Archive for March, 2009

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene might be the next material of choice for making processor chips, according to an MIT report. In fact, Graphene, a substance discovered in 2004 that consists of pure carbon, could allow for faster speeds than ever thought possible.

The current research shows that a frequency multiplier could be created, which works to double a signal and likewise doubles a processor's clocking speed. Color me impressed! This idea is not new, but it is certainly new when applied to Graphene, which possesses only an atom's thickness.

So, what's so exciting about this? Well, Graphene chips could make for processors that run between 500GHz and 1,000GHz. That's quite a leap from the current 5GHz chips, wouldn't you say? We should see a commercial version of this technology within two years, according to MIT.

[via PC Pro]

Acer Veriton X270 Series hits US

Acer Veriton X270 Series hits US

The Acer Veriton X270 Series of desktop PCs has been around for quite awhile but they are just now available to the US market according to an announcement from the company this morning. Intended for the business market, these PCs should make quite an impact when it comes to affordable computer options.

The X270 Series features small PCs with an array of processor options, one of which is the Intel Core 2 Duo. The NVIDIA GeForce 7100 chipset makes HD video watching possible and there's the option of a 500GB SATA HDD. Memory can be amped up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM and the nine USB 2.0 ports make connecting all of your peripherals a snap.

Also included is an HDMI port, 5.1 audio support, PCI Express x16 slot, 2-PCI 2.3 ports, a PCI Express x1 slot, Ethernet, and a DVD writer with a disc-labeling tech called LabelFlash. These are really great little business computers that offer quite a bit more than you need for word processing but still stay in the realm of professional. You can get the Acer Veriton X270 series desktop PCs now for prices starting at $399.

[via eWeek]

MAINGEAR mX-L 13.1-inch notebook

MAINGEAR mX-L 13.1-inch notebook

MAINGEAR have released a new laptop, the MAINGEAR mX-L, a 13.3-inch machine with an LED-backlit 1280 x 800 display, a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.53GHz and up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM.  The mX-L also has a choice of up to a 500GB hard-drive or 160GB Intel X25-M SSD, as well as DVD and Blu-ray optical drives.

 

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SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

Further details on the Moses SmartQ 5 MID have emerged, together with live photos.  The 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen mobile internet device - first spotted back in February - is now known to have a 667MHz ARM11 processor, 1GB of internal storage (of which 256MB is available to the user) and an SD slot for cards up to 32GB in size.  The SmartQ 5 is also compatible with EDGE USB modems, thanks to USB-host connectivity.

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