Integrated circuit inventor dies at 81

Posted by Mark-James McDougall on 23 June 2005

Jack Kilby, the inventor of the integrated circuit, died on Monday at age 81 after a brief battle with Cancer. His invention, the integrated circuit, was first demonstrated on Sept. 12, 1958. The invention made the creation of computers, the space program, the Internet and everyday items such as digital watches possible.

"Humankind eventually would have solved the matter, but I had the fortunate experience of being the first person with the right idea and the right resources at the right time in history." Said Kilby upon accepting his Nobel prize in 2000.

Kilby has won dozens of awards, including the coveted Nobel Prize in 2000 and the National Medal of Technology in 1990. He has also continued to inspire major players in technology.

"Few people can say they really changed the world. Kilby would be one of them," said Gordon Eubanks, CEO of the techology company Oblix.

View: Ti Jack Kilby page


NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX

Contributed by scuba on 23 June 2005

NVIDIA’s new card, the 7800 GTX, is not only faster than the 6800 Ultra, but also requires 50% less power from your PSU. The card has more than 300 million transistors, which is ridiculous and makes it the most advanced Graphics processing unit (GPU) to come from NVIDIA so far. In some gaming benchmarks, the new 7800 GTX showed up to 2.3x the performance of a DUAL-slot SLI Based GeForce 6800 Ultra system. The 7800 only requires a single slot.

The card uses the new MS DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 engine and the new 128-bit floating core point which is supposed to provide film-quality vidual effects, such as high dynamic range (HDR) lighting and real-time frame rates.

For HDTV fans, the new GeForce 7800 GTX is capable of 1080p HD output and supports both 3:2 and 2:2 pull down and advanced scaling and de-interlacing capabilities, so you can output HD to either a computer monitor or your television.

News source: Geforce 7800 GTX


Apple Discontinues Single Processor Power Macs

Posted by David Reed on 21 June 2005

Apple has officially discontinued its single processor Power Mac G5 in order to push sales of its dual processor lineup. The single processor models are no longer available for purchase on Apple’s website, but the company said in a statement that the remaining models at authorized resellers will be available while supplies last.

"The 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 is no longer available at the online Apple Store but is available in other channels while supplies last. The Power Mac G5 line is now all dual processor and delivers the ultimate in performance for our most advanced customers."

The final single processor model from Apple was the 1.8GHz G5. Available models now include the 2GHz, 2.3GHz, and 2.7GHz dual processor models. For a single processor alternative Apple has recommended prospective buyers have a look at the iMac G5.

View: Apple Home


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