May 9th, 2011
Intel Corp. said on Wednesday (May 4, 2011) that its 22nm technology will employ triple-gate (Tri-Gate) transistors. The three-dimensional Tri-Gate transistors represent a fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar transistor structure that has powered all chips for decades. Other makers of chips, including Intel's arch-rival AMD/Globalfoundries will also eventually start to use 3D transistors.
"Intel's scientists and engineers have once again reinvented the transistor, this time utilizing the third dimension. Amazing, world-shaping devices will be created from this capability as we advance Moore's Law into new realms," said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel.
May 1st, 2011
First and foremost, why on earth would someone put water in their computer?! Well, there are several very good reasons. It can result in better temperatures, higher overclocks, a quieter running system and it can just plain look good.
Whatever your motivation, water cooling can accomplish all of those and then some. Before you jump into this facet of our hobby, itís always best to plan your water loop from start to finish; from the ground up ....
April 24th, 2011
Your iPhone is tracking your every move.... Coverage of the iPhone tracking "feature" has ranged from concern to outrage.... We take a look and tell you what you can do about it.
April 9th, 2011
Microsoft's record-setting security update next week (April 12, 2011) may patch a large number of vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel, researchers said today.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced that next week's monthly security update will feature a record-tying 17 bulletins that patch a record 64 vulnerabilities, 15 more than the previous largest-ever set in October 2010....
March 22nd, 2011
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, released the latest version of its free and open source Web browser to the public on Tuesday (March 22, 2011).
The browser boasts a number of improvements over past iterations, including a new look and feel, and increased privacy and security features. One security upgrade, ďDo Not Track,Ē will allow ďusers to set a browser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-out of third party, advertising-based tracking,Ē Mozilla said.
The new Firefox also promotes interactive capabilities with HTML5, a Web programming language that provides full interaction without the need of external plug-ins like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight....
Also see this ABXZone thread:
March 19th, 2011
Well the reviews of the new Radeon 6990 are in and we have a new single card leader.
While the benchmarks speak for themselves its obvious the card is a little loud compared to previous solutions:
As Anand puts it:
And hereís where it all catches up to us. The Radeon HD 5970 was a loud card, the GTX 580 SLI was even louder, but nothing tops the 6990. The laws of physics are a cruel master, and at some point all the smart engineering in the world wonít completely compensate for the fact that you need a lot of airflow to dissipate 375W of heat...
March 8th, 2011
Our first massive roundup is going to talk about 26 different thermal grease choices that can be purchased individually, without the cooler itself. We are going to find out which ones rock and which ones fail....
The effect of thermal interface should not be underestimated in the world of CPU and GPU coolers where much effort is spent to lower the temperature of electronic chips by even one or two degrees. Coolers have gotten so sophisticated nowadays that we cannot expect a dramatic breakthrough in their performance. A new model can only be expected to win 1, 2 or, rarely, 3įC against its predecessor, but just as likely there can be no improvements at all. This is why we must not disregard the efficiency of thermal grease which can often provide more benefits than a replacement of the cooler proper.
February 28th, 2011
Today (February 28, 2011) Intel announced their SSD 510 Series of solid state drives. This is the first SATA 6Gb/sec offering to come from Intel, and has been eagerly awaited by the industry. These units come in the standard 2.5" x 9.5mm form factor, in capacities of 120 and 250GB ....
Supporting data transfers of up to 500 megabytes per second (MB/s), the Intel SSD 510 doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intelís current 3Gbps SSDs ....
February 23rd, 2011
Intel on Thursday [February 24, 2011] plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, according to an industry source familiar with the details of the event....
Maybe not coincidentally, Apple is expected to roll out new MacBook Pros--and possibly other products--on Thursday.
Intel has been working on Light Peak for years and recently said the initial version would be based on copper, as time-to-market realities necessitate more conventional technology. Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously. Connection speeds will not be affected by the transition to copper, according to Intel. In the future, Light Peak may scale to 100 gigabits per second, according to Intel.
February 11th, 2011
Announced by a team of researchers from Harvard University ...
...and it's being described as nothing short of a "quantum jump forward in the complexity and function of circuits built from the bottom up."...
... a chip that's just 960 micrometers (or less than 1 millimeter) square ...
That is just awesome!
The groundbreaking prototype computer system, described in a paper appearing today in the journal Nature, represents a significant step forward in the complexity of computer circuits that can be assembled from synthesized nanometer-scale components.
This work represents a quantum jump forward in the complexity and function of circuits built from the bottom up, and thus demonstrates that this bottom-up paradigm, which is distinct from the way commercial circuits are built today, can yield nanoprocessors and other integrated systems of the future...