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AMD Announces Broad Software Ecosystem Support for Industry’s First x86 Native Quad-Core Solution —Windows, Linux, Solaris and VMware environments are optimizing to take advantage of AMD’s native quad-core “Barcelona” processors — SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 9, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that leading x86 operating system (OS) and virtual infrastructure (VI) vendors are embracing support for AMD’s native Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, code-named “Barcelona.” Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems and VMware are optimizing... Read more...
I'm sure you've heard about the price drop that was just announced for the Xbox 360; the Xbox 360 Premium model has dropped from $400 to $350.  However, more quietly, Microsoft has also added a freebie into the mix - a hardware refresh that includes an HDMI port, previously available only on the Elite model.  This was rumored at first, and now has been confirmed. Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday the existence of newly updated Xbox 360 units that include HDMI support. The news comes amid reports that new machines are now available in stores coinciding with today's price drops. The company denied comment on the port addition to cheaper Core models not to mention the rumored cooler running processors.... Read more...
A U.S. patent application has recently been uncovered that may give us a clue on Nintendo’s next move in the gaming industry. Though the patent was originally filed on March 30, 2007, it was just updated this week. The patent application describes a handheld device that functions in some ways similar to the Wii in that it can detect 3D motion (along x, y, z axes), in addition to “acceleration and degree of virtual impact.” “A game system includes a housing to be held by a player. The housing incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in an X-axis and Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction. These sensor and switch... Read more...
Digitimes, using information obtained from motherboard manufacturers, is reporting that TSMC will likely build the GPU portion of AMD's upcoming Fusion processors, while the CPU cores will be made by either AMD themselves or partner Chartered Semiconductor. "AMD's Fusion processor will consist of a GPU manufactured on a 55nm process by TSMC plus a silicon-on-insulator (SOI-) based CPU manufactured on a 45nm process at AMD's Fab 36 and Fab 38 or outsourced to Chartered. A packaging and testing plant will then package the CPU and GPU together as a Fusion processor. AMD's CPU and GPU products are already being produced on a 65nm process and the company is preparing to enter mass... Read more...
AMD Demonstrates First Graphics Processors to Feature Native DisplayPort 1.1 Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Commends AMD For the Successful Interoperability Testing of Its First Graphics Processor with a Native DisplayPort™ Interface SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- AMD (NYSE: AMD) reinforced its position as a leader in PC video and display with the successful interoperability testing of a next-generation graphics processor with a native DisplayPort™ 1.1 transmitter. The testing was completed with a Genesis Microchip DisplayPort receiver. AMD is currently attending the Video and Electronics Standards Association (VESA) PlugTest in... Read more...
Halo 3, due to be the last installment in Bungie’s wildly popular franchise, is going to support 4 player cooperative play mode: “So you were probably wondering why we didn’t want to commit to two player co-op online over Xbox Live. We certainly got plenty of mail asking, no, demanding that we make it happen. Of course we were working on it, but we were also working on something better. Not two player co-op. Not three-player co-op, but up to four player co-op. Online. On Xbox Live, or sure, System Link if you prefer. That is correct – up to four player co-op in Campaign mode on Xbox Live or System Link.” Despite the technical issues that had to be overcome, the real story here is the game... Read more...
There's always been an element of superstition about the safety and security of all sorts of web browsers and operating systems. The idea that if Bill Gates isn't involved you'll be magically protected against trouble is wearing a little thin now. The best protection against exploits in browsers has always been a market share south of 5% Well, Mozilla's Firefox browser is learning the hard lesson of  "big enough to matter, big enough to get security holes pointed out." And last week's fingerpointing exercise blaming Microsoft for their Firefox problem is a dead letter now. "We thought this was just a problem with IE. It turns out, it is a problem with Firefox as well," Window Snyder,... Read more...
In the race to develop the first LCD panel that supports the new DisplayPort interface, the champion turns out to be none other than memory chip giant Samsung. After its approval by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), DisplayPort is said to be the successor to the DVI, LVDS, and eventually VGA interfaces. As for Samsung’s first LCD panel to incorporate DisplayPort, it measures 30 inches and supports a total data rate of 10.8Gbps, which is twice the rate of contemporary display interfaces and thus allows the LCD panel to display a 2,560x1,600 pixel resolution image at 10 bits of color depth (1.07 billion colors) without any color smear. Such a feat is said to require at least three... Read more...
AMD Reports Second Quarter Results – Microprocessor Unit Shipments Increase 22% Year-Over-Year and 38% Sequentially – SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 19, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.  AMD reported second quarter 2007 revenue of $1.378 billion, an operating loss of $457 million, and a net loss of $600 million, or $1.09 per share.  These results include an impact... Read more...
Charlie over at The Inquirer posted another blurb today stating that Intel's upcoming X38 chipset will support NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology, as well as ATI's CrossFire.  This rumor first hit during Computex, but NVIDIA reps spoke up and claimed it was false at the time.  Now The Inquirer claims that they've spoken with some unamed engineers and that they have confirmed that X38 will support SLI... "Now we are sure that NV will deny it up and down, but seeing as how they have trouble with anything relating to the truth, I would urge the reader to ignore them. The engineers tell us that SLI drivers are in the final state of polishing with a few bugs left to quash, but plenty of time remains... Read more...
Mozilla's free web browser Firefox is a big hit. It's won over a substantial  market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer users, and it's growing all the time. But Wired reports that it's running into a problem now.  It's no longer the little upstart fighting the mighty Redmond beast. The pesky underdog. The little guy. In short, it's big enough to hate. And users are starting to hate its code bloat, instability, and slow performance. Welcome to the adult's table. When Firefox 1.0 arrived in November 2004, it was hailed as one of free software's crowning achievements. A team of far-flung volunteers had created a slimmed-down, standards-compliant web browser that beat the pants... Read more...
