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  • AMD bangs on about surround computing

    08/29/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:35 | Nick Farrell
    Get your seams behind you AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster has been pushing what he calls the coming “Surround Computing Era”, and unveiled new processor architecture details, enabling technologies and design methodologies that will help drive it. Surround computing is apparently an “extension of pervasive and ambient computing trends” no less. It is when computing technologies are “a completely natural and seamless part of daily life”. Papermaster is proof of it, we can't see any seams on him at all, but that might be the idea. Talking at the Hot Chips conference, Papermaster said that surround computing imagines a world without keyboards...
  • Intel details Knights Corner architecture at long last

    08/29/2012 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    SemiAccurate ^ | Aug 28, 2012 | Charlie Demerjian
    Hot Chips 2012: From GPU to soap opera to productAfter years of anticipation, Intel is finally giving us more information about the Larrabee/Knights Corner/Phi architecture. Pieces of this multi-multi-core architecture is going to form much of Intel’s future, so let’s take a look at the details.
  • Synaptics Announces New, Thinner Trackpads And Keyboards

    08/28/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | Tuesday, August 21 2012 11:49 pm | Jonathan Davis
    Synaptics has announced a new line of trackpads and keyboards coming sometime next year that will cut the size of current laptop inputs in half. Many of you have doubtless used a Synaptics device in the past, though you may not have been aware of it. Synaptics is the company responsible for making the trackpad in almost any laptop made in the past five years. Recently, Synaptics made some announcements that focused on making laptops thinner and lighter than they already are. By using its new ThinTouch keyboards and ForcePad trackpads, the keyboard and trackpad on laptops could have their...
  • Windows 95 released 17 years ago today--( August 24 )

    08/27/2012 9:21:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | 24 August 2012 - 10:09 | Steven Parker
    Windows 95 was arguably make or break for Microsoft, and today we celebrate the date in which it was released seventeen years ago. The iconic clouds startup screen. Seventeen years ago today Windows 95 was released to the public to major fanfare and success, this success also brought an antitrust case against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer 4.0 with a later service release of Windows 95. Windows 95 integrated Microsoft's formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, most notably in the graphical user interface (GUI) and in its relatively simplified "plug-n-play" features. There were also major changes...
  • AMD engineering another Opteron-like leap---A future of APUs and dense-packed servers

    08/27/2012 12:41:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 27th August 2012 14:54 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    VMworld 2012 It is not as much fun to be in the server part of Advanced Micro Devices these days, with Intel surging in the server racket and expanding out to switching and storage with its Xeon processors and Intel more or less counting the substantial innovations that AMD's engineers crafted for the Opterons a decade ago. The good news if you like a good fight is that there is a whole new management and engineering team at AMD now, and they not only understand that AMD has to do some serious innovating, but they are itching for the fight....
  • AMD drops prices across its CPU/APU range -- For Phenom II, FX-series Bulldozer CPUs and Llano APUs

    08/27/2012 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 27 August 2012 09:43 | Slobodan Simic
    AMD has updated its price pages pulling down the price on the full range of Llano APUs, Phenom II K10 parts and Bulldozer FX-Series CPUs. Although some price cuts are minor some parts got a price cut of up to 20 percent. The most significant price cut includes the now quite old Phenom II X4 955BE and 965BE CPUs that have dropped by 22.9 and 20.9 percent respectively. Price wise, the Phenom II 955 BE dropped from US $105 down to US $81 while the Pheom II X4 965BE dropped from US $115 down to US $91.The price cuts include...
  • Half of Microprocessors Sold in 2011 are Hybrid Chips with Integrated Graphics - Report.

