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     DVD TWIN now has three layers
      Posted on 11/09/2006 at 19:16 by Marc - source: Toshiba
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    Toshiba and Memory-Tech just announced an evolution of the DVD TWIN. It will now include with three layers of data, 2 DVD and 1 HD DVD or 1 DVD and 2 HD DVD.

    The advantage of this technology is the compatibility with existing formats: a standard DVD player will be able to read the DVD layer. Consumers will have the possibility to buy a DVD TWIN including both SD and HD content if they still have a SD player and benefit from the HD once they upgrade their installation.

    Unveiled in 2004 at the DVD Forum and integral part of the HD DVD specification, the first generation of DVD TWIN features two layers and a total capacity of 4.7 GB for the DVD layer and 15 GB for the HD DVD.

    We remind you that JVC announced a disc combining 2 DVD layers and 1 Blu-ray (25 GB) layer in 2005.

     Intel to put BTX on hold
      Posted on 11/09/2006 at 18:52 by Marc
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    According to Hexus, Intel would have said during a meeting with mainboard and chassis manufacturers that it would not launch new BTX motherboards on the retails market in 2007.

    If it important to point out that BTX was never a major success and that it has been restricted to important manufacturers such as Dell or HP. Also, since Intel's desktop platforms cooling requirements have dropped with the release of the Core 2 Duo, the necessity of the BTX is even less obvious.

     AMD's 65nm from October?
      Posted on 11/09/2006 at 18:42 by Marc
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    The Inquirer reported that Toralf Gueldner, director of production at AMD's Dresden fabs, said that AMD would be shipping the first 65 nm processors in October. Mass production would have started this month and the two Dresden fabs will be entirely dedicated to 65nm production from mid-2007.

    Up to this date, we only heard that Athlon 64 X2 65nm shipments would start in December 2006. Is it still true? Hard to tell because Toralf Gueldner hasn't specified which 65 nm CPU will be shipped next month.

     Kentsfield under the microscope
      Posted on 11/09/2006 at 12:09 by Marc
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    Tom’s Hardware published the preview of the Kentsfield, a processor including two Core 2 cores (4 core in total). The product tested uses stepping 5 dies whereas the version currently used by Core 2 in shops is the 6. There are not however many differences the two versions.

    Performances of course depend on the software. Some are allergic to 4 CPUs (Call Of Duty 2, Microsoft WMA Encoder) and others are processed as fast or slightly faster with four cores. The domain of videos or rendering however fully benefits from 4 cores. It is logical as it is much easier to split this type of operation in several threads. Here are a nutshell the frequencies required for a « Core 2 Quadro » to match up or be faster than a Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz (X6800):

    - 3.00 GHz : Quake 4, UT2004, iTunes, Lame, Ogg-Vorbis, Pinnacle Studio, XVID, Clone DVD, AVG Antivirus 7.1, Photoshop CS2 (conversion), MS Word 2003+Acrobat 7 Pro, MS Power Point 2003+Acrobat 7 Pro,
    - 2.66 GHz : WinRAR 3.6, Photoshop CS2 (rendering)
    - 2.33 GHz : DIVX
    - 2.00 GHz : MainConcept H.264 Encoder, Premiere Pro 2.0, Windows Media Encoder, 3d studio max 8.0

    These results aren’t really surprising. The most important performance gain measured is with MainConcept H.264 Encoder. At equivalent frequency, it is 68% faster with 4 cores than with 2. Tom’s measured that the power consumption of a configuration based on Core 2 Quadro at 2.66 GHz reached 167 Watts in stand by and 260 Watts in use! This is less than a Pentium EE 840 which configuration requires 275 Watts. It provides much different performances but it requires a lot more energy. The last point is the Overclocking. The sample tested reached 3.33 GHz stable without voltage increase.

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