How many processes can a processor process if a processor processed with 80 cores?

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor.  Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors.  Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM.  Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf

Source: Ars Technica

You got Intel on my AMD!

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2007 - 06:39 PM |
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The DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200 is first AMD RD600 based motherboard around, and it is for Core 2 Duos!  Strange as it sounds, this is an AMD chipset running an Intel processor and it does it fairly well.  It offers 3 PCI3 16x slots, allowing Crossfire and a PPU to run at the same time.  The major downfall is the lack of overclocking ability, but it is a solid performer with a lot of other good features.

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.

Very accomodating keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads.  They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,

Source: OCIA

Format War 2

Subject: Storage | April 2, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Betamax is dead, VHS victorious.  Now we have a new battle begin fought between Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at their recent battles, and tries to figure out who loses and why.  Blu-ray holds more on a disk, but 50GBs isn't really much space for HD programming, but it does beat the 30GB of a dual sided HD-DVD.  They carry on to look at which format studios are supporting, as that will probably the largest influence.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI brings out the bacon

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2007 - 01:07 PM |
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More non-April Fools related bizarreness from ATI, the X1650 Pro Year of the Pig Edition.  Overclockers Online has posted pictures, as well as appending it to their original review of the X1650 Pro, in case you've forgotten how it benchmarks.  They are a limited edition so get a move on if you really want a large golden pig on your graphics card.

Stranger than fiction

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM |
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Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke.  If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here.  It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past.  Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.

"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."

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Source: Slashdot

If you squint, you can see the weekend from here

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity.  It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention.  The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of

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Trimming the fat, but leaving the meat

Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for another look at the newly released 680i LT based motherboard from EVGA.  It is a good implementation of simplicity, offering a solid board with great overclocking potential.  Even for those who don't want to delve into the intricacies of OCing can get good results, Doc managed 14% with the bundled nTune software.

RAMing speed!

Subject: Memory | March 30, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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HotHardware has posted a review of Corsair's newest Dominator, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF.  It is a pair of 1GB DIMMs running at PC2-10000 DIMMs with timings of 5-5-5-18-2T at 1250MHz, and sports the Dominator cooling fans and shroud.   Because this is pretty much the fastest RAM going, there isn't much room for OCing, but it does come out king in

Source: HotHardware

Cinegames must mean they are longer, right?

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil.  They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games.  Read on at Wired.

Source: Wired News

ReadyBoost tested

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost.  As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs.  As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then.  It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.

Source: ExtremeMhz

TufTab's new UMPC

Subject: Mobile | March 29, 2007 - 05:02 PM |
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VIA Arena provide a preview of the TufTab v7112XT UMPC.  Wrapped around a 7" LCD, with a 1.3MP camera that can take shots at 1280x1024 or video at 15fps in SVGA/30fps VG.  The sides are where the input and output ports are, including an Ethernet LAN port, headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, VGA out, DC power jack, a PCMCIA slot and a SD-IO/MMC slot.  It's also BlueTooth enabled, and will be at home in any traveler's kit.

Source: VIA Arena

Alphabet soup, as it applies to monitors

Subject: Displays | March 29, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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Buying a TFT LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal display) will introduce you to a whole set of acronyms you may have never encountered before.  PureOverclock hopes to display their knowledge by monitoring the trends and giving you the chance to view their findings.  Read on to find out what Twisted Nematic + Film, Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment, Patterned Vertical Alignment and In Plane Switching mean to you, and which is better at what you want from a monitor.

Over 3 Cubic feet of case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2007 - 02:07 PM |
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PC Apex reviews the Lian-Li PC-343B

Modular Cube Case, an 18"x18"x18" case.  With all that space, you can pick up bolt-on modular add ons to increase the usefulness of the case, you aren't stuck with a default configuration for your fans, water cooling, HDD cage and other features.  Head on over to take a look at this case, it can fit a beer fridge in the unused space,

Source: PCApex

More from Intel's preview of Nehalem and Penryn

Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview.  Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New from Joo Janta

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds.  A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose.  A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material.  It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency.  The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n

Source: Slashdot

Penryn and Nehalem, new from Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn.  Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.

Intel Honors 10 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.

Intel Honors 44 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.