Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AMD Bulldozer and Llano launch dates reportedly leaked

Rumours are going around about the expected release date for the AMD Llano and Bulldozer. Xbit Labs,says that some of its indutry sources ahve leaked the luanch dates for the new APUs. According to the site's sources, AMD will start shipping its brand new high-end desktop Bulldozer APUs on the week commencing 20 June 2011.These will likely compete with Intel's LGA1366 and the upcoming LGA 2011 series chips.
According to the website's sources, the Bulldozer APUs will come in eight-core, six-core and quad-core variants, which will be released with the FX8000, FX6000 and FX4000 model names respectively.
There isn't much fothcoming information about the mid-range and mobile-targeted Llano parts, but Xbit's sources say that AMD will ship these in the week commencing 4 July. On the other hand, Turkish tech site Donanim haber is running with a purportedly leaked Power Point slide detailing what looks like AMD’s mobile CPU line-up for the next two years, spanning everything from sub-12in portables to performance machines.
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The slide details three types of Llano chips for 2011, coming in two-core, three-core and quad-core variants. According to the slide, all the CPUs will support 1,600MHz DDR3 memory, and will also feature integrated DirectX 11 GPUs.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Gigabyte Claim World's First Overclocking Mobo

Gigabyte Claim World's First Overclocking Mobo

CeBIT 2011: AMD Demos Llano Behind Closed Doors : AMD Demos Mobile Llano

CeBIT 2011: AMD Demos Llano Behind Closed Doors : AMD Demos Mobile Llano

Powercolor PCS ++ The "+" "+" stands for the position any consumer will enjoy. Teh beauty of AMD Radeon 6950 and 6970 in One Card!!

So you have been thinking of buying a new AMD Radeon 6950 and flashing it to the Radeon 6970? Alas some of us haven't got around either being n00bs or are to oscared to flash their device for fear of invalidating their warranties. Well, fear not, you have hope now. Powercolor have just released the PCS++ version of the Radeon 6950. This one boasts proper use of the AMD dual BIOS in the card. That is, They have included both the 6950 as well as the 6970's BIOS in the card itself. At just a flick of the button you get the more powerful Radeon 6970. And the best part - it is valid as far as warranty is concerned and more importantly, the card is specifically designed to handle the heat generated by the Radeon 6970 model. Win - win situation. So how well does this idea fare? Check out the link below for the review.

Powercolor HD6950 PCS++ 2GB Review – dual action | KitGuru


Motorola Xoom costs $360 to build but sells for $799

Motorola Xoom TabletOne of Apple's best management practices is sourcing their materials at the cheapest rate by buying in huge quantities. This is basic commerce as we all know. Every organisation tries to achieve economies of scale. This in turn helps them get a competitive advantage over their rivals. IHS iSuppli estimates the bill of materials of the Motorola Xoom at $360, while Apple's first-gen iPad (32 GB/3G) was estimated at roughly $320. The estimated difference of $40 turns into $70 in the store, as the Xoom sells for $799 and the comparable iPad for $729. With a two-year 3G commitment, the Xoom sells for $599 at Verizon, while there is no such discount currently available for the iPad. 
"With its features and functionality, the Xoom is clearly designed to go head-to-head against the iPad 3G," Wayne Lam, an analyst with IHS iSuppli, wrote in a March 1 research note. "In pursuing that design philosophy, Motorola has closely lined up the Xoom's component costs with that of the iPad's, especially where it counts: in the touch screen, the display and the cellular radio." We are now waiting for a first cost estimate for the ipad 2, which should, despite the additions of cameras go down, due to Apple's long term material supply contracts as well as obvious integration improvements.

Apple's cost advantages are substantial pressure for its rivals. Motorola, Samsung, RIM and others will have to find ways to compete with Apple on a cost level - not just on a feature level - as tablets move more and more into the mainstream.

VIDEO: Adreno 220 GPU in Desert Winds Demo

During Mobile World Congress 2011, Qualcomm presented a "Desert Winds" demo using its new Adreno 220 GPU and the dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 chipset. The GPU displayed mind blowing graphics performance in the form of the female warrior Amira taking on a giant jumping scorpion named Alacran.

"Desert Winds was shown in stereoscopic and non-stereoscopic 3D via HDMI out to a 55-inch HD LCD display," the company said. "As with Qualcomm’s other dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 demos at the show, the new Desert Winds game was running on the Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP), which is a device available to developers who want early access to Snapdragon chipsets and Adreno GPUs."

"With more Android devices based on Snapdragon and Adreno and with over 100 games optimized for Snapdragon and Adreno, it seems clear that the mobile industry is already well aware of the many advantages that Snapdragon and its Adreno GPU [offer]," said Brent Sammons, graphics product manager, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

"In my opinion, it was apparent at this year’s Mobile World Congress that Qualcomm is well-positioned to continue its strong momentum in providing OEMs and 3D game developers with a powerful and efficient graphics platform that brings more of the industry’s latest and best 3D games to more smartphones, tablets and laptops everywhere," he added.


Catch this video of the Adreno 220 GPU in action.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hot on the heels of iPad 2 release, Microsoft release IE 9

Not to be outdone by Apple, Microsoft has just released the IE 9. As it is right now, this is what Microsoft tweeted over an hour ago. So for all those who were enthralled by the beta release of IE 9 here is the link for the actual release
Beauty of the web