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Perhaps the only Mini-ITX AM2 motherboard on the planet at this time, the KI960-AM2 has a lot going for it other than a name that sounds like some top-secret military hardware. The board seems to have almost everything one could reasonably expect in such a small form factor and then some. Here's what Charlie from theinquirer.com had to say: "Albatron had the best mobo that I saw at CeBIT, bar none. It is called the KI960-AM2, a mini-ITX full featured AMD690 based AM2 board. There is nothing else like it here. In case you can't tell from the ratio of the socket to the entire board, this is either the largest AM2 socket you have ever seen... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has conquered the portable music market, is making inroads in video, and may turn out to be a video game player as well, game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is betting. Many potential gamers already carry iPods, easily the most popular portable music players sold. Now they can listen to music while also playing EA iPod titles that include "Tetris," "Mahjong" or "Sudoku." EA, the world's largest video game maker, has built a stable of 11 iPod games since September and sells them for $4.99 each on Apple's iTunes online store. Why not? Read more here...... Read more...
There has been a lot of news lately on Set Top Box (STB) System-on-Chip (SoCs) and dual High Definition (HD) mode devices, you can read more here, here and here. The latest news is a dual format, HD DVD/Blu-Ray decoder chip to be manufactured at 65nm for STBs. TMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world's leading supplier of ICs for TV Set-Top Boxes (STBs)*, today announced a new dual-video-stream high-definition (HD) decoder chip, the STi7200, intended for STBs, digital video recorders (DVRs) and DVD players. This very highly integrated System on Chip supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, in addition to high-definition satellite and cable... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Broadcom's announcement STB SoC yesterday, STMicroelectronics has announced the STi5107. Integration of the latest security specifications seem to be the biggest selling point of the new chip, although other performance enhancements have been added. STMicroelectronics, the world's largest supplier of silicon chips for set-top boxes (STB)*, has announced the STi5107, a new MPEG decoder for standard definition TV, within the Company's OMEGA family of STB solutions. Using the new device, manufacturers will be able to cut their total component cost and simplify board design and assembly, while offering enhanced security features. The STi5107 is designed to address the requirements... Read more...
Consumer electronics is becoming the largest single driver of the semiconductor industry. Consumer Electronics are semiconductor devices that are incorporated into products, which are purchased by individual consumers, such as desktop & laptop computers, home networking, printers, audio-visual entertainment, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and automobiles. Factory Sales of Consumer Electronics has increased from $95.9 billion in 2000 to $140 billion in 2006. Demographics for consumer electronics markets are also changing. The market for electronic products, traditionally a Japanese, North American and Western European domain, now encompasses the whole of the Asian rim, China, Eastern Europe... Read more...
SAN JOSE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - November 2, 2006 - "Worldwide sales of semiconductors in September once again achieved a new high as electronic equipment manufacturers geared up for the fourth-quarter holiday season," said George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). "Global chip sales rose to $21.4 billion, an increase of 9.3 percent from September 2005, and a 4.2 increase from the $20.5 billion reported in August 2006. Strong demand for consumer products, including cell phones, MP3 players, and personal computers were major drivers of increased chip sales." Global semiconductor sales in the third quarter of 2006 were $64.1 billion compared... Read more...
TechWeb is reporting that software publisher Electronics Arts has purchased Digital Illusions CE (DICE). DICE is well known for their role in the development of the widely popular Battlefield series of games.  This was a strictly cash offer by EA with the acquisition taking place immediately. Shareholders will be paid a cash value of $9.20/share on Oct 16 when the transaction completes.   DICE, based in Stockholm, Sweden, will be integrated into the EA studio, where it will work on Battlefield and develop new products for the PC, consoles and other platforms. DICE Chief Executive Patrick Soderlund would become an EA general manager and would remain in Stockholm, along with... Read more...
Albatron let us know their GeForce 7950GT is ready to roll.  We imagine these cards will be showing up in retail shortly.   The 7950GT is PCI Express compliant and is also capable of SLI functionality.  The engine's core frequency is set to 550 MHz and contains 24 highly efficient pipelines. The DDR III memory on this card is a blazing 1400 MHz with a capacity of 512 MB using a 256-bit transfer bus.   Albatron Technology recently announced the latest arrival in super high quality video and graphics processing - the Albatron 7950GT graphics card. If you can imagine video image quality twice as fine as that of a DVD video, then you understand the performance potential... Read more...
