Abit recalls AN9 32X motherboards

Abit today said that its quality control department found that "rough handling during shipments" may have damaged "a small number of units from the early manufacturing of the AN9 32X product line."

AMD to take on Intel with accelerated roadmap, native quad-core

Sunnyvale (CA) - Following a rather sobering quarter result, AMD answers Intel's challenge and the intent to bring new processors faster to market than initially planned: The company announced during its Q2 conference call that it will launch 45 nm processors in the first half of 2008 or about six months earlier than expected by industry experts.

Tul announces ATI X1600 graphics card with HDMI support

Computer users who are interested in building a high-definition capable home entertainment PCs will soon be able to purchase graphics cards that support HD input and output.

Nvidia 7600 GS AGP cards launching today

AGP isn't dead yet and graphic chip developers and add-in-card manufacturers are responding to apparently still existing demand. Nvidia quietly launched an AGP version of its 7600 GS with first cards surfacing today.

Sandisk announces "world's fastest" compact flash cards

When you're a digital camera enthusiast, missing a critical action shot can be embarrassing; but when you are a pro, a missed shot is costly. Sandisk has announced a new line of fast Compact Flash cards that could help eliminate missed shots.

Acer debuts 22" widescreen LCD monitor

Acer recently launched a 22" widescreen LCD monitor.

Intel to launch quad-core processors in Q4

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today said that it has notified its partners that it has accelerated the roadmap for its quad-core processors. The launch has been pulled from the first half of 2007 into the fourth quarter of this year - in time to compete with AMD's 4x4 platform. Intel also indicated that the Pentium brand will move into the value segment of PCs.

Sony to ship Blu-ray writer in August for $750

New York (NY) - Sony confirmed that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray burner "on or around" 18 August. The model BWU-100A will sell as an internal drive for $750.

Samsung's 8 GB Flash memory chips in production

MP3 players and memory cards could soon see a substantial upgrade with the arrival of higher-capacity Flash chips that recently have entered mass-production. Samsung says it will ship 8 GB NAND Flash memory chips this quarter and heats up the speculation about a possible 8 GB Ipod Nano to be announced in the not too distant future.

Fujitsu introduces Itanium 2 servers for Linux and Windows

Fujitsu on introduced three Primequest 500-series models that feature the 64-bit Intel dual-core Itanium 2 processor and delivers up to 2.5 times the performance of previous models.

TSMC and ARM announce power reduction on 65nm

While announcing the success of its design collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on the new 65nm low-power test chip, ARM indicated that shipments of its core processors will grow more than double to hit 4.5 billion units in 2010.

Merom to top 50% of Intel notebook processors in Q1 2007

Intel plans to raise the proportion of Merom to over 50% of its notebook processor shipments in the first quarter of 2007, making 64-bit dual-core models the mainstream in the notebook market, according to industry sources.

Matrox releases desktop management software for multi-monitor users

Matrox Graphics has released a free desktop management utility that lets users organize and save application positions. Matrox PowerSpace works with Matrox multi-display cards and can create up to nine workspaces per display. Workspaces can be toggled on or off via keyboard shortcuts or the PowerSpace task-bar icon.

Intel's flagship goes dual-core

Santa Clara (CA) - During its five years of existence, the Itanium processor never achieved the glory Intel was hoping for: Itanium has to deal with stiff competition and critics still call it the "Itanic". But Intel holds on to its problem child and sends it into another round: Montecito has two cores and, according top Intel, is twice as fast as the previous single-core.

Iomega intros 70 GB Rev storage drive

San Diego (CA) - Iomega today announced a new version of its Rev backup and storage drive for small and medium-sized business. The new Rev doubles the available storage capacity from 35 to 70 GB on one 2.5" disk.

Ritek ships LabelFlash CD-R, DVD+R/-R discs to Fujifilm

Ritek has begun OEM production of LabelFlash CD-R and DVD+R/-R discs for Fujifilm, with an initial small shipment volume of several million discs a month, according to industry sources.

SGI claims 4.35 TB memory bandwidth on Itanium 2 server

SGI said that it has built 1024-processor Altix 4700 system that has achieved a sustained memory bandwidth of 4.35 TB/s.

'Private Folder' Powertoy still available, though Microsoft removed links

Redmond (WA) - The news this morning was that Microsoft officially withdrew its support of "Private Folder," one of its "Powertoy" accessories for Windows XP - which was released only last week - reacting to complaints about how its folder encryption capability could be used to thwart the designs of system administrators.

Intel to launch dual-core Itanium 2 tomorrow

Intel has been sending out invitations to a product introduction tomorrow, Tuesday 18 July. While the invitation itself is worded in a very fuzzy, there appears to be little doubt that Intel will unveil its new dual-core Itanium 2 processor. "Intel now offers the most advanced high-end computing platform in the world combined with unmatched 'freedom of choice.' Double the performance, increased power efficiency and the freedom to run thousands of applications on multiple operating systems is just the start," the invitation reads.

Lite-On IT to offer 20x DVD burners in Q4

Lite-On IT, given the fact that several global leading brands will follow Japan-based Plextor and unveil 18x DVD burner models this quarter or early next quarter, is preparing to offer 20x DVD burners in the fourth quarter to enhance its competitiveness, according to industry sources.