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Sun christens once and future Supernovas

Last week, Sun Microsystems confirmed it's on track to ship its "Supernova" servers based on its "Rock" UltraSparc-RK processors before the end of 2009. And now the company has coughed up a few extra details. A link on the OpenSolaris site gives the product names for two out of what could ultimately be three or maybe four …

TSMC, IBM gang trumpet 28nm chip recipes

Chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company said this week that it will be rolling out two different 28 nanometer chip making processes in 2010. At the same time, IBM and its chip partners outlined their plans for competing 32 nanometer and 28 nanometer circuits. Transistor geeks are wallowing in the details of the …
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Mars Lander shows rock who's boss

In case you've been living under a rock on some distant planet, NASA apologizes for the intrusion. Image courtesy of NASA The Phoenix Mars Lander has completed the tricky task of nudging aside a Martian rock roughly the size and shape of a VHS tape so that curious Earthling scientists could peer underneath. The lander's …
Austin Modine, 24 Sep 2008
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NASA's robotic moon-dirt grubbing contest is go

August is almost here, and 'tis the season to be building moon-dirt digger droids. That's because the annual NASA lunar autoscoop contest is to be held in California this weekend, with 25 design teams competing for $750,000 in prizes. NASA, plainly no fans of calling a robot spade a robot spade, refer to the contest as the …
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008
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Power6 meets Tukwila meets Rock meets SPARC64 in chip death match

Hot Chips The grandest chip unveiling in many, many years will take place this August on the campus of Stanford University. At the annual Hot Chips conference, the world's top chip makers including Intel, IBM and Fujitsu/Sun plan to show off some of their most ambitious designs to date. In addition, a host of start-ups dabbling in the …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008

Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 mobile 'Penryn' processor

Review We started the year with a review of a Rock X770 gaming laptop. We used the machine to look at the Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX graphics chip, but it's time to look at the processor, now upgraded to Intel's 45nm mobile Core 2 Duo T9500. Rock Xtreme X770 notebook Rock's Xtreme X770: now with Penryn The X770 we looked at before …
Leo Waldock, 14 Apr 2008

Rock rolls out 12in, 1kg sub-notebook

UK notebook specialist Rock has begun punting an alternative to Apple's MacBook Air and Toshiba's Portégé R500: a 12in Windows Vista-running laptop that weighs just a kilo. Rock Pegasus P210 Rock's Pegasus P210: ultra-portable The Pegasus P210 is based on Intel's A110 processor, last year's precursor to the Atom CPU family …
Tony Smith, 3 Apr 2008

DARPA funds Sun's optical chip chatter magic

Well, well, well, Sun Microsystems worked DARPA over for some SPARC funding after all. The server maker today celebrated a $44m contract to produce optical chip-to-chip connections technology for the Defense Department's R&D unit. The official line on this arrangement has Sun taking $44.29m over five and a half years to …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Mar 2008

Sun cheers Rock delays

Hopefully someone at Sun Microsystems can still explain why the Rock processor is still a good idea. Today, Sun confirmed what we told you long ago - it's delaying Rock-based servers until the second half of 2009. The company made this admission at its analysts conference in San Francisco. We didn't hear a single question from …
Ashlee Vance, 6 Feb 2008

Rock reveals graphics benchmark beating monster laptop

UK gaming notebook specialist Rock has rolled out what it claims is its most powerful graphics offering yet: a quad-core machine with a pair of Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs on board. The Xtreme SL8 is a 17in machine - the screen resolution's 1920 x 1200 - and is offered with a choice of 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6800 or 2. …
Tony Smith, 1 Feb 2008

Sun's Rock chip waves goodbye to 2008 ship date

You'll all be shocked to learn that Sun Microsystems appears set to delay the release of the Rock processor. Word reached Vulture Central this week of troubles in the land of Rock. Sun hoped to ship the 16-core SPARC dynamo by the end of next year. Now, however, we're hearing that early versions of Rock have struggled to …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Dec 2007

Rock Xtreme X770-T7800 notebook

Review Rock has a reputation for punching out high-performance laptops, and it's latest line, the flagship 17in desktop-replacment X770 series, has a spec that suggests it's no slouch either. The line's leader, the X770-T7800, has at its heart an Intel Core 2 Duo T7800. Currently the fastest mobile Core 2 Duo processor, the T7800 is …
F Sandeman, 15 Oct 2007

Sun slots transactional memory into Rock

Hot Chips Hoping to improve the state of server software, Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it will include support for transactional memory with the first generation of its Rock processors due out in the second half of next year. Sun's research and development teams have spent years working on a type of transactional memory that …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2007

HP puts customers to another Itanium test with aging gear

HP's Itanium server customers face a daunting endurance test over the next two years. We've just learned that Intel's next version of Itanium - Montvale - looks set to disappoint. It will arrive this year at 1.66GHz - just a hair faster than today's 1.60GHz chip. Intel once hoped to kick Montvale up near 3.0GHz, but those …
Ashlee Vance, 2 Aug 2007

Sun preps 2048-thread monster

Exclusive Sun's latest Niagara and Rock details have reached El Reg, and they confirm that the hardware maker is up to some very ambitious stuff. First off, Sun looks set for the imminent release of its first Niagara II-based servers – the T5120 and T5220 systems. Customers will see 1U and 2U boxes, respectively, each with one of the " …
Ashlee Vance, 26 Jul 2007

Rock rolls out Meivo VoD HD TV

We've heard of big-screen PCs with built-in TV tuners, but here's an attempt to do it the other way round. Notebook specialist Rock has put the PC into the TV, and is pitching the hybrid as a handy way to view web-sourced video-on-demand content. Meivo clips a Core 2 Duo-based Windows Vista computer on the back of a 22in, 1, …
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2007

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