Intel to stop production of four Pentium D CPUs by year-end

Intel informed its channel partners in Taiwan that it plans to stop manufacturing four desktop-use Pentium D processors (model numbers 830, 840, 930 and 940) by the end of 2006, according to channel sources.

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Microsoft to discontinue its virtual PC product for Macs

Microsoft will not develop a universal code version of its Virtual PC product to run on Intel-powered Mac systems and plans to discontinue the product.

MSI introduces HDMI-compliant graphics card for $250

Micro-Star International (MSI) on August 8 introduced its MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus graphics card, the world's first, as the company claims, graphics card that is certified to support High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) technology.

DRAM inventory lowered to seven days on strong demand

Due to strong demand from PC OEMs, DRAM makers have seen their inventory time reduced to seven days, down from 10-14 days before, according to sources.

AMD to launch new Socket F/AM2 Opterons on 15 August

AMD today officially confirmed that it will be announcing its-next generation Opteron workstation and server processor next Tuesday. The new processor will use the new Socket F as well as the Socket AM2 previously introduced for the desktop processors Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and FX.

Intel open sources Linux driver for latest graphics chipset

Intel continues to quietly but consistently expand its open source Linux driver initiative. The company recently added support for the just released 965 version, which is currently shipping as a new-generation chipset for Core 2 Duo computers.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ in channel for $149, price cut to follow

As earlier expected, AMD started shipping its Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 3600+ dual-core CPU to channel partners ahead of the original schedule.

Vista beta tester posts video of speech recognition

A beta tester working with build 5472, the July Community Technology Preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, has posted an MP4 video of his own desktop, showing an apparently successful demonstration of Vista's new speech recognition features.

Driver update enables DIY quad-SLI systems

Santa Clara (CA) - If only four graphics cards deliver enough pixel power for your PC and you just weren't ready to shell out more than $5000 for a new PC, then here's your solution: Nvidia today posted the first generally available driver to support do-it-yourself quad-SLI graphics. See the slide show for Nvidia's 7950 GX2...

Dell blames cooling assembly for XPS 700 delays

UPDATE 8 August 2006 5:50 pm ET Round Rock (TX) - Dell Computer corporate communications specialist Liem Nguyen told TG Daily this afternoon that a problem with the installation of the cooling assembly in the company's top-of-the-line enthusiast desktop system, the XPS 700, has been pegged as the culprit responsible for shipment delays, a series of which has plagued the product since its announcement late last May.

Hackers clone radio-chip passports

Passports and other ID cards incorporating radio chips can be remotely spied on, jammed and even copied, computer experts revealed at a major conference that ended on Sunday.

Unisys reports missing PC containing veteran personal data

Unisys has lost a desktop computer used for its work with the Department of Veterans Affairs that contains personal information on as many of 38,000 veterans.

More Microsoft Office speech recognition features demoed at conference

New York (NY) - At an early morning session of Day 2 of the SpeechTEK conference, which is focused on speech recognition technologies, Microsoft demonstrated more of the integrated speech recognition features that the company plans to unveil in its upcoming Office Communications Server 2007, an enterprise networking extension to Office.

New Mac OS X 'Leopard' features may leave the door open for Vista

San Francisco (CA) - Banners outside Moscone Center - the site of today's Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference - were unveiled this morning, revealing the latest look at Apple's marketing campaign for its next version of Mac OS X, formerly code-named "Leopard." The signs read, "Introducing Vista 2.0."

Lenovo to use Athlon, Sempron CPUs in Thinkcentre PCs

Raleigh (NC) - AMD scored another design win today with Lenovo announcing that it will build Athlon 64 and Sempron processors into a business-targeted desktop PC: After the J series for home users, the Thinkcentre A60 series is the second model to offer AMD's CPUs as an alternative to Intel processors.

Mac Pro, new Xserve will feature dual Intel Xeons, will start shipping today

It's Intel Xeon 5100 processors - not Core 2 Duos - that will be at the heart of the new Mac Pro series announced this morning. In fact, they'll have a dual-processor configuration for four simultaneous cores, replacing the old Power G5 "quad" configuration. And confirming speculation from last week, Nvidia's 7300 GT card will come standard, although an ATI Radeon is being offered as an upgrade.

Google warns of malware on websites

Google has begun warning users about visiting websites that include malware capable of damaging computers. Security software, including the latest beta of McAfee's upcoming Internet Security Suite and Microsoft's OneCare Live, have been offering a similar functionality, but a warning delivered directly by a search engine is a fairly new trend.

Apple developers' conference may see gaps filled in PowerMac, Ipod product lines

An entire industry has been formed around managing the guessing game of what Apple will announce next. But as with any industry that constitutes a good part of the American economy, when speculation becomes part of the business, meeting the expectations of the best speculators can be interpreted by the market at large as a disappointment. If Apple doesn't give any hints as to an "iPhone" or an e-book next Monday at the WWDC in San Francisco, will that be seen as bad news?

Xilinx preps 45nm FPGA launch, admits stiff challenges in structured ASICs

Xilinx regards a process shrink on programmable logic as a "must" if its is to achieve a competitive cost structure, and the company expects to debut products at the 45nm node in 2008, said company Asia Pacific marketing director Cheng Hsin Nan.