News of the day (September 14, 2006)

 Nvidia PureVideo HD driver
  Posted on 1158266703 by Marc

Logo NvidiaNVIDIA released the ForceWare 92.91 drivers. This beta version named « PureVideo HD Beta driver » includes H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 HD decoding acceleration. These functionalities were however already present in the previous version.

In fact, the real innovation seems to be the HDCP support if, of course, you card is compatible. According to the representative of NVIDIA, the noise reduction and image sharpening algorithms available for SD videos aren't yet integrated. It is important however to point out that because of the resources required to accelerate the decoding, it isn't necessarily easy to also add such effects.

 Core architecture in Celeron-M in 2007
  Posted on 1158246087 by Marc

Intel will release in January the first Celeron M based on Core architecture used for the Core 2 Duo. It will be of course a mono core processor. The Celeron M 520 will be clocked at 1.6 GHz, use a FSM of 533 MHz and have 1 MB of cache.

We regret, however, that the price announced is the same as a 2 GHz Celeron M 450, $134, and not $86 like the Celeron M 420. We know that it isn't the Core architecture and that EM64T isn't supported but it is a lot of money considering that the release of the Core 2 Duo Mobile was made at the same price at equivalent frequency as the Core Duo.

There will also be a Celeron M 530 at 1.73 GHz during the second quarter 2007.

 Pentium is back!
  Posted on 1158245082 by Marc

Pentium will be the sales name of the Conroe-L, a mono core version of the Conroe with a smaller cache. Scheduled for the second quarter 2007, these processors will have the following characteristics:

- Pentium E1020 : 1.4 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB of L2 cache
- Pentium E1040 : 1.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB of L2 cache
- Pentium E1060 : 1.8 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB of L2 cache

The Conroe-L will be available later on the Celeron range with the Celeron "400" sequence, but we don't have any information yet on these processors.

 Intel Q6600 : Quad Core for everyone
  Posted on 1158244623 by Marc

Additionally to the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (the official denomination of the Kentsfield) expected in November, Intel will democratise the Quad Core from Q1 2007 with the Q6600. The sales denomination of this processor (Core 2 Quad?) is still unknown. It will include two dies of E6600, be clocked at 2.4 GHz and use a FSB of 1066 MHz. The QX6700 will be clocked at 2.67 GHz and use a FSB of 1066 MHz, and not of 1333 MHz as predicted by various rumours.

The price of this processor is unknown since it isn't included to the current price list which will be in use until January. We noted by the way in this list that there are Core 2 Duo processors price cuts.

 Sony to release Blu-ray burner
  Posted on 1158232060 by Marc

Sony has officially launched in Europe the first PATA Blu-ray burner for computer: the BWU-100A. It read BD-ROM at a rate a speed of 9 MB/s (2X), DVD-ROM at 10.8 MB /s (8x) and CD-ROM at 4.6 MB /s (32x). Access times are respectively of 210, 170 and 160ms.

It burns BD-R and BD-RE (R stands for recordable and RE for rewritable) at a speed of 2X. The speed will reach 4x for dual layer DVD, 8x max for single layer rewritable DVD and DVD+RW and 6x max for DVD-RW. It also record and rewrite CDs at 24x and 16x max.

The price? 960 €.

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