With ATI focused on AMD, new opportunities seen for VIA and SiS

Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI's rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated.

Tul launches PowerColor X1950 graphics cards for enthusiasts

Tul, a Taiwan-based provider of ATI-based graphic cards, on August 24 introduced its PowerColor X1950 XTX and CrossFire graphic cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

A closer look at ATI's current price/performance lead over Nvidia

Markham (Ontario) - As we reported yesterday, in the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled Tuesday from PriceGrabber and Froogle, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.

Logitech puts a double-spin on mice

Fremont (CA) - Computer mice are fairly boring devices and companies have tried adding lasers, vibration sensors and scrolling wheels to spice them up. Now Logitech has announced its new MX and VX Revolution mouse line that has not one, but two metal scrolling wheels that can scroll through thousands of pages in a single flick. The wheel can also select words inside of documents or search the Internet.

Apple increases its share in the notebook market, but desktop sales decline

Global shipments of Apple Computer's Intel-based laptops totaled 780,000-800,000 units in the second quarter of this year, with the MacBook becoming a hot model in the mainstream market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers, citing data available from IDC and Gartner Dataquest.

ATI releases first GDDR4 memory graphics card

Markham (ON) - ATI today announced two new high-end and two entry-level graphics cards. The Radeon X1950 series carries the firm's brand-new R580 graphics chip and introduces GDDR4 graphics memory running at 2 GHz to enthusiasts. The manufacturer claims that the new cards X1950 XTX flagship card beats the performance of rivaling dual-GPU solutions.

Wholesale USB flash stick prices sink to new lows

Hong Kong (China) - Just how low can USB flash stick prices go? Try $12.99 for a 1 GB USB flash stick. Starline International Group is selling USB sticks as a promotional offer, but the average consumer can't exactly run out and buy them. A minimum quantity must be ordered and the company requires several days of lead time to produce them.

Nvidia disputes Dell XPS 700 customer assertions of inaccurate parts list

Santa Clara (CA) - This afternoon, senior Nvidia spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo disputed the likelihood of reports emerging from Dell that the first Pentium D 900-series-based XPS 700 units being shipped do not contain Nvidia's top-of-the-line nForce 590 chipset as advertised, but instead a solution reached in Dell's own laboratories. "Based on my understanding," Del Rizzo told TG Daily this afternoon, "they are in fact using the Nvidia nForce 590 SLI MCP."

Core 2 Duo processors now included in Tom's Hardware's CPU charts

Tom's Hardware has updated its interactive CPU charts with the latest processors from Intel and AMD.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 invades AMD territory on price/performance chart

Santa Clara (CA) - The latest round of seasonal CPU charts updates from Tom's Hardware Guide reveals what we expected, now that we've had a chance to test Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 dual-core CPU: At $247 average selling price, according to today's figures from PriceGrabber, it could be the most powerful CPU you can buy today for the fewest dollars...at least until figures from the E6300 are tallied.

BFG announces Nforce 590 motherboard

BFG will is gearing up to offer its first SLI motherboard. The company today announced that it will be launching an Nforce 590 SLI-based motherboard in October.

Motherboard makers prepare shift of ATI chipsets to AMD-based solutions

The impact of a combined AMD-ATI Technologies has begun to be felt in Taiwan, with motherboard makers likely to reduce or even suspend their efforts to develop Intel-based motherboards built utilizing chipsets from ATI, while switching more resources to manufacturing models with ATI's AMD-based chipsets, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Lite-On IT to produce HD-DVD burners in March 2007

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007.

ATI improves OpenGL and Direct3D performance with Catalyst 6.8 driver

ATI today released a new version of its Catalyst driver package. The eighth update for this year focuses on OpenGL and Direct3D applications which improve game performance by up to 30%, ATI claims.

AMD: '4x4' launch on course for second half, but not immediately

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Abit intros Intel quad-core motherboard

Abit announced its AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards which can be used with Intel's current LGA775 processors such as the Pentium D and Core 2 Duo as well as future quad-core versions of the Core 2 Extreme CPU ("Kentsfield").

Hannstar to roll out 17" widescreen monitor panels

Hannstar Display plans to begin producing 17" widescreen monitor panels in small volumes in October.

Renesas: 90nm dual-core MCU for automotive to hit market by 2010

Renesas Technology anticipates that its dual-core microcontroller (MCU) for automotive vehicles could hit the market by 2010 at the latest, and possibly as early as 2008.

Intel roadmap confirms 2.67 GHz quad-core Core 2 Extreme

Chicago (IL) - A new version of a roadmap distributed by Intel to its closest partners lists the upcoming quad-core "Kentsfield" as the new flagship of the firm's desktop processor portfolio. The new Core 2 Extreme will arrive with a clock speed of 2.67 GHz, more L2 cache and substantially higher power consumption.

Apple releases Boot Camp beta update

Apple today released version 1.1 beta of its Boot Camp software that allows Apple users to run MacOS X side by side with Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac.