Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today said that it has notified its partners that it has accelerated the roadmap for its quad-core processors. The launch has been pulled from the first half of 2007 into the fourth quarter of this year - in time to compete with AMD's 4x4 platform. Intel also indicated that the Pentium brand will move into the value segment of PCs.
New York (NY) - Sony confirmed that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray burner "on or around" 18 August. The model BWU-100A will sell as an internal drive for $750.
MP3 players and memory cards could soon see a substantial upgrade with the arrival of higher-capacity Flash chips that recently have entered mass-production. Samsung says it will ship 8 GB NAND Flash memory chips this quarter and heats up the speculation about a possible 8 GB Ipod Nano to be announced in the not too distant future.
Fujitsu on introduced three Primequest 500-series models that feature the 64-bit Intel dual-core Itanium 2 processor and delivers up to 2.5 times the performance of previous models.
While announcing the success of its design collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on the new 65nm low-power test chip, ARM indicated that shipments of its core processors will grow more than double to hit 4.5 billion units in 2010.
Intel plans to raise the proportion of Merom to over 50% of its notebook processor shipments in the first quarter of 2007, making 64-bit dual-core models the mainstream in the notebook market, according to industry sources.
Matrox Graphics has released a free desktop management utility that lets users organize and save application positions. Matrox PowerSpace works with Matrox multi-display cards and can create up to nine workspaces per display. Workspaces can be toggled on or off via keyboard shortcuts or the PowerSpace task-bar icon.
Santa Clara (CA) - During its five years of existence, the Itanium processor never achieved the glory Intel was hoping for: Itanium has to deal with stiff competition and critics still call it the "Itanic". But Intel holds on to its problem child and sends it into another round: Montecito has two cores and, according top Intel, is twice as fast as the previous single-core.
San Diego (CA) - Iomega today announced a new version of its Rev backup and storage drive for small and medium-sized business. The new Rev doubles the available storage capacity from 35 to 70 GB on one 2.5" disk.
Ritek has begun OEM production of LabelFlash CD-R and DVD+R/-R discs for Fujifilm, with an initial small shipment volume of several million discs a month, according to industry sources.
SGI said that it has built 1024-processor Altix 4700 system that has achieved a sustained memory bandwidth of 4.35 TB/s.
Redmond (WA) - The news this morning was that Microsoft officially withdrew its support of "Private Folder," one of its "Powertoy" accessories for Windows XP - which was released only last week - reacting to complaints about how its folder encryption capability could be used to thwart the designs of system administrators.
Intel has been sending out invitations to a product introduction tomorrow, Tuesday 18 July. While the invitation itself is worded in a very fuzzy, there appears to be little doubt that Intel will unveil its new dual-core Itanium 2 processor.
"Intel now offers the most advanced high-end computing platform in the world combined with unmatched 'freedom of choice.' Double the performance, increased power efficiency and the freedom to run thousands of applications on multiple operating systems is just the start," the invitation reads.
Lite-On IT, given the fact that several global leading brands will follow Japan-based Plextor and unveil 18x DVD burner models this quarter or early next quarter, is preparing to offer 20x DVD burners in the fourth quarter to enhance its competitiveness, according to industry sources.
Round Rock (TX) - In a clarification this morning, Dell Computer communications specialist Liam Nguyen told TG Daily that the company's revised XPS 700, which will be featured with Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor on the day Intel makes its formal announcement, will not be available pre-overclocked by the factory after all. It can, of course, be overclocked by the consumer, Nguyen said.
With Intel's upcoming Core 2 Extreme processor boasting a thermal design point (TDP) of as low as 75 watts, it would appear Intel has regained the advantage over AMD's Athlon 64 FX-62 at 125 watts. But TDP measures power dissipation , not consumption, AMD claims, as part of its campaign to re-educate Intel's would-be customers on the eve of that company's most critical product launch ever.
While introducing several new fabrication tools at the ongoing SEMICON West, Applied Materials indicated that the first ICs manufactured on a 45nm process should be available in 2007, while chips produced at the 32nm node would only be seen after 2007, according to company president and CEO Michael Splinter.
Comments made by an IBM engineering VP in last week's Electronic News have raised concerns about the Sony/Toshiba/IBM alliance's capability to produce Cell processors at the rate, and in the quantities, required by Sony for that company to meet its sales goals for PlayStation 3. IBM indicated that certain redundancies in Cell architecture can compensate for defects in production.
Yes, AMD does intend to drop its prices for Athlon 64 processors, at or about the same time Intel announces its Conroe processor availability later this month. TG Daily re-confirmed the news with AMD spokesperson Damon Muzny. Now that Intel may have at least evened the stakes in the performance-per-watt battle, AMD's plan appears to be to shift the focus to performance-per- dollar.
Westlake Village (CA) - Just about two weeks ahead of the official launch, Core 2 Duo's true performance capability comes to light. In tests conducted by Tom's Hardware Guide, Intel's new processor delivered stunning results, outpacing its AMD rival in almost every discipline. For the first time in about two years, Intel is offering a superior desktop processor that may cause more than just a headache for AMD.