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  • IBM to invest $3 billion in chip development over next 5 years (Graphene R & D ??)

    07/14/2014 10:34:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 10 July 2014, 10:07 | by Mark Tyson
    IBM has provided an outline of its plans to invest $3 billion over the next five years. It hopes the cash injected into its R&D activities will help it find ways to make chips even smaller and more efficient and research into practical alternative materials which will prove superior to silicon.Big Blue has observed the diminishing returns in the process reduction of silicon chips over recent years and has now decided it needs to bet big on the task of finding a suitable successor. Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems & Technology Group said "We really do see...
  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Police Train Dog To Find Hard Drives, Thumb Drives and Other Tech Devices

    07/11/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    legitreviews.com ^ | Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 7:14 AM | Nathan Kirsch
    Rhode Island has become the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives and other technological gadgets. Why? Police are looking for storage devices that could contain child pornography. The dog, Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. Police will be able to use the storage drive finding dog on tough child porn cases where...
  • Khronos Updates Its OpenVX 1.0 Provisional Specification

    07/11/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | Published on 11 July 2014 09:43 AM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    The Khronos Group this morning released an updated version of the OpenVX 1.0 provisional specification. OpenVX is the industry-developed hardware acceleration API for computer vision applications and libraries. As explained on the OpenVX page, "OpenVX enables performance and power optimized computer vision algorithms for use cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, automatic driver assistance systems, object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. OpenVX enables significant implementation innovation while maintaining a consistent API for developers. An OpenVX application expresses vision processing holistically as a graph of function nodes. An OpenVX implementer can...
  • I'M Intelligent Memory 8 Gigabit DDR3 and 16 GB Modules

    07/11/2014 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | by Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | Source | 3 comment(s) ] I'M Intelligent Memory (oh and I'm not kidding with that name), a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manufacturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8 Gb components, I'M is also introducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8 Gb density for DDR3...
  • New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

    06/06/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    wsj.com ^ | June 2, 2014 7:49 p.m. ET | By Evelyn M. Rusli
    Ostendo's Tiny Projectors Are Designed to Display Crisp Video, Glasses-Free 3-D Images Ostendo's CEO says that 'display is the last frontier.' Pictured, a company chip that can produce a hologram. Sam Hodgson for The Wall Street Journal In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie "Star Wars."A key to this...
  • Quantum Entanglement And Faster Than Light Data Transmission

    06/02/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    legitreviews.com ^ | Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 7:51 AM | Benjamin Young
    Over the past week there has been quite a buzz in the scientific community over a Dutch experiment reliably transmitting data instantly between two electrons via quantum entanglement. While many reports are sensationalizing the discovery, referring to it as a breakthrough in ‘teleportation’, there’s something almost as exciting as physical transportation already proven possible in the experiment: instant communication! While scientists have reached a 3-meter(or 10-foot) range with a 100% success rate, worldwide implementation would revolutionize communication. Instant text messages, infinitely scalable internet bandwidth, and sub-millisecond(or even sub-measurable) latency. Even now, our fastest long-distance communication efforts are too slow to...
  • Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

    05/19/2014 12:46:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | MAY 16, 2014 | Randy Rieland
    Scientists at MIT are using a new technique that could print responsive objects—from water pipes to sneakers—that adapt to their surroundings on their own.These days, 3D printing seems to be at the core of most new new research ventures, whether it's developing ways to print entire meals or recreating facial features to repair a patient's face. But Skylar Tibbits wants to up the ante: He's hoping 4D printing will be the thing of the not-so-far future. The name for his concept, Tibbits admits, was a bit lighthearted at first. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tibbits and researchers from the...
  • AMD FX Series Making a Comeback Within Two Years – APU 14 Conference Reveals Future Roadmaps

