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     FireWire S1600: almost here
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 22:58 by Nicolas
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    Symware has announced having made the first PHY (Physical Layer interface) IEEE 1394b S1600 chip. Set at 2 GHz, it enables attaining 1.6 Gbit /s. This is twice as fast as the FireWire 800 without adding any additional costs and almost four times the speed of USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s). In practice, it’s probably even better because based on its conception the speed of USB remains very theoretical. Otherwise, you may recall that FireWire S3200 should arrive soon. As for USB 3.0 and its 4.8 Gbit /s, it’s not expected before 2009 or even 2010.

    The FirePHY-1600 chip should be sold for $3.50 to interested parties and samples are already available to some clients.

     B3 Opterons are available
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 20:43 by Nicolas
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    AMD has published two press releases to announce the availability of quad core Opterons at authorized distributors as well as the first 8 platforms equipped with them for OEMs including HP with its ProLiant G5.

    Eight "B3" Opterons rid of the TLB bug make an appearance. The 8354 (2.2 GHz - $1165), 8356 (2.3 GHz - $1514), 8358 (2.4 GHz - $1865) and 8354 (2.5 GHz - $2149) can fit onto motherboards with 4 to 8 sockets while the 2354 (2.2 GHz - $455), 2356 (2.3 GHz - $690), 2358 (2.4 GHz - $873) and 2354 (2.5 GHz - $1165) are limited to dual processor platforms.

    While Appro, CDW, Rackable Systems, Supermicro and SYNNEX have already pledged their support to AMD’s "new" solution, except in a few rare cases we can’t really say that the big names in this sector are particularly enthusiastic at the moment.

     VIA: the future will be in Linux?
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 14:05 by Nicolas - source: VIA
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    Will VIA try and ride the EEE PC wave? Even if ASUSTeK opted for an Intel processor, its mini notebook is equipped with Linux. The Taiwanese company announced at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Austin, Texas that it wants to increase support of the free community. Before the end of the month it will offer drivers, technical documentation and source codes relative to the CN700, CX700/M, CN896 and VX800Il chipsets on its website http://linux.via.com.tw. There could then be support for other products and a dedicated forum should appear. VIA also foresees working on 2D, 3D and video playback acceleration.

    This initiative isn't really that extravagant and is more like a necessity considering that a VIA platform with Windows XP would be regarded as an "exotic" PC. With alternative OS, VIA chipsets sometimes have difficulty in reaching their potential. The market which VIA fell back on several years ago is strongly sought after by Intel and therefore it was more than time to improve support. We finally are seeing the appearance of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC equipped with a VIA C7-M and which in fact functions with Linux. Now we will just have to see when machines based on the Isaiah and Intel Atom will arrive...

     Intel's massive investments in China
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 12:46 by Nicolas - source: Intel
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    Yesterday, Intel announced investment in China for a sum of $500 million in the framework of the Intel Capital China Technology Fund II.

    This will enable the Californian company to gain capital in various local companies that are active in the following sectors: wireless broadband, technology, media, telecommunications and "clean tech". Since 1998 Intel has already invested in 70 companies in mainland China and Hong Kong.

    Otherwise, Bloomberg reports that Intel is currently constructing a factory in the port city of Dalian for an investment of $2.5 billion. The technological giant already collaborates with this city’s technological university in the creation of a Semiconductor Technology Institute which will receive a production line conceived for 200mm wafers. Thus, it seems they want to stay for a while.

    The only thing is that for obvious reasons, all of Intel’s "Fabs" that really count are located in the USA, Europe or... in Israel. It is therefore highly unlikely that the Core 2 Extreme will be produced in the Middle Kingdom before some time.

     AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 10:41 by Marc
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    With the 9850, we have a new revision of the Phenom which is supposed to enable AMD’s quad-core to rival that of Intel’s. Let’s see how it fares with this first attempt.

    > Product review: AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition

     Lawsuit over the modular power supply
      Posted on 09/04/2008 at 10:33 by Marc
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    Ultra Products has just filed a case against the majority of modular power supply manufacturers as the company claims that it has the patents on this technology. Filed on September 8th, 2004 and approved on November 7th, 2006 the companies in questions have since then been notified of the existence of patent #7133293 but theoretically they did not find an agreement with Ultra Products.

    Antec, Channel Well, Corsair, Enhance, E-Power, SPI, FSP Group, Koolance, Mushkin, OCZ, SeaSonic, Silverstone, Spire, Tagan, Thermaltake, Topower and Zalman are therefore being sued. We will have to wait and see if Ultra Products manages to win its case which means royalties on all modular power supplies sold by these brands.

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