Items tagged with next-gen

Ford just unveiled its next generation driver assistance technologies for “stress-free parking, collision avoidance, [and] wrong way driving," which should go a long way towards making driving even more convenient and safer for all. Scott Lindstrom, manager for driver-assist and active safety at Ford, remarked, “Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us. "Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that deliver functionality and performance that customers will value.” So what is included in Ford’s latest driver assist... Read more...
Back in June, Rockstar Games confirmed that it was developing Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Now we know when it is coming out. For those who own the Xbox One or PS4 will be able to purchase GTA V on November 18. Unfortunately for PC gamers, the PC version will not be available until January 27, 2015. The next-gen version of the insanely successful game, which boasted $1 billion in sales within its first three days, has received an upgrade to its visual and technical aspects. It features increased draw distances, higher resolutions, and enhanced weather effects. There will also be new activities, new weapons, new vehicles, more wildlife, heavier traffic,... Read more...
New Intel vPro Technology Enhances Security, Adds Automatic Tune-Ups and Thinks for Itself Third Generation Enables Virtualized PC Models, Services for Small Businesses Intel introduces the third generation of Intel vPro Technology with a host of new features, some that enable PCs to "think and act for themselves," and all can now operate outside the corporate firewall. New features include: Fast Call for Help, Remote Schedule Maintenance, Remote Alert, Access Monitor and Microsoft NAP authentication. Also, the 2008 vPro opens the door to new virtualized PC models and services aimed at small businesses. This latest edition of vPro continues Intel's trend of unique innovation to solve IT’s biggest... Read more...
Last year we brought you some information regarding AMD's Griffin and Puma mobile processor and platform in this short article.  It has taken a bit of time to bring them to market, but AMD is now ready with the newly designed processors and chipsets.  The Griffin CPU is now known as the Turion X2 Ultra and notebooks based on the platform should be arriving soon.  The technical specifications are available in our earlier post, and the official press release is below... AMD Delivers the Ultimate HD Visual Performance on the Go with Next-Generation Notebook Platform — Balanced notebook platform achieves superior 3D performance and HD-image quality with greater energy efficiency —... Read more...
In preparation for the upcoming release of the Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform, Super Talent has just announced a DDR3-1333 capable SO-DIMM.  The part number for the product is W1333SA1GS.  It has a 1GB capacity, support for frequencies up to 1333MHz (PC3-12800), and it has a CAS latency of 9.  A photo of the new SO-DIMM and the full press release are avaialble below. Super Talent Launches DDR3 SO-DIMM for Next Generation Laptops Offers Higher Transfer Rates and Lower Power Consumption San Jose, California – May 27, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced immediate... Read more...
Specs for the next-generation NVIDIA cards have leaked onto the web, but we advise readers not to place too much faith in these specs until the cards actually ship.On to the specs:“The GTX 280 enables all features of the D10U processor; the GTX 260 version will consist of a significantly cut-down version of the same GPU.  The D10U-30 will enable all 240 unified stream processors designed into the processor.  NVIDIA documentation claims these second-generation unified shaders perform 50 percent better than the shaders found on the D9 cards released earlier this year.The main difference between the two new GeForce GTX variants revolves around the number of shaders and memory bus width.  Most importantly,... Read more...
VIA Unveils Next-Generation Isaiah x86 Processor Architecture New architecture provides substantial increases in performance and functionality with leading power efficiency to enable next generation "Small is Beautiful" computing devices Austin, Texas, US, 24 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform technologies, today announced details of the VIA Isaiah Architecture, a new x86 processor architecture that will deliver significant boosts to the functionality and performance of desktop, mobile and ultra mobile PCs while minimizing power requirements, saving on battery life and enabling ultra compact system designs. Designed from the ground up by the... Read more...
Apple's multi-touch technology is so popular among "the rest of us" that it seems destined to replace all existing laptop pointing devices shortly:“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company's 2008 product roadmap say.”It seems possible, if not likely, that Apple will eventually migrate their entire laptop lineup to the new muli-touch trackpads.  It also seems likely that the new MacBook Pro models due soon will feature the new Penryn-family CPUs that offer up to 6 MB of L2 cache and SSE4 support.  As usual, we expect the MacBook Pro to get the... Read more...
Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology New Transistor Design, Manufacturing Capabilities will Also Power Mobile Internet Devices INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer (nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops. All of these new chips include the company's new transistor formula and 45nm manufacturing process that boost a PC's speed, reduces power requirements, saves on battery life, helps the environment and comes in smaller packages for more fashionable and compact computer designs.... Read more...
Any time that a console is responsible for the bulk of a next-gen disc format's sales, we're willing to consider the possibility that most consumers just don't give a damn.  Yet, it seems that nearly ¾ of all North American Blu-ray Disc players are found in PS3s and more than a third of all HD DVD Drives are Xbox 360 HD add-on drives if the following numbers are accurate:“Microsoft does not openly share its sales figures on its accessories, though a company representative did say in June that it had reached 155,000 units sold – showing a slow but steady adoption rate of the HD DVD add-on.The HD DVD Promotional Group announced in November that it had sold more than 750,000 HD DVD players,... Read more...
According to reports, AMD will move away from mega-GPU chips with their next release, codenamed R700.Modern graphics processors rely on extensive amounts of parallelism to get calculations done as quickly as possible, but those GPUs are still monolithic chips designed with a given number of stream processors, texture units, render back-ends, and the like, each depending on their performance grade. However, the folks at Fudzilla say they have it on good authority that AMD will challenge that paradigm with its next-generation graphics processor, code-named R700. According to Fudzilla, low-end, mid-range, and high-end R700 cards will all have GPUs with varying numbers of identical R700 cores. To... Read more...
For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc failed to gain a large enough foothold.Both of the new formats have support from different coalitions of movie studios, which means that if you want to watch high definition movies you could very well end up needing to buy two devices or a more expensive combo-device. “Until recently, many consumers were able to defer the choice because players have been so... Read more...
VoodooPC Smashes Industry Records with Next-Gen Notebook PC 17-inch laptop sets new standard for performance notebooks (CALGARY, Canada) – Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – VoodooPC, the world’s leading architect of personalized, handcrafted high-performance PCs, today introduced its 17-inch widescreen notebook PC, the ENVY H:171. The machine is the first notebook to offer a range of next-generation PC technology, including the Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 processor, a Dual NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 graphics processing unit (GPU) and a hard drive capacity of up to 600GB using three 200GB hard drives. This balanced... Read more...
If you're contemplating the purchase of a new laptop, you might want to hold out a bit longer if this report from Digitimes is correct. It seems that Intel, who already dominates the laptop arena, is planning on adding new features that will both enhance performance as well as increase battery life. The Robson technology the article mentions is a flash memory socket or slot that will allow OSes such as Vista to improve hard disk performance and save electricity in the same way that hybrid drives work. This technology sounded really good a year ago, but recently there have been numerous hybrid and solid state disk (SSD) drive announcements from many key players in the storage arena, so the... Read more...
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