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Monday 07 September 2009
Intel Larabee
Christo [PCD] , Monday 07 September 2009 - 20:21:33 //

Intel decided to offer some details about its upcoming Larrabee chip, which is scheduled for release in late 2009 at best. The company is looking to successfully step into a segment run by graphics specialists such as AMD’s ATI division and Nvidia.

The chip is being designed for graphics cards which will ensure an extremely high image detail for games and videos.

According to the company’s officials, the first Larrabee line-up will be composed of add-in boards. A special ultra-wide ring network design will be used between the many cores, in order to reduce the lag, and each core will have extensions for handling 64-bit data. The plan is to empower as many processing units (cores) as possible on a single chip, offering numerous possibilities.

The problem is that its competitors are already shipping out similar products, as Nvidia’s offer includes GPUs with more than 200 cores and AMD announced for later this year a high-end graphics chip with more than 500 cores. For Intel, there are several ways of successfully launching its product, which could include speeding up the release date, developing a far better product than the existing ones, offering its chips at a much lower price or a combination of any of the above mentioned options.

At this point, the company only wanted to announce its general plans and explained that a more detailed presentation will be offered at the upcoming Siggraph computer graphics conference, which is scheduled to take place over a period of three days in Los Angeles, starting with August 12.

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Microsoft announces new Zune to take on iPod
Christo [PCD] , Monday 07 September 2009 - 20:20:58 //

Microsoft has announced that the latest version of its answer to the Apple iPod, the Zune portable media player, will go on sale in the United States on September 15.

The new Zune HD will come in two versions, with capacities of 16 and 32 gigabytes. It has a 3.3-inch OLED touch-screen, built-in wifi and radio receiver, and can store and play back video content in high definition (720p) using a special dock connected to a television set.

Microsoft has aggressively priced the Zune at $219.99 (£132) and $289.99 (£175), around $80 less than Apple charges for its similar iPod touch. No UK launch date for the machine has been set.

The Zune HD is designed to work in tandem with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console. Customers for films and TV shows downloaded for rental from the Xbox Live Marketplace will be able to transfer the content to their Zune.

The new Zune is the third version of Microsoft’s portable player. Until now, the device has failed to achieve anything like the success of Apple’s ubiquitous iPod range, which commands around 70 per cent of the market for portable players.

Of particular concern for Microsoft must be the unexpected success of Apple App store, through which iPod touch and iPhone owners have downloaded over 1 billion miniature applications in just over a year. Zune will have its own Marketplace, similar to the App store, but is unlikely to launch with anything like the 50,000 Apps that Apple now offers.

To ramp up the appeal of the store's offering, Microsoft is likely to emphasise the Zune's HD capability and the availability and pricing of downloadable content.

Although Microsoft clearly believes that it has finally come up with a serious iPod competitor, any triumphalism may be short-lived. On Wednesday, Apple announced a press conference to take place in early September. At such events, Apple traditionally unveils new poroducts and updates for autumn and Christmas.

Analysts expect that, in addition to the latest version of its operating system, OS10.6, Apple will also unveil a new camera-equipped iPod touch and – possibly -- an all-in-one tablet device.
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Wednesday 12 August 2009
Report: Xbox 360 Elite to Replace Pro at $299.99
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 12 August 2009 - 20:38:11 //

Rumor has price cut coming on August 30

The game console market is not doing as well as it once was and the more expensive consoles are especially feeling the pinch of the poor economy. The Nintendo Wii at $249 still reigns supreme when it comes to sales and the PS3 remains the most expensive of the game consoles.

There have been rumors swirling this week that the Xbox 360 Pro would go the way of the dinosaur and the Xbox 360 Elite would be reduced in price to replace it. The rumor has the Elite being cut to the $299.99 effectively pushing the Xbox 360 Pro out of the lineup.

This will mean that only two Xbox 360s will be offered from Microsoft: the Arcade and the Elite. A picture of a catalog from Meijer due to hit on August 30 has been leaked that shows the $299.99 price tag for the Elite. No official statement on the retirement of the 360 Pro or a price cut for the Elite has been offered from Microsoft at this time.

