Ritek ships LabelFlash CD-R, DVD+R/-R discs to Fujifilm

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 claims 4.35 TB memory bandwidth on Itanium 2 server

SGI said that it has built 1024-processor Altix 4700 system that has achieved a sustained memory bandwidth of 4.35 TB/s.

'Private Folder' Powertoy still available, though Microsoft removed links

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 to launch dual-core Itanium 2 tomorrow

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 to offer 20x DVD burners in Q4

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.

Dell says XPS 700 will not ship overclocked after all

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.

AMD: Intel's Conroe power advantage claim based on skewed metric

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.

Applied Materials: First 45nm-process ICs to arrive in 2007

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.

Could 10 - 20% yields for Cell processors lead to problems for Sony PS3?

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.

AMD really will drop Athlon 64 prices to compete with Intel Core 2 Duo

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.

Tom's Hardware: Core 2 Duo smokes AMD's Athlon 64 X2

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.

Revised Dell XPS 700 to feature overclocked Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU

See the upgraded Dell XPS 700, and other revelations, here...

AMD ships first processors manufactured at Chartered

AMD today announced that it began its first revenue shipments of AMD 64 processors that have been manufactured at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore

Bacteria could help future drives hold terabytes of data

A Harvard Medical School professor claims that proteins from murky marshes could form the basis for higher capacity storage devices. Professor Venkatesan Renugopalakrishnan says proteins from the membrane of a salt marsh bacterium can be genetically altered to store data at areal densities of up to 50 terabits per square inch.

Microsoft makes Virtual PC 2004 available for free

In an anticipated move, Microsoft released Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1, its virtual desktop computer BIOS and environment for Windows XP, to the general public for a free download.

Microsoft's Private Folder application may not be so private

Westlake Village (CA) - Yesterday we wrote about Microsoft's free Private Folder 1.0 application that encrypts and password protects a folder on a desktop. Thanks to the astute eyes of one of our readers and according to a closer look into the application, the contents of the folder may not be so private. Reader Johnny Granlund emailed us this morning saying that he was able to access the folder simply by rebooting into Safe Mode. The question however remained - are the contents in the private folder still protected?

Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.

HP may ship color version of Lightscribe later this year

Careful reading of the Lightscribe user guide included with Hewlett-Packard's Lightscribe-capable DVD burners reveals an expansion of the CD labeling technology. Lightscribe CD and DVD burners use specially coated recordable CDs and DVDs to directly "etch" labels onto the discs.

Lite-On IT may offer SATA DVD burners in Q4

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, is planning production of DVD burners supporting the SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) interface standard, according to industry sources.

Sun luring enterprise customers away from Intel

Santa Clara (CA) - Sun today announced new AMD-based performance datacenter servers, which can carry up to 16 processors or up to 24 TB of storage space in one 4U chassis. The new models are squarely aimed at the Intel-based competition and Sun hopes that the sparkling AMD Opteron brand will once again fuel the firm's growth in the x86 server segment.