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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

Brutally honest. That phrase is a bit of an oxymoron, is it not?  Seriously, what's so brutal about truth and honesty, anyway?  Perhaps this term stems from another old saying: the truth hurts. Certainly that is the case with respect to NVIDIA's recent launch of its initially PCI Express-based GeForce 6600GT series product, versus... Read more...
  Turn any PC into a High End TV and Personal Video Recorder With ATI's Revolutionary Video Processor September 14, 2004 - Multimedia personal computers take a giant leap forward today, finally reaching the video quality levels associated with high-end $2000 consumer televisions. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) is proud to... Read more...
Happy Sunday all!  It's turning out to be another gorgeous day here in the North East.  Makes a guy almost want to get out in it and get a life...  What is that round bright yellow thing in the sky anyway?  OK, so once you're done with this morning's shot of HH News goodness, you need to go do just that, cool?  On... Read more...
Good Evening All, DJ Jazzy Jay Gibson, spins all the hot stacks of wax and all the platters that matter, through the new Philips PSC724 Ultimage Edge PCI Sound Card tonight.  This is a 24bit/192kHz capable sound card that steps up and takes on the likes of a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and for a bit less out of pocket expense.  Go... Read more...
  As the old saying goes, "hindsight is 20/20".  That is to say, if you were in the market for a new high end graphics card, back in early August, as a direct result of the launch of Id Software's much buzzed about title Doom 3, you may have opted to go the way of an NVIDIA product.  For sure... Read more...
Heya Folks, how goes it?  We're plenty busy around the HH Labs this week and we have a ton in store for you in new hardware showcases.  Looking into the queue here I see we've got a i915 Motherboard Round-up in store, something new in the way of software from ATi, Low Latency Turbo DDR400 RAM, a Socket 939 Mobo Round-up and even... Read more...
Wow... With over 1900 entries into our 1G Corsair Pro Series RAM Give-Away contest, I'd say it was a huge success!  Go figure, you folks like free RAM?  Who'd a thunk it?  The only thing better than top quality, high end DDR RAM is, free top quality, high end DDR RAM I guess!  ;-) And our 4 winners are...   (drum... Read more...
HotHardware's Jeff Bouton steps up to the plate tonight with a showcase of the HIS X800 Pro VIVO Edition with IceQ II cooling.  A cooler and quieter ATi X800 Pro based card?  Come find out!... Read more...
Well it's about time I showed my face again around here, eh?  ;-)  Between all the backend work here with the new forums , our new site design and new product launches, I've become a real stranger here, a real behind the scenes guy.  Yay... NOT.  I'd rather be in the mix for sure.  Never the... Read more...
Shuttle steps into the flat panel LCD arena tonight at HotHardware.com and we've got their 17" XP17 display on showcase.  With its all glass black bezel, base free chassis and zip up and go carrying case, this LCD seems to be a perfect accompaniment to a Shuttle XPC.  Take a look here and see for yourself!  ... Read more...
When Shuttle augmented their marketing strategy for their Small Form Factor PC line-up not long ago, they moved from a barebones only model to a full system approach, which also required them to compete in a different arena.  Full system sales require not only the components of the main PC chassis and assembly, but also the related peripherals... Read more...
  Intel's recent new platform launch of the i915 and i925X chipsets marked a major overhaul of the Pentium 4 system level architecture and brought with it a host of new features and technologies.  At the processor and IO levels, the addition of DDR2 memory and the PCI Express interface significantly... Read more...
OK, so this one is a couple days late but that doesn't minimize its tremendous importance!  Fellow HH'er Azwrath from our forum and his wife, are the proud parents of a brand new bouncing baby boy, Derek Joseph (DJ for short)!  DJ and Dad are pictured here sporting their HH pride.  DJ and Dad on DJ's Birthday! Good lookin' little... Read more...
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?  Where were you in 1999?  If you were into the technology scene, especially personal computing, most likely you were scampering about like Chicken Little, wondering what you would do when the sky fell at the end of the year, as the clocks ticked over to the year 2000. The Y2K support... Read more...
Good Morning All, Intel lets fly with their new i925X and i915 chipsets today, along with a couple of LGA775 based P4's to go with them.  PCI Express, DDR2 and a host of other new goodies are on the bench at HotHardware.com. Have a look at all this new good stuff, right here!... Read more...
Major product launches don't seem to be getting any easier these days, at least on our side of the fence here in the online media community.  Competition is fiercer than ever in all of the major functional blocks for personal computing, whether it's Graphics, Platform Chipsets, Drive technology or... Read more...
  Water cooling is becoming increasingly more popular amongst hardcore overclockers.  Not only does water cooling provide the utmost in cooling potential, short of refrigeration, but it can also quiet things down significantly.  With today's processors producing upwards of 100 Watts of heat energy, cooling them down has becomes... Read more...
It's feeling like the calm before the storm here around the HH Northeast labs.  There is an onslaught of new gear on its way to us and a few of very large OEMs preparing for some major launches in the next few weeks.  If you take a look around at some of the Computex coverage on the web (I'll provide a link or two for you in the... Read more...
Recently ATi spent time with us going over their soon to be launched PCI Express based offering of 3D Graphics cards.  Although we're unable to share performance metrics with you today, due to the current NDA embargo status of Intel's forthcoming i925X, i915G and i915P chipsets (and ATi's coordination of availability for that launch),... Read more...
Good morning all... I've gone in and made updates to two sections of our ATi Radeon X800 article, that I think you all will find somewhat interesting. First, we discovered that the particular NV Forceware driver revision we were using in our Wolfenstein Enemy Territory tests, had issues relative to its setting of NV's trilinear optimization... Read more...
Hello All,   I don't think we need much of a flowery introduction here!   ATi's Radeon X800 XT and Radeon X800 Pro are live and on showcase at HotHardware:... Read more...
  There is no question, the year ahead in 2004, is shaping up to be a banner one for leading edge PC technology.  New features and performance abound, as new technologies such as PCI Express, DDR2 and GDDR3 find their way into the mainstream.  While the past few iterations of platform products have been more or less, "kicker"... Read more...
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