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.

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.

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.

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.

SEC approves merger of GameStop and Electronics Boutique

US retailers GameStop and Electronics Boutique have cleared another hurdle in their bid to merge following the approval of the deal by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. US retailers GameStop and Electronics Boutique have cleared another hurdle in their bid to merge following the approval of the deal by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The companies announced that the proposed merger had been "declared effective" yesterday and share prices rose steeply as a result.

ASUS A7M266-D Dual Athlon Motherboard

For those of you who think that two processors are better than one, ASUS just announced the release of the A7M266-D socket A motherboard with dual Athlon MP processor support.