Llano APUs now shipping
AMD reports that they are shipping Llano APUs (processors), the first family of its performance-mainstream accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops that Advanced Micro Devices will introduce in July will include will include five A-series models with 65W or 100W thermal design power (TDP). Later in the year AMD will broaden the lineup of chips previously known under Llano code-name.
As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine.
The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.
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Hynix Introduces High Performance DDR4 DRAM
DDR4 DRAM is a next generation memory product which consumes less electronic power while it transfers data as twice as faster than the existing DDR3 DRAM. The device works at the industry
Logitech Wireless Mouse M325
Logitech shows off the Wireless Mouse M325, it will start shipping later this month but the pricing isn't disclosed.
The new Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 is here, combining our world's best selling shape with new micro-precise technology that is specifically designed to improve your online navigation experience with a better mix of precision, comfort and control.
No matter how much time you spend at your computer, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 keeps your hand happy thanks to its feel-good shape and textured rubber grips. Optimized for web browsing, the micro-precise scroll wheel - with four times the number of ratchets as the average mouse - fits your style, and makes reading Facebook or reviewing Google searches even easier. Plus the tilted wheel gives you trouble-free backward or forward Web movement.
Most standard mice have a scroll wheel with 18 to 24 ratchets. Each ratchet corresponds to about one line of scrolling. When you quickly scroll down a page, skipping from line to line, moving from one ratchet to another, the on-screen motion can appear choppy.
That's not the case with Logitech's newest scroll wheel. Our precision scroll wheel contains 72 rugged, tiny ratchets. As a result, the ratchets are small enough so the wheel spins smoothly. And you'll have the precise control you need for websites, spreadsheets, slideshows and other presentations.
And with up to 18 months of battery life and a three-year limited hardware warranty, you can expect less hassles and dependability - plus the tiny plug and go Logitech Unifying receiver can stay in your laptop when you're not using it.
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 gaming laptop
ASUS is prepping the Lamborghini VX7, a new Sandy Bridge gaming laptop with 15.6" Full HD screen, a Core i7-2630QM quad-core 2GHz processor, 16GB DDR3, up to 1.5TB storage, and GeForce GTX 460M graphics. The system is currently available for pre-order at 1,995EUR.
Seen below, the VX7 features an aerodynamic and aggressive design inspired by the Italian company's Murcielago LP640, and utilizes premium materials like leather which is found on its palm rest. Asus' laptop comes in two colors - orange and carbon fiber, and packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit screen, a 2.0 GHz Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, up to 1.5TB of storage space (via two HDDs), a GeForce GTX 460M graphics card with 3GB of dedicated memory, a Blu-ray combo drive, a 2.0 megapixel webcam, an 8-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 3.0 port, two speakers, a HDMI output, and an 8-cell battery.
AMD to only pay GlobalFoundries for good 32nm chips
AMD has renegotiated its deal with GlobalFoundries. From now on, the chip designer will only pay GlobalFoundries for 32nm dies that work, instead of a fixed price per wafer. Full details in the PR below.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it amended its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. The primary purpose of the amendment was to revise the pricing methodology applicable to wafers delivered in 2011 for AMD's microprocessor and accelerated processing unit (APU) products. The amendment also modified AMD's existing commitments regarding future increases in production of certain graphics processing unit (GPU) and chipset products at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
Under the amended agreement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has committed to provide AMD with, and AMD has committed to purchase, a fixed number of 45nm and 32nm wafers per quarter in 2011. AMD will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES fixed prices for 45nm wafers delivered in 2011. AMD's price for 32nm products will be based on good die.
In addition, AMD also agreed to pay an additional quarterly amount to GLOBALFOUNDRIES during 2012 if GLOBALFOUNDRIES meets specified conditions related to continued availability of 32nm capacity as of the beginning of 2012.
