Intel 'Cedar Trail' Atom Platform launches
Intel reelased its Atom N2600 and N2800 processors for netbooks, they are now shipping. These CPUs promise to deliver netbooks with a battery life of up to ten hours.
Cedar Trail CPUs bring a few updateslike a 32nm fab process (enabling higher clocks and a drop in power draw of up to 20% for the whole platform), plus a media engine that allows for Full HD (1080p) video playback and Blu-ray support, an integrated memory controller supporting DDR3-800/1066 memory, and updated, but still DirectX 9-enabled graphics (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 based on the PowerVR SGX 545 from Imagination Technologies).
Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the latest mobile Intel Atom processor-based platform, formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail." Designed to provide small, compact, on-the-go computing with great battery life at an affordable price, the latest platform adds several new features to netbook computers made popular by students, families, and those looking for light productivity and Internet browsing. These devices will be available in early 2012 from major OEMs including: Acer*, Asus*, HP*, Lenovo*, Samsung*, and Toshiba*.
The new design's dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional digital display and output options including HDMI and DisplayPort. The integrated Intel
Galaxy Intros Laser GT Series SSDs
Galaxy unleashes its Laser GT series consumer SSDs. Built in the common 2.5-inch SATA form-factor these drives use the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and are driven by SandForce SF-2281 SSD controllers.
The 120GB version drive offers maximum sequential transfer speeds of 550 MB/s (read), and 500 MB/s (write), with 4K random performance of 30,000 IOPS reads, and 41,000 IOPS writes. The MLC NAND based SSD has with 5,000 rewrite cycle life. The 120 GB Laser GT variant is priced at roughly 220 USD.
LCD makers settle price-fixing case for $553 million
Reuters reports Samsung, Sharp, Chimei Innolux, Hitachi Displays, HannStar Display, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and Epson Imaging Devices have agreed to pay more than $553 million to settle consumer and state regulatory claims in a price-fixing case. The companies pleaded guilty to inflating prices and stiffling competition in the LCD panel market between 1999 and 2006. Full details on the settlements can be found in the Reuters article.
In December 2006, authorities in Japan, Korea, the European Union and the United States revealed a probe into alleged anti-competitive activity among LCD panel manufacturers. Many companies and executives have since pleaded guilty to criminal antitrust violations and paid more than $890 million in fines.
The latest payout includes $538.6 million to resolve claims by "indirect" purchasers that bought televisions and computers with thin film transistor LCDs, as well as claims by eight states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
It also includes payments of more than $14.7 million by five of the companies to settle civil fine and penalty law claims by the states, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Intel Centerton is a complete single-chip SoC
Intel's upcoming "Centerton" Atom processor will be a true single-chip SoC, without the PCH. This chip is aimed at low-power servers and NAS units. Centerton's core and uncore components, housed on the same piece of silicon, are detailed in the first picture, below. It packs two x86-64 cores. Each core has 32 KB L1I cache, 24 KB L1D cache, and 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache.
There is no shared tertiary cache between the cores, however, they converge at the integrated memory controller (IMC). This IMC can control a single DDR3 memory channel, supporting 1.5V DDR3 UDIMMs with ECC support or 1.35V DDR3 SO-DIMMs, at speeds of PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333 MHz). Up to 8 GB of RAM is supported. The core can be clocked as high as 1.60 GHz. It features HyperThreading technology, enabling four logical CPUs for the OS to deal with. Any current 32-bit or 64-bit x86-capable OS should run.
Cradle for PC Announced
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Gigabyte fixes problems defective X79 motherboards
It seems that yesterdays report on the burning CPU VRM of X79 motherboards got an update from Gigabyte. The problem lies in the BIOS which allows a far to extreme setting. They are upgrading board replacements for free and add a lifetime warranty.
For those that have not had an issue, a BIOS will fix and rpevent the motherboard from overheating:
Gigabyte Technology, in response to questions concerning a defective BIOS design in its X79-series motherboards, has offered remedies including recall of certain versions of X79 motherboards, replacements with upgraded BIOS and lifetime maintenance warranty for related models, according to the company.
