Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, Broadwell, delay
Making changes to the CPU in a line of machines creates a much larger impact on a company than changing the GPU, as even if the socket remains the same there are often feature additions and other obstacles to overcome. DigiTimes points out that for vendors who are still rolling out new product lines based on Haswell the delay of Broadwell is good news as it gives them time to sell a few Haswell machines before the chip goes EOL. For consumers looking forward to the discounts on this generation of machine when the next generation is released this news is not as welcome but then again, vendors won't need to recover as much lost income as they would have if Broadwell was released according to its original schedule.
"Intel's decision to delay the mass shipment schedule of its 14nm Broadwell-based processors by one quarter from the end of 2013 is expected to buy brand vendors some time to finish their transition from Ivy Bridge to Haswell and allow them and Intel to readjust their steps in platform transitioning, according to sources from notebook players."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Early adopters struggle with Windows 8.1 update @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft saddles up for a ride on Sky Giraffe @ The Register
- Quark will not be enough for Intel to succeed in wearable or IoT markets @ DigiTimes
- Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges @ The Register
- Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement @ The Register
- iPin Mobile Laser Presenter for iPhone @ Funky Kit
- Papa's got a brand-new, undead-proof European carryall @ The Tech Report
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 17, 2013 - 01:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, nvidia, live blog, live
Last month it was AMD hosting the media out in sunny Hawaii for a #GPU14 press event. This week NVIDIA is hosting a group of media in Montreal for a two-day event built around "The Way It's Meant to be Played".
NVIDIA promises some very impressive software and technology demonstrations on hand and you can take it all in with our live blog and (hopefully) live stream on our PC Perspective Live! page!
It starts at 10am ET / 7am PT so join us bright and early!! And don't forget to stop by tomorrow for an even more exciting Day 2!!
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 16, 2013 - 10:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: FPGA, Altera
(Update 10/17/2013, 6:13 PM) Apparently I messed up inputing this into the website last night. To compare FPGAs with current hardware, the Altera Stratix 10 is rated at more than 10 TeraFLOPs compared to the Tesla K20X at ~4 TeraFLOPs or the GeForce Titan at ~4.5 TeraFLOPs. All figures are single precision. (end of update)
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are not general purpose processors; they are not designed to perform any random instruction at any random time. If you have a specific set of instructions that you want performed efficiently, you can spend a couple of hours compiling your function(s) to an FPGA which will then be the hardware embodiment of your code.
This is similar to an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) except that, for an ASIC, it is the factory who bakes your application into the hardware. Many (actually, to my knowledge, almost every) FPGAs can even be reprogrammed if you can spare those few hours to configure it again.
Altera is a manufacturer of FPGAs. They are one of the few companies who were allowed access to Intel's 14nm fabrication facilities. Rahul Garg of Anandtech recently published a story which discussed compiling OpenCL kernels to FPGAs using Altera's compiler.
Now this is pretty interesting.
The design of OpenCL splits work between "host" and "kernel". The host application is written in some arbitrary language and follows typical programming techniques. Occasionally, the application will run across a large batch of instructions. A particle simulation, for instance, will require position information to be computed. Rather than having the host code loop through every particle and perform some complex calculation, what happens to each particle could be "a kernel" which the host adds to the queue of some accelerator hardware. Normally, this is a GPU with its thousands of cores chunked into groups of usually 32 or 64 (vendor-specific).
An FPGA, on the other hand, can lock itself to the specific set of instructions. It can decide to, within a few hours, configure some arbitrary number of compute paths and just churn through each kernel call until it is finished. The compiler knows exactly the application it will need to perform while the host code runs on the CPU.
This is obviously designed for enterprise applications, at least as far into the future as we can see. Current models are apparently priced in the thousands of dollars but, as the article points out, has the potential to out-perform a 200W GPU at just a tenth of the power. This could be very interesting for companies, perhaps a film production house, who wants to install accelerator cards for sub-d surfaces or ray tracing but would like to develop the software in-house and occasionally update their code after business hours.
Regardless of the potential market, a FPGA-based add-in card simply makes sense for OpenCL and its architecture.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | October 16, 2013 - 05:26 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Windows 8.1, tablet, miix2, Lenovo, Bay Trail-T
Today, Lenovo launched a new tablet called the Miix2. The successor to the original Miix, the Miix2 is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet powered by Intel's new “Bay Trail-T” Atom processor. The tablet measures 8.5” x 5.2” x 0.32” and weighs 350 grams (~12 ounces).
