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HyperDrive4 – No, it won’t get to to Alderaan, but it is fast

HyperDrive4 – No, it won’t get to to Alderaan, but it is fast

Another manufacturer has tossed their hat into the solid-state disk ring. Attorn BV has recently announced their upcoming SSD drive dubbed the HyperDrive4.

The performance of this new drive is just incredible. It touts a hefty 126MBs/s with a single drive. Bump it up to 4 in a RAID 0, and you'll be able to see speeds up to 400MBs/s.

New Core 2 Quad Extreme chips to come sooner than expected?

New Core 2 Quad Extreme chips to come sooner than expected?

According to the latest roadmap for Intel coming out of Asia, you can expect Intel to refresh its line of quad-core Core 2 Extreme in Q3 of this year. Already? I haven't even jumped on the quad-core bandwagon yet.

The new chip dubbed the QX6800 will be clocked at 2.93GHz with 4MB of L2 cache and a 1066MHz FSB. And I thought my Core 2 Duo E6600 was fast.

Unless you are just itching to have the latest and greatest right now, you might as well wait to buy your QX6700. The new QX6800 will reportedly cost the same as the current QX6700.

Intel to update gaming CPU sooner than thought? [via reghardware]

New Centrino line to feature HSDPA?

New Centrino line to feature  HSDPA?

Intel has been developing their new Santa Rosa platform for over a year now. Santa Rosa is the codename for the upcoming Centrino Pro chipset. Sources indicate that we can expect to see the new chipset on May 8th.

The new Centrino Pro is going to offer support for the latest Core 2 Duo processors, as well as the Intel Mobile 965 Express chipset, NAND flash-memory caching, and better Windows Vista Aero support. Rumor has it that it may also include support for WWAN access via HSDPA.

No AppleTV in February

No AppleTV in February

It's official, the AppleTV won't be shipping until mid March. So let the wheels of the rumor mill start churning. Why is it delayed?

Could it be manufacturing issues? Maybe they're going to release Leopard around mid March as well. I doubt that these are the case, but with Apple, you can't ever be sure.

Lets just hope that they don't follow suit with the iPhone. We can barely wait until June for it.

AppleTV Delayed Til March: Aaand the Hold Up Is?
[via gizmodo]

Yes, Virginia, Quantum Computing is Real

Yes, Virginia, Quantum Computing is Real

For years we have heard the term “Quantum Computing” always used in a future tense. It was one of those things that scientists were working on in a lab somewhere that would never be finished in our life time. Reminds me of a 3D Realms game.

Similar to the long overdue Duke Nukem title, we have been given a taste of what is to come. D-Wave introduced the world's first commercially viable quantum computer this week. It is by no means ready to be put to work in the mainstream, but it's a leap in the right direction.

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Mr. Fusion could soon be a reality

Mr. Fusion could soon be a reality

Everyone remembers that scene in Back to the Future where Doc refuels the Delorean by dumping some trash into Mr. Fusion. Scientists at Purdue University are getting one step closer to making that a reality. Mind you, this is only a step. This trash-powered generator is approximately the size of a small moving van, so don't expect one on your car anytime soon.

Can your router do this?

Can your router do this?

It always seems that over in places like Korea they're always getting the cool stuff before we do over here in the States. Their broadband is much faster than anything we could dream of having, and more people per capita have access to high-speed internet. Well here's another one you can add to the list. Korean-based Etri is demonstrating a router capable of speeds up to 270Mbps and an incredible range of up to 1km.

I'm happy that my router can transmit 100Mbps all the way to the second floor of my house. I see this as being highly advantageous to businesses and schools that have a large area that they want to cover with Wi-Fi access. Just remember, the farther your signal can reach, the more people can potentially gain unauthorized access to your network. Just be sure to take all of the necessary security measures before you go hooking one of these babies up. That is, if you can get your hands on one.

Etri can boost your Wi-Fi to 1km [via akihabaranews]

Asus looking to use LED backlights in upcoming Ultraportable

Asus looking to use LED backlights in upcoming Ultraportable

Everyone knows that LEDs are great for just about anything. They are bright, use very little power, and are relatively inexpensive. Asus is hoping that they'll also be great for backlighting on laptops. This will allow them to create thinner laptops with brighter screens, and more importantly longer battery life. As much as 45 minutes of extra battery life according to Asus.

The first laptop to sport these new screens will be the Asus U1F Ultraportable. The U1F will have an 11.1” WXGA+ screen, use an ULV Core Duo processor and run Windows Vista. The unit will weigh only 2.2 pounds. The notebook is expected to be shown at the CeBIT expo this March.

Asus U1F Ultraportable to Feature LED Backlit Display [via dailytech]

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