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Topic: Hardware

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Linux Powers 16-core MIPS Server
Posted by: ironfist on Monday, August 14, 2006 - 11:50
Submitted by ironfist
A start-up called Movidis believes a MIPS-based 16-core CPU is a perfect fit for Linux servers. The chip from Cavium Networks was originally desgined for network gear. Movidis will announce two new servers next week on LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Fransisco. They will use a single 500 or 600 MHz Cavium Networks Octeon CN3860 chip with 16 cores. This chip is very power efficient - only 30W is consumed. The chip also has 8 Gigabit ports, hardware encryption and 1 MB cache.

The 1U server will cost 3000 USD with no drives and 12000 USD for 2U with a maximum of 8 drives.

Read the entire article at ZDNet Asia

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V-Dragon, the Chinese PowerPC CPU now on sale
Posted by: Trizt on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 05:07
Submitted by Trizt
According to Culturecom Holdings Ltd they already have orders for 100,000 V-Dragon CPUs. Computers with the CPU will be including Midori Linux, this is a move to a more secure environment than Microsoft Windows.

The CPU has 64-bit read and write data buses for Processor Local Bus (PLB), The Memory Management Unit runs 16KB instruction and 16KB data caches, while the chip's High Speed Memory Controller is capable of supporting up to 4 SDRAM, MCCG enabling any Chinese characters to be generated, on-demand directly from the CPU without outlay font library.

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New 3D Graphics Card Drivers from Genesi
Posted by: ironfist on Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 23:39
Submitted by ironfist
Genesi in coorporation with XGI has completed the 3D graphics driver for XGI V3XT chip. This PCI graphics card is currently running on Gentoo-Linux 2.6.15, on an Open Desktop Workstation and will be included with the EFIKA. The graphics card supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1536.

See the screenshots here.

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Open Server Workstation Block Diagram
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 18:22
Submitted by ironfist
Bill and Raquel revealed the block diagram of the Dual 970MP-based Open Server Workstation. From this we can see there will be three PCI/PCIe ports, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Dual SATA, four USB ports, four slots of DDR2 memory modules and much more..

Everything is subject to change.

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Japan Installs BlueGene Solution
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 21:21
Submitted by ironfist
Today a new BlueGene Supercomputer started operating in Japan. It's the fastest in Japan - possibly 50% faster than their previous beast - the Earth Simulator. This new supercomputer is actually two machines - a "small" 2.15 Tflops Hitachi and a 57.3 Tflops BlueGene together peaking 59 trillion calculations per second. The supercomputer will be used at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Ibaraki prefecture for studies on high-energy accelerator science such as elementary particle physics and nuclear physics.

Original story with picture

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Open Graphics Project's PCB Schematic released for download
Posted by: Trizt on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 16:40
Submitted by Trizt
The first version of the OGD1 schematic can now be downloaded from

You will find the schematics for:
PCI connector, XP6 PCI bridge, Main FPGA, FPGA Power, Support Devices, DDR SDRam, DQS Termination, DVI Head 1 & 2, VGA Head, TV-Out, General Purpose I/O, 1.2V, 2.5V and 3.3V Power Supply.

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Open Graphics Project's OGD1 PCB Schematic Completed
Posted by: Trizt on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 14:20
Submitted by Trizt
Within the following days the schematic for OGD1 will be made public and the public can give their opinion about the schematic before it's made final.

The official location for the ensuing discussion is the Open Graphics
Project main mailing list.

An abridged list of features:

* 64-bit PCI (66MHz)/PCI-X (133MHz) interface
* 55K Look-Up-Table FPGA
* 256 megabytes of RAM
* Two Dual-link DVI-I outputs (two 330 MP/sec digital, one 330 MP/sec analog, one unpopulated 500 MP/sec analog)
* 96 user I/O

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IBM to Release 5 GHz POWER6 Next Year
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 11:20
Submitted by ironfist
IBM announced that in middle of next year they will release the POWER6 CPU which will run in frequencies between 4 and 5 GHz. This is at least the double speed of current POWER5+ CPUs.
- Instead of just making transistors smaller, IBM came up with a process to alter how silicon behaves by placing a layer of insulator underneath a layer of silicon less than 500 atoms thick, said Bernard Meyerson, chief technologist of IBM's technology group.
This will be a 65 nanometer process.

Read the full article here.

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NFS4 How-To in Swedish
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 17:40
Submitted by ironfist
Our very own Trizt has written a good NFS4 How-To.
It is written in Swedish.

Read it here.

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Genesi Smart Card Package How-To
Posted by: ironfist on Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 18:30
Submitted by ironfist
Pieter van den Abeele has posted an informative how-to, to the Smart Card Reader that Genesi sells. It is divided into four sections and pages and tells you exactly what to do if you want to use it with Gentoo Linux.

The Smart Card Reader can be used to authenticate yourself during login.

Raquel and Bill blogs about this today.

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