VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.

VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.

Dysfunctional underwater family

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN.  Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids.  Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision.  Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i

Source: IGN

A quick look at the new DFI

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset.  These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU.  Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm. 

Source: TweakTown

For those whose USB doesn't sound very good

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection.  Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers.  Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go.  While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s

GF and T-Ram talk collaboration

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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Global Foundries is one of the biggest stories in tech right now and not just because of the licensing lawsuit.  This new fab company that Ryan visited in northern New York state has a jump on the next process transition and a lot of contracts coming in.  Josh fleshed out the overview late last week with his in depth article here.  He explains just why this new company has received such a
warm welcome in what is usually a very tight knit industry.  They have the backing of one of the richest plac

Source: The Inquirer

New hardware problems? Find new solutions in our Forums.

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM |
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A Net connection has become a necessity
for a lot of people, even if it is a basic feed via a cell phone.  There are many threads in the PC Perspective forums that deal with dodgy network cable, broken NICs, both driver and software issues all in an attempt to ensure that our forum members can keep their Net connection healthy.  One piece of hardware has been neglected in comparison; how do you go about fixing the actual modem?&

Is it a CPU or a VPU

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM |
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Nothing makes hardware fetishists madly speculate about new technology than a fuzzy picture like this one.  As we discussed on this weeks PCPer Podcast, there appears to be appears to be 32 cores paired with 32 vector processing units although it is hard to be exact.  That the picture isn't clear is not the only problem, new architecture can bring significant changes to the structures on the die and the only tools we have are to compare them to previous generations, like the P2 tha

Globalfoundries' secret plan for domination

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC.  We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire.  They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera.  DigiTimes also feels they have

Source: Digitimes

The Proving Grounds

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 05:25 PM |
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A new look at a popular game

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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When Dawn of War II first came out, we heard all about the new take on RTS that it provided, along with the inclusion of Boss battles.  We saw a lot of performance data on the game, with most of the cards that were current at the time being tested.  Since then, both AMD and nVIDIA have been churning out cards at an incredible pace, with a new generation of cards having never seen a benchmark of DoW II performance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You're outta here!

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Against all advice, be it legal, political or otherwise, France has decided to implement it's 3-strikes law against copyright infringers. 
Call it "Creation et Internet," or "Loi Olivennes" or HADOPI, this law makes it punishable to not 'secure your internet connection', for public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites and don't even mention file sharing.  The third strike, after an email and registered letter is the disconnection of your ISP account for 3 months to a year, to let you have time to think about how horrible you have been.

Source: Ars Technica

EC Ruling: Statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:

"Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal."

Nothing but the basics

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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Picking up a high end gaming mouse for your office PC might be amusing, but it really isn't necessary.  Likewise, picking up an incredibly fancy wireless keyboard to run your HTPC is not ideal either.  I-ROCKS RF-6572A 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse are a much wiser choice.  Solid wireless performance with enough channels to ensure you encounter no interference and a nice neat design are this combos qualities.  The mouse has five buttons, you won't be forced to give

Source: Tweaknews

The second half of Intel's plans for 2009

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom.  At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200.  They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10.  There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset.  If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599. 

Source: Digitimes

Big sound, small package

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice.  They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag.  DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues.  When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out

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Don't bother coming to get some, we're all out

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it.  Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting.  A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots.  It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is. 

Source: Slashdot

64 years of celebrating VE Day

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM |
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A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house.  Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest.  If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<

TSMC and UMC continue sales recovery in April

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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http://www.ice-corp.com/reportimages/TI/tsmc_logo.JPGThis is definitely good news for the tech industry as a whole - both TSMC and UMC, Taiwan's most prominent fabrication facility for silicon wafers, are both seeing increases in monthly revenue month-to-month and better year-to-year re

Source: Digitimes

Freakin' sweet!

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it.  It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy.  An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more.  As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto

Source: Hack a Day

Best shaggy dog story, ever

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline.  It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed.  3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they

Source: Slashdot