated memory, but it should be in that range. This new graphic core enslaved in ATI's future chipset should feature all you need for Longhorn, Vista... Read more...
Our buddy Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI and NVIDIA will be taking dramatically different approaches for their next-generation flagship GPU's. On one hand, we see ATI lobbying developers to focus more on the number of Pixel Operations instead of the number of Pixels per Clock. In contrast, NVIDIA is pushing for the exact opposite approach to be favored by games with their heavy emphasis on the number of Pixels per Clock. Regardless of which design approach is used, I think it is safe to say that we'll be seeing some insanely fast GPU's showing up the first part of the year.The G70, Geforce 7800 GTX has 24 texture memory units and 16 ROPs and can theoretically draw eight pixels with... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! Albatron has sent us a pic of their new device... the "ATOP". This nifty thing allows 8x AGP cards to be used in a PCI-E system. ATOP stands for AGP-To-PCIe and some information about it as well as a pic can be found below. Oh, and Designtechnica has pics and specs of the Playstation 3 which can be found here. Enjoy! Albatron's "ATOP" breathes new life into AGP-8x VGA cards   Your AGP-8x card simply piggybacks on the ATOP card's AGP-8x slot located on the top edge. The ATOP card is then plugged into the mainboard's PCI-Express slot. The only other installation requirements are replacing the bracket on the AGP-8x card with an ATOP bracket and installing... Read more...
Good evening everyone :) The New England Patriots have beaten the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. Like most people, I'd have to say I was extremely impressed with the way Terrell Owens played. I expected him out by the end of the first half. The euphoric feeling that a home team victory gives you is starting to wear off now, so I'll unload some more tech news. Included in the post tonight, is a review for ABIT's RX600 Pro-Guru, the TriGem KLOSS KL-I915A SFF PC, and a few other items. Well folks, read on and enjoy! ABIT RX600 Pro-Guru @ Viper Lair "If you are looking to build a HTPC on the PCIe format, look no further, the RX600 is easy to use and gives a picture you would be proud of. I only... Read more...
  As the old saying goes, "hindsight is 20/20".  That is to say, if you were in the market for a new high end graphics card, back in early August, as a direct result of the launch of Id Software's much buzzed about title Doom 3, you may have opted to go the way of an NVIDIA product.  For sure, with NVIDIA's obvious strength in the Doom 3 game engine, and subsequently the quickly emerging benchmarks that surfaced around the web, if you were placing bets on NVIDIA's new GeForce 6 series line-up, it was definitely a solid wager in that gaming scenario.  Additionally, the Doom 3 game engine will probably power many a title in the coming year, so NVIDIA's scope of influence... Read more...
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