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Microsoft Introduces Wireless Arc Keyboard

The Microsoft Arc mouse is definitely one of the better designed mice available in the market, Microsoft has now unveiled an Arc keyboard to complement the Arc mouse. Like the mouse that is all about sleek design with basic functionality, the Arc keyboard is good looking with basic keyboard features and functionality. The wireless transceiver is smaller in size compared to that of the Arc mouse and can be placed at the back of keyboard. The Arc keyboard comes with a built-in battery life indicator and is expected to retail at a price of around $60 starting February. Some images of the keyboard:

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Microsoft Arc keyboard Product page

Tilera Announces World’s First 100-core Processor

Tilera-Worlds-First-100-Core-Processor The Gigahertz war may be over, but it is making way for a new battle – the battle of the cores. Both Intel and AMD have been busy cranking up the number of cores in their latest line of processors. Nehalem-EX from Intel will feature 8 cores while Opteron Magny-Cours from AMD will include as many as 12 cores. But all of them will pale in comparison to the 100 core processor a relatively unknown start-up called Tilera is developing.

TILE-Gx Family of processors from Tilera is set for commercial release in 2011 and will be available in 16, 36, 64 and 100 core variants. All the processors are based on 40nm architecture, and according to Tilera, will outperform high-end Intel processors by a factor of four. TILE-Gx will reportedly consume between 10 to 55 watts of power, which is about a third of the power burned by a Nehalem. Tilera’s CEO, Omid Tahernia, expects these ultra-high performance processors to “open completely new computing possibilities”.

Tilera is a start-up specializing in scalable multicore processors. It started off as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology project funded by DARPA/NSF and became a start-up in 2007. Tilera’s processors are primarily aimed at commercial applications like cloud computing and video conferencing. While touching the 100-core mark is an achievement, only time will tell if Tilera can really deliver.

Gadgets Buzz Updates Edition #1

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