    08/22/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies ^ | 05/17/2012 | Anton Shilov
    Hybrid Microprocessors Gain Market Share as Systems Become More CompactHalf of the $111 billion microprocessor market was generated by hybrid processors that included graphics cores or other kinds of processing engines, according to a report by IMS Research. Hybrid microprocessors will not only continue to gain market share, but will also let companies like Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. onto new markets, such as media tablets and smartphones. “Through the last decade the mobile and media consumption device markets have been pivotal for this hybridization trend; Apple, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and many...
  • Synaptics brings force to touch ( New Techn for tablets and smartphones )

    08/22/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    SemiAccurate ^ | Aug 20, 2012 | Charlie Demerjian
    Synaptics brings force to touch" width="63" height="14" />Synaptics has three new technologies to talk about, ClearPad, ForcePad, and ThinTouch. All bring a bunch of new tech to bear, resulting in thinner, better, and possibly cheaper touch interactivity, all with more features than the ‘old way’. First up is ClearPad, this is basically Synaptics’ name for a touchscreen with the sensor integrated in to the display itself, not glued on as a separate layer between the display and the glass cover. To make matters better, they also combine the transmit and receive layers to save yet more height over and above...
  • LHC Particle Soup Is the Hottest Thing Mankind Ever Made (CERN Scientists at work)

    08/15/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Aug 14, 2012 2:20 PM | Mario Aguilar
    Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider say they just temporarily created the hottest man-made temperature by colliding two lead ions. According to a source working on the project, the collision sprung loose a plasma "soup" of sub-atomic gluons and quarks at an estimated temperature of 5.5-trillion-degrees Celsius. We won't know just how hot the plasma was for at least a few weeks because the measurements are very delicate and have to be converted to degrees. The consensus seems to be that it will shatter the previous record, which was about 4 trillion degrees.The craziest thing is that this might not...
  • HP to spin off webOS division as Gram stealth subsidiary

    08/15/2012 6:20:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    tThe Register ^ | 15th August 2012 23:21 GMT | Neil McAllister
    Mystery software venture to focus on webOS, Enyo, cloud The Hewlett Packard global business division formerly known as Palm is in major upheaval yet again, as HP moves to spin off its webOS team into a new subsidiary, to be called Gram. The new venture was announced at an internal meeting late last week, webOS Nation reports, but exactly what Gram is being launched to accomplish remains something of a mystery. Newly christened Gram employees are being told to treat the venture as they would a startup. They can discuss what they're doing with close friends and family, but outsiders...
  • ARM and Globalfoundries Extend Collaboration to 20nm and 14nm FinFET Process Technologies.

    08/15/2012 11:56:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | 08/13/2012 09:47 PM | Anton Shilov
    Globalfoundries Begins to Make 20nm Test Chips at Fab 8 in Malta, New YorkGlobalFoundries and ARM Holdings on Monday signed a multi-year agreement to jointly deliver optimized system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for ARM processor designs on GlobalFoundries’ 20nm and future 14nm process technology that will use FinFET transistors. The new agreement also extends the collaboration to include Mali graphics processors. "By proactively working together to enable next-generation 20nm-LPM and FinFET process technologies, our mutual customers can be assured a range of implementation options that will enable two more generations of advanced semiconductor devices. Customers designing for mobile, tablet and computing applications...
  • SATA-IO’s USM Slim to pave the way for more “ultra” thin storage

    08/15/2012 10:44:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    The Storage Effect ^ | June 7, 2012 - 12:46 pm | Mark Wojtasiak
    Seagate’s ultra thin external hard drive dubbed the GoFlex Slim performance drive no doubt will see more competition.  Why?Because the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) just announced a new “Universal Storage Module (USM®) standard that enables consumers to simply and easily increase the storage capacity of their mobile devices. The USM Slim™ specification defines a thinner, 9mm dimension, making it an ideal storage solution for ultrabooks, tablets and other portable devices.”What this standard delivers: 41.5% reduction in size from 14.5mm to 9mmSATA 6Gb/s interface speedsNo cost to SATA-IO membersWidely available as part of the larger SATA Revision 3.2 release available later...
  • CPU benchmarks AMD E-350 and others ( Resources for Freepers)

    08/10/2012 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | 10th August 2012
    AMD E-350 This chart comparing CPU benchmarks is made using thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily. The CPU you selected has been found and highlighted from amongst the high, medium and low end CPU charts. If you would like to select a different CPU type please return to the CPU List.
  • Digia Buys Out Qt From Nokia ( Implications for Android and Linux?)

