NVIDIA works on Tegra based Smartphone ?
Microsoft is in the later stages of developing a phone of its own that will rely on performance to drive sales, a rumor floated by the Inquirer today claims. The Windows Mobile developer is allegedly developing a phone that would use one of NVIDIA's Tegra processors as its heart. The feature would likely involve the APX 2500 chip and theoretically give the Microsoft device 720p video playback and advanced 3D visuals that are absent on other phones.
This deal may explain the lack of support for Tegra outside of Windows Mobile devices, the site suggests. The phone would reportedly be introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress (3GSM) in February and released not long afterwards, though Microsoft has historically unveiled new versions of Windows Mobile at the expo but shipped them only in summer or fall.
Most observers believe any Microsoft move into making its own phones is likely prompted by the iPhone, which is already threatening to undermine Windows Mobile market share and has been deemed successful in part due to its control over both the hardware and software. Microsoft has always downplayed the possibility of producing its own phone but has repeatedly mentioned porting Zune elements to Windows Mobile and recently bought out Danger, giving it experience with both hardware and mobile software design from the Sidekick.
The Redmond, Washington-based company has often touted the choice of devices and hardware independence of Windows Mobile but also has a history of effectively overwhelming its hardware partners when deemed necessary. The company had initially promoted Portable Media Center and the PlaysForSure program for music but, with the Zune, effectively ended both of these as firms either switched to their own mobile operating systems and switched to more universal standards like MP3 for their music.
Micron to ship 256GB home SSD by March
Micron on Monday said to CNET that it would start mass-producing its long-promised RealSSD C200 256GB solid-state drive in March of next year. The timeframe pushes back the drive from its original fall launch and limits the current lineup to the 128GB drives common in the industry. The 2.5-inch SSD has been touted as a potential leader through its combination both of the large amount of space as well as its extremely high read speed, which matches Intel's at 250MB per second.
The setback gives Samsung a few months of lead time for its 256GB FlashSSD, which is slightly slower in reads at 220MB per second but has a much faster 200MB per second for writing data. Micron's drive writes at 100MB per second.
Micron's SSD partner Intel notes, however, that the large capacity won't require its just-unveiled 34nm memory technology while maintaining a relatively low price. The new process, which allows the two companies to put more memory in the same physical space, should deliver over 300GB of storage even in the 1.8-inch drives used by ultraportable notebooks.
Meet the largest tiled display in the world
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has deployed "Stallion" - the world's highest resolution tiled display. Stallion features a total of 75 Dell 30" LCD displays, arranged in 15 columns of five displays each. These 30" Dell displays have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, good for a combined total of 307 million pixels. With more than 36 gigabytes of graphics memory, 108 gigabytes of system memory, and 100 processing cores, Stallion enables datasets to be processed on a massive scale.
Trailer: ArmA 2 Trailer
Guru3D Deals of the Week
We haven't done this in a while. But I found some pretty okay prices on the latest hardware. Clock in the prices to visit the respecitve stores directly.
On the AMD side of things:
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe 4870 X2 review [Guru3D]
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe test - Meet Palit's Revolution 700 Deluxe. It's an (R700) Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048MB memory based graphics card that comes with custom cooling, slightly higher memory clock and some serious connectivity on the form of VGA, DVI, HDMI and even Display port. That's right all the aforementioned connectors are physically present on this graphics card.
The end result is the weirdest thing you've ever looked at really, I mean .. this thing is huge, it's literally the size of a brick as it's familiar sized at 27 CM in length and 3 PCI slots (6 CM) wide. But heck, it's rather impressive and something you won't forget easy.
Check out the review here.
Spire released two Core i7 coolers
Spire unveiled the SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II, two new coolers with support for the Intel Core i7 processor.
The SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II cpu coolers are ready to cool all processors built on the new Intel 1366 Core i7 platform in combination with the Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2 platforms giving the consumers huge scope to use these coolers. Another welcome feature to build a completely silent system are the Anti-vibe rubber fan corners, these will absorb any vibration from the fan motor. Availability is expected in early December.
The two models look similar but the specs in sizes of the fan and the materials used say it all:
* Three 8mm all copper U-shaped heat-pipes
* All new direct-touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design
* Amazingly silent high performance
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin
Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong With Nunchuck [fun]
Not hardware related. But oh, this has to be the best commercial ever released .... awesome!