    05/19/2014 11:49:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 2 hours ago | by Syed Muhammad Usman Pirzada
    FX Series is finally making a comeback. In two years time. This surprising revelation was given by AMD at the APU 14 Conference in Beijing. Not only that, but AMD has avowed renewed vigor into establishing itself in the Chinese market, which it considers a very important region for die sales. Now we had already seen some FX labeled APUs in the Mobile Kaveri Lineup but the decision to revive the FX Series completely couldn’t come at a better time.APU14 Conference in Beijing – FX Series Making a Comeback in 2 Years, Establishing Focus on Chinese MarketWe dont really have...
  • The NFL Could Dismantle AT&T's $49 Billion Purchase Of DirecTV

    05/19/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | May 19, 2014, 9:56 AM | Steve Kovach
    The NFL could dismantle AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. According to a clause in a regulatory filing for the purchase, AT&T has the right to walk away from the deal if DirecTV can't renew its agreement with the NFL
  • Ubuntu Kylin Pushing To Replace XP In China

    05/19/2014 10:40:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    legitreviews.com ^ | Sun, May 18, 2014 - 4:33 PM | Benjamin Young
    The third iteration of Ubuntu Kylin released just last month and has already reached 1 million downloads. All versions are a desktop replacement based on Ubuntu Linux specifically geared toward Chinese users. The name Kylin comes from a FreeBSD operating system that was originally built for the Chinese Government between 2001 and 2013, and during its final years was rebranded as NeoKylin and moved to the Linux kernel. Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Since Ubuntu Kylin follows the same release schedule as stock Ubuntu, last months release was based on Ubuntu 14.04 and is Kylin’s first LTS release. Canonical has teamed up...
  • Japanese Company Designs 133 Megapixel sensor for 8K recordings

    05/17/2014 12:08:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 05/17/2014 07:33 PM | by Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Impressive, Japanese NHK is announcing a true 133-megapixel camera sensor. The cmos-module can record video in an 8K resolution, the successor to Ultra HD at 4K. According NHK the sensor will be unveiled the 29th of May for a wide audience. The company already shared that is has the 133 MPixels sensor and a Bayer rgb color filter merged together into one package design.By handling all RGB color information on one chip the overall size for its design will be smaller opposed to existing 8K camera's which pretty much alll are using three 33 Megapixel sensors, one sensor per color-channel.The new...
  • Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it

    05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Opinion: Two recent cave-ins leave no doubt they are done for With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is. If you didn’t understand the fall of Microsoft from powerful monopolist to computing afterthought, let SemiAccurate explain it to you. For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of...
  • Sony Innovating In Tape Technology… Seriously (185 Tera Bytes )

    05/09/2014 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    legitreviews.com ^ | Fri, May 09, 2014 - 6:53 AM | Benjamin Young
    Sony is making some waves in (believe it, or not) magnetic tape technology. Reaching a maximum capacity of an astounding 185TB, Sony hit a world record in data density of 148GB per square inch. This massively outpaces the current industry standard LTO variants’ density rate of 2GB per square inch as well as maximum capacity by a factor of 70. This means that my entire collection of Ultrium 3s at 800GB could be contained on a single cartridge of Sony’s new tape with space for another 13 years worth of backups.My Ultrium 3 800GB Tape Collection Sony detailed the fine...
  • AMD Broadens Efforts to Exploit ARM Chip Technology

    05/08/2014 11:38:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | May 5, 2014 2:22 p.m. ET | Don Clark
    AMD Signs Architectural License Agreement With ARM Holdings SAN FRANCISCO—Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Monday disclosed new dimensions to a high-profile strategy shift, including plans to make its first original chip designs based on technology licensed from ARM Holdings PLC.
  • AMD To Unify X86, ARM Systems With SkyBridge

    05/06/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    enterprisetech.com ^ | 4:12 pm, May 5, 2014 | by Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Chip maker AMD wants the world to know that it is not just dabbling in ARM processors, but rather intends to make ARM chips peers to its X86 products. At an event in San Francisco today, the top brass of the company revealed the full extent of its “ambidextrous computing” strategy, which includes an effort code-named “SkyBridge” that will see future X86 and ARM processors have the same pin-outs.AMD also announced that it has become a full ARMv8 architecture licensee of ARM Holdings, which will allow it to create its own custom ARM core designs. On the server front,...
  • AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge and K12 ... ARM ...

