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NVIDIA Fun Photo of the Week

Fun Photo of the Week: GF100 (the first GeForce GPU based on the Fermi architecture) running the Unigine Heaven DX11 benchmark!

IBM Simulates A Cat's Brain -- With 147,000 CPUs

Someone needs to alert Bill Joy -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) scientists, using an ultra-powerful supercomputer, have just replicated the cerebral cortex of your average house cat.

At the SC09 supercomputing conference in Portland, Ore., this week, Big Blue announced that it has made "significant progress" toward creating a computer that simulates a living organism's brain with abilities of sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition. Best of all, perhaps, is that IBM said such a computer system could rival "the brain's low power and energy consumption and compact size."

Server Cool-Bags Could Cut Costs By 93 Percent

Technology developed by Iceotope, that wraps server components in synthetic modules of coolant, has been described by experts as "game changing"

UK company Iceotope has launched liquid-cooling technology, which it says surpasses what is achievable with purely water-based systems and could help cut data centre cooling costs from $788,400 (£469,446) to just $52,560.

Geforce GT 240 launch price is $99

We finally managed to get some finalized specification of Geforce GT 240 card and we can even share some performance estimates.

As far as we know, the card launches tomorrow, November 17 and the 40nm GPU will work at 550MHz. The shader clock is set to 1360MHz and the chip has 96 shader units.

The memory of choice is GDDR3 at 2000MHz or GDDR5 at 3400MHz and the card will come with either 512MB or 1024MB. The emory interface is 128-bit wide and the card will sit between Geforce GT 220 and Geforce 9800GT in terms performance.

Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU launches Nov. 18th

ATI / AMD has finalized the Radeon HD 5970 spec. First and foremost, the card is scheduled to launch on the 18th, or this coming Wednesday and it will without a doubt be the fastest card for this Christmas.

It has two RV870 GPUs clocked at 725MHz, which is some 125MHz less than on the single GPU Radeon HD 5870, but both chips have kept 1600 shaders. This means that Radeon HD 5970 has 3200 shaders and comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory.

Maximum Board Power is 294W and the total GPU compute performance for the card is 4.64 TFLOPs.

AMD expects key business to be profitable in 2010

SUNNYVALE, California (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices said it expects to report profits next year from its chip design business, the backbone of a company trying rebuild market share and better compete with rival Intel Corp..

AMD executives spent much of a meeting with analysts and investors on Wednesday emphasizing the company's efforts to remake itself as profitable chip designer, while addressing worries over the heavy debt it has accumulated in doing so.

What Intel just bought for $1.25 billion: Less risk

Even for a company as powerful as Intel, with $13 billion in cash on the books, $1.25 billion is a lot of money. So why drop that huge quantity of money in the lap of its biggest rival, Advanced Micro Devices?

The payment is, of course, to settle the antitrust suit AMD brought against Intel five years ago. AMD's stock surged 22 percent Thursday after the chipmakers announced the agreement, but Intel's share price dropped 1 percent, indicating which company the investors thought got the better deal.

Transcend Solid State Drives Now Windows 7 Certified

Transcend Information today announced that all of its solid state drives (SSD) have passed Microsoft Windows 7 WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) testing. Now offering full compatibility with Windows 7, Transcend SSDs are performance-optimized data storage solutions for users of the Microsoft’s new operating system.

HP to buy 3Com for $2.7 billion

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Wednesday it will purchase networking company 3Com for $2.7 billion, and also preannounced higher fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and raised its outlook for fiscal 2010.

The deal is worth $7.90 per share of 3Com, which is 39% higher than the stock's closing price of $5.69 on Wednesday. Shares of 3Com (COMS) soared 35% after hours on the announcement.

HIS working on new Radeon HD 5750

HIS has revealed its new custom designed Radeon HD 5750 card that will feature stock clocks and Arctic Cooling's L2 Pro dual slot cooler previously seen on some HD 4850 cards like the recently tested Mushkin, or Sapphire's HD 4670.

The new HIS HD 5750 iCooler IV features a non-reference blue PCB, 720 stream processors and stock core and memory clocks of 700 for the GPU and 4600MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

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