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 Tuesday, 31-July-2018  17:58:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Computer Museum Society needs help storing their collection until new premises can be organised. Find out how you can help in this Google Groups post. The Australian Computer Museum Society is not an active museum, but a repository of computing technology, peripherals, storage media and documentation dating from to the 1950s to the 2000s. Their collection is being held in a 200 square metre warehouse at 888 Woodville Road, Villawood, which will be demolished in two weeks. Having tried for years to secure a more permanent home, the volunteers - mostly former programmers and engineers in their 70s - are at the desperate point of suggesting that anybody who wants anything from their collection can just come along and take it. The attached photos give some idea of the range, size and condition of the collection (apologies for the blurriness - the light is quite poor inside). Discussion here in our Retro & Arcade forum.

There's not much solid info, but apparently India have developed their first RISC-V based CPU. Shakrti processor is a low-power prototype, they were interested in optimising power and area. currently, it's clocking at 400MHz, DMIPS/MHz - 1.67.

Meanwhile South Korea are determined to stay ahead of China in the chip-development world. The South Korean government will invest 1.5 trillion won ($1.34 billion) in developing new technologies and creating a manufacturing hub for next-generation chips in order to keep its leading position being sought by China, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday. The Industry Ministry will make the investment for the next 10 years together with the Ministry of Science and ICT, titling the project “Next-Generation Intelligent Semiconductor Technology Development Project.”

DigitalFoundry meanwhile explain why we need new 8-core CPUs - in short, to keep up with console gaming. Despite no official confirmation, it's more than likely that we'll see new eight-core CPUs from Intel in the next month or so, delivering the ability to comprehensively outperform the already stunning Core i7 8700K - our pick as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy right now. The additional benefits for gaming in the short-term may be limited but once the new wave of Ryzen-powered consoles arrive, the need for faster, wider processors in the PC space should become abundantly clear.

Sniper sent in this new Segway for each foot idea. The Segway Drift W1 e-Skates are lightweight, portable and extremely unique. Designed for maximum comfort and fun the Drift W1 is the perfect product to usher in a new type of personal transportation. Hrm, as someone who spends a lot of time on skates.. I'm not convinced. But I'd be happy to review some. :)



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