Albatron 7950GT - New VGA Card flexes its HD muscle! Albatron Technology recently announced the latest arrival in super high quality video and graphics processing - the Albatron 7950GT graphics card. If you can imagine video image quality twice as fine as that of a DVD video, then you understand the performance potential of the 7950GT. The 7950GT's HDCP module allows you to watch super high definition video using the latest H.264 or VC-1 standards and has a potential of reaching 1440P (2560x1440 pixels). The 7950GT does without the expensive HDMI connector and offers a more economical solution for reaching 1080P (1920 x 1080 pixels) high quality video with its Dual Link DVI connector. Not... Read more...
AGP graphics card brings latest high resolution, rendering technology to AGP market Albatron AGP7600GS The AGP7600GS graphics card boasts an NVIDIA(R) 7600GS core that is part of the powerful G73 family. This core employs 90 nanometer process technology which consumes less power thus generating less heat and allowing more room for faster core frequencies. Compared to its predecessor 6600GT, the AGP7600GS boasts a 25% performance increase despite its lower core and memory frequencies - an indication of the advancement in cooler, more efficient processing technologies. AGP7600GS uses an AGP 8x interface. The core has a frequency of 400 MHz and contains 12 pipelines. It also has 256 MB of high speed... Read more...
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a 2GByte MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro) that combines four 4Gbit NAND flash devices. This is the smallest, fastest and highest capacity memory card for mobile phones, developed only three months after Samsung led the industry by launching a 1GByte MMCmicro. "The 2GByte high-performance MMC is a powerful indicator of Samsung's expanding efforts to embrace the widest possible range of multimedia applications including mobile video," said Don Barnetson, Director, Flash Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Despite being the size of a fingernail (12mmx14mmx1.1mm), the new MMCmicro will provide the highest transmission speed of any removable... Read more...
You've seen 512MB on the cream of the crop graphics cards, but how about on a GeForce 6600? Well Albatron has made one, but as we've seen in reviews such as the 128MB Radeon 9800 Pro vs the 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro, more ram doesn't always give a large boost in performance. Will the extra memory help Albatron's 6600 compete against the GeForce 6600GT? "That's right, 512 MB of onboard memory on a midrange product! To accomplish this, Albatron shifted from the very familiar DDR3 graphics memory to DDR2. The core and memory speeds have also been dropped down from the GeForce 6600 GT. The big question that remains is can a product with half a gig of... Read more...
  Western Digital has earned themselves quite a reputation in the Computing Enthusiast market with their line of Raptor hard drives.  Originally targeted as "Enterprise class" SATA variants of what WD had historically brought to market for high-end SCSI server storage solutions, the 10K RPM Raptor was an overnight success for end user performance freaks, including many of us here at HotHardware.com.  WD's first iteration of the drive was a somewhat overly-svelte 36GB version that came outfitted with an 8MB cache.  And it was actually not what one would term a "native SATA" drive, with a Marvell PATA to SATA bridge chip handling calls for the drive's SATA... Read more...