The Lenovo Mix 2 has an 8-inch 1280x800 IPS display that supports 10-point capacitive multi-touch. There is a 2MP front webcam and a 5MP rear camera. A Windows button sits below the display when in portrait mode. A detachable cover can be fitted to the side of the tablet and act as a stand when in landscape mode. The $20 cover also comes with a capacitive stylus.
Internally, the Miix2 features a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB eMMC storage, support for up to 32GB of micro SD external storage, Wi-Fi, and 3G in select countries. The eMMC storage options include 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The company claims up to 7 hours of battery life for the Miix2.
The new Bay Trail-T powered tablet will come pre-loaded with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system (the full x86 version) and a full license of Office Home and Student 2013 productivity suite.
The specifications are not amazing, but serviceable. Hopefully Lenovo introduces an alternative SKU with an active digitizer, a higher resolution display, and physical keyboard for business users. For now though, Lenovo has a decent consumer-level Windows 8.1 tablet for $299 that will be available at the end of October.
What do you think about the Miix2?
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: battlefield 4, r9 280x, gtx 770
As the recommended requirements for BF4 indicate that a mid-range GPU should be able to handle the game, [H]ard|OCP tested out the public beta with the new R9 280X as well as the GTX 770. This not only gives an idea of comparative performance but also a chance to see if the extra memory present on AMD's card gives any performance advantage at 2560 x 1600. At first glance the charts seem to favour NVIDIA but that was not what [H] found when gaming as the high peaks represented points with little or no action and the performance started to suffer during action sequences while the AMD card remained solid throughout both calm and the storms.
"Electronic Arts has opened a public beta of the upcoming Battlefield 4 game debuting the new Frostbite 3 game engine. Today we will preview some gameplay performance in BF4 Beta on an AMD Radeon R9 280X and GeForce GTX 770 and see how the game will challenge today's GPU's. The results are not quite what we expected."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Hands On: XCOM – Enemy Within @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Red Wing: SWTOR Gets Space Combat Expansion @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Bioshock Noir: Burial At Sea’s Opening Scenes @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- A Wizardry Did It: Deathfire – Ruins Of Nethermore @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Tsarist Space Struggle: The Mandate @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Super Mario Bros for Chrome @ fullscreenmario.com/
- Puppeteer PlayStation 3 @ eTeknix
- Madshrimps @ Firstlook 2013 @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp U2412M is a 16:10 format 1920x1200 24" IPS display with a response time of 6ms which makes it quite acceptable for gaming duties. The colour gamut is good enough for some professional work and is quite good for the asking price. It also comes with a 3 year warranty which might make it more attractive than ordering a display from Korea for anyone worried about dead pixels or other possible issues.
- Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit IPS LCD Monitor for $269.99 with free shipping(normally $369.99 - use coupon code: HNQ2$W?T6M93MW).
- Toshiba Satellite L50-ABT2N22 15.6" Core i3 Laptop w/6GB RAM (Customizable) for $429.99 with Free Shipping (normally $699.99 - use coupon code: L50B1015).
- Acer S241HL 24" LED Backlight LCD Monitor for $149.99 with Free Shipping(normally $199.99).
- Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $79.99 with free shipping(normally $119.00).
- Linksys EA6700 HD Video Pro AC1750 Smart WiFi Wireless Router for $139.99 with free shipping (normally $199.99)
- Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 8GB 7" Android 4.2 Tablet for $99.00 wifh Free Shipping(normally $159.99 - use coupon code: USPA1301010)
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, delay, Broadwell, 14nm
Sad news for those hoping to see Broadwell as Brian Krzanich confirmed that the delays we first heard about in June are still true and Broadwell will not be available until some time in 2014. This slowdown of their Tick Tick strategy has been caused by the high density of defects on wafers which is driving the yields down on these chips which not only leads to less profitability but also means that supplies will be too low to go to market with. He did give The Register some positive news, Intel is working on reducing the time it takes to implement changes to chips in production and within the next year they hope to be able to make changes to a chip three months before it is slated for release without negatively effecting yeilds.
