DRAM module makers increase prices
DRAM module makers Kingston Technology, Transcend Information, A-Data Technology and Power Quotient International (PQI) have increased their prices following the recent surge in DRAM chip quotes to US$1. A-Data and PQI are expected to be able to return to profitability as a result, according to industry sources.
DRAM pricing dropped to US$0.50 in mid-December and the current quotes for effectively tested (eTT) 1Gb DDR2 of US$1 represent an increase of 100% within one month. It is possible quotes will increase to US$1.50 in the short term, the sources noted.
DRAM module prices have risen over 10% since the end of December. The highest quote for 1GB DDR2 modules on January 8 was US$10, and contract quotes for the first half of January are around US$8.50. If quotes for 1GB DDR2 modules can top US$10, DRAM contract quotes may continue to increase by up to 15-20%, the sources said.
Transcend, A-Data and PQI all indicated that the reason for the increase in module pricing was to reflect current DRAM prices. Market watchers are optimistic about module makers' first-quarter sales as a result of increasing DRAM and NAND flash prices.
A Microsoft Coffee machine .. with Windows.
Among the technologies Microsoft is highlighting in its booth at CES this year is a hardware and software platform for the next generation of more useful and flexible household objects, appliances and accessories. The Windows-based platform is the result of a collaboration between Microsoft and a recently formed company called Fugoo. Two of the concept designs featured in a video at the booth are a
QNAP new 6-bay NAS
Powered by Intel 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, the TS-639 Pro delivers superior performance for multiple business applications. Advanced RAID configurations, including RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+Spare, JBOD, online RAID capacity expansion, and online RAID level migration are all supported.
The TS-639 Pro can serve as a NAS and an iSCSI target server. The built-in iSCSI target feature provides an affordable IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) alternative for SMB. The server managers can set up the NAS to expand the storage capacity for existing application servers, such as database server and mail server in an economic way. Moreover, the innovative "Virtual Space Allocation" (Thin Provisioning) feature is provided which allows the server managers to flexibly allocate the capacity of iSCSI LUN (Logical Unit Number) at the beginning regardless of the physical volume capacity.
The TS-639 Pro supports file sharing across Linux, UNIX, Mac, and Windows platforms. Different applications are supported, e.g. file server, FTP server, printer server, web server, and encrypted remote replication by Rsync. Also, windows AD (Active Directory) is supported to help create an easy-to-access environment and lower the maintenance cost. SSH login and web page SSL login enable users to transfer, store, and share data securely. Expensive though, expect roughly 1000 USD.
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Download Realtek HD Audio 2.14 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.14 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package which contains both the XP and Vista drivers. We then recompressed it with 7-zip, making the archives smaller than each individual XP or Vista download ;)
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.Change EAPD control method for the certain codecs.
Download: click here.
What do CPU 256 cores look like in Windows ?
Sometime between now and when we're more likely to see machines with this level of parallelism it might be an appropriate area for some UI redesign. I don't know many IT administrators or developers that have a 30" LCD monitor, okay I know one and it isn't me unfortunately.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 group logical processors into sub groups and it would therefore make sense that the task manager be redesigned to show the performance of processors by group. Without which you'll definitely need a 30" LCD. That said however, if you can afford a 256 logical processor machine then you'll probably be able to find a few extra dollars for a large display.
Windows 7 Beta Goes Public + download links
Here are a couple of very fast direct links for you for Windows 7 beta 32-bit and Windows 7 beta 64-bit.
These are straight from Microsoft and the transfer rate right now on my download is 900Kb/sec. These are straight from Microsoft. This is a DVD ISO, which you'll need to burn on a DVD. Download the ISO, burn a DVD and start living the ultra-fantastic lifestyle of a Windows 7 user. The Beta expires August 1, 2009.
The new version has been well received by testers and certainly it looks good in demos. Gadgets can now be anywhere in the desktop rather stuck in a bar at the side but the biggest difference is in the revamped task bar.
However, I will have to wait for Microsoft to get things straightened out before I can get a working key. Here is a short video demonstrating some of the new features in Windows 7.
AMD Reveals Cloud Supercomputer, Video Games Server-side Rendering
AMD and OTOY unveiled plans for a new supercomputer they believe will revolutionize entertainment. By calculating all relevant data sever-side and then streaming the results to online devices, AMD claims the platform can bring video games and other "graphically-intensive applications" to "virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser without making the device rapidly deplete battery life or struggle to process the content."
"Imagine playing the most visually intensive first person shooter game at the highest image quality settings on your cell phone without ever having to download and install the software, or use up valuable storage space or battery life with compute-intensive tasks," teased AMD digital media and entertainment director Charlie Boswell. In the announcement, video game publisher Electronic Arts expressed its optimism, saying that it looks "forward to the new customers we can reach and the new interactive expressions that emerge from revolutionary technology like the AMD Fusion Render Cloud," and was joined on-stage by Lucasfilm, Dell and HP.
Boswell detailed another possible use, suggesting that users could watch a movie on their cell phone, then "seamlessly" continue the movie on their HDTV in full resolution when they get home. The supercomputer is also said to provide "remote real-time rendering of film and visual effects graphics." Dubbed the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud," the supercomputer will be powered by AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790 chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics processors. OTOY noted plans for the system to be ready by the second half of 2009, but it was unclear if OTOY was referencing its software or the supercomputer itself.
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Palit announces GTX295
Palit Microsystems, leading graphics card manufacturer, introduces the dual graphics processor: Palit GeForce GTX295. The Palit GeForce GTX295 has the power of two GTX200 GPUs in a single graphics solution that will exceed the expectations of gamers across the world as the fastest graphics card on the planet!
