Moore's law says that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years. Scientists and researchers are finding today that in a few years Moore's law will be broken if we are still using conventional building materials for transistors for several reasons. One of the materials that are being eyed for building the transistors and microprocessors of the future is a substance called graphene.
Sony's latest PS3 may be slimmer, smaller and quieter than its predecessor, but its real surprise may be lurking inside. The company has apparently updated their Cell processor built on 45nm processes rather than the previous 65nm chip; that not only makes for cheaper production, helping Sony bring down the PS3 Slim's price to $299.99, but it also brings with it increased performance.
IBM have announced their first computer that relies on a private cloud for both storage and processing power. The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance creates virtualized snapshots of applications, stored on a central server; these virtualizations can be loaded on-demand by users, with as many instances as required all replicated from the same, frozen snapshot.
IBM and several of their partners such as Infineon, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Chartered Semiconductor are working together to create a 28-nm chip that requires less power and features a high-k metal gate bulk complementary metal oxide, so says an announcement released yesterday.
This new chip would be mostly used in portable devices like MIDs. What's really great about these new chips is that they will use 20% less power yet gain 40% in performance when compared to the current 45nm chips.
What's particularly useful about this is that those using 32nm chips will be able to transition to the 28nm ones easily, without a complete overhaul of the system. Production is expected to begin sometime next year.
The groundbreaking dual-screen Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is no doubt a creative and one-of-the-kind laptop replacement we’ve seen to date. Sized at 10.6-inch, the slide-out secondary screen is essentially a 2nd notebook built-in, and so does the weight and price. With retail tips over $4000, interested buyer might want to check out a few reviews before shelling out the hard dollars. Folks over at laptormag have jumped at the opportunity to get their hands on the ThinkPad, the full review is up, not wowed but managed to came away with the Editor Choice.
Identity theft is no doubt a problem, but IBM is looking to help prevent some of it. In fact, the IBM Zurich lab has just come out with something called the Zone Trusted Information Channel (or ZTIC for short) that could help put a stop to identity theft in many cases, especially when it comes to bank transactions.
While it may not have anything to do with the Commodore brand from back in the day, this Commodore Netbook is sure to catch attention based on its name alone. Jumping into the netbook market, the Commodore UMMD 8010/F made its debut at IFA 2008 and mostly skimmed under the radar.
Not exactly a computer you can pick up at your local Circuit City, but we'll make an exception for something that can break the petaflop barrier. IBM's Roadrunner can fathom in excess of 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second, which makes it twice as fast as the company's previous machine, Blue Gene/L, that topped out at a measly 478.2 teraflops. The silicon behind the massive figures is an interesting mixture of standard Opteron processors - almost 7,000 of them in fact - and almost 13,000 cell chips, initially designed for the PS3.
You know all those jokes you used to poke at the Internet illiterate about downloading the Internet, because you thought that you knew it was impossible? Yeah, well, that’s come back to bite you in the ass because the one company with the power to do so, IBM, looks to be making plans to do just that.