Author: James Smythe

Toshiba Rolls Out 22-Inch WQUXGA 3840×2400 Monitor

Apparantly Toshiba has rolled out a 22 super Kousei small LCD monitor” with a resolution of 3840×2400, 200 dots per inch and a contrast ration of 300:1. The monitor should sell for 2,079,000 Yen ($18,000, £9000). There is also a XP-compatible PCI card required to run it will set you back another 312,900 Yen ($2,700,...

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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 lauches in November. First Penryn CPU built on 45nm Fabrication Process

In the next few days (12th November) Intel will be releasing its Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU, its new high end processor. This is the first Intel chip based built on the 45nm fabrication process, and it is also the first chip based on the Penryn core,, the successor of the Merom core. The Core 2 Extreme QX9650 is clocked at 3GHz with 1333MHz front side bus and 6MB of L2 Cache per core die making 12MB in total. UK price will be around £650 (inc. VAT) or in the US $999 (ex. Tax). The Penryn family of CPUs includes Wolfdale and Yorkfield with the QX9650 being a Yorkfield CPU. Basically the Wolfdale CPUs are the desktop version of the Penryn, with two cores sharing 6 MB of L2 cache. The York Yorkfield (QX9650) is actually a pair of Wolfdales on the same silicon substrate package, giving your 2 Dual Core CPUs but in one LGA775 socket. With the move to the 45nm fabrication process Intel have managed to fit 410-million transistors on a 107mm² die, in comparison the Conroe die was a 291-million transistor design with a surface area of 143mm². In theory if Intel wanted to make the Conroe using the 45nm fabrication process they could squeeze it onto a 70mm² die. It is also worth noting that while the Wolfdale has nearly 50% more transistors than...

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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with G92 architecture

It quite a good week if you are a PC Gamer. As of yesterday (29/10/07) Nvidia has started shipping its revised GeForce 8800 GT based on the new G92 architecture that uses the 65nm fabrication process, as opposed to the G80 architecture(90nm). The GeForce 8800 GT is designed to be a midrange card costing between $200 and $250 but with the new architecture they have managed to produce a card somewhere between the 2 high end cards, the 8800 GTS and GTX. GeForce 8800 GT features 112 stream processors, fast 256-bit memory interface, and second-generation PureVideo HD technology. In addition to 112 stream processors, each individually clocked at 1.5GHz, plus a 256-bit memory interface running at 900MHz, the GeForce 8800 GT is designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus standard, and is backwards-compatible with the original PCI Express standard. The initial reaction to the GeForce 8800 GT is that it’s the absolutely fantastic, while it is not the most powerful card available (8800 GTX/Ultra) in terms of the Power/Price ratio it is possibly the best card on the market. GeForce 8800 GT basically offers the same performance of the 8800 GTS 640MB but at a reduced price. In fact a 640MB Gainward 8800GTS on Scan costs £227.94 (the cheapest 640MB 8800GTS they have) while the 512MB Gainward 8800GT costs £176.11. That is one hell of a improvement for...

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Moore’s Law, the limitations of transistors and the 45nm fabrication process basics(ish)

Ok so I am planning on doing a couple of posts about the new Nvidia 8800 GT Graphics Processor, and the new Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650. Two of the important features of these products is the reduction in Fabrication process size. The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 has moved to the 45nm Fabrication process from 65nm and the Nvidia 8800 GT has moved from the 90nm Fabrication Process to 65nm. So the reason for this post is what the hell is the Fabrication Process and why is it good for our CPUs/GPUs? The simple answer is that the smaller the fabrication processes then the more transistors you can fit on each chip, and the more transistors you have the faster the technology you are producing can run. The other advantage is that shrinking a 65-nanometre design to 45-nanometres would result in a die that is less than half the size allowing a manufacturer to reduce the power consumption and heat dissipation of the chip In fact in 1965 Gordon Moore stated that the rate that the number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit will double every two years. “The complexity for minimum component costs has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year … Certainly over the short term this rate can be expected to continue, if not to...

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