    08/09/2012 10:23:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Phoronix ^ | August 09, 2012 | Michael Larabel
    Digia has bought out Qt from Nokia. Uh oh? Nokia has announced today that Digia is acquiring the Qt software technologies and Qt business from Nokia. Digia is completely taking over Qt. Digia is the open-core company that previously took over Qt Commercial and releases their special version of Qt to customers. Digia claims they will take care of the commercial and open-source versions of the new Qt and they also want to bring the popular tool-kit to Android, Apple iOS, and Windows 8. With the Qt acquisition, a maximum of 125 people from Nokia will be joining Digia. Most...
  • New Quora Feature Suggests Answer to Social Business Quandary

    08/08/2012 1:43:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | August 7, 2012, 8:20 PM ET | Michael Hickins
    Michael Hickins Editor A new feature introduced by crowdsourcing site Quora may suggest a way for CIOs to address a problem that has long plagued business social networks: a lack of adoption by the employee population.Quora is a site that allows users to ask questions of the other users, and to recommend the best answers, making those answers rise to the top of the page. Many users come to the site simply to read answers to questions they find interesting, while others participate more actively by answering questions. In many cases, these users are also hoping to become recognized...
  • XMBC joins OUYA project

    08/08/2012 11:13:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:12 | Slobodan Simic
    To give it a neat media player With less than 24 hours left for backing the OUYA console project at Kickstarter, Fuseproject managed to get over 7.6 million of funding from over 57k of backers and has now got the XMBC to join in the project and bring its neat media player to console. In case you somehow managed to miss it, the XMBC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and hub for digital media available for several different platforms and it will be available on the OUYA console at launch. To ensure perfect compatibility,...
  • Ouya, Android-powered game console, blasts past $2.3m funding on Kickstarter

    07/11/2012 5:52:19 AM PDT · by Cato in PA · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/11/12 | Stuart Dredge
    US startup Ouya has attracted $2.3m (£1.47m) of pledges for its Android-based games console, less than 24 hours after launching its campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Nearly 19,000 people have backed the project at the time of writing, and with 28 days still to go, it has a shot at rivalling the Pebble smart-watch, which attracted $10.3m of Kickstarter pledges earlier in 2012. Chief executive Julie Uhrman had told the Guardian that venture capital firms had been skittish about the prospects for the Ouya console, leading the company to raise its seed funding from family and friends, before turning to...
  • Apple Retains Top Spot on Media Tablet Market, But Asus and Samsung Are Closing In.

    Apple Controlled Nearly 70% of Media Tablet Market in Q2 Total available market of media tablets in the second quarter 2012 increased significantly from 18.7 million units in Q1 to nearly 25 million units in Q2. Thanks to the launch of the third-generation iPad, Apple managed to sustain its leadership position with 68.2% market share. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are closing in and shipments of their tablets are increasing faster than sales of Apple iPad. Total worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 are estimated at 25 million units; up from 18.7 in the first quarter...
  • Apple and Google are in a bidding war for Kodak patents

    08/07/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Tue Aug 07 2012, 10:30 | Carly Page
    Rivals have laid down between $150m and $250m THE HIGH-PROFILE AUCTION for Eastman Kodak's patent portfolio has begun, with Apple and Google kicking off the bidding war. The rival firms have laid down bids of between $150m and $250m for Kodak's digital imaging patents, the Wall Street Journal reports, way below the $2.6bn hat Kodak's 1,100 strong patent portfolio is expected to fetch. Still, speculation suggests that the two firms are looking to ramp up the imaging technology in the Iphone and Android phones, respectively, following stiff competition from Nokia.Kodak refused to comment on the mooted bids, telling the WSJ,...
  • Is usability breaking Linux adoption?