    05/05/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | Posted 30 minutes ago | by Hassan Mujtaba
    ***************** AMD has just announced their Opteron roadmap for 2014-2016 at the Core Innovation conference which unveils the upcoming Project Skybridge and K12 architecture based family of APUs and SOCs. The new roadmap reveals the ambidextrous design framework which brings computing to several form factors in the dense server market.AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge The Project Skybridge is AMD’s next generation ambidextrous computing architecture that allows x86 Cores and ARM cores to be pin-to-pin compatible allowing the motherboard to run off both SOCs and APUs. The Project Sky-Bridge will feature the new family of APUs and SOCs...
  • Toshiba launches 15nm memory process

    04/24/2014 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:45 | Nick Farrell
    Flash will save everyone of us Toshiba has launched of its 15nm process technology at least for 2-bit-per-cell 128 gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND Flash memory. The technology will kill off second generation 19nm process technology and full production with the new technology next week at Toshiba's Fab 5 in Yokkaichi.Chips based on the new processing technology will have better peripheral circuitry technology. They will have the write speed as chips formed with 19nm process technology, but boost the data transfer rate to 533 megabits per second which is 1.3 times faster, particularly if it is going downhill with the wind behind...
  • Samsung researchers claim graphene breakthrough

    04/05/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Samsung researchers have developed a new method of synthesising graphene, which they claim could accelerate the commercialisation of the so-called 'miracle material', for use in electronic devices. Graphene is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials know to man, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. Its versatility means that it can potentially support a wide variety of applications in electronics, including flexible displays, wearables and other next-generation electronic devices.
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4 Tera Byte )

    04/07/2014 8:52:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 04/07/2014 06:10 AM | Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Seagate introduced Backup Plus FAST portable drive; the world's first portable 4TB storage device, providing twice the capacity and speed of existing external portable drives. This new Seagate Backup Plus FAST drive features a super speed USB 3.0 interface to deliver transfer speeds up to 220MB per second, making it the perfect companion for a field photographer or filmmaker looking to quickly move large files to backup."With Backup Plus FAST, Seagate has taken a very mature product category and has delivered innovative enhancements to address the real world challenges of our customers," said Rajesh Khurana, country manager, India & SAARC,...
  • Seagate Ships 6 TB Hard Drive doing 7200 RPM

    04/07/2014 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 04/07/2014 02:59 PM | Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Seagate announced it is now shipping the world's fastest 6 TB hard disk drive (HDD) - the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. Boasting industry-leading performance, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers."Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering...
  • Nvidia and IBM unveil NVLink interconnect between CPUs and GPUs....2016 ... 5x-12x

    03/25/2014 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    TNW ^ | March 25, 2014 | Emil Protali - The Next Web - 2 hours ago.
    Nvidia and IBM today announced a high-speed interconnect called NVLink which dramatically improves data movement between the CPU and GPU. The new technology will be integrated into Nvidia’s future GPUs, starting with its Pascal GPU architecture expected to be introduced in 2016, as well as IBM’s future versions of its Power CPUs.
  • Understanding How Graphene can become Superconducting

    03/21/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Overclockersclub ^ | March 21, 2014 09:50AM | Guest_Jim_*
    The atom-thick sheet of carbon, graphene already has a number of amazing properties to it, including strength and electrical conductivity. As impressive its conductivity is though, superconductivity is still greater and has been observed with graphene, but not explained. Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have now found how graphene and calcium become a superconductor.Called calcium intercalated graphite, or CaC6 is produced by interweaving calcium and graphite, which is a means of isolating sheets of graphene. About ten years ago it was discovered that this material could become superconducting, but neither the exact means nor...
  • Microsoft adopts Mantle but calls it DX12

