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Daily News Round #2 for August 25, 2003

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 25, 2003
By: Nigel Woodford | Posted: Aug 25, 2003 11:33 pm

- AMD's new PR rating system?


Many sites around the net (including the inquirer) are reporting that when AMD launches its "FX" Athlon 64 series, it will use a different PR rating system. If you remember, the "FX" CPU's will support dual channel DDR configurations. Keep in mind that we haven't heard anything official from AMD yet about this new rating system.


- Silent pump for water-cooled PCs!


Talk about a silent PC! As CPU's increase in speed, new cooling technologies like these will greatly help us keep the heat under control.


A new water-cooling system for computer chips has been developed that incorporates a clever pump with no moving parts. The system, developed by Californian start-up company Cooligy, aims to silently solve the problem that the faster chips get, the hotter they become.


In the near future, the chips in high-speed laptops and desktop PCs will generate so much heat that traditional air cooling systems will struggle to cope. Simply increasing the speed of the fans used will increase the noise they make and the risk of mechanical failure. So a number of companies are now working on systems that use water to draw heat away.


- Compro TV tuner


OCAU has examined a new TV tuner card from Compro in Taiwan, their VideoMate TV Gold Plus. This PCI card has some interesting features including an FM radio tuner and the ability to turn on your PC, record a particular show to disk, then turn it off again.


In this case, both components are from Phillips: the Philips SAA7133 chipset is the core processor handling the audio and video signals for TV reception, while the Philips FM1236 chipset is providing FM reception. The VideoMate PCB is slightly bigger than the Asus 880 TV Tuner card because it has to accommodate the additional FM Tuner and the connectors for the internal audio and power-up cables.


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