AMD pick up an OpenGL & CL tool makers as well as an R&D site

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2011 - 11:19 AM |
Tagged: amd, opengl, opencl, graphic remedy

There is big news from AMD this morning, in addition to the Trinity news we saw from Computex they have purchased the makers of gDEBugger and have opened a new R&D centre in Tel Aviv.  gDEBugger is a debugger for OpenGL and OpenCL for Windows, Mac and Linux and hopefully spells a resurgence for AMD's ailing professional level FirePro graphics cards.   The Cayman family's two professional cards, the AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 have just come onto the market to compete against NVIDIA's far more famous Quadro lineup and lag behind in raw performance but not in performance per dollar.  Perhaps a strong feature set, including custom debugging tools will help AMD become a more attractive choice for graphics professionals.   Drop by NGOHQ for more information on the purchase and the R&D centre.


"AMD announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) center in Israel, located in the Tel-Aviv area. A world class team of highly talented software engineers is working on the latest heterogeneous computing technologies for the next generation of parallel computing platforms. This announcement follows AMD’s recent acquisition of Graphic Remedy, a renowned Israeli startup company specializing in development tools for heterogeneous computing and 3D graphics.

"We are extremely excited to have this new team on board working on AMD’s latest technologies and future products.” said Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, software development, AMD."

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Source: NGOHQ

OCZ Achieves Performance Record Live At Computex, Over 1 Million 4K Write IOPS & 1.5 Million Read IOPS

Subject: General Tech, Storage, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: z-drive, PCIe SSD, ocz


TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 31, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, announces the Company has set a new benchmark of 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform, which features 7.2TB of MLC storage.

As the fastest performing single server solution on the market, this Z-Drive R4 equipped platform significantly accelerates demanding transactional workloads and reduces latency across a broad array of enterprise applications.

"The Z-Drive R4 enables our data center clients to maximize performance in the industry standard 4K file size, and this achievement with Colfax International demonstrates the raw performance benefits and latency reductions that OCZ PCIe SSDs can deliver over multi-terabyte device densities in a single 3U server," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "We are proud to enable our clients to deliver servers and storage arrays which provide the highest performance, maximum capacity, and lowest latency available to data centers today."

"We have been working closely with OCZ to create a ready to deploy server solution with both exceptional performance and reliability, all within a compact and energy efficient footprint," said Gautam Shah, President and CEO of Colfax International. "OCZ's Z-Drive PCIe SSDs add considerable performance and we are thrilled to achieve this significant 4K Write IOPS benchmark, as well as making this industry leading total solution available to our enterprise clients."

This demonstration highlighted the Z-Drive R4's ability to offer industry-leading performance and efficiency for enterprise clients seeking the benefits of SSDs over hard drives. This total solution will be available for pre-order from Colfax International in multiple built-to-order configurations, and will ship in the coming weeks following the Computex event.

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Source: OCZ

Corsair Announces Expansion of Professional Series PSU Lineup

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2011 - 02:05 AM |
Tagged: PSU, modular, corsair, computex

Today, Corsair announces new additions to its Professional and Professional Gold series, with the HX1050 and AX650 respectively.

The HX1050 is 80 PLUS Silver certified, and is rated to deliver 88% efficiency or more at 50% load. Further, it is capable of outputting up to 1,050 continuous watts of power. The Professional Series model includes a fixed ATX 12V connector as well as modular cables for the remaining connectors.

The Professional Series Gold addition; however, is capable of 650 watts of continuous power. The AX650 is 80 PLUS Gold certified, and can deliver more than 90% energy efficiency at 50% load. Utilizing a fully modular, flat cable design, the AX650 eases cable management issues, and delivers “unflinching voltage stability,” according to Corsair.

The HX1050 is available for purchase now from authorized retailers worldwide for a MSRP of $239 USD. On the other hand, the AX650 will become available for purchase in June worldwide, and will carry an MSRP of $169 USD. You can read more about the power supply lines here.

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Source: Corsair

Intel won't design ARM chips but they might be eyeing the manufacturing side

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2011 - 12:09 PM |
Tagged: Intel, arm

Paul Otellini, the current CEO of Intel, has gone on record stating that Intel has little interest in fabbing non-Intel based chips on its manufacturing line.  That makes a lot of sense for those who watch the back end of the CPU business but it doesn't seem logical to those who don't.  The reasoning is based on licensing and the habit of the technology industry to use Intellectual Property licensing agreements and lawyers the same way Jason uses his machete.  If Intel starts fabbing their own ARM chips with none of their own IP inside, then it leaves an opening later on for ARM to go after Intel if any of their new products seem derivative of ARM's IP.  It also makes an entire production line at Intel dependant on ARM sales.