Microsoft may be cutting the price of its console, but Sony has not. There have been persistent rumblings that Sony will drop the price of its PS3, but so far, that has not happened.

Rumors cropped up earlier this month that the rumored PS3 Slim would be debuting on August 18 and that a price cut may come along with the new console.

Xbox 360 Elite Price Cut (Source: Kotaku)


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Sony Offers Free Repair for Notebooks with Defective NVIDIA GPUs
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 12 August 2009 - 20:36:54 //

Sony VAIO notebooks now suffering the same GPU fate as machines form Apple, HP, and Dell

NVIDIA is the second largest GPU maker in the world behind Intel. Intel leads the market because its GPUs are inside the vast majority of notebook and desktop computers with integrated graphics processors.

When notebooks offer discrete GPUs, things swing in favor of NVIDIA with its line of discrete notebook GPUs. In 2008, NVIDIA's GPUs were very popular additions to many different brands of notebook computers from Apple, HP, and Sony among others. NVIDIA ran into a bit of a problem when some of its GPUs started to fail at excessively high rates.

Apple, Dell, and HP all had GPUs that were defective, forcing wide scale replacements of parts. Sony has now added its name to the list of computer makers with defective NVIDIA GPUs in its notebooks. According to Sony, the defective GPUs may cause affected laptops to overheat and ultimately fail.

Symptoms of the GPU failure issue are distorted video, duplicate images, and blank screens. The GPU issue only applies to VAIO notebooks with NVIDIA GPUs in the VGN-AR1xx, VGN-AR2xx, VGN-AR3xx, VGN-FZ1xx, VGN-FZ2xx, VGN-FZ3xx, VGN-FZ4xx, VGC-LT1xx, and VGC-LT2xx models.

Sony will repair any laptop that is suffering from video issues relating to the GPU at no cost for parts or labor. The company is also extending the standard 12-month warranty on the notebooks to 36 months. The GPU failure is being cause by faulty material and thermal design in some laptops. PCWorld reports that NVIDIA took an additional $119.1 million charge during Q2 to help cover the costs of replacing the faulty GPUs.

Sony reports that it will not issue refunds on faulty VAIO notebooks. VAIO owners can get more information about repairs of the GPU issues on the Sony support page.

Previously Dell, HP, and Apple all offered a BIOS fix or free replacements for their line of notebooks that were affected with faulty GPUs.
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Saturday 18 July 2009
AMD Defends CPU Performance Against Facebook Complaints
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 18 July 2009 - 15:46:29 //

Facebook says that performance of Intel and AMD CPUs isn't what they tout in press

There are at times a significant difference between synthetic benchmarks that are run on CPUs and other hardware and the real world performance that parts are capable of delivering. The problem is that the software and environments that servers and processors run on in the real world are often vastly different that the industry standard server benchmarks.

An example is criticism from Facebook Vice President Jonathan Heiliger who claims that the new servers the social networking site uses are not showing the performance gains that Intel and AMD touted in the press.

According to Heiliger, engineers at the company are not seeing the performance gains expected. AMD has responded to the criticism from Facebook and eWeek reports AMD said that its CPUs are among the highest performing and most efficient available. AMD agrees with the issues on benchmark discrepancies with real world performance and says that what is needed most are benchmarks that reflect real world usage more accurately.

Heiliger said at the Structure conference on June 25, "The biggest thing that surprised us … is the less-than-anticipated performance gains from new microarchitectures. The performance gains they are touting in the press, we are not seeing in our applications."

AMD's Nigel Dessau defended the performance of AMDs Opteron processors saying that the problem for Facebook is that the company runs a highly specialized software stack and performance may be off because its applications run more PHP and Java than C++.

Dessau wrote, "Let's face it: Synthetic benchmarks are essentially a useful evil. Everyone wants to know how a certain technology performs against a standardized test, but what happens when that test [bears] no real resemblance to the real work people do? You get a huge disconnect."

AMD says that its new six-core Opteron parts are striking a balance between performance and energy efficiency. Energy efficiency has become as important to enterprise users as raw performance over the past several months.


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