Scientists develop long-life flash memory
A new type of flash memory is being developed, according to today's reports, which not only takes up less space and uses less electricity than the current flash memory technology, but also lasts much longer as well. The ferroelectric chips under development by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology as well as the University of Tokyo will outlive current flash memory by a factor of about 10,000. Today's flash memory chips have a life of about 10 years, and can be re-written only an average of 10,000 times.
The practical size of current flash memory chips maxes out at about 20 nanometers, for durability and service life reasons, among others, with the next generation coming in at 30nm. The prototype ferroelectric NAND flash memory the scientists are developing can be scaled down to 10nm, and that's just at the beginning stages of its development.
Part of the reason the ferroelectric chips last so much longer is their rewriting voltage of less than six volts, as opposed to the higher, near 20 volt rewriting of conventional flash chips. Either technology uses a wear-levelling process where all cells are used equally, and those that wear out are retired, which means flash memory capacity eventually decreases down to nothing, rendering the storage device it's used in useless.
Flash memory, unlike hard drive storage, can be smaller and is more resistant to abuse, as it has no moving parts. For the same reason, flash memory is also faster. It's used in a wide range of devices, from cell phones and portable digital media players, to laptops computers and video game systems.
EVGA's GeForce 9800 GTX+
Wow, that could easily be marketed for a "The Hulk" game. I already check with Point of View yesterday, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be available starting next week at a retail price of 169 EUR here in Europe. EVGA also announed the product under SKU 512-P3-N873-AR. The cards are all clocked at default nd features a 738 MHz GPU, 1836 MHz-clocked shaders and 512MB of GDDR3 memory set to 2200 MHz.
The GeForce 9800 GTX+ has a price tag of just $200. Mind you that right now I'm working on a GeForce GTX+ SLI review as well. Now then, if you can't take the color green very well .. close your eyes:
Trailer: Call of Duty World at War E3 2008
Here's the E3 trailer for Call of Duty: World at War, an upcoming first-person shooter under development by Treyarch and published by Activision for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii. The newest installment in the Call of Duty series goes back to its roots, for better and for worse.
Treyarch will be handling the development this time around and they're taking the series back to World War II. On the bright side, Treyarch is basing its game on the Pacific Theatre, a part of WW2 that hasn't been explored by any Call of Duty game before it.
Trailer: Singularity Trailer
Activision has released the first trailer for Singularity, Raven Software's upcoming first person shooter in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
The trailer runs for about a minute and contains in-game footage. I really like the style - some kind of industrial spooky atmosphere and the electric effects are looking great. Let's hope they aim higher than mediocrity with this one. Anyway, definitely check out the trailer, it's worth to check it out.
Patriot Memory- released their "Warp" Solid State Drives
Built with NAND flash rather than traditional magnetic platters as the storage medium, Patriot's Warp SSD's offer faster read/write speeds, uses less power and are more rugged and reliable versus traditional HDD drives. In addition Warp's SSD offers Error Checking and Correction (ECC) as well as proprietary wear-leveling algorithms which ensure both data integrity and prolonged life of the SSD's.
"Solid state drives are the future of data storage," said Jay Meng, Flash Product Manager for Patriot Memory. "With so many advantages over traditional HDD's, Patriot's Warp SSD's will undoubtedly become the mobile professionals and enthusiasts first choice for data storage."
For more information about Patriot's Warp Solid State Drives and other memory module and flash memory solutions, please contact your Patriot Sales Representative or visit http://www.patriotmemory.com.[/QUOTE]
New Sony Vaio - hilarious FAIL
Thank to Jurgen from POV for actually noticing this one. You know, whenever a big company like Sony announces a new product they make pictures available to press and partners for them to use. Every now and then they goof up. So in the internet tradition of "Fail!" threads (we actually have one here at Guru3D.com) I just had to post this product photo of the new Sony Vaio FW series.
But what happens when we zoom in ? Okay, so maybe you have to be a bit geeky to actually understand the fun of this, but for a manufacturer to distribute photo's of a new Laptop ... not booting up ? Too much fun. Ah subtleties.
Oh and can I just say, I love high-res photo's ;)
NVIDIA denies rumors mass GPU failures
NVIDIA on Wednesday denied rumors that the majority of its GeForce 8M mobile graphics chips are flawed. The video hardware maker contradicts the earlier reports that all G84 and G86 video chipsets are more likely to fail and tells Ars Technica that only a subset of its graphics processing units (GPUs) are at increased risk, with just a "very small percentage" of that group likely to die early. When that happens depends entirely on the specific notebook and is more likely to happen with systems running intensive tasks or in warm climates, the company says.
The chip designer has already taken the steps of developing a software driver that downclocks affected chips to prevent them from overheating, and has made sure that none of its in-production chips suffer the same flaw. Desktop parts have never been affected, the copmany says.
NVIDIA's assertions haven't been corroborated elsewhere but potentially assuage worries that all of the affected chipsets would die early. The G84 and G86 platforms are used throughout much of the company's GeForce 8M series and are used in many mid- to upper-range notebooks, including those from Apple, Dell, HP, and other major PC builders.
Microsoft - New and Updates Old Mice
Microsoft is preparing the completely new Arc Mouse and is updating the existing Sidewinder X5.
The Arc Mouse is distinguished by futuristic appearance, comfort of usage typical for a large mouse, and compact dimensions. All these features are combined thanks to an original folding design. The mouse is expected to be announced in red and black variants this summer for about 60 USD (wireless receiver included).
As for Sidewinder, it became lighter and simpler comparing to the previous modification. In particular, the newer model has no changeable weights and LCD display. At the same time, it offers resolution switch and wired PC connection, in addition to 9 programmable buttons. Simpler design affected the price positively, making it 60 USD.
