Business Vista, Office slated for November 30

Barely meeting the announced November release date for the business versions of Office 2007 and the operating system Windows Vista, Microsoft has confirmed that the two software products will be released on 30 November.

Lite-On IT said to ship 18x LightScribe DVD burners to HP in November

While Lite-On IT is expected to start shipping 18x DVD burners to Hewlett-Packard (HP) this month, the growing tension in competition between Lite-On IT, Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) facilitated OEM prices to further drop, according to sources at Taiwan-based optical disk drive (ODD) makers.

Intel 'Kentsfield' quad-core benchmarks to flood the Net

Culver City (CA) - You can expect a flood of benchmarks for Intel's quad-core 'Kentsfield' processor to hit the Internet in the next day. Intel's latest chip is officially called the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and is an enthusiast chip aimed at high-end gamers, graphical artists and others who run multi-threaded applications. Early benchmarks from Tom's Hardware Guide show the chip easily beating previous generation Core 2 Duo processors in some benchmarks, but the new chip is only marginally better in other tests.

Samsung paves way to flash chips with 16 GB capacity

Flash memory continues to expand its memory capacity on a fast pace. Samsung said that it has developed a way to mass-produce a multi-chip flash package that could soon bring compact 16 GB devices for a variety of portable products, including MP3 players and cellphones.

Third quarter chip inventories remain high

Semiconductor inventories remained high in the third quarter, according to market firm iSuppli. Inventories for global electronic companies, including AMD and Intel, are hovering at $3.9 billion dollars and could linger on until after the holiday season.

Microsoft Office Live goes live November 15

Adding to its expansive line of products sporting the Office name, Microsoft today announced that it will launch Office Live, a robust Web hosting service, on 15 November. The service will be available in both a free, ad-supported version as well as a premium, fee-based package.

New Catalyst driver accelerates Intel 965 Crossfire configurations

ATI today released version 6.10 of its Catalyst driver package for Radeon graphics cards. The company claims that the tenth installment of this year has received Crossfire D3D driver improvements and got better at handling large vertex meshes. According to ATI, the changes will result in a 6.7 - 15.8% gain in 3DMark2006 scores, 9.7-10.5% in 3DMark2005 and up to 7.1% in 3DMark2003.

Microsoft shows off retail packaging for Vista, Office 07

Retail packaging has never been anything special for previous versions of Microsoft's market-dominating operating system and business application suites of software, but Microsoft is changing that convention with the packaging for Office 2007 and its Vista operating system.

Tul unveils PowerColor X1650 XT in PCIe and AGP

Tul, a Taiwan-based graphics card supplier, has announced the PowerColor X1650 XT, its second graphics card to include a chipset manufactured at 80nm process and to feature the new CrossFire Bridge Interconnect.

Sharp introduces 12.1" SVGA transflective display

Sharp Microelectronics has introduced a new 12.1" TFT LCD for outdoor and bright ambient applications in transportation, industrial, retail, medical and other markets.

Kingston offers 2 GB notebook memory modules

Kingston expanded its "Value RAM" mainstream notebook memory with 2 GB modules. The SO-DIMMs are available in 533 MHz (CAS 4, 5) and 667 MHz (CAS 4, 5) versions.

Gateway introduces factory over-clocked desktop computer

Irvine (CA) - Gateway is trying to take all the guesswork out of over-clocking with its new factory over-clocked FX530 desktop PC. The computer will come with Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processors and ATI x1900 or x1950 graphics cards. Over-clocked processors traditionally have rarely failed, but Gateway is offering a one-year limited warranty on the FX530.

PowerColor debuts X1650 XT graphics card

Graphics card supplier TUL Corporation today announced the PowerColor X1650 XT graphics processing unit (GPU). According to the company, it is the second GPU to be manufactured at 80nm fabrication process and to feature CrossFire Bridge Interconnect technology. It will be available in both a PCI-E and AGP versions.

Epson develops frame buffer embedded digital video encoder for NTSC and PAL systems

Seiko Epson has announced the S1D13771 digital video encoder LSI to be added to digital video systems for TV output from embedded products. With a built-in display buffer, high-performance DAC and high-quality scalar providing bi-cubic input/output scaling, the S1D13771 enables the production of high-quality TV output with low material cost, according to the company.

OSD introduces 7" WVGA LED-based TFT LCD

OSD Displays has introduced a new 7" WVGA transflective TFT LCD with white LED backlighting. This new low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) TFT LCD is fully Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant, according to the company.

LGE opens new PDP module plant in Mexico

LG Electronics (LG) said it started operations at its PDP (plasma display panel) module plant in Mexico on October 25, 2006, according to a press release from the company.LGE started building its PDP module faculties in Reynosa, Mexico in early 2006 with the plant to assemble PDPs from LGE's Gumi plant in South Korea.

First 7/7.5G LCD plant in China expected online by 2009, says research firm

China-based Shanghai SVA-NEC Liquid Crystal Display (SVA-NEC) will be the first China panel maker to invest in a seventh-generation (7G)/7.5G TFT LCD plant with the plant expected to come online in 2009 at the soonest, according to research firm Displaybank.SVA-NEC's 6G plant will also enter mass production in 2008.

Fujitsu updates notice, reports Sony battery incident

On October 24, 2006, Fujitsu received a report from a customer in Japan that a Fujitsu notebook with a battery pack subject to a recent replacement program by Sony had an incident in which the battery pack overheated and sparked. After investigating the incident together with Sony, it has been concluded that the incident resulted from the Sony-made battery pack, and Fujitsu is now pursuing further detailed investigations.

QuickVid - Logitech Z10 Speakers

Culver City (CA) - Logitech is trying to spice up normally boring speakers with its new Z10 series. The speakers have a touch-sensitive control panel and an LCD panel that can display CPU and RAM usage along with typical song information. You can see the speakers in operation in the following video.

Red Hat promises to keep charging customers double

Red Hat has struck out against Oracle's Linux support move by reassuring customers that it won't lower its prices.