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     Pioneer: 16 layer Blu-ray and 400 GB
      Posted on 08/07/2008 at 21:19 by Nicolas - source: Pioneer
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    Yesterday, Pioneer announced having developed a Blu-ray disk with a capacity of 400 GB thanks to its 16 layers, while now we generally find single and double layer Blu-Ray disks with capacities of 25 GB and 50 GB, respectively.


    Development wasn’t easy because there cannot be any interference between the 16 layers when each is being read. The Japanese giant indicates that its previous experience with DVDs was very useful and that it used a disk structure that reduces crosstalk of adjacent layers. As for the read-out system, it will use a light-receiving element that can read out weak signals at a high signal-to-noise ratio. Finally, in the future the company also plans on offering recordable Blu-ray disks based on the same technology. All of the details will be presented at the 2008 International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Data Storage taking place in Hawaii starting July 13th.



     Nvidia chipset for the Atom: VIA out of the game
      Posted on 08/07/2008 at 14:29 by Nicolas
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    Nvidia has insisted loud and clear on its wager consisting of a partnership with VIA and the VN platform equipped with a Nano processor and MCP7x so that it can offer a credible alternative to Intel’s Atom "Diamondville". However, this situation could soon change.

    According to Digitimes, Nvidia more or less used the former Taiwanese chipset giant and the VN platform as leverage in negotiations with Intel in order that it could provide MCP73 chipsets for the Atom platform. Moreover, it is something that will break the NVIAdia alliance. Given the fact that the Atom’s performances are attainable by the latest VIA CPUs and the aging Intel 945GC can’t stand the challenge with Nvidia IGPs, there was indeed a risk for Intel.

    If this is confirmed, the GeForce’s creator has once again proved its talents as a clever tactician while its current "partner" will have to pay the price. We will just have to see if other disagreements between Nvidia and the Santa Clara company concerning SLI and USB 3.0, amongst others, can also be ironed out.


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