Fabless once more �?? An interview with SiS director Nelson Lee

With the performance boost provided by the integrated memory controller, why is SIS so against it? “Change and evolution are ongoing at Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS). Best known as a maker of highly integrated core-logic chipsets, last year SiS reverted to being a fabless IC design house, following a period when it had operated its …more

Abit stock downgraded to requiring full delivery

All I can say is, if this is true….WOW. “Stock of the second-tier motherboard maker Abit Computer will be downgraded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) to requiring full delivery, starting tomorrow, due to its questionable financial reports over the past three years, the TSE said yesterday. Over 70% of Abit’s total import and export …more

ATI R520 is a 90 nanometre chip

“ATI is happy with the R520 “Fudo” even it might not be happy with the real Mc Fudo. This chip is definitely good enough to bring some smiles to their faces – at least that’s what ATI hopes for. To be happy with R520. Despite the other news, we can now add that R520 codenamed …more

AMD readies price cuts, new chips

“Reliable sources said that AMD will respond to pricing by Intel by dropping prices, dropping some chips and introducing some new Opterons on February the 14th next. AMD will do this by introducing the Opteron 252 and 852, a 2.5GHz processor, at the current 250 prices, and racking down the lower CPUs by one price …more

ASUS ships 4.48 million motherboards in November

“Asustek Computer shipped 4.48 million motherboards in November, down just 1.8% from the 4.56 million units it shipped in October, said company sources. The combined motherboard shipments of Taiwan’s first-tier makers Asustek, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) totaled 8.83 million units in November, down only 0.2% from October’s 8.85 million units. “ TechConnect Magazine

Firefox’s Market Share Grows 34% in One Month

“The U.S. browser usage share of Firefox, the upstart Mozilla-based browser that has become a champion of the open source movement, has grown by more than a third over the past month, according to the latest independent study from WebSideStory. In the one-month period from Nov. 5, 2004 to Dec. 3, 2004, Firefox’s online usage …more

VooDoo to release watercooled Gaming-PC

VooDoo PC will release a high-end H20 cooled gaming PC as part of their their RAGE series. To be named the RAGE f:5, early spec’s include an A64 FX55 processor, dual nVidia graphic’s cards, and an SLI Nforce-4 motherboard. The CPU, GPU’s and chipset are all watercooled. The black aluminum case looks similiar to VooDoo’s HEXX on steroids, featruing a chromed interior, large side …more

Intel sets dates for dual desktop, 6XX 2MB Pentium 4s

“ THE LATEST INTEL ROADMAPS seen by the INQUIRER indicate that the launch of its dual core desktop processors – the X20, the X30 and the X40 – will be launched in the third quarter of 2005, suggesting they won’t proliferate in PCs until the fourth quarter. These chips will two Pentium 4 dies in one …more

CATALYST Display Driver Version 4.12

As with most CATALYST releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed Driver efficiency has improved considerably for both Direct3D and OpenGL.Numerous D3D games show 2-3% gains at low resolution. The small batch size tests in 3DMark05 show improvements as large as 15% on some products. In OpenGL, several game …more

IBM, AMD claim a better way to strain silicon

“IBM and Advanced Micro Devices have devised a new way of straining silicon–a design technique that improves chip performance–they claim will be cheaper, faster and easier to implement.  Called “Dual Stress Liners,” or DSL, the technique will ideally eliminate much of the complexity involved with strained silicon. Chips containing DSL are quietly already being sold, …more

How to hack the Wireless Fantastic

“Underneath the hood of the WRT54G is a 200MHz MIPS processor running Linux and anywhere from 16 to 32MB of RAM and 4 or 8MB of Flash RAM. Linksys, bless their Cisco-owned hearts, has quietly published the source code for its Linux-based devices for anyone to download and modify to their heart’s content. There was …more

Intel sets Pentium M 533MHz launch for mid January

“While the chief Intel notebook ASA told us last week that it’s never a bad time to buy a Centrino notebook, the latest roadmaps seen by the INQ suggest a better time might be the middle of January next year. That’s when Intel will introduce the 770, a 2MB 2.13GHz Pentium M with a 533MHz …more

Live Blogging in Longhorn

“ An interesting screenshot was found on the internet today. The screenshot depicting a concept art of Windows Longhorn running with an application called “Windows LIVE” – live “blogging” under Longhorn, a new feature that might be included in future OS releases. If you look at the bottom of the current window running, you’ll notice two things – …more

AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 CPUs in tight supply

Damn it!!!  All i wanted for Christmas was an FX-55 CPU! “Demand for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) high-end socket-939 Athlon 64 processors has been greater than expected in the local sales channel, causing a tight supply in the market, according to market sources. Processors in shortage include the Athlon 64 3500+ and Athlon 64 3800+ parts, …more