Weekend tech reading: Mobility Radeon HD 6000 flagship has 256-bit memory (rumor)

By on September 5, 2010, 12:17 PM
Rumor: "Blackcomb" is AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000 series flagship Donanimhaber reports that the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000 series will be headed by a GPU codenamed Blackcomb. Of course, Blackcomb will be based on a desktop chip, presumably either Barts or Cayman. For the Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series, AMD skipped the Cypress GPU completely, with the top Mobility Radeon HD 5870 being mainstream Juniper, featuring 800 SP and 128-bit memory. Blackcomb, however, will feature a 256-bit memory interface, and the number of functional units are expected to increase dramatically. VR-Zone

Tiny, five-nanometer silicon oxide switches could create single chips with TB storage Even with great strides being made regularly in the realms of nanotech and materials science, Moore's Law the notion that the number of transistors that can be placed on a given integrated circuit doubles every 18-24 months has for several years been bearing down on engineers who have shrunk conventional chip technology about as far as material limitations will let them. Popular Science

French ISPs and French Government locking horns over HADOPI costs There's a major battle brewing between the French government and the French ISPs. A line is being drawn and its about the money. While this was foreseeable thanks to our earlier reports, it will be very interesting to see how far the battle will escalate. One report suggests that ISPs may even opt to not honor their end of the anti-piracy effort. ZeroPaid

Dell's enterprise challenge remains after 3Par Dell doesn't have to start over in its quest to become a significant purveyor of technology for businesses after losing a multibillion dollar bidding contest for an obscure data-storage maker. But it won't be easy, either, for Dell to shake its "Dude, you're getting a Dell" image and move into the more profitable business of selling powerful behind-the-scenes technology to other companies. AP

Ubuntu 10.10 beta arrives with new netbook UI Canonical has announced the availability of the Ubuntu 10.10 beta release. The new version of the popular Linux distribution, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, is scheduled for final release in October. It brings some noteworthy user interface improvements and updated software. Ars Technica




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