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NVIDIA’s Licenses its Intellectual Property; Starts Build Your Own GPU Club…

In the fast changing silicon world a company needs to be nimble, NVIDIA is such a company. The jolly green giant of graphics companies is preparing to take the radical step of licensing its Intellectual Property, allowing other companies to produce chips using NVIDIA’s technology.

The fast paced growth of the mobile sector along with the success of ARM and PowerVR, the two dominant companies in the mobile sector, has to be a major motivation for NVIDIA. While NVIDIA already sells its own Tegra all in one chipset to manufacturers selling its IP to chip designers opens up markets for the company.

NVIDIA’s initial portfolio will include Kepler graphics core designs, visual compute technology and rumors suggest eventually they will add their LTE modem technology. Being a new market for NVIDIA it will take time to build the eco-system around their new IP products. To date there are no customers for the new offerings but it is early days.

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NVIDIA Strikes Back, The Kepler Architecture And The New King Of Über Video Cards…

After many weeks of NVIDIA preparing the world for their brand new graphics processor, with the wheels of the marketing machine running at full speed NVIDIA’s new GPU the GK104 has been introduced to the world. The basis of the new GFX 680 the war of the Über video card has swung back in NVIDIA’s favour.

NVIDIA’s new design emphasizes power efficiency and performance where-as the previous generation chips went for performance at any cost. Strangely though the previous generation were beaten by AMD while this new more power efficient design ends being up to 3 times faster – per watt of power – than the previous generation chips and soundly beats AMD’s latest, the HD 7970.

In one foul swoop NVIDIA have stolen the crown back, reaching over and taking the crown right off the kings brow. While the GTX 680 video card slaps AMD back into second place NVIDIA isn’t done yet, they may have an ace up their sleeve. The GTX 680 is cheaper, faster and lower power than AMD’s best, the 7970, the King is dead. Long live the new King.

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The Ultrabook Revolution Gets Game, The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG With Kepler On The Side…

The Ultrabook revolution has been unfolding over the past year, amongst all of the sleek and sexy Ultrabooks there has always been one gap in the market, Ultrabooks that allow portable gaming joy. Acer is attempting to address this issue with it’s brand new M3 series of Ultrabooks, specifically the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG’s.

Acer are pushing the boundaries, how far can the definition of an Ultrabooks stretch? To 15.6 inches Acer seems to believe. While the M3 meets many of the Ultrabook criteria, 8 hours of battery life, 20mm thin and plenty of grunt with the latest chipery. It’s size due to the 15.6” LCD display and the 2.2KG weight make it stand apart from the thin and light 13.3” Ultrabook crowd.

Also setting it apart, The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG combines the power of NVIDIA’s latest Kepler GPU, the GeForce GT 640M with the fastest from Intel that your wallet can afford. this is the first Ultrabook with discreet graphics, its got game With the minimum specification costing as little as $599 USD the M3 is a whole new breed of Ultrabook, The Mega Ultrabook.

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NASA’s Planet Hunter Kepler Discovers Planet Darkness…

NASA’s Kepler satellite, also known as the planet hunter has found a planet that is particularly unusual, TrES-2b holds claim to being the darkest planet ever found. Darker than coal, blacker than black acrylic paint and with a constant temperature of over 1,800 degrees Celsius, she’s as hot as she is dark. Discovered 750 lights years away in the direction of the constellation Draco.

Kepler is our eyes and ears in deep space and with it they are being taken to unimagined new world, now instead of just wondering what’s out there we’re finding its even stranger than we imagined.

“It’s not clear what is responsible for making this planet so extraordinarily dark,” stated co-author David Spiegel of Princeton University. “However, it’s not completely pitch black. It’s so hot that it emits a faint red glow, much like a burning ember or the coils on an electric stove.”

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