Archive for September 2008
When you think about it for a second, how small can it actually get ? Taiwanese foundry TSMC unveiled information about its upcoming 32nm and 28nm processes and its challenges. The article reveals TSMC won't be able to offer high-k/metal-gate technology on its 32nm node, this offering has been delayed to 28nm.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has rolled out its 28-nm process and revealed a surprise: It has pushed out--or delayed--its initial high-k/metal-gate offering until 28-nm, putting it slightly behind its rivals in Chartered, IBM and Samsung. TSMC was originally supposed to have its high-k/metal-gate offering at the 32-nm node.
Silicon foundry giant TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) also provided details of its yet-to-be-introduced 32-nm process. The 32-nm process is a cost-down version of its 40-nm technology, while 28-nm is considered by TSMC as a ''full-node'' offering. As expected, both the 32- and 28-nm processes make use of 193-nm immersion lithography, copper-interconnects, ultra low-k dielectrics, strained-silicon and other features.
At 28-nm, TSMC plans to offer two separate options for the gate stack: conventional silicon oxynitride (SiON) and a newfangled high-k/metal-gate technology. It will offer two 28-nm versions with high-k and metal gates: a low-power and high-performance technology.
But at 32-nm, the company will only offer a SiON for the gate stack, which appears to be a change in direction for TSMC.
Codemasters is returning to the alternate history well for a much more radical title. Today, the publisher announced Damnation, a "shooter gone vertical" that will feature acrobatic-oriented gameplay focused on vehicular combat in "huge open environments." Said vehicles will include agile motorcycles and slower, armored means of conveyance. Damnation is bringing the shooter genre to new heights with its vertically skewed world, forcing the player to scale structures in order to meet their goal. Codemasters is going to publish the game for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
This 80 shader cores based Radeon HD 4550 (GPU codename RV710XT) comes with an optional 256 MB GDDR2 or optional 512MB GDDR3 and will cost you .. 45 to 55 USD respectively. Seriously, my keyboard costs more money than that. So what can we do with a card of this 'caliber' ?
Let's find out, thy shall find the article at this URL:
Graphics card manufacturer Point of View is jumping the band wagon as well when it comes to niche cooling on graphics cards, today they introduce their version of the GeForce 9800 GTX+ and it's equipped with an 'Arctic Cooling cooling solution'. Wow, say try and say that 10x after each other real fast.
POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is launching today the upgraded version of the GeForce 9800GTX+, lowering its temperatures and boosting overclocking possibilities.
The 55nm built GeForce 9800GTX+ is one of the better performing graphics cards on the market. The high performance and good pricing make it an excellent choice for gamers all over the world. To get even more performance out of the graphics card while pushing down the operating temperatures we
bloody hell, the flash industry is moving so fast. If you need some portable leight-weight storage, and LOADS of it then Corsair might have a nice alternative for you as they just expanded their Voyager line with a 64GB model.
The new 64GB USB Flash Voyager has enough capacity for a library of DVD-length movies and tens of thousands of high-resolution digital images.
Thanks to the 64GB USB Flash Voyager, users now have the ultimate solution for storing, transporting and backing up large amounts of personal and professional data. With storage capacity that just a year ago could only be found in hard drives, the 64GB USB Flash Voyager drive also provides the added ruggedness, water resistance and performance not found in storage drives utilizing rotating media.
Corsair 64GB USB Flash Voyager drives provide the capacity necessary to store complete seasons of your favorite TV shows or the entire contents of most notebook hard drives. These large density drives can also be used as portable back-up devices for critical or sensitive information. In addition, Corsair 64GB USB Flash Voyager drives are bootable, which means users can actually store full versions of operating systems and applications in order to quickly
One more interesting press-releases from Point of View today for sure. This one I find very really cool! I've been following Philips for a while now as for gamers they are about to release an amBX kit. Philips is promoting amBX and quite honesty it's pretty awesome.
Incorporating a scripting language, software engine and architecture, amBX has been designed to deliver all-new player experiences through enabled devices such as LED colour-controlled lights, active furniture, fans, heaters, audio and video, which are all placed in the user
Samsung upped the anty on its DDR3 memory lineup forward with news of a new two-gigabit (256MB) module. Using a new 50 nanometer manufacturing process, the memory is twice as dense as before and enables RAM capacities that are still rare: a dual-die, error-corrected RAM stick can now hold as much as 16GB by stacking the chips. Notebooks should also see a boost with up to 4GB per stick in a thin package, while the regular unregistered memory used in most desktops should hold a similar amount.
