Poulson Pictures and Particulars

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2011 - 12:54 PM |
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The Register got a good look at the Poulson die and had a chat with Reid Riedlinger, the chief chip engineer for the processor, to get a good idea what the technology behind the chip.  From transistor counts to closeups of the die and the breakdown of tasks, you can feast your eyes on some new eight core silicon.

 

"ISSCC Intel has released some additional about its future eight-core "Poulson" Itanium processors.

The Poulsen chips are the first Itaniums to have a new microarchitecture and core redesign since the "McKinley" cores a decade ago. As previously reported, the processor has a total of 3.1 billion transistors and is implemented in Intel's current 32 nanometer wafer baking technologies, which includes strained silicon."

 

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Browser spoofs for the rest of us

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2011 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not very convincing if you are browsing the web with Firefox and suddenly have an Internet Explorer themed window pop up and inform you that your PC is infected.  The chance of you clicking on that malware is fairly low but now the nasty folks out there have broadened their horizons with new personalized looks.  According to The Register you can get personalized fake anti-virus pop ups in Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

 

"For years, ads pimping malware disguised as legitimate antivirus programs have gone to great lengths to mimic the look and feel of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and Windows operating system. Now Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are getting the same treatment."

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A little Battlefield 3 eye candy for your morning?

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 01:09 PM |
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Ars Technica is hosting a 3 minute gameplay preview of Battlefield 3, which was shown at an EA event.  While it is beautiful to behold, don't take what you see as an indicator of what your screen will look like.  This was presented on a very large screen and the sound system was customized to the point where the floor was a part of it.  It sure is pretty though.

 

"EA's Battlefield 3 event was everything wonderful and terrible about gaming journalism. I waited in line, herded like a cow until I put on a name tag, was shown the open bar, and was handed a piece of meat on a stick to eat until the game was shown. The crush of crowd was fantastic; EA seemed to have underestimated the amount of people who would be interested in the game. At one point they separated those who were press and those who weren't; those without a press badge were asked to leave the main floor, and they had to be content with a lesser seat while still enjoying the free drinks."

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A likely rumour; AMD's new Hudson chipset will be fabbed by TSMC

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 11:45 AM |
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The fancy new Fusion APUs that AMD is in the process of releasing to market were sourced from TSMC, both the C-series and E-series coming off of their production lines.  They will also be fabbing the new Ontario APU as it will be a 40nm process chip, while Global Foundries is focusing on the 32nm Llano parts.  As well, since the current 800 series chipset for AM3 CPUs is also processed at TSMC it is very likely that the rumour DigiTimes picked up on today is correct; the Hudson chipset to support Brazos will also be coming out of TSMC.

 

 

"AMD has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson- series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The paper did not name its source.

AMD has announced that its Brazos platform is available in two APU variations: E-series (Zacate) and C-series (Ontario), with the former designed for mainstream notebooks, all-in-ones and small form factor desktops and the latter for netbooks and other emerging form factors. These APUs are paired with Hudson southbridge chipsets.

TSMC has grabbed contract manufacturing orders for one of AMD's Fusion APUs. Codenamed Ontario, the chips are built on 40nm bulk technology supplied by TSMC."

 

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Intel and McAfee finally tie the knot

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:55 AM |
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Intel's $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee passed its final hurdle today as both the US and EU have approved the sale.  There was a chance that at least one of the two bodies would decide against the legality of the purchase, mostly due to the possibility of the unfair advantage Intel would be in to provide specific improvements running McAfee software on Intel hardware.  As of now McAfee will be a subsidiary under the auspices of Intel's Software and Services Group. Drop by

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NVIDIA GeForce.com World Exclusive Single-Player Crysis 2 PC Benchmarks, PC Demo Mirror & US/CA

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:01 AM |
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NVIDIA's GeForce.com has put together the world's first Crysis 2 single-player benchmarking article: http://www.geforce.com/#/Optimize/Guides/crysis-2-benchmarks

 

Source: GeForce.com

New CUDA 4.0 Release Makes Parallel Programming Easier

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 01:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/2011 -- NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit for developing parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs.

The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features:

Source: NVIDIA

Want to encode video and play Metro 2033 at the same time? Lucid wants a word with you.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 12:39 PM |
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Ryan has finally had a chance to play with the Lucid technology we saw at CES 2011, now that Lucid has had a chance to improve their software.  He saw exactly what we wanted to see from a performance perspective, encoding took advantage of the improvements SandyBridge offers and let the discreet GPU handle gaming responsibilities.  Unfortunately all was not perfect and there were a few specific flaws Ryan points out in his

The Colt revolver; 175 years of packing patented heat

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 06:17 PM |
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It is currently calm in the PC Perspective forums, with few people looking to build new systems as

Taking the light out of LightPeak

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 01:56 PM |
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The only real shocking thing about Thunderbolt is the name change, apart from that we have seen demo models for over a year, even the switch to copper was known in advance.  That reduction in bandwidth has made the initial implementation of Thunderbolt limited to PCI Express based data transfers and DisplayPort high resolution display output, all wrapped up into a single controller and a single cable.