    03/18/2014 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | March 18, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    GDC 2014: Completely different because it is not called Mantle, just ask MS PR Just as SemiAccurate predicted months ago, Microsoft has adopted AMD’s Mantle but are now calling it DX12. The way they did it manages to pull stupidity from the jaws of defeat by breaking compatibility in the name of lock-in. The impetus for all of this mess is the dire situation the XBox One is in. You might recall that it is woefully underpowered compared to the Sony PS4, has roughly 50% less shader performance, far lower memory bandwidth, significantly harder to program for, and tools described...
  • Mellanox shows off 56Gb Ethernet cards

    03/16/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Mar 13, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    MWC 2014: Why? Because we can, that's why Mellanox was showing a very interesting networking card to SemiAccurate at MWC, one capable of 56Gb Ethernet. If you are scratching your head wondering when 56GbE became a standard, you didn’t miss anything yet.The cards shown off by Mellanox are a dual port 10GbE on the right and a dual port 56Gb FDR Infiniband on the left. No points if you figured out where this is going already. That card also does two lanes of 10 and 40GbE as well, likely for the high latency buffs out there. In short this card...
  • HMCC Boosts Bandwidth of Hybrid Memory Cube to 480GB/s.

    03/16/2014 11:26:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 03/03/2014 07:51 PM | by Anton Shilov
    HMC Consortium Reveals Hybrid Memory Cube 2.0 Spec The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC), the organization dedicated to the development and establishment of an industry-standard interface specification for the hybrid memory cube (HMC) technology, has announced the second version of the HMC specification. The new spec could boost performance of the hybrid memory cubes to whopping 480GB/s, which is more than enough for next-gen graphics cards and mobile devices. HMC uses advanced through-silicon vias (TSVs) – vertical conduits that electrically connect a stack of individual chips – to combine high-performance logic with Micron's DRAM. Micron's HMC features a 2GB memory...
  • Sony And Panasonic Announce The 1TB Archival Disc

    03/10/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Hardocp ^ | Monday March 10, 2014 | Posted by Steve 8:13 AM (CST)
    Sony Corporation and Panasonic today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage. Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
  • AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

    03/03/2014 11:48:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | By Rik Myslewski,
    Graphics and x86 cores are all just 'compute units' now for our games, videos and apps AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture. Behold Kaveri, in which CPUs and GPUs are equal 'compute unit' partners (click to enlarge) "We're going to need to create a new term," AMD product CTO Joe Macri said at a Kaveri briefing, "because HSA has really changed what can be done on the graphics part of the die."That new term,...
  • Lomiko's Graphene 3D Lab Files Patent for Multiple Material Printer Filament

    01/21/2014 1:08:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Stockwire ^ | January 20, 2014
    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Jan. 20, 2014) - LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) (Europe: ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7) (the "Company") announces Graphene 3D Lab has reached a significant milestone by filing a provisional patent application for the use of graphene-enhanced material, along with other materials, in 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing). "This patent application is the result of a diligent effort on behalf of our team. It opens up a clear path toward the commercialization of graphene," stated Daniel Stolyarov, Graphene 3D Labs' CEO. "It is important that our proprietary technology is accepted by consumers in...
  • IBM Demonstrates Graphene-Powered RF Processor.

    02/06/2014 7:35:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 01/30/2014 11:47 PM | by Anton Shilov
    Graphene, one of the world’s thinnest electronic nanomaterials, has long held the promise as a wonder material in everything from flexible touchscreens to super-fast circuits. IBM researchers have demonstrated one of the first working prototype chips made of graphene. They created a logic circuit that was reliable enough to send and receive a text message. The demonstration has the potential to improve today’s wireless devices’ communication speed, and lead the way toward carbon-based electronics device and circuit applications beyond what is possible with today’s silicon chips. Integrating graphene radio frequency (RF) devices into today’s low-cost silicon technology could also be...
  • It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

    01/31/2014 12:56:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Anandtech ^ | January 28, 2014 6:35 PM EST | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on its promise and officially announced the Opteron A1100: a 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 based SoC. The Opteron A1100 features either 4 or 8 AMD Cortex A57 cores. There's only a single die mask so we're talking about harvested die to make up the quad-core configuration. My guess is over time we'll see that go away entirely, but since we're at very early stages of talking about the A1100 there's likely...
  • Qualcomm Is Working on Eight-Core 64-Bit System-on-Chip.

