Dell's first quad-core systems indicate hefty premium for Kentsfield CPU

Dell today began offering the option of adding Intel's upcoming quad-core Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processors to selected models of its PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations. While the official tray price of the desktop CPU QX6700 remains at $1000, Dell will be charging a substantial premium for the privilege of using one of the first quad-core CPUs.

Via launches PCI Express chipset for Via processor platforms

VIA Technologies announced the Via CN800 digital media IGP chipset, featuring support for PCIe and integrated Via UniChrome Pro graphics with hardware MPEG-2 playback and DuoView dual monitor output.

SiS obtains PCI-SIG certification for two chips

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) today announced that its SiS671FX northbridge and SiS968 southbridge have passed PCI Express 1.1 compliance testing conducted by the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), and both products will be soon listed in the PCIe integrators list on the PCI-SIG website.

Intel Roadmap update #2: Flash cache coming to your notebook

Chicago (IL) - In this second edition of our Intel roadmap update, we are focusing on Intel's mobile product lineup for 2007. Similar to the desktop, there aren't big processor plans, with the exception of slight Core 2 Duo T updates. The real news next year will be the Santa Rosa platform: Expect notebooks to run faster with flash cache and see new features such as integrated wireless broadband.

AeroVironment's handheld UAV wins Popular Science award

AeroVironment's handheld and hand thrown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has won Popular Science's award for the Best of What's New in Aviation and Space. The Wasp UAV is the smallest aerial vehicle in used by the United States military, weighing less than one pound and has a wingspan of 1.3 feet.

Texas Instruments introduces first DDR3 memory register

Dallas (TX) - Texas Instruments (TI) today announced what the company claims to be the first fully-integrated register and phase-locked loop (PLL) for DDR3 registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMMs). The chip supports, according to the manufacturer, data rates of 800 to 1066 mega transfers per second (MT/s).

AMD brings X1900 graphics to the Apple Power Mac G5 Quad

AMD has announced the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance, according to the company.

Micro-Star to use Dual CoreCell technology in all motherboards

Micro-Star International (MSI) has applied its self-developed Dual CoreCell optimization technology to its Platinum and Diamond series motherboards and is extending the application to all motherboards in the first quarter of 2007, according to industry sources.

Nvidia announces new drivers for 3D software

Nvidia has announced the immediate availability of its MAXtreme 9 D3D and POWERdraft 2007 - new performance drivers developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, for 3ds Max 9 software and AutoCAD 2007 software.

Xensource promises faster and cheaper virtualization

Xensource has released a beta of its upcoming XenEnterprise 3.1 virtualization software that will be one-fifth the price of VMWare. XenEnterprise will run Windows and Linux operating systems in virtual environments and the company claims it will be even faster than VMWare.

Microsoft lanches 3D maps for Web search

Microsoft said on Monday it introduced three-dimensional maps of 15 U.S. cities in an effort to beef up its Web search offering to better compete with market leader Google.

Core 2 Duo to hit 3 GHz, introduce FSB1333 in Q3 '07

Last week, we had a closer look at AMD's plans how to close the gap to Intel with near- and mid-term products. This week, we will focus on Intel's new products for 2007 as well as the remainder of this year. Intel is in a very comfortable position as it can wait and see: Quad-cores on the high-end, faster dual-cores in the mainstream, coupled with a new chipset, dominate the 2007 roadmap.

Office 2007 spins to gold status

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today announced that it has completed the code for the latest version of its business software suite, Microsoft Office 2007, confirming its availability to businesses this month, and general release to consumers by early next year. Click here to see first impressions from Office 2007 ...

VoodooPC introduces Quad-Core computer

Following yesterday's lifting of the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core NDAs, VoodooPC is now introducing a quad-core powered computer. The enthusiast PC maker is upgrading its Omen line with the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.

Nvidia releases WHQL HD driver, ATI first to offer Vista RTM driver

Nvidia and ATI have updated their graphics drivers with two distinct features: Nvidia is now offering HD DVD and Blu-ray playback capability with Purevideo HD and ATI is first to get a certified driver for the final version Windows Vista out the door.

AMD preps launch of three FX processors for 4x4 platform

AMD remains very secretive about its two-processor 4x4 platform, which aims to decrease the performance gap to Intel's dual-core and upcoming quad-core processors on the very high-end of the enthusiast PC segment. A new roadmap provides more insight in the firm's CPU plans for the next year or so - and indicates that AMD is collecting enough CPU supply to launch 4x4 on a broad basis.

Nvidia enables HD DVD and Blu-ray movies with PureVideo HD technology

Movie lovers can now build a PC to enjoy an HD DVD or Blu-ray experience with the release of new Nvidia ForceWare drivers featuring Nvidia PureVideo HD technology, the graphics company has announced.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 applications to hit market in Q4

After Microsoft rolled out its Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system (OS) for embedded systems on November 1, the company said the OS has already been adopted by numerous makers with end products to hit the market in the fourth quarter.

Ben announces 19" LCD monitors with Windows Vista certification

BenQ recently announced two of its 19" LCD monitors, DP93GX+ and DP93GS, have received Windows Vista Basic certification.

Panasonic eliminates lead in plasma TVs

Today, Panasonic announced that for all of the new Plasma Display Panels (PDPs) released in 2006, none of them contained lead oxide, claiming it has become the world's first company to achieve such a milestone. The electronics manufacturer says that with the elimination of lead, the displays don't weigh as much, and are more environmentally friendly, without compromising picture quality.