Maybe we're exaggerating a bit; we didn't exactly invade Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.  But the folks at Intel decide to use a quote from our '06 Holiday Buyer's Guide in an advertisement that ultimately made its way onto a large billboard that's currently on display at O'Hare... We've all been in this business for many years now and have published thousands of articles between us, but there's just something exciting about seeing your name, or at least in this case our site's name, up in lights.  That said, we would qualify the quote that was used here with a "currently" at the end perhaps.  As with Planes and Trains, with Desktop PC... Read more...
Charlie from the Inq is reporting that engineers at AMD are 'dancing in the aisles' because a new stepping of the company's Barcelona core turned out much better than expected.  The memory controller supposedly turned out very well and initial CPU clock speeds will be higher than originally planned. "AMD is doing something that we haven't seen a chip company do in a long time, sandbagging its official roadmaps. A while ago we told you about the intended launch frequencies, basically 1.9-2.5GHz, but that was before B0 parts came back." There's no video footage of AMD engineers doing the cabbage-patch at their headquarters, but this is an interesting rumor nonetheless.  We... Read more...
AMD Reports First Quarter Results SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 19, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.  AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share.  These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.  In the fourth quarter of 2006, AMD reported revenue of $1.773 billion and an operating loss of $529 million.  In the first quarter of 2006, AMD reported revenue... Read more...
According to a story on Digitimes today, Asustek has plans to spin-off their notebook unit under its wholly-owned subsidiary Asusalpha Computer while keeping the motherboard and game console businesses under the Asustek umbrella. "Though Dell has placed orders for around one million notebooks with Asustek, the company is demanding that Asustek complete the spinoff of its own-brand notebook unit by the first quarter of 2008 or else future orders from the company may be in question, according to sources at notebook makers. Coupled with the fact that Apple's orders for MacBooks end in November of this year and that future shipments to Toshiba... Read more...
Just when you were wondering what you were going to plug into your new motherboard with its 20 USB ports, along comes a product from the likes of DisplayLink and Samsung with your answer: 5 USB monitors of course! "PALO ALTO, CALIF. - March 14, 2007 - DisplayLink Inc. today announced that Samsung, a world leader in computer displays, has chosen DisplayLink's USB graphics networking technology for its SyncMaster 940UX, the world's first display that delivers crisp, high-quality graphics across a USB 2.0 link The SyncMaster 940UX is a 19-inch display powered by the DisplayLink DL-120 chip, a network display chip that powers high-quality, fully interactive SXGA (1280x1024), 32-bit true-color... Read more...
Clean Port 80, a group created by SCO chairman Ralph Yarro, is trying to keep websites with pornographic content from using port 80, the main HTTP port, in order to contain the proliferation of porn on the internet. Clean Port 80's main argument is that the internet is comparable to a TV with only one channel on which pornography or other unsuitable content may randomly show up while children are watching; something the group argues no parent would want. While Clean Port 80's goals may sound noble to some, to others they amount to nothing more than censorship. The governor of Utah signed a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday that calls on the US Congress to do something about the rising... Read more...
Chinese website HKEPC has some supposed scoop regarding AMD/ATI's upcoming mid-range RV630 GPU. According to the story, some RV630 variants will support not only GDDR4 memory but conform to the PCI Express 2.0 specification as well.  There is news regarding three flavors of R630 posted up on the site, but the information is not written in english, so bring your favorite translator. There are a couple of charts and diagrams listed at the end of the piece with specifications and features listed.... Read more...
Harcoreware.net has an interesting article on-line today that details the power consumption characteristics of today's top three new consoles while playing back video and playing games. And for the sake of comparison they also built a mid-range gaming PC to see how it stacked up. "Today's video game console war is taking an interesting twist, as we fire up our trusty power meter to look at power consumption levels of the 3 newest video game consoles. We tested power consumption during video game play, DVD playback, HD video, standby mode, and other console functions. We also added in a PC and a dedicated DVD player to make things interesting.... Read more...
According to a story on The Inq, AMD's upcoming R600 will support HDMI output. Not only will the R600 be able to output video via HDMI to two independent displays simultaneously at resolutions up to 1440p, but the card will also add audio output to the mix. By taking advantage of the processing power of the GPU and the bandwidth of a PCI Express x16 connection, the R600 will be able to output both video and digital audio signals together in order to truly take advantage of HDMI technology. As a result, the R600 and its less powerful siblings, the RV630 and RV610, will be the first GPUs to fully utilize HDMI in order to output both video and audio. The GPU techies designed chips with both... Read more...
AMD Offers New Products, Expands AMD64 Longevity Program to Further Support Embedded Market -Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors added to AMD64 Longevity Program; AMD Geode LX900 processor debuts; increased support for AMD's embedded systems customers- Embedded World, Nürnberg, GERMANY -- February 13, 2007 --At the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the next step in the evolution of its embedded business - including the addition of Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors to the AMD64 Longevity Program, plus the release of the new AMD Geode LX900@1.5W processor.... Read more...
If Vista's got you stumped, Microsoft offers a tech support chainsaw to help you down. Bring money. As of Jan. 30, customers who buy full retail copies of Vista and Office 2007 will get unlimited calls, e-mails and Web chats with Microsoft technical support during the first 90 days after activating the software. But after that period, customers contacting Microsoft for help with Vista will pay $59 per incident, up from $35, according to Matt Fingerhut, general manager of consumer support for platforms and business applications. For technical assistance with Office, customers will pay $49 per incident, also up from $35. People have been complaining loudly about the quality of tech support... Read more...
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