Seagate Goes Perpendicular With New Drives

Looks like Seagate is going to be the first to market with a new hard drive that records data perpendicular — meaning that the bits of data actually stand on end, instead of lying flat on the recording surface like current drives. 160GB notebook drives anyone? Perpendicular recording is the next phase of drive storage, …more

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ULi single-chip AMD Chipset M1697 may come in July

AMD K8 users should have another chipset to pick from next month. ULi has been going full steam ahead and at a time when VIA is suffering ULi is gaining ground. ULi Electronics expects to begin volume production of its M1697 single-chip solution, which supports all Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) K8 processors, as early as …more

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Kingston HyperX Winbond BH5 auctioned off

This week Kingston Technologies will be auctioning the 3rd of 5 kits of KHX3200 memory built with Winbond BH5 memory IC’s.  Proceeds from auction are going to Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP) is comprised of six model programs assisting over 80,000 persons a year, including abused children, victims of crime, struggling families, acting out adolescents, and …more

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Intel Dempsey cores to clock at 3.80GHz

The Inq has some details posted on the upcoming Dempsey core this morning.  Seems as if the Xeon is getting a 1066FSB and 3.8GHz of 65nm dual core power. Chip firm Intel anticipates that when Dempsey is released in the first quarter of the next year, the Xeon will have a front side bus of …more

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Rambus files memory suit against Samsung

Intellectual property rights are a hot topic in court rooms lately and for good reason.  Late today Rambus has ADDED Samsung to their memory technology lawsuit & terminated a license agreement with them.  Big news for those in the memory industry, as these two heavy weights prepare to do battle in future months.  SAN JOSE, …more

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New breakthroughs in IC physical design!!!!

Magma Design Automation, Apache Design Solutions, and Sierra Design Automation are pitching new IC physical design technology in advance of next week’s Design Automation Conference.  This is big news because it is the first time that a next-generation IC can have a physical-verification completed.  This means that work on next-gen IC’s can advance quicker now.  …more

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Office Goes XML

Office Goes XML

Get ready to say goodbye to .doc and hello to XML. The next version of Microsoft Office, due in the second half of 2006, will save files in the Extensible Markup Language by default. The new format will make files smaller, more effectively prevent corruption, and make it easier for files to share data, Microsoft …more

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50% of AMD’s HSF’s will use heatpipes in 2H 2005

Heat sinks that are used to cool your have not changed much the past few years, but that is about to change later this year.  AMD has been slowly moving over to using HSF’s that utilize heat-pipes to better channel heat away from the processor.  Digitimes is reporting that 50% of the cooling solutions that …more

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PC milestone–notebooks outsell desktops

Could desktops soon be a thing of the past? Okay – I doubt that is the case, but notebook sales were up big time and actually out sold PC’s in May.  More notebooks than desktops were sold in the United States in May, according to a report released Friday–a milestone in PC sales history. Analysts with …more

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Apple to switch to Intel chips starting in ’06

Looks like Monday will be a great day for Intel as Apple plans to announce they will start using Intel microprocessors!  We first posted on this subject a couple weeks ago and everything turned out to be true. Apple Computer Inc. plans to announce on Monday that it will switch to using Intel Corp’s microprocessors …more

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Indian IT group plans to build new memory foundry

News that a new memory foundry might be built is India is a big deal.  The estimated cost is a tad over one billion-dollars!  India is expected to be a huge market for eletronics devices over the next decade, and it looks like companies are now getting ready for their piece of the pie. BANGALORE, India …more

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New hack cracks ‘secure’ Bluetooth devices

Think that your bluetooth device is secure?  Think again! Cryptographers have discovered a way to hack Bluetooth-enabled devices even when security features are switched on. The discovery may make it even easier for hackers to eavesdrop on conversations and charge their own calls to someone else?s cellphone. They demonstrated the hack can work out the …more

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Sun moves to buy StorageTek for $4.1 billion

Sun Microsystems is in the process of acquiring Storage Technology Corp., a vendor of data storage systems, in a deal valued at $4.1 billion, the two companies said Thursday (June 2). Sun says the acquisition of StorageTek, as the company is widely known, will strengthen its position in the market for information life-cycle-management technology. The …more

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Kingmax to start mass production of high-end DDR2

DDR2 products are currently contributing about 5% of Kingmax’s sales, but they are going full steam ahead with DDR2-800 modules.  Clearly the future of DDR2 memory is 800MHz and beyond.  Ranked as the world’s eighth-largest third-party DRAM-module supplier by iSuppli for the last two years, Kingmax Semiconductor is aiming to begin regular production of its …more

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