Samsung readies flash memory for 32 GB solid state disk

Seoul (Korea) - Samsung said that it has begun sampling of 50 nm NAND flash memory chips that are required to build the long announced 32 GB 2.5" solid state disk (SSD). The flash drive is expected to replace traditional hard drives in higher end notebooks and offer significant advantages in data transfer rates as well as power consumption.

Hitachi offers new NAS-aimed multimedia search

The embedded business group division of Hitachi has teamed up with digital home technology provider Blue Peach to offer the NAS Digital Media Server, the flagship device offering the two companies' new multimedia content management system.

Diamond ships PC HDTV tuner

PC component manufacturer Diamond Multimedia today announced that it has begun shipping the HDTV100, a USB PC TV tuner that can receive HD signals, in addition to UHF/VHF and analog cable channels.

Sparkle overclocks Nvidia's 8800 graphics chips

Chicago (IL) - Graphics card vendor Sparkle today said that it has released the "world's first overclocked Geforce 8800 GTX and GTS graphics cards." Compared to the specifications of Nvidia's reference card with core clocks of 575 MHz (GTX) and 500 MHz (GTS) as well as memory clocks of 1800 MHz (GTX) and 1600 MHz (GTS), the Sparkle cards arrive with 630 MHz and 560 MHz cores and 1960 MHz and 1720 MHz memory. Pricing has not been announced.

Quicktime bug poses immediate threat

An exploit in the Apple Quicktime application is the headliner in a project known as the Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB), aimed at unveiling security holes in the Mac OS X operating systems.

New Year worm disguised in celebratory e-mail

As much of a sign of the new year as the big ball in New York City is the sighting of the first spread of a computer worm. In this case, it hit users in the form of an e-mail with the subject line "Happy New Year!"

Via boosts use of self-developed C7 processor in consumer electronics

VIA Technologies, seeing that adoption of its self-developed C7 processor by industrial PC (IPC) makers in Taiwan has been short of expectation, is seeking to deploy its processor in other markets such as digital consumer electronics, entry-level notebook PCs and thin-client PCs, according to industry sources.

Wrapping up the 2006 processor prices story - UPDATE

  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.

OCZ wants a slice of the enthusiast graphics market

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 announces EPIA Mini-ITX platform for x86-based consumer electronics

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.

Wireless USB nears last hurdle before launch of consumer products

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.

65nm Xbox 360 CPUs delayed until mid-2007

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.

Kaspersky antivirus makes its way to Vista

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 provided 500 billion minutes of talking in 2006

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 shows 800 x 480 LCD panel for cellphones

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."

HD DVD encryption cracked?

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.

Optimus OLED keyboard to get 32x32 pixel color keys

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! to support Blu-ray and HD DVD in Q3 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 gets Vista support

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 first out the gate to support Xbox 360 HD DVD drive on the PC

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.