    08/06/2012 8:15:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 3 August 2012 | Dennis Mbuvi
    I have been a Linux (Linux in this article refers to Linux based Operating System) user for a quite a number of years, actually, since I owned my first PC about four years ago. All through I have been using Fedora Linux , and it has not been an easy ride all along. Linux users have to learn how to use text editors, and how to work their way around configuration files. Initially, the issue was that Fedora Linux ships without a number of drivers, so called proprietary drivers and software. Proprietary drivers are drivers that do not conform to...
  • Hot Chips 24: A Symposium on High Performance Chips

    08/03/2012 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies ^ | August 2012 | IEEE Technical Committee on Microprocessors and Microcomputers in Cooperation with ACM SIGARCH
    Program Program Announced(See below)! Registration Open. Please join us at The Flint Center for the Performing Arts, in Cupertino, CA, on August 27-29, 2012. Mon, Aug 27th Session Title Presenter Affiliation 9:30 AM Tutorial 1 (includes breaks) (The Evolution of) Mobile SoC Programming Neil Trevett (Host) Khronos and TBA 1:00 PM Lunch - - - 2:00 PM Tutorial 2 (includes breaks) Die Stacking Liam Madden (Host) AMD, Amkor, SK Hynix, Xilinx 5:30 PM End of Monday - - - Tue, Aug 28th Session Title Presenter Affiliation 8:30 AM Welcome! Introductory Remarks Larry Lewis, Christos Kozyrakis & Rumi Zahir General Chair and Program...
  • ARM submits Mali-T604 for OpenCL conformance

    08/03/2012 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 03 August 2012 12:42 | Slobodan Simic
      To get full profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance ARM has submitted its Mali-T604 GPU to Khronos in order to get Full Profile OpenCL 1.1 conformance, bringing desktop GPU computing features to the mobile, embedded and smart-TV markets. ARM is actually the first GPU supplier to submit its GPU for Full Profile OpenCL conformance with Khronos, an organization that handles Full Profile and embedded profile OpenCL 1.1 certification. According to ARM, GPU computing is a growing trend that uses the performance of the GPU in order to augment the CPU for certain applications where the GPU is more effective thus providing...
  • Apple Asks Court to Sanction Samsung

    08/02/2012 11:36:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | Updated August 2, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET | JESSICA VASCELLARO
    Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27% asked a federal judge to sanction Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE -2.85% by declaring its own patents valid, as a squabble over disputed evidence in their patent case continued for a third day.In a filing made public Thursday, Apple said "Samsung and its counsel engaged in bad faith litigation misconduct by attempting to prejudice the jury." Samsung, denied the chance to use evidence it believes is important in the case, on Tuesday emailed the material to reporters. The company says the documents show that the iPhone was inspired by Sony Corp. 6758.TO +2.44% and that one of the devices Apple...
  • Texan scientists create tiny, tiny laser

    07/26/2012 5:51:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    The Register ^ | 26th July 2012 23:30 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    The University of Texas at Austin has unveiled a laser built from a 28 nanometer rod and a 5 nm silicon dioxide layer. Despite the diminutive dimensions, the laser offers a lengthy stride It is, however, offering a good step forward in using optical communications between and within electronics. One of the challenges for a designer wanting on-chip optics is that optical components are generally bigger than the electronics they support. The problem is more fundamental than component size: rather, it’s about the scale of light waves and how they behave – in particular, the way that surface irregularities scatter...
  • Google Fiber Announcement Live Stream ( --- Replay -- ??)

