Enterprise, Hardware

AirVideo 2000: Using Wi-Fi for streaming display pictures

AirLive is a brand from OvisLink Corporation, a Taiwan based corporation with a broad variety of networking products. We decided to take a look at their AirVideo-2000. This product will take on the cable mess you usually find in conference or presentation rooms. The interesting idea behind AirVideo 2000 is to make your VGA cable go wireless. According to manufacturer, this product should be fast enough to make Video Streaming [with audio] possible. So now you can mount your beamer on the ceiling, mount the AirVideo-2000 next to it, power them up and don’t have to worry about cables ruining the clean and tidy look

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Apple, Business, Companies, Enterprise, Graphics

Former AMD Graphics Group CTO Bob Drebin now works for Apple

Former CTO for Graphics Products Group at AMD & Engineering Director / Fellow at ATI, Bob Drebin has updated his LinkedIn profile and aparently now works for Apple. His new job description says only "Senior Director", but we’re sure there’s more to it. His experience profile shows quite some impressive companies like Pixar, SGI, ArtX and Lucasfilm that Mr. Drebin has worked for in the past. We wish him all the best at his new position.

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Hardware

PC Power & Cooling launches a new silent PSU for the high-end machines

We received news that PC Power & Cooling has just extended their Silencer Product range up to 910 W. That’s some some power and they recieved the NVIDIA SLI Ready logo as well. With over 20 years of experience, PP&C claims that their Silencer line-up can fit all the computing needs from 370W to 910W, whilst the latter one can do 1000W peak. All done on a single rail, so you really can max out this power supply. We will put a 750W Silencer on our testbench soon and we expect the Silencer 910 to beat that easily. So, whatever your needs are, PC Power and Cooling

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Business, Enterprise

Oracle bids $9.5 per SUN share

Todays hot news from Santa Clara are as follows: "SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 20, 2009 — Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt." This is a surprising announcement, just two weeks after IBM has withdrawn it’s offer for SUN Microsystems. This is even better for SUN shareholders, because it surpasses IBM’s offer and even outpaces last weeks value of each SUN share by $3

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Enterprise

Acronis True Image Backup now goes Virtual

Sometimes, product names can make you smile because you think it’s funny, but after reading the product description, or the price tag, your smile goes away. Not with Acronis Inc. Their recent announcement of the "Acronis True Image Virtual Edition" does not save your data virtually as one might think, but rather physically, but it saves you costs with virtual machines. Yes, here’s the thing. If you had physical machines previously, you had a licence of Acronis True Image on each one of them. But what if you’re going virtual servers now? Migrations to big Hyper-V or VMWare Hosts are very common these days. Yes,

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

IBM Tech Alliance announces 28nm Low-Power process

The IBM Technology Alliance which features famous members such as GlobalFoundries [former AMD], Chartered, Samsung, Infineon and STMicroelectronics are jointly developing a 28nm technology process. As a part of today’s release, Low-Power 28nm technology evaluation kit was released end of March 2009. It is expected that production of first 28nm chips will hit the market sometimes in the second half of 2010, meanining that 32nm process is considered just as a middle-step towards 28nm. Experts say that the transition from 32nm to 28nm will be easy as no major redesign will be necessary; thus saving costs and energy for the new generation of mobile device

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Hardware

Intel fixes its SSD performance slowdown issue

PC Perspective’s Allyn Malventano got more than he bargained for after his first article pointed out the problems on Intel’s X25-M SSD drives. Prior to Easter, PC Perspective received new Firmware for the X25-M drive and took another hard run at his SSD. First off, the new firmware really fixes the problem. Although the issue is unlikely to come up on a standard setup, it can cause you real performance issues depending on your usage (many small files are the key to slowing down your SSD). Allyn has truly tortured his X25-M after applying the firmware update and didn’t find any performance breakdowns. It seems

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Enterprise, Software Programs

HowTo: Linux Software RAID demystified

With Linux, the open source OS [Operating System] becoming more popular every day with various flavors [distributions], Bright Enterprise Labs decided that it would be a good idea to point out one excellent feature that Linux offers for free – in all versions on the market. Software based RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). No fancy add on with driver support needed, all you need is two or more storage connectors on your mainboard. Not only SATA is what you can use, even a mix of IDE and SATA drives is possible, although we don’t recommend it due to the very difference in bandwidth that both

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Business, Enterprise

UPDATED: IBM withdraws its bid for SUN, SUN stock drops 22%

The New York Times reports that IBM has withdrawn its $7 Billion offer recently made to buy up SUN Microsystems. This is putting the maker of Java, Virtual Box, MySQL, Solaris and the UltraSPARC 2+ processor in a difficult situation. They’ve been in troubled waters for quite some time and now face themselves in the need for a safe harbor again. What made IBM withdraw its bid is not yet known, but it propably will slump the SUN stock at Wall Street when it opens monday morning. The rumors and later confirmed talks between IBM and SUN had pushed the SUN stock value somewhat US$ 5 per

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Gaming, Graphics

UPDATED: ATI 4800 series rules in Milkyway@Home

Following our Interview with Gipsel of the Planet 3D Now! Team, we now want to provide you with the raw numbers we got from running the Milkyway@Home Project. This time, comparing the original client that comes from the MW@Home server with the freely available optimized clients from Gipsel. He did not only optimize the plain x87 client, but also compiled it for SSE, SSE2 up to SSE4.2. Even if there is no performance after SSE2, we ran them all in our lab. Of course we also ran the GPU client. Gipsel has just recently released version 0.19e which is multi-gpu capable and more easy on

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Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Interviews

Interview: Milkyway@Home meets the power of Graphics

We are currently faced with too many questions and everybody from the scientific community to us, regular people, are looking for answers. We are faced with questions touching on the human lifespan and how we can prevent diseases – to questions about our place in the universe and what it looks like… and in order to find the answers to these perplexing questions, we need A LOT of computing power. Enter the realm of GPGPU or GPU Computing. Our passion for playing in virtual worlds has lead companies such as ATI and Nvidia to create graphics chips that surpass general-purpose chips by orders of magnitude

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