The defective BIOS design was found when some enthusiastic players were testing the limit of overclocking of Gigabyte's high-end X79-UD3 motherboards, which then caught fire and released smoke when the devices were overclocking, revealed industry sources.
In addition to the replacement of new products, Gigabyte said that it will also offer lifetime warranty for X79 motherboards that have been upgraded to F7 BIOS and beyond.
Rival vendors Asustek Computer and ASRock have also launched X79-based motherboards but the two companies both have set overclocking limits on the devices, whereas Gigabyte did not set a maximum clock limit on its X79 boards previously, indicated the sources.
Gigabyte Recalls X79 UD3, UD5, G1.Assassin 2 Motherboards
Now I do not have this confirmed just yet from Gigabyte themselves, but the following is reported:
Last week, a Taiwanese overclocker putting his OC workbench through an relatively laxed OC stress test saw its Gigabyte X79 UD3 motherboard go bust. Its CPU VRM couldn't cope with the stress, and blew a MOSFET. At the time, people responding to his video condoled him for his bad luck. It appears now that his wasn't a one-off case of "bad-egg". Gigabyte, in its latest press release on its Chinese website, noted the issue.
Apparently it received several such complaints from overclockers where even moderate voltage-assisted CPU OC fried its VRM. The issue was found to be widespread, among three of its main socket LGA2011 products, the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, and G1.Assassin 2.
Apparently, the issue is caused by a bad mix of firmware limitations to complement the board's PWM circuitry, which have an effect on the PWM components causing an overheat.
As an immediate remedy, Gigabyte issued a BIOS update for the affected products. This BIOS, however, will limit the board's overclocking abilities. The new BIOS will throttle CPU when subjected to extreme stress, to save the VRM. The BIOS remedy is only for those who opt to keep their boards, or don't subject the board to extreme tuning.
The other remedy, is to return the board to Gigabyte, for a free replacement when the "right" boards are available. Gigabyte also announced a general recall of the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, and G1.Assassin 2, from the market. A video of the "unlucky" (not anymore) overclocker's day going bad, can be watched here.
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850 Watt PSU review
Cooler Master launched the new Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU series. The end result as such is enticing alright, a very nice power supply rates 80+ gold, that comes with a modular design and one big massive 12V rail, which we all like so very much. Carrying a 80+ Gold certification (90% efficiency at typical load) , being modular, with included fan controller and having good looks yeah the Silent Pro Hybrid promises to be an excellent product series.
Check the article right here.
Asus Will Continue Transformer Prime Despite Lawsuit
An Asus representative has revealed recently that the outfit has no plans to discontinue the production of tablets in the Transformer line, including the recently released Transformer Prime, despite the lawsuit started against the company by Hasbro.
After the trademark infringement lawsuit was filed by the US-based toy maker, Asus has conducted a series of internal assessments and found that no patents are infringed by its tablet line, said Chang Wei-Ming, an Asus spokesperson.
Chang continued by adding that the lawsuit is unlikely to affect production, reports the Focus Taiwan publication.
According to Hasbro, the Transformer Prime label might cause confusion among consumers, so the toy maker has decided to sue Asus for trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution.
Hasbro, also asked the Los Angeles court to stop the Taiwanese company from using the Transformer name in current and future products.
Officially announced in mid-November, the 10.1-inch Transformer Prime is powered by Nvidia
New Intel Server Board Holds 1 TB of RAM
There will also be a quad-CPU enabled Xeon E5 Socket 2011 version, a quarter later from now as vrzone reports.
How much memory can it take? How about a terabyte?
Two QPI links on Socket 2011 CPUs do enable connecting each processor to TWO other ones, if you accept lesser inter-processor bandwidth compared to just dual-link pairing of two CPUs alone. There will be a separate Xeon E5-4600 series covering that particular market segment, which sits between the high end dual-socket E5-2600 and the enterprise RAS-enhanced even higher end E7 series (those fancy 10-core 30 MB L3 cache Westmere-EX chips and their followons).
These are good for uber-rendering workstations with many threads, as well as SMP server jobs where high per-core performance is more important than RAS capability or huge interprocessor bandwidth - E7 series have, after all, four QPI links on each CPU for that purpose.