For 2012, AMD will resume compensating GLOBALFOUNDRIES on a cost-plus basis to manufacture wafers for its microprocessor and APU products. AMD currently estimates that it will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES approximately $1.1 to $1.5 billion in 2011 and $1.5 to $1.9 billion in 2012(1) for wafer purchases under the amended WSA. In 2010, AMD paid GLOBALFOUNDRIES approximately $1.2 billion for wafer purchases. In addition, and unrelated to the WSA amendment, AMD began accounting for its investment in GLOBALFOUNDRIES under the cost method as of the first fiscal quarter of 2011. This transition was triggered by the contribution of Chartered Semiconductor to GLOBALFOUNDRIES and amendments to certain agreements. As a result of this contribution AMD will recognize a noncash gain in its first fiscal quarter 2011 financial results, net of certain costs, of approximately $492 million. The noncash gain is related to the dilution of its equity interest in GLOBALFOUNDRIES and will be reflected in the Equity in net income (loss) of investee line of its Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Anno 2070 Announced
Ugh I can not tell you how much I personally like the Anno series ! Good news for the aficionado's Ubisoft has announced that Anno 2070, the latest iteration of the real time strategy series, is set for release on PC this winter. Developed by Related Designs in collaboration with Blue Byte, the game promises to take players 'into a world inspired by today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies'.
Key Features of Anno 2070:
- A new era: while adhering to the fundamentals that made the Anno franchise a success, the near-future setting will bring numerous new gameplay mechanics, architectural breakthroughs, and all new challenges. Additionally, players will be able to build massive cities, the scope of which has never been seen in prior Anno games.
- A dynamic world: the world of Anno 2070 will evolve differently depending on each player
Crysis 2 Patch v1.2
Electronic Arts issued for a new patch for Crysis 2, the sequel developed by Crytek for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The patch addresses a handful of issues and, in fact, adds in a new load time bug specific to Steam users. Here are the highlights from the update, along with a note about the increased load times for Steam users that will be addressed. This is also not the full list of changes in today's update. The update should automatically download for you through Steam. It is roughly 42MB in size.
- Further improved anti-cheat measures
- Fix for spurious characters appearing when initiating text chat
- Fix for Chatlog doesn't disappear after kill cam
- Fixed occasional login issues
- Changed VOIP defaults
- Fixed some UI aspect issues on multiple monitors
- Added option for crouch toggle in MP & SP
- Fixed a bug where players lost Nano Catalyst points after restarting the game
- Filter settings in server browser are now retained
- Default player count required to start a game from the lobby lowered to 4
- Fixed issue related to
HIS 6790 IceQ X 1GB GDDR5
HIS launched its latest addition to its IceQ X graphics range, the HIS 6790 IceQ X 1GB GDDR5 graphics card. Equipped with HIS
Radeon HD 6790 review
We review the Radeon HD 6790, a card that is designed to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 550 Ti. The HD 6790 is based on AMD's 40 nm "Barts" GPU which is the very same graphics processor used in the Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870. Next to that this product comes with a full 256-bit wide memory bus giving it very nice memory bandwidth, really aside from slicing some shader processor clusters and ROPs away, this is a R6800 series card.
All in all we think this is a lovely little mid-ranger for just 129 EUR, read the article right here.
Intel 10-core Xeon processors inbound
Intel widened up its Xeon lineup with numerous new processors, 29 of them all flavored and seasoned on the 32nm node. A couple of them have ten cores, that's 20 threads ! The rumor of a ten-core processor of course was already surfacing every now and then.
Check 'r out, Intel's 10-core Xeon chips start at 2.0 GHz and go up-to 2.4 GHz in terms of clock frequency.
The 10-core processors have 24MB or 30MB of L3 cache, a 105W or 130W TDP, and come in an FC-LGA8 (LGA 771) package. The cheapest of the 10-core is $2,558, while the top of the tops costs $4,616 (!)
Intel competes in the server chip market with Advanced Micro Devices, which in the third quarter will start shipping a 16-core Opteron processor code-named Interlagos, which is based on the new Bulldozer architecture.
The 10-core Xeon chip is made using the 32-nanometer manufacturing process, an improvement from the Nehalem-EX chip, which is made using the 45-nm process. The chip is based on the Westmere architecture, which is a manufacturing refresh of the older but oh so successful Nehalem micro architecture.
Marvell to release DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator
ComputerWorld reports that Solid-state drive chip maker Marvell Technology announced that later this year it will release an accelerator card designed to deliver a tenfold increase in storage network throughput by caching and sorting data at the server before sending it to back-end arrays.
