Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VideoLAN has released a new version of their popular VLC Player, an open source and very flexible media player. It became popular for its versatility in being able to play just about any media file it came across and has built quite a name for its self on the online community. This new version brings extends support to Blu-ray MPEG-4 lossless and VP8 and it also incorporated GPU decoding on
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A team consisting of Elpida Memory, Powertech Technology and United Microelectronics Corporation are working together to bring a big jump in storage density into integrated circuits. This brings together a DRAM designer, an IC assembler and a logic company which does build confidence in the success of the project. The technology used to unite the layers of storage/logic will be called Through Silicon Via (TSV) and apparently there now exists an 8Gb DRAM chip so the theory behind this has been put into practice. We have been waiting a long time for stacked chips and hopefully
The new Xbox 360 "Slim" Gets Unwrapped
We picked up one of the new Xbox 360 S / Slim consoles and decided to rip it apart to see what was inside. How does the technological shift in the new system change the properties of the console and how does it affect power consumption, noise and heat? Step in to read, and watch, our results!
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In and of its self the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock is not the best deal out there, effectively you are paying and extra $90 for an overclock of 150MHz GPU and 50MHz on the memory, plus a proprietary cooler. Overclockers.com thought that while that was a nice bump in speed it needed something more. In their case that was LN cooling, which involved de-soldering and re-soldering resistors on the PCB as well as voltage tweaks.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Move over Sony, powerVR and nVIDIA because Nintendo has gone with a company called DMP to provide graphics for the new 3DS. The chip is the 400MHz PICA 200 and it is an evolution of their established Ultray architecture that knows a few tricks, including a rather unique use of hardware based parametric engines in place of what competitors use computational shader engines for. That probably had a huge impact on Nintendo's decision as the hardware solution does the same job with less power requirements as well as less heat.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When new tech arrives on the scene it is always a good idea to check around to see what it is good for before you run out and buy it,
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new improved and thinned Xbox, codenamed Valhalla has arrived and one major benefit is that you will no longer have to fear the Red Ring of Death as they changed the colour of the ring to green. Anand is quite familiar with the RRoD as he has seen three of his five Xboxes die in that particular way. He picked up one of these new Xboxes, with its new look and reduced power consumption and tore it open to see what was inside. You can find out what he dis
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2010 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big three NAND makers, Toshiba, Macronix and Samsung are loving the surge of popularity of their products. It isn't just the SSD market that is making their accountants smile, the ever growing need for more capacity embedded in mobile products is helping as well. All three had something new to announce to The Inquirer when they were asked. With
Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!
Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.