TSMC preps for 28nm production in 2011
DigiTimes reports TSMC is getting ready to start mass production of 28nm chips in 2011. The 28nm capacity is expected to be fully utilized by the end of 2011.
TSMC has made significant progress in upward adjusting the manufacturing readiness of 28nm equipment at its Fab 12 in the Hsinchu Science Park HSP), with the maturity level hiked from less than 50% in the fourth quarter of 2009 to more than 90% currently, the company indicated. The more advanced the manufacturing processes, the lower the initial manufacturing readiness of equipment and more efforts needed for adjustments, TSMC said, adding 90nm equipment, for example, has an initial maturity level of nearly 100% and almost does not need any adjustment, TSMC explained.
Google Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread is Here
Google's Android Development team have announced the official arrival of Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread.
Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we
Phenom II X6 1100T BE processor review
AMD today releases the Phenom II X6 1100T BE processor, an all new six-core 1100T processor that is going to be interesting at 44 USD per core with it's clock at 3.3 GHz and Turbo to 3.7 GHz. It's goal ? To compete with Intel's Core i7 950, but will it do that claim any justice ?
We'll first have a chat about the processor tested today architecture wise, after which we'll fire off the benchmark test suite at them to see how this 270 USD marvel will perform value for money wise.
You can check out the review right here.
ThermalTake Armor A30 SFF chassis
ThermalTake cooked up the Armor A30, a new compact case designed for Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards. The chassis measures 266mm x 291mm x 456mm, it's made from steel and weighs 6.7kg.
It's equipped with a small side window and comes with four fans: a 90mm blue LED fan (front), a 230mm blue LED fan (top) and two 60mm exhaust fans. The front of the case has room for two 5.25" devices and there's a I/O panel with audio, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and eSATA connectors. The ThermalTake Armor A30 is expected to be available next week.
Thrustmaster preps $500 T500RS wheel for Gran Turismo
Whqaaaaaat ... 500 USD/EUR ? Yes, Thrustmaster will soon release the T500RS, a new steering wheel with Gran Turismo branding. The peripheral promises unrivaled accuracy but it's rumored to carry a price tag of $500, and that's without the optional H-pattern shifter.
But, Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS which, if you go Thrustmaster.com, you can get a quick peek of -- or you can just look at the screengrab above.
The wheel promises unrivaled accuracy and what looks to be the same sort of magnetic sensor technology used in the company's overwhelmingly beefy HOTAS Warthog controller.
Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge mobo Sneak Peek
In this article we'll show you a new offering from Gigabyte as we'll preview their upcoming P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge ready motherboard. Now since the processors and chipset itself are still under NDA we can not disclose nor discuss them. This motherboard is using a 12+2 phases design cooled by passive grey heatsinks.
Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration. There is a more to be found with three additional PCIe x1 slots and two traditional PCI slots.
Check out the sneek spreview right here.
Seagate Barracuda Green 5900.3 Series SATA 6 Gb/s HDDs
Seagate introduced new Barracuda Green 5900.3 series high-capacity, energy-efficient hard drive models, in capacities of 1.5 TB and 2 TB as TPU reported.
Green beeing energy efficient and as the name suggests, these drives have rotational speeds of 5900 RPM, other specifications include 4K sector size (Advanced Format), 64 MB cache, and SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The Seagate Barracuda Green 5900.3 is priced at US $118.9 / 75 EUR for the 1.5 TB model, and $149.99 / EUR for the 2 TB model.
TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB, which provides a high performance wireless connection for all networked media center devices.
The stylish 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge connects your favorite Ethernet-ready gaming console, network television, receiver, media controller, and DVR to a lag-free high-speed wireless n network. No need to place your media center near a hardwired Internet connection-cut the cables and experience the high definition connection quality of TRENDnet's 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB.
