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  • Russian government dumps Intel and AMD in favor of homemade processors

    06/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 84 replies
    engadget ^ | Sharif Sakr
    Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms.
  • Enabling multiprocessor support on a HP xw8400 workstation

    03/28/2012 3:16:01 PM PDT · by MeganC · 28 replies
    Self ^ | 28 March 2012 | Self
    Hello, I'm looking for some technical help and FR never steers me wrong! I have an older Hewlett Packard xw8400 workstation that came with one CPU and it is now running 64 bit Windows 7 with the 2010 BIOS update. I've now inherited another 8400 that isn't working and I've transplanted the RAM, a hard drive, and the CPU to my original machine. The motherboard has two CPU slots and the new CPU fan runs fine in the slot. But I'm not getting the new CPU to run. I also can't find in the BIOS how to enable multiprocessor support....
  • Current Operating Systems May Only Make Sense Up To 48 Cores

    10/01/2010 8:17:32 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    ConceivablyTech ^ | 30 September 2010 | Kurt Bakke
    Adding cores to the CPU has become the general recipe to ensure performance improvements in modern computers, even if we have heard before than the IT industry will face efficiency problems beyond 16 cores. New research published by MIT now suggests that the industry will be running into a soft wall when 48 cores are reached and new operating system architectures may be required. Intel Core i7 Die The number of cores in modern CPUs has grown much slower than we initially anticipated. The first mainstream quad-core processor (Intel Kentsfield), followed just 18 months after the release of the first...
  • Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System

    05/18/2010 11:34:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,148+ views
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory ^ | 5/19/2010 | JPL
    One flip of a bit in the memory of an onboard computer appears to have caused the change in the science data pattern returning from Voyager 2, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Monday, May 17. A value in a single memory location was changed from a 0 to a 1. On May 12, engineers received a full memory readout from the flight data system computer, which formats the data to send back to Earth. They isolated the one bit in the memory that had changed, and they recreated the effect on a computer at JPL. They found the...
  • PlayStation foils US Air Force

    05/12/2010 9:22:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,005+ views
    Flightglobal/DEW line ^ | 5/12/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    When US Air Force researchers last year created the mother-of-all-processors using Sony PlayStation-3 game consoles, it seemed like a stroke of cost-saving genius.To deliver a 53-TerraFLOP processing cluster, the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., hoovered up 1,700 PlayStation-3 game consoles, then harnessed the power of their combined processors to evaluate new breakthroughs in technology for synthetic aperture radar, high definition video and something called "neuromorphic computing". At the time, the researchers noted that two PlayStation-3 consoles provide 150 GigaFLOPs of processing power for $600, but a single 3.2GHz cell processor delivers 200 GFLOPs for $8,000. Why spend the...
  • HP Breakthrough Promises Ultrafast Computers (memristors)

    04/09/2010 5:46:29 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 15 replies · 688+ views
    Information Week ^ | 9 April 2010 | Antone Gonsalves
    Hewlett-Packard says it has made a discovery in electrical engineering that could one day lead to computer systems and handheld devices that are dramatically faster and more energy efficient than what's possible using today's technology. The discovery relates to technology based on a basic element of electrical engineering called a "memristor," which an HP Labs team first demonstrated in 2008 as a resistor with memory. While researchers initially believed the memristor-based technology would only be useful in storage devices, they have recently learned that it can perform logic. If such technology can one day be used in developing a new...
  • Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Ready for Sick Scores? ( Some History also )

    03/18/2010 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 978+ views
    Techgage ^ | March 10, 2010 | Rob Williams
    It's official. We're now entering the six-core realm, thanks to Intel's Gulftown. The first model, Core i7-980X, is more than capable of delivering the sick scores that our title suggests, and along with it, we can begin to see some major benefits of the 32nm process. To sweeten the deal further, Intel even includes an effective new CPU cooler.IntroductionIn May of 2005, both AMD and Intel delivered the world's first desktop dual-core CPU's, and since then, the processor technology and increase in performance from generation to generation has accelerated to mind-boggling levels. I'm not sure if it's a sickness, but...
  • “Climategate” surpasses “Global Warming” on Google

    12/01/2009 12:15:58 PM PST · by texas_mrs · 11 replies · 650+ views
    Note: title suffix – “autosuggest still blocked” has been removed, see update2 at bottom of story. We’ve had the term “global warming” in the lexicon since well before the Internet became a household tool, certainly well before Google itself. So it is with amazement that I report the rise of a new term, “Climategate” in just a little over 1 week in the Google search engine.
  • MIT Graphene Multiplier May Push CPUs to 1,000 GHz

