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Submission + - Intel unveils "Tri-Gate" transistors (

Barence writes: "Intel has revealed a brand new type of transistor, which uses a three-dimensional design to operate in a smaller space and consume less power than existing designs.

The new transistors are called “Tri-Gate” units, in reference to their use of three conductive surfaces. The company claims they offer an overall 50% power saving over current planar transistors, or 37% faster performance with the same power draw. The first chips to use Tri-Gate technology will be Intel's forthcoming Ivy Bridge CPUs, the 22nm successors to Sandy Bridge that are expected to arrive at the end of 2011."


Submission + - Intel Designs Faster, 3D Transistor (

lee1 writes: "Intel has found a way to keep on the Moore's Law track by making smaller, faster and lower-power computer chips by building 3D transistors. They are already manufacturing microprocessors using this new design, called a FINFET (for fin field-effect transistor), which incorporates a small pillar, or fin, of silicon that sticks up above the surface of the chip. Intel said that it expected to be able to make chips that run as much as 37 percent faster in low-voltage applications and use as much as 50 percent less power. Products based on the new technology may appear some time later this year."

Submission + - Sony knew about the vulnerability (

An anonymous reader writes: Sony chief information officer, Shinji Hasejima, this week confessed at a Tokyo press conference that security measures could have been improved. "The vulnerability [of the network] was a known vulnerability," he said. Rik Ferguson, a computer security expert at Trend Micro said "Unfortunately, it is common for companies to run servers that they know has vulnerabilities"

Submission + - Sony Finds Anonymous File on Hacked Server (

donniebaseball23 writes: Anonymous had denied responsibility for the massive Sony breach, but new evidence in Sony's investigation does point to the hacking group. In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Sony's Kaz Hirai said that "the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named 'Anonymous' with the words 'We are Legion'." This isn't proof positive that Anonymous launched the attack — it's possible that someone is using the Anonymous name as cover.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.