AMD Socket F boards slated for July 11, 2006

It looks like the upcoming AMD F core revision, which are known as Windsor (dual-core) and Orleans (single-core) are coming along just fine and are slated for release on July 11th, 2006. The F core stepping processors will support Pacifica visualization technology and Presidio data protection technology, which will require new chipsets and BIOS updates …more

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Elpida begins sampling 512Mbit Rambus XDR DRAM

Elpida begins sampling 512Mbit Rambus XDR DRAM

Japan-based Elpida Memory on March 22 announced the availability of 512Mbit XDR DRAM devices in sample quantities. XDR DRAM is based on the XDR memory interface architecture developed by Rambus, and the new Elpida device operates at a 4.0GHz data rate. The memory looks great on paper, but I’ll wait to see what AMD and …more

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Nokia Claims End near for MP3 players and video camcorders

Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. I have to agree with this one as I use my Treo with a 1GB SecureDigital card and Real Player for my …more

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French push to free digital MP3’s as Apple cringes

French MPs are set to vote on a law that could lead to big changes in the way digital music is sold online. The proposed measures would force companies like Apple and Microsoft to share their copy-protection software. The aim is to ensure that digital music can be played on any player, regardless of its …more

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Microsoft to boost Xbox 360 shipments this week

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to boost shipments of its Xbox 360 video game console by “two to three times” this week to address shortages that have crimped game sales across the industry. Good news for gamers trying to buy a system, but why couldn’t Micrososft meet demand in the first place? Initially, …more

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Dell Lowers Server and Notebook Prices Again

If you have been wanting to but a Dell enterprise server or a Latitude notebook today might be your luck day! Dell slashed prices on many systems this morning to keep their market share up and the discounts are very nice. Twenty-eight per cent falls off enterprise servers, single-core servers duck 13 per cent, up …more

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Samsung unveils 32GB Flash-based ‘HDD killer’

Samsung has launched the world’s first 32GB NAND Flash-based hard disk drive replacement unit. The company claimed the so-called “solid state disk” can access data three times faster than an HDD can and write files one-and-a-half times more quickly. Interesting news to say the least! The SSD is a 2.5in form-factor product that operates at …more

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AMD may provide CPUs for Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs)

Demand for Microsoft?s Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) will really depend on whether technical issues such as excessive power use can be resolved, sources at Taiwan PC manufacturers indicated, who hinted that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) may also become involved in this potential market. Still a bit too early to call on this one, but anything is …more

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Strong Notebook Sales Slow PC Growth Rate

Notebook computer sales, the bright spot in a challenging PC market, will grow significantly less than expected in the current quarter, according to a new Wall Street report. And the transition to Microsoft’s forthcoming Vista operating system will stall new desktop purchases throughout the year before sparking an upgrade cycle in 2007. As a result, …more

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ABIT-USI merger in effect

Today, ABIT Computer Corporation and Universal Scientific Industrial Co. Ltd. (USI) completed the transfer of the ABIT motherboard brand and related intangible assets to a new joint venture company established by both ABIT and USI. The new company, registered as Universal ABIT Co., Ltd. It looks like the name ABIT will still be around! USI …more

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Super Talent Ships 1GHz 2GB DDR2 Kits

Super Talent Technology late tonight announced immediate availability of a 1 Gigahertz, 2 Gigabyte DDR2 memory kit. Super Talent?s new T1000UX2G5 is a matched pair of 1GB PC2-8000 DDR2 modules. Super Talent?s recently introduced 800MHz DDR2 kit, T800UX2GC4, is widely touted as the world?s fastest 2GB DDR2 kit. Super Talent engineers have now developed an …more

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Rambus Inks Licensing Deal With Fujitsu

Rambus has signed a technology licensing pact with Fujitsu that could be worth up to $198 million. The five-year deal covers all segments of Fujitsu’s business, including semiconductors and computer systems, representing the latest step in Rambus’ efforts to extend its licensing business beyond manufacturers of DRAM memory chips. The deal “marks our first system-level …more

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Flash memory price ‘to drop 25%’

Chip firms should brace for a slump in the price of memory chips used in small devices, Hynix has warned. The chipmaker says it expects the price of Nand chips, used in digital cameras and music players, to drop 25% in the first quarter of 2006. Good news for consumers and bad news for all …more

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Weekend Reviews from Around the Web

[H]ardOCP Reviews gives an NVIDIA SLI Physics Tech Preview! Find this and other reviews by visiting the Legit Forums! What is most interesting is that we have Ageia to thank for this gaming physics awakening. But Ageia have also awoken the sleeping giants, ATI and NVIDIA in terms of physics. From what we have seen, …more

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