Asustek and MSI to support SiS756

“Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) recently confirmed that its SiS756 northbridge has already moved into mass production and motherboards using the chip will be available in the first quarter. The company officially announced this northbridge chip in the middle of March and it recently passed PCI-SIG PCI Express (PCIe) compatibility certification. The SiS756 supports the Advanced …more

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AMD stopped from advertising NX flag as anti-virus cure

“ CHIP FIRM AMD has been prevented from advertising its NX bit as an antivirus panacea in the Netherlands. Dutch site Tweakers.net reports that after a complaint to the consumer commission that the AMD advertising was misleading, the firm is being prevented from describing the NX bit as a cure for all forms of viruses, as …more

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Microsoft Plans New Windows Version in January

“ Microsoft Corp. will provide a stripped-down version of Windows from next month while it decides whether to appeal against a European Union court order, its general counsel said on Wednesday. The EU’s Court of First Instance earlier ordered Microsoft to carry out European Commission sanctions immediately. “We need to focus on doing an excellent job …more

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Abit in financial difficulty?

Abit, maker of some very popular motherboards among PC-enthusiasts, may be struggling financially. Digitimes has reported supplier’s of PCBs and core logic chipsets became concerned after company chairperson Remond Lu stated banks may freeze Abit assets. The TSE (Taiwan Stock Exchange) downgraded Abit’s stock yesterday alluding to iniquitous financial practices.  “Over 70% of Abit’s total import and export business in the first half of …more

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ATI’s profit up, but Intel threatens

“ GRAPHICS FIRM ATI turned in net profits of $63.7 million for its first financial quarter, up 34 per cent from the same period last year. The increase in net profit was matched by its revenues, which rose by 31 per cent to $613.9 million year on year. But shortage of some components meant that its …more

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ATI prepares two new chipsets

“ ATI IS WORKING to improve two chipsets. Its RS480 and RX480 families had some features that could certainly do with a sound tweaking. Both chipsets suffered from USB 2.0 slowdown, lack of LAN and Azalia-like audio. Early adopters of ATI’s chipsets used the ULI Southbridge as it did had all those features ready and good …more

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Scientists Seek to Forge Diamond Computer Chip

Great, now my wife is going to want a 5K, princess cut processor!  “ Only a few are singing about them yet, but it could turn out that diamonds are a computer’s best friend. Damon Jackson is one researcher who sees the sparkling gems as a way to overcome the limitations of the silicon chips that …more

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Nvidia to pitch NV48 at ATI’s R520

“ Nvidia will launch against ATI’s next-generation high-end graphics chip, the R520, in Q2 2005. So claim sources from among Taiwan’s graphics card manufacturer community, cited by DigiTimes.  They also allege that the part, codenamed NV48, will be fabbed by TSMC at 110nm, and not by IBM. The sources claim the move is a result …more

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More Americans Buying Digital Cameras

I will shortly be joining this group. Someone in Texas is enjoying a new Olympus digital camera, complete with several pictures of the Winter CPL in Dallas……whoever you are, Marry Christmas! A novelty item just four or five years ago, the digital camera is shaping up as the most popular electronics gift in 2004, according …more

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New Worm Spreads Via Google

Here’s an update to today’s big story. I guess this has already affected several sites….. Antivirus companies are warning Internet users about a fast-spreading new worm that infects Web servers running a popular package of online bulletin board software, and uses the Google search engine to find vulnerable servers to infect. The worm, dubbed Santy.A, …more

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New Year, New PCs?

“Consumers thinking about buying a new personal computer in 2005 might be better off putting off their purchase until 2006. With few major changes in PC hardware or software due over the next year, the PC of 2005 is likely to look awfully similar to the PC of today. Big changes aren’t due until 2006, …more

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Major bug in PHP opens database security hole

“ A SERIOUS BUG in the popular PHP development language can leave databases wide open to intrusion if the proper security steps aren’t taken. A posting over the weekend to the development homepage of forum software phpBB highlighted the issue, which had already been picked up by security consultants Secunia on Thursday. The exploit, which affects …more

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Prudence hammers AMD

“ SHARES IN AMD fell today after the Prudential [Didn't it use to do pensions? Ed.] said that it wouldn’t be able to produce enough chips to sell in 2005. Maybe Prudential Equity has never visited Dresden, but we suspect AMD would love it if that were true. We think it could well suffer from overcapacity …more

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Intel stressed out in Tom’s Hardware test

“USUALLY I burble on for a few paragraphs more en route to a complete wibble. But this stress test on Tom’s Hardware leaves me lost for my guid Scottish words. The good news is that after years of complaining, the good people on the West Coast of Scotland won’t have to pay to cross the …more

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