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All the Details on Intel's 32nm Westmere Chips

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282w ago - Intel has dropped more details of its upcoming 32nm processor line up, codenamed Westmere and featuring on-die graphics circuitry.

Rather than a wholesale architecture change, the move to 32nm is a die-shrink of the existing 45nm Nehalem architecture. Intel will start manufacturing the new chips at the end of the year, for mass release in early 2010.

"It's Nehalem upgraded. Nehalem - the largest design change - is the tock. Westmere is the tick we're announcing today," said Steve Smith, Director of Operations for Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, referring to Intel's tick-tock processing architecture strategy.

The first 32nm desktop chips will feature two cores with integrated graphics on the die. Clarkdale for the desktop and Arrandale for the thin and light market.

The 32nm Westmere processor core has been combined with a 45nm integrated integrated graphics and integrated memory controller. "Intel has had for the last decade or so, integrated graphics in our chipsets. So we're taking that, currently shipping in our 4 series chipset, and integrating that," added Smith.

Before that, though, there will be some more 45nm chips. "We have a variety of products that we expect to be shipping in the second half of 2009," said Smith. These long-awaited 45nm quad-core...
 

First PSP and PlayStation Home Connectivity Details Revealed?

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282w ago - According to a roughly translated Japanese Web page (linked above), it has been announced that Namco Bandai's PSP sim game The Idol Master SP will offer some kind of connectivity with PlayStation Home.

To quote: From what we can make out from the article, it seems that during your play-through of Idol Master SP you unlock "rewards" for use in Home.

It also looks as though Home will import avatars from Idol Master judging from the picture

This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully we will see a lot more PSP/Home integration in the future.
 

New Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Details & Screen Available

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283w ago - Naughty Dog's Senior Manager of Marketing Communications Arne Meyer has shared some highlights of a recent media event at the Naughty Dog studios today as follows:

The very full day for our guests started off with getting them up to speed on UNCHARTED 2, covering background info on story, gameplay and technology such as:

•The historical mystery surrounding Marco Polo and his lost fleet, which serves as the foundation for our story.
• What's happened to Drake, since it's pretty obvious he's a bit scruffier, down on his luck and he's definitely running with way shadier people than before.
• Introducing everyone to Chloe Frazer, a sexy and impulsive Australian who is just this side of unpredictable and dangerous, not to mention Drake's new partner and romantic interest - can you blame him?
• Adding in what we're calling "action-stealth" to give you the choice to go in guns blazing or take out a few adversaries unnoticed before engaging the rest of them.
• Blending together our climbing and shooting into what we call "traversal gunplay" so you can now be in gun combat in the middle of climbing, swinging on a rope, hanging from a ledge or sign...you can shoot pretty much from anywhere, anytime you want.
• All the cool things the Naughty...
 

Capcom Details Street Fighter IV DLC and Exclusive Screens

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283w ago - Today Capcom has confirmed the planned DLC for Street Fighter IV for both the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 console as follows:

You might have seen some early, somewhat confusing reports about SFIV DLC- now you can get the story straight from the horse's mouth (that's us).

We're talking match replays! Expanded rankings! Enhanced matchmaking! A hat for Blanka! Read on for all the details, and check out our [Register or Login to view links] of the alternate costumes...

Capcom is pleased to announce the first expansion pack for Street Fighter IV. Championship Mode expansion pack will add several unique and gameplay enriching options to Street Fighter IV's already robust feature set free of charge post launch. Street Fighter IV's Championship Mode Expansion Pack will include:

• Replay Mode - Record, upload, and download top matches to share with the Street Fighter IV community. Players can analyze top tiered fighters matches, leave voter feedback for others, and share their own triumphant victories.

• New Points System - Two new points systems to measure your skill (Championship and Tournament Points)

• Enhanced Tournament Matching System - Skill level matching...
 

Media Molecule Flickr Reveals LittleBigPlanet PS3 Patch Details

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284w ago - Either Media Molecule are kicking itself right now or [Register or Login to view links] on its flickr page was placed in public view intentionally.

Either way, we now have a glimpse at some information regarding a few of LittleBigPlanet's upcoming cheese-based patches.

To quote: As you can see from the picture below there are some new details to be gleaned about Cornish Yarg. Namely, that it will include new tutorials and the much-anticipated online create mode, allowing you to create levels with friends over the PlayStation Network.

Two new patches have also been revealed. Jarlsberg promises to add something to do with "2000 AD." Related to an upcoming content pack, perhaps?

Finally, Stinking Bishop will be linked to an "Arcade Pack." What that will include, we have no idea. But we can't wait to find out.

Obviously this is all internal data which may or may not come to fruition. Hopefully we'll hear more in the near future.
 
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