Microsoft to develop future Xbox chips

Chipping away from former and current hardware partners Intel IBM, Microsoft has decided to develop game console processors itself, reports The New York Times. Design and testing of new chips is headed to Microsoft's own internal labs in Redmond, WA and Mountain View, CA.

New Motorola Rokr phone ditches Apple Itunes

Chicago (IL) - Motorola's first generation Rokr phone never met the expectations users had in an Itunes phone. So it is just consequential that the second generation does not only bring a new, more Razr-like design and drops Itunes in favor of another, competing media player. Documents published in the FCC database reveal that the new Rokr will remain a phone that will be very much focused on handling multimedia, but it will be a significant departure from today's model.

Lite-On IT looking to produce Blu-ray Disc drives for HP

With Hewlett-Packard (HP) deciding to adopt the Blu-ray Disc (BD) format for its optical disc drives (ODD), Lite-On IT is actively competing for such orders, according to industry sources.

UMC has doubts about Moore's Law, may soon produce ATI chips on 80 nm

Moving ahead to deeper submicron design rules, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) questions the constancy of Moore's Law, according to company chairman and CEO Jackson Hu.

Internet rumors outlawed in China

China has passed legislation outlawing Internet rumor mongering. According to the law, people who post "defamatory comments" could be fined from 1,000 to 5,000 yuan (about $600) and face jail time. Distributing the comments is also outlawed and organizations like newspapers and websites could face fines of 3,000 to 15,000 yuan.

Apple files for iPhone trademark - rumor

Culver City (CA) - The long rumored Apple iPhone may become a reality soon. According to the Apple Insider, an online rumor site specializing in anonymous news tips, Apple has files for a trademark for the iPhone. The site says the September 15th filing is still under examination. Click here to see the iPhone's competition ...

Nvidia offers performance boosting debugging kit for Linux and Windows

Nvidia is releasing a new version of its NVPerfKit application that promises to find rendering bugs and increase graphical performance. NVPerfKit version 2.1 is a suite of tools designed for analyzing and debugging OpenGL and Direct3D programs on both Linux and Windows. Nvidia claims the kits can increase average performance by as much as 35%.

Nvidia releases Vista graphics drivers

Nvidia announced that it is the first GPU company to ship WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certified graphics drivers for Windows Vista. The version 96.85 Forceware drivers were released for download on 17 October from Nvidia's website.

D-Link adds draft 11n router with upstream QoS and gigabit LAN

D-Link today announced its Xtreme N line of draft 802.11n wireless products including a router that incorporates "intelligent QoS" and gigabit LAN ports.

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 7

Redmond (WA) - Fresh off of the heels of the release of Firefox' latest preview version of its next-generation browser, Microsoft launched a new version of its Internet Explorer browser, the first overall new version in over five years. Microsoft promises ease of use and more security, but has to deal with a vulnerability that was discovered within hours of the browser's release.

Final shipment of Intel Napa products set for end-2008

Intel will complete the last shipment of its 65nm dual-core Yonah processors used in the Napa platform in November of 2008, notebook makers familiar with Intel's latest product roadmap indicated.

NEC develops system-on-glass LCD modules

NEC LCD Technologies has announced the successful development of four new system-on-glass (SOG) LCD modules (LCMs) for personal digital assistants (PDAs) and portable GPS terminals.

D-Link announces WiMAX 802.16-2005 CPE router

D-Link today announced its entry into the WiMAX consumer premise quipment (CPE) market with an 802.16-2005 (formerly 802.16e)-compliant WiMAX router.

Zyxel announces HomePlug AV adapter pair

The PLA-400 HomePlug AV PowerLine Ethernet adapter and PLA-402 HomePlug AV PowerLine and coaxial Ethernet adapter are both spec'd at 200 Mbps maximum throughput and are said to support up to 16 connections "within one household".

Nvidia expected to launch Geforce 8800 on 8 November

November will be one busy month for gadget lovers and gaming enthusiasts.

Sanyo Epson unveils high-resolution cellphone display

Sanyo Epson today said that it has developed a 2.2" cellphone display that is just 1.1 mm thick and can display QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution.

Spectec integrates Wi-Fi in microSD card

SD cards with WiFi compatibility have been around for a while. They are used to provide wireless access to PDAs, smartphones, and other compatible electronics.

LG sweetens phone selection with new Chocolate

Not wanting to get rid of its top-selling handset brand, LG today announced that it will be releasing a new phone unofficially dubbed the new version of the Chocolate.

Quanta reportedly starts test production of $100 notebook

Quanta Computer has started test production for the US$100 notebook project initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, and samples should be available as early as November, according to sources within Taiwan's IC design sector.

Intel looks to attract leading notebook vendors for CBB initiative

Next year, the notebook market may see products based on Intel's Common Building Block (CBB) initiative introduced by leading brands, according to sources.