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According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated to cost Intel roughly $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion USD. Just several years ago, a full plant would cost Intel nearly $5 billion. Intel already has an established presence throughout China, making the new 65nm plant its third major operation in the country. Shanghai and Chengdu are two locations where Intel branches staff roughly 6,000 employees. CNET's... Read more...
Organizing the world's information is a big job. The Library of Congress has been trying to do it for years. Is Google doing it better, for free? While Google talks to corporations and Wall Street about its desire and means to drive the sky's-the-limit profits to Google shareholder coffers, The Library of Congress reaches out to individuals and organizations for development "support" of "a key resource for an informed electorate." Google Inc.'s $150 billion market cap belies its corporate public serving mission statement. Nevertheless, Google's "philosophy" that "democracy on the web works" combined with its 50%+ search market share leads many to view Google as a public service and expect... Read more...
Sony announced they've configured their latest televisions to play video from the internet, and many other video sources. Sony, which unveiled the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said the drive to marry Internet and other digital video with traditional devices was part of a bid to showcase its four strategic growth areas: video gaming, digital imaging, high definition and mobile products. It was never any fun watching your homemade sex tape on the same screen with your spreadsheets, was it? Sony puts internet video watchers back on the couch.... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report sat in on AMD's four hour financial presentation today and gathered some information regarding AMD's future plans to introduce custom "Accelerated Processing Units" in next-gen multi-core processors. "During its four-hour Financial Analyst Day presentation today, AMD revealed new elements of its processor roadmap spanning the next couple of years, as well as its plans to scale beyond the current multi-core model. Intel talked about processors with "tens to hundreds of cores" at IDF earlier this year, but AMD believes the core race is just a repeat of the megahertz race and that adding more cores... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  Today at HotHardware.com, we're looking at a budget-targeted SLI equipped motherboard from MSI, the K9N SLI Platinum. While this motherboard was originally targeted at high-end gamers when it initially launched (and still can work quite well in this environment), the plummeting prices of SLI gear and the introduction of newer, more attractive SLI-enabled chipsets have allowed this board to now be priced for those with significantly lower budgets. Click the link below and check it out... Read The Article Right Here. Digg This Story To Share With Others... Read more...
  Nvidia's SLI technology launched in mid-2004, and was designed to provide high-performance rendering power for gamers. Because the technology was brand new, and the fastest thing on the market, SLI configurations demanded exorbitant price premiums over single card configurations, despite first generation issues like software compatibility, driver problems, and hardware issues. Setting up a "budget" SLI system was simply out of the question at first, as SLI-enabled graphics cards were only available at the high end of the price range, as were SLI-enabled motherboards. Now that Nvidia's GeForce 6 and 7-series lineups (both SLI enabled) have been out-dated by the new GeForce... Read more...
Sony announced that they're so pleased with the performance of Ken Kutaragi in bringing you the Playstation3 late and over budget, that they're not going to  let him manage the unit that makes it any more. You or me? We'd be fired. He gets a big raise and a new office. On Nov. 30, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Kutaragi, known as the father of PlayStation, would hand daily management of the unit to his deputy in the U.S., Kaz Hirai. Kutaragi will retain the title of division CEO, but he'll also assume the chairman's post, while the 45-year-old Hirai becomes president. "Kutaragi is still the top executive and, knowing... Read more...
AMD QUAD FX PLATFORM WITH DUAL SOCKET DIRECT CONNECT ARCHITECTURE REDEFINES HIGH-END COMPUTING FOR MEGATASKING ENTHUSIASTS - Enthusiast Platform Powered by AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-70 series Processors Ushers in Era of Multicore-Enabled Megatasking - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 - Charting another industry first for computing enthusiasts, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture, the first dual-socket, multi-core desktop PC platform designed to take advantage of the latest enhancements in Windows Vista Ultimate. As the supreme AMD platform for megatasking enthusiasts, the AMD Quad FX Platform is designed to redefine performance... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Today's the day AMD officially unveils their QuadFX platform, formerly codenamed "4x4". We took a look at a fully loaded QuadFX-based system powered by all three new FX-70 dual-processor kits, the 3.0GHz FX-74, 2.8GHz FX-72, and the 2.6GHz FX-70, and compare performance to competitive Intel dual and quad-core platforms throughout. Here's a snip: "AMD aims to re-capture the hearts of hardcore enthusiasts with the official launch of their QuadFX platform. News about QuadFX has been trickling out for months under the "4x4" banner. But today we can show you all exactly what QuadFX is all about. At its most basic... Read more...
By now you're all familiar with Intel's Core micro-architecture, as well as the dual and quad-core Core 2 Duo, Extreme, and Quad processors based on it. With the launch of their Core 2 processors, Intel no longer played second fiddle to AMD in terms of overall performance or power efficiency. And for the last few months since their release, Intel has been steadily re-gaining fans in the enthusiast community that were put off by years of relatively hot-running, and under-performing Netburst micro-architecture based processors. Today, AMD aims to re-capture the hearts of those hardcore enthusiasts with the official launch of their QuadFX platform. News about QuadFX has been trickling out... Read more...
The winner in the plasma/LCD wars to supply you with a television is coming to a head. Big, high resolution LCD screens are forcing plasma televisions into the huge screen corner. And the price of all of it is coming down --way down. It is technologically difficult and often costly for plasma makers to give a full high-definition function to models with a screen size of less than 50 inches, while LCD TV makers are aggressively promoting full HD models in that segment although prices are generally higher. "This Christmas season probably is the last chance for (plasma TV makers) to promote 42-inch models. By this time next year probably there will be no price difference between plasma and LCD TVs,"... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack of the console being able to upscale 720p games up to 1080i. Those gaming with an HDTV which supports 1080i and not 720p will be forced to watch their games at a mere 480p until Sony can provide a solution. Fortunately, Sony does have a solution for the lack of systems in the retail channel as a second batch of Playstation 3 consoles will be hitting stores... Read more...