Toshiba 400GB Notebook HDD 7200 RPM
Playing catch-up with competitors Hitachi and Samsung -- both of which have begun shipping 500GB laptop drives -- Toshiba has finally announced a new 400GB high-capacity drive along with a new line-up of high-performance 7,200rpm 2.5-inch HDDs. The new 400GB drive boosts areal density to 477Mbit/s (308Gbpsi) to achieve a capacity of 400GB on just two platters and is touted as its "low-noise flagship model." The new 400GB notebook drive (MK4058GSX) is expected to hit mass production in September and will target both notebook PC and consumer electronic applications; however, the company expects to ramp up production of its higher performance 7,200rpm models of its current drives next month, including the 320GB (MK3254GSY) model and the smaller 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 250GB capacities.
Toshiba says its MK4058GSX uses an improved read-write head and enhanced magnetic layer to boost areal density and achieve a capacity of 400GB on only two platters, the highest data density of any of Toshiba
XFX, EVGA launch GeForce GTX 200 reimbursement programs
When NVIDIA decided to lower prices last week in their high-end serieses merely a couple of weeks after it's launch, it certainly did piss off a lot of people who had just bought the hardware.
To ease that pain a little, XFX and eVGA have launched reimbursement programs which will see early GTX 200 buyers get either cash back or EVGA bucks.
XFX's offer is available in the US and Canada and will enable those who have purchased a GTX 260 or 280 between June 16 and July 11 (2008) to get up to $120 in cash. EVGA's promotion covers the June 16th to July 7th period and will provide GTX 260 and GTX 280 owners with either $75 or $60 and $150 or $125 EVGA bucks which can be used to purchase other EVGA products.Terms & Conditions:
- Must be a new purchase from an authorized EVGA reseller. Step-ups do not qualify.
- You have 14 days to register and upload a qualified invoice to claim your EVGA Bucks.
- Only customers who purhased the EVGA GTX 280 or GTX 260 at the full Manufactured Suggested Reatil Price (MSRP) will qualify for the Reimbursement Program.
- If between June 16th and July 7th you purchased an:
- EVGA GTX 260 you will receive $75.00 in EVGA Bucks* or $60.00 Cash Back**
- EVGA GTX 280 you will receive $150.00 in EVGA Bucks* or $125.00 Cash Back**
I have to say. Hats off to both of them for doing this it really is a nice gesture, but the Northern America / Canada limitation .. that is seriously silly.
Does the world end at these regions ? Why doesn't the rest of your end-users deserve the same courtesy ? We hope more AIBs will join this example and that the cashback will not be a limited one to the US & Canada only.
Trailer: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
The Empire of the Rising Sun has risen in the East, making World War III a three-way struggle between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire with armies fielding wacky and wonderful weapons and technologies like Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, and transforming tanks.
Lian Li launches the PC-7F and PC-60F
Lian-Li today launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; the newest advanced Midi Tower chassis
100Mbs broadband for 10 million UK homes by 2012
Sky beams TV onto PSP
Dubbed Go!View, the service enables gamers to access a variety of telly content through Sky, including films. Shows are downloaded onto the handheld Sony gadget through a PC - the system uses the Windows-only Kontiki peer-to-peer content delivery system that underpins the BBC's standalone iPlayer and similar on-demand services from Sky and Channel 4.
Lots of TV shows are already available, including Top Gear, Doctor Who and one of Reg Hardware
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC review (watercooled)
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC (watercooled)
Marilyn Monroe once stated, some like it hot. And where I say .. some don't. Yeah, that movie was a comedy yet what I'm talking about definitely is not. Graphics cards. If you can spend the money, there are always solutions out there that can solve the issue. Next to dramatically increasing that good old x-factor of your PC by aesthetically pleasing it, it is also one of the best methods of cooling down components. Yes we are talking about water-cooling.
We have BFG in da house putting down some Mack-daddy lovin at a GeForce 9800 GTX with their H2OC product, derived from H2O (water) and OC as in overclocked. Have a peek.
Lucid Hydra multi-GPU computing engine
Perhaps time for a new player in the GPU market ? Well, not exactly new and since one of the biggest investors is Intel capital ... we'll just have to wait and see. The press-release says absolutely nothing other then .."hey, we are here". Check it out:
LucidLogix Technologies officially introduced HYDRA - a real-time distributed processing engine. Here's the press release:
The real-time distributed processing engine, called HYDRA
Microsoft working on Sidewinder keyboard
It's rumored that Microsoft is going to release a Sidewinder keyboard, one of the special things about this board is that it will have a detachable numeric keyboard that can be attached to either side of the Sidewinder keyboard.
It also appears to have some programmable keys on the left-hand side. What appears to be a range of multimedia keys can be found at the top of the keyboard, although we're not sure what the two round things are meant to be for.
The site says the Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard will be launched in September for $79.95 (50EUR).
Intel Centrino 2 platform is here
Intel tonight formally introduced its Centrino 2 notebook platform Monday as well as a new 45nm, 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor, calling it the "highest performing" chip of its kind in the world.
"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn't really exist, 'thin and light' only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the company's Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S., and we're paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."
The new Centrino 2 series is powered by new 45nm Core 2 Duo processors accumulating in total up tp five CPUs.
Centrino 2 comes with new vPro technology, the 802.11 draft-N-ready Wi-Fi Link 5000 series chips and the Mobile GM45 and PM45 Express chipsets with later additions set to include WiMAX. The new notebooks that feature the Centrino 2 platform's longer battery life, better performance, a faster 1,066MHz system bus, DDR3 memory support, and new vPro features for advanced IT management.
There are already some 250 Centrino 2 notebooks being built by various companies so, although delayed, Intel's new mobile platform is enjoying great support.