Promos 1 Gbit DDR3 samples to be available in H1 2007

DRAM vendor Promos Technologies announced that its third 300mm facility (Fab 4), which will be built in Daya Township, Taichung County, will mainly operate as a DRAM fab, but the company does not reject the idea to allocate some capacity there for manufacturing NAND flash memory chips.

SiS662 chipset launched

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) today announced the SiS662 chipset, which is targeted at mainstream computer systems based on Pentium 4 and dual-core Pentium D processors.

Apple's new "Emac" is a $900 Imac

Cupertino (CA) - Time for a change: Apple today replaced the Emac computer, which resembled the look of the first-generation CRT Imac, with an updated version that sports the design of the current system. The "education configuration" is available from $900 and is priced $100 below from regular Imac computers.

Samsung sends GDDR4 graphics memory into mass production

San Jose (CA) - Graphics cards could soon see a boost in speed with the next generation of graphics memory having entered the first stage of mass production. Samsung says that the technology is able to process images about 33% faster than today's GDDR3 memory. Samsung manufactures the first GDDR4 memory modules in 80 nm and claims that each in input/output pin of the memory has a data processing bandwidth of 2.4 Gb/s, which compares to about 2.0 Gb/s of GDDR3 memory.

Nvidia preps 7900-series cards with HDCP support

Nvidia will launch upgraded versions of the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT graphics cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) between July and the middle of August, with the cards continuing to be manufactured by Flextronics, according to sources at Taiwan graphics card makers.

Benq to ship Blu-ray burner next month

Benq is planning to ship its BW1000 Blu-ray burner to Europe next month. The unit can read and write to 25 GB and 50 GB Blu-ray discs at up to 2X speeds, which equals about 9 MB per second. The BW1000 will also burn older DVDs and CDs.

Latest browser bug crashes IE6

Security researchers have found a new bug that can crash patched versions of Internet Explorer 6. The code and a demonstration link are available on the "Browser Fun" blog, which posts browser exploit code.

SEC approves merger of GameStop and Electronics Boutique

US retailers GameStop and Electronics Boutique have cleared another hurdle in their bid to merge following the approval of the deal by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. US retailers GameStop and Electronics Boutique have cleared another hurdle in their bid to merge following the approval of the deal by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The companies announced that the proposed merger had been "declared effective" yesterday and share prices rose steeply as a result.

ASUS A7M266-D Dual Athlon Motherboard

For those of you who think that two processors are better than one, ASUS just announced the release of the A7M266-D socket A motherboard with dual Athlon MP processor support.