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NVIDIA pulling trigger on Tegra 3 - plans for new gen every year!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 2:51 am

It seems NVIDIA is gathering it's army for a bloody fight against AMD.

 

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Tegra 2 is out the gate, which is surprising for NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to casually note that Tegra 3 is nearly done and the work is starting on Tegra 4.

 

Not much was talked about with the chip itself and no parters were announced.

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Rumoured Nintendo 3DS specs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 2:42 am

Rumours are circling the soon to be hot Nintendo 3DS.

 

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Rumoured specs include: two 266MHz ARM11 CPU's, a 133MHz GPU, 4MB dedicated VRAM, 64MB RAM and a 1.5GB flash storage (in addition to SD card expansion).

 

Those specs are in line with the original iPhone (and 3G), the first 2 generations of iPod touch, all Amazon Kindles and a few other devices (Zune HD, Kin One, a handful of Nokia handsets).

 

More news will be posted when things are more concrete - for now, salivate of the Nintendo 3DS if that's your thang.

TMSC to show off 20nm chips with FinFET transistors at IEDM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 2:32 am

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TMSC) might be showing off a glimpse of the future of chip manufacturing tech smaller than 20nm when it pulls back the curtain on it's latest research involving FinFET transistors at a chip industry event later this year.

 

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Most existing products are built using planar transistors, invented in 1959 they are low-cost, efficient transistors. But, chip makers are now looking at other transistor design methods to shrink their die below 20nm, TMSC seems to heart the FinFET design because of their "fish-fin" design which reduces the size of working transistors.

 

TMSC will show off high performance 22nm and 20nm tech that features FinFET transistors at IEEE's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) which is happening on 6 - 8 December of this year in San Fransisco.

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GTC 2010 - Quadro 6000 and RTT DeltaGen show real-time Porsche rendering

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 2:18 am

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

Next up we ran into an NVIDIA product manager chap from the Quadro Professional Business Graphics line who gave us an introduction to one of its demo systems showcasing very impressive real-time rendering of a Porsche.

 

Combined with a system running an NVIDIA Quadro 6000 workstation video card, software from RTT called DeltaGen and multi-touch screen technology from PQ Labs, we were shown a demo which is used by car designers in the industry to create their new and upcoming models that we know and love.

 

 

In this demo we see a real-time rendering of a Porsche vehicle (sorry, I'm not up to scratch Porsche car models... 10 points to the first person to tell us which it is!) and in the software as you can see in the video below you are able to adjust certain aspects of the scene, such as the color paint job of the car. In turn you can see how those changes affect other aspects of the scene such as shadows in what looks to be a very realistic manner.

 

There will be more coming up from GTC 2010, so stay tuned.

ChatSquare to add chat and messaging functionality to FourSquare

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 2:04 am

Checking in with FourSquare is really neat and all, but what is it really worth beyond that? ChatSquare is looking to expand FourSquare functionality by allowing iPhone users to connect with other users in the same location.

 

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ChatSquare links up with the FourSquare API to place you at your location and opens chatrooms and message boards for the location. Make new friends, comment on events, or laugh at someone's misfortune all without having to, you know, approach anyone or talk face to face. The app is not available yet, but you can keep up to date at ChatSQ.com. Check out a short demo video at the Source Link.

Google's Gmail app for Android 2.2 updated

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:47 am

For Android handset users, Google released the Froyo 2.2 update a little while back now, but their Gmail team have been a bit slow with upgrading their Gmail e-mail App on the Android OS. There's now an update available in the Android Market for the new Gmail client.

 

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There's a few features included, such as a new header at the top of a message, with buttons for "star, reply, reply all and forward" which means you no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the message to access those functions.

 

One feature (that I have waited for) is "show quoted text" to reveal the previous message. In the current Gmail app, you're required to try and press the previous message tab - which sometimes doesn't work as planned.

GTC 2010 - AMAX GPU Personal Supercomputer has 4.12 Teraflops in one system

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:43 am

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

 

In this video she found Shoulin Chua from AMAX Information Technologies who gave us an introduction to one of its GPU Personal Supercomputers. It fits in a couple Intel Westmere Xeon processors along with four NVIIDA Telsa C2050 GPU processors. Each one of the C2050 cards has 448 cores, so if you do the math that gives us the system a huge total of 1792 cores of processing power. All of that amazing power on tap within a system chassis translates to a mega 4.12 Teraflops of performance or enough to do all sorts of simulations and supercomputing applications.

 

The cost for such a system comes in at about $10,000 USD. Nicole, just hand over that check book and bring a few home for us, will you?

RIM's new tablet possibly set for unveiling next week

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:11 am

The Blackberry tablet that has been the source of rumors and questions with no real substance could finally be officially seeing the light of day soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, RIM could be unveiling the long awaited device at their Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.

 

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According to the source, the "BlackPad" will run on a QNX operating system with a Marvell powered chip. It will have WiFi connection only with tethering possible through a regular BlackBerry device, which means the tablet will not be tied to a carrier or a service contract. No prices have been thrown around yet, but with no possibility of a discount on contract you can expect to shell out a chunk of change for your BlackBerry's new best friend.

GTC 2010 - Exxact Corp $15k GPU Workstation shows rendering power over CPU

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 1:03 am

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

In this video she hunted down Jason Chen from Exxact Corporation who gave us an introduction of one of its high-end GPU workstations based around a couple Intel Westmere Xeon 5650 processors and a staggering four NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPU computing processors which comes to over 1,700 cores when all counted up.

 

 

The system had a rendering benchmark from Tech-X which showcases the raw power of CPU versus GPU rendering. As you can see in the video above, on the left the CPU is drawing at around 1 FPS or so and on the right the GPU is drawing at around 65 FPS.

Galaxy S Femme AVEDA Limited Edition unveils a softer side of Samsung

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 12:44 am

Samsung is very proud of the worldwide saturation of their Galaxy S line of smartphones, and they've done a ton to make sure there's one for everyone. This is not only by releasing a Galaxy S variant for nearly every carrier out there, but they've even gone as far as marketing them to every demographic. Check out the South Korean Galaxy S Femme special edition.

 

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If the bright pink color (they call it a mix of pink, pearl, and orange) didn't point towards the female demographic, the travel kit of various creams and an app from Aveda that gives out beauty advice makes it a dead giveaway. Only 5,000 of these sets are scheduled for release with no pricing info at this time.

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