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In what could prove to be of major importance to the future of motherboard and component data transfer rates, the Photonics Technology Lab at Intel has announced a silicon laser modulator that can encode data at 40Gb/sec. According to [URL="http://blogs.intel.com/research/2007/07/40g_modulator.html"]Dr. Ansheng Liu[/URL], Principal Engineer with the Intel Corporate Technology Group and a former NASA Ames Research Center engineer, "the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) could provide a cost-effective solution for optical communication and future optical interconnects in computing industry." PICs on silicon platforms in particular have been the focus of much attention and excitement within the research community because of the …

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Intel continues to prove their commitment to chip evolution with the [URL="http://news.com.com/Intel+moves+closer+to+flash+memory+replacement/2100-1006_3-6176959.html?tag=nefd.pop"]demonstration of new phase-change memory[/URL]. A possible replacement for flash memory, PRAM uses [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalcogenide_glass"]chalcogenide glass[/URL] to switch between 1s and 0s. This method could theoretically allow for faster and smaller chips, while using less power. PRAM will also last longer than flash and is less likely to become corrupted. Intel, along with Samsung, Hitachi, and a conglomerate of others has been working on such technology since 2000. On Tuesday, however, Intel held their first public demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing and plans to start shipping samples …

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As Intel and AMD continue to war for control of the desktop microprocessor market, a recent announcement made by HP shows that a third company, VIA, is still a contender. HP has chosen VIA microprocessors for new Compaq thin-client PCs for sale in China. They're cheaper and more energy efficient than many of the Intel and AMD chips for sale in the US and Europe, using just 20 watts of power while still managing a 1.5GHz clock speed. Why aren't processors like these more prevalent in developed countries? As many countries around the world move to reduce energy consumption, it …

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Intel's finally received the kick-in-the-pants from its rival AMD, and, trying to kick that reputation of having hot chips has decided to revamp its server quad-core Xeon chips. The new chips, which have started shipping, use a mere 50 watts of power. It also has a 60 percent reduction from the previous generation of Xeon chips. So how does this stack up with AMD? Well, Intel is ahead, which is probably why they released this now. Anyhow, AMD has only 68 watts, so AMD's got an 18 wattage reduction challenge set for them now... So how low can these chip-makers …

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About five years ago the BBC carried a news story about a chap in Australia who had taken advantage of a new law which meant that patent applications only needed to innovation rather than invention. He registered a patent application for something known as a ‘circular transportation facilitation device’ or the wheel to you and me. Now, OK, that was done by an IP lawyer trying to prove a point, and the then Commissioner of Patents in Australia, Vivienne Thom, was quick to point out that all applicants have to declare they invented the thing, and so the patent in …

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It looks like NVIDIA really means business, announcing it intends to attack the Intel integrated graphics processor market with an ICP of its own. Now that is some target, given that Intel is pretty much the heavyweight champ when it comes graphic chip manufacturing and sales by the numbers. No matter what hardcore gamers and system tweakers may think of integrated graphics processors, with their inability to be upgraded and generally underperforming specification, the market truth is that for the vast majority of users an IGP does everything they need just fine. The market for third party GPUs, which is …

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So Intel has announced, at the Web 2.0 Conference, that it is launching into the Web 2.0 space with [URL="http://www.suitetwo.com/"]SuiteTwo[/URL]. This integrated suite, courtesy of a collaboration with numerous partner companies, sees Intel positioning itself in the same way as Google does with its services. That is a collection of interconnected services sharing a common UI. Certainly, when it comes to Web 2.0, Intel appears to have done its homework before jumping into bed with partner companies, choosing some very well respected and high profile names to sleep with: Six Apart, Socialtext and NewsGator for example. Not forgetting SpikeSource which …

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The Intel Open Source Technology Center has officially released open source graphics drivers for the 965 Express chipset in a move that while not exactly unprecedented is, nonetheless, a most welcome display of commitment to the provision of free software drivers. Moreover, it is a display of that commitment in a relatively high-end capacity: the 965 supports OpenGL vertex sharing as well as hardware transforms. In addition, Intel stand-alone in releasing source code for their Linux drivers, currently you do not find the same open approach from either NVIDIA or ATI. A situation that may have to change if they …

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While Intel had announced awhile back that they would be making a Core 2 Duo chip AMD said they were already working on a Quad-core. Then more recently Intel announced that they would be making a Quad-core chipset as well this year so whats the difference. Well they both are planning to release the same kind of chip but mid 2007 AMD will launch a faster chip with a different design. Both chips proposed to come out later this year will feature 2 dual core chips packaged together. Then the AMD coming out later will feature 4 unique chips on …

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After announcing the release of the new core 2 duo conroe for desktops and merriem for laptops intel has said that they are going to release a quad-core processor by the end of this year. So if you were waiting around to buy a core 2 duo or an amd 64 X-2 than you will be waisting your money. This is becuase by the time youve had your new processor for a couple of months it will be completley obsolete. So far the reviews about the core 2 duo have shown nothing but the best. I have heard that there …

