AMD shareholders approve spinoff operations
The venture will be called the Foundry Co. and under the deal, another Abu Dhabi investment fund, Mubadala Development Co., will provide about $800 million to the new company. Last week, AMD postponed a scheduled shareholder meeting about the approval because less than 50 percent of the shares were eligible to vote. This time, just over 50 percent were present, at 50.26 percent, though it is not known what changed in just one week's time to cause this.
The deal is expected to close on March 2nd.
Japan wants wireless power by 2015-2020
Communications (MIC) has been working on R&D and standardization of wireless power transmission technologies, which enable noncontact or wireless power supply to home appliances like TVs.
Toshiba Corp made the proposal of the R&D and standardization, which is currently being evaluated by an ad hoc team under the Radio Wave Policy Council, a study group at MIC. They are aiming to commercialize the technologies in between 2015 and 2020 though the schedule may change depending on the difficulty of the technology development, according to the team.
The ad hoc team considers that three types of technologies have to be established.
(1) A technology that utilizes a general electromagnetic induction method and features a transmission range of less than several millimeters, electricity of several hundred watts or less and a frequency less than several hundred kHz
(2) A technology that was developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is called resonant induction. Using a frequency ranging from several to several hundred MHz, it is capable of wireless transmission with a transmission range of several tens of centimeters and electricity of several hundred watts.
(3) A technology for receiving radio waves by a highly-efficient receiving circuit and retrieving DC power via a rectifier circuit
The first technology, which has already been adopted for some products on the market, is expected to be standardized by 2015, according to MIC. As for the second and third technologies, "we are about to pinpoint issues, aiming to commercialize the technologies around 2020," according to MIC [via techon]
Intel goes after the money, sues NVIDIA
Intel filed a lawsuit against Nvidia late on Monday, alleging that the two companies' current four-year-old chipset license agreement does not extend to Intel's upcoming CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers.
NVIDIA entered into the agreement in 2004 in order to bring platform innovations to Intel CPU based systems. In return, Intel took a license to NVIDIA's rich portfolio of 3D, GPU, and other computing patents. Since signing the agreement, NVIDIA has offered innovations such as SLI, Hybrid power, and CUDA parallel processing. ION, the most recent innovation, integrates a powerful NVIDIA GPU, north bridge and south bridge into one compact die. When combined with a CPU, ION enables a two-chip PC architecture for Intel processors two years ahead of Intel's own solution. In addition, the ION platform offers 10x the performance of Intel's current three chip design.
The industry and consumers now count on innovations from NVIDIA. Microsoft recently endorsed ION because it offers consumers the first truly affordable premium Windows experience. Late last year Apple selected NVIDIA's chipset for its entire new line of notebooks including the MacBook Classic, MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. Today, companies like Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Falcon Northwest, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, NEC, and Toshiba all ship exciting innovations created by NVIDIA as a result of its agreement with Intel.
Huang said that, given the broad and growing adoption of NVIDIA's platform innovations, it is not surprising that Intel is now initiating a dispute over a contract signed four years ago. Innovations like ION, SLI, Hybrid power, and CUDA threaten Intel's ability to control the PC platform.
New Exploit Targets IE7 Bug
We can;t say this enough, keep pathing up. It's a vicious cyberworld out there.
Cybercriminals are actively exploiting a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7, which arises from the browser's improper handling of errors when attempting to access deleted objects. This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary codes on a vulnerable machine. The threat starts with a spammed malicious .DOC file detected as XML_DLOADR.A. This file has a very limited distribution script, suggesting it may be a targeted attack. It contains an ActiveX object that automatically accesses a site rigged with a malicious HTML detected by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network as HTML_DLOADER.AS. HTML_DLOADER.AS exploits the CVE-2009-0075 vulnerability, which is already addressed by the MS09-002 security patch released last week. On an unpatched system though, successful exploitation by HTML_DLOADER.AS downloads a backdoor detected as BKDR_AGENT.XZMS. This backdoor further installs a .DLL file that has information stealing capabilities. It sends its stolen information to another URL via port 443.
If you are current on your patches, you are fine. If not...well, you know the drill.