    01/31/2014 9:34:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [01/27/2014 04:23 AM] | by Anton Shilov
    Apple has managed to leave everyone behind with the world’s first 64-bit ARM architecture system-on-chip. However, if the rumours about Qualcomm’s forthcoming application processor is correct, then the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices may be preparing something that will blow away not only Apple’s A7, but even Nvidia’s Tegra K1. Qualcomm is reportedly working on Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip that boasts up to eight 64-bit custom cores with up to 4MB of cache and up to 2.50GHz frequency. The app processor also packs Adreno 430 graphics core with up to 500MHz clock-rate, LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various...
  • Seagate Vows to Introduce 6TB Hard Drive in April.

    01/31/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 67 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [01/27/2014 04:39 AM] by Anton Shilov | by Anton Shilov
    Seagate Technology said at a conference call with investors and financial analysts that it would release a hard disk drive with 6TB capacity in the beginning of the second quarter, 2014. The company did not reveal a lot of details about the upcoming product, but noted that this would be an enterprise-class hard drive. “We are continuing to expand our offering of high capacity drives with our six-disk, 6TB drive shipping early next quarter,” said Steve Luczo, chairman and chief executive of Seagate. At present 6TB hard disk drives in 3.5” form-factor are available exclusively from Western Digital Corp.’s HGST....
  • William Lowe, the 'father of the IBM PC,' dies at 72

    10/29/2013 10:24:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    CNET ^ | October 28, 2013 8:00 PM PD | Steven Musil
    After his proposal for a quick market entry via Atari was rejected, Lowe was given one year to design and produce a personal computer that would be market-ready.William Lowe at a 2007 event marking the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64. (Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)
  • Scientists Develop Graphene-Coated Silicon Supercapacitor

    10/24/2013 1:12:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    scitechdaily.com ^ | 10-24-2013 | Staff - Source: David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University
    Using porous silicon coated with graphene, material scientists at Vanderbilt University have developed the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon. Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the October 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports. It is the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon so...
  • AMD makes GPU compute a reality with hQ -- Heterogeneous Queues make GPUs a full peer in compute

    10/22/2013 9:54:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | Oct 21, 2013 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Heterogeneous Queues make GPUs a full peer in computeAMD is finally talking about hQ or Heterogeneous Queuing, the final step in the Fusion integration of CPU and GPUs. hQ itself is more of a mechanism for software to utilize the hardware that is in Kaveri, but it will carry over in to much much more.Conceptually speaking hQ is a pretty simple idea to explain because at its most basic level all it does is allow the GPU to send tasks to the CPU. Of course this simple thing to explain has a lot of tech behind it, simplicity is usually...
  • What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

    10/11/2013 6:07:13 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Rebecca J. Rosen
    The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines. But beyond this micro-level editing, there are also macro forces at work: The Internet largely exists for and is created by the people who are on it. The map above gives a rough idea of who those people are—or, at least, where they are. The map, created as part of the Information Geographies project at the...
  • Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

    10/09/2013 10:05:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 9th October 2013 | Iain Thomson,
    Biggest security purchase since Intel wolfed down McAfee Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire.The purchase - which was announced in July - is the largest security firm purchase since Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee in 2010. And it's a huge personal payday for Marty Roesch, creator of the open-source intrusion protection system Snort. He took Snort's basic technology and built commercial code under the Sourcefire brand since 2001."I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sentimental. When...
  • Nvidia’s program to get OEMs like Origin PC to dump AMD called “Tier 0″ ( Graphics Wars!)

