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Monday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2022  23:27:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MUTMAN for much of tonight's news!

A couple of interesting articles on IEEE Spectrum: firstly using X-Rays to reveal chip designs. When you're baking a cake, it’s hard to know when the inside is in the state you want it to be. The same is true—with much higher stakes—for microelectronic chips: How can engineers confirm that what’s inside has truly met the intent of the designers?

Also, plastic processors. For decades, hopeful techies have been promising a world where absolutely every object you encounter—bandages, bottles, bananas—will have some kind of smarts thanks to supercheap programmable plastic processors. If you’ve been wondering why that hasn’t happened yet, it’s that nobody has built working processors that can be made in the billions for less than a penny each.

Tesla cars may soon have Steam integration. What could possibly go wrong? Right now, it is mainly to create some added value to its ownership experience, but Tesla might have bigger plans for gaming inside its vehicles. Musk has been indicating recently that he believes “entertainment will be critical when cars drive themselves,” which he thinks Tesla can achieve later this year.

TechPowerUp compared FSR 1.0 vs. FSR 2.0 vs. DLSS in Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk 2077 recently got support for AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 through a community mod. The addon converts the officially-supported DLSS render path into instructions that the AMD FSR 2.0 algorithm understands, with excellent results.

TechGage meanwhile looked at GPU rendering in Redshift. It’s been some time since we’ve taken a detailed look at rendering performance in Maxon’s Redshift, so this article will get us up to speed. While Redshift is soon to gain support for AMD’s Radeon GPUs, it’s not quite here yet – so for now, we’ll take a look at rendering five different projects with NVIDIA’s current-gen GeForce stack.

A new data storage supernode in Brisbane will be powered by renewables and batteries. Supernode is an internationally significant digital infrastructure project combining both critical energy and data storage capacity to be powered by Queensland sited renewable power projects. The unique Supernode site at Brendale is only 30 kms from Brisbane CBD and will intersect the new Torus dark fibre data cable currently under construction which will directly connect Brisbane for the first time ever to the international sub-sea cable recently landed at Maroochydore from Guam.

HotHardware meanwhile report on the PCIe 7.0 specification. PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group), the standards body responsible for overseeing the development of the PCI Express specification, announced that PCIe 7.0 is on track to bring another huge jump in bandwidth by 2025. As such, we could see solid state drives (SSDs) scale to around 64GB/s within the next few years

Finally from MUTMAN: Starting in 2011, the Floppotron has delighted audiences with many a delightful symphony. If you haven't heard of Floppotron then you are in for a real treat, for its creator, Pawel Zadrozniak, has posted up the latest upgrade to date: Floppotron 3.0, on YouTube.

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