Analysis by Trend Micro researchers reveal that BKDR_AGENT.XZMS takes screenshots of the infected system and sends these screenshots to a remote malicious location. It also creates a hidden Internet Explorer window which connects to a website to listen for commands.
Best Selling PC Games
Here's a new overview for the best selling PC games (US) for the week ending February 7:
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
- Spore - Electronic Arts
- World of Warcraft Battle Chest - Blizzard
- Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard
- Left 4 Dead - Valve/EA
- Call Of Duty: World At War - Activision
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 2 Deluxe - Electronic Arts
Download: GeForce Forceware 182.06 WHQL for Vista and XP
This is a WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series desktop GPUs.
New in Release 182.06:
- Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182.06 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
- Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.
- Additional information on specific bug fixes can be found in the release documentation notes.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Learn more here.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports CUDA.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
BFG to release passively cooled 9800 GT
BFG is working on passively cooled GeForce 9800 GT under its ThermoIntelligence Passive cooling label.
The video card operates at the frequency 600 MHz, and it is equipped with 512 MB GDDR3 video memory , clocked at a frequency 1800 MHz. The 9800 GT comes with 112 stream processors (used to be 128 if I'm not mistaken), which are clocked at a 1500 MHz frequency. We think the product will be based on a 55nm die-shrink, g92b.
The price of BFG Geforce 9800GT is expected to be $160,-
Gigabyte launches GA-MA790GP-UD4H
Gigabyte intro's their Phenom II ready GA-MA790GP-UD4H motherboard. Though Socket AM3 ready, this motherboard is in fact Socket AM2+ and thus still based on DDR2 memory. Some specs:
- Supports next generation of 45nm AMD Socket AM3 processors
- EC AOD-ACC Support
- AMD OverDrive Support
- Built-in 128MB DDR3 SidePort Memory
- AMD 790GX Graphics Performance Upgraded- up to 3DMark 2006 2800 marks!!
- ATI CrossFireX
BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20 review (liquid cooling)
BFG is the first to bring a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 295 to the market. As extravagant liquid cooling a GeForce GTX 295 really is, the end results in cooling performance, gaming performance and the incredible aesthetics a product like this offers is extraordinary. The guys of Danger Den provided a massive copper block to sit in-between the two GPUs and chill them down to very nice temperatures.
So in this article we'll chat a little about the GTX 295 technology, then have a look at BFG's bundle, a really extensive photo-shoot, look at performance with the hottest games available, overclock it until it nearly dies... and then sum it all up in our verdict.
Fantastic stuff for the eyes as well. You can read the full review right here.
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Galaxy GeForce GTX260+
We haev a shot of the GeForce GTX260+ graphics card from Galaxy. This overclocked card features the Twin Turbo VGA cooler from Arctic Cooling, which uses four heatpipes and two fans to keep the card cool.
The overclocked model should be about 7 percent faster than a standard GeForce GTX 260, and it also features the Xtreme Tuner overclocking software.
Sharing the same PCB design with reference GTX 260, Galaxy GTX 260+ is based on 55nm processing technology. Equipped with Samsung GDDR3 memories, Galaxy 55nm GeForce GTX260 is coming with 896MB/448bit and default clock of 625/1350/2100MHz, up from 576/1242/1998MHz on reference card. The overall performance of overclocked Galaxy GTX260+ is claimed to outperform default GTX260 by 7%.
GeForce GTS 250 picture
XFX decided to create a little marketing spin again by leaking a photo of their upcoming GeForce GTS. Mentioned many times already, NVIDIA is going to rename some of their products during CeBIT in two weeks. The GTX 250 is in fact a GeForce 9800 GTX+
The GeForce GTS 250 series from XFX will have a custom cooling design. As it is a 9800 GTX+ it features a 55 nm G92b graphics processor. Its clock-speeds are expected to be 738/1836/1100 MHz (core/shader/memory) roughly on par with reference speeds. The card will have the same 512 MB of GDDR3 memory and 256-bit memory bus.
And yes, the GTS 240 is in fact the 9800 GT (which was the 8800 GT).
