Milpitas (CA) - Beating Apple to the punch by a month, SanDisk - which battles for the #2 MP3 player spot with Creative Labs - announced this morning it is boosting the maximum on-board flash capacity of its Sansa e200 series from 6 GB to 8 GB, and capping the new e280's price at $249. Prior to today, you could find the 4 GB e260 selling for $249; now, its MSRP has dropped to $179.99.
The impact of a combined AMD-ATI Technologies has begun to be felt in Taiwan, with motherboard makers likely to reduce or even suspend their efforts to develop Intel-based motherboards built utilizing chipsets from ATI, while switching more resources to manufacturing models with ATI's AMD-based chipsets, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007.
ATI today released a new version of its Catalyst driver package. The eighth update for this year focuses on OpenGL and Direct3D applications which improve game performance by up to 30%, ATI claims.
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Abit announced its AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards which can be used with Intel's current LGA775 processors such as the Pentium D and Core 2 Duo as well as future quad-core versions of the Core 2 Extreme CPU ("Kentsfield").
Hannstar Display plans to begin producing 17" widescreen monitor panels in small volumes in October.
Renesas Technology anticipates that its dual-core microcontroller (MCU) for automotive vehicles could hit the market by 2010 at the latest, and possibly as early as 2008.
Logitech has just released details of its forthcoming Ipod stereo speaker system, the Logitech AudioStation.
Marvell today said that it has developed the words first chip that combines WLAN and Bluetooth functionality in one die.
Chicago (IL) - A new version of a roadmap distributed by Intel to its closest partners lists the upcoming quad-core "Kentsfield" as the new flagship of the firm's desktop processor portfolio. The new Core 2 Extreme will arrive with a clock speed of 2.67 GHz, more L2 cache and substantially higher power consumption.
Apple today released version 1.1 beta of its Boot Camp software that allows Apple users to run MacOS X side by side with Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac.
Santa Clara (CA) - Following AMD's introduction of Socket F- and AM2-based Opteron processors, Sun has announced updated version of its x86 server and workstation products.
The x86 server segment has been driving server industry growth for some quarters and especially reignited Sun's presence in the server and workstation market. According to Sun officials, year-over-year x86 shipment growth has reached 76%, so it is little surprising that Sun is upgrading its products with the new Opteron "Rev F" processor.
After threatening to get tough on serial junk emailers three years ago, AOL intends to show its conviction has not wavered by digging up the garden belonging to the parents of a convicted spammer - in pursuit of buried gold and platinum.
Microsoft isn't the only one running into snags getting new releases out the door. Mozilla said this week it is pushing back the launch of Firefox 2.0 until mid-to-late October, with Beta 2 now slated to debut 23 August.
Sony today said that it has started shipping 50 GB Blu-ray recordable media in the U.S. The dual-layer discs double the capacity of the single-layer 25 GB media. So far, the 50 GB versions are only available as BD-R write-once discs; Sony said that it will be offering rewritable media (BD-RW) "later this year."
Mountain View (CA) - Google today announced availability of its first Wi-Fi network. Most residents of Mountain View, Calif., can connect to the Internet via a Mesh Wi-Fi network for free. Google said that its network "eventually will cover the entire city" and serve as "testing ground for future innovations."
Tyan Computer yesterday announced 18 server platforms and motherboards designed to support new AMD Opteron processors, including those utilizing the new Socket F (1207 pins) infrastructure.
Gigabyte Technology has announced that it will start volume shipments of GV-N76G256D-RH, an AGP version of the GeForce 7600GS graphics cards.
Apple Computer is expected to launch soon a new Ipod that supports wireless capabilities so as to compete with Microsoft's planned year-end launch of its Zune-branded MP3 players, according to market sources.