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15nm circuits have wires that are just 150 atoms apart

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 11:16 am

Every time I read the word "atom," I say to myself "up and Atom" from the character "Radioactive Man" from the Simpsons. Anyway, researchers from McGill University and Sandia National Laboratories have built a circuit that has two wires that are separated by just 150 atoms, built on a 15nm process.

 

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Circuits of this size include the usual benefits of lower power consumption and heat, as well as bringing extra functionality due to the larger transistor density. The challenges at this level, as you can imagine, are great. Dan Olds, an analyst at The Gabriel Consulting Group said of this research:

 

This kind of research also uncovers other potential problems arising from ever smaller shrinks. Getting to 15nm or 16nm will mean smaller and more powerful devices that are more energy efficient. But when we're talking about such a small scale, designing chips that can be mass-produced with decent yields is quite a challenge. There will also be challenges for the design of devices that will use these processors. Devices based on 15nm processes will pack more performance and functionality into much smaller form factors. Functions that used to take two or more chips will be accomplished by one transistor-jammed processor.

RumorTT: AMD Tahiti GPU details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 10:22 am

This post comes inclusive of many grains of salt, but the first leaks on AMD's Radeon HD 7970 are here. The GPU is said to be released on January 10, 2012, where our VGA editor has promised me after he's done he's going to send me all of our samples, right Shane? ;)

 

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Onto the rumor, 3DCenter have a compiled list of specifications for "Tahiti", from various sources and bits and pieces of info from here and there:

 

4.50 billion transistors, die-area of 380 mm², built on TSMC 28 nm process

Advanced GCN 1D architecture

2048 1D processing cores

128 TMUs, 48 ROPs

384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, memory clock slightly below 1 GHz, target bandwidth of 240~264 GB/s

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GSC Game World, studio responsible for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. closes down, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 cancelled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 9:31 am

The studio responsible for S.T.A.L.K.E.R have reportedly closed down, with Ukrainian developer GSC Game World closing their doors. The company was founded back in 1995, and have had quite the run of success with S.T.A.L.K.E.R., their first-person shooter game.

 

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There were multiple games in the series, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was being developed and was looking to have a release next year.1C Ukraine's Sergey Galenkin blogged about the closure, with 1C being one of the publishers of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The blog states the shut down has been confirmed, with Galenkin attributing this to a combination of things including a failed publishing deal for a console version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and the difficulties in self-publishing a PC game in Eastern Europe.

 

It's a sad, sad day and I'm truly disappointed that GSC Game World have gone. What next?

Hitachi unveil two new 4TB storage solutions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 8:40 am

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) have just announced the industry's highest capacity 4TB storage solutions in the form of the Deskstar 5K4000 Internal Hard Drive Kit and the Touro Desk External Hard Drive. The Hitachi 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 hard drive is a 3.5-inch drive with a 32MB cache and also sports Hitachi's CoolSpin technology. CoolSpin, along with other Hitachi power management techniques, give the Deskstar 5K4000 up to 28-percent idle power savings over the Deskstar 7K3000 7,200 RPM drives.

 

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The suggest retail price on the drive is $399.99. The kit comes inclusive of mounting screws, step-by-step instructions and a software download that allows both 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux-based systems to access the full capacity and power of the 4TB drive.

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uTorrent now sells extra features, for $24.95 per year, users should download irony.torrent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 7:23 am

uTorrent have launched the paid version of their app, after a few months of teasing and announcements, it's here. Version 3 of the application includes new paid-only features, which cost $24.95 per year. The new features include an anti-virus scanner powered by BitDefender, a media player and integrated support for converting popular video file types such as MPEG4, H.264, Theora, and VP8, as well as audio formats MP3, AAC and AC-3.

 

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The media player includes an interesting feature where it allows you to playback the video while its still downloading. This feature is included in the free version of uTorrent. The free version won't be disappearing anytime soon.

 

I wonder if anyone will torrent uTorrent, and use the full features - after all, isn't that what 75-percent or more of torrent users use torrents for? I'm going to go look for irony.torrent right now.

Apple now able to sell the iPhone 4S in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 6:23 am

Considering the phone is built in China, one would think it would be one of the first places to hit retail shelves. But, it has only just been in the last 48 hours that Apple have gotten the long-awaited permit to begin selling their latest and greatest iPhone 4S in China.

 

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According to M.I.C. Gadget, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Monday issued the needed paperwork for the iPhone 4S. After which, China Unicom (I initially read that as China Unicorn... the latter sounds better) hopes to have the iPhone 4S available before the end of the year.

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Motorola wins against Apple in court over wireless patent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 5:31 am

Motorola would be running around saying HELLO MOTO to each other today in excitement, as a German court ruled against Apple in an ongoing battle over patents. Motorola's complaing was that Apple failed to license on of their wireless intellectual properties. Apple use this technology in their 3G-packing iPads and iPhones.

 

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Motorola could now force Apple to remove the feature from their products, or even have the ability to slap a sales ban in Germany. Apple have said that they intend to appeal the ruling, while Motorola claim the ruling validated its "efforts to enforce its patents against Apple's infringement."

 

Apple have replied, by saying:

 

We're going to appeal the court's ruling right away. Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want.

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Skyrim to have multiple DLC releases, developers say that the game's popularity has gone "above and beyond" their expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 4:31 am

The Spike Video Game Awards happened over the weekend, where Game Director Todd Howard accepted an award for Game of the Year for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, he also said to Joystiq that the game's popularity had surprised even the development team.

 

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He said "We thought it would do well, but it has gone above and beyond." One of the more surprising effects of that popularity, are the many YouTube videos. Howard says one of the favorite videos at Bethesda is the one where people put buckets on the heads of in-game characters. He said:

 

It was like day two, and we went, what? Do we fix that? Our lead programmer is pissed and wants to fix it, and I said I'm not sure we should. That's one of those where maybe we leave it in.

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Toshiba Thrive, Toshiba's 7-inch tablet is now here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 3:31 am

Toshiba have just made their NVIDIA Tegra 2-sporting, 7-inch tablet official. Welcome the Toshiba Thrive. Thrive is a 7-inch tablet, with an AutoBrite LED Backlit display sporting a 1280x800 resolution display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, dual cameras, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and comes in both 16 and 32GB flavors.

 

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The tablet is just .48-inches thick, as for its cameras, it features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Thrive starts at $379.99. Yes, it's not an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet, but for some people, they just don't need all of that power.

U.S. online holiday spending passes $25 billion, sets new record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 2:27 am

comScore have just released their U.S. online holiday spending numbers for the season to-date, where it has been revealed that consumers continued to spend online in record amounts. In just 39 days of the November to December 2011 holiday season, $24.6 billion was spent online, which is a 15-percent increase compared to the same time last year.

 

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The week ending December 9 reached $5.9 billion in spending, up 15-percent with 3 days surpassing $1 billion in spending. For this holiday season, six individual days have surpassed $1 billion in spending, which for an economy in tatters, is quite the achievement. Cyber Monday leads this with $1.25 billion in sales, as well as Monday, December 5, which now ranks as the second heaviest spending day in history at $1.18 billion.

 

One of the driving forces behind this new found love for online retail shopping is the use of coupons and deals as well as the increased amount of free shipping offers from retailers. Smartphones and tablets have also helped, with more and more people using price comparison apps, both making purchases from the comfort of their own homes, or inside retail stores. E-commerce companies have noticed this trend and are now offering strong incentives to use and buy through mobile apps.

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