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Dutch Company reinvents the Joystick: Hydraulic force feedback - Interview
Joysticks are available a dozen a dime, however when a new technology is applied to it, we get interested. Being Dutch myself, when a Dutch company is behind it .. I find it very interesting.
A Dutch based company called Paccus Interfaces is designing a new joystick which they think will be the icing on top of the cake when it comes to joysticks. Current Force Feedback joysticks are very imprecise according to Joseph Melskens from Paccus.
Paccus developed a totally new kind of joystick. One which is real 3D, is as precise and fast as a game mouse, it will have extra programmable keys, but most important has a unique (patented) fluid head based force feedback, that can pull you out of your seat! This is not a toy, it is made from metal.
This new joystick will embed new hydraulic technology, ensuring extreme precision and a very precise and new gaming experience. According to Paccus It took them four years with funding from the European Union and help of the Technical University's of Delft and Eindhoven. The reason why they developed this is simple. All other sticks suck ?
Guru3D had an interview with Joseph Melskens from Paccus, we also have some examples of the prototype. And prototype, really mean PROTOTYPE as in not even close to a final design. The final product will be called Hawk and will be demonstrated at the Gamescom in K
NVIDIA Tegra 600 $99 HD Mobile Internet Device
Nvidia today introduced a new platform, based on the NVIDIA Tegra 600 Series computer-on-a-chip that enables a $99, always-on, always-connected HD mobile internet device (MID) that can go days between battery charges. Nvidia Tegra MID delivers- 720p and 1080p video playback, days of use between charges and full Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Nvidia Tegra platform will enable OEMs to quickly build and bring to market devices that carriers can offer for as low as $99
Pirate Bay P2P Trial Begins in Sweden
The Pirate Bay's copyright infringement trial is now under way in Sweden, becoming one of the most watched P2P trials. The site is accused of helping users illegally downloaded movies, music, computer games, and more from its web site. If the site owners are convicted, they could spend two years in prison and a fine around $150,000. In addition, many of the leading companies in the motion picture industries are wanting an additional $14.3 million.
The Pirate Bay is the world's largest source for BitTorrent trackers, while they do not host illegal content they do provide a means of finding such content. In May 2006 the company was raided by Swedish police who seized their servers and in January of last year the owners were charged with the copyright infringement.
Download Driver Sweeper beta 2.0.0
Driver Sweeper 2.0.0 Beta 2 is now available for download. Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean. The best way to clean drivers is to first uninstall the drivers using the official uninstallers, reboot in Safe Mode and run
Driver Sweeper. However, rebooting and not going into Safe Mode also works, but can cause some files not to be cleaned.
The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse and Realtek (Sound).
All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it's possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.
This is a beta release, any comments ? Please visit the Driver Sweeper support forums.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 2:
- Added select/deselect in clean screen.
- Added Bulgarian translation.
- Many translations.
- Improved startup time.
- Some translations not working and missing.
- Made some buttons larger for translations.
- Error at desktop icons.
- Reboot not working on all systems.
- Update check not working properly.
- Drag and Drop in main menu.
Changelog 2.0.0 - Beta 1:
- Driver Sweeper is completely rewritten from scratch. This version requires at least .NET 3.5 installed.
- Experimental Windows 7 support.
- UAC message requiring administrator access on Windows Vista and Windows 7 on startup if UAC is enabled.
- Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - PhysX cleaning.
- Renamed AGEIA - PhysX to NVIDIA - PhysX.
- Registry not working properly on Windows x64 versions
Download - click here.
Eurocom working on G200M SLI in Upcoming Notebook
Looking at Nvidia's current roadmap, we can safely say that the G2xx line-up will only be out in the later half of this year, most likely co-inciding with the back-to-school season. All G2xx mobile GPUs from Nvidia are 40nm, so we can expect better efficiency (performance/watt) than the current line-up. Eurocom does not mention which class of the GPUs will be used in the notebook, but most likely will be employing GT215 which the performance part set to replace the ever-green G92. (GT215 is also the highest performing GT2xx part to have taped out on 40nm yet)
The M980U Emperor is based on the MCP79xi SLI Chipset and paired with an Intel Quad-core Mobile processor. The display is listed as Full HD (1920