Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Posted by Jake at 11:08 PM
Posted by Jake at 10:55 PM
Though Sandy Bridge doesn't have a DirectX 11-capable GPU on die, there's one on the way.
Intel Fellow and key part of the team integrating the GPU onto the Sandy Bridge die, Tom Piazza, told us today that Intel "wont be far behind" in terms of bringing an integrated DX11-capable GPU to market.
Sandy Bridge is one of the key focuses of this year's IDF in San Francisco, as we've heard in the opening keynote speech, but there's one thing that Intel's new 'fusion' chip can't do and that's run DirectX 11.
In a panel discussion with the Sandy Bridge micro-architecture team, Tom Piazza spoke about the lack of DX11 support in the new chip.
"There are no exclusive DirectX 11 games out yet," Piazza says. "In fact most people skipped over DirectX 10 and most of the games fall all the way back to DirectX 9. I don't see the issue right now specifically about DirectX 11" So far so damning for the API, indeed he said later on that the tessellation functionality was the only impressive thing about Microsoft's DX11.
But going forward it's still going to be an important part of the graphics jigsaw, especially with AMD's Fusion APUs on the way sporting its own DX11 architecture.
Piazza wouldn't give any specifics, but did go on to say "DirectX 11, shall we say, is around the corner on Intel products as well." He followed that up by saying that it wouldn't be "far behind" in terms of bringing that functionality to its own integrated graphics.
Posted by Jake at 5:51 PM
Posted by Jake at 5:04 PM
Dell has chosen the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco to give us the first glimpse of their upcoming DUO 10-inch convertible tablet computer. The device itself is expected to be packing a dual core Intel Atom N550. It will at least have Windows 7 Home Premium. The real is the way the screen "converts" into a tablet.
Unlike the last round of convertible tablets, there is no swivel hinge on this device. Instead, the screen itself rotates inside the bezel to flip around. The lid can then be closed, and you have a Windows 7 tablet. Dell plans to push a docking station for the computer to plug into when in tablet mode.
The DUO is expected to launch later this year. In the demo, the touchscreen did not look particularly responsive, but this is still a prototype. The DUO's screen does appear to support multitouch input, though. Still, you have to admire the self-control it must have taken to pretend it was just a slate for 5 minutes of the demo in preparation for the big reveal. No pricing information was available. What do you think would be a reasonable price? The internals appear to essentially be that of a netbook, but it does have a few extra tricks.
Posted by Jake at 4:59 PM
Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds, has announced that the full version of the game for the Android platform will be out within the month.
The game has been a huge hit on the iPhone – the paid-for version has been downloaded some 7 million times – and there is even talk of a movie in the works.
The popularity of the app has meant that Android users have been eagerly awaiting for Angry Birds to land.
Prayers were answered this month when a Lite version of the game landed on Android Market, available for those handsets with 2.1 and above and for those phones with VGA+ screen resolution.
Now Rovio has announced a full version of the game is a mere two to three weeks away.
Best game experience
"We are currently working hard to ensure that Angry Birds on Android will offer best game experience for as many people as possible," explained a Rovio spokesperson to TalkAndroid.
"The expected release date is within 2-3 weeks."
Before the game is launched, Rovio is hard at work making Angry Birds compatible with QVGA devices. It is also trying to sort out lag problems it is having with the game on older Android devices - which means the onset of fat chicks being thrown at pigs will be even greater.
Posted by Jake at 1:03 AM