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?
Diamond Bar (CA) – Ridata is the latest company announcing a solid state disk drive. What makes Ridata’s drive unique, at least for now, is that it is actually expected to be soon available in retail and without the requirement to purchase a whole PC around it. Also, it has a SATA interface, which, unfortunately, makes the drive rather pricey.
Taipei (Taiwan) – Transcend is rolling out its second 2.5” solid state disk (SSD) drive, aiming to replace standard had disk drives in notebook computers.
Sun Valley (CA) – 3D displays are a niche market and we have no reason believe that this will change anytime soon. But the segment produces interesting devices for industry and enthusiast applications – such as the Panoram PSP 2400, a stereoscopic 24” HD 3D LCD that can be yours for the price of about three regular 30” LCDs.
Miami (FL) – Alienware has extended the availability of solid state disk drives (SSDs) from some of its notebooks to two of its enthusiast desktop computers. Interested users should be prepared to spend at least $6000 on such a system, excluding a monitor.
Sony today announced the first of its second generation internal Blu-ray Disc writers for PCs, allowing BD burning of up to 4x.
Las Vegas (NV) – Sun is rolling out the first three servers based on its 64-thread UltraSparc T2 processor, previously code-named Niagara 2.
Seagate today said that it has begun shipping its first hybrid hard drive, a device that combines standard hard drive storage technologies with NAND flash, in volume. There is still a premium to pay for these drives, but Seagate undercuts the price of its competition and expects the new model to hit the notebook mainstream soon.
Highpoint announced what the firm claims to be the fastest SATA RAID controller: The Rocket RAID 2522 can deliver a sustained data transfer rate of 1.2 GB/s, according to the manufacturer.