Merom-based notebooks to support Nvidia SLI

Nvidia will soon announce that Merom-based notebooks (Merom is a codename that Intel used for its recently announced T-series mobile Core 2 Duo processors) support its dual-graphics SLI technology, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. The sources pointed out that Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of Nvidia, attended Intel's recent launch of Core 2 Duo processors in Silicon Valley, considering this as a sign of possible cooperation between Intel and Nvidia.

ASP for dual-core Yonah notebooks drop to less than $1000

Notebook vendors, including Dell, Acer and Hewlett-Packard (HP), have begun cutting prices for Intel Core Duo notebooks that feature the Yonah T2300E CPU, in an attempt to accelerate inventory clearance of Sonoma models prior to the launch of Merom-based systems, according to sources.

Intel posts security fixes for Centrino wireless chipset

Intel has updated the software behind its Centrino chip bundle to fix three security vulnerabilities that, in one case, could allow an attacker to execute code remotely on a laptop.

Apple developers' conference may see gaps filled in PowerMac, Ipod product lines

An entire industry has been formed around managing the guessing game of what Apple will announce next. But as with any industry that constitutes a good part of the American economy, when speculation becomes part of the business, meeting the expectations of the best speculators can be interpreted by the market at large as a disappointment. If Apple doesn't give any hints as to an "iPhone" or an e-book next Monday at the WWDC in San Francisco, will that be seen as bad news?

Xilinx preps 45nm FPGA launch, admits stiff challenges in structured ASICs

Xilinx regards a process shrink on programmable logic as a "must" if its is to achieve a competitive cost structure, and the company expects to debut products at the 45nm node in 2008, said company Asia Pacific marketing director Cheng Hsin Nan.

AMD aims to ship more than million Socket 754 Sempron CPUs in emerging markets in Q3

AMD aims to ship a total of 1.41 million of Socket 754 Sempron CPUs in emerging markets in the third quarter, trying to clear the present inventory as well as enlarge its market share, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

Alpha Networks ready to produce Google Talk-enabled Wi-Fi phones

Taiwan-based Alpha Networks is ready to mass produce Google Talk-enabled WiFi phones, with commercial production set to begin in accordance with clients' product roadmaps, according to company CTO Tim Kang.

Inventec postpones production of Palm's Treo 700p

Inventec Appliances may not be able to start volume production of Palm's PDA phone, the Treo 700p, until September, due to related software problems, according to market sources.

Gateway intros $1200 Core 2 Duo desktop PC

Gateway today announced the new E-6610 series as flagship of its business desktop PC portfolio. The computers come standard with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and can be configured with standard PC or workstation components. Prices start near the $1000 mark for a base system. Consumers are promised to get their PC by mid-August.

Apple security update plugs holes in Mac OS X

Apple Computer on Tuesday clamped down on a number of vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system that could pose as backdoors for hackers or malicious users.

Holographic storage on track for December ship date

The first holographic storage media will begin shipping by Christmas, executives at media maker Hitachi Maxell have indicated.

KDE 3.5.4 released

The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.4, a maintenance release.

Dell halts PDA development

Dell apparently halted R&D development of PDA products since the middle of 2005, when Dell's Taiwan Design Center (TDC) completed development of the PC vendor's last Axim-series device, which was manufactured by High Tech Computer (HTC), according to market sources.

Nvidia to launch MCP61S IGP chipset by end of August

Nvidia is expected to launch its MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for the AMD AM2 platform at the end of August, unspecified motherboard makers noted.

Intel unveils NOR flash products for low-cost handsets

Intel on Tuesday introduced its first NOR flash products aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment.

UPDATE: First Core 2 Duo T7600 performance and battery benchmarks

Munich (Germany) and Chicago (IL) - Tom's Hardware has received one of the very few available final test units of Intel's Core 2 Duo T-series CPUs, formerly code-named "Merom". During its initial two benchmark runs, the chip delivered first evidence that it can be up to 20% faster than Core Duo ("Yonah"), while consuming less or equal power. Our update includes an slide show with benchmark numbers.

Autodesk announces 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8

Autodesk is demonstrating the upcoming versions of 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at the Siggraph convention in Boston. Both applications will support 64-bit Windows operating systems and Maya 8 will support 64-bit on Linux.

AMD and IBM try next-gen power saving architecture for 'System x' servers

New York (NY) - In an elaborate unveiling ceremony featuring no less than the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team, senior executives from IBM and AMD, including AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, introduced a new line of IBM xSeries blade servers - now re-christened "IBM System x" - that promises to slash operations and maintenance costs through the creative use of Opteron processors.

Nvidia intros 80 billion pixels/s graphics machine

If you wondered about Nvidia's business options once ATI has been acquired by AMD, here's one idea: High-end graphics.

Airmagnet ships VoFi Analyzer

AirMagnet today said its VoFi Analyzer has started shipping. The company said that the Analyzer is the first solution to provide automatic analysis of encrypted voice-over-WLAN (VoWLAN) networks.