    03/26/2009 9:15:49 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 7 replies · 3,925+ views
    InsideTech.com ^ | March 24, 2009 | Shane McGlaun / DailyTech
    I'll have this as link only.
  • Help me pick a new MoBo

    11/02/2008 5:37:56 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 23 replies · 549+ views
    Motherboard died. HD seems OK. So time to upgrade with new motherboard. Seriously contemplating Asus M3A78 with Quad core Phenom and 4GB. Any experiences, cautions, or alternate suggestions? Have to run out so if I don't respond immediately will still check on your recommendations when I get back.
  • Intel Reveals More Larrabee Architecture Details

    08/04/2008 11:34:24 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 5 replies · 167+ views
    Hot Hardware ^ | August 04, 2008 | Marco Chiappetta
    Intel Corporation is presenting a paper at the SIGGRAPH 2008 industry conference in Los Angeles on Aug. 12 that describes features and capabilities of its first-ever forthcoming “many-core” blueprint or architecture codenamed “Larrabee.” Details unveiled in the SIGGRAPH paper include a new approach to the software rendering 3-D pipeline, a many-core (many processor engines in a product) programming model and performance analysis for several applications. The first product based on Larrabee will target the personal computer graphics market and is expected in 2009 or 2010. Larrabee will be the industry’s first many-core x86 Intel architecture, meaning it will be based...
  • Intel: Six-core chip to ship by second half '08

    03/18/2008 4:01:05 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 26 replies · 879+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 17 March 2008 | Sharon Gaudin
    Intel Corp. today announced that it expects to ship a six-core processor to resellers in the second half of this year. With 1.9 billion transistors and 16MB of Level 3 cache, the six-core chip, code-named Dunnington, will be built with Intel's new 45 nanometer technology, according to Pat Gelsinger, a senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group."The big cache and six cores will give customers a nice bump in performance," Gelsinger said during a press briefing today about the company's product road map and its upcoming Intel Developer Forum, slated to be held next month in Shanghai....
  • Chilled oil bath may cool hot processors

    04/11/2007 11:27:24 AM PDT · by TChris · 9 replies · 265+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 4/10/2007 | Tom Simonite
    Submerging computer chips in oil could make them more energy efficient, according to a UK company that hopes to start selling such systems within a year. The microprocessors inside servers and desktop computers are normally cooled using fans that blow air across the components. But UK a company called Very-PC hopes to see a much more radical, oil-based alternative, take off instead. "It is possible to cut power consumption in half," managing director Peter Hopton told New Scientist. "You don't need to drive inefficient fans, or the usual air conditioning." Hopton first got the idea after seeing computer enthusiasts discuss...
  • The Era of Tera: Intel Reveals more about 80-core CPU

    02/11/2007 4:36:27 PM PST · by xcamel · 14 replies · 561+ views
    anantech ^ | feb 2007 | staff
    With no Spring Intel Developer Forum happening this year in the US, we turn to the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) for an update on Intel's ongoing R&D projects. Normally we'd hear about these sorts of research projects on the final day of IDF, these days presented by Justin Rattner, but this year things are a bit different. The main topic at hand today is one of Intel's Tera-scale computing projects, but before we get to the chip in particular we should revisit the pieces of the puzzle that led us here to begin with. [snip] Justin Rattner's keynotes talked...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 65 of all teams with 12.75 Million points

    09/28/2006 11:45:29 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 81 replies · 1,716+ views
    Stanford University ^ | 09-29-2006 | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 358 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 75th place (with 1,020 active CPUs - 70,500 completed Work Units and 12.75 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please...
  • Eric LaForest: Next Generation Stack Computing [stack vs register-based CPUs]

    08/10/2006 3:19:46 PM PDT · by TChris · 15 replies · 314+ views
    Digg.com ^ | 8/8/2006 | Eric LaForest
    Eric LaForest delivers a crash-course on modern stack computing, the Forth programming language, and some projects of his own. Stack systems have faster procedure calls and reduced complexity (shorter pipeline, simpler compilation) relative to their conventional counterparts, as well as more consistent performance, which is very important for real-time systems. Many consider stack-based architecture's crowning feature, however, to be the unrivalled price-to-performance ratio.
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 75 of all teams with 9.75 Million points

    08/02/2006 5:16:19 PM PDT · by texas booster · 390 replies · 8,387+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 358 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 75th place (with 1009 active CPUs - 55,700 completed Work Units and 9.75 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please...
  • Game Over? Core 2 Duo Knocks Out Athlon 64

