AMD: '4x4' launch on course for second half, but not immediately

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Abit intros Intel quad-core motherboard

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 to roll out 17" widescreen monitor panels

Hannstar Display plans to begin producing 17" widescreen monitor panels in small volumes in October.

Renesas: 90nm dual-core MCU for automotive to hit market by 2010

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 unveils killer Ipod speaker

Logitech has just released details of its forthcoming Ipod stereo speaker system, the Logitech AudioStation.

Marvell announces first WLAN/Bluetooth chip for portable devices

Marvell today said that it has developed the words first chip that combines WLAN and Bluetooth functionality in one die.

Intel roadmap confirms 2.67 GHz quad-core Core 2 Extreme

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 releases Boot Camp beta update

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.

Sun intros new Fire Opteron servers, workstation

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.

AOL after spammer's buried gold

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.

Mozilla delays Firefox 2.0 until October

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 ships 50 GB Blu-ray recordable media

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."

Google rolls out free Wi-Fi in Mountain View

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 supports next-generation Opterons with 18 new products

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 to ship AGP version of GeForce 7600GS graphics card in volume

Gigabyte Technology has announced that it will start volume shipments of GV-N76G256D-RH, an AGP version of the GeForce 7600GS graphics cards.

New Ipod may have wireless capabilities

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.

Network equipment makers confident about pre-n demand despite possible delay in 802.11n approval

Although the approval of the 802.11n standard may be further delayed until 2008, Taiwan's network equipment makers are not worried that demand for pre-n products during the Christmas season will be weak, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Demand for AMD Turion 64 X2 rising fast

With demand for AMD Turion 64 X2 processors in Taiwan picking up fast, AMD expects the dual-core processors to be utilized in over 50% of Turion-based notebooks shipped to the Taiwan market by the end of 2006.

First evidence Dell has shipped some XPS 700s

A long-time poster to Dell's community forum has reported that he received his Pentium D 930-based XPS 700 unit via next-day air this morning, after a long round of delays.

Lenovo rolls out Linux Thinkpad

San Francisco (CA) - Lenovo continues to transform IBM's former PC division and adjust the characteristics that determine the look and feel of the computers. After adopting AMD processors in certain models, Lenovo now also offers a prestigeous Thinkpad notebook time with a pre-installed Linux operating system.