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For those familiar with consumer electronics at all, we're certain that NEC isn't a name lost on you. Renesas Technology, however, is likely to be entirely less familiar. Nevertheless, it's about to get a lot closer to being a household name -- even if it's name isn't the one being used. What gives, you ask? NEC and Renesas have just announced a plan to merge, and when all the paperwork is complete, the resulting entity will easily be Japan's largest semiconductor maker.The two are hoping to combine into one by April of 2010, and once complete, it will be the planet's third largest chipmaker worldwide, behind only Intel and Samsung. Impressive, no? Kaoru Yano, president of NEC Corporation, had... Read more...
Sony Electronics, the pioneer in optical storage devices, introduces yet another group of powerful DVD writers with 22x speed – the Sony Optiarc AD-7220S/A series Being one of the fastest DVD Writers available today with stable recording quality, the Sony AD-7220S/A series delivers a fast recording speed of 22x when writing to a single layer DVD+/-R disc.“We are excited to announce the launch of one of the fastest DVD-RW writers available in the market today. As the size of data is increasing day by day, higher speed has become the need of the hour. This is exactly where this new Sony DVD writer fits in. I am confident that this product will raise the bar for 22X DVD-RW drives”, said Mr. Rajesh... Read more...
Malware writers sobbed Tuesday as Microsoft announced that it will cease sales of its security product, Windows Live OneCare, as of June 30th, 2009. Instead, Microsoft announced that it would begin shipping a free product, codenamed "Morro," in the second half of 2009. The new offering will be less of a resource hog, according to the press release, which would obviously enable Microsoft to protect PCs in developing nations more effectively. In other words, they want to make sure they have some sort of product covering all the security holes in their OSes. But seriously, let's face it, the product never really gained a large market share, as it was buggy and performed poorly in various antivirus... Read more...
Mozilla’s mobile Firefox browser, dubbed Fennec, just got one step closer to launch. Last week, Mozilla formally released the alpha version of the mobile browser for developers. At release, the alpha version is only available to Nokia N800 and N810 Internet Tablets, but it’s also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs so developers and other users without these Tablets can still experiment and build add-ons. It’s important to note, however, that the desktop version of Fennec is not a supported product. Early screen shots of Fennec on Windows Mobile show that Fennec isn’t immune to the space constraint problems many other mobile browsers face in trying to cram navigation controls and content... Read more...
High-speed browsing on the go just got a little better with AT&T and Option’s launch of the new USBConnect Quicksilver. Sporting full High Speed Packet Access speeds (where available, of course), the USBConnect Quicksilver is the first USB mobile broadband device worldwide to use the Icera Livanto chipset. This new device weighs just 1.2 ounces, yet packs the ability to browse the Web at high speeds worldwide…AT&T has the nation's fastest 3G network, delivering LaptopConnect customers typical downlink 3G speeds between 700Kbps and 1.7Mbps and typical uplink 3G speeds between 500Kbps and 1.2Mbps.Featuring an award-winning design, the Quicksilver has a protective cap for the USB connector.... Read more...
A Computer Mouse Breaks New Ground Working with a mouse for many years can cause pain in the hands, arms and in the neck and shoulders. Scientists at the medical universities of Rotterdam and Maastricht have therefore developed a new mouse called 'HandshoeMouse'. But what can this mouse do that others can't? The mouse – invented as early as the 1960s at the Stanford Research Institute in California – revolutionised the operation of computers. Moving towards and selecting functions, texts and files on the monitor became easy, intuitive and comfortable. It is just that the mouse itself is not comfortable to use: in order to control it, millions of very small movements are necessary with a posture... Read more...
Do you remember that half a billion dollar Microsoft ad campaign we told you about a couple of months ago, architected to improve the image of Microsoft and Windows Vista? Well, the first two ads in the campaign have hit, and if nothing else, they've got people talking.The first ad featured Jerry Seinfeld stumbling upon Bill Gates shopping in a Shoe Circus store for discount shoes. There's some wacky banter between the two, a few funny moments, and an Easter egg or two (am I the only one that noticed Bill's mugshot on the platinum card?), but basically nothing Microsoft or technology related comes up, except for an off the wall question from Jerry at the very end.The brand new second ad... Read more...
