Microsoft reduces feature set in pirated copies of Vista

Redmond (WA) - Windows Vista will introduce new tools that aim to make pirated versions less attractive and prompt users to activate a legally obtained copy of the operating system. Deeply integrated into the core of the software, Microsoft will reserve functionality such as the Aero Glass interface and Flash acceleration for Windows Vista versions that are validated.

Tight supply of low-end CPUs delivers uncertainty for Q4

Charles Chou, an analyst at Fubon Securities, commented that the tight supply of low-end Intel Celeron and AMD Socket AM2 Sempron CPUs became apparent in the middle of September, with the two chip vendors gearing up to accelerate each platform's transition by the fourth quarter of 2006.

AMD validates 65nm CPU production at Chartered

Industry sources noted that AMD has validated its 65 nm CPU production at Singapore-based foundry Chartered Semiconductor and volume production of AMD's 65 nm CPU lineup at Chartered is slated for the first half of 2007.

IBM releases new lower power PowerPC processors

IBM has introduced two single-core PowerPC processors that use up to 50% less power than previous models. The PowerPC 750CL is a 32-bit processor with speeds ranging from 400MHz to 1GHz. The 970GX is a much more powerful 32 and 64-bit chip that runs from 1.2 to 2.5 GHz.

Amazon's A9 search drops block view & yellow pages

Amazon-owned A9 never had much consumer usage but it was one of the most innovative and interesting search engines, with many distinctive features.

Alienware vs. VoodooPC, 3 years out

Analyst Rob Enderle looks for TG Daily into his crystal ball: The market for gaming PCs is about to go through some massive changes as the Dell acquisition of Alienware and the HP acquisition of VoodooPC matures. Join us for a look ahead to see what could result from the deals, assumed both will be successful. How will Alienware and VoodooPC compete with each other in the future?

Ageia physics SDK now supports Vista 64-bit, Linux

Ageia today announced version 2.6 of its "PhysX" software development kit (SDK), which integrates support for different Linux flavors as well as the 64-bit variant of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

AMD to release first 65 nm processors in December

Chicago (IL) - AMD will keep to its promise to ship its first 65 nm processors by the end of this year. The limited supply of the new chip generation, code-named "Brisbane", will be flanked by 90 nm dual-core CPUs with increased clock speed and more L2 cache: Three new processors, led by the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, will bring AMD closer to the performance of Intel's Core 2 Duo.

AMD to postpone DDR3 adoption, first quad-core K8L resident Socket AM2+

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has postponed launch of its Socket AM3 processors to the middle of 2008, from an originally scheduled third-quarter 2007, according to motherboard makers.

AMD to ship 90% of desktop CPUs at 65 nm by end-2007

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is proceeding to switch 90% of its desktop-processor production to the 65 nm node by the end of 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD's latest roadmap.

AMD to launch quad-core K8L platform in Q3 2007

AMD has indicated to motherboard makers that it will advance the launch of its quad-core K8L desktop platform to the third quarter of 2007, according to sources at the motherboard makers.

Notebook makers scramble for CPU supply

Unexpectedly strong demand in the notebook market has resulted in CPU shortages, sending notebook makers scrambling to secure CPU supply for the fourth-quarter high season, according to industry sources.

Maxtor hard drives get Seagate genes

Seagate today introduced new hard drives under the recently acquired Maxtor brand. The desktop series has been "refreshed" and there is a new Maxtor mobile hard drive - both now carry the core technology of other Seagate drives, but will not offer the same capacities of their more premium sister models.

Nvidia to launch DirectX 10 chip in mid-November

Nvidia is expected to announce the world's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), in the middle of November, graphics card makers revealed.

Lite-On IT to start volume production of Blu-ray disc burner

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, recently unveiled a Blu-ray Disc (BD) burner.

Toshiba unveils slim HD DVD write drive for notebooks

Toshiba on October 2 unveiled a slim HD DVD drive for notebooks, the SD-L902A, that can read and write to HD DVD, standard DVD and CD discs with sample shipments of the new drive scheduled to start by year-end.

IBM, Infineon, Chartered and Samsung tape out 45nm chips

The collaboration between IBM, Infineon Technologies, Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics on 45nm production process has progressed, with the first tape out proceeding at IBM's 12" fab, and other members of the alliance stating they are on schedule to introduce their own production by end of 2006, according to officials from the companies at a recent Chartered technology forum in Santa Clara.

HTC to ship Ipaq rx5915 to HP in October

High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to begin volume shipments of the Ipaq rx5915 GPS-enabled PDA to Hewlett-Packard (HP) this month, according to market sources.

Sony Reader is a work in progress

Electronic Jane on the left, paper Jane on the right. Holding a paperback version of Pride and Prejudice next to the Sony Reader's prerelease e-book version is a study in similarities and contrasts.

GPUs to increase Folding@Home processing power up to 500x

Palo Alto (CA) - Stanford University's Folding@Home project today announced a new software that will enable the use of graphics cards within the distributed computing project. Project leaders will tap into the floating point horsepower of graphics chips and hope to see a massive jump in processing power that can lead to more research results in less time.