ATI’s Single-PCB Dual-GPU Plans

ATI’s upcoming RV560 and RV570 will find its way into single-board, dual-GPU CrossFire configurations. Since the GPU cores have integrated composite engines, the cards are capable of Crossfire support directly on the card.

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HIS X1600 Gemini Courtesy of HKEPC

ATI is recommending to its AIB partners that the new 80nm mainstream and value parts will be joined together on a single PCB with a PLX Technology ExpressLane PEX 8532 PCI Express bridge chip. This bridge chip is currently used on ATI Gemini graphics cards such as the GeCube dual X1600 graphics card. The bridge chip itself is nearly the same size as the GPU but only draws approximately 7.38 watts. Preliminary boards show the PEX 8532 heatsink-less which isn’t surprising considering its low power draw. On Gemini graphics boards the PEX 8532 bridge chip (PDF) takes one PCI Express x16 interface and divides the bandwidth in half. This allocates eight PCI Express lanes to each GPU similar to how some motherboards divide sixteen PCI Express lanes across two slots on Intel, lower end SLI and CrossFire motherboards. As the PEX 8532 is a generic PCI Express switch it can be used for other implementations besides graphics switching also. DailyTech has learned Hightech Information Systems (HIS) has dual RV570 products in the pipeline using the PEX 8352 bridge chip. Although RV570 won’t necessarily offer as much horsepower as a Radeon X1900XT, Gemini variants will be able to dedicate one RV570 GPU to physics processing; essentially one GPU can be used for graphics while the second can be used for physics or graphics. Additionally, up to four DVI outputs can be used per card with the help of twin DMS59 interfaces. ATI’s 80nm RV560 and RV570 are expected to arrive in August and September.

A better wall plug

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This is just brilliant: A new plug design, angled out from the wall to make it easier to plug things in or out. It was created by University of Notre Dame student Julia Burke, and won an IDSA award this year:

The PLUG-IN’s upward-angled faceplate allows users to better orient themselves and a cord’s prongs before bending over or reaching behind furniture. This creates a direct sightline from the human eye to the faceplate and minimizes the distance necessary for a person to extend. It also provides additional leverage when removing of a difficult plug.

Technically, Burke invented this for the elderly — who have trouble bending far enough down to shove a 90-degree plug into the wall. But the ergonomics here are so dementedly superior to normal wall sockets that I want a full set of these for my household. Right. Now.

 

 

A More Personal Computer.

HP has integrated some very personal technologies in their computers and advertising how computers are now more personal “again”. What does that mean for consumers? It simply means that computers are more easier to use now than ever before, the integrated technologies are as follows:

1. a removable/portable drive on desktop computers that equals as an external usb drive for when you need important files and music on your laptop

2. laptop computers with battery life as long as 16 hours! that is one sweet feature if you ask me, as I use my laptop day and night

3. laptops with built-in security such as biometrics authentication (fingerprint sensor)

4. laptops that will play your dvds and music without having to boot-up your pc, the call it the QuickPlay button

5. and finally laptops with the ability to connect to the internet from anywhere in the U.S. using cellular wireless technology (EV-DO)

In this increasing development of technology day by day that we see. It isn’t much hard to imagine a world of seamless mobility. Where you can be connected to your data from anywhere in the world.

Being a technology enthusiast and an early adopter of services and hardware. beta testing the latest software that will change the way you use your computer, it is very obvious to me that it is going to be an experience that could verily be part of who you are.

More Orderly Life anyone?

7 Ways of More Orderly Life

It comes to my attention that these wise men from Law & Order have figured out a way for a more orderly life… what do you think?

Any hour of the day — right now, even — you can probably flip your TV dial and settle in to watch one of the 600 episodes of Law & Order (or one of its two spin-offs), no TiVo required. And for that you can thank the shows’ leading men — Christopher Meloni, Jesse L. Martin, Chris Noth, Dennis Farina, and Ice-T — five guys who are so good at what they do, they’ve come to embody the very idea of success. Each has taken a different path to this point — some came from the stage, others from the street — but they all got here by sheer grit and determination. We sat down with each of them at the Carnegie Club, an exclusive corner of midtown Manhattan that just begs you to loosen your tie and have a single malt, to soak up some of the wisdom picked up along the way.


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SLI an introduction

So what is SLI? Well to simply put the acronym SLI stands for “Scalable Link Interface” it is this technology which closely resembles the ’90s 3D Voodoo based boards which could be connected to your regular 2D video card via a 15-pin D-SUB vga cable and enable you to play 3D games with the help of the voodoo 3D chip. In some cases you could even couple 2 voodoo cards via this cable and enjoy fast frame rates. Forward a decade and a more innovative solution is introduced by 3D graphics king nVidia named as SLI (Scalable Link Interface) these requirements for an SLI to function properly is an SLI-enabled motherboard which is based on an nForce4 chipset, and SLI-enabled graphics boards by nVidia or more specifically the 6000+ series video cards by nVidia.

The SLI setup has seen emerging usage and huge acceptance by the enthusiasts community. Watching nVidia make huge numbers on the sale of the SLI setup, ATI and Intel jumped on in with their own technologies.

ATI introduced their cross-fire technology which does a similar thing and couples two RADEON based video cards and a motherboard that would support such technology.

Again these setups are hugely focused for the enthusiast community that is sitting on the cutting edge of the latest technology.

Intel demonstrates AMT

Intel is building up traction for its first dual-core mobile processor. Codenamed “Yonah”, the chip is scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of next year. No big surprise that Mooly Eden spent time once again to explain the benefits of the processor – ranging from performance to battery saving features.

Eden however surprised with one of the first public demonstrations of Intel’s AMT. So far we had heard about this feature just in presentations and saw screenshots. This time, Intel showed a live system in action.


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