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Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge PC Design People's Choice Awards Runs Parallel to $1 Million Industry Competition for Stylish Computers Built with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com and vote for their favorite concept PC design. Voters get to choose from designs submitted by companies competing for $1 million in the industry Intel Core Processor Challenge. A group of computer and design experts will award the winners in April, but consumers can now pick their favorite designs in a separate online People's Choice Award contest that also features a random $100 certificate... Read more...
Here's some good news for laptop users and/or anyone willing to mount laptop drives in their desktops: SanDisk's 32GB 2.5" is not going to ship at $500 per drive as earlier reports suggested. How much would you pay? $600? $700? $1000!?! No way! SanDisk is saying the drives will only cost $350. Sure the drive is a little short in the capacity arena but so was the original Raptor. Putting a few of these bad boys in Raid 0 might be a lot safer than traditional drives because of their lack of moving parts, just don't salivate on the drives. "The 32GB, 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD is available now to computer manufacturers, with initial pricing... Read more...
Committees, working groups an' drafts? Oh my! Whatever happened to just getting work done? Just a few years ago wireless networking standards were growing by leaps and bounds. Fast forward to today, and the standards are mired in committees that are looking to release small steps that aren't a whole lot better than proprietary answers that vendors had on the shelf a year ago. "The IEEE Working Group approved Draft 1.10 of the increasingly popular 802.11n standard this week, with 83.4 percent voting to accept what will (later this month) officially become Draft 2.0 when it is submitted to the IEEE 802.11n committee."... Read more...
Ever wish you could help make a game based of you're own ideas?   Well, Acclaim's new project, currently code-named "Top Secret", is a 20,000 strong studio made up of volunteers.   They're making history not only as the largest studio ever, but also the first to enlist the aid of ordinary people just like you.  The project's goal, according to Dave Perry, a developer, is to produce a professional MMO game created by thousands of individuals each contributing what they can. Thousands of people have signed up to help develop a community-built massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMO). Developer Dave Perry and publisher Acclaim are... Read more...
The latest version of the Army's own FPS, America's Army, is out, bringing with it a tool to make your maps and missions. Along with the 2.08 update being released, the new Mission Depot is also available, allowing aspiring map creators to submit their work for review, with the chance of it becoming the next official mission distributed through the Honor network. For more information and download links, Click here. "This release coincides with the opening of Mission Depot. With Mission Depot, you'll be able to submit the missions you have created. After a short review process, approved missions will become the next Official... Read more...
K8L, as it's called, is AMD's quad-core baby. Ars Technica has the lowdown on some of the features the chip will contain, including 128-bit floating-point and SSE units, improved branch prediction, dedicated stack engine, and memory disambiguation. The four cores will share 2MB of L3 cache, and each core had a dedicated 512KB L2 and 64KB L1 cache. "Let's take core architecture first, because it's the one that's most familiar from past Intel-AMD comparisons. Note that I'm taking a preliminary stab at comparing these two architectures, and that my knowledge of K8L isn't nearly as thorough as my knowledge of Core. So I reserve the... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and end-users worldwide.        "The opening of the Mile High Design Center is a testament... Read more...
NVIDIA sent word today of their wins on the iMac platform, if that kind of machine is your sort of flava... "On Sept 6th Apple announced their flagship 24" iMac (https://www.apple.com/imac/), powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics processing unit (GPU) as the standard configuration and the GeForce 7600 GT GPU as a configure-to-order upgrade option.  The GeForce 7300GT and the GeForce 7600GT feature the award-winning GeForce 7 graphics architecture and the Apple implementation uses NVIDIA MXM technology (https://www.nvidia.com/page/mxm.html) for greater design flexibility.  The fastest iMac ever, the 24-inch iMac delivers performance that creative professionals... Read more...
Last Tuesday it was reported that Hewlett-Packard was having an ongoing internal investigation over who was leaking information to the press, and the source was assumed to be one of the company's directors. CNet news is now reporting that HP may have illegally accessed the phone records of the companies directors, as well as a few journalists, and possibly others. With the current turmoil going on, HP Chairman Patricia Dunn has announced her resignation from the post, with current CEO and President Mark Hurde to take over. "Dunn's departure caps a tumultuous episode for HP, one of the country's largest companies and a Silicon Valley... Read more...
In West Philadelphia, Microsoft is participating in a promising new program aimed at upgraing the quality of America's high schools. Microsoft has designed a new school which contains many new features unseen to most high schools, including using laptops instead of books(also removing the need for a large library), smartboards instead of blackboards, a 9:15am to 4:19pm schedule, and even a restaurant style food court. Bill Gates and Microsoft are hoping to change the current state of the US' school system, which Mr. Gates feels is "Obsolete", and could hurt America's competitiveness. The company didn't... Read more...
We've been hard at work in the labs again here at HotHardware, putting AMD's latest installment of CPUs for the AM2 platform, through the wringer.  This time the focus is on "Energy Efficient" processors, as AMD likes to call them.   Here we have a look at the 65W EE Athlon 64 4600  running flat out at 100% CPU utilization and its 1.14 voltage settings by default. We've also gotten our hands on a 35 Watt efficient 3800+ dual core CPU as well.  We'll have full details on the performance, heat, power and noise characteristics of these new chips, in the days ahead.  Don't touch that dial!... Read more...
EVGA Exclusive - the Signature SeriesT The FASTEST 7900 GT on the Market TODAY! Created for the true graphics performance enthusiast, all Signature SeriesT video cards feature a Collectors Edition Package, Priority Customer Service and are put through a longer and more diverse testing process under EVGA's rigorous standards in addition to many other benefits. The 7900 GT Signature SeriesT features EVGA's own high-efficiency thermal cooling solution allowing the highest possible clock speeds. The memory is now covered by the innovative EVGA copper fan, which allows for better cooling (approximately 6 degrees Celsius). Gamers will appreciate the highest clock speeds and improved performance... Read more...
World Cyber Games said on Thursday that Microsoft Corp. has signed on as the premier sponsor for its global video game tournaments through 2008. Under the terms of the alliance, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Games for Windows business units will provide hardware, games and marketing support for all World Cyber Game events -- including three multi-region championships, the Korean and U.S. championships, and the grand finals in Monza, Italy, in October.  ... Read more...
The guys at IGN have posted an intriguing article about the evolution of portable gaming units, from its early beginnings to what it has morphed into today.The gaming industry continues to gain speed, and we as a community are entering into yet another generation. We continue the progression from system to system, technology to technology, and innovation to innovation. No matter what console may be hitting shelves soon, there is already another in the future for us to look forward to. This industry has yet to be stagnant since its birth over two decades ago. When looking at the industry that publishers, developers and consumers have created, one can't help but be amazed. Gaming is a worldwide... Read more...
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