It is our final processor price/performance article of the year - and what a year it was! 2006 not only saw dual-core processors entering the mainstream, it was also a year of new milestone releases and fierce price battles. In short, the heart of your computer deserves your attention again.
As our last installment for 2006, we're going to take a look at the big shifts that happened this year, how we got to where we are today and what we can expect for 2007.
Sunnyvale (CA) - OCZ announced that it will expand its product portfolio from enthusiast memory into the graphics card space. The first device is a card based on Nvidia's 8800 GTX graphics processor with G80 core.
Nvidia's Geforce 8800 GTX and GTS in pictures ...
VIA Technologies has announced VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX motherboards, the company's first series of platforms featuring the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.
Almost three years after it debuted at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), wireless USB remains one of the most promising implementations of ultra wideband (UWB) short-range radio technology, but it is still waiting for its day to hit the market.
According to industry sources, plans to produce CPUs for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console on 65nm at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing will be pushed back until the middle of 2007, at least one quarter behind the original schedule.
In its first introduction to Microsoft's new operating system, Kaspersky Lab has announced support for Windows Vista in its Anti-Virus 6.0 and Internet Security 6.0 personal software products.
Cingular said it logged a record number of airtime minutes used by customers. The service provider claims that more than 500 billion minutes of conversation will have passed through its airwaves by the end of the year.
Hitachi Displays started mass production of 800 x 480 2.9" LCD panels for use in mobile phones, which the company claims is "the industry's first 800 x 480 product as a mobile phone display panel."
On the heels of the first full year of the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle, a new wrinkle has appeared, as a hacker has claimed to have dug into the high-definition format's encoding and decrypt the security measures that prevent the video from being copied.
Art Lebedev, developer and designer of the Optimus-103 keyboard, indicated in a recent post on the Optimus project blog that the OLED keyboard could be shipping in the first half of 2007.
AMD Live! will start supporting Blu-ray and HD DVD in the third quarter of 2007 in line with AMD's hopes to take a bigger share of the multimedia market, according to industry sources.
VMware recently released a new beta version of its virtualization software Workstation 6.0. According to the release notes, the current build 36983 includes support for Windows Vista and multi-monitor systems.
Cyberlink announced a new version of its PowerDVD video playback software. The big news about the "Ultra" version is that it can play movies on HD DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs; but the fine print also reveals that Cyberlink has developed a driver for Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD drive.
Seoul (Korea) - Samsung claims that it has developed the world's first mobile DRAM chip with a density of 1 Gbit. The 80 nm low-power DDR device is aimed for integration in handheld devices such as digital cameras or portable media players.
According to the manufacturer, the chip is about 20% thinner than previous generations, which allows for more headroom when stacking the memory. Also, the company claims that power consumption is down about 30% "over conventional memory chip designs."
Two powerful earthquakes are to blame for ruptures of undersea cables off the coast of Taiwan, causing disrupted Internet access for much of East Asia, with online service being unavailable for up to three weeks in the hardest hit areas.
Redmond (WA) - Even though it has not yet been released to consumers, a security flaw has been spotted in the Windows Vista operating system, which the Associated Press is calling the first one to plague Microsoft's next-generation platform.
Click through the Windows Vista RTM gallery ...
Apple has recently updated a utility for the original iPod Shuffle that fixes the incompatibility between the player and the new version of iTunes. However, the company remains quiet about the entire issue, after experiencing a similar problem just two months ago with iTunes 6.
The G84 IS Nvidia's DirectX 10 entry-level card.
Canon issued a safety advisory today for its PowerShot A530 and A540 digicams.
Sneaking off work early for Friday afternoon drinks will soon be made easier by a mobile phone system that will tell your boss you're still at work while letting your friends know you're on your way.