No AMD K8L processors until 2008, say sources

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recently indicated that its new K8L processor for its next-generation Socket AM3 platform will not be available until 2008, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers. AMD’s K8L series is expected to be compatible with Socket AM2-based motherboards by adding both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers, according to the sources. …more

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AMD Cuts Sales Forecast Due To Bad Desktop and Mobile CPU Sales

Advanced Micro Devices has slashed second-quarter revenue guidance, citing lower sales of processors for desktop computers and some mobile devices. Shares of AMD closed Thursday at $23.83. In early trading Friday, the stock fell $0.66, or 2.77%, to $23.17. AMD today announced that sales for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006 are expected to …more

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ATI hits first with HDMI and HDCP

A flurry of new graphics cards featuring HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports and supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) are set to hit the market this summer, with graphics card vendors GeCube and Sapphire announcing products in the past few days, while Tul will soon announce its HDCP-supporting PowerColor X1600 Pro. GeCube on July 5 …more

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IBM to boost its presence in Ireland

IBM, the world’s biggest computer services provider, will invest 46 million euros ($58.6 million) in its Irish technology campus over the next three years and create 300 new jobs, Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise said on Thursday. IBM employs more than 3,200 people in several operations around Dublin, including manufacturing, sales and marketing, software development, consultancy, …more

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Microsoft helps Intel with its i915 chipset inventory woes

Although Intel is experiencing heavy GP chipset (915GM) inventory pressure as it transition to the Napa platform, industry players noted that the chip giant may gain relief from Microsoft, which has approved the 915GM chipset – as well as the desktop 915G IGP chipset – for supporting the Vista operating system (OS). Due to the …more

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Samsung ships GDDR4 memory chips

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun mass producing the world’s fastest graphics memory chips, dubbed GDDR4, based on 80-nm process technology. GDDR4 (series four of graphics double-density-rate memory) is said to process images 33 percent faster than rival GDDR3 chips on the market. ATI stands to gain the most from this right out the door …more

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Global Semiconductor Sales Up Nearly 10 Percent

Global semiconductor sales grew to $19.7 billion in May, up 9.4 percent from a year ago, according to a new report. Analog chips and digital signal processors, both used in cell phones, were direct contributors to the growth, according to the report from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). It’s amazing to see just how many …more

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Apple to sell education edition iMac computer for $899

Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday said it will begin selling a version of its iMac personal computer for about $899 for the education market. Loaded with late model 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processors these systems should be ready in time for the back to school shopping season. Featuring a 17-inch widescreen LCD display, the iMac …more

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Rambus Licenses Patents to Toshiba and Share Holders Jump With Joy

Shares of Rambus are up over 7% (RMBS) this morning fter the company announced a deal to license patents governing computer memory circuits to Japan’s Toshiba. The licensing agreement covers memory controllers for Rambus’ SDRAM and DDR SDRAM, two of Rambus’ main technologies for computer memory. “Toshiba was our first patent licensee and we are …more

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DDR2 contract prices to get boost in August

DRAMeXchange has a bullish outlook for third quarter DDR2 pricing on an anticipated supply shortfall of 10-20% occurring late in the quarter. The rebound in DDR2 contract prices should arrive perhaps as soon as the second half of July while demand should continue growing as industry players start preparing for the release of the Windows …more

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CD format gets a “reboot” from Universal Music

The world’s biggest record company is not ready to give the compact disc up for dead just yet, and is giving the venerable music format a revamp. Universal Music Group is rolling out three new tiers of CD packaging in Europe, ranging from lush deluxe editions down to bare-bones cardboard sleeves that are designed to …more

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PC games getting red-carpet launches

The video game business is always chasing Hollywood. Now it wants Hollywood’s big paydays. So video game marketers are staging more and more blockbuster events that can upstage even the biggest movie debuts. I think it’s great to see video games take the red carpet. I just hope to some day be at one of …more

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Outlook Sinks ATI Shares, But Today is a New Day

Shares of ATI Technologies plunged more than 12% Thursday after the graphics chipmaker offered a disappointing outlook for its current, or fourth, quarter and missed revenue estimates for the just-completed period. Shares of ATI (ATYT) have bounced back a bit today and is currently trading at $14.09 per share, which is up 3.22% for the …more

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Intel to launch dual-core Itanium 2 CPUs on July 18

Intel plans to add its dual-core Itanium 2 CPU line, dubbed “Montecito,” to to its current Xeon 5100 series (codenamed Woodcrest) and Dempsey processor offerings on July 18, according to sources at Taiwan server makers. The dual-core “Montecito” processor line will feature more advanced specifications for the high-end market, compared to the “Woodcrest” seres under …more

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