AMD's Yokohama Centrino to surface in Q4?

Chicago (IL) - AMD may be closer to a Centrino competitor than many may have expected. According to a media report, AMD and ATI may be introducing a notebook platform, code-named "Yokohama," in the fourth quarter of this year to compete with Intel's recently launched Napa64 platform, which includes the Core 2 Duo processor.

Opinion: Et Tu, Wi-Fi Alliance?

It is no secret that the wireless LAN industry has made a huge mess so far of the opportunity that is known as 802.11n. This standard, which holds the promise of application level, i.e. real, wireless throughput of over 100 Mbps has had a rough birthing so far. It has survived a contentious IEEE proposal process, which took a detour to be "helped" by an industry consortium that managed to hammer out an uneasy peace between warring camps.

Fujitsu introduces 2.5" perpendicular hard drive

Fujitsu on August 30 announced its new MHW2 BH series of hard disk drives (HDDs) for mobile PCs, its first 2.5" HDD offerings to incorporate advanced perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology for enhanced storage capacity. The 160 GB MHW2160BH, which the company claims has the industry's highest storage capacity for a 5400 rpm HDD), and the 80 GB MHW2080BH, will go on sale worldwide from October 2006, according to Fujitsu. More here at DigiTimes.

Memorex starts selling double-sided mini DVD-R discs

Memorex has started selling double-sided miniature recordable DVD-R discs. The discs can store 1.4 GB per side for a total of 2.4 GB per disc. Each disc is coated with Memorex's "DuraLayer" film that protects the data against dust and scratches.

D-Link adds dual-drive BYOD NAS

D-Link yesterday introduced a two-bay network storage enclosure.

Microsoft to issue fix for DRM breaker

Microsoft is preparing a fix for a program that strips the digital-rights-management protections attached to its Windows Media file format, representatives said Monday night. Armed with the program, users could theoretically download an unlimited amount of music via MTV's Urge music service, as well as other sites that offer music for download. Read the complete story here. (PC Magazine via ABC News)

Microsoft releases download of Vista RC1

Microsoft is offering Vista beta testers a pre-RC1 ISO download. Users can download the file and create a bootable DVD using a common DVD burning software.

Micron prepares 16 GB DDR2 for late 2006 release

Servers memory capacity will get a boost later this year with availability of 16 GB modules. Micron is currently sampling the devices, which are built in a 36x4Gb "twin-die" stack configuration.

Novatel Wireless and Sprint launch first EV-DO Rev. A US broadband service

The evolution of wireless broadband in North America has been one, to borrow a phrase, of fits and starts. Last March, Novatel Wireless and Sprint announced they'd fit themselves together somehow to give Rev. A of EV-DO service a try on this continent; today, the two announced they're finally ready to start. Sprint will be rolling out EV-DO Rev. A broadband service for its burgeoning line of mobile users, and Novatel Wireless will be providing second-generation Merlin S720 cards for the job.

Samsung and Cingular roll out first HSDPA phone for the U.S.

Samsung and Cingular are partnering up to roll out the first High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) phone to the US. The Samsung SGH-zx20 is a Bluetooth-enabled cameraphone that can play videos, download ringtones, and acces webpages. Users will be able to surf Cingular's 3G network at up to 1 Mb/s.

Wi-Fi Alliance cozies up to industry, promises to certify draft 802.11n products

The only organization able to make the anything-goes WLAN industry toe the line has decided to take a less objective approach. The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced it plans to adopt a two-phase plan that includes certification of draft status 802.11n products.

AOL's new Music Now service gears up for the Zune era

Dulles (VA) - The rebuilding of AOL continues at a breakneck pace today, as the company deploys more services to generate revenue to replace the diminishing amount it was receiving from its ISP business - which it is essentially jettisoning. Today, AOL is launching its Music Now service, which incorporates the streaming infrastructure it acquired last November from Circuit City, plus the core of music licenses it acquired from Spinner.com back in 1999.

OCZ counters Corsair with 1120 MHz memory

Performance memory makers are upping the speed of their flasghip memory devices, a few megahertz at a time. Following Corsair, which yesterday announced a $650, 1111 MHz PC-8889 2 GB memory kit, OCZ today announced a 1120 Mhz PC-9000 device.

Nvidia to counter ATI in mid-range segment with Geforce 7900 GS

Sub-$200 Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS-based graphics cards are expected to appear in the channel market from August 30, targeted to compete with the ATI Radeon X1650XT series, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

Toshiba to launch new USB flash-memory series

Toshiba today announced the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB flash memories, which will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory.

Samsung to build 1 Gbit DDR2 SDRAM at 80nm

With its DDR2 in all densities already being fabricated at the 80-nanometer node, Samsung Electronics today announced the mass production of 1 Gbit DDR2 DRAM.

Intel refreshes Xeon MP series with new Tulsa processors

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel launched eight new dual-core Xeon MP processors late Thursday. The new CPUs go head-to-head with AMD's Opteron 8000 series processors and are based on the "Tulsa" core which uses the power-hungry Netburst architecture that is being phased in all other product lines such as desktop and DP server processor families. Still, Intel promises that Tulsa drops power consumption by up to 30%.

Corsair introduces 1111 MHz "Dominator" memory

Forget 1 GHz memory, 1111 MHz is what you need. In what appears to be an accelerating race between performance memory manufacturers, Corsair has taken the lead. The company today announced its "DHX XMS2 Dominator memory series," which includes the first PC2-8888 memory. The modules are clocked at 1111 MHz at CAS 4 settings. Corsair also offers a "regular" and "lower-cost" PC2-8500 (1066 MHz, CL-5) version of the new memory.

MXL Microphones promises studio quality sound in a USB microphone

El Segundo (CA) - Studio quality microphones often require big audio inputs not commonly available on a computer. MXL Microphones announced a new condenser microphone that plugs into a computer's USB port. The company claims the MXL USB.006 microphone will bring "big rich studio" sound to both PCs and Macs.

Core 2 Duo notebooks offered from $850

Miami (FL) - Ever since its acquisition up until today, Alienware had been considered the premium, custom, ultra-cool, real PC division of the otherwise wrinkled-polyester Dell. But today's introduction by Alienware of a lightweight notebook powered by a Core 2 Duo T5500, in a decently distinctive case, selling for $849, signals that the division is aiming for a new and possibly lucrative market: Call it the "economy sport" class.