"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."
"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.
"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."
"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.
"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 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.
"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.
"Internet “journalism” is a dirty business. I think everyone should be aware of this fact, but it seems few are. The business model isn’t built to support well thought out commentary or unbiased coverage of news. At the end of the day, the people counting the money only care about traffic. In turn, every website’s primary goal is to make you load up the page. They don’t care if the content is good, and in many cases, bad content works even better..."
"NAND flash Solid-State drive (SSD) prices have started tumbling and the industry has started betting on wider adoption. The OEM contract rates are expected to cost less than a dollar per GB by beginning of April, expect industry sources.
With HDD prices still more than double the rates prior to Thailand floods, the gap between mainstream SSD drives and traditional hard drives has narrowed. However, despite hitting an all time low, SSD is about five times as expensive as HDD.
"Seagate is preparing the first commercial hard disks capable of storing one trillion bits of data per square inch on its platters using a technology called heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). That means 3.5-inch hard drives with capacities of 6 terabytes could be just around the corner—and 60-terabyte drives are that much closer to becoming a reality.
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