96 processors & 192GB RAM in a Desktop

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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So you figure you've got a good desktop?  Well try this box from Orion Industries, if you can be spending the $100,000 to buy it.  Currently the 'puter is running Transmeta chips, but Orion is looking into support for other chips as well.  If you could cool it, imagine what 96 AMD 64 Bit, dual cores could do for your Seti@Home, Einstein, Folding or Find A Drug production!


"It's a new phenomenon for desktops.

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Officially Live

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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Well, the wait is finally over.  Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is finally, a real live, non-beta, official software release today!

New Look, New Features at Newegg

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2005 - 12:40 PM |
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Newegg.com has today launched a completely new design on their website.  They put in a lot of work setting up the website to make shopping easier and faster, so head on over and see what's changed at one of PC Perspective's longest sponsors

VIA Releases Linux Open Source Driver Source Package

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2005 - 10:14 AM |
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VIA Releases Linux Driver Source Packages


Freely available driver source code eases the development of tailor-made applications for the latest Linux distributions


Taipei, Taiwan, 12 April 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the extension of its open source support with the release of driver source codes for specific VIA hardware.


Of particular interest to the growing number of Linux enthusiasts and customers utilizing VIA EPIA mainboards, is

Source: General

This weeks AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:44 PM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- March 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today for the first time publicly disclosed key elements of its 'Pacifica' virtualization technology, at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.

Source: AMD

Intel Tops Off 64-Bit Server Platform Portfolio

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:27 PM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif, March 29, 2005 - Intel Corporation today added to its portfolio of 64-bit offerings with a platform that increases application performance, improves server uptime and the ability to manage large sets of data, and can lower utility costs. Targeted at the mid-tier enterprise market segment, the platform consists of five new processors for servers that use four or more processors, and a new chipset.

Newly Formed Intel® Software Network Creates 'One-Stop Shop' For Developers

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:26 PM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 29, 2005 - Intel Corporation's Software and Solutions Group today announced the creation of the Intel® Software Network, a collection of software development products, tools, training and expert advice designed to help software developers bring more innovative products to market even faster on Intel platforms. The announcement was made during the introduction of the company's high-end Intel® Xeon™ processor MP line.

AMD gleeful about Sin City

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2005 - 02:12 PM |
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The big-screen Sin City was shot almost entirely against green screen, with all the stylised backgrounds added in virtually. AMD is cooing, because Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios used a setup entirely of AMD64 machines to create and edit the film and its special effects.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Announces 7.75 Percent Senior Notes Exchange Offer

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:38 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CA -- March 23, 2005 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has commenced a registered exchange offer to exchange up to $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.75 percent Senior Notes due 2012, which have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for all outstanding 7.75 percent Senior Notes due 2012 which were issued and sold by AMD on October 29, 2004 in a private placement offering.

Source: AMD

Two Executives To Leave Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 23, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced that two senior executives are leaving the company to pursue other interests. They are John H.F. Miner, vice president and president of Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment arm; and Pamela L. Pollace, vice president and director, Corporate Communications Group.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:35 AM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 24, 2005 - The Intel Corporation board of directors has declared an $0.08 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2005 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2005.

Sony PSP Launch Day

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2005 - 09:56 AM |
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In case you didn't already know, today is the launch date of the new PSP, portable Playstation unit.  Mine should be delivered sometime this afternoon, but if you want one I suggest you head out to the stores ASAP to have a chance at one.  The guys at Engadget covered the PSP launch party in New York, where some people like Carson Daly showed up.  At the launch in Toronto, Wayne Gretzky was there, and ByteSector was on hand to cover the event

Source: General

Reusing Defective Chips

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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I saw this post on HardOCP about an article at Wired.com that discusses fab companies being able to use chips that fail stringent quality tests for other uses.  Rather than quote the article, I am going to quote Steve of HardOCP's joke instead!  :)

There is an idea circulating that maybe some of the chips that are tossed in the trash every year by big companies can be 'good enough' for other things.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

U.s. Environmental Protection Agency Honors Amd

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 09:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 16, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded AMD's Cool'n'Quiet(tm) technology with an ENERGY STAR(r) Certificate of Recognition for advancing computer energy efficiency. All AMD Athlon(tm) 64 desktop processors have the innovative Cool'n'Quiet technology, a system-level feature that lowers the power consumption of a computer whenever maximum performance is not needed. AMD received the certificate on March 15 in conjunction with the 2005 ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Source: AMD

Intel Honors 17 Companies With SCQI Award

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 09:52 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 17 winners of its Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2004. The SCQI, the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

Intel Honors 26 Companies...

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 09:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced that 26 companies will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2004. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that worked with Intel last year. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

David Vigliarolo Bauer Of New York Named Top High School Scientist

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 09:48 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation awarded a $100,000 scholarship to David Vigliarolo Bauer of Bronx, N. Y. He is the first-place winner of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.

Bauer, 17, of Hunter College High School, designed a new method using "quantum dots" (florescent nanocrystals) to detect toxic agents that affect the nervous system. Bauer believes his research could save thousands of lives by rapidly evaluating individual exposure to these agents.

Intel First-Quarter Business At High End Of Expectations

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 09:30 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 10, 2005 -- Intel Corporation expects revenue for the first quarter to be between $9.2 billion and $9.4 billion, as compared to the previous range of $8.8 billion to $9.4 billion.

The first-quarter gross margin percentage is expected to be approximately 57 percent, plus or minus a point, as compared to the previous expectation of 55 percent, plus or minus a couple of points, primarily due to lower than expected 65nm start-up costs and microprocessor unit costs. All other expectations are unchanged.

Enhanced Intel® Wireless MMX2(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 09:28 PM |
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CTIA, New Orleans, March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced enhanced technology to provide mobile handset users with a better multimedia experience, including clearer graphics, faster video, and improved power efficiency.

Intel® Wireless MMX2™ technology offers advanced features to simplify the development of feature-rich audio, video, graphics and voice applications, providing users with innovative, reliable communications solutions that can run the latest multimedia content.