There are some people whose opinions matter more than others. Take Vint Cerf, for instance. Cerf is often credited as being the "father of the Internet." While that might not be a technically accurate statement, it is safe to say that he played a very significant role in shaping what would become the Internet as we know it today--and he is certainly one of only about a half dozen people or so who can potentially even lay claim to that title. In his current role as Vice President and Internet Evangelist for one of the most important Internet companies presently doing business--Google--his opinion carries a lot of weight with the industry. So the industry should sit up and take notice when a man... Read more...
Intel Simplifies Data Center Connectivity with Industry-First FCoE Adapters STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., April 8, 2008 – Intel Corporation today announced Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support on its family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) server adapters. The company has developed an initiator that will be bundled with Intel 10GbE server adapters for PCI Express* to enable FCoE functionality. Intel also introduced the Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter, a low-cost FCoE-capable copper adapter with an energy-efficient, low-profile design for rack installations in the data center. Intel's family of 10GbE server adapters is the industry's first to support Fibre... Read more...
MRAM stands for magnetoresistive random access memory. NEC recently announced that they've  developed an SRAM compatible MRAM  that can run at 250 MHz, which they claim is the fastest MRAM in the world.  MRAM is swell because it's non-volatile: it remembers what you just told it even if you turn the power off.  If it's as fast as SRAM there's no competition.The unique MRAM was designed and fabricated by NEC and has a memory capacity of 1 megabit. Incorporating a memory cell with two transistors, one magnetic tunnel junction, and a newly-developed circuit scheme (3), the new design achieves an operation speed of 250MHz; double that of conventional MRAMs and almost equivalent... Read more...
The question is, are virus writers rejoicing?The service's main new feature is the OneCare Circle, which links PCs together over a wireless connection to make them manageable from a single place. OneCare Circle allows, for example, a parent to see that a child has disabled the firewall on his or her PC and to turn it back on. It also helps centralize data backup by allowing a hard drive connected to any linked machine to serve the whole home network.The service also includes the new Start Time Optimizer, which helps users load only the programs they require at startup, thus accelerating the startup process. In addition, it includes a "Proactive Fixes and Recommendations" feature to help optimize... Read more...
IBM has found a way to allow memory to deliver data closer to the rate at which processors request it by replacing embedded SRAM in computer chips with a new kind of DRAM developed specifically for use in microprocessors. IBM's "eDRAM" or embedded DRAM will help boost performance in future multi-core processors, especially in gaming and multimedia applications, with significantly reduced latencies. IBM said it has been able to speed up the DRAM to the point where it's nearly as fast as SRAM, and that the result is a type of memory known as embedded DRAM, or eDRAM, that helps boost the performance of chips with multiple core calculating engines and is particularly... Read more...
Intel, DIRECTV Customers Can Now Play Music and View Pictures on Their TVs from Their Intel(R) ViivTM Technology- Based PCs Via Their DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVRs LAS VEGAS, Jan.10, 2007 - DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announces that the DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR has been verified with Intel(R) ViivTM technology. With this certification, DIRECTV becomes largest supplier of Viiv-verified digital media adapters (DMAs). DIRECTV customers who have a DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR can now access and enjoy their pictures and music on their TVs directly from Intel Viiv technology-based PCs. The DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR is the world's first digital set-top box with integrated... Read more...
Hot-Swap/Plug of CPU and Memory Resources NEC Corporation today announced it has demonstrated the world's first dynamic partitioning of CPU and memory resources on the Beta 2 version of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server, code-named "Longhorn," using NEC's enterprise server Express5800/1320Xf. Express5800/1320Xf is a large-scale, high-reliability server that can run up to 32 Intel(R) 64-bit Dual-Core Itanium(R) 2 processors. The demonstration was conducted during the iExpo2006 exhibition held on December 6-8 in Tokyo, Japan. Dynamic partitioning allows the replacement of failed modules, as well as the replacement of hardware that show signs of impending failure, on mission critical... Read more...
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