Freescale first to put MRAM into mass production

Austin (TX) - Freescale, the former semiconductor arm of Motorola, today announced commercial availability of magneto-resistive random access memory, short MRAM. The technology could become a threat to common memory technologies such as SRAM, DRAM and even Flash, but faces the challenge to catch up with the capacity of its established competition.

No AMD K8L processor for AM3 socket until 2008, say sources

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recently indicated that its new K8L processor for its next-generation Socket AM3 platform will not be available until 2008, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

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.

Samsung intros Z5 MP3 players

Samsung hopes to challenge Apple's MP3 player dominance with the new YP-Z5 line of players. The flash players come in 1 to 4 GB capacities and seem to be squarely aimed at Apple's Ipod Nano players. The Z5 players are slightly larger than the Nano, sporting a larger 1.8" display and promise to have a longer battery life.

Microsoft releases Activesync update

Microsoft has posted a new version of its Activesync software for Windows Mobile devices. Version 4.2 can synchronize handhelds with data on a PC via Bluetooth, USB or an infrared connection.

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.

Microsoft denies demoing 'Ipod killer' to music industry execs

Redmond (WA) - In a carefully worded response this morning, a Microsoft spokesperson denied his company's participation in a demonstration of a portable music device capable of wireless networking to music industry executives, calling a Bloomberg report on Wednesday and a Associated Press report this morning "speculation and rumors." However, the spokesperson stopped short of denying a demonstration of such a device from someone took place.

South Korea to block VoIP to U.S. military bases - report

at between American VoIP companies and the South Korean government has threatened to shut down a communications channel between U.S. soldiers and their families. The South Korean Ministry of Information and Communications, their rough equivalent to our FCC, is trying to block and shut down several VoIP services including AT&T CallVantage, Lingo, Skype and Vonage.

"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.

Motorola to roll out mobile Wimax solutions in 2007

Motorola plans to start volume production of mobile Wimax (802.16e) solutions, including network infrastructure and data cards, in 2007, with the company likely to cooperate with Taiwan-based makers to develop terminal-end products, according to Fang Yuan, technology director for the networking and business communications unit of Motorola Greater China.

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.

Lexar recalls hot flash drives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Lexar have issued a recall of about 66,000 flash drives.

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.

Pittsburgh downtown to get limited free Wi-Fi access

Pittsburgh (PA) - Following cities such as San Francisco and New Orleans, Pittsburgh downtown will also offer a free Wi-Fi network to computer users. However, free access will not only be limited in speed, but also to maximum of two hours per day. Higher bandwidths are available through paid service plans.

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.

Intel to begin volume production of Rosedale 2 and Ofer-R WiMAX chips by year-end 2006

Intel is set to begin volume production of its second-generation WiMAX chips, the Rosedale 2 as well as its WiFi/WiMAX dual mode chip, the Ofer-R, by the end of this year, according to market sources who are familiar with Intel's roadmap.

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).