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Dave Altavilla

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With 18 years of sales engineering experience in the Semiconductor industry, Dave Altavilla founded HotHardware.com over 15 years ago with perspective as an industry insider and a passion for the wonders of system-level development and performance that culminate into next generation, cutting-edge devices of tomorrow. Cultivated with the sweat-equity of time spent in the engineering backrooms and offices of Chief Architects of Wall Street bellwethers like Motorola, Cisco and EMC, Dave's insight into the design and manufacturing of leading-edge technologies, brings a laser-sharp understanding of what it takes to deliver a best-of-class product to market. Dave handles final editorial responsibilities of HotHardware's content, along with the site's creative vision and business development efforts. In addition to feature product launch articles at HotHardware for major OEM releases, Dave is also a published author in various technology-based print publications and has been a featured guest on various webcasts and Tech radio shows. In his spare time Dave likes to spend time on the ocean and coaching youth Baseball.  - Contact: davea(at)hothardware(dot)com and follow him on Twitter if you like. He also has an About.me page here. 

Recent posts

On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors have made a positive impact on the PC enthusiast market, the likes of which we haven't seen in years. From a performance-per-dollar standpoint, AMD's disruptive Zen 2 architecture offers a strong value proposition for new desktop PC builders from all walks of life and for many use... Read more...
When Apple announced its replacement for the “trash can” Mac Pro, the Mac community collectively lost their minds. The previous generation Mac Pro really was hampered due to thermal constraints, which meant that Apple could never really provide enough top-of-the-line CPU and graphics hardware to satisfy hardcore... Read more...
The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most highly anticipated Android phones to hit the market this year for a number of reasons. At first blush, it was about a few stand-out specs. The phone's 6.7-inch display supports a speedy 90Hz refresh rate and a super-tight 3120x1440 QHD+ resolution in punchy, HDR10+ certified OLED... Read more...
AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is based on the AMD’s new Navi GPU architecture, which features a totally new compute unit design infused with “RDNA”, or Radeon DNA. For the past few generations, AMD’s GPUs have leveraged GCN-based, or the company's Graphics Core Next... Read more...
Dell has just unveiled some major updates to its Alienware m15 and m17 line of gaming laptops at Computex 2019. Both of the notebooks can now be fitted with 9th generation Intel Core mobile processors (up to a Core i9-9980HK). In addition, both of the machines can also be equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs with... Read more...
When's the last time you saw a full-featured smartphone launch for well under $500? There have been a few to hit the market in this price range recently, usually with significant caveats, but in general the trend is towards more expensive flagship devices that are commanding upwards of $1000 quite often. Google's new... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel gave us the first hints about its Project Athena initiative and earlier this month gave us a broad overview on what to expect with future computing designs. Like Centrino (which brought laptops into the Wi-Fi age) and Ultrabooks (which touted the idea of thin and light premium laptops)... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft announced today that the two companies are burying the hatchet with respect to previous virtualization squabbles, and have inked an “expanded partnership” with their respective VMware and Azure platforms. Called Azure VMware Solutions, customers will now be able to run and manage fully supported... Read more...
Sony has been rather forthcoming with details of its next generation PlayStation 5 game console and though the new system isn’t as close to reality as we would like, there’s certainly a lot of information on the AMD-powered game cosole out there that we’ve been mining and reporting recently on for passionate gamers... Read more...
As if Microsoft’s Skype security exploit back in February wasn’t alarming enough, users of the company’s Outlook.com, MSN.com and Hotmail.com webmail services may have something to worry about now as well. Microsoft has confirmed to a number of sources, and according to users on reddit with specific documentation, that hackers compromised Read more...
As far as gaming laptops go, Dell's Alienware brand has historically been synonymous with some of the most powerful configurations on the market. And where the trend lately has been toward ever thinner and lighter versions of these otherwise traditional desktop replacement machines, even Dell's recently released Alienware m15 eschews... Read more...
Chris Hook, Graphics and Visual Technologies Marketing Chief at Intel had the crowd whipped-up into a fine frenzy earlier this week in San Francisco, at an event location right across from one of the Moscone Center halls of Game Developers Conference. Hook and various company execs, including Intel CEO Bob Swan and... Read more...
Expanding your smartphone storage has never been easier, with many of today's Android devices sporting expandable MicroSD card slots on board to offer additional capacity. And of course DSLR shutterbugs, videographers and drone flyers alike can all appreciate having enough high speed memory card storage at the ready... Read more...
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