NVISION 08 - DAY 0 - San Jose Going is going NVIDIA Green
NVISION 08 - Hey everybody, Guru3D landed in San Jose today to attend the NVISION 08 conference as organized by NVIDIA. We'll be attending a couple of workshops and obviously follow some of the better key-note speeches. Next to that we brought the big ol' camera with us to show you the facility, the people and thus cover the event with regular news-updates.
I'll try and make some nice photo's for you guys, at the very least of the biggest items and celebrities as .. there surely are a lot invited stars to attend. As stated we just arrived and in this first news-post I'd like to show you a couple of photo's of the facilities where NVISION will take place. San Jose is located roughly an hour drive away from San Francisco. Close to the center of San Jose (silicon valley) we find the convention center. This entire facility plus surrounding buildings are theme-colored green as part of the visual experience, the conference that starts tomorrow on Monday and ends Wednesday at 4 PM. Here are a couple of photo's to kick the NVISION 08 convention coverage off. Tomorrow, obviously we
Guru3D GC Leipzig 2008 - Day 2 - Hardware and Booth Babes
We just posted Day 2 of our visit to the GC in Leipzig. Unfortunately there's not a lot of hardware to cover. Yet we did bump into OCZ, G.Skill, Palit, SilverStone and a freakishly large amount of booth babes that ... well .. we'll just have to show you guys. Right ?
Read the two part article/pictorial here:
Just easy to read and view stuff, nothing complex. Just fun basically :)
OCZ Dominatrix- top-of-the-line laser mouse
OCZ today unveiled the latest addition to its peripherals with the Dominatrix, a top-of-the-line laser mouse for PC gamers. The OCZ Dominatrix mouse is built with the hardcore player in mind with a solid design, maximum functionality, and programmable customization unique to each user. The OCZ Dominatrix offers a competitive edge with quality ergonomics and advanced features to excel even when immersed in the most challenging gaming environments. With multiple dpi settings of 2000/1600/800/400, independently adjust both
Sony XROSS FADE DJ-style shelf music system with dual dock for iPod players
Sony today introduced a DJ-style shelf system with a dual dock for iPod devices called Xross Fade. Sony Xross Fade is perfect for mixing and playing music from iPod players, CDs and other music sources. Part of the Muteki series of stereo systems, the XROSS FADE (model LBT-DJ2i) has an imposing presence and massive output that can fill nearly any room with sound, whether it's in a home, a dorm, or even powering a block party.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2008
The Sims 3 Preview
Two big changes separate the new game from its very successful (and elegantly
In previous Sims games, time only progressed for the family that you were playing. As you lived out your life on your tiny lot, it was as though the rest of the world were paused. Characters outside of the family you were controlling never aged and never changed (unless they came over to visit and you killed them. Not that we tried.) In Sims 3, the idea of playing in separate lots goes out the window. The entire town is continually simulated, even the stuff that's happening offscreen. Want to go to the mall? Hop in your car or on your bike and zoom down the road. You'll pass other houses filled with active Sims. You'll meet people on the street. You'll meet friends at the mall as they wander in after work. It's all happening in one seamless simulation.
VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment Robots
Johnny 5 is alive :) VIA showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show, being held at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan. At the VIA booth there will be three compact robots provided by PlayRobot, a Taiwan-based robot developer and distributor of educational, scientific and entertainment robots for government, academic and research institutes, as well as robot kits for enthusiasts (www.playrobot.com).
One, the popular Johnny 5 robot, has been fitted for the show with the very latest Pico-ITX board, the VIA EPIA P700 featuring the VIA VX800 unified chipset. With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA' commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component for academic, hobbyist and commercial robot developers.
Intel to release 6-core CPU in September
1,2 or 4 doesn't matter anymore. Intel will be releasing it's 6-core Intel processors aka Dunnington in September already.
The 6-core Dunnington based model should be announced on September 14, according to company roadmap. The line-up will include three models: Xeon X7460 with 2.67GHz clock frequency and 130W TDP, Xeon E7450 with 2.4GHz frequency and 90W TDP and low-voltage Xeon L7455 with 65W TDP and 2.13GHz clock speed. All processors will be built with Intel's new 45-nanometer Penryn technology and will support 1066MHz bus speed. Xeon X7460 will be equipped with 16MB L3 cache while Xeon L7455 and Xeon E7450 will have a 12MB L3 cache onboard.
New Xeon X7460 and Xeon L7455 processors will be priced at $2729, and Xeon E7450
NVIDIA finalizes CUDA 2.0, Photoshop plugin
NVIDIA formally released the finished version of CUDA 2.0. The second generation of the company's general-purpose programming language for its video chipsets supports 64-bit versions of Mac OS X and Windows Vista and adds support for instructions that can help offload more specific tasks from the main processor to the video card, such as 3D textures and hardware-accelerated interpolation of information.
These advancements are particularly useful for volume reconstruction in medicine or for seismic computing in the oil industry, NVIDIA says.
