A few months late, AMD today fired up the latest and likely last performance stage for its 90 nm Athlon 64 X2 processor with Windsor core. The new 6000+ model is clocked at 3 GHz and represents a consumer-focused socket AM2 version of the FX-74 enthusiast processor that is based on the socket 1207FX.
Santa Clara (CA) – What does it take to transform your PC into a teraflop supercomputer? It may be less than you think – two graphics cards and programming know-how are enough to push your desktop PC’s performance into a range that required 10,000 processors a decade ago.
D-Wave's quantum computer demonstration this week has generated lots of buzz, but some experts doubt demo's authenticity.
Sunnyvale (CA) – Performance memory maker OCZ is moving beyond its core business of gaming memory and power supply units. Following the recent introduction of a high-end graphics card, the company today announced a gaming mouse with a “triple-threat-button.” In online gaming, it’s all about getting every advantage you get to knock out your competitors. OCZ says that its debut gaming mouse has at least two features that will provide gamers an edge on high-resolution screens and first-person shooters.
Chicago (IL) - Plextor today announced the availability of a new compact DVD burner to date. The PX-608CU is less than 16 millimeters thick and weighs about 0.5 pounds.
The external drive, which supports both formats of bland DVDs and can write at speeds of up to 8x for a single-layer disc, is USB bus-powered and comes with an AC adapter for use with a computer that cannot meet the power requirements.
Small Form factor PC company Shuttle announced the availability of the XPC P2 3700w line of high performance workstations, becoming the company's first set of products to include quad-core technology.
AMD introduced three new media processors that promise to enhance the graphics and video capability of cellphones.
Barcelona (Spain) – Texas Instruments (TI) has added three new processors to its handheld application processor lineup. On the high-end, the company now offers a platform that decodes high-definition video, supports 12 megapixel digital cameras and can play Shader Model 3-based video games.
Micron will begin offering memory solutions for cellphones that combine DRAM and NAND flash memory in one package.
Barcelona (Spain) – Flash memory cards reach the next stage with finger nail-sized MicroSDHC cards hitting the 4 GB mark.
If you really want to, you soon can store about 1000 MP3 tracks on your cellphone and you do not necessarily need Nokia’s N91 hard drive phone to do so. Sandisk today said that it will begin offering a 4 GB MicroSDHC card later this year.
At the 3GSM World Conference in Spain, Sandisk introduced a new SD card product that will be making its way to the US next month. The new microSD Multi SD Kit includes a a microSD card that comes with both a miniSD and standard SD card adapters.
Nvidia today announced a new version of its 8800 series of graphics cards.
San Francisco (CA) - Intel today revealed more details about its 80-core research CPU, which likely is the most powerful floating point engine built to date. 200 of these processors achieve the same floating point performance as today's most powerful supercomputer. But don't get excited just yet: The CPU won't come to market and the number of cores isn't everything to future CPU design, Intel said.
AMD unwrapped a few more details about its upcoming quad-core server and workstation processor "Barcelona" at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
There's a new way to enhance your cache in Vista - simply plug in your Flash memory stick. But how much performance gain can you really expect? TG Daily ran an average PC through a benchmark parcours and discovered that the old rules still apply: There is no substitute for an adequate amount of system memory. Period.
AMD today announced a range of new socket AM2- and socket F-based Opteron processors.
P.A. semi, a fabless chip design company today said that its debut processor has entered the sampling phase and is shipping in small numbers to customers. The company claims that the 2 GHz dual-core processor is four to five times more power efficient than any other processor in its class.
Seagate claims to be the first hard drive manufacturer to have shipped more than 15 million hard drives that are using perpendicular magnetic recording technology (PMR).
We can think of a million and one ways how to pamper your new Vista PC, but a keyboard would not have been on the top of our list. Microsoft's wireless Desktop 7000 is a visual stunner that goes along well with the Vista design theme. Here's a first look at what is easily one of the most attractive keyboard/mouse combinations on the market today.
Some early Vista users and even experienced technical support personnel are experiencing installation problems with Microsoft's newest operating system. Geek Squad employees at local Best Buy stores are handing store customers a paper "Public Service Announcement", warning of long waits during the first boot-up times.