Much ado about nothing: AMD and Global Foundries supposed tiff

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2011 - 03:29 PM |
Tagged: TSMC, global foundries, amd

Over the weekend conspiracy theorists perked their ears about an announced change in the way AMD will purchase 32nm chips from Global Foundries.  What seemed to be odd was the inclusion of the term "paying per good chip", something that is not done in the industry, even with horrible yields such as we saw with TSMC's 40nm process.  A call this morning filled in the missing details and SemiAccurate was there to report on it.  The long and short of it has nothing to do with yields, as they are still looking good.  Instead it seems like a way for AMD to ensure they have good supply of 32nm chips no matter how the actual production lays out and are not stuck paying for unusable chips while at the same time giving Global Foundries a way to get some money out of AMD if yields and sales are high.  This is very good news for companies like ATIC and Mubadala which have a stake in both AMD and Global Foundries.

"The AMD (AMD) and Global Foundries Wafer Purchase Agreement (WPA) that was released yesterday made little to no sense. On a conference call today, AMD’s Interim CEO Thomas Seifert filled in the missing pieces, it all makes sense now.

Few things are more beloved by journalists than a 5:30am PST financial conference call, but this one was worth it, especially in light of the questions left hanging by yesterday’s announcement. We stated that on the surface, it sure sounded like AMD was tearing Global Foundries a new reticle for use in debugging their 32nm process. That however contradicted the facts we had heard on the ground, as of late last year, there simply were not 32nm yield problems. So why was the press release written the way it was, and is really going on?"

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Source: SemiAccurate

Happy (Inter)National Cleavage Day

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2011 - 10:25 PM |
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Seriously!

Some of the more Perceptive of the PCPer's have probably realized just what this particular thread implies for the near future, but if you haven't checked it out you probably should, to avoid any future shock you could encounter otherwise.  If you've already played with the beta site, there is some discussion on system specification freeware which might be of use to those offering support to those who refer to the big case under their desk as their CPU.  Those looking to set up multiple OSes might garner some good information from this thread, while overclockers might smile at this success story.

Linux users will find quite a few active threads on Ubuntu 10.04 in this forum and those looking for a good argument can hit The Lightning Round ... who found a new victim to help moderate the most immoderate forum at PC Perspective.  If you are more into the physical, check out both the Hot Deals forum and The Trading Post, you are unlikely to walk away unhappy.

Lastly, you can grab all the old Podcasts from Youtube, iTunes or our page so c'mon people, get with the Podcast ... or in this week's case the Fireside Q&A brought to you by a certain inept Canadian ISP.

Logitech's solar powered K750 Wireless keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2011 - 04:49 PM |
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Skip out on the batteries with Logitech's new solar powered keyboard which sports an inch tall strip of solar cells at the top of the keyboard.  It won't help you much if you are a basement dweller but for those who can withstand a bit of natural sunlight will benefit from a wireless keyboard that never needs charging or new batteries.  As far as the usage, it has chiclet style keys and a complete lack of indicators such as a Caps Lock light.

Head over to Digital Trends for a look at Logitech's greenest keyboard yet.

"When you have companies slapping solar cells on everything from cell phones to backpacks so they can tie on recycled-cardboard tags with hemp cord, call them green, and charge twice the price, it's easy to get jaded and dismiss solar gadgets as gimmicks. Until about the third time you have to replace or recharge the batteries in your wireless keyboard, and realize a solar panel would eliminate that need forever. Like calculators and watches, Logitech's K750 proves that wireless keyboards make ideal candidates for solar-panel transplants, giving users both convenience and a clear conscience."

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Talking with NVIDIA about Tegra 2

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2011 - 04:38 PM |
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Nick Stam, the NVIDIA technical marketing director and Bruce Chan, the senior PR manager of Tegra 2 had a discussion with Hi Tech Legion about Tegra 2.  The audio interview was uploaded as opposed to offering a textual interview so you can amuse your eyes with other content while learning about what Tegra 2 will bring to tablets and cell phones.

"Paul at HiTech Legion chats with Nick Stam, NVIDIA technical marketing director and Bruce Chan, senior PR manager of Tegra 2 to discuss the past, present and future of Tegra. With the announced Tegra roadmap outlining the creation of powerful ARM-based, multi-core, ultra low- power processors that are significantly faster than anything the tech industry could have imagined, how much will the lines be blurred between desktop and mobile computers in the future? How far is NVIDIA willing to push the performance envelope of sub-1W computing?"