Now, since the maximum memory load on each Socket 2011 processor is three DIMMs per channel, or 12 in total, it would allow for 48 DIMMs altogether on a quad processor board, as you can see here on the 'Lizard Head Pass' S4600LH board expected from Intel. A truly lovely platform which, if good liquid cooling system was there, could actually fit into 1U platform! Else, it's 2U, still not bad at all.
Now, remember those fancy Samsung - and other vendors' - 32 GB LR-DIMMs at DDR3-1333 speeds and taking just like 5 watts? Well, put 48 of them into this 'little' mobo, and you got... umm... 1.5 TB RAM, yes. Now, inexpensive large memory data mining and analysis ops, not to mention simulations like, for instance, impact of MRT line failure on all the car and bus traffic in Singapore down to every person, vehicle and path - an increasingly more often required app here, it seems - become very real, especially when coupled with the current low memory pricing.
And, oh yes, there are 160 PCIe v3 lanes in total on such platform. Now, how about an extender box for an 8 x dual-GPU setup as an accelerator? A eight-set of liquid-cooled OC AMD HD7990 dual GPU cards could give you up to 15 TFLOPs of double precision power to assist those Xeons on board.
The Ender Scrolls V: Minerim Trailer
hehe Ender Scrolls ... A mash up of the two games that a guy loves to play. The trailer was made as a way to give some lovin' to these awesome games. Made in blender in a timespan of 2 months
Just watch it ..
Zalman F1-Series SSDs Spotted in Stores
Reported earlier are Zalman's newest line of solid state drives, the F1-series, they started selling in Japan.
These are based of the SandForce SF-2281 controller and obviously come with MLC NAND flash memory. The F1-series is available in three sizes, 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB; priced at 11,980 JPY (US $153), 19,800 JPY ($254), and 39,980 JPY ($513), respectively. The drives take advantage of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and are built in the 2.5-inch form-factor.
The drives offer read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, and up to 530 MB/s writes. The 60 GB and 120 GB models offer 4K random write performance of 30,000 IOPS, while the 240 GB one offers 45,000 IOPS.
MSI MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie
MSI announces today two new products, the MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie.
With support for Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless transfer, MSI's MultiConnect Panel provides an OC Genie button for MSI mainboard users to instantly increase system performance with a simple push of a button! The MSI-exclusive Super Charger on the MultiConnect Panel also allows users to quickly charge their smart-phones, tablet PCs, wireless keyboards, and wireless mice via any MSI X79 mainboard.
MSI's groundbreaking Voice Genie is the world's first voice control technology with system startup support without the need for keyboard or mouse operation! Aside from turning on and off the system, users can even enable and disable OC Genie, open a web browser, wake up the system, and set the system to sleep mode all via voice command! Full compatibility with all MSI X79 Series mainboards helps bring added value to the MSI computing experience with MultiConnect Panel and Voice Genie.
Intel Medfield SoC Power and Performance leaks
Intel officially introduces its next-generation Atom processors for mobile devices, code named Medfield at CES, the first performance figures regarding this system-on-a-chip (SoC) device were leaked on the Web.
The system used for providing these numbers was actually an Intel-designed 10.1-inch tablet powered by an unnamed Medfield processor running at 1.6GHz.
The CPU was paired together with 1GB of LP-DDR2 memory, a WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip produced by an unnamed manufacturer, a 1280
Radeon HD 7950 Specifications Surface
- 1792 stream processors, 28 GCN compute units
- 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs (derived)
- 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface
- 3 GB memory, memory clock around 5.00 GHz
Intel shifts Atom development focus to embedded and server
Intel has adjusted its Atom development focus to embedded and server applications, due to low demand for netbook Atom CPUs. In Q2 2012 the company will introduce the 32nm "Centerton" Atom, which is expected to be followed by the 22nm "Silvermont" in 2013 and the 14nm "Airmont" in 2014.
Intel reportedly plans to launch new members of its Atom CPU-lineup for network-attached storage devices and entry-level servers in the second quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.
The new Atom CPU, codenamed Centerton, will be made with a 32nm process with SoC design in slim architecture and low power consumption, the sources indicated.