    10/08/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Semi -Accurate ^ | Oct 7, 2013 | Charlie Demerjian
    ″ Exclusive: Seems awfully antitrusty from this point of view Sources high up at Nvidia say that the program that bribed Origin PC to drop AMD products and publicly badmouth the company, its products, and anything related is called “Tier 0″. The plan was hatched by Nvidia sales and it has a few bits to it. Tier 0 partners have to drop competitive products, AMD in this case, publicly badmouth AMD, and put out press releases/bang the publicity drum on the subject. The idea is to make it look like a grassroots problem that high-end gaming PC makers are all...
  • Logitech’s Controller to Transform iPhone Into a Game Console.

    10/07/2013 2:45:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/02/2013 11:40 PM | Anton Shilov
    Logitech Readies G-Series Controller for iPhoneNow that Apple iOS 7 operating system officially supports various gaming accessories, expect both iPad and iPhone to gain various controllers and add-ons designed with games in mind. Apparently, Logitech is among the first to offer one of such devices for the iPhone. Logitech is reportedly working on a controller that basically transforms iPhone into a game console. @Evleaks has managed to publish the first photos/renderings of the first Logitech gamepad for the iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks. The Logitech G-series controller for iPhone is a long block with a...
  • Valve reveals haptic game controller for release in 2014

    09/28/2013 7:32:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 September 2013 | Dave Lee
    The controller offers two trackpads which provide "haptic" feedback capable of delivering various physical sensations to the player. Valve said it offers a better way to play games that have traditionally been controlled with a keyboard and mouse. Gamers have been invited test the device before it goes on sale in 2014. "Traditional gamepads force us to accept compromises," the company said via its announcement page. "We've made it a goal to improve upon the resolution and fidelity of input that's possible with those devices. "The Steam controller offers a new and, we believe, vastly superior control scheme, all while...
  • The Internet of Things Is Poised to Change Everything – IDC.

    10/07/2013 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/03/2013 11:10 PM | Anton Shilov
    IoT to Generate Global Revenue of $8.9 Trillion by 2020 The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a new construct in the information and communications technology (ICT) world that is occupying the minds of IT vendors, service providers, and systems integrators as it represents huge potential for new streams of revenue and new customers. The ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses; enhanced connectivity infrastructure and increasingly connected culture are just some key enablers to the rise of IoT. In fact, Internet of Things is not something that is coming, but something that has already been partly implemented, but will...
  • 3D Manufacturing Technology – Key to the Future of NAND Flash.

    10/07/2013 2:14:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/03/2013 11:40 PM | Anton Shilov
    By 2016, Nearly 50% of NAND Flash to Be Made Using 3D TechnologyWill look different too:With conventional semiconductor manufacturing technology soon to reach its limit in the NAND flash segment, suppliers of these memory chips are set to adopt 3D production techniques in order to boost the capacity of their devices.
  • AMD Readies 64-Bit ARM Application Processor for Consumer Devices – Report.

    10/04/2013 11:38:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/02/2013 11:20 PM | Anton Shilov
    Earlier this year Advanced Micro Devices generally confirmed plans to apply ARM architecture not only to special low-power microprocessors for servers, but also to consumer chips. According to a new rumour, the company is indeed preparing a chip designed mostly for tablets with ARMv8 general-purpose cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics engine. In order to be more successful on the market of media tablets, AMD is rumoured to be designing a system-on-chip with unknown number of ARM Cortex-A57 or A53 general-purpose cores as well as Radeon HD graphics engine based on GCN [graphics core next] architecture, reports SweClockers...
  • Micron Samples "Hybrid Memory Cube" With 8x the Transfer Rate of DDR4