The Santa Clara, California firm also hopes to use CUDA 2.0 as a motivator for creative teams with the inclusion of a reference plugin for Adobe's Photoshop. The blank slate allows developers to create filters and other effects of their own that use CUDA to process images more quickly than would be possible relying on the system CPU alone.
Apps written with CUDA require a card with one of NVIDIA's chipsets built with its unified shader architecture, including all GeForce 8- and 9-series cards as well as newer Quadro FX cards.
Albatron unveils ARM-based Tee PC
Yeah I'm really not joking .. it's really called 'Tee PC', to compete directly with ASUS' Eee PC line. Well you know what, this entire thing might even be just a marketing gimmick to get them some extra attention. But Albatron today is playing on the same theme with its new Tee PC netbook. The Tee PC is based on a 7-inch LCD touchscreen good for 800x480 resolution but, instead of relying on an Intel Atom or Celeron, powers the system with a cellphone-oriented ARM 926 processor running at just 400MHz. The 128MB flash drive is loaded with Windows CE 6 and uses the lower memory footprint to trim down to 128MB of RAM.
Despite the performance, Albatron claims the Tee PC offers more netbook-like media performance with a graphics processor capable of decoding VGA, H.264 and MPEG4 format videos at 30FPS. Other features include an SD card slot, a swivel-mount webcam, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. A pair of USB ports is integrated into the UMPC's docking station, which also sports a large speaker and the power connection.
Neither prices nor ship dates are known at this time.
How to make your iPhone look really stupid
Oh man, that thing is actually for real. Brando is offering a 6x zoom telescope for the Apple iPhone 3G. The lens is attached to your phone via a plastic case and my gosh does that look retared. But heck, it should do the job.
You can get it over at Brando for $19, there are even pictures to illustrate the zooming capabilities of this cheap lens.
Download: CoreTemp 0.99.3
Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Core Temp also has a logging feature, allowing a user to easily record the temperature of his processor(s) over any period of time, then the data can be easily transferred into an excel datasheet for easy graphing.
Core Temp works on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 (both 32bit and 64bit versions). Windows Vista 32bit is fully supported.
Version 0.99.3 - 22th August, 2008
- Add: Correct TjMax values for 45nm Core 2 series, according to this document.
- Fix: When TjMax = 0 (undefined) "Delta to Tjunction" was not added to the temperature string.
Version 0.99.2 - 18th August, 2008
- Fix: Start with Windows option was broken in 0.99.1.
- Fix: Default color for the second system tray icon is invisible with WinXP blue theme.
- Fix: Save screenshot function would create a corrupted BMP in some viewing software.
- Fix: Nehalem does not report VID like earlier CPUs. VID field now disabled for Nehalem.
- Fix: Incorrect 65nm Turion X2 code name detection.
- Fix: Potential bug of improper K10 and up recognition.
- Fix: Enabling distance to Tj.Max with "Highest temp." for system tray would show the largest distance to Tj.Max instead of smallest.
- Fix: Vendor ID and Device ID values were reversed in the register dump file.
- Fix: 3/4 temperatures logged for Phenom X3/X4 instead of 1.
- Add: Support for Core Temp plugins. (Still in beta phase and not in GUI yet).
- Add: Full support for AMD's Puma platform CPUs (in previous version reffered to as Griffin).
- Add: Initial support for 45nm AMD processors.
- Add: Update K8 and K10 recognition code to support all currently known CPUs.
- Add: Default TDP detection for Nehalem.
- Add: On the fly CPU speed detection.
- Add: Close to system tray option.
- Change: Log file is now produced in CSV format - easily import your logs into Excel.
- Change: Logging interval is now in Seconds instead of miliseconds.
- Change: Default logging interval is now 10 seconds.
- Change: Logging is now off by default.
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GC: WOW Lich king trailer
GC: Left 4 Dead trailer
More Info on Lucid's flexibele multi-gpu-technologie
At IDF Lucid technology (heavily invested by Intel) demonstrated it's HYDRA technology. The idea is to "build a completely GPU-independent graphics scaling technology" which enables two to four completely different (Radeon / GeForce / models ) to work together in harmony with "little to no software overhead."
More info on this "Bridge' chip was presented at IDF. This might even be a revolution in the high-end gaming segment. Lucid is building a new "real-time distributed processing engine" system on a chip called HYDRA, which can mix and match any GPU from any manufacturer and work with any chipset, and piles it all together for performance scaling that Lucid claims is "near-linear" or even "above-linear."
Next problem that i see ... API calls, but exactly what does Hydra communicate to and with the GPUs? It can't send the hardware itself API calls, as these do not allow that. It must send machine code generated by the graphics driver. So all the difficult analysis of API calls and grouping of tasks and load balancing has to happen in software in the driver. And there where I see an issue. A lot of CPU overhead..