Point of View announced GTX 295 and GTX 285
These newest flagship products are the ultimate performance boosting cards available on the market. In case of the GeForce GTX 295, 480 Shader processors (divided over two GPUs) are used to maximize performance in Shader model 4.0 and/or PhysX accelerated games, OpenGL applications, high definition video decoding and other hardware accelerated software such as the Badaboom (video conversion software: trial included on the driver CD) and Photoshop CS4.
The Shader cores operate on 1242 MHz whilst the main GPU has a speed of 576 MHz. A solid 896-bit memory bus is being fuelled by an insane 1792 MB DDR3 memory running on 1998 MHz. If all this brute force still isn
Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphones
Very handy. Kleer Audio products are compatible with standard wireless transmission of high-class music and plays. The transmitter of Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphone weighs 12 grams and the earphones 20 grams only.
The new model consumes less power. Once charged it can be used for 10 continuous play back. You can charge both the earphones and transmitter at the same time. The Kleer wireless signal can be picked up by as many as four headsets in its 10m range. Kleer Audio DigiFi Opera S1+ wireless earphones are available in white and black color options.
Pioneer launches receivers, Blu-ray players
Pioneer is showing off a number of new products for the home theater crowd. Made up of four new A/V receivers and three new Blu-ray players, the products bring new features at a lower price level than before. Among the new Blu-ray players is the flagship DBP-09FD with DVD upscaling to 1080p resolutions and 24fps. It is BD Live ready and support Bonus View. Apart from 48-bit deep color support, there are dual HDMI 1.3a outputs and a Pioneer 16-bit video processor.
The BDP-23FD joins the company
Download GeForce ForceWare 181.20 WHQL driver for XP and Vista
NVIDIA just issued their all new WHQL GeForce driver.
Exciting New Features:
- Added support for GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285
- Enables NVIDIA SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs
- Enables NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Now you can easily switch between multi-monitor desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming mode. Learn more here.
- Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. (Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory. This driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Added support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization
Blazing Fast Performance:
Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 181 WHQL drivers vs. Release 178 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 10% performance increase in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
- Up to 13% performance increase in Assassin's Creed
- Up to 13% performance increase in BioShock
- Up to 15% performance increase in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
- Up to 10% performance increase in Crysis Warhead
- Up to 25% performance increase in Devil May Cry 4
- Up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 18% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID
- Up to 80% performance increase in Lost Planet: Colonies
- Up to 18% performance increase in World of Conflict
BFG GeForce GTX 295 review and test [Guru3D]
Everything we could not talk about in our preview will be covered and obviously, some additional benchmarks are now included, making this a new review on the GeForce GTX 295 final product. We'll compare it to competing products, we'll show you a nice photo-shoot, we'll overclock it, yet the one thing it's all about is of course game performance. And therefore we'll test out the card with a variety of games like Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: World at War and of course many many more.
Check out thus full Guru3D review at this link.
GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI gaming test [Guru3D]
That's right, both cards are setup in SLI or CrossfireX, meaning a 4-way GPU setup. Are you interested in learning how well such configurations perform ? We'll guide you through what you need to think about when you are buying Quad SLI or CrossfireX components, then I'll tell you a little tale about the installation, followed by a couple tests we ran in that all mighty experience of high a resolution gaming rig. Of course in a variety of games and resolutions.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.
G.Skill releases fast TITAN SATA II SSD 128-256GB
G.Skill today unveiled the G.SKILL Titan SATA II 2.5
Creative Zii Mystery Unraveling
Creative has invested many years and more than US$1b into the development of the Zii, which will form the core of many future Creative products. Zii stands for ZEN II or Zen 2nd Generation and it is not just a chip but a platform comprises of Processor, Board, SDK, Middleware, Optimized OS etc. Creative's buyover of 3DLabs back in 2002 when Creative bought over 3DLabs, the intention is to get hold of their next generation graphics architecture that said to be highly scalable and programmable.
Everything seems quiet only till the recent years, we saw the first chip from 3DLabs, the DMS-02 application processor which is ARM based and fully programmable too.
Today, Creative is going to announce the formation of Zii Labs, comprised of former 3DLabs personnel and some from Creative Labs Personal Digital Entertainment group and their first chip, the ZMS-05 SoC.Each ZMS-05 SoC has dual ARM-926 cores with 48 programmable processor elements (PE) churning out 10GFlops of processing power. The chip is able to re-program itself in real-time to suit the needs of the application being executed, so there's probably a software stack on top controlling the PEs.
In addition, the Zii chip has the ability to shut down unused PEs and wake them up when necessary, thus saving power. For instance, more PEs will be activated when performing intensive tasks such as playing 3D games or playing back HD videos.
The advantage of this design is unlimited scalability. Creative is claiming a Teraflop computer with the footprint of an A4 sheet, and a Petaflop super computer with 147456 ZMS chips in 576 blade servers. Using ARM based chips, Creative is certainly not positioning itself against Intel or AMD in the x86 space but probably Nvidia with their Tegra chips and Texas Instrument DSP chips.
The Zii looks to have various potential markets, including some of the most lucrative such as mobile phones, handhelds, set top boxes, media players etc. It's plausible that the Zii might spark off a turnaround for Creative, which has been seeing falling margins for some time now.
Creative is going to make the SDKs available to developers today, and is also working with many OEM partners worldwide to bring out products based on the ZMS. One familiar name is MSI, which will be working closely with ZiiLABS for their future low cost, high performance Internet-ready devices. Surely, Creative will be the first to make use of the Zii platform for their future products and the first product based on Zii is an iPhone-like device [via VRZOne]