Elpida Receives 2.1 Billion USD in Aid
Japan's troubled chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. is set to receive around 200 billion yen (2.1 billion dollars) in public and private financial aid over three years, according to a newspaper report. Under the plan, the government-backed Development Bank of Japan will acquire preferred shares in the company, with the government effectively guaranteeing 80 percent of them, the Nikkei business daily said.
The government is expected to officially approve about 30 billion yen in capital for the chipmaker as early as next week, the newspaper reported. The DBJ separately plans to offer 10 billion yen in loans to Elpida, while the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, another government-run bank, will provide 20-30 billion yen in emergency loans, the Nikkei said.
A syndicate of Japan's three megabanks and others is slated to lend around 100 billion yen to Elpida, it said, adding that a public-private fund that supports innovation will also consider providing tens of billions of yen.
Elpida -- the world's third largest maker of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips used in mobile phones and home electronics -- has been hit hard by tough business conditions amid the global downturn. Japan's government launched a programme to support ailing companies in April, as Asia's biggest economy grapples with its worst recession since World War II.
More Japanese companies are expected to follow suit and ask for help.
MSI P55-GD80 Pixelized
Our colleagues from TPU found a photo (by way of sav-computers website) of the upcoming MSI P55-GD80 motherboard for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 Lynnfield and Clarkdale procesors.
The board uses a 10-phase CPU power circuit with standard solid-state capacitors, compared to the 11-phase circuit with flat-bed ML capacitors on the G9P55-DC. This board surprisingly has more overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient. Apart from the Intel P55 PCH, it uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip that broadcasts 16 PCI-Express lanes (from the processor root complex) to 32 lanes on the PCI-E x16 slots. Apart from the six SATA II ports the PCH provides, an additional controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and around 13 USB ports make for the rest of the package.
Click on the thumbnail to see the full photo.
Turn ultrasound data into plaster models of unborn child
A new medical technology developed by PhD student Jorge Lopes at the Royal College of Art enables parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn child. The Brazilian student has pioneered the conversion of data from ultrasound and MRI scans into life-size plaster models of living embryos. More details and photos at DailyMail.
Windows 7 to ship on USB drives as well ?
According to Microsoft it is considering to ship Windows 7 on USB flash drives to allow netbook owners to more easily upgrade their machines:
The move, which is still under consideration, is one of several things Microsoft has looked at to try to make it convenient to upgrade machines that don't come with a CD or DVD drives.
Microsoft executives have said that they recognize that upgrading Netbooks poses a challenge and are exploring ways that the company can make it easier. In an interview on Thursday, Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said that Microsoft had nothing to announce on that front.
Although a USB flash drive could offer the simplest way to move a Netbook to Windows 7, there are other options. Buyers with an external drive could hook up that to their Netbook, while another option would be an upgrade through a service such as Best Buy's Geek Squad. Microsoft also sells a downloadable version of Windows today, so, in theory it could do the same with Windows 7, allowing buyers to put the OS on their own thumb drive.
Matt Bonin, a merchant director at Best Buy, said this week that the company is aiming to work with Geek Squad to develop services to streamline Windows 7 upgrades. As for Netbooks, he said the company recognizes the challenge they present and said the store already offers services to load other types of software, such as antivirus programs.
Guru3D - Contest 1 photo entries
Okay my friends, seventeen pages of photo's, totalling up to a selection of 135 entries in the first selection in this competition. A lot of people have entered Contest 1 the 'A decade of Guru3D' photo contest.
Some of you went for a fairly normal photo, others where really creative, and again others made some really hard effort out of their projects.
We absolutely love to see the diversity on photo's entered. Guru3D is a global website, and if anything this contest has proven that. America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Asia .. photo's came in from everywhere, and that made me a very proud site owner.
Of course the final winners still need to be picked, but we wanted to share with you guys 135 of the most interesting photo's entered in this competition !
