AMD's plans for tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |

A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.

AMD Earnings and Istanbul News

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM |

AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting.  Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion.  AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise.  Losses were pegged at around $416 million.  Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization.  AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe

Source: AMD

Tell me more about cherries and afterglow

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras.  In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed.  This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver.  It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark. 

Source: VR-Zone

They are nice guys, really

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:06 PM |

Ray Tracing has become a bit of a theme here at PC Perspective, from two years ago.

Houston, we have a problem

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 06:41 PM |

You might think that increasing your network speed with a simple switch of a router is a great thing, but what if that new router is wireless? 

Is the Core i7 too good?

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 02:03 PM |

Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem.  You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory.  The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful.  Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.

Phiaton, take me away

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |

Sure they cost $300 before tax, but if you are looking to be able to completely ignore the world around you as well as listening to your favourite sounds then the Phiaton PS 300 Noise Cancelling headphones are what you need.  Sure the economy might be suffering from a horrible disease, it won't matter so much if you can't hear the constant bad news.  Head on over to ExtremeTech to see how these headphones became their favourites.

Source: Extremetech

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Officially Discloses Plans for 28nm Technology

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM |

EAST FISHKILL, NY - 16 April 2009: In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to advanced semiconductor technology leadership, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

It would be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 12:15 PM |

If you are looking for a little ghost busting action you have only a few more months to wait.  DriverHeaven tried the current version of the game, which has most of the code finished and it looks like it is on track for a June release.  The original actors and writers were involved in the long, drawn out and sluggish production of this game, which rivals Duke Nukem for development length and convoluted history.  Fans of the movies will love the nostalgia from the franchise while newcomers wi


Tick, tock, thunk

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 11:44 AM |

Intel's profits have plummeted by about 1/2 in value, but did manage to beat market expectations by a wide margin.  Experts predicted a $0.03 per share in earnings, Intel managed to hit $0.11 per share.  That number might be awful in a normal year, but at this particular time it places them very highly in the market.  The Atom processor that was heralded as the savour of Intel had sales drop by about 1/4, so it seems that it may not be enough to pull Intel through the downturn unscathed. 

Source: Ars Technica