    07/26/2012 1:45:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hardocp ^ | July 26, 2012
    For those of you interested, the Google's Fiber team is making an announcement live as we speak. I just watched a demonstration showing Google Fiber at speeds of 900Gbps down / 720Gbps up
  • Nexus 7 sells out across the USA

    07/22/2012 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    slashgear ^ | Jul 20th 2012 | Chris Burns
    It’s an amazing feat to behold when a company makes a device so popular that it sells out in one store, much less the entirety of the USA – but that’s what Google is doing with the Nexus 7. This ASUS-manufactured tablet appears very much to be capturing the imaginations – and pocketbooks – of users across the United States as well as the UK as retailers both offline and online are showing sold out signs galore. From what we understand it appears that 3rd party retailers are “frantically” attempting to get more units in stock as ASUS and Google...
  • Samsung Galaxy S III blasts past 10m sales - SlashGear

    SlashGearSamsung Galaxy S III blasts past 10m salesSlashGearSamsung has sold more than ten million Galaxy S III handsets, according to the company's president for mobile communications, passing the milestone less than two months after the smartphone hit shelves. Shin Jong-kyun, chief of Samsung's information ...Samsung Galaxy S3 hits 10 million sales mark earlyCNETSamsung Plans 64GB Galaxy S3 This YearPCWorldHow Does The Samsung Galaxy S III Fare In A Drop Test?TechCrunchPC Magazine -San Francisco Chronicle -AFPall 357 news articles »...
  • Google's Android Could Be Affected in European Antitrust Deal: Report

    07/22/2012 4:58:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Google continues to negotiate with the European Union about its alleged anti-competitive behavior. A potential settlement directly involving Android, however, could make things "messier" for Google. - A settlement deal being negotiated between Google and the European Union to resolve antitrust issues could now be expanded to include Google's Android mobile technologies, in addition to Google search platforms. quot;The outcome is finely balanced and will partly depend on Google's willingness to ...... Published By: eWEEK - 2 days ago
  • Researchers Produce Transparent Solar Cell

    07/22/2012 1:13:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    Hardocp ^ | Sunday July 22, 2012
    An improvement in the makeup of solar cells generates electricity while maintaining a 70% transparency, making it adaptable to homes and businesses to reduce energy costs. The polymer solar cell is light, flexible and cheap to produce. If this goes into mass production, it could spell the end of unsightly bulky roof mounted solar panels. "These results open the potential for visibly transparent polymer solar cells as add-on components of portable electronics, smart windows and building-integrated photovoltaics and in other applications" Comments
  • Researchers Produce First Complete Computer Model of an Organism

    07/21/2012 9:27:35 AM PDT · by onedoug · 22 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 21 JULY 2012 | Max McClure, Stanford University
    In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world's first complete computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell. A team led by Markus Covert, assistant professor of bioengineering, used data from more than 900 scientific papers to account for every molecular interaction that takes place in the life cycle of Mycoplasma genitalium, the world's smallest free-living bacterium. ....
  • AMD slips modest speed bump into 'Abu Dhabi' Opterons ( Piledriver stuff)

    07/20/2012 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 12th July 2012 21:36 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Abu Dhabi, the Middle Eastern country that created the investment vehicle that bought the foundry business from AMD, is likely a bigger deal to the future of the chip maker than the forthcoming "Abu Dhabi" Opteron processors, especially if you look at those CPUs' clock speeds. Not that AMD made any promises of big clock-speed jumps with the current Opteron roadmap or its predecessor, which had the company shifting to a new set of server sockets with even fatter CPUs than the current C32 and G34 sockets get stuffed with. The original plan, announced back in November 2010, was for...
  • Raspberry Pi Announces Arrival of Raspbian OS

    07/20/2012 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | July 18, 2012 | Jane McEntegart
    Time to give your Raspberry Pi a little boost. Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the arrival of the Raspbian OS. The operating system, based on Debian and optimized for Raspberry Pi, makes better use of the tiny computer's hardware and provides performance boosts in several areas. Up until now, Debian had been the most popular OS for Raspberry Pi. Now, Raspbian is replacing Debian as the Raspberry Pi Foundation's recommended install. "We are pleased to announce the release of our first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution," RPF said via its official blog. "This is the result...
  • Google Fiber Finally Launching Next Week