It's the above-linear part that particularly makes no sense though. My second thoughts on this topic is .. i have no idea how this will work out legally with companies as ATI and NVIDIA having patented their multi-GPU technology.
But even more importantly .. would you even like to bridge say two or three GeForce GTX 280 cards over an external solution rather than the original SLI or Crossfire method ?
Not being brainwashed at IDF, Guru3D would like to see some actual working hardware and a decent software implementations before making any real comments. And then do a side by side system performance comparison. As you can see, we here at Guru3D are a little sceptic about the product. As in the end, it'll also add more power consumption to the system and hey, again another level of additional costs, as you need to pay for yet another board in your PC.
Nintendo Wii Slammed With Copyright Suit
With all the excitement surrounding the Wii, there is one new troubling piece of news for Nintendo. A U.S. tech company Hillcrest Laboratories, based in Rockville, Maryland, has filed a complaint in the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington and a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Nintendo Corp. The company announced its move Wednesday (PDF).
Hillcrest claims that Nintendo violated four of its patents on handheld three-dimensional pointing devices and display interface systems for organizing graphic content on a TV. The company says in a statement, "While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this action to protect its intellectual property rights."
So who exactly is Hillcrest Labs? Hillcrest Labs was founded in 2001 by Dan Simpkins. It focuses on interactive media, including pointing devices. Among its licensed clients is Logitech, which is coming out with a new 3D mouse based on the company's devices. It also makes a special remote called Loop TV.
The Nintendo Wii has brought lucrative profits to Nintendo and in doing so perhaps has set itself up as a perfect target for lawsuits. Nintendo already had to dish out $21M USD for an infringement suit on its less commonly used controller, the Wii Classic Controller. Texas company Anascape sued Nintendo and Microsoft, for what it argued was multiple violations on its patents on gaming controllers.
Startup company Talismoon announced a 3D motion sensing controller of its own for the Xbox 360 last year. It might want to wait out this suit or risk becoming Hillside Labs' next target. No word yet on whether Hillcrest will also target Sony's 3D motion sensing DualShock 3 controller.
The WiiMote, as Nintendo's 3D controller is called, is the integral selling point of Nintendo's next generation console. It allows for spirited party games, by controlling such actions as swinging a tennis racket, swinging a baseball racket, going fishing... or even beer pong. It has helped Nintendo to current worldwide sales of 29.6 million units. Nintendo hopes to sell 25 million units for its fiscal year ending in March 2009 - Dailytech
Intel Demos Bizarre Tesla-esque Wireless Power Transmission System
Wireless power transmission is something than inventor Nikolai Tesla came up with over a century ago and claimed to have perfected. However, his mysterious work vanished with his death, and for decades the topic was left untouched. Now there has been a resurgence in interest with several companies competing to becoming the first to offer commercially broadcast wireless power.
At the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) this month, Intel demoed just such a system. Using two large coils it showcased a system that could send 60 watts of power at 75 percent efficiency up to 3 feet. The power was enough to light up a bulb at the receiving end.
Justin Rattner, Intel
Home Office contractor loses entire prison population
In a major coup in the government data loss stakes PA Consulting - which until Monday was one of the Home Office's favourite consulting outfits - has contrived to lose the entire prison population of England and Wales. Personal details of the 84,000 people behind bars, along with those of 10,000 prolific offenders, have vanished on a memory stick, it was revealed last night.
It's by no means the biggest of government data losses, but it shows style. Historically the prison service hasn't found it particularly easy to tally up precisely who they've got and where they are - leading to bizarre cases where we've been told that escaped prisoners might have been recaptured, but they can't be sure - so it's an achievement to get them all in the one place and then mislay them. And as it's actually the Ministry of Justice that runs the prison service these days, it wasn't even the Home Office's data, really. Take that, Jack Straw.
PA held the data as part of a contract to work on JTrack, a project to manage Prolific and Priority Offenders (PPOs). It's a database made up of information contributed by police (details of arrests and charges, the Crown Prosecutions Service (trial outcomes) and the Prison Service. It has 2,500 users, and is intended to allow police forces and the CPS to "co-ordinate their approach to targeting PPOs." The presence of the entire prison population on this database might in that sense seem overkill, given that they're not all PPOs (although in 2004 the Home Office estimated that there were 100,000 of them, more than the total lost this week).
The data was held on PA's computers, in "a secure format" according to the Home Office, but was downloaded onto a memory stick and "for processing purposes." This was then lost. A search of the company's premises has failed to recover the stick, and the transfer of further data to PA has been suspended pending an investigation.
So that's at least one thing Gary Glitter can breath easy about today.
In its capacity as one of the Home Office's favourite consultants, PA was the development partner for the ID card scheme, working on "design, feasibility testing, business case and procurement". The Home Office spent
Jeery Jerry loves Vista, y'know
The Microsoft has called on American comedian Jerry Seinfeld to big up Vista in its next Windows ad campaign.The software giant is keeping quiet on the details, even though world+dog have nicely spun out the firm