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Dell® Alienware M11x for just $599

If you like to play games and are looking to buy a laptop, Dell Alienware M11x is the best choice. To play high-end games, laptops should have advanced configuration. It is not always possible to play the best games on your laptops for the reason that some computers are incompatible with the type and versions of games that have been released recently. Some games do not support the OS, while some need a higher version of the graphics media driver on your laptop. Some need upgraded RAM, while others need a higher capacity processor or even a better graphics card for playing the game smoothly on your laptop. Games like Gears of War, Dead Space, Mass Effect 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops are all brilliant games, and playing them on your laptop would be a fascinating experience. However, the major problem with these games is their system requirements, which may not be possible for the normal categories of laptops to fulfill.

Dell has understood the problem of resource constraints that most people face regarding graphics-intensive games. Dell has recently announced the launch of its new series of Alienware laptops, which would be made available to the public at an affordable price. The laptop model is Dell Alienware M11x, whose price as stated by Dell officials would be somewhere around $500 to $600.

Dell Alienware M11x has 2 GB DD3 RAM along with a 160 GB HDD. It has the latest series of the Intel 1.63 GHz SU7300 processor, which would deliver high computing speed. Along with that, the laptop also has an 11.4-inch flat LED screen which supports a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Dell Alienware M11x has 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics accelerator card which would be enough even to run games which need highs graphic memory and updated drivers.

IBM® and ARM Team Up On Tablet Chips

IBM and ARM signed an agreement to produce revolutionary technology that would help ARM to move ahead with renewed vigor and IBM to take its first steps at getting a share of the tablet PC market. Under an agreement signed in January, IBM will support ARM in its endeavor to scale its Cortex manufacturing process down to 14 nanometers. This would arm ARM with the thinnest silicon chips in the market and hence make it one of the best processor providers for tablets. ARM’s system on a chip platform had revolutionized the tablet processors with enhanced battery life and powerful computing experience with reduced size.

Michael Cadigan, general manager for IBM’s Microelectronics unit, said that ARM’s Cortex processors are now the processors of choice for leading smartphone manufacturers and tablet PC companies. He said that IBM plans to work closely with ARM and other customers to give a boost to the present ARM technology for a varied range of computing and communication devices and products.

IBM is now a party to the biggest technological boom of this year and wants to expand its horizons into processors and chips too. ARM officials feel that this transfer of manufacturing process over to IBM will allow their company to focus on design and development of next generation innovation in the form of chips powering mobile technology. Simon Segars, executive vice president and GM over ARM’s Physical IP unit, said that IBM already has a reputation of excelling in research and development.

ARM had become the leading provider of the SOC platform to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung and Dell. Also Microsoft who till now was a supporter of Intel has dissolved that relationship and jumped on the ARM band wagon and planned the next generation of Windows, Windows 8 to be powered by ARM’s processor chips. IBM saw a jump in its shares with this announcement, with them going up by 3.05% as soon as the announcement was made, ARM shares however came down by a 2.5% following the increase of 3% the previous day when Goldman Sachs had recognized its growing role in the computing market claiming that tablets will soon replace one in three PC sales this year.

XPedite7331 Single Board Computer

Single Board Computer systems or SBCs, are self-contained embedded computers. Such computers are generally employed as embedded computing systems. These computers run embedded and real-time operating systems. Real time operating systems or RTOS are specific operating systems that are designed and programmed according to the device. The basic functionality handled by real time and embedded OS includes system control and management, input and output expansion, networking and communication of the device, storage and graphics capabilities.

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. is a company that has been manufacturing single-board computers since many years. It is popularly known as X-ES. Apart from the fabrication of SBCs, it also provides chassis, I/O devices, and system-level products within the industry of embedded computers. The latest news from X-ES is the launch of X-ES XPedite7331 single board computer. This SBC from X-ES is built on Intel Core i7 technology. The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7-610E, 620LE, and 620UE processors. Along with this superior processor, the machine is supported by Intel QM57 chipset. The X-ES XPedite7331 is designed to deliver the maximum performance for industrial purposes. This SBC will enhance the efficiency of application driven for industrial control, test and measurements.

Following is the basic hardware configuration and application support features of X-ES XPedite7331 SBC:

The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7 technology. These processing units of the SBC operate at a clock speed of 2.53, 2.0, or 1.06 GHz. Apart from the SBC based on Intel processors, X-ES also offers SBCs that are based on Freescale Power PC processors.

Along with this superior processor inside X-ES SBC, it has 8 Gigabytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM as onboard physical memory. The SDRAM of this SBC is provided on two channels on the board.

The dual core technology with this SBC is further supported by hyper-threading technology to provide superior performance. Along with Intel powered processor units, chipset unit of the device is supported by Intel QM57 chipset.

Further, the machine can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes for physical memory, although it comes with 8 Gigabytes of physical storage.

XPedite7331 supports a variety of operating system environments. The device work smoothly with Wind River VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and Linux operating system. It comprises a 3U CompactPCI Express module. The chassis of this SBC is enhanced by air cooling. The NAND flash of the device can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes. This SBC can be used as a system controller or peripheral and it also has a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet port for data communication.

High Performance Computing (HPC)

Basically HPC is high performance computing, which brings together multiple computers, software, and expertise to solve problems too difficult to solve by other means within a specific time frame. HPC is something that emerged after the concept of supercomputing. While a supercomputer is a subset of the high performance computer, supercomputing is actually a subset of HPC (High performance computing).

HPC is a measure of performance. HPC is not a computer. The need of HPC arose with the rate of development demanding higher computing power for more demanding problems. A single multi-core, 64 bit, 32 GB RAM machine which most of us believe to be one of the most powerful hardware resources available could only execute one routine rather one problem solving in a dedicated period of time. The physical limits to the speed of a single processor, and storage media capacities in terms of time resources is the basic limitation of this type of sequential processing.

