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News of the day (September 30, 2006)


 More IGP for NVIDIA
  Posted on 1159582535 by Nicolas

VR-Zone published a new roadmap of NVIDIA's chipsets for AMD platform.
Additionally to the MCP61 for entry level, a second chipset integrating IGP and Southbridge shows up: the MCP67. It includes a graphic core based on the G70 architecture and will have additionally to the PCI-E 16X slot, three PCI-E 1x slots, 12 USB 2.0 ports. It will also support the HDMI for the high end version.

Roadmap NVIDIA

Even if the manufacturer is a bit late, today NVIDIA seems to have a better control of the integration of several components within a single chip. If it was obvious for an entry level chipset like the MCP61, the previous roadmaps didn't speak of the succession of the GF61x0 (based on a separated IGP and southbridge). It betrayed the difficulties to have a more evolved chipset. This risky bet seems to be a success considering that the MCP67 samples are available and that volume production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter 2007.



 Pictures of the G80
  Posted on 1159575027 by Nicolas

PCOnline published the pictures of a card supposedly equipped with the future NVIDIA DirectX 10 GPU: the G80.

GeForce 8800 de face

The card length (slightly bigger than the GeForce 7950 GX2), the double 6 pins power input and the water-cooling system seems a bit odd to us even if another more classical air cooling system shows up. We do not say that it isn't the definitive version but some elements let us believe that it might be a prototype and we don't know if the G80 in shops will have the same shape.

GeForce 8800 de dos

Interesting information, 12 memory spaces are available on the PCB. This confirms the theory of the 384 bit memory bus and of the 768MB (512MB in 256 bit and 256 in 128 bit). We however have to be cautious because the source of the pictures says that there is 1GB of GDDR4.



 Batteries: the picture gets darker
  Posted on 1159570498 by Nicolas

Today, and as expected, Lenovo-IBM recalled 526.000 batteries of ThinkPad R (R51e, R52, R60, R60e), T (T43, T43p, T60) and X (X60, X60s) series sold from February 2005 to this date and manufactured by Sony. To have more information about this verification and replacement program, go to this page

Batterie Thinkpad

Since bad news never comes alone, Toshiba's recall is finally more important than expected: 830.000 additional units manufactured between March and May this year are recalled.

Finally, Dell announced that 100.000 additional units will be replaced. This figure, however, has to be put into perspective as the total amount of batteries only increases from 4.1 to 4.2 million… for now.

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