Users who have a router with a WPS button require practically no setup. Simply power up the TEW-640MB, press the WPS button on your router, then the WPS button on the TEW-640MB, and it's connected to your router and the Internet. Finally, network media center devices to the four Ethernet ports on the back of the TEW-640MB for instant Internet access.
The latest in wireless encryption ensures wireless security. Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology eliminates wireless dead spots. The latest in wireless encryption protects your digital network. WMM
Factory-Overclocked GeForce GTS 450 from ASUS
The GF106 GPU is clocked at 810 MHz, while the 192 CUDA cores (shaders) and the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory operate at frequencies of 1,620 MHz and 3,608 MHz, respectively. ASUS added EMI shielding, the GPU Guard (boost durability), a memory interface of 128 bits, POSCAPs, 4-phase power and a 6-pin PCIe connector.
The card comes with D-sub, DVI and HDMI ports and has support for 2-way SLI multi-GPU setups. Prices are not yet disclosed.
'Avatar' Blu-ray 3D Discs Going for $400!
So but how much would you specifically pay for "Avatar" on Blu-ray 3D disc? the discs are available now on eBay, to the fine price of $400 (!).
There have been two versions of "Avatar" released on Blu-ray, but we have yet to see a 3D version. That version is expected to be available starting December 1 (tomorrow!), but as an exclusive to Panasonic customers.
We took a peek at eBay and found a few versions of the Blu-ray 3D disc. Most of the starting prices were in the $200 range, with final sales around $300 to $350. We even saw one disc go for $501. Yikes!
Latest AVG 2011 update crashes startup
BSOD on restart after update
AVG Free 2011
1. Use System Restore. To restore to a previous date prior to Dec 1. Disable automatic update until this is fixed.
2. Go into your System Recovery menu and enter the command prompt and rename the whole AVG folder until this is fixed.
Thanks to ST19AG_WGreymon for this post.
Q&A with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer
DigiTimes conducted an interview with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer, check it out here.
Q: How did AMD benefit from the spin-off of Globalfoundries?
A: AMD has become a fabless semiconductor company and is no longer required to manage its factories, therefore the company is able to spend more time and energy focusing on R&D and marketing to efficiently boost the investment return of its intellectual property (IP).
In order to speed up the company's response time to market demand, we have integrated the management of CPU and GPU departments and formed a new department, the products group, led by Rick Bergman. As a result, AMD will be able to evaluate all the products with a more comprehensive perspective, helping the company to best use its IP and launching products with an even quicker time-to-market.
Meanwhile, we also have a department, the customer group, that give assistance to our clients. The department is also in charge of marketing as well as pricing of the products to allow the department to quickly respond to client demand.
AMD's CPUs are mostly outsourced to Globalfoundries, while GPU and chipsets are outsourced to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). We plan to outsource APUs to Globalfoundries.
Q: Can you tell us about AMD's APU plans?
A: The Fusion products (APUs) can be adopted into netbooks, notebooks and desktops, and we are already in the process of manufacturing engineering samples with official shipments set for the first half of 2011.
As for the market watchers' concerns about whether APUs will impact the discrete graphics card market, we believe the influence will be very limited since the GPUs in our Fusion products target the mainstream market, and consumers in the enthusiast market will still need a discrete graphics card for their high-performance PCs.
Q: What are AMD's thoughts about Intel and Nvidia entering the tablet PC and smartphone markets?
A: We don't have plans to enter the smartphone market since the industry is already filled with players and we believe that we should focus on the industries where we have advantages, such as notebooks, desktops and servers.
As for tablet PCs, based on our years of observation, I believe tablets have the chance to see obvious growth after average prices drop below US$299. For now, tablet PCs are simply a supplemental product of the traditional PC.
Although AMD is not the first player to enter the industry, if we can find a good business opportunity in the market, I believe we are capable of becoming a quick follower.
Q: Despite the fact that netbook shipment growth is already slowing down, why is AMD still aggressive in the industry.