The new product, the DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator (VSA), was designed for the virtualized server environments that have been saturating storage networks in recent years, Marvell said in an announcement at the Storage Networking World conference here.
"Virtualization solved a big problem in past: It addressed low server utilization rates. But it also created a new problem: When you have many virtual machines in a server, it can bottleneck performance on one of three things -- the CPU, the network bandwidth or storage I/O," said Shawn Kung, Marvell's director of product marketing.
The DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator
The number of chip sockets is increasing, clock speeds are improving and Gigabit Ethernet LANs are growing more common -- therefore the biggest performance problem typically lies with storage I/O, Kung explained.
"Even if each individual [virtual machine] has a workload profile that's sequential, the combination of so many VMs all trying to write I/O to the back end results in the arrays seeing a very highly randomized write pattern," Kung said.
The DragonFly VSA card comes in a PCI Express (PCIe) form factor, allowing it to be used in servers regardless of the protocol used to attach to back-end storage, Kung said.
The DragonFly is powered by what Marvell calls its "HyperScale" embedded processor technology, an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) that controls nonvolatile RAM as L1 cache and SSD chips as L2 cache to maintain highly consistent writes by placing them in sequential order, according to Kung.
Gole was referring to the fact that NAND flash memory in SSDs requires that every time a new data write comes in from a host system, an old block of data on the memory must be marked for deletion -- a process known as the erase-write cycle. When all blocks have been written to, firmware in the controller then sets about deleting data in stale blocks -- a process known as garbage collection. Garbage collection can severely hamper the performance of SSDs over time, and flash drives can only sustain so many erase-write cycles -- typically 10,000 for consumer-class drives and 100,000 for enterprise-class drives.
Gole also pointed out that, unlike storage acceleration appliances that use SSDs and in some cases DRAM as a cache in front of storage arrays, the DragonFly VSA scales linearly because as more cards are added to servers, the processing and storage capacity increases.
The DragonFly VSA is undergoing initial tests with select Marvell customers. It's expected to go into beta testing this summer and will be available about three months after that, Kung said. Pricing has yet to be set, he said, but added that the cards will sell for around the same price as a Fibre Channel host bus adapter -- or just over $1,000.
Cooler Master SPAWN mouse review
Today we peek at a new offering from Cooler Master, the Spawn mouse that falls into the CM Storm series.
It's a mouse that fits guys like myself really well, big hands thus big mouse, good rubberized grip and not too much fuzz with LEDs and pro-active stuff. It does come fully programmable and the memory inside the mouse to save it in.
Check out the article right here.
MSI Radeon HD 6790 rears its head
We presume MSI will offer a couple of different versions and the pictures we have are of the most basic model which we believe will be called the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 going by MSI's standard naming scheme. We'd also expect to see an OC version at some stage and maybe even a Cyclone or Twin Frozr II version. MSI has gone for a high-end rear I/O layout with a pair of DVI ports, a pair of mini DisplayPorts and an HDMI port. The cooler features three heatpipes and is of the same design as MSI uses on a couple of its Radeon HD 6850 cards says vr-zone.
As for the specifications, well, we're expect this to be a stock card so expect the GPU to be clocked at 840MHz, the memory at 4.2GHz effectively, 800 shaders, 40 texture units, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory interface. AMD is said to be launching the Radeon HD 6790 series on the 5th of April.
ColorFire shows Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card
Based on a 4+1 phase VRM and standard chokes and MOSFETs we see a simple design. The cooler uses an aluminum fin heatsink to which heat is fed by three heat pipes. Anyway, check out some of the photos that surfaces through ex-preview.
Mortal Kombat Tag Team Fight Trailer
Oh come on you know you like it :)
G.Skill announces Phoenix EVO SSD
G.Skill International announces its new Phoenix EVO SSD, utilizing the performance leading controller SandForce SF-1222 and high quality 25nm NAND flash chips. The Phoenix EVO drive contains 115GB with rated speed of read/write 280/270 MB/sec, and will be available via G.Skill authorized distribution partners in early April.
Keeping pace with the flash manufacturers
MSI announces full compatibility with future AM3+ processors
MSI is pleased to announce its mainboard compatibility with future AM3+ multi-core processors. AMD