Niagara 2 (formally the UltraSparc T2) was a big step forward for Sun Microsystems' chip multithreading (CMT) efforts. It's not that there was anything really wrong with its Niagara 1 predecessor, but 90-nanometer process technology imposed some fairly severe restrictions on what could be crammed into each of the eight cores. As a result, Niagara 1 was well-suited for a relatively narrow range of network-facing workloads. Niagara 2, by contrast, was able to leverage 65nm process technology to spread its wings considerably--which it did by significantly beefing up the threading, floating point, and other capabilities of the individual cores, … Read more
On Monday, MTV Networks is set to unveil an initiative to connect its television, online, and mobile presences by helping music fans answer that crucial question--"Who the (expletive) sings that song?"
In other words, MTV Networks, the Viacom division that encompasses the MTV, VH1, and CMT brands as well as a host of other pop culture channels, is aiming to renew its focus on music by bringing lyrics to the forefront. This will begin rolling out in November and is expected to be complete by the middle of 2008.
On television, several of the networks' existing music-related … Read more
In another installment of everyone's favorite series, I had the opportunity to take a look at the new Sony Micro Home Theater System. And while it pumps out some nice sound while offering a slick interface and design, I'm still wondering why there's no HDTV integration or a Blu-ray drive. For a full hands-on, keep reading.
The Sony Micro Home Theater System is one of the best looking devices you will come across. Featuring a slot-loading drive and a nice chrome outline around the said drive, the device immediately reminds you of the PS3.
The Micro … Read more