    07/14/2006 8:31:15 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 76 replies · 1,818+ views
    Tom's Hardware ^ | 14 July 2006 | Patrick Schmid, Bert Töpelt
    Two weeks from now, Intel will release its all-new Core 2 Duo processor. The technical details were made available to the public in March 2006, and first benchmarks made clear that Intel is not joking: Core 2 Duo shall become the undisputed leader in performance and performance per Watt. It's time to separate facts from rumors. Intel does not talk about changes to the processor architecture; it talks about a complete redesign. The engineers took elements from the current Pentium D NetBurst architecture and added ingredients that made the Pentium M and Core Duo mobile processors successful, and voilá: The...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 85 of all teams with 8.3 Million points

    07/07/2006 5:58:24 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 282 replies · 4,575+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 351 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 85th place (with 908 active CPUs - 47,400 completed Work Units and nearly 8.5 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 100 of all teams with 7 Million points

    06/08/2006 11:17:52 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 327 replies · 4,646+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 342 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 99th place (with 985 active CPUs - 39,500 completed Work Units and nearly 7 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top105 of all teams with 6.4 Million points

    05/26/2006 9:12:44 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 119 replies · 2,104+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 337 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 103th place (with 988 active CPUs - 36,400 completed Work Units and more than 6,4 million points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 110 of all teams with 6 Million points

    05/17/2006 6:57:16 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 100 replies · 1,782+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 325+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 108th place (with 991 active CPUs - 34,150 completed Work Units and more than 6,000,000 points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 120 teams with 5 Million points

    04/25/2006 6:37:14 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 207 replies · 4,416+ views
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 300+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 117th place (with 1,038 active CPUs - 29,000 completed Work Units and more than 5,000,000 points). This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update - We're in the Top 145 teams (A Tribute to Ronald Reagan)

    04/03/2006 11:04:01 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 268 replies · 4,145+ views
    soccer_maniac ^ | 4-3-06 | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 300+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 144th place (with 1,045 CPUs - 24,200 completed Work Units and nearly 4,000,000 points) This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please see...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update - We're in the Top 165 teams (A Tribute to Ronald Reagan)

    03/13/2006 8:55:21 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 217 replies · 3,061+ views
    Folding@Home Official Stats ^ | 3-13-2006 | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 300+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 164th place (with 992 CPUs - nearly 19,000 completed Work Units and 2,982,241 points) This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please see...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update - We're in the Top 190 teams (A Tribute to Ronald Reagan)

    02/27/2006 6:44:55 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 295 replies · 4,598+ views
    soccer_maniac ^ | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. Our FreeRepublic team of 250+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 188th place (with 940 CPUs - 15,725 completed Work Units and 2,330,000 points) This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please see the...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update - 2 MILLION points & we're in the Top200

    02/21/2006 10:13:18 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 266 replies · 3,797+ views
    soccer_maniac | 2-21-06 | soccer_maniac
    Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. While this folding@home team is not officially sanctioned by Free Republic, it's 250+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 204th place, having reached more than 2,000,000 points! This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more,...
  • FR Folding@Home Project Update - We're are in the TOP250 teams and still climbing!!

    02/12/2006 1:46:32 PM PST · by soccer_maniac · 460 replies · 6,240+ views
    soccer_maniac | 2-12-2006 | soccer_maniac
    Welcome to the new FreeRepublic folding@home thread. The previous thread has gotten too large, so we move on to yet another. While this folding@home team is not officially sanctioned by Free Republic, it's 250+ members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 241st place, having moved up from 1200th...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 02-07-2006

    02/07/2006 5:24:57 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 194+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 02-07-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See this thread first. IBM's developed a chip and it runs at twice the clip 4 or 5 Megahertz ...but that's not the "wurtz" it seems Steve Jobs just missed the ship!
  • (Vanity) Folding@Home - Team (we're still searching for a name), is now at #777 and still climbing.

    01/03/2006 7:46:46 PM PST · by Klutz Dohanger · 316 replies · 4,513+ views
    Vanity | 03/03/2006 | Klutz_dohanger
    Welcome to the folding at home thread. The previous thread has gotten too large, so we move on to yet another. While this folding@home team is not officially sanctioned by Free Republic, it's members, or it's founders, it is comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing, who have banded together, to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via Distributed computing, millions of computers around the world, contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimers, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE). Currently, the team is in 777th place,...
  • (Vanity) Free Republic Folding@Home Project update - We're in the TOP 850!!!

    01/02/2006 9:53:26 AM PST · by systematic · 671 replies · 8,320+ views
    systematic ^ | 1-2-2006 | systematic
    New thread for this week. Congrats to all new members who joined this week! We've made excellent progress so far and have smoked the DUmmies and Kossacks. Let's keep folding!
  • (Vanity) Free Republic Folding@Home Project update - TOP 900!!!