A: We are still optimistic about the netbook market. According to our internal data, netbook shipments in 2011 will still see an on-year growth of 20%, similar to that of traditional notebooks, meaning netbook shipments will be able to reach 20-30 million units next year.
Due to their cheap price, netbooks are only capable of giving consumers very basic functions such as browsing the Internet and receiving e-mails, but as consumers still demand more from these machines and are asking to be able to run multimedia content as well as playing games, AMD has offered a new ultra-thin series notebook platform, targeting a market segment that we called Super Mobility, which we believe will see quick growth.
The ultra-thin platform allows AMD's partners to develop notebooks with performance surpassing the traditional netbook, but still featuring a similar low price. Lenovo has already released two products that feature the platform, the ThinkPad Edge and ThinkPad X100e.
In 2011, AMD will launch a new processor codenamed Bobcat, targeting mainly the netbook market; however, the processor may also be used for smaller devices such as tablet PCs.
Bobcat, technically, should have no trouble being adopted by tablet PCs, but the choice will still lie in the hands of vendors. Although our CPU's power consumption already meets consumers' needs for tablet PCs, we are still evaluating carefully before deciding how much to invest in the tablet PC market.
Q: What are AMD's plans for cloud computing
A: Facing fierce market competition, our server CPU market share in the past year has maintained level. We believe there are chances us to raise its market share in the future.
We launched our 12-core Magny-Cours processor under the Opteron 6000 series platform in the first half of 2010, and are set to launch the Opteron 4000 series in the future.
Our strategy is to provide our clients with all different levels of products that satisfy their demands with low prices. We believe our strategy can perfectly meet market demand, especially as cloud computing is already becoming a standard application in the IT market.
GPU-Z 0.4.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added support for GeForce GTX 570, GTX 460 SE
- Added support for PCI-Express 3.0
- Added PowerColor Giveaway
- Added Colorfire PCI vendor ID
- Added detection for AMD Radeon HD 6310, HD 6370
- Fixed BIOS >64k reading on GF110
- Added GT215 based GT 220
- Fixed TMU count on GF104
- Improved default clock reading on GeForce GTX 580
- Better error handling for memory type detection code
Realtek HD Audio 2.55 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista/7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Realtek High Definition Audio Codec Driver - this is the sound drivers for a new generation of audio Realtek (HD Audio), namely models ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267, ALC268 and ALC269.
Changes in Driver Package R2.55:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
POINT of VIEW GeForce GTX 580 BEAST
Point of View announces today that it is first to market with a water cooled GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 580
Zalman ZM-M240W Stereoscopic monitor review
Zalman released a new 24" 3D monitor tagged as ZM-M240W. This Stereoscopic 3D LCD Monitor is at a convenient size of 24" / 60cm allowing you to use it perfectly fine as desktop monitor, and it's not too small to watch a 3D movie on either .. with a supported Full HD monitor resolution at 1920x1080 that is.
In the industry the biggest discussion right now is whether to use passive Polarization or active shutter glasses. This one uses a passive solution, but as it turns out, it works quite well.
Read the full article right here.
ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard details
ASUS is prepping a new consumer workstation motherboard with Intel's P67 chipset, the P8P67 WS Revolution accepts LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors and is expected to be released in early 2011. The Asus motherboard has a 16+2 digital power phase design and an EPU that ensure up to a 92% power efficiency.
Interesting is the inclusion of a NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chip allowing 3-way SLI, four PCI-Express x16 slots, four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, support for DDR3-2200+ memory (dual-channel).
Inno3D preps watercooled GeForce GTX 580
Expreview got its hands on a photo of Inno3D's watercooled GeForce GTX 580 iChill Black Edition.
Different from the several previous Inno3D water-cooled graphics cards,GTX 580 Ichill Black Edition adopts one-in all design.Water pump and water block combine with each other,which exempts much trouble for players,there is no need for them to buy water pump,water case additionally and install pipes on their own.And therefore,the design is user-friendly.
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