Engineers at IBM (www.ibm.com) have recently squeezed performance
gains out of their new 64-bit Power PC processors by using silicon to insulate
the transistors, and by replacing the aluminum wiring with highly conductive
copper. But until now, the only customers who've enjoyed the higher performance
have been those using the high-end servers for business and Internet
applications and CFD calculations.
At a Tokyo trade show Thursday, the video game company Nintendo
(http://www.nintendo.com) announced it was
supercharging its latest releases with the fast chips, code-named "Gekko."
Nintendo will use the chips in its powerful GAMECUBE console.
The machine packs a 405-MHz processor and 40 Mbytes of memory into
a slim 6 x 6 x 4.3-inch box. The GAMECUBE packs storage media onto a 1.5 GB, 8
cm-diameter, Matsushita optical disk, and features accessories like a 56K modem
and wireless controls. It launches in Japan in July 2001, and in North America
three months later. For specs on the GAMECUBE check http://www.nintendo.com/spaceworld/ngc_specs.html.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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