Intel Donates $1 Million To American Red Cross In Support Of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Effor

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2005 - 08:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 1, 2005 - Intel Corporation's philanthropic arm, the Intel Foundation, announced today that it will make a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. The Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort during September.

ASRock and ULi Announce M1695-based Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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I got this in my email box this morning from both ULi and ASRock.  The ULi 1695 chipset supports both PCI Express x16 and native AGP 8x graphics interfaces.  This particular board from ASRock also supports CPU upgrade modules and they are touting support for future M2 processors next year via one of these modules.  Below is the full release I received.



Taipei, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)—August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect

ECS Editor's Day

Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 04:27 PM |
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This is just a post to point you all to my quickie coverage of the recent ECS Editor's Day that I posted in my blog yesterday. 


Their other, even more daring offering, is something called Scalable Dual Graphics Engine.  SDGE is an attempt to make dual GPUs a more affordable and more open platform.  Theoretically, you can buy a motherboard based on any chipset that comes with two x16 PCIe slots, one of which has no PCIe actually going to it.&nbsp

ECS Editor's Day

Subject: Editorial | August 30, 2005 - 04:12 PM |
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As you might have been able to tell from my recent post enews showing the upcoming CrossFire motherboards from ECS, I was recently in attendence at the ECS Editor's Day in San Jose last week.  ECS has always been one of the largest manufacturers of motherboards in the world, but they have not been known to be an enthusiast class motherboard maker.  Recently, this has begun to change, as you can see by reading our

ATI To Release Five New Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 30, 2005 - 10:52 AM |
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This is pretty interesting news this morning.  Digitimes is saying that ATI has plans to introduce a new lineup of chipsets for the AMD Socket M2 in 2006.  They first mention the new ATI RD580 and RD580C chipsets, which we first saw mentioned at the recent ECS Editor's Day (see below) and from what we here these will have two full x16 PCIe connections to compete against the NF4 SLIX16 chipset.  There is also mention of a new integrated chipset, the RS and RX48

Source: Digitimes

Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors Power New Workstation Series From Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM |
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MUNICH, GERMANY -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a leading European IT provider, is offering a new series of workstations based on the AMD Opteron™ processor. The CELSIUS V830 supports the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Models 275, 270 and 265, which offer the best overall performance and performance-per-watt available in the market1.

Source: AMD

AMD64 Technology Garners More Than 120 Industry Awards

Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (AMD: NYSE) today announced the AMD64 platform, the gold standard for 64-bit computing, has earned more than 120 industry awards globally since the launch of the AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64 processors in 2003. Accolades from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Business Awards, Network Magazine and Microsoft TechEd top AMD's list of most recent honors.

Source: AMD

ECS Shows Off CrossFire Board Readiness

Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 02:55 PM |
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Here at an ECS Editor's Day in San Jose, motherboard partner ATI was on hand to showcase their upcoming CrossFire technology.  We were able to get some information on ECS' upcoming CrossFire motherboards.  For the Intel platform, there is the PA1 MVP and for the AMD platform there is the KA1 MVP.  We also saw the first mention of the upcoming ATI R580 chipset.  Here are some quick specs:



  • PA1 MVP

  • ATI RD400 + SB450 chipsets

  • 1066 MHz FSB

  • Dual channel DDR2-667 and

Want Watercooling? & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 26, 2005 - 12:05 PM |
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It's very bright, and with a 12v pump, very powerful, Hexus takes apart Asetek's WaterChill Xtreme 12V Pump & Reservoir.

"The design is revolutionary. I'm sure we'll see copycat designs surfacing to flatter the Asetek engineers. Performance is excellent, this pump should be able to handle the most taxing of watercooling circuits.

Source: Hexus

Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 25, 2005 - 08:56 PM |
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PC Stats put together a review of the Epox-9NPA+ SLI motherboard based on the nForce4 SLI chipset. Check it out.

"The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller.

Source: PCStats

Intel Sees More 'Aware' Technologies That Can Adapt To People In The Next Decade

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 08:51 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 25, 2005 - Intel Corporation today outlined long-term research to make electronic products smarter, safer and capable of adapting to the way people use them around the world. These "user-aware" platform technologies could be used to build systems that intuitively respond to people and their ever-changing needs.

Unwired Australia To Receive Aud$37 Million Investment From Intel Capital

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 24, 2005 — Unwired Australia, a wireless broadband carrier, and Intel Corporation announced today that Intel Capital has agreed to invest in secured convertible notes issued by Unwired with a face value of AUD$37 million (approximately US$27.9 million at present exchange rates). The investment is part of the companies' efforts to advance the deployment of WiMAX networks.

Technology Innovation Accelerated Award Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 06:49 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 25, 2005 - Lenovo's demonstration of its ThinkPad* X41 Tablet captured top honors at the inaugural Technology Innovation Accelerated Awards held at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Feel like Trying Windows XP 64-bit?

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 12:30 AM |
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The fine folks over at VIAArena have put together an article that that outlines their experiences using the new Windows XP x64 Edition OS.

After installing Avast I transferred my emails that I had saved from my previous system, into Microsoft Outlook Express. Microsoft Outlook Express comes bundled with WinXP x64. I always run spell check before I send an email. But as soon as I hit spell check, I received an error message… Error. Spell Check could not run.

Source: General

More Intel Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2005 - 07:33 PM |
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Zalman's CNPS9500 Standing Tall & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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If you can fit all 125mm (5 inches) in, the CNPS9500 LED will certainly satisfy you.  X-Bit Labs has the numbers to show just how well this thing cools.

"We would like to introduce to you a real masterpiece of the air cooling art designed by Zalman. This new baby, which was first showcased at the Computex 2005 has now reached our lab and simply impressed us with its cooling potential.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Interesting IDF Thus Far

Subject: Editorial | August 24, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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Even though I wasn't able to make it out to this fall's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, I was still able to get a hold of the same information being presented to those in attendance.  Intel is introducing the world to a totally new micro-architecture that replace both the desktop NetBurst and mobile Banias architectures in the second half of 2006.  This new architecture looks like it is taking the best from both of Intel's current architectures and melding them into one that will be more than competitive with AMD's K8

HyperThreading Goes the Way of the Dodo

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM |
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More info from IDF for you at the Inquirer; it looks like Intel's much touted HyperThreading technology is NOT going to be implemented into their next generation core technology.  What?  You mean HT isn't all it was cracked up to be???

THERE WAS ONE THING that did not make the cut for the Merom cores, and for some reason Intel isn't shouting about it.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel CEO Outlines New Platform Directions

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2005 - 03:57 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 23, 2005 - Noting that high-tech companies are growing again as a result of delivering exciting new products, Intel Corporation CEO and President Paul S. Otellini said the industry is on a new "performance per watt" course that will deliver powerful Intel-based computers that are increasingly smaller, sleeker and more energy-efficient.