ATI hits first with HDMI and HDCP

A flurry of new graphics cards featuring HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports and supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) are set to hit the market this summer, with graphics card vendors GeCube and Sapphire announcing products in the past few days, while Tul will soon announce its HDCP-supporting PowerColor X1600 Pro.

Intel aims for 32 cores by 2010

Chicago (IL) and Westlake Village (CA) - Five years ago, Intel envisioned processors running at 20 GHz by the end of this decade. Today we know that the future will look different. CPUs will sacrifice clock speed over core count: Intel's first "many core" CPU, will run at only two thirds of the clock speed of today's fastest Xeon CPU - but achieve 15x the performance, thanks to 32 cores.

Via rolls out mini chipset for UMPCs

Miniaturization of hardware components that use less power the today's devices will be critical for the success of future ultra mobile PCs, short UMPCs. Via is taking the segment seriously and if first to offer a single-chipset solution - a package that combines northbridge and southbridge - that is targeted for use in UMPCs.

"Print" key derails copy protection in first-gen HD software

Copy protection has never been more sophisticated than in the high-definition age: An armada of hardware and software aims to fend off hackers and restrict access to high-definition content and prevent especially movies from being copied. But at least for now, you don't have to take the back road to disable HD copy protection. Just use the front door.

AUO to launch more widescreen panels in H2

AU Optronics (AUO) will launch a series of widescreen panels in the second half of 2006 to pad out its widescreen panel line up, the company said.

Asian Excel versions hit by spreadsheet vulnerability

Security company Secunia identified a new vulnerability in Asian versions of Microsoft Excel style sheets that theoretically allows malicious code to be executed.

Microsoft to issue seven security updates on 11 July

Microsoft is preparing a total of seven security patches for Windows and Office in is security update package for July.

Microsoft includes Encarta with Student software

Microsoft will offer an updated version of its "Student" software that includes a few new features as well as the encyclopedia Encarta Premium 2007.

Microsoft to offer "bridge" to ODF in Office 2007

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft is bending to the forces promoting the Open Document Format (ODF) and announced that it will be offering an open-source add-in for Office 2007 applications that will be able to translate its Open XML formats into ODF.

Microsoft approves Intel 915 chipsets for Vista

Although Intel is experiencing heavy GP chipset (915GM) inventory pressure as it transitions to the Napa platform, industry players noted that the chip giant may gain relief from Microsoft, which has approved the 915GM chipset - as well as the desktop 915G IGP chipset - for supporting the Vista operating system (OS).

Promos 1 Gbit DDR3 samples to be available in H1 2007

DRAM vendor Promos Technologies announced that its third 300mm facility (Fab 4), which will be built in Daya Township, Taichung County, will mainly operate as a DRAM fab, but the company does not reject the idea to allocate some capacity there for manufacturing NAND flash memory chips.

SiS662 chipset launched

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) today announced the SiS662 chipset, which is targeted at mainstream computer systems based on Pentium 4 and dual-core Pentium D processors.

Apple's new "Emac" is a $900 Imac

Cupertino (CA) - Time for a change: Apple today replaced the Emac computer, which resembled the look of the first-generation CRT Imac, with an updated version that sports the design of the current system. The "education configuration" is available from $900 and is priced $100 below from regular Imac computers.

Samsung sends GDDR4 graphics memory into mass production

San Jose (CA) - Graphics cards could soon see a boost in speed with the next generation of graphics memory having entered the first stage of mass production. Samsung says that the technology is able to process images about 33% faster than today's GDDR3 memory. Samsung manufactures the first GDDR4 memory modules in 80 nm and claims that each in input/output pin of the memory has a data processing bandwidth of 2.4 Gb/s, which compares to about 2.0 Gb/s of GDDR3 memory.

Nvidia preps 7900-series cards with HDCP support

Nvidia will launch upgraded versions of the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT graphics cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) between July and the middle of August, with the cards continuing to be manufactured by Flextronics, according to sources at Taiwan graphics card makers.

Benq to ship Blu-ray burner next month

Benq is planning to ship its BW1000 Blu-ray burner to Europe next month. The unit can read and write to 25 GB and 50 GB Blu-ray discs at up to 2X speeds, which equals about 9 MB per second. The BW1000 will also burn older DVDs and CDs.

Latest browser bug crashes IE6

Security researchers have found a new bug that can crash patched versions of Internet Explorer 6. The code and a demonstration link are available on the "Browser Fun" blog, which posts browser exploit code.