Ivy Bridge Temperature Hike Confirmed

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 14 May 2012 11:02 | Web and Industry News

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Back in April, there came out a report from Overclockers.net claiming that Intel used thermal paste instead of solder in Ivy Bridge, which explains why the chips run so much hotter than Sandy Bridge processors do. Overclockers didn't do any testing, though, they just shared the fact that Intel uses thermal paste instead of solder. Well, a Japanese website decided to do some testing, and they have confirmed that the thermal paste is indeed the issue. The Japanese-to-English translation is pretty rough, but I'll give you the run-down and the link if you read on. 


Intel Looking to the Future with 7nm and 5nm Research and Development

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 14 May 2012 10:41 | Web and Industry News

Intel Lithography Roadmap

Ivy Bridge just barely came out, and Intel has already announced what they're working on next. If you didn't know, Ivy Bridge uses a 22nm lithography, which is ridiculously small. The next major processor series that Intel will release will be a 14nm chip, and that's going to happen next year. From 2015 to beyond, we're going to see 10nm, 7nm, and as small as 5nm chips on the market.

In order to make processors with a smaller lithography, Intel has to re-fit its fabrication plants to support it. Fabrication plants in Arizona, Oregon, and Ireland will be re-fitted to support 14nm production. Intel also plans on updating plants in Arizona (a different plant than the one that will be re-fitted), Oregon (a different one than the one that will be re-fitted), and Israel to support 22nm production. 

Intel Fabrication Plant Roadmap

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Working Portal Turret Made by Senior Mechanical Engineering Student

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 11 May 2012 12:43 | Web and Industry News

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A mechanical engineering student out of Penn. State made a working Portal turret for his senior project in Advanced Mechatronics. It uses an IP-camera for motion tracking, USB-powered rocket launchers, an Arduino processor, his own code, and some sounds from Portal. Read on for the video.


Asus Announces Two New Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 11 May 2012 12:38 | Web and Industry News

Asus UX32 Ultrabook

If you're like me, you're a big fan of ultrabooks. The mixing of the extremely thin and light form factor, pretty-good performance, and fantastic battery life makes for a wonderful laptop for use when you're away from your desktop. Today, Asus announced the next in their line of ultrabooks, the UX32 series. A successor to their UX31 ultabooks, the UX32 series packs a punch with Ivy Bridge processors. One of the UX32 models even has a dedicated graphics card. Read on for more.


NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 670

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:55 | Web and Industry News

GeForce GTX 670

NVIDIA announced today their release of the GeForce GTX 670 card, based off of the 28nm Kepler architecture that the already-announced GTX 680 and GTX 690 are based off of. There wasn't much doubt that it was going to be released, but the big question was when they'd release it. The lineup leak I posted about months ago had the GTX 670 coming out this month, but no specific release date was leaked. Read on for more.


Bioshock Infinite Delayed, New Release Date Set

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:35 | Web and Industry News

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Back in March, Irrational Games announced the release date for Bioshock Infinite, setting it for October 16 of this year. Well, they announced yesterday that the game has been delayed until next year. Luckily they did set a new release date. Read on for more.


NVIDIA Bumped to the Front of the Manufacturing Line for 28nm Process

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:19 | Web and Industry News


If you've been trying to buy one of NVIDIA's new GTX 6xx series cards, you probably haven't been able to. They've been out of stock probably since day 1. Luckily, NVIDIA was just bumped to the front of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) line, meaning their 28nm chips for the Kepler (6xx series) video cards will be manufactured soon. Read on for more.


HP Announces Tons of New Laptops

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:08 | Web and Industry News

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Today, HP has announced a whole slew of new laptops, ultrabooks, and "sleekbooks." From a refresh of their Pavilion series of laptops to new Envy ultrabooks and sleekbooks, there's something for everyone here. The new Envy's are actually a pretty good offering. For under $1000, you can get a pretty good, surprisingly small computer. If you couldn't have guessed, the "sleekbook" is just like an ultrabook but with a few minor changes, such as no SSD and no Intel processor, or something of the sort. The new Pavilion series is a refresh of the old, but with new specs, a new design, and an entirely new computer too. Read on for more.


Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook to Have Ubuntu Option

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:38 | Web and Industry News

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While Ubuntu is remarkably easy to use nowadays, one of the big hurdles the operating system needs to overcome if it wants to become mainstream is adoption. The average user doesn't know how to install the OS, even though it's very simple, and because Ubuntu barely ever comes pre-installed on laptops an desktops, Ubuntu's users are most all the minority of people who are actually good with computers. A while ago Dell was shipping computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, but that quietly stopped a while ago. Aside from there there have been a few laptops here or there from various places with Ubuntu pre-installed, but there really haven't been many. But there is good news for Ubuntu, Dell has announced that they will be offering Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) as an operating system option for their XPS 13 ultrabook. If you missed out on having Dell install it, you can install it yourself with the official XPS 13 ultrabook image from here. Read on for more.


AMD Trinity APU Launch Date (Reliably) Rumored

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:09 | Web and Industry News

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AMD's upcoming Trinity APU is set to launch this month for laptops, with the desktop version shipping some time in August. It also looks like there will be a few AMD versions of Windows 8 tablets at launch, because "Hondo" (AMD's tablet processor) is set to launch in Q4 2012, which is the same time as Windows 8. Mind you, this is mostly rumors, but Digitimes' sources are usually very accurate. Read on for more.


Google Found Guilty of Copyright Infringement over Oracle's Java APIs

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 07 May 2012 16:45 | Web and Industry News

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For almost the past month, Google and Oracle have been going at it in court over whether or not Google infringed on Oracle's Java copyrights. Well, the jury is in, and it turns out Google is indeed guilty of copyright infringement for using Java APIs in Android. The part that's going to keep this story in the news, though, is that the jury couldn't come to a consensus over whether or not Google applied with the "fair use" rules when using Java APIs. Because of the indecision, Google is asking for a mistrial. Read on for more.


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