Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 08:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.

We were all new here at one point

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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At one point or another, all of us have strayed into unknown territory with our PCs.  For some it was the switch to Intel from AMD, and the different ways that the system was set up.  Others might be poking around at the strange beast bearing the name Linux, or teaching their brain how to parse HTML tags for the first time.  Whatever it was that triggered it, we went searching through the internets for the information we needed, and we ended up in the PC Perspective forums.  Most of us have stayed and we can repay the kindness of strangers by doing the same in turn, and hel

Intel decides not to push their luck

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 08:54 AM |
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After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45.  Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards.  The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.

Source: Digitimes

Xonar soundcards and EAX Support

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 08:32 AM |
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The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.

The solution involves:

1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games

2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core

3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.

The updated engine:

Source: ASUS

Sounding the death knell for audio cards

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 03:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card.  Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included.  Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way.  What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?

Source: Extremetech

Long live the lesser of two evils

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 09:16 AM |
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If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence. 
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day.  In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil

Source: Tech ARP

Addicted to Nod

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 09:38 AM |
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The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven.  In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline.  There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp

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A return volley from the PC side

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 09:20 AM |
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The recurring theme of the upcoming death of the PC for gaming has another participant, Alex. St.

Source: Extremetech

It's not a rumour

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 08:55 AM |
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nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer.  Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors.  It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.

Source: NVIDIA

A little bug you might want to know about

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 10:32 AM |
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If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP.  The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible.  Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.

Source: Tech ARP

New ASUS PCIe Splendid HD1 video card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2008 - 07:34 PM |
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The ASUS line of video cards is extending with the Splendid H1, a PCI Express card that offers a transition from lower end GPUs to HDMI/1080p:

Source: engadget

The battle of the low end laptop

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 08:34 AM |
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Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips.  The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper.  With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market.  Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.

Source: Digitimes

If it has an AC adapter, it's not exactly wireless

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 09:31 AM |
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The Rocketfish Wireless Universal Rear Speaker Kit sounds absolutely perfect, until you read what it actually is in the review at I4U.  It brings to mind a device that sits beside your receiver, and two small devices that can hide behind your 2 rear speakers; it is not.  The device that plugs into the receiver is still there, and it broadcasts the wireless signal to a second device, twice as large as the first, which is in turn wired to your two rear speakers, as well as to AC power.  Sure, there are no wires

Source: I4U News

Merger madness

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 09:18 AM |
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Is it FUD, is it real?  It's hard to say for sure right now, but it does seem inevitable that someone will buy VIA.   Perhaps the rumour from DigiTimes is right on the ball, and VIA is about to become part of the great beast nVIADIA or nVIDVIA.  Or, maybe it's just yet another rumour.  Ars Technica attempts to thin the fog that has rolled in since the story yesterday.  Sure nVIDIA has about $1.8 billion burning a hole in their pocket, but ma

Source: Ars Technica

The father of Extra-terrestrial Relays dies

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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Arthur C.

Source: The Inquirer

Look what just came crawling back

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball?  Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore.  It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports.  BCCHardware did the full review

Source: BCCHardware

AMD's response to Intel's big news

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee.  They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers.  Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.

Source: The Inquirer

Super Talent Launches The Memory Challenge

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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San Jose, California – March 18, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched The Memory Challenge, a fun, interactive web 2.0 game that educates visitors on memory technology while testing the limits of their knowledge.

Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented "The Memory Challenge is a fun learning tool, kind of a reverse-FAQ where we ask the questions and you give the answers. It will challenge even the sharpest tech gurus."

Intel Corporation's Multicore Architecture Briefing

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 12:50 PM |
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March 17, 2008 -- Intel Corporation today discussed upcoming leading edge microprocessors and technologies. Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate leading manufacturing technology is enabling the industry to move to multicore processors in all market segments, and Intel discussed future products with four, six, eight and many computing cores coming to the market.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group:

Now that's what I call March Madness

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 08:37 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, AMD has no less than seven new chips coming out in March.  Five are quad-core Phenoms and the other two are extensions to the Black Edition lime up.  Triple cores should be arriving by April, and there are likely more models that we will see in the near future.

Source: Digitimes