Konica Minolta updates $300 color laser printer

Konica Minolta replaces its entry level 2400W printer with the new 2500W. Offering an identical feature set, the new model comes in a slightly revised design for the same price.

Five million users to participate in Windows Vista RC1 test

Redmond (WA) - Windows Vista is officially out of the beta stage and Microsoft is preparing for the first mass testing of its new operating system. A total of five million RC1 copies will be made available through the company's customer preview program within the next days. Microsoft confirmed pricing and the release dates of the software.

Volume shipments of G965-based motherboards again delayed

Due to a problem with chipset drivers, motherboard makers cannot start shipping products utilizing Intel's G965 Express chipset, sources at Taiwan's motherboard industry indicated.

Samsung ships first samples of compact embedded Flash

Samsung said it has started shipping samples of "MoviNAND" Flash memory modules to "manufactureres of mobile products". The devices combine regular NAND Flash memory with a standard multimedia card (MMC) v.4 controller and onboard firmware. According to Samsung, the technology simplifies the integration of memory into products such as MP3 players, digital cameras and cellphones.

MSI launches Intel G965 and Q965 series motherboards

Micro Star International (MSI) recently introduced a series of motherboards based Intel G965/Q965 chipsets.

Dell reportedly to use about 20 million AMD CPUs

Market sources say that about 20 million Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors will be used in Dell's servers, desktop PCs and notebooks between the fourth quarter of 2006 and the fourth quarter of 2007.

Lite-On It 18x DVD burner shipments to start rising next quarter

Lite-On IT started volume production of 18x DVD burners in July of this year and expects shipments of such burners to begin to increase next quarter, according to industry sources, who noted that Sony launched a 18x Super Multi model in Europe last month and Pioneer will also offer a 18x DVD burner.

Microsoft: Windows Vista RC 1 "complete"

Microsoft took a major step towards the release of Windows Vista on Friday, when Jim Allchin, co-president of the firm's platforms & services division, announced that Windows Vista RC1 is done!"

CPU core control key to power efficiency, says AMD

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD's quad-core architecture won't be released until mid-2007, but the company is already discussing some features of the new Opterons and Athlons. Power consumption will remain a center piece of AMD's product strategy: Clock speed control of the individual cores will allow the chips to remain in the same power envelope as their dual-core predecessors.

Shuttle rolls out Core 2 Duo SFF computer

City of Industry (CA) - Shuttle has rolled out their newest small form factor computer built specially for Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. Running the 975X Express chipset, the Shuttle P2 3700 can support up to 8 GB of RAM and four hard drives. There's even enough space to dual PCI Express graphics cards.

Pretec announces 16 GB USB stick

The next generation of USB sticks is knocking on our doors: Pretec is the first company to announce a device that packs 16 GB of storage space into the form factor of a common USB Flash stick. The new I-Disk II can save the contents of more than three regular DVDs or 23 CDs. There is enough storage space for about 10,000 digital images or 4000 MP3 music files. Pretec claims that the memory stick runs at a speed of 166x, offering a data transfer rate of about 25 MB/s.

TDK shows off 200 GB Blu-ray disc

TDK has announced a prototype Blu-ray disc that can store a massive 200 GB of data. The single-sided, six layer disc can store up to 18 hours of high definition video.

Samsung to raise prices for 17" LCD panels

Samsung Electronics may begin quoting its 17" monitor panels at $125 for September, according to sources.

Samsung Corning to roll out FFL backlight units for 40" range TVs

Having developed flat fluorescent lamp (FFL) backlight units (BLUs) for 32" LCD TVs, Samsung Corning plans to start volume producing FFL BLUs for 40" and 46" TVs soon, the company said.

Pretec releases monster size 8 GB SDHC card

Pretec today announced an 8GB SDHC card, which the company claims is the highest capacity SD card announced so far. Pretec expects mass production of the device by the end of the year.

New NV44-based GPU gives another chance to GeForce 6200 with Turbocache

Graphics cards featuring Nvidia's new GeForce 7100 GS graphics processor unit (GPU), which was recently added to the company's entry-level product lineup, will hit the market in the middle of September, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

STMicroelectronics announces new 32 Mb flash memory for automotive use

STMicroelectronics on August 30 announced a new and enhanced version of its 32 Mb flash memory chip that is intended specifically for the automotive market.

Books for all: Google offers full book downloads

Google has begun offering full-text downloads of many older books. Google's Book search now has a "full view" option which lets people search for full-text books. Web surfers can flip through these one page at a time or they can download the books in PDF format.

"Seamless" triple-monitor announced

Stock traders and flight simulator addicts will probably drool over Seamless Display's new triple-monitor display. The Radius320 display uses special lenses to virtually erase the pesky seam lines between the monitors and gives an almost uninterrupted picture.

AMD's Yokohama Centrino to surface in Q4?

Chicago (IL) - AMD may be closer to a Centrino competitor than many may have expected. According to a media report, AMD and ATI may be introducing a notebook platform, code-named "Yokohama," in the fourth quarter of this year to compete with Intel's recently launched Napa64 platform, which includes the Core 2 Duo processor.