    12/31/2005 8:43:40 PM PST · by Klutz Dohanger · 156 replies · 4,736+ views
    me - vanity ^ | 01/01/2006 | Klutz_dohanger
    A continuation of the Freeper Folder Thread
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc. beats Intel out the door with its dual-core Opteron chip family.

    09/26/2005 4:42:23 PM PDT · by xcamel · 45 replies · 966+ views
    informationweek ^ | today | Antone Gonsalves
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Monday unveiled three models in the dual-core Opteron chip family, as the company tries to stay ahead of rival Intel Corp. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company's Model 880 for up to eight-way, 16-core servers and Model 280 for dual-processor workstations and servers are available immediately. The Model 180 for one-processor, two-core servers and workstations is scheduled for release within 30 days. The new models are for the x86 platform.
  • Intel refuses gauntlet AMD throws down

    08/23/2005 7:33:51 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 21 replies · 668+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | 8-23-2005 | Inquiere STaff
    THE CEO OF Intel said that an advert AMD took out today challenging it to a dual core dual quite spoilt his cup of coffee. The advert, in broadsheet the San Francisco Chronicle, challenges Intel to match it on performance for dual core chips. But Paul Otellini, CEO pf Intel turned down the challenge with some disdain, refusing to pick up the gauntlet the chipsters threw down. We’ve often noted the resemblance of both Intel and AMD to the Tweedledee and Tweedledum characters in Alice through the Looking Glass. These brave warriors were forced to live a sort of mock...
  • Group in D.C. to Support Jailed Reporter (Judith Miller Barf Alert)

    08/10/2005 4:28:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 387+ views
    AP Via WTOP Radio ^ | 8/10/2005 | GEORGE GEDDA
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Press freedom advocates normally direct their wrath toward countries where harassment or abuse of journalists is the norm. Lately they have come up with a new target: the United States. On Wednesday, a delegation from the Inter-American Press Association, a Western Hemisphere watchdog group, was making a pilgrimage to Washington to show solidarity with Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who has been jailed since July 6. An evening meeting with Miller was planned at the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center, where she was being held for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the leak...
  • New 'Supercomputer on a Chip' Makes Debut

    02/07/2005 1:24:08 PM PST · by Next_Time_NJ · 17 replies · 903+ views
    Dubbed a "supercomputer on a chip," the Cell microprocessor has until now been long on ambition but short on specifics. At a technical conference in San Francisco, the three electronics giants described a chip that could provide ten times the performance of the latest PC chips and churn through many tasks at once. Aimed squarely at the "digital home" market highly sought-after by Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news), the Cell initiative, which has been in development since 2001, is viewed by some as a formidable, if fledgling, competitor to the world's largest chip maker. While IBM showed off prototypes of...
  • Intel's Mystery Mark, VIIV, Sparks Intrigue

    01/27/2005 5:23:26 PM PST · by atomic_dog · 29 replies · 994+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Wed Jan 26, 2005 | Daniel Sorid
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Recent trademark filings from Intel Corp. (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) are raising speculation that the world's largest chip maker may be preparing to create a new global brand. The question is, what does VIIV mean? "Intel Inside VIIV" and "Intel VIIV" were filed as U.S. trademarks last month by the Santa Clara, California-based chip maker, known for its Pentium and Centrino brands. A square graphic, resembling an inkblot or a starfield, was also filed around the same time. Intel watchers have a few hypotheses on the meaning of VIIV. One is that the letters are Roman...
  • Industry Gears Up for Two-Headed Chips

    12/21/2004 10:19:09 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 33 replies · 1,112+ views
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For decades, computer performance has been driven largely by the increasing numbers of ever-smaller transistors squeezed into the machines' silicon brains. With each generation, speeds jumped and prices dropped. hough the tiny switches built in silicon are the heart of the digital revolution, they can't shrink forever. And in recent years, chip companies have struggled to keep a lid on power and heat — the result of some transistor components getting as thin as a few atoms across. Now, the world's leading semiconductor companies have unveiled a remarkably similar strategy for working around the problem: In...
  • Need Computer Help -- Trying to Decide if I Want to Upgrade CPU

    12/18/2002 8:05:36 PM PST · by NYC GOP Chick · 171 replies · 2,191+ views
    OK, I have a computer that's about 3 years old and I'm very attached to it. I've done lots of upgrades and improvements over the past year or so and instead of getting a new one, I'd like to do one more upgrade.Having put in a Network Interface Card, doubled the RAM to 256K, installed a CD-RW drive and replaced the hard drive in my IBM Aptiva, I'm giving serious thought to updating the processor from a Pentium III 600 MHz to something like a P4 2G or something, and I have a few questions: 1) Do I need a...