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AMD's Bulldozer boards will support SLI

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2011 - 04:01 PM |
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According to slide over at VR-Zone, the new 990FX and 990X chipsets will support NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology.  That announcement does come with caveats, 7 and 8 series boards will not support SLI and there will be absolutely no support for the NF200 bridge chip.  Even still any time the consumer is given more choices it is a good thing.

"For so long, AMD enthusiasts have to resort to unofficial patches to make SLI work on their boards but not anymore. NVIDIA has finally agreed to make their SLI technology available for AMD 9-series chipsets boards supporting the Zambezi processors based on Bulldozer architecture."

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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A Headset for All Seasons

After being impressed by the Corsair SP2500 2.1 speaker system, I geared up to give their headphone audio a try. The technology that Corsair has implemented into their headphones certainly looks impressive, but only when we hear the sound will we know how well they accomplished this feat. Read on to see if Corsair can be the next Grado Labs in portable audio.A few weeks back I was able to listen to, and review, the SP2500 speakers from Corsair.  These impressed me a great deal with their clarity, depth of sound, and overall representation in all three major aspects of computer audio (music, movies, and gaming).  These were the first Corsair audio products that I had a chance to listen to, but they were not the first that Corsair had released at that time.  Some months before the release of those speakers, Corsair had introduced the Gaming Audio HS1 USB headphones.

Pardon the quality of the picture, my camera is dying.  The boys is well constructed and protects the headphones nicely.

Examining Dragon Age II's hardware requirements

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2011 - 04:36 PM |
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Dropping by [H]ard|OCP will give you a chance to see what kind of power you need to get the most out of the second iteration of Dragon Age.  Unlike some other games, this one supports DX11 so the first requirement to get every possible effect is to pick up a DX11 GPU.   For their tests they chose the GeForce GTX 580, 570, and 560 Ti as well as the Radeon HD 6970, 6950, and HD 6870 and used the High-Resolution Texture Pack.Drop by and see how your rig will fare.

"Dragon Age 2 is here in the hopes to provide your fantasy-action-adventure-role-playing fix. Its graphics are upgraded from the first game with advanced DirectX 11 features. Is it going to make mince-meat of your video card, or is it a kinder and gentler sort of bloodbath? We've got game performance on six video cards!"

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What could possibly go wrong? Hotmail enables Javascript in emails

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2011 - 03:53 PM |
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Maybe you are not quite so paranoid as to stick strictly to text only emails but you probably raise an eyebrow when an email wants to download content such as pictures from an external site.  Such practices are a great way for spammers to verify that an email is active but for now are not really a security risk.  Hotmail, in an attempt to keep users, will now be enabling javascript code to pull in live multimedia content directly to your emails and straight into your temp folders.  Good thing there aren't any known security risks for doing so.   Check out the full scoop at The Inquirer.

 

"EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER Microsoft will allow companies to run Javascript code within Hotmail users' mailboxes.

Microsoft has said that its Hotmail service will analyse email and present certain forms of content in a way that it believes is the "most common things people do when they receive the email". This means that groups of images will automatically be put into a slideshow or videos will be embedded directly in emails from simple Youtube links."

 

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Source: The Inquirer

Finally, you can dump those WinXP thin clients

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2011 - 03:39 PM |
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If you work for a company that utilizes thin client machines and is a devoutly Windows shop with no interest in Linux then the announcement of a yet another version of Windows 7 will actually impress.  Added to the wide variety of available flavours will be Windows Thin PC, allowing you to ressurrect old hardware into something useful for more than collecting dust.  The new Windows will incorporate the virtualization improvements of the Server 2008 and several other new technologies while still retaining the all important disk write lock that makes thin clients so safe and easy to support.  Follow the link from The Inquirer for a look at the community technology preview.

 

"SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has announced a technology preview of Windows Thin PC.

Microsoft announced it would be releasing a preview of Windows Thin PC last month, now a public technology preview release has been made available. However Microsoft confirmed that the final release will be only for Microsoft's Software Assurance customers."

 

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Razer jumps into audio with their gaming speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2011 - 10:16 PM |
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If Razer sells it you can be sure that the product is aimed at gamers and their new Ferox Module Gaming Speakers are no exception.  They are definitely small, Red & Blackness Mods describes them as the "size of big eggs", and the round design helps reinforce that image.  The round design is not a fluke, these are omni-directional and best for when you want to share your sounds with others.  Drop by and take a look.


(not quite life sized)

"With the iPad and its competitors taking over the market there is a bigger need for portable accessories for them. There are a lot of portable speakers on the market for surf pads and cells but none of them really stand out in the competition. Razer are trying to solve this by releasing their Ferox module gaming speakers. We are going to test this speaker kit out with various devices to see what these egg sized speakers can do."

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