ATI Launches Radeon Mobility X1600 GPU

ATI Technologies Inc. just minutes ago launched the Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics cards for notebooks. It is the first 90nm mobile graphics processor and also the first ATI notebook GPU to feature AVIVO technology. Our tests showed a score of just under 3800 points in 3DMark 2005 when using the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with …more

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AGEIA Finds Another Delay in Launching Their PhysX Card

It seems that some of AGEIA’s key partners, such as Asus, has decided to postpone retail cards until Q1 2006 since no games can take advantage of the Physics Processing Unit (PPU). AGEIA has had cards ready since May of 2005, but the industry hasn’t been in a rush to take advantage of their technology. …more

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Hynix debuts 512Mbit GDDR4 DRAM for Video Cards

Hynix Semiconductor announced the availability of its 512Mbit GDDR4 DRAM for graphics applications on December 2. Hynix will soon begin to sample its GDDR4 products to leading graphic chipset suppliers and the company plans to start mass production in early 2006. Keep in mind that current video cards like ATI’s X1800XT are already designed to …more

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NTL and Virgin Talk About a Merger

NTL has confirmed it has approached Virgin Mobile over merging the firms. It will be interesting to see what happens on this one as NTL and Virgin would become a strong single company if merged correctly. Virgin confirmed it had received an approach from NTL that “may or may not lead to a formal offer …more

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Federal Court Finds Illinois’ Gaming Restrictions Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Friday that Illinois’ restrictions on the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors is unconstitutional and barred the state from enforcing the law. This is great news for gamers and now that the ruling at the federal level should keep other states from trying the same. Game on! …more

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Folding At Home (F@H) Team 38296 Challange

I just wanted to put a post up letting out readers know that our Forum Mod Infinitevalence has issued a challange to our readers to get some new members on the folding team. Since you are more than likely an enthusiast with a couple PC’s sitting around if you are reading this you might want …more

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Intel Plans to Build Second 45nm 300mm Wafer Factory: Fab 28

Intel Corporation announced on Thursday plans to build a new 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility at its site in Kiryat Gat, Israel. The new factory will be designated Fab 28 and will be building 45 nanometer processors by the second half of 2008. Maybe by then we will have 16 core Pentium M processors! Intel …more

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Carbon Nanotube used to make an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip.

We know how to make carbon nanotubes, but what to do with them is the bigger question. team, A team at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Thursday said they used the technology to make an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip. An AFM is one of the foremost tools for the manipulation of …more

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ATI and Nvidia to battle for 90nm PCIe GPU market by 1Q 2006

New 90nm graphics processor units (GPUs) from ATI Technologies and Nvidia, with ATI?s flagship R580 chip and two 7xxx series from Nvidia, are expected to enter mass shipments by the end of the first quarter of 2006. Good news for consumers and those at ATI and nVidia! ATI?s current 90nm GPU lineup includes the Radeon …more

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BlackBerry (CrackBerry) facing shutdown?

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is under pressure to settle or face a possible shutdown of its U.S. mobile e-mail service after it was dealt another legal setback on Wednesday in a key patent infringement case. I would be shocked it a shutdown happened, because so many Fortune 500 companies have them and money …more

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Seagate Lifts Earnings Outlook

Seagate Technology has followed in the tracks of fellow disk-drive maker Western Digital and boosted its earnings forecast for the current quarter, citing strong demand and better-than-expected pricing. So other than the fact that consumers are paying more than expected this is good news for the hard drive makers. Seagate, in an SEC filing ahead …more

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Skype adds in video to online calls

Skype is adding video calling to its software with it’s recent update. Can’t beat free! Skype’s software lets computer users talk to each other for free and make cut-price calls to mobiles and landlines. The new version adds video and a bunch of extra features in what is becoming an increasingly competitive area. Internet portals …more

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Asustek To Produce Overclocked Radeon X1800XT

Asus has recently introduced its EAX1800XT TOP graphics card, which incorporates ATI’s Radeon X1800XT GPU at an overclocked frequency. This will be one of the first overclocked X1800XT cards on the market and is due out this month. Powered by ATI?s overclocked version of the X1800XT series, the EAX1800XT TOP runs at 700MHz in core …more

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UK shortages of Xbox 360 expected

What we already know about here in the US the UK will have to go through on Friday: a shortage of Xbox 360’s, primarily due to the amount of pre-orders. Considering the goal of having 3 million Xbox units out the factory door in 90 days, one has to think there may be a possbility …more

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