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In addition to TSMC, UMC, and IBM, NVIDIA will now be adding Chartered Semiconductor to their list of current foundry partners. The driving factor behind this new business relationship is to provide NVIDIA with more leverage in terms of pricing with key foundry partner TSMC. This will be accomplished by having NVIDIA allocate a certain percentage of GPU production away from TSMC and towards UMC and Chartered. The first NVIDIA product manufactured at Chartered will be a GeForce 7100 GS with no other products currently slated for production at this time. With Chartered also manufacturing AMD processors and likely ATI GPU's, it will be interesting to see how NVIDIA manages... Read more...
DailyTech is reporting that Circuit City has launched a new 24hr house call service for most of your electronic needs.  Poised as a convergence and pc technological service, FireDog appears to be a direct competitor to Best Buy's Geek Squad.   The Firedog team is a 24-hour technology service that Circuit City says will be able to visit customer homes and provide on-site services. The company guarantees all technician work for up to 30-days and says that customers can also bring in their equipment for Firedog service at any Circuit City location. In Canada, the electronics retail chain Future Shop is owned by Best Buy but have not introduced any similar services. Firedog is more... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Asustek will soon introduce a new brand, ASmobile, to be used by their whitebook products. The first notebook bearing the ASmobile brand will appear during the fourth quarter of 2006. Asustek is trying to repeat the success they enjoyed when they re-branded their low-price motherboards to ASRock. However, the ASmobile will not be tailored for the low end. Instead of low prices, the ASmobile brand will rely on high quality and customer loyalty, most likely targeting the mid to upper parts of the market. "Recently formed, Asustek's team for the ASmobile brand includes R&D, manufacturing and marketing staffs, the sources indicated. Asustek's move also represents... Read more...
The popular Half-Life 2 Mod, Red Orchestra, will be available for a five day free trial starting tomorrow. Valve has also provided free trials of Day of Defeat: Source in the past, and hopefully these free trials will continue to be a regular part of their marketing campaign. The World War 2 based mod can be pre-loaded now, and if you decide you like it, can be bought for $25. "Five Free Days of Red Orchestra begins tomorrow via www.steamgames.com, with pre-loading available now. Those who try Red Orchestra during the Free Days will have access to the full game, including the brand new map (Lyes Krovy) and new gameplay enhancements from... Read more...
Hello All.  We spent some sit-down time with a few folks close to the AMD and ATI merger, asked some probing questions and received some insightful answers in return. We dug in deep with AMD specifically and learned all there is to know currently and even got a hint of what the future might hold for the dynamic duo (no pun intended), now joined as one. Here's a snip... "In June at our analyst day in Sunnyvale, AMD introduced "Torrenza" and reinforced our commitment to an open architecture for third-party innovation. In the near term, 2007, we should be able to deliver new customer-centric, unified solutions for key market segments like mobile and commercial. For these market segments... Read more...
     Rumors have been circulating for weeks, but yesterday the two companies involved made it official. AMD and ATI announced that the two companies planned to merge in a deal worth approximately $5.4 billion dollars. The quote below from the initial press release reveals some of the combined entity's vision of the future... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its... Read more...
Think you're all that and a Can-o-Pringles when it comes to IT?  Think again maybe...  The global economy is requiring a new skill-set from the average IT professional.  ComputerWorld has a little G2 for you on how to measure up in the future perhaps. "The most sought-after corporate IT workers in 2010 may be those with no deep-seated technical skills at all. The nuts-and-bolts programming and easy-to-document support jobs will have all gone to third-party providers in the U.S. or abroad. Instead, IT departments will be populated with "versatilists" -- those with a technology background who also know the business sector inside and out, can architect and carry out IT plans... Read more...
AMD Begins First Revenue Shipments of AMD64 Products Manufactured At Chartered Delivering on its customer-centric strategy of flex capacity, AMD starts on-plan, on-time startup of volume production at Chartered Sunnyvale, CA: July 13, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that in June it began its first revenue shipments of AMD64 processors manufactured at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore. AMD and Chartered ramped 300mm production at Fab 7 in record time, hitting all major milestones and starting production at mature yields. Initial shipments out of Chartered consisted of microprocessors manufactured on 90nm process technology. The ramp of volume production at Chartered combined... Read more...
Confused about effects physics vs. gameplay physics? [H] has asked ATI, NVIDIA, Havok, and Ageia about the two. They received in-depth responses providing great detail regarding effects and gameplay physics, what they mean for gameplay, and current hardware physics abilities. "After digesting all of these great replies from the players in the physics market, here is what we come up with. There are big definitional differences between effects physics and gameplay physics as you might have expected, but much of the forum banter you have seen people prop up as fact, is just simply bad information at best, and lies at worst."... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted tonight at NeoSeeker. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but they test a number of different CrossFire configurations in an attempt to see if there is a difference in performance when using a dongle or not, and when switching from an x8 / x8 to an x16 / x16 PCI Express Lane configuration. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO.... Read more...
Smaller, faster, better, that's the way of the world when it comes to Semiconductors and Consumer Electronics.  The Inq has a bit of detail on a Wireless client that fits in the palm of your hand. "ISRAELI COMPANY Compulab recently announced a computer that manages to cram a complete PDA into a device two-thirds the size of a credit card. The CM-X270L measures just 4.4 x 6.6 cm. In comparison, a MiniPCI wireless card is 6.0 x 4.4 cm - just half a centimetre thinner. In this space, the CM-X270L somehow manages fits in an Intel (should that be Marvell?) XScale chip running Windows CE or Linux, half a gig of flash, 128MB of RAM, AC'97 sound and a Philips 802.11b wireless interface,... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted at NeoSeeker tonight. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but the crew also tests performance in a number of different CrossFire configurations. According to their results, there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to purchase an X1800 Master card to use alongside an 1800GTO. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO. Hopefully ATI... Read more...
Our friends over at the Tech Report have rounded up a trio of budget-priced graphics cards and put them trough the wringer in typical TR fashion.  When all was said and done, one card was the clear winner.  But we won't give away the conclusion.  Head on over to TR for the full scoop... "While ATI and NVIDIA have successfully massaged their Radeon X1000 and GeForce 7 architectures into more affordable flavors, they're not the only ones duking it out in the budget space. S3 has slowly clawed its way back into the game, and the Chrome S27 is poised to take on the GeForce 7300 GS and Radeon X1300 Pro at the low end of the market.... Read more...
If your up for starting a quick little project, Hardware Secrets can show you how to build your own IR transmitter for the PC. As the article clip states, if you can use a solder iron, you can build the device. "Several motherboards have the necessary hardware for the installation of an infrared transmitter/receiver, requiring only the installation of a module containing the infrared sensor. The great problem, however, is that this module is not easily found in the market and, when it is, its price is high. In this tutorial we will show you how to build this module spending barelly nothing. Any user who knows how to use a solder iron can assemble... Read more...
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