In spite of the capacity increase, Samsung boasts a power consumption drop of 40 percent per module over earlier one-gigabit modules. The increased capacity also has the side benefit of letting the Korean electronics maker reduce power consumption further still by using fewer modules for the same density. Speed is also said to have increased by a full 60 percent thanks to more effective bandwidth.
Volume production of the new memory should start during the fall and should help the most recent Intel-based desktops and notebooks using DDR3 as their memory choice. Samsung also anticipates DDR3 forming the bulk of its RAM shipments in 2009 as more systems switch to the format.
Today a test and review on the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB. Obviously ATI is releasing a 1GB model to compete with the new Core 216 version of that GeForce GTX 260.
The 4870 series really diggs that GDDR5 memory bandwidth, and what's easy and the cheapest thing to do to gain some extra performance ? Increase the framebuffer volume. Now that by itself is not going to work miracles, yet in memory limited situations (loads of high quality textures, filtering and AA modes) it will help you here and there. And a little bit of extra bite is all the product needs to get to that Core 216 card again.
Read this Guru3D review here.
Noctua is a company that offers heatpipe based coolers. They are not cheap, but offer the most silent and best performing products available in the market. I really like their products, very impressive, check them out.
Noctua released four new CPU coolers for Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors. Optimized for use in dual socket systems, the new DX (Dual Xeon) and DO (Dual Opteron) versions of Noctua's highly successful NH-U12 and NH-U9 series introduce the premium quality quiet cooling performance that has become synonymous with Noctua to the world of professional workstations and servers.
"Maximum cooling performance at minimum noise levels and excellent reliability can be particularly important when it comes to high-end workstations and special server applications", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "Due to the ever-growing demand for our Xeon and Socket F mounting kits, we decided to design new, customized versions of our coolers that are completely tailor-made for use on Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron systems, especially dual socket configurations. Enter the DX/DO series!"
Check this out, over at PC Watch thess new products from ASUS popped up. It seems to be few of the new products that they are about to launch soon. We can show you the new 'gamers' card and then a true 'audiophile' card.
The first new model carries the name ASUS Xonar Essence. The card gas a PCIe 1x interface and needs to be fed from a Molex connector judging by the connector on the rear end. The card is targeted as high-end. The DAC/ADC circuitry is covered by an EMI shield. Xonar Essence comes with gold plated jacks and sports a SNR (signal to noise ratio) of 124dB.
BTW regarding the shield: The design which ancient, is a Chinese logo that is 3000 years old. It is taken from a percussion instrument and drawn in the cover of EMI measure, as in the product name the question which offers the essence of sound has become concept..
A second model is way more sexy, the ASUS Xonar HDAV series sound cards.
There are two cards: HDAV 1.3 and HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, depending on the presence of a daughter-card that expands the card's connectivity. The card uses RCA connectors for both digital and analog outputs. It also features two HDMI 1.3 ports for both output and input (for recording/mastering), is HDCP compliant and allows audio pass for protected Blu Ray content. The Xonar Essence awaits launch while Xonar HDAV 1.3 has been launched, and product page published. Pictures (in order) for Xonar Essence, Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, its connectors and package are provided.
When these products will be released, we do not yet know, but clearly a release for the Christmas season is imminent.
According to a Blockbusters' memo leaked to us today Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB model of the Playstation 3 starting Sunday.
The price drop, which was verified by calls to a number of Blockbuster stores, will drop the 40GB model to $360 and an PS3 40GB bundle with an HDMI cable, Spiderman the movie and Transformers the game to $400. Stores that have trade-ins of the PS3 40GB will be selling it for $360 as well.
While the $40 or so price drop isn't much, maybe it signals other drops in line for the other versions of the console in the near future. Or perhaps Sony is clearing stock to make room for a Tokyo Game Show announced new SKU for the Playstation 3.
Blockbuster employees across the country, SCEA says that this price cut did not come from Sony but rather is something Blockbuster is doing, likely to clear stock.