USA satellite crashes into Russian satellite
In an unprecedented space collision, a commercial Iridium communications satellite and a defunct Russian satellite ran into each other Tuesday above northern Siberia, creating a cloud of wreckage, officials said today. The international space station does not appear to be threatened by the debris, they said, but it's not yet clear whether it poses a risk to any other military or civilian satellites.
"They collided at an altitude of 790 kilometers (491 miles) over northern Siberia Tuesday about noon Washington time," said Nicholas Johnson, NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "The U.S. space surveillance network detected a large number of debris from both objects."
He said U.S. STRATCOM routinely tracks about 18,000 objects in space, including satellites and debris, that are 3.9 inches across or larger. Tracking priority and "conjunction analysis" - identifying which objects may pose a threat to manned spacecraft - is the first priority.
"It's going to take a while" to get an accurate count of the debris fragments, Johnson said. "It's very, very difficult to discriminate all those objects when they're really close together. And so, over the next couple of days, we'll have a much better understanding."
Asked which satellite was at fault, Johnson said "they ran into each other. Nothing has the right of way up there. We don't have an air traffic controller in space. There is no universal way of knowing what's coming in your direction."
Iridium Satellite LLC operates a constellation of some 66 satellites, along with orbital spares, to support satellite telephone operations around the world. The spacecraft, which weigh about 1,485 pounds when fully fueled, are in orbits tilted 86.4 degrees to the equator at an altitude of about 485 miles. Ninety-five Iridium satellites were launched between 1997 and 2002 and several have failed over the years.
Asked if other satellites might be at risk, Johnson said "technically, yes. What we're doing now is trying to quantify that risk. That's a work in progress. It's only been 24 hours. We put first things first, which is station and preparing for the next shuttle mission."
Yeah - there's a lot hovering around our globe alright ..
Left 4 Dead Downloadable Content Free Download
Recently Valve announced soon to be released Left 4 Dead Downloadable Content pack (L4D DLC). Good news, this will be free for download on the PC and XBOX360 versions.
February 11, 2009
Mitsubishis temporary halts LaserVue TV production
The scrumptious 65-inch Mitsubishi Laser TV got official back in 2008 and later rolled in production with shipping date announced in October. Its debut gained positive reviews nationwide, supposedly the next generation display to rival Plasmas and LCDs thanks to its wide color gamut ability and low energy consumption. It
NVIDIA ION miniPC available in Spring 09
Drew Henry, NVs mainboard chipset manager says the first system based on the architecture, which integrates the GeForce 9400M with Atom processors, will ship in spring but will be a "very small, affordable" desktop instead of a netbook or other portable. NVIDIA declines to say which company is making the system but says won't have any relation to the black, generic concept desktop used to showcase the design.
Production systems from most manufacturers will be about twice as large as the concept and fill out about 1L (33.8oz) of space, but will also be less expensive to make by using fewer layers on the circuit board. Some of these desktops will cost as little as $299, though some models will be more complete systems that include optical drives and will likely cost more.
Henry is careful to note that Ion will still be useful in netbooks and that it should still be superior to Intel's just-launched GN40 chipset, which brings the chip maker's GMA X4000 graphics to netbooks. Although Intel's platform is much faster and now capable of 720p, Ion is claimed to be five times faster in graphics performance than GN40 and should still result in the same battery life as existing portables using the older Intel 945GSE chipset.
The company has had trouble getting support from Intel as a result and has noted that Intel often tries to insist on selling its mainboards along with its processors, though in an announcement today NVIDIA has said it now has official Windows Hardware Quality Labs certification for Ion from Microsoft, giving it full support in Vista and eventually Windows 7.
Watercooled Zotac GeForce GTX 295 photo's
It seems that Zotac soon will be releasing a Watercooled Zotac GeForce GTX 295. We have no details on it, neither on it's price. Availability should be after mid March, zo yes .. we'll drop by the Zotac booth at Cebit for sure ;)
Download: NVIDIA notebook drivers 179.48
Nvidia rolled out a new batch of beta drivers for GeForce graphics processors in notebooks.
The new drivers are numbered 179.48, and they're available for Windows Vista and Windows XP in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. You'll find the official download page here with different links for GeForce and mobile Quadro NVS GPUs. This release brings compatibility with GeForce 7-series mobile GPUs-something Nvidia says users missed in its first notebook drivers-as well as support for Hybrid SLI. (For the uninitiated, Hybrid SLI lets notebooks to switch between integrated and discrete graphics in order to save power. As far as we can tell, however, only GeForce 9M GPUs work with that technology.)
Nvidia has apparently added support for GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipsets, too. Don't go and grab the drivers just because you have a mobile GeForce, though. According to Nvidia, this release doesn't work with BenQ Joybook S42, Dell Vostro, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 3650, Lenovo ThinkPad, and Sony VAIO notebooks.
Thermaltake launches ProWater880i - new water-cooling
ProWater880i is developed to solve the dilemma of good performance and space saving. With the special designed mounting kit, gamer can easily install ProWater880i in the back of the chassis. It brings two benefits. One is that the radiator can be cooled by the cold air outside and generate better cooling performance. The other benefit is the space allocation within the chassis can be optimized.
To achieve maximized performance, ProWater880i comes with many exciting features. First, it can support the latest and fastest Intel
Intel DX58SO receives royal NV treatment and gets SLI
Remember, this motherboard Intel DX58SO motherboard we reviewed at Core i7 launch ? Good news if you puchased such an Intel DX58SO motherboard, NVIDIA enabled SLI functionality for it. Definitely a smackover ;)
NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA
FEAR 2 using cat billboards for Friday 13th game launch
Weird and strange advertising campaigns are nothing new, as game publishers and manufacturers attempt to grab just a second of the public
Intel: 32 nm on track for late 2009
Intel Corp. remains on track to deliver its first 32nm processors before the end of the year. The update came as part of a conference call previewing some of the papers the processor giant will present at next week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
"The 32 nm technology is getting ready to go into the manufacturing phase, we are lining up fabs to support it and we expect great demand," said Mark Bohr, director of Intel's technology and manufacturing group. "We are on track for shipping products in the fourth quarter and have 22 nm technology in development for 2011," he said.