Albatron nForce4 K8SLI @ Bjorn3D: "Sometimes us reviewer tend to forget that not everyone have the money to buy one of the latest and fastest cards available. Instead of a GeForce 7800GT or GeForce 7800GTX many instead have opted for cheaper, but yet capable, GeForce 6600GT. But what if you have one of those and want to in a cheap way increase the graphics performance? NVIDIA has the solution with SLI. Pop in a second card and in theory get double the performance. Today I am looking at one of the cheaper SLI-capable motherboards on the market, the K8SLI from Albatron. " Dual Graphics Card Showdown: CrossFire vs SLI vs 16X SLI: "We compare using the X850XT PE in CrossFire mode versus... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! It's been a while since we posted any links to the BIOS Optimization Guide over at Adrian's Rojak Pot, but he's been constantly adding new content to the ever growing list of BIOS features. Also in the news, well future news anyway, is the release of Quake 4 this friday. I'll breakout a "Woot!" for that! Wireless Industry Leaders Promote Next-Generation Wi-Fi Technology to Accelerate IEEE Standards Development   The Enhanced Wireless Consortium has developed a specification that is designed to enable consumers to enjoy new levels of wireless performance, coverage and interoperability prior to ratification of an 802.11n standard. The EWC specification defines... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! Looking for something interesting to read? How about the 7800GT reportedly having 20 pipes. Need more? There's a good chance ATI's R520 will be available for purchase at it's launch date. Still not enough? Well, we've got plenty more below! Albatron K8SLI Review @ AMD Zone "While overclockers may want to steer clear with only an average feature set those looking to mod, or just wanting some more case real estate for watercooling can take advantage of the smaller depth. You won't find a board packed with extras, or high end hardware, or extra SATA ports. The bottom line is that the Albatron K8SLI is an interesting implementation of the nForce 4 SLI with a low cost, and... Read more...
Hey folks, tonight Kingston announces their new numbering system for ValueRAM used in Intel servers. If the ram is is designated with an "I", you can be sure it's been validated by Intel's validation group. Good night! Kingston Launches Line of Validated ValueRAM Modules for Intel-based Servers Parts Designated with an "I" Provides Extra Measure of Convenience, Quality Assurance for ValueRAM Server Memory Customers Fountain Valley, CA May 4, 2005, Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announced that, as part of its participation in the Intel Memory Validation Program, it is enhancing its current line of ValueRAMR products... Read more...
Hey folks, here's your last bit of news for the day. I'm off for a quick game of Counter-Strike: Source, and then bed, so good night all. Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel Review @ 3DXtreme "We have digital cameras and other devices that use all kinds of media cards, not to mention those that use USB, Firewire or even SATA connections. To fulfill these needs companies have come up with fan controllers, I/O panels, card readers, and temperature displaying LCD screens. But what about the limited amount of real estate on the front of your case? If you have all these items and a standard mid-tower case, there's no room left for your drives. How are you supposed to make that work? That's where Sunbeam... Read more...
Good Afternoon everyone, sorry about that later start today, yours truly got tied up in a meeting.  Nonetheless, the inbox is getting full and time is running short so let's get down to business...  500 Watt Power Supply Comparison @ HardcoreWare "To keep up with ever-advancing CPU's, video cards, and other components, Power Supplies have to get more powerful and advanced all the time. Occasionally, we like to collect some power supply units from various manufacturers, and contrast them in the latest test configurations."  Albatron Px915P4/G4 Pro Review @ Techware Labs "Albatron is a name you are probably becoming more familiar with these days. They make some of... Read more...
Good evening folks :) Tonight we have a roundup of motherboards based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, a look at the Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC which comes with a 624MHz CPU, and a couple other items. I decided to do some spring cleaning today, so now I'm off to organize all my hardware junk and figure out if it should go in a rig, or be sold on ebay. Good night. Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC Review @ The Tech Zone "The powerful Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC features a large 3.7" VGA display that provides brilliant, clear images at 640x480 resolution. This was previously unheard of in a handheld device. The large viewing area makes documents easy to see so you can work smart and fast. In addition... Read more...
Hello All! This is BW here, dropping by to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Albatron's GeForce 6600 powered PC6600U. The PC6600U is clocked much higher than standard GeForce 6600 reference cards, however, and it sports a custom cooling apparatus complete with large heatsinks and heat-pipes. This card is definitely a looker!  Click here and check it out...... Read more...
While we have already taken a look or two at NVIDIA's current mainstream offering, the GeForce 6600, in the past, today we've got a completely new take on this card with Albatron's PC6600U Trinity Series.  While the basic technology behind the PC6600U remains largely the same as past cards, the core clock and memory speeds have been raised substantially, and the cooling system utilized on the PC6600U is completely different from what has been used in the past.  Albatron's new cooling apparatus is designed to cope with this card's higher than normal clock speeds, while keeping temperatures in check.  It does this by quickly removing heat from the front of the card using heatpipes,... Read more...
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