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VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista Latest VIA chipsets for Intel, AMD and VIA C7 processors earn Windows Vista certification by Windows Vista Logo program Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed the most comprehensive and flexible range of core logic solutions for Vista-based systems across all the major processor platforms for motherboard, PC, server and device manufacturers. Five of VIA's leading edge IGP chipsets have received the Windows Vista Basic logo from Microsoft: the VIA K8M890 and the VIA P4M900 for the latest mainstream AMD... Read more...
DigiTimes has the scoop on an new low-power AMD processor targeted at the Ultra Mobile PC market. The LX900 will reportedly be x86 compatible and run at 667MHz.  Power consumption numbers were not readily available, but considering the LX800 which runs at 800MHz consumes about 3.9W, it shouldn't be too high.  In the UMPC market, however, every fraction of a watt counts... "AMD is said to be launching the Geode LX 900 CPU with a clock speed of 667MHz in an attempt to boost its share in the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) market, where competitors Intel and VIA Technologies are already selling processors with clock speeds of 1GHz or above,... Read more...
AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results - Fourth Quarter Microprocessor Unit Shipments Set New Record, Increasing 26 Percent Year-Over-Year and 19 Percent Sequentially - - Fourth Quarter Mobile Processor Revenue Increased 85 Percent Year-Over-Year and 41 Percent Sequentially - SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 23, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006. As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations1 beginning October 25, 2006. Because comparison of fourth quarter consolidated financial results to previous periods do not correlate directly, AMD has provided... Read more...
You have to see this technology in action to believe it and get the full effect.  This demonstration is about as jaw-dropping as we've seen here for any technology in a very long time.  And the speed of the interface is amazing as well... "Jeff Han demonstrates his intuitive, "interface-free," touch-driven computer screen. Working all but alone from his hardware-strewn office, Jeff Han is about to change the face of computing. Not even the big boys are likely to catch him." Vista?  Who needs Vista?  Read the article on the man behind this amazing technology at: www.fastcompany.com... Read more...
Hello Everyone! We wanted to let you all know that we've just put together a CES 2007 Photo Report at where we talk about some of the new products we saw at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We've got information and pictures of products from XFX, OCZ, Samsung, LG, Intel, AMD, and many more. Click the link below and check it out... Read The Article Right Here!... Read more...
Last week a few members of the HotHardware crew hopped on a plane and headed out to sunny Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show.  We make the trek every year not only to check out the latest and greatest in consumer electronics and PC technology, but to meet face to face with representatives from many of the companies we work with throughout the year, and to rub elbows with many of our peers as well.        In its 40 year existence, CES has morphed into a gigantic event that fills not only the enormous Las Vegas Convention Center, but numerous suites and hotel meeting rooms surrounding the event.  The show is a great place to witness... Read more...
     Showcased by none other than our own Dave and Marco, we see the upcoming refresh of the ASUS Lamborghini VX1 notebook which we previously reviewed with positive results. This new system addresses all of the minor gripes we had with the previous model, setting the stage for what should truly be a stunning piece of hardware. Although there are some significant changes, one can clearly see that the loud yellow color which is synonymous with Lamborghini will be retained for the new model.     Opening the lid of the latest version of the Lamborghini VX1, we see that the aesthetics of the system have undergone a major facelift. Gone is the somewhat bland appearance... Read more...
Avis is teaming up with Autonet Mobile to offer a WiFi hotspot that serves the rental car, and about a hundred foot radius around it. Autonet Mobile's In-Car Router is about the size of a laptop and draws power from the car's cigarette lighter outlet. The hardware itself is a bridge for a cellular provider's 3G network (Avis will likely have contracts with 3G providers around the country), acting as a WiFi gateway for those connected to it. Other 3G-WiFi bridges are already available from the likes of Linksys and Kyocera, but this appears to be the first targeted exclusively at vehicles. Business travelers will have one fewer excuse to offer about why they didn't see the e-mail.... Read more...
Your hard drive is talking to your PC chassis in eSATA, and the manufacturers of computers have gotten the idea you'd like to talk that way too without climbing inside the box. Hello eSATA port! Goodbye USB? "Definitely in 2007, you'll see this populated as a standard feature on high-end PCs. In 2008, you'll see that populated further into mainstream products," said John Gleason, manager of worldwide consumer PC marketing for Hewlett-Packard, currently the top-ranked PC seller. The higher speeds of eSATA compared with USB could grow more obvious as consumers try to wrestle with ever-larger quantities of videos, photos, music and other data.... Read more...
Futuremark, the creator of the popular benchmarking suites 3DMark and PCMark, has updated their site with new versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The updates bring not only a few bug fixes, but added support for Windows Vista. Benchmarks native to Windows Vista should be out in 2007, and will take advantage of the latest DirectX features. "To support performance analysis on PC's running Microsoft(R) Windows Vista operating system Futuremark's 3DMark06 and PCMark05 will be Vista enabled. Updated benchmark performance results on Windows Vista systems have been tested and verified by Futuremark as valid and fully comparable. Next generation... Read more...
HKEPC reports that Intel's upcoming G35 (Bearlake G+) IGP chipset will have complete support for both HDMI connections and HDCP. With Vista and high-definition formats such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray promising to utilize HDCP, the inclusion of this technology is surely a necessity for Intel should they wish to hang onto the market share they currently have. Thankfully, the HDMI connection will also simplify things for users as the single cable can handle both audio and video duties. Unfortunately, the HDMI spec calls for 3.3V instead of the 1.2V which the motherboard can provide so an external "Level Shifter" will be used to boost the voltage. This chip... Read more...