We can't help but offer this pathetic excuse for a human being up for your amusement and pity, perhaps.  Ol' Morty asks the folks at Slashdot what games he should play, if he had to pick and choose.  See ol' Morty, at the ripe old age of 44, is getting old and arthritic... (from too much gaming?) "I am an older man (44), an avid fan of video games, and I am faced with a problem; my hands are becoming arthritic as I get older. I fear I will soon have to completely give up the console games I have loved over the years. To that end, let me ask the Slashdot Nation - if you were going to give it up, what games would you insist on playing before you had to quit? I'm willing to... Read more...
This seems to happen with every next-gen console launch, but things are getting ridiculous with regard to Playstation 3 pricing and availability. This article on CNN Money states that the PS3 is even scarcer than originally predicted. "Gamers knew getting their hands on a PlayStation 3 was going to be hard last weekend, but they probably had no idea it would be this hard. Sony had said going into the game console's launch it would ship 400,000 units to North America. But retail checks by analysts show the actual number of PS3s on store shelves was less than half of that. American Technology Research's P.J. McNealy, in a note to investors, said there were just 125,000 to 175,000 PS3s in stores... Read more...
NVIDIA LAUNCHES THE SLI MARKETPLACE - THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR CONSUMERS LOOKING TO BUY, BUILD, OR SELL PC GAMING PRODUCTS SLI Marketplace is the Largest Consolidation of NVIDIA SLI Gaming and Computing Products, Offering More Than 500 Different SLI-certified Products SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a revolutionary new shopping experience for gamers - the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace. Located at www.slizone.com/marketplace, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace will allow consumers in the United States to: Buy SLI-certified products, such as motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, system memory, computer cases, and complete systems Sell SLI-components,... Read more...
If all you needed was a spreadsheet and Word, all computers would have an inch of dust on them and would have yellowed to the color of smoker's teeth. But computer gamers were never satisfied. They demanded ever more powerful GPUs to run their games. And now a funny thing has happened: GPUs are more powerful than CPUs. At the SuperComputing 2006 conference next week in Tampa, Florida, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release benchmark tests showing how specialized graphics processing units, or GPUs, developed for the games industry over the past few years compare with all-purpose central processing... Read more...
Samsung is trying to marry nanotube technology to LCD displays and make great looking, inexpensive screens. They're in a footrace with all the other manufacturers to determine what kind of technology will ultimately sit in your living room and bore or entertain you: The prototype essentially represents the marriage of two separate avenues of TV technology and could help dramatically lower the cost of LCD TVs in the future. Samsung has already been experimenting with carbon nanotube TVs called field-emitter displays, or FEDs. In such TVs, thousands of nanotubes shoot electrons onto a phosphorescent screen to illuminate images. Carbon nanotubes... Read more...
You would think that Microsoft's online music download service would be fully compatible with their upcoming Zune music player, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. The Plays For Sure initiative was developed to ensure compatibility between various music downloading services, and music playing devices, and MSN Music is fully compatible with Plays For Sure. The problem is that Microsoft Zune is not compatible with the current Plays For Sure format. Microsoft has also announced they will be ending their MSN Music service on Novemeber 14th, the day Zune will be released. "The spokesperson continued: "We will not... Read more...
It looks like NVIDIA has made a strategic move and purchased PortalPlayer, a company that has historically developed semiconductor, firmware and software platforms for portable multimedia products such like personal media players, like the iPod, and personal wireless entertainment devices. "NVIDIA Corporation said Monday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire iPod chipmaker PortalPlayer, Inc. in a cash for stock transaction. Under terms of the agreement, which have been approved by the Board of Directors of each company, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based graphics technologies developer will pay $13.50 in cash for each outstanding share of PortalPlayer common stock. The deal represents... Read more...
Plasma TVs are all little environmental catastrophes waiting to happen when you dispose of them. Matsushita's doing their bit to make them a little less toxic by getting all the lead out of the screen. And they did it despite being granted an exemption for that lead. Bravo, I say. Matsushita, along with Hitachi and Pioneer, jointly filed a petition to exempt lead used in plasma panels from the Restriction on Hazardous Substance (RoHS). The exemption was approved in October. Matsushita nevertheless moved to eliminate lead oxide glass, introducing new lead-free materials for the dielectric layer, electrodes and other components. The performance... Read more...
Today Microsoft has released the 11th incarnation of their Media Player software. Windows Media Player 11 is built for all versions of Windows XP SP2, and comes with a fresh new look, and features Microsoft and MTV's new music download service, Urge. Click here to download the 28MB installation file. "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your digital media. It's easier than ever to access all of your music, videos, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer. Play it, view it, organize it, or sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go, or share with devices around your home - all from one place."... Read more...
Speculation that Intel is planning to make a bid for NVIDIA caused NVIDIA shares to surge by over 8% today. AMD's planned purchase of ATI was the catalyst for the renewed speculation, but there's been no official announcement yet, even though an analyst quoted by Reuters was under the impression something would be said tonight... "Investors have been speculating that Nvidia might be acquired since July, when Advanced Micro Devices agreed to buy Nvidia rival ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion. Rumors of such a transaction resurfaced on Wednesday, spreading quickly across Wall Street trading desks, according to three options market participants. "There is speculation that Intel will make... Read more...
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