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VIA Technologies has long since been known for a small is beautiful philosophy, and there is no reason to start doubting now if the [URL="http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/v-series/vx700/"]VX700 [/URL]chipset is anything to go by. Created specifically for Ultra Mobile PCs, the UMPC Origami form factor getting publicity and hyperbole in equal measure from the direction of Microsoft right now, the VX700 enables an even smaller form factor courtesy of its single chip design. Chinhwaun Wu, Special Assistant to the President, Processor Platform Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. reckons that "Together with the VIA C7®-M processor, VIA can now offer a platform that breaks …

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The new [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html"]Apple MacBook Pro[/URL] is 17" of all new system architecture, but at what price? Every single benchmark I’ve seen rates applications using the Apple ‘Rosetta’ dynamic software translation technology as running slower than they do on PowerPC based Macs. A lot slower. How about Photoshop CS2 being 50% faster to complete benchmarking tests on a 12" PowerBook compared to the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro for example? If ‘legacy’ apps, yet to be updated to function fully on the Intel driven platform, are truly important to you then the harsh truth is that you’d be best advised to hang fire …

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A couple of years ago, I thought I would never have seen an "Intel Inside" sticker on Apple hardware. Looking at the news today, I was surprised at the revelation that Intel Macintosh hardware can now run Win XP SP 2! Somebody please check if hell froze over. WOW. Go look for yourself: [url]http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/[/url] Apple has made it so easy! You need to make sure your firmware is up to date, some hard drive space, updated OS software, a blank recordable CD, and a legal copy of Windows XP. What is really the easy part of all of this is …

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Fedora Core 5, the next version of software based on RedHat Linux of long ago, was released in Mid-March to the masses. I am sure that others have looked at the alpha and beta releases -- I waited until the the official release before looking at the software. Initial reactions: I love it. My hardware, for those to compare, is an AMD Athalon 1.2 GHz computer with 756 MB of RAM or so, ample hard drive space, and an ATI Rage Pro 128 video card. Actually, it is an ATI All-in-wonder TV card, with Rage 128 video horsepower, but the …

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In the past, Apple Computer has used San Fransisco's MacWorld Expo to release new hardware and software. What's next on the list? The highly anticipated Intel-based computers, as Apple migrates away from the PowerPC architecture, and into Intel's chipset. At least one Apple-News website has credible information that Apple is looking at releasing an Intel iBook at MacWorld. While the sites did not elaborate on prices or capabilities, they did suggest that the new computers would be based on Yonah processors, the next-generation chip after the Pentium M. Yonah has single and dual core options, and the dual core processor …

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According to Steve Jobs, Apple Computer is ontrack to ship Intel based Macintosh computers by June 2006. Jobs said at the recent Apple Expo (Paris) that "We said we'd be shipping by next June, and we are on track to have that be a true statement." Apple made announcements several months ago that the company was changing CPU suppliers from IBM to Intel because IBM could not deliver faster processors that the marketplace demands. To properly compete, Apple needs to have a computer available that is at least 3 GHz, something that IBM has not been able to deliver with …

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What is a Wiki? I have seen the word before when installing eGroupware, a web-based emailing and calendar program that could give Microsoft Exchange a real run for the money. But I haven't had the chance to really think about what a Wiki was until I used Wikipedia, and looked at the technology. Wiki's are cool! According to Wikipedia, a Wiki "... enables documents to be written collectively (co-authoring) in a simple markup using a web browser. A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually highly …

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What, exactly, is free speech? What is allowed by the US 1st Amendment? Where are the lines drawn concerning what people can say, and how they can be liable for their statements? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I caught an article the other day that talked about some employees BLOGGING after hours discussing how bad their business was, and how …

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“Can I have that in English, please?

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Since the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in May this year we’ve heard increasing levels of concern about the capabilities of multi-cored processors to be included in soon to be released game consoles. Now PC hardware developers are raising concerns about the multi-cored processors included in desktop PCs. Software developers simply do not know how to take advantage of them is the claim! Well known games developer identities such as Gabe Newel and John Carmack have been loud in expressing their concerns about multicore processor technology and for good reason. Graphics processor technology has already outstripped central processor technology and is …

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According to Information week, AMD and Intel have cut their prices on their processor platforms, anywhere from 10 to 30 percent on some models, such as the Centrino and Athlon64 X2 dual-core chips. This is interesting news, considering that there is a lawsuit in Federal Court in Deleware, where Intel and AMD are going at it legally concerning improper actions in the marketplace. As people in the industry are aware, CPU speeds have not increased greatly over the 3.5 GHz levels, and attention has turned to side technologies, such as cache levels, the depth of the instruction pipeline, direct memory …

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The appearance, in some online store catalogues, of the dual-core Athlon X2 3800+ processor marks a welcome new entry to the processor battles. Although not yet officially announced, the X2 3800+ is expected to have a clockspeed of 2.0Ghz and to have 2x512Kb level 2 cache. Expect it to retail for around $US350, which is about 60% of the cost of the previous low end Athlon64 X2. With performance which exceeeds that of comparable Pentium dual-core processors, the Athlon64 X2 series has also been priced more highly. Expect to see some serious competition ahead for the entry level Pentium D …

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