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WD sneaks into networking market

"Western Digital has sneaked its way into wireless home networking market and announced a couple of routers that will be a part of its newest My Net family lineup. The lineup includes a total of four different products and kicks off with My Net Switch, an 8-port Gigabit Switch that has Gigabit Ethernet support. Next in line is the My Net N600 HD dual-band router with combined data rate of up to 600Mbps (300Mbps per band), which also packs five ethernet ports and one USB port.

Highlights from AMD's Computex Taipei Showcase

"Computex Taipei might be over already but we still have a couple of stories from there to fill. Here we take a look at some of the Opteron and Trinity APU FM2 motherboards and Radeon 7000 series GPUs, presented to you by the fabulous AMD booth girls." -Read more

Hard drive supplies back to pre-flood levels, but prices aren't

"Last October, flooding in Thailand took a huge bite out of hard disk drive supplies, taking out about a quarter of the world's HDD manufacturing capacity. The impact of that disaster has passed, and supply levels are back to near where they were before last October's disaster.

"Inexact" chips save power by fudging the maths

"Computer scientists have unveiled a computer chip that turns traditional thinking about mathematical accuracy on its head by fudging calculations.

The Rice University researchers say their “inexact” chip could be useful because it uses dramatically less power than conventional accurate processors.

The scientists claim the prototypes unveiled are 15 times more efficient because they allow occasional errors and could be used in some applications without having a negative effect."

Diamonds Used To Increase Density, Performance of Phase-Change Memory

"Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have shown they can increase the density, performance and the durability of phase-change memory (PSM) by using diamonds to change the base alloy material. Instead of using the more typical method of applying heat to the alloy to change its state from amorphous to crystalline, thereby laying down bits in the material, the researchers used pressure from diamond-tipped tools.

OCZ readies up 1TB Octane SSD for market

"Where HDDs still have the upper hand over SSDs in terms of storage capacity in line of their respective price points, for those seeking out the best of both worlds and cost not being of primary concern, OCZ has just been confirmed to have updated its consumer level Octane series of SSDs with a new 1TB variant that remains 2.5-inch in size and sports the SATA 6Gb/s interface."

Video Teaser: Revisiting Our GeForce GTX 680 Cleavage

"If you haven't yet had the chance to read our Cleavage coverage of Nvidia's newest flagship graphics card, check out GeForce GTX 680 2 GB Review: Kepler Sends Tahiti On Vacation and GeForce GTX 680, Part 2: SLI, 5760x1080, And Overclocking. In those two stories, we cover the GeForce GTX 680's excellent stock performance, impressive efficiency, improved display connectivity support, and SLI scaling. When the GeForce GTX 680 launched, its $500 price tag made it a significantly more attractive purchase than a $550 Radeon HD 7970.

Bandwidth explosion: As Internet use soars, can bottlenecks be averted?

"As the head of a bandwidth assessment group at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and past chairman of the IEEE's task force on 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet, John D'Ambrosia is among the people who will help guide the world toward 400 Gigabit and even Terabit per second speeds. But will our capacity to deliver bandwidth keep up with the human race's ability to consume it?"

AMD Catalyst 12.4 WHQL Drivers

AMD releases the new Catalyst 12.4 WHQL drivers! The release notes include resolved issues for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Rage, Enemy Territory, Stalker - Call of Pripya, Tom Clancy HAWX 2, Windows Media Center, AMD Steady Video, Duplicating displays & random corruption, Tearing with Eyefinity configurations, System Crash with Crossfire in a 4 displays and advanced video quality settings correctly displayed in CCC.

AMD To Drop Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 Catalyst Support

"In what will certainly be controversial and disappointing to some Radeon Linux desktop users, AMD will soon announce that they will effectively be discontinuing support for several Radeon product families from their proprietary Catalyst driver. After that point, for future Linux distribution updates, the open-source Radeon Linux driver will be your only option for accelerated graphics. This is likely happening with the Windows Catalyst driver too, but at least there they have a better-maintained legacy driver process.

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