Check out all the photo entries here. And again, this is a first selection .. some entries did not make it, and later (likely in a week from now) the final five winners will be announced.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 in the pipeline
This actually is not a new rumor as we talked about a Phenom II X4 965 processor in the past already. But it seems that AMD's yields on Phenom II are really good, very soon they will be launching a 3.4 GHz model of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor. This might actually happen within the next two weeks.
The processor would get a multiplier of 17. At 3.4 GHz it would be a good chunk faster, well 200 MHz, faster than the current flagship, the Phenom II 955.
If the new processor will be a black edition (unlocked multiplier) remains to be seen, but logic dictates it will be the case. You can again expect a 2MB L2 cache, 6MB shared L3 cache and a very likely TDP at 125 Watt.
Rumored is that the Phenom II X4 965 will be launched along with the 785 chipset with Socket AM3. We expect this new processor to be priced fair again, at 249 USD.
If you like to learn more or read up on the Phenom II X4 955 processor and it's performance, check out our review here.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 2.18.0013 For XP|Vista and Win 7
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP support for Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.
Beta version was out a while already, but this is the final version. Also the 1st official Windows 7 driver for X-Fi.
Download: click here
DataSlide suggests Hard Rectangular Drive
A company named DataSlide has presented a new type of mechanical HDD that could bring massive improvements in performance and power efficiency.
The company is developing what it calls "Massive 2D Parallel Storage Technology," which effectively takes the spinning disk of a standard HDD and turns it into a two-sided rectangular plate. That plate then slides in between two surfaces containing arrays of read/write heads, one head per sector. With no arms to zip around DataSlide is projecting up to 160,000 operations per second and 500MB/s transfer rates, numbers that blow even the fastest SSDs out of the water, and power consumption of less than four watts. That the heads and the storage are actually making physical contact all the time is disconcerting, but a diamond coating pledges "years of worry free service." Yes, diamonds, the things able to scratch just about anything else on the planet -- sounds like a great lubricant to us.
Acer H235H 23-inch LCD display revealed
Acer announced a new HD LCD display today to add to their current line of HD displays. It
Intel to launch new 34nm SSDs in two weeks?
It looks like Intel may be ready to launch new solid-state drives based on 34nm NAND technology within two weeks or less, a report claims. Rumored since January, the drives are expected to ship in 80, 160 and 320GB capacities, the last being significant for more practically replacing a conventional hard disk. Other capacities may also be in the works, dense enough to replace many notebook hard drives, a source says.
The 34nm process is said to offer several advantages, including not only higher capacities but faster performance. Intel may also be able or willing to lower prices, traditionally the greatest obstacle to SSD adoption; an SSD-equipped MacBook Air, for instance, is $300 more than one using the default hard drive. Airs are not, however, believed to currently use Intel drives.
LG shows ultra-slim Full LED 55-inch LCD HDTVs
LG have unveiled two new
Corsair launches P128 and P64 SSD drives
Corsair today announced two new products in its Performance Series SSD family: the P128 and P64 high-performance solid-state drives.
Building on the success of the award-winning P256 SSD, the Corsair P128 delivers the same 220MB/sec read speeds and 200MB/sec write speeds as its higher capacity cousin, at a lower cost. The P64 is one of the best-performing, lower-density SSDs available, with read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 120MB/sec. Both drives utilize the same cutting-edge technology as the P256, including a sophisticated Samsung controller IC with 128MB of cache memory and NCQ support to deliver class-leading, stutter-free performance.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Multiplayer Trailer
Windows 7 Official Pricing Revealed
Being scheduled for a release on October 22nd, some very interesting new information regarding Windows 7 was released today. Microsoft revealed for example that "on October 22nd, Windows 7 will be available in the following 14 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese (Hong Kong).
Then on October 31st, the remaining 21 languages will become available: Turkish, Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Thai, Croatian, Serbian Latin, and Latvian."
Now to the even more interesting question of how much Windows 7 is going to cost:
"So here's the low-down on pricing for Windows 7. The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99
And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
This means that Windows 7 Home Premium full retail product is $40.00 less than Windows Vista Home Premium today."
