LongRun; winding road

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more.  Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world.  Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors.   You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft takes another shot at the gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again.  Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up.  It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features.  In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d

Source: futurelooks

It's not just Chrome, it's Chromotion

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT.  They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.  There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance.  Fin

Source: The Inquirer

This isn't Rock Band

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends.  Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game.  From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go.  Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie. 

Source: Ars Technica

DICE PUTS FAITH IN NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY FOR MIRROR'S EDGE

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.

Source: NVIDIA

Tesla GPUs Enable Cluster Class Performance On The Desktop at 1/10th The Power

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM |
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Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer".  What actually constitutes a PSC?  Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course!  NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education. 


Source: NVIDIA

That's a lotta FLOPS

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores.  All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration.  Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party.  Get all the electrifying details at The I

Source: The Inquirer

This new Nehalem kid is awfully popular

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines. 
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared.  Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas

It sounds like ASUS is up to something

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release.  The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card.  They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.

Wrapping up AMD's Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday.  There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company.  Click on over and see what the fuss was about.

Source: AnandTech