So, why did Intel's CFO Stacey Smith not repeat that same emphatic denial when asked a similar question?  In her case she was asked if they would fab Apple-designed ARM-based A5 CPUs with Intel's 22nm IP inside.  Suddenly Intel only has to design the core of the chip and does not have to license any of ARM's IP as they are only providing the production line.  As well, Intel would be licensing their own IP to Apple which brings them money and can the IP license can function as a hostage down the road; think the court case involving NVIDIA's ability to design chipsets for Intel chips with integrated memory controllers.  Get more at The Register.


"Parsing the statements of both Intel execs, however, reveals that their statements are not, in fact, as contradictory as they may at first seem. Otellini stated that "We have no intention to use our license again to build ARM," while Smith spoke only of fabbing someone else's custom design – and if that design included an ARM core, the third party would pay the licensing fee."

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Source: The Register

Computex: We are on our way! Better late than never...

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Shows and Expos | May 29, 2011 - 06:08 PM |
Tagged: pcper, computex 2011, computex

It is that time of year again where the staff at PC Perspective wades through the moist air of Taipei, Taiwan to bring you the latest news, videos and updates from the world of technology and computing hardware.  This marks my 10th appearance on the island of Taiwan, but Ken's first so it should be an interesting experience for both of us.  


Yes, this scary girl is here again too.

This year we have a surprising amount of expected hardware to investigate starting with an onslaught of AMD-based technology.  The AMD 990FX chipset will be out and about in force from the likes of ASUS, MSI, ECS and others while the Fusion APUs will be flaunted in notebooks and likely even some "surprise" Llano designs.  Intel's Z68 chipset, though already launched, will still be a focus but the company will surprise many with a dramatic move into the world of mobile computing with the Atom line.  

You should of course keep an eye on the home page here at but also feel free to bookmark the URL where all of our Computex-specific news will be filtered to.  

Temperatures are high but so is the excitement!!

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Source: PCPer

Drop by the forums, but don't miss the Eastern Conference final!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 06:41 PM |
Tagged: friday, forum

Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to hang out and discuss general technology questions, such as the eternal question of which screwdriver to use, since we can't get hold of a working Sonic Screwdriver, do you have a preferred electric screwdriver or do you prefer the traditional one like mpulliam and I do?  Perhaps you are more interested in moving to SoCal where NewEgg is apparently opening up a pick up location

Head over to the Processor Forum for speculation on Bulldozer, since the recent leaks have given us a bit more information; or maybe a laugh at the Apple fanatics and the price they pay for the same hardware we use?  Especially considering that while some of their designs are nice, they can never match the imagination of a dedicated modder

There is a lot more inside, take a walk through the forums and see what you can find or even better ... what you can offer!  For a more laid back way to catch up on the latest tech news you should catch the new PC Perspective Podcast, #156 even has Ryan in it!

Remember GeIL? Now they make EpicGear Gaming Mice

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: geil, epicgear, input

Following in the footsteps of just about every RAM vendor except for Crucial GeIL is now making mice; though they chose under a pseudonym.  The EpicGear MeduZa Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology Gaming Mouse is not quite as big as its name, hidden in that name is an interesting feature though.  The MeduZa dual sensor has both an optical and a laser sensor, with the optical sensor ranging from 400DPI up to 3200DPI and the laser programmable up to 6000DPI.  VR-Zone can't tell you how it performs yet but hopefully we will know after Computex.


"Memory maker GeIL will be branching out into the gaming peripheral industry under the brand name EpicGear. Their first product will be, surprise surprise, a gaming mouse. According to EpicGear, this isn't just any other gaming mouse with lights and a gazillion buttons. The EpicGear MeduZa will be first in the world to incorporate Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology - marketing-speak for both optical and laser sensors. A switch on the underside will allow on-the-fly changing between optical, laser, and HDST (combined) sensor modes. According to them, HDST combines the speed of laser sensors and the stability of optical sensors to provide the best experience, reducing the problems of jitter, skip and drift."

