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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.