Intel Rose Point SoC integrates WiFi on-die
Intel shows off Rose Point, a new research project that integrates WiFi on the die of an Atom SoC. The project means we're getting one step closer to a chip that integrated CPU, GPU, I/O, and WiFi into a single package. One issue with a processor that integrates WiFi is electromagnetic interference, therefore the chip giant is working on new miniature shielding methods and noise-cancelling technology to counter corruption issues.
As they say, every rose has its thorns, and Rose Point was no exception. Part of the difficulties with the new SoC were inherent -- due to the fact that traditional modem designs incorporate a slew of analog circuit components, such as synthesizers and amplifiers. These components allow wireless modems to operating on a large range of device voltages, but they also mean that Intel had a heavy redesign on its hands, in crafting its revised silicon modem, which used only two voltages.
And that wasn't the only thorny issue with Rose Point. Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) interference also proved a key stumbling block for electronics giant. As the speed of Wi-Fi communications (2.4 GHz) is close to Atom's base CPU's base clock speed, the two portions of the chip would interfere with each other, leading to corruption issues.
Hossein Alavi, director of Intel
Intel Core i3-3570K IGP 67 percent faster than previous gen
Slides that reveal the graphics performance of the Intel HD 4000 graphics integrated into the 22nm "Ivy Bridge" based Core i5-3570K. According to the leaked data, the new generation is 67 percent faster than the Core i5-2500K, but still 36 percent slower than a +2 year old entry-level graphics card like the GeForce GT 240. The Intel HD 4000 graphics core beats the HD 3000 hands down, with performance leads as high as 122% in a particular test. The chip produces more than playable frame-rates with Left4Dead 2 and Street Fighter IV, both well above 50 FPS, even DiRT 3 and Far Cry 2 run strictly OK, over 30 FPS. StarCraft II is where it produced under 30 FPS, so the chip might get bogged down in intense battles. A mainstream discrete GeForce or Radeon is a must. On average, the graphics core embedded into the Core i5-3570K was found to be 67.25% faster than the one on the Core i5-2500K.
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Tablet PC shipments down 30%
Vendors will ship 14.97 million tablet PCs in the first quarter of 2012, dropping 30.6% on quarter but rising 77.6% on year, according to forecasts by Digitimes Research.
Shipments will consist of 11 million iPad 2 and iPad 3 units as well as 3.97 million non-iPad tablet PCs which will decrease by 50.8% on quarter and include 1.5 million Kindle Fires and 300,000 Nook Tablets, Digitimes Research said.
Of tablet PCs to be shipped in the first quarter of 2012, 13.3% will be equipped with processors developed by Texas Instruments and 26.3% will be based on Android.
Taiwan-based ODMs will ship 13.51 million tablet PCs for a global share of 90.25% in the first quarter. Foxconn Electronics will account for 83% of Taiwan-based makers' total shipments, followed by Quanta Computer with 9.6%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Intel Delays Some Dual-Core Ivy Bridge CPUs
Intel denied having changed the product plans it had in place however the dual-core laptop units seem to be the exception. More precisely, due to the large supply of Sandy Bridge central processors, the Santa Clara, California-based company is putting off the release of dual-core mobile units.
That means that all the desktop components will be up for sale as planned, and the same goes for most of the notebook platforms.
Nevertheless, both standard voltage and ULV (ultra-low voltage) dual-cores are subject to the delay, while the Core i3 chips have been pushed back even further, all the way to August or September instead of May/June.
The supply of Sandy Bridge CPUs is said to be so high that not only are vendors overstocked, but also even Intel's own warehouses still have shipments that, had sales been better, would have been sent out quite a while ago.
For those that know about the different sorts of notebooks out there, this all means that strong consumer and business PCs will be updated soon enough, but ultrabooks won't be so lucky.
This puts a damper on the hopes that the new, super-thin machines would drop in price. While they will, eventually, become cheaper, this will happen at a slow enough rate that only in 2013 will they be considered affordable.
VLC Media Player Reaches Version 2.0.0
With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC. Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos.
It supports many new devices and BluRay Discs (experimental). Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces and improvements in the other interfaces make VLC easier than ever to use. Twoflower fixes several hundreds of bugs, in more than 7000 commits from 160 volunteers.
VLC 2.0.0 is available here for Windows and Mac OS X (or just OS X).
Intel 7-Series Desktop Board Executive Motherboards
Two models from Intel's Desktop Board Executive series of motherboards for office PCs got pictured and detailed by VR-Zone:
These are Intel's motherboards for office computers as far as the chipsets are concerned, but at least one of the new models should be more than suitable for home users too.
Starting at the bottom of the executive series we have the DB75EN
ONDA Value Z77 Micro-ATX Motherboard
Chinese motherboard manufacturer that specializes in high cost-performance motherboard, ONDA, is working on a micro-ATX motherboard based on the Z77 chipset. Its pictures made it to the press as TPU reports:
The board mostly sticks to the chipset's feature set, except using an additional PCIe-PCI bridge that gives out two legacy PCI slots. As a Z77-based motherboard, it should support both overclocking and Smart Response SSD caching. The LGA1155 socket, which supports today's Sandy Bridge and tomorrow's Ivy Bridge processors, is powered by a simple 4+1 phase VRM. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory.