    07/20/2012 11:09:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | July 18, 2012 11:30 PM | By Kevin Parrish -
    Google Fiber is supposedly launching on July 26. ZoomGigaOM reports that Google sent out invitations to a "special event" in Kansas City on July 26. Although the details are scarce, it's presumed to be the official launch of Google Fiber, the company's highly-anticipated fiber-to-the-home Gigabit network. Google previously stated that the launch would take place sometime this summer, and unnamed sources just recently said that Google Fiber would likely go live by the end of next week. "We would like to invite you to a special announcement about Google Fiber and the next chapter of the Internet," reads the invitation....
  • Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

    07/17/2012 10:20:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | 16th July 2012 22:00 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    The National Ignition Facility has followed up on its March firing with yet-another record, flicking the switch on a pulse that topped 500 trillion watts and 1.85 megajoules of UV laser. Back in March, the NIF at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had previously fired a 411 trillion watt pulse. As noted by the lab, 500 Terawatts is more than 1,000 times as much power as is consumed in the United States at any instant, and the laser claims power output of around 100 times any other laser “regularly” produces today. The NIF laser uses 192 beams to produce its...
  • Micron mass-produces Phase Change Memory (Flash Memory replacement )

    07/17/2012 10:06:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | 17th July 2012 16:01 GMT | Tony Smith
    Memory maker Micron has become the first firm to put Phase Change Memory (PCM) - one of the possible non-volatile successors to Flash - into mass production. Caveat: we're talking the technology's use for mobile devices only. Micron is pitching its initial offering at mobile devices, combining 1Gb of 45nm PCM and 512Mb of low-power DDR 2 memory into a single, 1.8V chip, though both types of memory are implemented on separate dies. Cramming memory and storage into a single chip will appeal to mobile device developers who generally favour a high level of integration, the better to get more...
  • Unique Properties of Graphene Lead to a New Paradigm for Low-Power Telecommunications

    07/16/2012 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 15, 2012
    New research by Columbia Engineering demonstrates remarkable optical nonlinear behavior of graphene that may lead to broad applications in optical interconnects and low-power photonic integrated circuits. With the placement of a sheet of graphene just one-carbon-atom-thick, the researchers transformed the originally passive device into an active one that generated microwave photonic signals and performed parametric wavelength conversion at telecommunication wavelengths."We have been able to demonstrate and explain the strong nonlinear response from graphene, which is the key component in this new hybrid device," says Tingyi Gu, the study's lead author and a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. "Showing the power-efficiency...
  • A new era in tech investing __( Implications in new products for consumers??)

    07/13/2012 8:50:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | July 4, 2012, 12:02 a.m. EDT | By Michael Comeau
    Commentary: Connecting the dots on recent tech newsNEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The days of hardware manufacturers printing money by stuffing someone else’s software into a box full of commodity parts are coming to an end. This isn’t an original idea on my part, but it’s an important one for investors to grasp. One of the many reasons Apple Inc. /quotes/zigman/68270/quotes/nls/aapl AAPL +0.63%   has decimated its competition over the past decade is that it controls both the hardware and software in its products. It doesn’t have to make hardware to accommodate another company’s hardware, and vice versa. Of course, it...
  • Western Digital Red 3TB SATA SOHO NAS Drive - Full Review....A warning about RAID

    07/12/2012 10:34:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    PC Perspective ^ | July 11, 2012 | Allyn Malventano
    Introduction and InternalsIntroduction:I'm going to let the cat out of the bag right here and now. Everyone's home RAID is likely an accident waiting to happen. If you're using regular consumer drives in a large array, there are some very simple (and likely) scenarios that can cause it to completely fail. I'm guilty of operating under this same false hope - I have an 8-drive array of 3TB WD Caviar Greens in a RAID-5. For those uninitiated, RAID-5 is where one drive worth of capacity is volunteered for use as parity data, which is distributed amongst all drives in the array....
  • Galaxy Tab doesn't copy Apple designs, U.K. court rules

