Motherboard makers prepare shift of ATI chipsets to AMD-based solutions

The impact of a combined AMD-ATI Technologies has begun to be felt in Taiwan, with motherboard makers likely to reduce or even suspend their efforts to develop Intel-based motherboards built utilizing chipsets from ATI, while switching more resources to manufacturing models with ATI's AMD-based chipsets, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Lite-On IT to produce HD-DVD burners in March 2007

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007.

ATI improves OpenGL and Direct3D performance with Catalyst 6.8 driver

ATI today released a new version of its Catalyst driver package. The eighth update for this year focuses on OpenGL and Direct3D applications which improve game performance by up to 30%, ATI claims.

AMD: '4x4' launch on course for second half, but not immediately

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Abit intros Intel quad-core motherboard

Abit announced its AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards which can be used with Intel's current LGA775 processors such as the Pentium D and Core 2 Duo as well as future quad-core versions of the Core 2 Extreme CPU ("Kentsfield").

Hannstar to roll out 17" widescreen monitor panels

Hannstar Display plans to begin producing 17" widescreen monitor panels in small volumes in October.

Renesas: 90nm dual-core MCU for automotive to hit market by 2010

Renesas Technology anticipates that its dual-core microcontroller (MCU) for automotive vehicles could hit the market by 2010 at the latest, and possibly as early as 2008.

Intel roadmap confirms 2.67 GHz quad-core Core 2 Extreme

Chicago (IL) - A new version of a roadmap distributed by Intel to its closest partners lists the upcoming quad-core "Kentsfield" as the new flagship of the firm's desktop processor portfolio. The new Core 2 Extreme will arrive with a clock speed of 2.67 GHz, more L2 cache and substantially higher power consumption.

Apple releases Boot Camp beta update

Apple today released version 1.1 beta of its Boot Camp software that allows Apple users to run MacOS X side by side with Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac.

Sun intros new Fire Opteron servers, workstation

Santa Clara (CA) - Following AMD's introduction of Socket F- and AM2-based Opteron processors, Sun has announced updated version of its x86 server and workstation products. The x86 server segment has been driving server industry growth for some quarters and especially reignited Sun's presence in the server and workstation market. According to Sun officials, year-over-year x86 shipment growth has reached 76%, so it is little surprising that Sun is upgrading its products with the new Opteron "Rev F" processor.

AOL after spammer's buried gold

After threatening to get tough on serial junk emailers three years ago, AOL intends to show its conviction has not wavered by digging up the garden belonging to the parents of a convicted spammer - in pursuit of buried gold and platinum.

Sony ships 50 GB Blu-ray recordable media

Sony today said that it has started shipping 50 GB Blu-ray recordable media in the U.S. The dual-layer discs double the capacity of the single-layer 25 GB media. So far, the 50 GB versions are only available as BD-R write-once discs; Sony said that it will be offering rewritable media (BD-RW) "later this year."

Tyan supports next-generation Opterons with 18 new products

Tyan Computer yesterday announced 18 server platforms and motherboards designed to support new AMD Opteron processors, including those utilizing the new Socket F (1207 pins) infrastructure.

Gigabyte to ship AGP version of GeForce 7600GS graphics card in volume

Gigabyte Technology has announced that it will start volume shipments of GV-N76G256D-RH, an AGP version of the GeForce 7600GS graphics cards.

First evidence Dell has shipped some XPS 700s

A long-time poster to Dell's community forum has reported that he received his Pentium D 930-based XPS 700 unit via next-day air this morning, after a long round of delays.

Kingston packs data recovery software on Compact Flash cards

Kingston today said that will be upgrading its "ultimate" line of Compact Flash (CF) cards by preloading Ontrack's Easy Recovery Professional software 6.1 onto the devices.

OCZ announces 1100 MHz DDR2 memory

OCZ is the first performance memory maker to announce PC2-8800 memory modules.

Dell recalls suspect notebook batteries made by Sony, including XPS M1710

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Intel and Micron offer 8 Gbit NAND flash to spot market players

Intel and Micron Technology recently started releasing 8Gbit NAND flash memory chips, fabricated by their joint venture IM Flash Technologies, to the spot market, and customer feedback is satisfactory, according to market sources.

AMD intros new Opterons and promises 68W quad-core CPUs

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today unveiled its first answer to Intel's Core micro architecture. An updated version of the processor that is driving the firm's revenue growth and market share gains claims to not only close the gap to "Woodcrest" but even surpass it in speed and power consumption. And then there is the promise that quad-cores won't consume more power than today's dual-cores.