Analyst Opinion - If you were watching these two companies over the last decade, you might wonder whether one of them was constantly giving the other either a cure or a disease. I can’t remember a time when both were at the top of their game – which is the case right now as well: In the portable music player market, Apple is weakening and Sony is suddenly looking like they are getting their game on.
An innovation in hard drive technology could push future drive capacities to 4 TB. Hitachi claims it can shrink the GMR (giant magnetoresistance) heads currently used in reading hard drive platters and achieve a four-fold increase in capacity. The company will present its research at the upcoming Perpendicular Magnetic Recording conference in Tokyo.
AMD has released Catalyst 7.10 yesterday, which, according to the company, will speed up the gaming performance of some its graphics card configurations by up to 80%. HD 2400 and HD 2600 cards get Crossfire support.
UMC's got a brand new bag full of 65nm Radio Frequency CMOS tools. Called RFCMOS, full integration with existing silicon designs is now possible for the world of the wireless.
As Intel and AMD are gearing up to launch a new generation of microprocessors, the outgoing models are likely to drive the Christmas business for the PC industry. In one of the more significant trends, quad-core processors are replacing dual-core processors on the upper-end of the mainstream segment.
A blog entry at Intel.com Research article has popped up which discusses the possibility of the GPU being killed in favor of the multi-core CPU. The reason? The CPU is much more capable at handling ray tracing operations, that graphical holy grail which take the perspective of the eye and traces the light ray back to its source. Ray tracing is a very demanding compute load on a system. Real-time demos have been shown running Quake IV, but it required an 8-core system to operat
FeRAM holds significant promise for future devices, both in the areas of speed and lower power. Can this new model of the non-volatile memory be just what's needed to bring it mainstream?