IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 09:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

Origen AE X11, an underdog in the HTPC market

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2006 - 05:53 PM |
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HEXUS heard tell of a company called OrigenAE, who had an HTPC case just waiting to be reviewed.  Seeing as how it is a company almost no one has heard of, and that the case seemed to be designed for higher end HTPC systems, they jumped at the chance to review it.  Drop by to find out if this company should be more popular, or if it remain languishing in obscurity.

Source: Hexus

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

99 Nights in about 25 hours

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the Xbox360 game, Ninety Nine Nights.  It's an epic game, with more than the usual amount of enemies involved in this good versus evil struggle.  Drop by to find out if they came away with a good feeling from all the button mashing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

San Fransisco is the place to be ... Fall IDF news

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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There is a lot going on in San Fran, from Paul Otellini's speech, to 80 core processors and a firm date for the quad core Kentsfield processor.  [H]ard|OCP is down there keeping an eye on Intel, and trying unsucessfully to scoop Ryan before he can get his news up.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Athlon 63 X2s expected

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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DigiTimes has posted an updated AMD processor roadmap. AMD is extending the 65nm Brisbanes, which has new processors at 100MHz seperation, instead of the original 200 MHz.  All will have 2*512Kb L2 caches.

Source: Digitimes

Intel To Pay Up To $1 Million Bounty For Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation is challenging PC
designers and manufacturers to think sexy, stylish and small as they
design the next generation of home PCs
optimized for multimedia
entertainment and powered by Intel® Core™2 Duo processors.

Intel Extends Embedded Offerings With Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processors

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26,
2006 — Intel Corporation today announced expanded life cycle support
for the Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors
for embedded
applications, ranging from bank ATMs to point-of-sale cash registers.

Intel Develops Tera-Scale Research Chips

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today described the
significant technical challenges that need to be addressed if
computing
, from personal devices to giant data centers, is to keep up
with increasing demand by consumers and businesses for Internet-based
software, services and media-rich experiences.

A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

You can't always teach old tech support new tricks

Subject: Systems | September 26, 2006 - 03:24 PM |
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Dell's XPS 410 is a solid performing system, [H]ard|OCP was quite happy with the performance of the sytem when gaming or using it for other multimedia applications.  However, several issues with the system had them dealing with Tech Support, whose performance was far from stellar.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Maxtor's 11 Gen drives make themselves available

Subject: Storage | September 26, 2006 - 01:48 PM |
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The Tech Report reviews the DiamondMax 11, a very different drive from the 10.  Where the 10 shone in WinBench and file transfer, the 11 does not perform nearly as well.  The achilles heel of the 10 was single user multitasking, while the 11 beats out 10K Raptors on iPEAK multitasking tests. 

Void your warranty for a higher frequency

Subject: Memory | September 26, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Why not, if you can get 1100 @ 5-6-6-15 to run at 1111 and 4-4-4-12.  OCZ's PC2-8800 Gold Edition offers quite a few opportunities to overclock in various ways.  You don't have to keep the timing so tight, if you are looking for a higher MHz frequency.  Drop by Legit Reviews for a good idea of what these DIMMs can do.

Small vulnerability found in OpenSSL

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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A very specific vulnerability in OpenSSL has been discovered, and patched recently.  It is only one particular signature, so it is likely to have affected very little, but that's no excuse not to patch.  Slashdot has links to the article.

Source: Slashdot

VIA CX700M -Unified Chipset with HDTV support

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The VIA CX700M integrates premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and
HDTV support all in a single chip design
. This unified design enables
the creation of smaller form factor designs, reduced power consumption,
and easier cooling, all of which opens the door for an expanded range
of embedded solutions. This is all done in a single chip package
exactly the same size as a North bridge, i.e. 37.5mm x 37.5mm,
representing a saving of over 34% in board real estate.

IDF 2006: I'll be here all week!

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

Source: 3DCenter

Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum

Subject: Editorial | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

The death of DVD movies?

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Zone puts forward some thoughts on the death of DVD movies, in all three flavours.  They cover several points, including the fact that it can be easier and quicker to download from iTunes than to wait for a rental store to have the movie in stock or wait for a mail delivery.