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#1386| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Cooltech Idrastation Liquid Cooling
The Cooltech Idrastation Liquid Cooling System is an all-in-one solution but installation does require some case modification. Unlike normal liquid cooling setups which take up valuable space inside the case, this product is external. Overall this product is very well built and offers excellent performance.
#1385| source: by maximum3d on Tue Aug 26 2003 
Diamond Semiconductor CPU 81 GHz reports of a semiconductor made of diamond that is able to run at 81 GHz, clock speeds possible up to 300ghz. But if Moore's law still stands we got a good 9 years before we get to use this to render our 3d out with.
#1384| source: by maximum3d on Mon Aug 25 2003 
Supercomputer Breaks $100 Per GFLOP
Researchers at the University of Kentucky have constructed and demonstrated an innovative new, scalable, parallel supercomputer that achieves application performance of more than 1 billion floating point operations per second (GFLOPS) for every $100 spent on building the machine. The approach used to design and build this machine makes it cost-effective for solving a wide range of problems, from drug design using computational chemistry to design of quieter printers using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Thus, this breakthrough, that was not reached with Opteron processor but plain old Athlon XP2600+ Barton, is not only a milestone, but also will enable many more scientists and engineers to use computational models.
#1383| source: by maximum3d on Mon Aug 25 2003 
Japan ready to market "robot suit"
Japanese companies are preparing for the commercial launch of a "robot suit" that helps aged or physically disabled people walk, get up the stairs or seat themselves to relax without a chair. Trading house Mitsui and Co. and some 30 other Tokyo firms plan to set up a joint-venture in April or May next year to market the powered suit developed by Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor and engineer at Tsukuba University, officials said Thursday.
#1382| source: by maximum3d on Mon Aug 25 2003 
Tiny Hitachi drive hits 4GB
The 4GB Microdrive, a miniaturized version of a hard drive used in PCs, can be used by a wide range of devices to store data files for computers or image files for digital cameras, among other uses, the company said. The San Jose, Calif., hard-drive maker is offering samples now and plans to ship the 1-inch drive in volume in November. The company expects the 4GB Microdrive to sell for $499. Lexar Media sells 2GB and 4GB flash memory cards that cost as much as $799 and $1,599, respectively, according to its online store.
#1381| source: by maximum3d on Mon Aug 25 2003 
Macromedia retools MX family
Macromedia will soon announce the next generation of its MX product line. New in the family are Dreamweaver MX 2004, featuring support for the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) standard, and Macromedia Studio MX 2004, which combines new MX tools with Freehand MX for an integrated development suite.
#1380| source: by maximum3d on Mon Aug 25 2003 
Silent pump for water-cooled PCs developed
A new water-cooling system for computer chips has been developed that incorporates a clever pump with no moving parts. The system, developed by Californian start-up company Cooligy, aims to silently solve the problem that the faster chips get, the hotter they become. In the near future, the chips in high-speed laptops and desktop PCs will generate so much heat that traditional air cooling systems will struggle to cope. Simply increasing the speed of the fans used will increase the noise they make and the risk of mechanical failure. So a number of companies are now working on systems that use water to draw heat away.
#1379| source: by maximum3d on Sat Aug 23 2003 
Lapping Guide
Ever heard about lapping? Well lapping is a process of making a heatsink flat. We want the metal-to-metal contact between the heatsink and CPU die and/or chip to become one. The more contact both have, the better cooling is achieved. This guide is going to be straight forward, telling you how to lap a heatsink of any kind straight up.
#1378| source: by maximum3d on Sat Aug 23 2003 
System Optimization Guide 2003
Design Technica has published a System Optimization Guide.
#1377| source: by maximum3d on Sat Aug 23 2003 
AMD to ship Athlon 64s as Athlon XPs
AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 low-end variants, codenamed 'Paris' and 'Victoria', will not be offered as 64-bit processors but as 32-bit upgrades to the current Athlon XP line. Paris and Victoria emerged earlier this year, when they were revealed to be cut-down versions of the Athlon 64. At the time, it was assumed that was simply a matter of their smaller, 256KB L2 cache. Paris will be fabbed at 130nm, and is due to ship sometime during Q4 2003. Victoria will debut late Q2 or early Q3 2004. However, it now appears that the chips will not operate in 64-bit mode. The Athlon 64 supports three modes of operation: 32-bit 'legacy' mode, dual 32/64-bit 'compatibility' mode and pure 64-bit mode. The last two require a 64-bit OS, and are essentially sub-modes of the chip's 64-bit 'long' mode.

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