Intel arms itself for an attack with 35W quad cores
Intel intends to release a broad family of chips with 35W thermal envelope designed for small form-factor, yet high-performance, desktop systems.
The processors will be the same as the company's mobile offerings in terms of specs, but will be compatible with desktop infrastructure. As reported earlier, the first breed of 35W chips for high-performance desktops made using 45nm process technology will be released already this month, whereas additional chips will be added into family on the 28th of December, according to certain documents. The family of ultra low-power chips for desktop computers will include both dual-core and quad-core central processing units, which are projected to be compatible with already available LGA775 infrastructure
DirectX 11 confirmed for Windows 7 & Vista
Ben Basaric, Product Marketing Manager Windows, confirmed that Windows 7 will be delivered with DX11, contrary to the rather vague statement a few days ago. Furthermore DX11 will also come for Windows Vista although Microsoft wouldn't confirm, if this will coincide with the release of Service Pack 2 for Vista [via pcgh]
EVGA nForce 730a motherboard comes out to play
EVGA has released a new budget ATX motherboard for the AMD platform, the nForce 730a. It supports Socket AM2+ processors and is available for $94.99.
Full specifications over here.
- PCI Express
Best Selling PC Games week ending Nov 8
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
- Spore / EA Maxis / $48
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $48
World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $32
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $52
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe/ EA Maxis / $24 The Sims 2 Apartment LifeExpansion Pack / EA Maxis / $24
- Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $20
- Crysis Warhead / Crytek (EA) / $21
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
Trailer: Batman Arkham Asylum Debut Teaser
Powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3, the over-the-shoulder action and detective game is being created by Rocksteady Studios, developers of Urban Chaos: Riot Response. The title is slated to hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2009. Check out the brand new teaset trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum. Sure the teaser gives absolutely nothing in ways of game play or anything.
It's just a fly through some parts of Arkham, but it looks stellar and a Batman game to live up to the Dark Knight movie would be apreciated.
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HS 23.6-inch full-HD display
Intel's upcoming Nehalem Xeons 2X faster
Early tests conducted with Intel's upcoming Nehalem-based Xeons show the processor running approximately twice as fast as its current equivalent. Based on the same basic design as Core i7 mainstream chips, a pair of 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon X5560 chips received a SPEC score of 160 in floating-point math tests versus 90 for two 3.4GHz Xeons from the current generation.
The performance is faster than AMD's already-improved Shanghai-era 2.7GHz Opterons, which score 105 in a dual-processor setup, and compares more closely to a quad-Opteron setup's 190 rating in the same SPEC test. Intel is expected to launch 2.93GHz and 3.2GHz Xeons and so should see faster-still results from those systems.
The Xeon X5560s are even faster in a Stars Euler3D fluid dynamics test and complete their calculations in less than half the time, taking just over 14.3 seconds versus the 2.7GHz Opteron duo's 30.3 seconds.
Much of the increase stems from the key change in memory architecture to the platform, which moves the memory controller on to the Xeon's chip die and establishes a point-to-point architecture that lets the processor cores communicate more directly with peripherals. This reduces lag time, eliminates the need for a traditional front side bus and substantially increases the memory bandwidth up to 35GB per second, mostly eliminating a number of memory bottlenecks for some calculations.
Extra assists also come from Hyperthreading, which sometimes allows two threads of programming to execute on a single core, and general optimizations that let the cores process more information per clock individually and in parallel.
The formal launch of Nehalem technology is due in early 2009 and should find its way into updated workstations almost immediately afterwards, including those from Apple, Dell and HP.
Ozzy Osbourne World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad
Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD Soundcard delayed to Jan 09
Auzentech recently announced its Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card has been delayed to the last week of January 2009. This will be the first native PCI Express audio card with full HDMI 1.3a support, providing non-downsampled audio even during playback of 24p video. The original release schedule of this card was September/October 2008.
"I regret delaying the product release," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "The decision came suddenly due to strategic marketing changes by our partners. These partners have been instrumental in making the Auzen X-Fi
Download: Speedfan 4.37
SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips.
Changes in version 4.37:
- Fixed a bug where, after resuming from suspend, fan speeds were not really changed
- Added full support for AMD CD5536 SMBus
- Added identification of Fintek F75111R
- Fixed an Exotics tab Access Violation
- Fixed a bug that caused all of the EVENTS to be lost after entering CONFIGURE
Download - click here.