The alternative is to move to parallel processing – use relatively fast, multiples of, cheap processors in parallel. Meaning, concurrent use of multiple processors for the purpose of processing voluminous data, either by running the same program on each processor or even running different programs on each processor. With this technology you can probably get 100x (times) performance. This brings the concepts of Super Computing, growing towards parallel supercomputers evolving into HPC (High Performance Computing) – use a range of small cluster of PCs or Supercomputers to compute – revolutionizing the field of science, changing the outlook of researchers in their respective fields.

Applications like bio-chemistry, chemistry, physics, environment modeling, industrial products and services generally deal with a large range of data and require phenomenal archival storage facilities. From Kb, to Mb to Gb to Tb we have now moved to Pb (Petabytes – millions of Gigabytes). HPC is about the only method that can prepare a platform for such high resource computing power with such voluminous data to be stored for analysis and evaluation of products under development. Recently it has come to awareness that HPC is also being applied to business use like in data warehouses, transaction processing, etc.

HPC is basically computer technology focusing around the development of supercomputers and software in parallel processing algorithms for scientific and commercial use. This is achieved by the simultaneous use of multiple processors executing programs that are divided into multiple small pieces delivering, a co-existing unified result in a very small time frame.

Typically operating systems and the open source environment play a very large role in the development of HPC worldwide. Naturally, the 100x concept of HPC will gain advantage using low cost hardware systems and free open source operating systems.

How to Check if Windows® is 32 Bits or 64 Bits

We all know that computers are digital devices which work on binary logic. In digital systems, information is represented as zero and one where zero means no signal and one means the presence of a signal. All the processing of the computer data is done by the processor and the number of calculations which a processor can accomplish defines the computer speed. A processor which can handle 2 bits of data at a time will be faster than the one which can handle just 1 bit. Similarly a 64 bit processor is faster than a 32 bit system because it can handle double the size of data and instructions in one single cycle. You must have heard about 32 bit or 64 bit processors but in fact the working of these processors would work upon the type of the Windows operating system. If you have 64-bit Windows, it will work the best with a 64 bit processor. You can have a 32-bit operating system installed on a 64 processor but not vice-versa. This happens because a 64-bit processor can easily downgrade its processing power and cope up with a 32-bit instruction which it receives from the operating system, but a 32-bit processor cannot upgrade itself to execute a 64-bit instruction given by a 64-bit operating system.

Keeping the above mentioned intricacies in mind one should always be aware of the hardware and the software so that it becomes easy to upgrade the same in future. For example what would be need of buying a 64-bit operating system if your computer’s hardware cannot support it? Further in this post I will mention the steps to find if your Windows version is a 32-bit one or a 64-bit one. Given below are the steps to find the same:

Step 1: Click on the ‘Start’ menu and then click on ‘Run’. If the ‘Run’ option is not available in the ‘Start’ menu, press the Windows key along with the ‘R’ key to get to the ‘Run’ box.

Step 2: In the ‘Run’ box type ‘MSINFO32.EXE’ and press ‘Enter’. This will open the ‘System Information’ window which has two panes. In the right pane you will find a tree view.

Step 3: Click on the first option which is called ‘System Summary’.

Step 4: By clicking on ‘System Summary’, the right side pane will display the summary. Here read the value of System Type. If system type is X64 then you have a 64-bit edition of Windows, and if the system type is X86 then you have the basic 32-bit edition of Windows on your computer.

How Heat Affects Computers

Computers are electronic devices and just like other gadgets, they are bound to generate heat. A computer has some mechanical components as well which in turn dissipate considerable amount of heat. Mechanical devices like the hard drive, optical drive, and floppy drive get heated up in just a few minutes of their operation. All the other components like processor, mother board, input-output devices, memory cards, graphic cards, BIOS and all the other components consist of millions of transistors and flip flops which either manipulate the electronic signals or store them for some time. Heat is also generated by the oscillating circuitry of the motherboard. The digital pulses control the overall cycle of processing. Theoretically the semiconductors which are used in making these chips and other components change their behavior with change in temperature. If the temperature increases beyond the operational limits then you can face problems like slow performance, frequent lockups, blue screen errors, or complete device failure if not taken care. In this post I will discuss effects of heat on various components of a computer system.


A processor generates heat and that is the reason why we install heat sinks and a fan on it to maintain its temperature within the operational limits. Processor consists of millions of micro sized transistors made up of semi-conductors. These semi-conductors dissipate heat when current passes from within them. If you have ever opened a computer tower, you must know how hot the processor becomes after just a few minutes of working. It becomes so hot that without proper cooling it can literally burn itself and melt. Over-heated processor causes system lockups, and shutdowns. This is the reason why it is advised to run keep computer systems in a cool work place.

Memory and Graphics Card

Memory is another component which is in use almost all the times but not in an idle situation as during this time memory just holds the current and this does not cause the heat to dissipate. So not much care is required for cooling the memory modules because memory modules never generate too much heat, but a device which gets enough to destroy it without proper cooling is the graphics card. The operating system and applications available these days are very graphical and require lots of graphical processing and thus it makes the card very hot while operation. Graphics cards available these days have processors of their own and it tends to get hot while processing the graphic signals. Some of the graphic cards have their own cooling systems.

Most of the modern motherboards have heat sensors which communicate with the software installed in the operating system and takes necessary measures in keeping system cool. This could be done by either increasing the speed of the fan, or by intimating the user and shutting down the system. These sensors keep the user updated about the mechanical status of the CPU fan so that if it is faulty then it can be replaced before any further damage occurs.

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