ATI CATALYST Drivers WHQL Certified for Windows Vista

Underlining the company’s leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that its driver has been granted the graphics industry’s first Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification for Windows Vista by Microsoft. WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is …more

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Intel’s Quad Core Coming Sooner Than Later

News from the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco reports that PC makers are ready to launch new systems featuring the upcoming quad-core Core 2 Extreme processor (that’s a mouthful). These chips – rated about 70% faster than the current duo-core – are right around the corner hitting the streets in November! Intel will ship …more

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AMD to counter Intel QX6700 with 3 new A64 FX CPUs in mid-November

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to launch three 90nm Athlon 64 FX processors intended for its 4×4 platform (a two-socket board, each containing a dual-core processor) in mid-November, with an aim to counter Intel’s planned launched of its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers who are familiar with AMD’s …more

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All Microsoft Vista versions to ship on single disc

Microsoft has confirmed that all versions of Vista will be shipped on a single DVD, in a feature called Windows Anytime Upgrade. The idea, said a company representative, is to let customers more easily and directly upgrade to a higher edition of Windows Vista from within their current edition. Vista is scheduled to reach consumers …more

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Hewlett-Packard Gets Humble About Their Conduct

Speaking to the press at Hewlett-Packard’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters, CEO Mark Hurd apologized for the company’s conduct in spying on board members and journalists, and outlined a series of actions the company was taking as various government inquiries into the affair gain steam. H-P Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who initiated the investigation, will resign effective …more

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AMD’s CTO Phil Hester says Intel messed up

There is a great interview with AMD’s Phil Hester over at CNET news that is worth taking a look at. Phil talks about the problems over at Intel and also what the ATI/AMD merger is going to mean for AMD. This is worth a read for all enthusiasts and shareholders. We had a period of …more

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Samsung Exec To Plead Guilty To Price-Fixing

An executive with the U.S. unit of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics agreed to plead guilty and serve prison time for taking part in price-fixing in the computer memory chip business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Samsung marketing executive Thomas Quinn is the fourth Samsung manager to plead guilty in the U.S. government’s memory …more

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Sony’s 20GB PS3 to feature HDMI port

Sony’s forthcoming 20GB version of the PlayStation 3 video game console will feature an HDMI 1.3 output, the company announced Friday at the Tokyo Game Show. The port, which had been previously announced as standard on the stepped-up 60GB model, allows games to be played in full high-definition video and audio. The company said its …more

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Commerce Deptartment lost 1,100 laptops in five years

The Commerce Department has lost more than 1,100 laptop computers since 2001, most of them assigned to the Census Bureau, officials said Thursday night. I’m hoping that they also fired 1,100 people that lost laptops in five years! The Census Bureau, the main collector of information about Americans, lost 672 computers. Of those, 246 contained …more

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Sony cuts PS3 Japan price by 20 percent

Sony Corp. on Friday cut the price of its new game machine PlayStation 3 by 20 percent in Japan, in a surprise move that will attract more customers but likely widen losses in its game division. Sony, which will launch the latest version of its blockbuster game gear on November 11 in Japan, now plans …more

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Samsung increases DRAM output on 0.11-micron node

Samsung Electronics has increased its DRAM output that is using a 0.11-micron process at its 8-inch fabs to meet growing demand, as it still has issues at its 80nm node, according to market sources. DRAM produced using the 0.11-micron process will be named D-generation products, while 80nm-made products are called E-generation DRAM, the sources said. …more

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Intel job cuts become clearer

Intel announced 10,500 job cuts a few weeks ago, but was extraordinarily vague about where they were coming from. It seems that The Inq. has heard rumors that the job cuts would be focused around Intel Capital, Sales/Marketing and R&D. Next up comes the most troubling, Intel will cut R&D in Oregon. We are not …more

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Microsoft Xbox360 HD DVD player Japan launch in Nov

Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it would launch an HD DVD player for its Xbox 360 game console on November 22 in Japan for 20,790 yen ($177), matching rival Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 in high-definition DVD functions. The world’s largest software maker also said 110 game titles would become available for Xbox 360 in Japan …more

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MSI unveils P965 Platinum with CrossFire support

Micro Star International (MSI) on September 19 unveiled its P965 Platinum motherboard, which the company claims is the industry’s first motherboard based on Intel’s P965 chipsets supporting ATI Technologies’ CrossFire dual-card graphics technology for the gaming market. Looking at the MSI website nothing is mentioned about Crossfire, but two x16 slots are present. MSI P965 …more

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