All of the chipset's SATA ports are wired internally, including two SATA 6 Gb/s and four SATA 3 Gb/s. The board provides four USB 3.0 ports, two on the rear panel, two via header, all four are wired to the PCH. Apart from the two legacy PCI slots, we have one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and one PCIe 2.0 x1. Display outputs include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. 6-channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of the connectivity.
Intel Lynx Point chipset details
Details about Lynx Point, the new chipset that will accompany Intel's Haswell architecture in the first half of 2013, have surfaced.
First, we see some of the display port features have been transferred over to the CPU under the new architecture for Haswell. As discussed here, the Lynx Point chipset will only handle analog displays, while the CPU will be handling the digital displays. In theory, this makes the Lynx Point not as advanced as Panther Point in that regard but it does still have its advancements.
Lynx Point marks Intel's switch to full SATA 6.0 Gb/s support for all native SATA ports (no more native SATA 3.0 Gb/s SATA ports). Intel has added two additional USB 3.0 ports for a total six ports, which is two more than Panther Point. Intel is introducing I/O port flexibility feature with Lynx Point. As the feature suggests, it should give users the ability to allocate which ports are USB 3.0 and which are USB 2.0. Additional features for Lynx Point include: SSD performance/power optimization, new Rapid Storage Technology driver & Intel vPro Technology enhancements, lower TDP and power usage, a smaller package (22x23mm FCBGA), and support for quad-read SPI devices. Based on the slide, it looks like Intel has still not moved to a faster DMI interface, as the chipset's PCIe ports are still running at PCIe 2.0.
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NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid PC Case
The NZXT Switch 810 is a new chassis from NZXT. It is a large tower case with enough room on the inside for most motherboards and CPUs. Likewise, it is possible to install even the biggest CPU coolers, thanks to a large cutout on the motherboard tray that lets such things be installed without removing the platform. Moving on, up to seven HDDs or SSDs can be held by the internal HDD pull-out cages.
Furthermore, the various 5.25-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays permit tool-free installation of storage devices.
One of the so-called
Three New AMD FX CPUs Will Arrive next Month
There are three new processors, well APUs. from Advanced Micro Devices closing in on retail stores, according to Donim Haber.
They are called FX-8140, FX-6120 and FX-4150 and will probably be launched in March, 2012 (next month).
FX-4150, as the weakest of the trio, features four cores, each working at a base frequency of 3.9 GHz and a Turbo Core rating of 4.1 GHz. The second unit, FX-6120, can reach the same Turbo Core level as above, even though its six cores function at 3.5 GHz normally.
As for the FX-8140, it is a strong, 8-core central processor (4 modules) whose base frequency is of 3.2 GHz and whose maximum Turbo Core performance is of, again, 4.1 GHz.
All three newcomers draw 95W of energy, though it may be possible for the 8-core to come in a 125W variant as well.
If anything, this shows that AMD is not about to back out of the processor segment, even if it has stopped bothering with trying to outmatch Intel on the high-end front.
Finally, the FX-4150 boasts 12 MB of cache memory, while the FX-6120 comes with 14 MB and the FX-8140 has 16 MB.
Far Cry 3 - Gameplay Trailer
Millions of infected machines might go offline March 8 -
In three weeks, the FBI could knock millions of infected systems offline by disabling some DNS servers as techspot reported. In November, Estonian authorities arrested six men suspected of using "DNSChanger Trojan" malware to redirect victims to malicious websites and block them from genuine security sites that might've removed the infection. According to a report by Brian Krebs, the Trojan was on over four million computers in more than 100 countries, including 500,000 in the US -- and not just home users, either. The malware is reportedly still present on computers at half of the Fortune 500 companies and at approximately half of all federal agencies.
Come March 8, the court order allowing the feds to replace the bogus DNS servers will expire. Unless that's extended, the surrogate servers will be unplugged and millions still plagued by DNSChanger will lose Web access. Even the order is prolonged, experts worry the cleanup will take years as with Conficker.
Checking your system for DNSChanger is relatively simple. You can use ipconfig /all in the Windows command prompt to get your DNS information, which can be compared against the numbers here. The DNSChanger Working Group also provides a list of free resources that'll help you clean your machine(s).
ASRock Game Blaster audio card shows up
ASRock worked together with Creative to introduce the Game Blaster, a new audio card with Broadcom Gigabit LAN. It's a proprietary product though, it's only supported by ASRock's X79 based motherboards. Pricing and availability is unknown.
World's top 3 motherboard manufacturer, ASRock Inc., specially partners with Creative Technology Ltd, the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for the personal computer, to introduce the most trusted sound card in mobo industry - Game Blaster!
Gamers need so much more from their rigs. ASRock Game Blaster was designed to exceed the expectations of even the most dedicated gamer. It is the first sound card coming with both Creative 7.1 CH HD Sound Core3D Audio and Broadcom Gigabit LAN in the world.
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Roccat Kulo headset with velvet donut earpads
Roccat announced its Kulo gaming headsets will now ship with a new set of earpads. We do have news for you: From now on the award-winning Kulo gaming headsets will be shipped with a new set of earpads