    07/09/2012 11:46:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Cnet ^ | July 9, 2012 4:52 AM PDT | Roger Cheng
    It's a win for Samsung Electronics, which hasn't fared so well in the legal arena lately. The decision affects three Galaxy Tab models.Score one for Samsung Electronics. After several legal defeats resulting in a product ban, Samsung finally got a court to side with it. The company said that the High Court of England and Wales ruled that its Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon Apple's tablet designs, and found 50 different recognizable traits. The victory is a measure of relief after a few rough weeks in which a U.S. judge ordered a ban on the Galaxy Nexus, resulting in...
  • This set of patches implements the core Linux support for the AArch64 (64-bit ARM) architecture.

    07/09/2012 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | Fri Jul 06 2012 - 17:16:41 EST | Catalin Marinas
    This set of patches implements the core Linux support for the AArch64 (64-bit ARM) architecture. ARM introduced AArch64 as part of the ARMv8 architecture and consists of a substantially revised exception model (with 4 exception levels: EL0 - user, EL1 - kernel, EL2 - hypervisor, EL3 - secure monitor), new A64 instruction set based on larger register file, new FP/SIMD instructions. The new ABI is LP64 and takes advantage of the larger register file and mandates FP. AArch64 documentation currently available (publicly, though click-through agreement required): - Instruction Set Overview: - ABI (PCS, ELF, DWARF, C++): The AArch64 Linux port...
  • U.S. Patent System is Broken, Declares Judge in Android v. Apple Cases

    07/09/2012 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 6, 2012 1:12 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Veteran Judge Posner says "animals" like Apple are just exploiting the weapons an ineffectual gov't has created "It's a constant struggle for survival.  As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem," states Judge Richard A. Posner in a recent interview with Reuters.   As a sitting judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals who occasionally moonlights as a judge in Chicago's U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Judge Posner has watched the devolution of America's intellectual property system over the past several decades. I. Google v. Apple -- A...
  • High-frequency self-aligned graphene transistors with transferred gate stacks ( 400+ GHz )

    07/06/2012 1:16:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | June 8, 2012 | Edited by Paul L. McEuen,
    Graphene has attracted enormous attention for radio-frequency transistor applications because of its exceptional high carrier mobility, high carrier saturation velocity, and large critical current density. Herein we report a new approach for the scalable fabrication of high-performance graphene transistors with transferred gate stacks. Specifically, arrays of gate stacks are first patterned on a sacrificial substrate, and then transferred onto arbitrary substrates with graphene on top. A self-aligned process, enabled by the unique structure of the transferred gate stacks, is then used to position precisely the source and drain electrodes with minimized access resistance or parasitic capacitance. This process has therefore...
  • NVIDIA Loses Huge GPU Order Due To Linux Blob

    06/29/2012 8:32:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Michael Larabel
    NVIDIA has lost an order of at least ten million graphics cards because their GeForce/Quadro driver is closed-source. It's been a very interesting week in the binary Linux graphics world with Linus Torvalds calling NVIDIA the worst company ever along with making colorful comments about the green company, NVIDIA's bullshit response, and then on the opposite side of the table was XBMC developers publicly pointing out the problems with AMD Catalyst. Ending out Friday, assuming nothing else interesting takes place this weekend in the duopoly Linux graphics card battle, is word of NVIDIA losing a huge order due to their...
  • Atari turns 40: Pong, Pac-Man and a $500 gamble

    06/27/2012 10:21:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | 27th June 2012 16:00 GMT | Gavin Clarke
    Did 1980s joystick deathgrip give you a claw hand? Forty years ago today, one of the most iconic names in computing was born: Atari. With just $500 between them, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari on June 26, 1972. Atari quickly became a successful computer games company: titles for Atari broke the one million units sold barrier and 10 years later Atari was making $2bn in annual sales. The company built the world's first popular home video game console, employed Apple founder Steve Jobs and put Pac-Man and Space Invaders into millions of living rooms. Atari succeeded at a...
  • RBS IT outsourcing questioned ( Outsourcing -- UK to India---real Heartburn... for execs at RBS)

