Tuesday, October 27, 2015

IT News Head Lines (Overclockers Club) 28/10/2015

Overclockers Club

More Information Leaked for Intel Broadwell DE SoC
The upcoming Intel Xeon D and Pentium D CPU lines were first announced a little over a year ago with eight CPUs expected with up to eight cores. New information has now been obtained by CPU-World that points to CPUs with 12 and 16 cores and up to 24MB of cache. The CPUs are built around the 14nm Broadwell architecture and seek to combine "the high powered Xeon processors with the low power requirements of Atom SOCs." Original estimates hinted at a maximum TDP of 45W but that has not been updated for the new chips. Intel has placed emphasis on the fact that the CPUs will feature full power cores despite being a SoC. The SoC designation will really come into play in the power requirements.
Source: CPU-World via WCCF Tech

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InFocus Designs $99 Kangaroo Mini PC
InFocus is a company that is primarily known for its projectors, but the company has now branched out into the mini PC market with the $99 Kangaroo. The Kangaroo enters a market currently occupied by the Intel Compute Stick, among others, which packs a full computer into a very tiny form factor. The systems, often resembling a USB stick that can plug directly into an HDMI port, have limited real estate for connectors. The Kangaroo takes a different approach, with a form factor resembling a smartphone at 2" x 3" with a thickness of just 14mm. The Kangaroo is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500, 2GB of DDR3, and 32GB of eMMC storage. Network connectivity will be available over 802.11ac while the internal battery will give you four hours of use before charging. Users can expand their storage with a microSD card with the option to purchase a charging dock with an HDMI port, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 for $39.
Source: Tech Spot

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New Capacitor Design Achieves Significant Energy Density
Batteries are among the most important technologies developed because they have allowed so much to become mobile, but capacitors too are also important and could one day challenge batteries. Batteries can store a great deal of energy, but are slow to release or absorb it, while capacitors are the reverse. Many are working to increase the amount of energy capacitors can store, and now researchers at the University of Delaware and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created a new design with great potential.
This new design is the first to use 3D nanoscale interdigital electrodes, which means the electrodes in the new capacitors are similar to interwoven gloved fingers. This design keeps the electrodes near each other, which increases the amount of charge the capacitor can store. These electrodes use carbon nanotubes embedded in the nanostructure to increase the amount of energy stored, thanks to their impressive surface area to size ratio. The new electrodes also feature high voltage breakdown, which will keep the insulating material being used from failing.
The new design was able to hold two watts per kilogram, which is a greater energy density than has been reported for any other dielectric capacitor. The researchers expect this design to find use in field applications, like accessory power supply and hybrid power systems.
Source: University of Delaware

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, October 26, 2015, Edition
The final week of October is upon us, with several items to start off the week. We have a review of the Streacom FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis, a slim model that would look right at home in an HTPC setup. There's a roundup of the best NVIDIA and AMD video cards at every possible price point, so no matter what your budget is, this article has something for you to get the best performance for your dollar. We also have an article looking at the power draw of a video card while using high refresh rates on the ASUS PG279Q monitor. Finishing things off is a review of the LUXA2 Cigar Clip Universal Car Charger Mount Holder, a way to both mount and charge your phone while using it as a GPS unit in your car.

Streacom FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis @ Madshrimps
Video Cards

The Best Graphics Cards: NVIDIA vs. AMD at Every Price Point @ TechSpot

Testing GPU Power Draw at Increased Refresh Rates using the ASUS PG279Q @ PC Perspective

LUXA2 Cigar Clip Universal Car Charger Mount Holder @ ThinkComputers

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Alcohol Found in Comet for First Time
For a long time people have been wondering how life first developed on Earth, and some even question if the building blocks actually came to the planet, instead of developing here. Early in the Earth's life it was bombarded by the comets and asteroids that still filled the Solar System, and potentially it was these bodies that brought organic molecules to our planet. Now we have found the comet Lovejoy contains ethyl alcohol, the same kind many enjoy in beverages, and many other organic molecules.
Comets are very important objects to study, because they are remnants from the early Solar System, from when the planets were still forming, and their tails can reveal what chemicals were present then. In this case, it appears that alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar, were both present. At the same time other comets were slamming into the infant Earth, the planet was getting its first oceans where life developed. The idea is that instead of the molecules necessary for life forming on Earth, perhaps some were deposited here by those asteroids, giving an easier start to the creation of proteins and even DNA.
Now that we have found these molecules in the comet, the next step is to determine their origin. While there is a chance the molecules came from the cloud that was our Solar System billions of years ago, it is also possible they formed later on, within the protoplanetary disk that had encompassed the Sun.
Source: NASA

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