    10/01/2013 11:34:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    dDailytech ^ | September 26, 2013 2:06 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    FPGAs, ASICs, and other high performance commercial applications will be targeted by next year at volume Today, vertical NAND (v-NAND) flash memory is in production and bumping storage densities in mobile devices to new highs.  Yet while many players -- including Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) -- are actively producing v-NAND, vertical DRAM -- stacked volatile memory -- remained unsampled until now. I. HMC -- 70 Percent Less Power, 8x the Transfer Rate of DDR4 Micron Technologies Inc. (MU) this week announced the industry's first stacked DRAM.  While Micron describes the stacked chips as a "hybrid memory cube" (HMC) (also known as vertical DRAM (v-DRAM), the...
  • AMD Volcanic Islands "Hawaii" GPU Live, Radeon R9 290X Beats GTX Titan for 2/3 Price – Video

    09/28/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Softpedia ^ | September 25th, 2013, 19:01 GMT | Sebastian Pop
    It's been a long time coming, and Advanced Micro Devices definitely clamored about it wherever and whenever they could: The Hawaii graphics processing unit from the Volcanic Islands line is now out, and so is the Radeon R9 290X graphics card based on it.Hawaii is the first in a new collection of chips, the other two being Hawaii Pro and Hawaii XT, which will arrive around October. On that note, the first video card powered by the new chip, and the flagship graphics adapter for that matter, might not ship right away either. We'll know for sure after watching retailers...
  • Understanding AMD’s Mantle: A Low-Level Graphics API For GCN

    09/26/2013 9:33:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Anandtech ^ | September 26, 2013 7:20 AM EST | Ryan Smith
    Wrapping up our AMD product showcase coverage for the week, AMD’s final announcement for the showcase was a very brief announcement about a new API called Mantle. Mantle is something of an enigma at this point – AMD isn’t saying a whole lot until November with the AMD Developer Summit – and although it’s conceptually simple, the real challenge is trying to understand where it fits into AMD’s product strategy, and perhaps more importantly what brought them to this point in the first place. So although we don’t have all of the necessary details in hand quite yet, we wanted...
  • AMD's Mantle API hopes to reinvent development (Gane Development )

    09/26/2013 9:12:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:23 | Peter Scott
    API inception of sorts AMD’s Hawaii even dragged on for hours and that is perhaps our only complaint – there was too much stuff, it was too damn long. For some reason AMD left the best for last. The consumerish stuff was shown off first, new cards, some audio tech and new games. But Mantle was for some reason reserved for the end of the presentation. So what’s the big deal about Mantle? Well AMD describes it as a low-level high-performance console-style graphics API for PC. That is a mouthful, but basically it is an API designed to tie in...
  • Nvidia and AMD upgrade Linux support

    09/26/2013 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:16 | Nick Farrell
    Give me Steam It looks like Valve’s announcement about its SteamOS has poked Nvidia and AMD to spruce up their Linux support. A day after Valve announced penguin flavoured SteamOS, AMD and Nvidia announced improvements to their driver support for the Linux. One of the things which prevented Linux from taking off in the gaming world, other than a lack of decent games, was a lack of drivers. AMD is active in the Linux community, but its open-source Linux drivers are not as good as its Windows drivers. It has been making efforts. It recently released 165 kernel patches...
  • AMD Unveils Next-Generation Radeon Graphics Cards, On-GPU Audio Processing, Proprietary Mantle API.

    09/25/2013 8:00:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 09/25/2013 09:08 PM | by Anton Shilov
    AMD Introduces New Radeon R7 and R9 Graphics ProductsAdvanced Micro Devices on Wednesday introduced its all-new Radeon graphics cards as well as new family of graphics processing units. The new R9- and R7-series of GPUs -- which will be available at price-points from $89 to $599+ -- will not only improve performance, but will also introduce a set of new graphics, audio and compute-related capabilities. The new AMD Radeon R7 and R9 families of graphics chip feature three key pillars: AMD GCN architecture with tweaks that adds support for DirectX 11.2 application programming interface; AMD TrueAudio technology, a fully programmable...