Category: wintel

  • AnandTech – Computex 2011: OCZs RevoDrive 3

    More fallout from the Computex 2011 tradeshow in Taipei, Taiwan. OCZ was on an absolute tear introducing new flash memory based SATA6 SSDs and PCIe SSDs. While we readers wait to see review hardware brought into the hardware blogger’s test labs to see how the final shipping product will perform.

  • Intel’s Tri-Gate gamble: It’s now or never • The Register

    Moore’s Law meet the tri-gate transistor. Hopefully this will all go according to plan inside an Intel chip near you.

  • Cloud on a chip: Sometimes the best hypervisor is none at all   • The Register

    In spite of yesterday’s news about Intel’s “3D” transistor in its up and coming 22nm production fab, there’s other Intel research still ongoing that might prove to be groundbreaking as well. I’m talking about the experimental 80 core intel cpu that followed on from Intel’s failed attempt at a graphics processor, the i740 and it’s follow-up the Larrabee. The latter gpu notably was created using a bunch of general purpose Intel Pentium 54c cores, shrunk down and crammed together on a PCI card. From Larrabee sprung the 80 core cpu research, which shrank to 48 cores and now 24.

  • Microsoft Research Watch: AI, NoSQL and Microsoft’s Big Data Future

    Microsoft has a Cloud Data platform entitled Azure that competes with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). However beyond just having a product offering out there to let people use their C# development environment for making cloud based applications, there doesn’t seem to be a greater grander goal. Or is there,…

  • The Sandy Bridge Review: Intel Core i7-2600K – AnandTech

    The newest generation of Intel chips was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the technology fanboi websites got early samples of chips and motherboards that use the new chips and chipsets. Aside from having the memory controller on the CPU, another benefit is the integrated graphics chip can be re-purposed to accelerate video transcoding. Intel calls it QuickSync, and I call it effing magic.

  • Intel forms flash gang of five • The Register

    When a group of cutthroat competitors decide to collaborate it can only mean one thing, there’s a lot of money to be made. Intel is forming up a group to set standards for PCIe based SSD products for Enterprise and Data Center computing. To me this is a dead giveaway we will see a flood off products real soon all with similar throughput specs and storage capacities. Say goodbye SATA hello PCI Express.

  • Angelbird to Bring PCIe SSD on the Cheap and Iomega has a USB 3 external SSD

    Some announcements last week from a company named Angelbird and the old stalwart Iomega. SSDs are the storage technology du jour and everyone wants to differentiate their offerings especially as more and more flash chips become more and more alike in speed and performance (3 manufacturers now are all neck in neck in terms of feature size). I’m really interested in PCI Express based SSD cards as they bypass the SATA disk drive interface on the motherboard. Which should give you better performance in the long run. So what to Angelbird and Iomega have on tap?

  • Intel Debuts New Atom System-on-Chip Processor

    Intel Atom and FPGAs in the news. I hope a product using the Intel Stellarton cpu sees the light of day.

  • Blog U.: Augmented Reality and the Layar Reality Browser

    Augmented Reality is different from virtual reality in the way that digital information is combined with the real world you see, feel and walk inside. It can be hand when you’re trying to find a location on foot, but it can also give you extra information when you are curious about a Point of Interest that pops up within the camera view of the street, building, or space in front of you. These data points have to be created though, and without the authors there’s very little Augmentation going on. I can imagine some black holes in some areas as most people depend on Google searches providing information about a Point of Interest. But it’s early days, and there’s a lot of stuff to discover on your own. Check out Layar for the iPhone or Droid.

  • Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive | Electronista

    Every few months it seems a HDD manufacturer has to release a new product that is faster or more dense than currently shipping products. As the war of the densities has been waged we marveled at each new generation of outlandishly large hard drives. And companies once dominant took a back seat. Seagate’s fortunes have waxed and waned, Western Digital just one year ago ruled the roost with it’s external USB HDDs. Now Seagate is trying to re-capture mindshare by releasing new products before its competitors do. Witness now the spinning disk drive density king (for the moment).