Did Intel rig its integrated graphics chip demo against AMD?

San Francisco (CA) - Intel's demonstration of its G965 integrated graphics chip at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose was impressive, but was it a true comparison against AMD's discrete graphics cards? Now AMD is claiming that the test of video playback against the company's ATI discrete X1600 graphics card could have been misconfigured.

Analyst opinion: Putting the “Lust” back into a performance PC

Rob Enderle is wondering why we have 1000-horsepower cars on the street and aren’t shy showing off the performance of supercars, while we are hiding the performance of modern PCs under our desks. Why is it that PCs have to be boring and how would a Bugatti PC look like? Share your opinion with us!

AMD launches toolkit for mobile games

AMD is putting more focus on the mobile graphics market, as it tries to bring Xbox 360 visuals to cell phones.

Matrox announces triple-display box with DVI interfaces

Matrox will be shipping a new version of its TripleHead2Go device, which enables users to connect up to three monitors to one graphics port. The new “Digital Edition” integrates DVI interfaces and offers a new feature that smoothes transitions between multiple screens.

Micron announces HD image sensors for digicams, camcorders

Your next digital camera could be recording video in high-definition: Micron today said that it is sampling a 5 megapixel CMOS image senor that can record video in 720p resolution at 60 fps.

WeatherBug releases new Vista gadget

Throwing its hat into the limited Vista gadget arena, WeatherBug today announced that it has received certification from the new Windows operating system for a desktop weather application.

Microsoft takes another shot at JPEG with HD Photo format

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has been working on its own image format for some time: First information about the Windows Media Photo format became available a little over a year ago. Now Microsoft is ready to let users test the new format, renamed to “HD Photo,” in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

AT&T, Verizon working on remotely controlling DVRs

Verizon and AT&T are concurrently working on new services that will allow users to control TV-connected DVRs from their cell phones.

Berlin in 3D in Google Earth

Hamburg, Germany, announced a few weeks ago that it planned to become the first 3D city for Google Earth, but Germany’s capital has won the race in the end: The city today published a plug-in for Google Earth that includes more than 44,000 buildings in 3D. Extra: Slideshow

Adobe to extend Photoshop with animation, rendering features

Adobe today said that it will unveil two versions of its flagship image editing software Photoshop on March 27. In addition to the regular “CS3” version, there will be a “CS3 Extended” package that will integrate animation and rendering capabilities.

Intel to improve video, vertex shading in its IGCs

Intel is trying to convince entry-level gamers to accept integrated graphics with a new hardware vertex shader for its G965 graphics chip. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the company showed off some demos of popular first person shooters on the chip and also challenged journalists to pick out the integrated graphics-powered computer against a computer running a discrete card.

Samsung ships first hybrid hard drive

Samsung has begun shipping what the company claims is the first hybrid hard drive on the market. The new MH80 series is making its way to “select OEM customers” and will be available in retail outlets soon, the manufacturer said.

Archos unveils new WiFi PMP

Denver (CO) - Archos today introduced a new portable media player that it says is the first of its kind with a 7" screen and Wi-Fi capabilities. The Archos 704-WiFi has a screen resolution of 800 x 400 pixels and is presented in a 5"x7" size.  The device comes with an 80 GB internal hard drive, enough for around 100 hours of video.

AnyDVD HD now copies Blu-ray discs, too

St. John’s (Antigua) – Slysoft claims to have bypassed virtually any copy protection technology that is integrated in the high-definition disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray. Following the previously announced HD DVD ripper, the software now also supports Blu-ray discs and allows you to play both formats on computers without HDCP chips.

Samsung's UMPC runs Windows Vista

Samsung announced today that its Q1P ultra mobile PC (UMPC) is its first UMPC to get Windows Vista certification.

Fujitsu intros first 2.5” 7200 rpm hard drive with SATA 2.5 interface

Tokyo (Japan) – Fujitsu today announced the first 7200 rpm notebook hard drives that come with a 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA 2.5 interface, as opposed to the widely available 1.5 Gb/s port. The new MHW2 BJ series drives effectively double the maximum data throughput from 150 MB/s to 300 MB/s. According to the manufacturer, the platters of the drives, which are available in 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB capacities, spin with 7200 rpm and enable a read seek time of 10.5 ms and a write seek time of 12.5 ms.  

Nvidia introduces two high-end workstation graphics cards

Are you a CAD or raytracing professional with several thousand dollars to burn? If so then Nvidia has two brand new Quadro cards for you.

SATA revision 2.6 addresses SFF PC and UMPC needs

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has posted a revision of the SATA specification, which includes enhancements for native command queuing and small form factor environments.

Analysis: AMD mainstream CPU prices hit record lows in U.S. retail

Columbus (OH) - Following a later than expected launch of the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ and 6000+ processors, prices of AMD’s mainstream CPUs have dropped to levels lower than we've seen over the past 21 weeks. AMD is in a critical phase where it needs to stabilize its processor prices and maintain competitiveness with Intel at the same time. Consumers are benefiting from a competition that is still heating up.

Samsung announces mass production of 60 nm DRAM

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has begun mass producing DRAM modules with 60 nanometer technology.