"One of the biggest tasks that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has set himself is reconfiguring Chipzilla so that it's quicker to build and deploy new products.
So it's a pity he has had to delay the rollout of 14-nanometer Broadwell processor chips until the first quarter of next year due to problems with quality control."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers @ The Register
- How to Code Android Applications With Security In Mind @ Linux.com
- HGST pushes out bulk storage spinner with 5 power-sipping settings @ The Register
- Samsung's Green DDR4 data centre memory can save 45 terawatts per hour @ The Inquirer
- 35,000 vBulletin Sites Have Already Been Exploited By Week Old Hole @ Slashdot
- Building a Rail Gun @ Hack a Day
- Backup4all Professional and novaPDF Professional @ Computing on Demand
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2013 - 04:11 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb 3.0, Startech, gigabit ethernet, adapter
StarTech has released new USB 3.0 peripherals that enable Gigabit Ethernet with the full 1,000 Mbps throughput. There are four new adapters in total, a Gigabit-to-USB 3.0 adapter in black or white, an adapter with two Gigabit Ethernet ports to USB 3.0, and an adapter with a USB 3.0 hub, Gigabit Ethernet port that connects to your PC via a single USB 3.0 connection.
The new adapters are aimed at ultrabook and other business laptop users who have a limited number of USB 3.0 ports and may not have a physical GbE RJ45 port. The new adapters provide Gigabit Ethernet as well as a USB 3.0 passthrough port so that users do not have to give up a USB port.
The USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter comes in white or black and provides Gigabit Ethernet and a single USB 3.0 port. It has an MSRP of $78.99 USD (£61.99 UK). Alternatively, StarTech has an adapter with a USB 3.0 passthrough and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. That adapter has an MSRP of $103.99 USD (£82.99 UK). Finally, StarTech has a Gigabit Ethernet to USB 3.0 adapter that includes a single RJ45 port and three USB 3.0 ports. The ports can provide enough power to charge mobile devices, including Apple and Android smartphones. The hub adapter has an MSRP of $83.99 USD (£63.99 UK).
All of the new StarTech adapters are available now in the US, Canada, and Europe. Fortunately for users, the actual retail prices are turning out to be much less than the listed MSRPs.
The new adapters are useful for laptops with limited port options and for devices like the new Haswell-powered Intel NUC so that users can get two Gigabit Ethernet ports to enable new home networking or home server functionality.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 06:55 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft, appealing to the needs of enterprises everywhere, releases tools to block major versions of the assorted software coming down Windows Update. Of course, this also signals an impending release of whatever it intends to block. Most recently: Internet Explorer 11.
IE11 continues the trend of standards compliance and, until I get my hands on it, at least looks comparable to the best of the rest. Not much is known about how Microsoft has or will comply with the Khronos Group industry body but they are at least dipping their toe into WebGL support; I hope they can continue to progress their browser if only for selfish reasons. I do not see Internet Explorer taking over Firefox and Chrome in my personal usage but, especially if WebCL follows WebGL, it will be nice to eventually support every browser.
While Microsoft has not put an official release date, due to the blocking tool, it is expected to arrive for Windows 7 in the late October to early November time frame. Users of Windows 8.1 will receive it much earlier, this Thursday (October 17th) when the operating system hits Windows Store.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's Alienware 14 deal is for a higher end version than we have seen previously. This 14" 1080p laptop has quite a bit inside of it considering how compact the chassis is. A core i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a 1GB GeForce GTX 750M offer decent performance and connectivity includes Bluetooth and a KillerNIC handling WiFi. Storage is a 750GB 7200RPM HDD and a DVD Burner you can upgrade to a BlueRay if you so desire. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed.
- NEW! Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i7 1080p Gaming Laptop for $1,096.65 with free shipping(normally $1,349.00 - use coupon code: DZZ7?XN2F4?13W).
- LG 29" HDMI IPS-Panel LED-Backlight LCD Monitor + $50 Gift Card for $499.99 with Free Shipping (normally $599.99).
- Evga GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 Video Card + Free Batman Arkham Origins PC Game for $149.99(normally $229.99).
- Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case for $99.99 with free shipping(normally $149.00 - use coupon code: EMCWXWR53).
- Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $69.99 with free shipping (normally $109.99)
- Motorola SF600 Bluetooth Wireless Sports Headphones for $39.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $129.99)
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