Although notebook makers noted that news concerning a Vista launch delay would not affect sales this quarter, Microsoft's Vista free upgrade coupon, due to be available in October, will drive more consumers to purchase a PC in the fourth quarter and PC makers expect the hot season effect to last through the first quarter of 2007.
TomTom, a manufacturer of GPS (global positioning system) navigation products, will launch GPS PNDs (portable navigation devices) with a small-size screen of 2.8" - the first time this screen size has been offered under the TomTom brand - according to OEM makers in Taiwan.
Wireless broadband capability will soon extend beyond today's PC cards that typically limit their use to notebooks that still include such a slot. We recently got a sneak preview of Sierra Wireless' external USB EVDO modem and it appears that Anydata will also be rolling out such a device soon.
Anydata received FCC approval for their ADU-E100D modem, paving the way for an introduction in the near future. The device has a footprint slightly larger than a business card and will weigh 124 g (about 4 ounces), including the integrated battery, and connects to a PC via USB 2.0.
Cable Internet service is usually fast, but apparently not fast enough for Charter Communications: The company is rolling out a 10 Mb/s (downlink, 1 Mb/s up) service. Charter partners with F-Secure to provide anti-virus, anti-spyware and root-kit detection services. Customers will also receive personal firewall software.
Espoo (Finland) - Nokia has struck a deal with Microsoft to embed a mobile version of its Live Search into select Nokia phones. The service will allow users to search for specific items such as stock prices and loval movie show times from their cellphone.
Predominantly available for the Nokia N-series of multimedia smartphone handsets, Live Search will complement the existing Mobile Search platform that comes pre-installed on Nokia's high-end phones. Live Search will also be available on select models on Nokia's line of series 60 phones.
ATI released a new version of its Catalyst graphics driver. Besides the usual game performance improvements, ATI claims that the 6.9 package adds dual-graphics support to motherboards based on Intel's 965 chipset for Core 2 Duo processors.
Intel plans to introduce the Pentium D 935 and Core 2 Duo E4300 desktop CPUs, priced at $133 and $163 respectively, in January 2007, motherboard makers have revealed.
Seiko Epson has developed the world's slimmest electronic paper (e-paper), according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
Ramtron International, a developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has expanded its portfolio of serial memory products with the launch of the FM24C512, a half-megabit nonvolatile FRAM product with an industry standard 2-wire serial interface.
Further strengthening its portfolio of 3G devices, Nokia on Wednesday unveiled the Nokia 6288, a 3G slide phone that features a video playback capability.
AMD today announced a first wave of companies that are "evaluating" the firm's "Torrenza" platform. According to AMD, Cray, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM and Sun Microsystems "have endorsed Torrenza as an open innovation initiative" and are currently "evaluating" the AMD technology.
Santa Clara (CA) - In what has become an almost daily occurrence, another Dell laptop has caught on fire, this time at Yahoo's Silicon Valley research center in Santa Clara. The fire caused several hundred employees to stream out of the office tower, but fortunately no one was injured. Employees returned to work approximately 45 minutes later.
Culver City (CA) - Several major companies are hurriedly preparing products and announcements to coincide with next week's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF), but traditional gate-crasher AMD will be missing. For the first time in several years, AMD will not be luring journalists away - and it will not preview or announce its Core 2 Quadro competitor "4x4".
GE joins the growing list of companies that are offering Skype functionality in the package of a regular cordless phone. The GE 28300EE2 is based Thomson's DECT 6.0 model, which promises to deliver interference-free call quality. GE will be making the system available as a 2-phone, with the possibility to add four more devices. The 28300EE2 will surface sometime this fall for a suggested retail price of $150.
Amidst a flurry of notebook battery recalls, several notebook makers including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo have met in San Jose to discuss possible new battery standards. Sony, the battery manufacturer at the center of recent battery recalls, was not invited to the meeting, according to Sony spokesman John Dolak. It's unclear if Apple attended the meeting.
Reinforcing its lineup of entry-level 64-bit dual-core processors, Intel plans to start small-volume shipments of two 65nm Celeron M CPUs, the Celeron M 520 and the Celeron M 530, in the fourth quarter of this year, with mass shipments scheduled for the following quarter, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.
Micro Star International (MSI) unveiled its P965 Platinum motherboard, which the company claims is the industry's first motherboard based on Intel's P965 chipsets supporting ATI's Crossfire dual-card graphics technology for the gaming market.
Intel's single-core Conroe-L processors will appear in two family series, with the Pentium E1000 scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2007, while the Celeron 400 will arrive one quarter later, according to Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have reviewed Intel's latest desktop CPU roadmap.
Intel will redefine its 1-way server product range into high-end and entry-level lines in order to tune to the growing adoption of servers for personal or home office use, according to industry sources.
Microsoft's plan to launch a Zune-branded phone might hurt sales of its Windows Mobile platform products since it may compete with Windows Mobile-based mobile devices, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.