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As with all rumors please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.  Intel's upcoming x4n series of chipsets doesn't just feature the flagship x48, but an entire range of chipsets to blanket virtually every market segment.  One of the market segments that has been heating up recently is the IGP, and Intel doesn't plan to let AMD and NVIDIA run roughshod over them.  Initial rumors suggest that their next-generation integrated graphics will offer a serious performance upgrade over the current GMA 3100/3500 cores as well as DX10 support.What about PCIe 2.0 support and 1600MHz FSB?  One out of two isn't bad:“All... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Asus.The rumored 8.9” or 9” Eee PC may just become a reality after all.  While we don't have too many tech specs, we're hearing that the screen size is supposed to be 9” not 8.9” and because the battery life hasn't changed much, we're wondering if anything else changed:“The battery impact of the new display is said to be "negligible," with 2.5 to 3 hours of battery quoted. ASUS wouldn't let us turn it on since it's all so very secret at the moment, but they did confirm some release details. The 9-inch Eee will hit in the "middle" of 2008, with that €399... Read more...
As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.Rumor has it that AMD might receive some sort of financial bailout from the Middle East.  At this time there is no word on who is allegedly offering to help out, or what kind of stake in the company they'll be given.“This move, if and when it happens, will relieve AMD of a pile of debts it owes, and give it the space, time and money to open a new fab in Malta, New York State, because the company have plans to go for that, big time.”... Read more...
Get your tin foil hats on, this is one of those kinds of rumors.  As always we remind you to take all rumors with a grain of salt.We reported in the past that Sony was going to offload their Cell production and that Toshiba was a rumored buyer, but the deal seemed to be in limbo for several weeks.  Then major retailers and studios started pulling the plug on HD DVD without a whole lot of explanation.A few more weeks go by and Toshiba officially canned their disc format and Sony sets a price on the Cell operation: $835 million.  It's hard not to wonder if there is more here than meets the eye.  It seems that both companies got something they wanted, but the short-term gains... Read more...
As with all rumors, take the following with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.Rumor has it that Intel has decided that consumers don't need to make the jump from 4 to 8 cores without anything in the middle.  Instead Intel  may have decided that they were going to place three dual-core CPUs on a single die and call it a Dunnington.  Here's more on the rumored Hex-Core:"Dunnington, a Bangalore-designed successor to Harpertown, is still supposed to be relatively hush-hush but Intel has reportedly put three dual-core 45nm Penryn chips on a die the size of a postage stamp and sharing a 16MB L3 cache. Like other Penryns, Dunnington still... Read more...
As with all rumors please take the following with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from NVIDIA.If the 9600 launch impressed you, but you were holding out for a card with a little more horsepower, then you might be in luck.  Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be launching high-end cards in the near future:“At the top-end of the 9-series cards will sit the dual-GPU GeForce 9800 GX2 which will launch on March 11 this year. This will be followed by the GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GT between the end of March and beginning of April.”There's no word on what to expect from these cards in terms of specific features other than the fact that the GX2 will probably be a dual... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from either Intel or NVIDIA.Rumor has it that Intel doesn't want to share all of its secrets in regards to Common System Interface (CSI) technology with NVIDIA.“And the same sources claimed that while Intel hasn’t exactly fallen in love with AMD, it appears happy to talk to Nvidia’s bitter competitor, which, of course, now owns ATI.Olive branches are being wafted in the direction of Sunnyvale.”One possible reason is that the crystal ball for NVIDIA is not very clear, but many are wondering how they'll survive the merging of the GPU back onto the CPU die, something... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Apple.Apple recently filed for a trademark extension with the US Patent and Trademark Office and this particular extension has had the industry buzzing.  Why?  It appears that the trademark covered a wide array of gaming products, which could very well include the console that Apple has been rumored to have been working on for some time now.It included "handheld units for playing electronic games", "handheld units for playing videogames", "stand-alone video game machines", "LCD game machines" and "electronic games other than those adapted for use with television... Read more...
As always, take all rumors with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denail.It's being rumored that Microsoft's proposed $44.6 billion bid to takeover Yahoo Inc.might be turned down by Yahoo's board of directors.  Perhaps the strangest news is the Google is getting involved to try to block the deal:“Leery of Microsoft expanding its turf on the Internet, Google already has offered to help Yahoo avert a takeover and urged antitrust regulators to take a hard look at the proposed deal.”The enemy of my enemy is my friend indeed.... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a  grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.For those of you who've been hoping for a more competitive high-end CPU landscape, it seems that your wishes might be met as early as the end of this year:“...the inputs from trusted Far Eastern friends about the 45 nm desktop parts say that, if AMD does its job right, we're gonna have a quad-core 6MB cache part running at 3.2 GHz with DDR2-1066 memory a few months before year's end.”It makes a lot of sense for AMD to be throwing their effort into getting 45nm parts shipping as quickly as they can.  At this point their 65nm technology is producing... Read more...
As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from either AMD or IBM.Whenever AMD shares are low enough the buyout rumors begin.  The name IBM is often tossed around as a potential buyer, but it seems unlikely considering their focus on software over hardware recently.  Still, the rumors persist based on IBM's manufacturing capacity and a few joint-venture research projects.“IBM of Armonk, New York, has had a research and development expense-sharing agreement with AMD, and analysts have speculated that AMD might want to use IBM's East Fishkill, New York, chip-fabrication plant to build microprocessors.”If IBM does... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Apple or NBC Universal.NBC and Apple parted ways after negotiations broke down between the two companies last year over an alleged pricing dispute.  NBC has since explored numerous distribution options, and it seems that they might have discovered that iTunes may not have been so bad after all.“It is obvious right now that iTunes is the preferred method for consumers who want to buy digital music and video. Much of the success is being driven by the iPod family of devices. While no specific details of the deal were released, the initial split was said to... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Yahoo.Yahoo may be attempting to break into the MP3 download business sometime in 2008.  At this stage it appears that Yahoo is in preliminary talks with various players in the music industry, and nothing appears to be finalized just yet.“The talks, held as recently as last month, were preliminary because Yahoo is still working out the details, said the executives, who requested anonymity because of the discussions were confidential."Having an industry stalwart like Yahoo jump into the fray could prove interesting.  It's also hard not to wonder if Google... Read more...