Throw away your scroll mouse. They're not cheap, but the big screen manufacturers are starting to offer big ol' 30" LCD screens for this holiday season. DigiTimes has a nice rundown on the latest and greatest from the big three. First-tier LCD vendors such as Dell, Samsung Electronics and Hewlett Packard (HP) recently all announced availability of their extra large-size LCD monitors in the market. Last week, Dell introduces its first 30-inch widescreen LCD monitor (UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC). The features of the product include resolution of 2,560×1,600 (WQXGA), height-adjustable stand with tilt and swivel capabilities, integrated 9-in-2... Read more...
For when you have some serious work to get done... TAMPA, Fla. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - November 14, 2006 - HP today announced enhancements to its Unified Cluster Portfolio for high-performance computing (HPC) at Supercomputing 2006. Product updates include support for new HP servers and workstations powered by Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5300 series processors. The HP Cluster Platform 3000 system now runs new Quad-Core processor-based HP ProLiant servers that offer customers greater energy efficiency and can improve system performance by nearly 50 percent.(1) Additionally, the HP Scalable Visualization Array (SVA) V2.0 is available on the new HP xw8400 Workstations running the Quad-Core processors.... Read more...
Dell made a reputation for themselves as a result of their high quality products but more importantly perhaps, their top-notch customer service.  Unfortunately that may be changing, which might explain their slip in market share as well... "When the CD drive on Peter Ulyatt's Dell desktop computer failed this summer, he called the support crew at Dell (DELL ), where he'd bought the $1,600 machine nine months prior. Armed with an extended warranty that cost him an extra $300, the Pasadena (Calif.) retiree got on the phone and waited. After sitting on hold for 45 minutes, a technician whom Ulyatt could barely understand came on the line and diagnosed a "software problem." Ulyatt's call, transferred... 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...
Have a pair of ATI Radeon X1900 series cards and want to put them to good use when you're not gaming? FAHInfo.org has the g2 on maximizing your WU processing... "Now you need to get the GPU ID in order to tell the GPU client which GPU to send the cores to. The GPUs are numbered starting from zero so the GPU ID number is always one less than the screen number. In the example above, where monitor 1 is attached to the primary output of card 1: GPUID=0, and monitor 2 is connected to the primary output of card 2: GPUID=1. If you have all 4 outputs active, and your Monitors are arranged such that the Primary output of card 2 is connected... Read more...
Being an avid PC gamer, I have never had much interest in consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS2, etc with the exception of a few games.  Handheld consoles, however, are another story.  Over the years I have owned many handhelds including the original Coleco and Mattel handheld Football games, Sega GameGear, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy SP, PSP, and the Nintendo DS Lite.  As it stands now, my all time favorite is the DS Lite which never leaves my briefcase! I've spent countless hours playing Mario Kart and would not give it up for the world. Looking back though, a few of the others I have owned were definitely not worth my hard earned cash. Modojo has put together... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AMD's upcoming "4x4" platform will support no less than 4 discrete graphics cards. Here, AMD has called upon NVIDIA for a chipset to power the platform and has been provided with the nForce 680a. This chipset is comprised of a traditional north and southbridge pairing which provides enough PCIe lanes to support 2 PCIEx16 and 2 PCIEx8 slots. Supposedly, the chipset itself is nothing more than two nForce 590SLI chipsets on a single motherboard, though additional features such as hardware router functionality will help keep the hype machine well lubed and running. Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that Microsoft will not be making Unified Shaders a strict requirement in order to have complete DirectX10 support. With NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU rumored to have its Vertex, Pixel, and Geometry Shaders still somewhat segmented into different parts this is certainly a sigh of relief for the gang in Santa Clara. The choice to refrain from a truly unified shader architecture could very well mean some healthy gains in current DirectX9 games as well though we obviously will need to wait to get our hands on the card before we make any conclusions. One thing is certain though, the race for the fastest GPU on the planet will certainly be exciting this round as each... Read more...
With Windows XP Service Pack 2 having been out for some time now, and Windows Vista on the horizon, Microsoft is announcing their end of support for the old Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and most problems have been ironed out of it, so Microsoft sees no reason to continue support for SP1 which was released back in 2002. "There's little reason for anyone to still be running SP1; SP2 contained a range of improvements to XP's security. People can check which version they are running by right-clicking on the My Computer desktop icon and then selecting properties. The ending of support for SP1 will help Microsoft to clear the... Read more...
This is a friendly reminder to those of you who still haven't upgraded to Windows XP SP2 that Microsoft will end support for SP1 on Tuesday. This means that after Tuesday, users running SP1 will no longer be able to receive security updates unless they upgrade to SP2. I know many of you have stayed away from SP2 because some of the new features rub you the wrong way. The Security Center application, especially. Here is a little guide on how to disable Security Center alerts, or disable Security Center completely.... Read more...
Some of you we're aware have issues with audible instruction and are much more-so the visual learning type.  If you fall into this camp and have previously struggled with something as simple as an airline safety announcement before take-off, have no fear.  Chris P is at the ready and possesses the unique ability to move words into action... I nearly busted a gut when I saw this... Seatbelt instruction is especially entertaining.  I'll never sit on the tarmac the same way again, Chris.  Thanks... Read more...
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