    06/27/2012 9:53:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:56 | Nick Farrell
    Junior IT tech caused huge crash The Royal Bank of Scotland's outsourcing policy has been questioned after it was revealed that a junior technician in India caused a computer meltdown which froze millions of British bank accounts. Apparently an ‘inexperienced operative’ erased a massive swathe of information during a routine software upgrade for the Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiaries NatWest and Ulster Bank. The worker  was part of a team recruited in Hyderabad after the bank laid off more than 20,000 UK staff and outsourced work abroad. Now it seems that the deleted information had to be painstakingly...
  • Kindle Fire 2 may hit as soon as July

    06/26/2012 11:05:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    CNET ^ | June 25, 2012 1:13 PM PDT | David Carnoy
    If you're waiting for the Kindle Fire 2 or a new e-ink Kindle, you may not have to wait much longer.Last year, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire in September. The next-generation Kindles are expected to launch a little earlier this year.(Credit: CNET) What's next for Kindle hardware? Well, a credible source has told CNET that Amazon will unveil a second-generation Kindle Fire this summer and that it's targeting July 31 for a launch event. While we can't confirm the date, there's been plenty of chatter about new Kindles coming soon. Most recently, DigiTimes, which has been pretty spotty on the...
  • Live coverage: Microsoft announces Surface tablet

    06/18/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 21 replies
    MSNBC Gadgetbox ^ | 6/18/2012 | Wilson Rothman
    From the mouse to Xbox, the best experience has been when software, hardware and peripherals work together, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when he took the stage Monday in Hollywood, Calif. for a mystery announcement. He quickly introduced the Surface tablet. Not Xbox Surface, just Microsoft Surface. It is not a giant table, but rather a tablet meant, in many ways, to compete with the iPad. But the Surface won't just be on the Nvidia ARM processor, like the iPad. There will also be a Surface that runs on Intel-based processors, to run a full-blown version of Windows 8 Pro....
  • Here's Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft's Big Windows 8 Announcements This Week

    06/18/2012 9:15:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/18/2012 | Steve Kovach
    This is going to be a huge week for Microsoft. Today, the company is expected to announce its first tablet, which will be designed to compete with the iPad. On Wednesday, we're expecting Microsoft to give us details on the next major version of its Windows Phone operating, which will likely be very similar to Windows 8. Here's you need to know: * Microsoft will announce its own tablet. This will be the first time Microsoft builds the hardware and software for a tablet. * The tablet will run a special version of Windows 8 called "Windows RT." Windows RT...
  • IBM US nuke-lab beast 'Sequoia' is top of the flops (petaflops, that is)

    06/18/2012 10:09:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | 18th June 2012 09:14 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    ISC 2012For the second time in the past two years, a new supercomputer has taken the top ranking in the Top 500 list of supercomputers – and it does not use a hybrid CPU-GPU architecture. But the question everyone will be asking at the International Super Computing conference in Hamburg, Germany today is whether this is the last hurrah for such monolithic parallel machines and whether the move toward hybrid machines where GPUs or other kinds of coprocessors do most of the work is inevitable. LLNL's Sequoia BlueGene/Q super being assembled by IBM (click to enlarge) No one can predict...
  • Acer's Iconia W700 Ivy Bridge Windows 8 Tablet: The Start of Something Big ( very responsive)

    06/10/2012 5:33:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Anandtech. ^ | 6/9/2012 12:45:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    My first meeting of Computex wasn't a meeting at all, rather it was Acer's press conference a day before the show officially started. In its press conference, Acer introduced a top to bottom lineup of touch enabled Windows 8 devices. Among the list were two particularly interesting tablets: the Iconia W510 and W700. The former is an Atom (Clovertrail) based tablet with Transformer-style keyboard dock, while the latter is a full fledged Ivy Bridge based tablet. On my last day in Taipei I managed to secure some extended hands on time with the W700. I'm always asked what I was most impressed...