As with all rumors please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we get official confirmation or denial from Intel.It looks like the world of budget dual-core Intel chips is going to get a lot better in 2Q08:“Intel is planning to launch E1400 with a core frequency of 2GHz, 800MHz FSB, L2 cache of 512KB, and maximum TDP of 65W. The chip is based on a 65nm Conroe core and supports Intel 64, XD Bit (Execute Disable Bit) and Speed Step technology. Pricing will be set at US$53 in a thousand-unit tray quantities.”What's not to love in a chip that offers 64-bit support, dual-core, and a price that just about everyone can agree on?  It looks like the world of low-end computing just... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news story with a grain of salt until we can get official confirmation or denial from ASUS.While we already reported that ASUS is already preparing a next-generation Eee PC, one of the newest rumors suggests that at least one variant will support a touch screen.  It is possible that utilizing a touch panel will allow the next-generation Eee to lose the more traditional touchpad, and thus save some space.“The second-generation of Eee PCs will support panel sizes of 8-, 9- and 10-inch, the sources said, of which, the 9-inch panel versions will feature a touch panel.The 9-inch touch panel-equipped Eee PCs will adopt four-wire resistive touch screen... Read more...
As with all rumors, take this story with a grain of salt until we can bring you confirmation or denial directly from AMD.Being seen in green is the way to earn green, and get out of the black, at least that's the thinking in today's tech industry.  As as result we're hearing rumors that AMD is already prepping a series of low-power Phenoms, both quad- and dual-core.“The low-power Phenom 9100e is scheduled for release in February or March this year and will come with a core frequency of 1.8GHz, DDR2 1066 memory controller and TDP of 65W. At the beginning of the second quarter, AMD will phase out the 9100e and launch the 9150e, according to sources at motherboard makers, which offers the same... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.It seems that AMD might have a few more months to get their high-end Phenoms ready as it's being whispered that Intel is going to hold back volume shipments of the QX9770 until the Feb-March time frame.“The quad-core 3.2GHz QX9770, which will be available at US$1,399 in thousand-unit quantities, is to replace the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor launched in November 2007, the sources noted.However, Intel is yet to phase out the 3.0GHz QX9650 despite the planned launch of the QX9770, said the sources noting that the two quad-core CPUs will be available simultaneously,... Read more...
There are few companies that can generate as much interest in upcoming products as Apple.  That said, let's take a look at some of the pre-MacWorld '08 hardware rumors.  Do keep in mind that these are all rumors until we hear otherwise.First up is the Newton.  It seems doubtful that the new Newton tablet will be making it's debut at the show:“In its current form, the Newton device -- sometimes dubbed a Mac tablet or slate -- has been described along the lines of a larger iPod touch or iPhone rather than an Apple adaptation of the modern day tablet PC.When the project does come to fruition, it's expected to leverage a more advanced implementation of Apple's multi-touch technology,... Read more...
As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:“We haven't able to confirm this, but we've heard it now from a couple of people: Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate, is talking to Toshiba and Fujitsu about forming a new company dedicated to hard drives and storage systems.The new company would combine the limping hard drive divisions of Hitachi and Toshiba as well as some of the storage systems technology from Fujitsu. Each would own a third.”This could prove quite interesting as each company brings their own distinct technologies to the party.  Imagine making hybrid drives with Hitachi's existing 7200 rpm drives, which are usually at or near the top of the charts,... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following with a grain of salt:“Contrary to its earlier statements, AMD has now revealed that its 2.4GHz quad-core Phenom 9700 and 2.6GHz Phenom 9900 have both been delayed until the second quarter of 2008. AMD hasn't said how this will impact the introduction of the 2.8GHz and 3GHz parts that were originally projected for late in Q2, but these will almost certainly be delayed as well.”We'll keep you updated as we get more information directly from AMD, but we'll keep our fingers crossed that this is a misunderstanding of some sort.... Read more...
While we still don't know if the R700 will be known as the Radeon 48xx, 39xx or some other nomenclature, it seems that the first R700 GPUs actually 'taped out' sometime in December.  As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:“[the] R700 is in the process of being fabbed now, or at least its components are. The component thing is a story for another day, the part that matters is that R700 bits are in the oven now and things appear to be going swimmingly, or at least skatingly if you know what Toronto is like in the winter.”This could mean products on shelves in March if the parts perform well and no flaws are found in the design.... Read more...
There is a rumor that the Eee PC is going to get a successor sometime in the new year.  Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, but the upgrade could be fairly extensive.  Early reports suggest that new Eee(e?) PC would feature a larger 8.9” screen, WiMAX, and could very well ride on Intel's new Menlow UMPC platform.“Should ASUS choose to adopt the Menlow platform for the next generation Eee PC, huge power saving will be realized for users. The current Eee PC uses a 90nm, 900MHz Celeron M processor running at 630MHz with the current official BIOS. Intel's Menlow platform includes a 45nm Silverthorne processor which promises ten times the power efficiency of first generation UMPCs using... Read more...
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