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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

Our buds over at the PC Chat radio show have one of their segments streaming now on their web site that has a telephone interview with yours truly in amongst their regular programming for the show.  We talk or should I say "chat" about the history of HotHardware.com a bit and then they pepper me with questions about what I like... Read more...
We've got NVIDIA's SLI for PCI Express Graphics on showcase today, along with Asus' ever fabulous A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce 4 motherboard for the Athlon 64.  Dual GeForce 6800GTs and 6800 Ultras punching out the pixels in a big way.  You've just gotta love it.  ... Read more...
There's a certain allure in being able to make the claim that you can double the performance of anything. All too often, overzealous marketing campaigns in the high-tech field have made a "theoretical" claim of this sort, all the while falling well short in real-world performance metrics.  The PC graphics industry has had its... Read more...
Good afternoon all!  Jeff takes a look at two new i915 Motherboards for the Pentium 4 that do a nice job of straddling the line between legacy and leading edge Intel architectures.  Want to use that DDR RAM you have, instead of buying new DDR2 sticks?  No problemo amigo. Check them out here...... Read more...
  From the entire HotHardware.com staff, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!... Read more...
Check it out folks, dual GeForce 6800 GTs just ready for the bench.  We're waiting for our friends at Asus to deliver the motherboard goodness to go along with these but it's safe to say we'll be burning the midnight oil on this one shortly. This SLI (Scalable Link Interface) connector interestingly enough, is a flexible ribbon cable... Read more...
Shuttle went through a complete metamorphosis as a company a few years back, and they haven't looked back ever since.  Their wildly successful line of "XPC" small form factor (SFF) PCs has taken off like no other physical incarnation of the PC has in a very long time.  Not even Mr. Jobs could have predicted the kind of... Read more...
  Well now, I'm glad at least some of you have taken a 5 minute Half Life 2 breather here and can focus your eyes on something other than a gun sight and mutant alien baddy.  ;-)  Sad truth be told, I haven't even played the game yet.  There's just been too much work to do around here lately.  Ahh but that's the life... Read more...
  The folks out in Sunnyvale have been releasing new additions to their Athlon 64 processor lineup with the kind of fevered pace we've come to expect from major-league semiconductor manufacturers.  So too has the ever-dominant Intel.  With 78,000 employees worldwide and almost 10 times the revenue of its nearest competitor at... Read more...
Good Morning and Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, the best team in professional baseball! The World Champion Boston Red Sox defeted the St. Louis Cardinals last night in a final 4 game sweep of the World Series of Baseball! The Curse of The Bambino has been lifted! Since 1918, generations of Boston Red Sox Fans have been waiting - Curt,... Read more...
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to congratulate our boys from Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox!  Last night they upset the New York Yankees in an amazing 10 - 3 victory in the Bronx.  It was history in the making for sure, as the Red Sox showed the world what champions are made of.  Never-say-die, always believe,... Read more...
ATi' s TV Wonder USB 2.0 is on the HotHardware.com Test Bench today.  Tom takes us through the ins and outs of this new little PVR nugget from the folks up in the Great White North.  TV Tuning and TiVO-like capabilities driven with ATi's Mutlimedia Center software, all over a USB 2.0 connection, just what the doctor ordered for those... Read more...
Good morning all.  Asus starts our day off right, here at HotHardware.com, with a new high end GeForce 6800 Ultra card that really calls attention to itself.  Asus' V9999 Ultra Deluxe is a GeForce 6800 Ultra with style, flare, a great bundle and the icing on the cake, a stock out-of-the-box overclock in its GPU. Come get some - right... Read more...
It seems that high-end graphics cards are always in the lime light upon the initial launch of a new graphics processor architecture from any of the major players.  Although there's a limited number of potential consumers, relatively speaking, for these flagship enthusiat-class boards, they pave the way for their more modestly priced siblings,... Read more...
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