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

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 11:45 AM |

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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Source: Digitimes

Intel and McAfee finally tie the knot

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:55 AM |

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

Source: Slashdot

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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.

Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Intel

Out is Light, in is Copper

Yup, you read that right: Intel Light Peak is no more and it has been replaced by the official branding of Intel Thunderbolt Technology. Love it or hate it, that is what we are going to be using for the future and now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty about what it does and what it can do.

Stick a bluetooth enabled Stone into your ear

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 05:26 PM |

The second iteration of the Jabra Stone is up for review at t-break.  The model they received was covered in leather, not plastic which gives it a very unique look and feel.  It is a little more than a headpiece as it can accept limited voice commands though the volume remains a physical switch.  Drop by to see if this is your next must have accessory for your cellphone.

Source: t-break

Intel looking to launch Light Peak tomorrow; Apple brands "Thunderbolt"

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 04:55 PM |

Earlier this week we got a cryptic note from Intel with only the following information:

On Thursday, Feb. 24, Intel will host a “Views at 10” press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market. We can’t provide you with more details at this time, but we believe this is an event that you won’t want to miss.