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Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been showing off some nice wafers at the Symposium on VLSI Technology, displaying just how low they can go. Their work on high-k metal gate transistors seems to have paid off as they showed of some seriously tiny tech. The sizes they've reached have been seen before, Global Foundries trick is to overcome the leakage problem to keep these chips power requirements low. Drop by The Inquirer for a look.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find. HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America. It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand. We did hear that t
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media. The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile. Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace. If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom. If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes. The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras. For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC. They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device. Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers. If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version. Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try. Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD. AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self. The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern. Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.
With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As a gamer, you don't necessarily want to read through a 15 page article on tweaking the Windows 7 RC from boot to shutdown. Some of the tips do help, but a lot have to do with usability, security or other mundane improvements; what you want is tips on making your games go faster and you want them quick. ExtremeTech has what you need in a quick three pager on getting the most from your gaming experience on Windows 7. Little gems like the return of msconfig will trim the background tasks to
Open Patent Alliance Expands 4G WiMAX with Addition of Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans, UQ Commun
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2009 – Building on worldwide 4G WiMAX technology momentum, Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans Communications and UQ Communications have joined the Open Patent Alliance (OPA).
Formed in June 2008, the OPA is dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX around the globe, further boosting the open industry standard approach to 4G wireless broadband.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2009 - The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009, the world's largest Overclocking competition, successfully took place June 3, 2009.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a good ear, the difference between onboard audio and audio from a high def source over a high end sound card stands out enough that the entrance price is worth it. Others might not hear much of a difference, but that may also be because they've never heard high def audio. A Blu-ray disk is capable of providing incredible audio quality, assuming the sound card is Advanced Access Content System compliant, otherwise it downgrades the signal to quality even onboard sound can handle.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ground breaking for Fab 2 is scheduled for next month and once it is completed in 2011 it will be the lead on 28nm process and smaller. This leaves Fab 1 to handle current 45nm and 32nm process based chips, with it's main focus being on ramping up production. If Fab 1 can get a solid amount of production coming out to finance their R&D, then Tom Sonderman's plan to beat Intel into sub 45nm processes may become reality. You can see some of the planned timetable at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 7, 2009 - Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, invested $43 million (JP4.15 billion) in Japan-based UQ Communications, a provider of WiMAX mobile services.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One thing that is often missed when overclocking is the actual effect on system performance. The raw numbers are always bigger, for instance a Q9450 bumped up to 3.2GHz is faster than stock, but what happened to the system. It might feel more zippy, or maybe you have just fooled yourself because of the time you spent watching it hang during unsuccessful settings. Here at PC Perspective our reviews give hard numbers as opposed to subjective feelings, and you can do the same at home. That is not to say simply run 3DMark over and over, but instead to pick a game and benchm
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Palm Pre has been heralded as the second coming of the iPhone and has had gadget freaks squealing in anticipation of its arrival. It has arrived and already rumours are flying, shells are being stripped off and all of the wonderful engineering inside is exposed to the world. It was thought that hiding in the code somewhere was a little something special and Hack A Day has confirmed it. The Pre can pretend to be an Apple iPod and connect to iTunes.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have fond memories of the sound and feel of the IBM Model M keyboard, R&B Mods has a treat for you; the rest of you membrane fans can pretty much skip their review of the i-Rocks Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard. This 97 button keyboard uses mechanical switches for key depression, but not a buckling-spring keyswitch, so it isn't quite the same but still offers feedback. It is a shiny black USB board however, and it sports a pair of USB plugs and blue LEDs under the three lock keys, which does make it a lot more modern looking. Take a look and
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in March, former AOL head Jon Miller was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Hulu and has he got an announcement for you! He "envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu ... are available only to subscribers.".