Last year, Nvidia hosted NVISION 08, its initial annual conference. The feedback was quite positive, and there were a lot of things that were promised to be improved for the next year. Company representatives claimed that the show will be bigger and better, with more partners joining the frame. And then the world economy melted down, killing or downsizing a lot of events world-wide. Intel downsized its’ Chinese IDF convention to a local-event status, but IDF Fall 2009 will be held in Moscone Center in San Francisco – in its full strenght. Sadly for Nvidia, the company decided to cancel this year’s event, making NVISION
When world recession struck last year, contract foundries were hit really hard, with utilization dropping as low as 30%, sending workers home, introducing single-shift days and 4-day weeks. Largest players in the field, Taiwanese TSMC, UMC were forced to live through all of these measures in order to stay in the black. Courtesy of DigiTimes, we learned that both TSMC and UMC are reporting utilization growing back to 50-60%, thanks to a large number of rushed orders by foreign contracting firms. If we look at a chart above, we see that in December ’08, TSMC dipped as low as negative 31.5% compared to October, while
Samsung’s Marketing guys probably pulled a marketing stunt of the year, with a Youtube video which probably cost them less than any of those fancy ads in papers. Guys’n’girls took 24 Samsung 220/200MB Read/Write SSD drives, put’em on an RAID controller and tested them using a Skulltrail system. While achieved speed of 2GB/s was awesome, it also struck me as a pretty low figure for a 24 drive setup. Each drive achieved only 85MB/s, far cry from what those drives are capable of. Given that a RAID0 array with five Intel or OCZ SSDs gives out 1GB/s, why did Samsung need 19 more drives to
It looks like Nvidia was on to something when the company chose stereoscopic method for its GeForce 3D Vision project. Obligatory requirement for 120Hz refresh rate seemed ludicrous at best, but I just saw an interesting figure… according to analysis firm DisplaySearch, shipment of 120Hz LCD panels reached 3.3 million units. This is the same share as in previous quarter (Q3’08), but now 120Hz panels make up for 16% of all 32″ panels and 31% of all 40″+ LCD TV panels. This is a very interesting trend and analysts don’t expect to end soon. Second big winner is LED-backlight panel. This type of displays jumped
The wait is (almost) over. On Sunday, March 15, at 23:59 CET (March 16, 11:59AM in Auckland 😉 ), Bright Side of News or BSN* is coming online. In the past couple of months, a small team of people worked their arses off in order to create a publication that would approach the world of chips from the user perspective. We are now working hard at launch and post-launch articles and we hope that you’ll enjoy in them. Furthermore, I wish to thank all the partners who are participating in this launch and had faith in us when we had nothing to show but a
Dell just launched a 24-hour sale of its netbook, the Mini 9. You can buy this product for paltry $199, making this model first netbook to crack the $200 barrier. Caveat of course, comes in the form of operating system, none other than Ubuntu Linux, enabling Dell to shave off 50 greenbacks. After seeing this, there is nothing else to say but – computers just became an everyday thing even for non-tech savvy consumers. There is no reason why grandpa or grandma should not have something as cheap as this, and staying in touch could be much cheaper than it used to… kudos to Dell.
Best Buy special – for one week only, iPhone 3G 8GB is just $99. 16GB will set you back for just $199.
AMD’s foundry company got cybersquatted, but obviously, that is not enough.
Shareholder vote passed, AMD is splitting into AMD and AMD Global Foundry on March 2, 2009.
Creative demonstrated HD acceleration of its upcoming Zii chip using Google Android OS.
Sparkle is launching a new technique to increase cooling properties of their coolers. Unlike complicated schemes such as heat-pipe or vapor chamber technology, Sparkle implemented Diamond-like Carbon coating to already existing material.
In the wake of global economic recession, standing still is not the way out of the woods. Thus, AMD GPG is getting ready to launch 40nm refreshes of their Radeon 4600 and 4800. We haven’t received confirmation about names of the products, but the naming should be Radeon 4700 and Radeon 4900 series, with 5800 series reserved for the DirectX 11 part. Of course, AMD might be inclined to change the name and advance to 5000 series immediately, but we’ll see. RV740 and RV790 should be considered as a trial run for TSMC’s 40nm process, currently “the most advanced manufacturing process” on Earth. Yes, it
AMD announced ninth consecutive quarterly loss, this time another massive, 1+ billion USD. Is it time that AMD begins with capable
AMD will report yet another set of weak results, but this was expected due to global economy being in the toilet.
Intel dramatically reduced its involvement in BMW Sauber F1 team, decreasing sponsorship from nine spots to only two on the newly presented F1.09 car.
Watch the inauguration of first african-american president of USA online…
Voice recognition is one of ways of the future. Personally, I view OCZ’s NIA with Brain Fingers technology and Dragon Naturally Speaking as two best possible products to accelerate our interaction with computers, given that the speed of thought is better than our fingers 😉 In that light, seeing that Nuance Communications (developers of Dragon Naturally Speaking) and IBM signed a “licensing and technical services agreement” is a great day for the speech recognition industry. This contract enables Nuance to access whole speech recognition patent portfolio from IBM. Given the fact that IBM was a pioneer in speech recognition technology and used to own Nuance,
Like a clockwork, Steam released its hardware survey for December 2008. A lot of interesting gains with the biggest winners being Intel processors, ATI graphics cards and Windows Vista operating system.
Microsoft removes limitations on Windows 7 Beta download, way how to get yourself legal keys to activate the operating system from the future 😉
I just learned that a man with a heart and spirit that could turn mountains and river paths (and literally did, given the nature of his former job in Lloyd and Hidroput) died at the age of 76, after undetected cancer spread metastasic tumors around his body. Even with four large tumors in his brain, he didn’t stop living in full speed. The moment he was able to walk, he joked with nurses and doctors… and he proved that even if sickness breaks your body and ultimatively kills you, it is the spirit that is single most important thing in each persons life. With the