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IBM has found a way to allow memory to deliver data closer to the rate at which processors request it by replacing embedded SRAM in computer chips with a new kind of DRAM developed specifically for use in microprocessors. IBM's "eDRAM" or embedded DRAM will help boost performance in future multi-core processors, especially in gaming and multimedia applications, with significantly reduced latencies. IBM said it has been able to speed up the DRAM to the point where it's nearly as fast as SRAM, and that the result is a type of memory known as embedded DRAM, or eDRAM, that helps boost the performance of chips with multiple core calculating engines and is particularly... Read more...
Intel, ever pushing forward in its quest for CPU dominance, has released what it hopes will be considered a Core 2 CPU on the cheap, the Core 2 Duo E4400 and E4300. These CPUs are much like their big brothers except that they are based on the new Allendale core which has 2MB of L2 cahe, and a FSB of 800MHz instead of 1066MHz. Probably the best thing about the new E6420 and E6320 processors is the fact that the price is set to stay at exactly the same level as the current E6400 and E6300 processors, meaning that you'll be getting the benefits of an extra L2 cache for free. With this happening, it's leaves room for Intel to expand the bottom end of its line-up with more processors with... Read more...
If you don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend updating your new rig with one of AMD's socket AM2 CPUs, Thermalright is doing its best to keep your old AMD K8 CPUs running cool with their Thermalright SLK-948U until upgrading your processor isn't life threatening to you're wallet. "The Thermalright SLK-948U is an oldie but a goodie. This 635 gram chunk of copper is still a relevant heatsink however, resembling something akin to a metallic Toblerone with copper fins. It's this design which keeps the SLK-948U alive and kicking, and as you'll see in a moment more than capable for any K8 processor. The heatsink ships in a very plain cardboard box with a small... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that the refresh to NVIDIA's G80 GPU (GeForce 8 Series), which is probably code-named G81 if history is an indicator, will be manufactured on TSMC's 65nm process node. "THE G80 replacement looks like it might be known as G81, and it appears that Nvidia will take the radical step of making it at 65 nanometre. That is what's been rumoured in China and Taiwan and according to sources close to or inside TSMC." Whether the refresh to G80 is built at 65nm or 80nm, one thing is for certain.  NVIDIA wants to shrink to the G80 down ASAP.... Read more...
Our friends over at the Tech Report have an in-depth look at GeForce 8800 SLI posted today. Scott takes a look at performance, image quality, power consumption and noise. "WHEN WE REVIEWED the GeForce 8800, I said we'd test the GPU in an SLI configuration "as soon as we can." I will admit that I've dabbled in CPUs a little too much, and our look at GeForce 8800 SLI has been delayed. However, I also wondered in that same review: "who needs two of these things right now?" That's a pretty good question given the GeForce 8800 GTX's astounding pixel-slinging performance, and something of a de-motivator for one considering looking into GeForce... Read more...
Generation "Y" are about to deluge the IT world, and the IT world isn't ready for their informal attitude and reliance on technology intensive communication. Smart companies are figuring out that they better expect to serve the needs of their new employees, or the best will go work for their competitors: Richard Leyland, head of knowledge at Unwired, said that many firms had failed to realize that the next generation of job entrants will have very different requirements. "Kids now are so used to instant and informal communication that when they enter the workplace they will have very different expectations," he said. "They... Read more...
The widely unexpected success of Nintendo's modest little Wii game console has put them back on the map. And unlike the powerful and expensive PS3 and X-Box 360, the Wii has made money for its makers right out of the gate: Today, the company increased its earnings forecast for fiscal year 2007 by 20 percent. The new guidance points to net income of 120 billion yen (about $1 billion) and 900 billion yen ($7.6 billion) of revenues. Last year, Nintendo managed profits of 98 billion yen, or $830 million, on 509 billion Yen ($4.3 billion) in net sales. Margins won't look as good as last year's, as sales are growing faster than profits. But that's to be expected with the rollout of the Wii system.... Read more...
Wired News has ranked the top ten tech towns in America, and it's worth reading just to get a peek at the algorithms they used to judge who's who, and who's a robogeek. These include   Number of attendees at local meetings of dorkbot, a group for "people doing strange things with electricity" Comic book stores per capita Get your geek on. Go Boston!... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report have a 5-board NFORCE 590 SLI motherboard round-up posted today. They cover performance, features, overclocking and even nTune support... "THE NFORCE 590 SLI is easily the most feature-rich core-logic chipset available for Athlon 64 processors. Nvidia takes feature integration further than any other chipset maker, and that's enabled the company to ensure a measure of consistency between motherboards based on its chipsets. Unfortunately, although core logic consolidation has done wonders for promoting a consistent end user experience, it's also made it increasingly difficult for motherboard manufacturers to... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article where we explore the performance of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS cards running in dual-card SLI configurations. Here's a snip from the piece... "NVIDIA has released a couple of fresh sets of Forceware drivers for the GeForce 8800 series, so we thought it was a good time to revisit the GTX and GTS to see how a pair of each type of card performed in a dual-GPU SLI configuration. So, armed with dual GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS cards, and a top-of-the-line testbed, we set out to do just that." Read The Rest Right Here!... Read more...
PCPer has a very interesting article on-line today dealing with Ray Traced graphics. Guest writer Daniel Pohl has created new rendering engines for both Quake 3 and Quake 4 that use ray tracing as the draw method instead of the standard rasterization techniques used in all games today. The Q3 and Q4 engines don't run incredibly fast, but the results show a myriad of benefits including being able to take advantage of more and more processing cores simultaneously. "The water in "Quake 4: Ray traced" (https://www.q4rt.de/) uses an animation set of many normal maps to simulate the height differences from the waves. One ray is used for reflection on that normal maps, one ray is used to get... Read more...
Now this is my kind of technology! :)  Perfect fodder for a Sunday evening jaunt across the web. During a recent Robot expo in Vienna, home-brew Robots were invited to demonstrate their skills in categories like mixing cocktails, serving drinks and snacks, bar conversation and smoking cigarettes and cigars. Staring with glowing red eyes at a young woman strolling by, bartender Chapok slowly extends his arm to offer her a gin and orange. She takes the glass, murmurs a flustered "thank you" and walks away while the cocktail-mixing robot turns his attention back to a row of bottles. "People are interacting, they are actually talking to my robot," smiles David Calkins, who teaches... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that Microsoft will not be making Unified Shaders a strict requirement in order to have complete DirectX10 support. With NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU rumored to have its Vertex, Pixel, and Geometry Shaders still somewhat segmented into different parts this is certainly a sigh of relief for the gang in Santa Clara. The choice to refrain from a truly unified shader architecture could very well mean some healthy gains in current DirectX9 games as well though we obviously will need to wait to get our hands on the card before we make any conclusions. One thing is certain though, the race for the fastest GPU on the planet will certainly be exciting this round as each... Read more...
In an attempt to get their message across, the U.S. government is embracing the YouTube community in an effort to curb drug use. Though there's some controversy on how effective the ads are, the White House has started injecting their anti-drug videos into the service, which receives millions of viewers a day, many of them teenagers. "The government's short public service announcements -- all of which were produced previously for television -- are highly polished. They will compete for viewership against hundreds of existing, drug-related videos that include shaky footage of college-age kids smoking marijuana and girls dancing wildly after... Read more...
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