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Source: VR-Zone

AMD's 2011 just leaked all over the net

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: vision, leak, fusion, amd


AMD's plans for 2011 are making the rounds as geeks love to share things that they shouldn't have access to yet. A set of slides from a presentation has hit the net, covering the positioning AMD sees for its upcoming products in the current market. AMD Vision is back in a big way with four separate logos running from HD Internet to Ultimate and even stickers denoting how many cores and GPUs are within a machine.



Several new software enhancements are also mentioned such as AMD Steady Video which is intended to remove any shakes or wiggles from video posted to the net by someone with an unsteady hand. AMD AllDay Power demonstrates the power saving features that are unique to AMD ... at least in AMDs mind ... and they tout over 10hrs usage with their upcoming products.



On the hardware side is a new name, Desna, which is AMD's answer to the tablet wars. This will be a DX11 APU which will compete to power the next generation of tablets. Hardware Accelerated Flash support certainly makes it stand out, as does enhancements to productivity software such as Office and the list of support for Win7 features. Check out the full deck of slides at NGOHQ.



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'Come Get Some' – Party with NVIDIA and Duke Nukem

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2011 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, flying pigs, duke

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — May XX, 2011 — NVIDIA is pulling out all the stops for the highly-anticipated launch of Duke Nukem Forever on June 11, 2011. Today, we’re announcing that we’re giving one extremely lucky gamer the chance to win an all-expenses VIP trip for two to the official Gearbox launch event in Dallas, Texas. (Contest open to U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) residents only.)


Sure to be one of the coolest – and maybe the rowdiest – parties of the summer (it’s a Duke party, after all!), the Gearbox Community Day/Duke Nukem Launch Event will blow into Dallas Texas at the Palladium Ballroom. If you’re deemed worthy enough to hang with the King and his court, here’s some of the cool stuff you’re in for:

  • Test your metal playing Duke Nukem Forever alongside the Gearbox crew
  • Rub elbows with the Gearbox and NVIDIA development teams
  • Party at an exclusive NVIDIA reception before the launch event (Monday, June 13)
  • Hear from the people behind some of Gearbox’s biggest games: Duke Nukem Forever, Borderlands, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Brothers in Arms, and more
  • Get exclusive sneak-peeks at new, never-before-seen Gearbox materials
  • Join the partying and mayhem

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to party with Duke? If so, what are you waiting for? Christmas? Go to right now to enter!

Oh yea, one need to be 21 years old to party with Duke. That’s just how he rolls. Sorry kids!

By the way, be sure your PC system is cranked up and ready for Duke. To help, NVIDIA and EVGA have teamed up to bring you Duke’s “Fully Loaded Package,” a special edition Duke Nukem Forever bundle that includes a full PC copy of Duke Nukem Forever for the PC, an EVGA GeForce® GTX 560 graphic card, a limited edition DNF art book and mouse pad, and a custom Duke Nukem “Radioactive” belt buckle.

That should complete your arsenal, giving you everything you’ll need to wipe out aliens that have been stealing Earth’s women and drinking Duke’s beer. Get Duke’s Fully Loaded Package now.

But wait, there’s one more thing….

As NVIDIA’s special guest, you’ll be one of the first gamers on the planet to see the unveiling of the brand new, official Duke Nukem Forever mod. This bad boy packs more NVIDIA GeForce GTX power than a Devastator, features a mind-blowing Duke-themed chassis, and will show Duke in all his glory in breathtaking 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. You haven’t seen a mod like this before…anywhere!

Good luck! And, we hope to see you in Texas!

Source: NVIDIA

Antec's 3D sound from 2.1 speakers with the Soundscience Rockus 3D kit

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2011 - 02:12 PM |
Tagged: audio, antec, soundscience rockus

Antec's Soundscience Rockus 3D are a set of 2.1 speakers, a pair of small satellite speakers in a shape reminiscent of a hand held loud speaker and a subwoofer measuring 14" x 8" x 11".  On the back are analog and digital inputs, TOSLINK as opposed to SPDIF which makes sense on a 2.1 speaker system, as well as a switch to toggle between three bass modes.  As for the 3D button, which supposedly uses digital signal processing to enhance your listening experience;  The Tech Report were not quite sure how.



"Much like Corsair, Antec has delved into the audio world with its first set of PC speakers. How did it fare?"

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