And here is another tidbit for you:
"In select markets, Microsoft is offering its customers the ability to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions at a significantly reduced price. This is easily the most aggressive pricing Microsoft has ever offered for Windows. The low preorder price will vary per country:
- US: Windows 7 Home Premium ($49.99) and Windows 7 Professional ($99.99)
- Canada: Windows 7 Home Premium ($64.99) and Windows 7 Professional ($124.99)
- Japan: Windows 7 Home Premium (
A Decade Guru3D Contest 2 Winners Announcement
Hey chaps ! It's time to announce the winners of A decade of Guru3D Contest two. This contest was a logo-hunt and we literally received roughly two thousand correct answers.
The logo was 'hidden' in the following article on the second page:
We like to congratulate the winners very much, here is the lucky five ! And sure .. we are all a little jealous as gosh ... we had some great prizes to give away !
- Zachary Peterson / California - He wins a Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis.
- Darren Gordon / Scotland - He wins a HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO Edition and Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Ben Isaacson / United Kingdom - He wins a Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon ! and Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- Bert Schreu / Belgium - He wins a HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO Edition and Corsair TX650W PSU
- Joanne Suen / Canada - She wins a HIS Multi-view and HIS VT Book.
To the prize winners, of course our congratulations. Shipments have already been sorted out and most prizes are already on their way and might be in your possession already.
For those that still would like a good competition with awesome prizes, check out contest 1 which you can still join.
OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD in the pipeline
OCZ technology is prepping on a new solid state disk, dubbed Vertex Turbo. This new product is basically the same as the standard Vertex SSDs, but with cherry-picked flash memory and Barefoot SSD controller to achieve higher performance.
The OCZ Vertex Turbo is expected to deliver max read speeds of 278MB/s and max write speeds of 213MB/s, roughly 10 percent and 15 percent faster than the non-Turbo Vertex.
Within a couple of weeks you'll be able to pick up the Vertex Turbo in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities. Pricing is said to be around 10 percent higher than the Vertex series.
Deals of the Day - June 25th 09
Aah, it's been nearly a week, time for a new update of some good hardware deals. This week I'd like to scrawl through some nice AMD 790GX/FX motherboards. These things are stacked with features, offer performance and value and let's face it .. Phenom II processors are top notch. Here we go:
- ECS EliteGroup A790GXM-A - Check it out, we tested this little fucker recently and we like the value here for sure. This is the DDR2 version for an easy upgrade, spotted fore only $89.99
- MSI AMD DKA790GX - MSI has a fully integrated motherboard as well. Virtually the same features as the ECS board though. Again a DDR2 board, it's selling at $104.99
- GigaByte GA-MA790GP-UD4H - You can also go blue with this Gigabyte motherboard. It has the new ultra durable technology, meaning this board is made to last long, priced $119.99
- GigaByte GA-MA790X-UD4P - this is simple put a very sweet motherboard. It's Socket AM3 and takes DDR3 memory. Spotted for $109.99
- MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard - Again an AM3 motherboard, which takes DDR3 memory. i personally have this one, and it's really one of the best 790GX motherboards available. It comes with a higher price tag though, $191.70
Total value deal
- Asus M4A78 Plus AM3 - Now if you want to save every penny, it won't get much better than this. This is the Asus M4A78 Plus AM3. It takes DDR3 memory and is feature rich, it is selling for only $77.99 (!).
Matrox shows new graphics expansion modules
Matrox has announced the Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition (D2G-DP-IF) and TripleHead2Go DP Edition (T2G-DP-IF) Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) for DisplayPort-enabled computers and monitors:
"Matrox is pleased to offer its first external multi-display upgrades to DisplayPort adopters seeking maximum display performance across multiple displays," says Samuel Recine, Director of Business Development, Matrox Graphics. "For example, with the new TripleHead2Go DP Edition, the DisplayPort interface allows users to easily connect three displays to a single notebook to generate a purely digital connection from system to monitors, while enabling resolution support of up to an impressive 1680x1050 per external display."
The Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition and TripleHead2Go DP Edition GXMs are external multi-display upgrades that work in conjunction with your system's existing GPU to connect two or three displays