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AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 9, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it expects to report revenue of approximately $1.225 billion in the quarter ending March 31, 2007. Revenues declined sharply quarter-over-quarter for the Computing Solutions segment, primarily due to lower overall average selling prices and significantly lower unit sales, especially in the resale channel. AMD plans to restructure its business model to increase operational efficiencies and lower its operating cost structure. AMD will reduce 2007 capital expenditures by approximately $500 million, which the company believes will not materially impact capacity plans for the year.  AMD will... Read more...
OQO already has a very impressive UMPC, but in an increasingly crowded market it seems that they've decided to upgrade it and offer the following: Vista support Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess technology built-in 5" Display with a native 800 by 480 resolution UniChrome Pro II IGP HDMI Port VIA C7M ULV processor Up to 1GB DDR2 Storage up to 60GB Bluetooth 2/0 EDR 802.11a/b/g "SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2007 - OQO Inc., mobile computing innovator and creator of the groundbreaking model 02 computer, today announced that OQO is now offering the model 02 computer with integrated EV-DO Wireless WAN capability compatible with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service. Recently unveiled... Read more...
AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue, excluding ATI-related segments, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006 is expected to increase approximately three percent from the $1.33 billion reported in the third quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter operating income, excluding ATI-related segments and acquisition-related charges, is expected to be positive but substantially lower than in the third quarter. The fourth quarter gross margin and operating income were impacted by significantly lower microprocessor average selling prices, which largely offset a significant increase in unit sales. AMD will report fourth quarter 2006 consolidated results... Read more...
A few short weeks ago, NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce 8800 series of graphics cards and the nForce 600 family of core logic chipsets on the very same day. The flagship parts in each of these product categories, the GeForce 8800 GTX and the nForce 680i SLI, made the basis of what NVIDIA has dubbed their "Ultimate Gaming Platform". The feature set and initial testing of the GeForce 8800 series of cards and the nForce 680i SLI chipset definitely gave credence to this title, but at the time of the launch NVIDIA hadn't quite worked all of the kinks out of the G80's early drivers.  As such, we only included a handful of preliminary SLI benchmarks in our coverage of the launch.... Read more...
WORLD OF WARCRAFT(R): THE BURNING CRUSADETM IN STORES JANUARY 16, 2007 Street date set for the expansion to Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s massively multiplayer online role-playing game as subscriber base reaches 7.5 million players worldwide IRVINE, Calif. - - November 9, 2006 - - Blizzard Entertainment(R) announced today that World of Warcraft(R): The Burning CrusadeTM, the highly anticipated expansion to the world's leading subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft, will be in stores on January 16 in North America and Europe. The expansion will be available in a similar time frame in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore as well, and availability... Read more...
  It's easy to sit back and say "he was a good boy -- he took it on the chin like a man", or so to speak, as the good folks at Intel would like to say about their rivals at Advanced Micro Devices.  Conversely, you might quickly discover the error of your ways, if you've counted AMD out.  As we're sure you're aware, the lumps don't go unanswered in this high-stakes game we call the semiconductor industry.  Retribution is often sharp and swift. Capiche?  Recently we spent some time in private conference with AMD down in the lovely city of New York and learned of a few more details with respect to their upcoming "4X4" platform... Read more...
Dubbed "Dynamic Weapon System" by Valve, Counter-Strike: Source's economy has been changed. For better or worse, the new system changes the prices of weapons based on their popularity. Think you'll still be getting that DEagle during pistol round? Think again.... Read more...
AMD Validated Solutions Program Empowers Channel To Deliver Best-Of-Breed Commercial Platforms SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- October 2, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled AMD Validated Solutions (AVS), a new initiative that represents a significant evolution of the company's channel offerings. Designed to help solution providers deliver competitive, leading-edge commercial systems based on AMD64 technology, AVS addresses a growing need for best-of-breed platform provider solutions. The new program provides rigorous platform validation and testing, as well as post-sales service and support, all directly from AMD.  READ MORE...... Read more...
Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $152 A quick scan on Pricegrabber found that most AMD OEM/Retail CPU prices are approximately 10-20% lower than AMD's official pricing.... Read more...
When Microsoft's new version of Internet Explorer ships later this year, it will be set to automatically download its self as a 'high priority' update for Windows XP. Microsoft is quick to point to the improved security the browser should offer. It's not a required update though, you can still opt out of downloading it. "IE 7 will be the first major update to Microsoft's ubiquitous Web browser in five years. Security was the No. 1 investment for the update, Microsoft has said. Critics have likened predecessor IE 6 to "Swiss cheese" because of the many security vulnerabilities in it. A third and final beta of IE 7 was released... Read more...
Monolith's Sci-Fi shooter, F.E.A.R., has received another patch, this time taking the game to version 1.06. The patch contains a few big fixes, including a loading issue with games saved prior to the 1.05 patch, and can be downloaded from Sierra's site. "This latest update for F.E.A.R. corrects the loading issue with games saved before the 1.05 patch and several other fixes. Note: users must install the F.E.A.R. patch 1.05 before installing patch 1.06. This patch is for all versions of F.E.A.R."... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that Intel has changed the launch date for Conroe once again. This time moving it up to the 14th of July, just over a week from now. This comes as good news to those of us eagerly awaiting Intel's latest offering. Conroe, the code name for the desktop variant of the upcoming Intel Core 2 Duo, is Intel's 8th generation x86 processor architecture. It will replace the aging NetBurst architecture, which has powered Intel's processors since the turn of the century. The Core 2 Duo will also mark the retirement of the Pentium brand name, which has represented Intel's processors since 1993. The Inquirer goes on to speculate... Read more...
Staying back state-side, opting to miss out on this year's Computex extravaganza over in Taiwan, we've been hard at work with Intel Product Managers, Architects and Senior PR Managers, exploring the performance and architecture of Intel's forthcoming Conroe core CPU.  This week, in an intimate closed-door session at an exclusive meeting with Intel in New York, we got in some quality time with Conroe and we have more performance characterization results for you here.... Read more...
Earlier this month we gave you a taste of what AMD has to offer in their next generation AM2 platform launch for the Athlon 64.  While AMD's new DDR2-based platform seems to offer smallish incremental performance gains, and increased memory bandwidth, it is widely agreed that it is high-time that Intel responds to AMD's consistent re-occurring competitive threat, with something more on an exponential level.  It's also widely understood that Intel response will finally come with the imminent release of Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, code named Conroe. Staying back state-side, opting to miss out on this year's Computex extravaganza over in Taiwan, we've been... Read more...
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