Trailer: FUEL Gameplay
Codemasters today revealed the first trailer for FUEL, showing off the scale of the environment in the upcoming racing game.
Word is: "Coming this May, FUEL
GPU accelerated and enhanced x.264 | MKV movie playback [Guru3D]
One of the most popular file-formats for playback of movies right now is MKV / x.264
We think this format is similar like the early stages of MP3 development. You could use it, but there was very little support for it.
If you playback MKV content at 1080P, you'd need a fairly decent PC to maker that happen, as this type of content is not supported by software like PowerDVD.
How would you like to learn to playback MKV / x.264 content 98% accelerated by your Radeon of GeForce graphics card ? And we'll even go a step further, optimize image quality with the help of your graphics card shader processors ?
Guru3D wrote up a guide on how to make this happen, guide explaining you what you need to do to get that MKV / x.264 GPU accelerated content going.
Click right here to read this guide.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.15 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version 2.15 is available for Windows XP and Vista -it supposedly runs under Windows 7, too. The corresponding Linux drivers are still in version 5.09 and the separate HDMI drivers for Radeon HD cards still in version 2.13.
The HD audio driver version 2.15 for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. The update is available for Windows XP and Vista, 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.
The sound specialist still offers the Beta version 0.1 of the 3D Sound Back Utility which preserves or reactivates 3D sound effects such as Surround, reverb and stereoscopic effects of older games under Windows Vista. Since it is a beta version, the use is used at one's own risk only. You should backup your important files before using the software.
Download - click here.
Download: GeForce Forceware 182.05 XP and Vista
NVIDIA is hosting a new GeForce Windows XP/Vista 182.05 (32 and 64-bit) driver. The driver is tagged as BETA and up-to this moment we have no work on changes. Interesting though is the high build number.
Should you be interested, give it a try. You can check feedback on this driver in this NVIDIA discussion thread.
Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
Boosts performance in numerous 3D applications. The following are some examples of improvements measured with Release 182.05 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
Download: NVIDIA PhysX System driver 9.09.0203 WHQL
Download NVIDIA PhysX System Software, this update is compatible with AGEIA PhysX processors and CUDA ready GeForce GPUs.
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well. The Nvidia PhysX system software comes with support for GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 series graphics cards (with at least 256MB of memory), Ageia PhysX cards, and comes to fix version 9.09.0010's installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Installer update only from 9.09.0121 to resolve some installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos.
- Resolves PhysX SDK runtime issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments.
- Improves performance of some PhysX enabled games on GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 products.
- Resolves occasional system crashes when PhysX is enabled on some systems when running on EA
Download: Badaboom 1.1.1 (GPU transcoder)
Badaboom can transcode video files over the GPU. Once you transcode over the GPU instead of over the CPU, the speedup is significant. The software still is in development stages, but once released and 100% stable... it'll rock your GPU.
GeForce CUDA ready graphics cards are a requirement.
Badaboom v1.1.1 is on the loose! Why, you ask, is this version called 1.1.1? Well, to answer your question, this release does not focus on adding new features, rather it's effort is geared towards making Badaboom as robust an application as possible, fixing bugs and addressing issues that all you users have reported. In fact, we took the time to summarize exactly what makes version 1.1.1 so special, so go ahead and read the release notes If you have Badaboom 1.1 and need to upgrade or if you've never tried Badaboom and are wondering what all the fuss is about, go ahead and visit the Store page. Badaboom continues to receive great feedback about the added features of version 1.1--we appreciate the support!
- SLI disabling is no longer a requirement, but rather a recommendation.
- The 64-bit video file problem that caused certain transcoded videos to fail on a number of devices has been addressed. Error messages that were seen included
Hynix shows new 40-nm-class memory chip
The new Hynix "DDR3 DRAM (dynamic random access memory)" chip adopts a technology that allows circuits inside to be just 40 nanometres apart -- a fifth thinner than at present.
A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre. The thinner the process is, the more cutting-edge the technology is for making the chips, which are widely used in computers and other electronic devices. The new product is 50 percent more productive than existing chips as it requires less energy and costs less to produce than existing ones, Hynix said.
Mass production begins in the third quarter of this year, it said.
"Hynix has become the world's first to apply the 40-nanometre-class technology to the DDR3 DRAM chip successfully," Hynix spokesman Park Hyun said.
"The new chip development will help the company continue to lead the fast-changing memory chip market."
The memory chip industry has been hard hit by the global economic downturn, with Japan's Toshiba slashing production and key Taiwanese firms turning to the island's government for help as demand worldwide slumps.
Bulk production of the first RAM sticks to use 44nm DDR3 should start in the summer. Hynix doesn't describe the nature of finished memory, though current RAM sticks are limited to 4GB and are often expensive in part due to the high costs of including a large number of individual memory chips [via google news].
Download: FurMark 1.6.5 Graphics Card Stability Test
FurMark, the popular graphics card stability test and OpenGL graphics benchmark, is available in version 1.6.5.
FurMark 1.6.5 ChangeLog:
- Change: workaround for Catalyst 9.1 when Catalyst A.I is enabled: all textures used by FurMark are now in 4-channel RGBA format (in the previous versions, some textures were in 3-channel RGB format