Intel focusing on US manufacturing

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 12:42 PM |

Back in November Intel announced plans to build a new Fab in Oregon as well as upgrading the four existing Fabs in Oregon and Arizona to their new 22nm fabrication process.  Now they are planning on breaking more ground in Arizona, with a brand new facility called Fab 42 which will be producing a new generation of chips, down to the 14nm level according to DigiTimes.



Source: Digitimes

L. Ron hasn't had to pay taxes in 57 years!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 06:39 PM |

Isn't it awful when your PC appears to be playing Freeze Tag with someone who is not you?  Or when you are new to building machines and you can't shake the feeling you've forgotten someone?  In fact the entire Motherboard Forum is still awaiting SandyBridge's return after she stormed off earlier this month and a poor fellow who went

March Madness will actually be a run on P67 and H67 boards

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 02:46 PM |

DigiTimes has more good news for the early adopter, not a week after first hitting the production line, SandyBridge motherboards are headed to the major manufactures.  Some are so confident that they are releasing details on new laptops that will be using these B3 boards, including Toshiba.

Source: Digitimes

SoundBlaster diversifies; heads into the headset market

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 05:49 PM |

The Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset represents Sound Blaster's move into other markets now that they no longer have complete domination of the discreet sound card business.  They have a more hefty look than many others, with large padded earcups and a slender microphone boom.  As well the removable THX USB module that it comes with enables you to turn a headset using SP/DIF into a USB headset, as the module is essentially a self co

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD is splitting the Atom's market share

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 12:34 PM |

The Acer Aspire One 522 is a Brazos 10" netbook with a 720p display, a Fusion APU with Radeon graphics, an HDMI output, and Windows 7 for just over $300.  Playback of 1080p and 720p video was flawless, at least until the Tech Report tried streaming 720p YouTube videos with Flash 10.2.  They noticed some dropped frames and when they contacted AMD about that issue, AMD r

Another Zero Day Flaw to worry about

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 11:57 AM |

In pre-Vista versions of 64bit Windows it seems that not only has a vulnerability using BrowserWriteErrorLogEntry() and the mrxsmb.sys driver be discovered, it is already out there in the wild.  As The Register is quick to point out, in this particular case browser refers to how older versions of Windows discovered workgroups, domains, and the computers belonging to them, as opposed to being an IE flaw.

Source: The Register

Can't get enough TRON? Try a matching mouse and pad from Razer!

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 03:58 PM |

If you are unsure what the Razer TRON Gaming Mouse and Mat are, you are probably on the wrong page.  For those that are still riding the TRON wave, you can get a 290x207x3mm hard mouse pad and with a bioluminescent surface which glows after the mouse light has travelled over it.  The mouse, as mentioned, has several blue LEDs and a pattern reminiscent of the circuit paths prominent in the TRON movies.  Even the control software s

Did you know Crysis 2 is part of the "PC packaged goods market"

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 01:47 PM |

If you've had your head under a rock for this week, then you might not have heard that a version of Crysis 2 is available on torrent sites.  While not a finished version it should certainly give you more satisfaction than a YouTube video ...

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA is putting the super into superphone with Kal-El

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 12:44 PM |

Just two weeks after receiving the first silicon back from the Fab, NVIDIA is already demonstrating their new 40nm quad core Cortex A9 SoC called Kal El.  They've abandoned Tegra2 3D which was what we had originally believed would be the next generation of mobile chip, which was a faster clocked Tegra2 capable of 3D support in favour of this new(ish) chip architecture.  The GPU is also upgraded, AnandTech saw the demo model manage a 50Mbps 1440p H.264

Source: AnandTech

Attention Rumour Mongers: Dell might want to buy AMD

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2011 - 02:28 PM |

The details are sketchy and mostly involve the recent departures of high level employees from AMD, CEO Dirk Meyer in January and the COO Robert Rivet early in February.  The lack of current leadership implies to some tech wonks that perhaps AMD is looking for more than just new leadership.  The interim CEO is the once CFO Thomas Seifert, who has publicly stated that he does not want to continue in that leadership role.  Read the speculation at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot