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Toshiba Expands HD DVD Capacity to 45GB

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Backer of HD DVD technology announces boost that closes the significant capacity gap between rival next-generation optical discs.

Hitachi and Fujitsu tout new 100GB notebook drives

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New drives are faster and offer faster media transfer rates, quieter running.

Coupla More AMD Reviews

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They're popping up all over this morning. Here's one at extremetech and another one at pcworld.

UPDATE: Here's yet another. Dang, I wish AMD would send me a set to review! Big Grin

AMD's dual-core CPUs come out fighting

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How does AMD's new dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor stack up against Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 840? We have some preliminary - and dramatic - benchmarks.

AMD Athlon 64 4800+ X2 - Dual Core CPU

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Today we’re a step closer to the launch of Athlon 64 X2 but it’s not here quite yet - you’ll have to wait until June for that pleasure. Until the official launch happens we won’t be able to get our hands on a fully fledged Athlon 64 X2 PC, so what we have here is a technical preview based on an AMD press kit of an Asus A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard, an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 1GB of Corsair 3200XL Pro memory.

Revoltec Graphic Freezer and be quiet! Polar Freezer

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There are far too many VGA cards on the market at the moment, and most of them need good cooling solutions and some are made to need even better cooling solutions by the people using them. The answer comes from Revoltec and be quiet!, sister companies to each other, in the form of the Graphic Freezer and Polar Freezer respectively.

ATI R520 to Hit Retail Shelves in Q3

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As we reported recently, ATI and NVIDIA may very well introduce their next generation of GPUs at Computex this year. Along with that, ATI may also unveil their Multi-VPU or "SLI" technology at the world's largest hardware tradeshow as well.

Cheaper laptops full of features

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When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to "penny-wise, pound-foolish" regrets after the purchase.

The Dual-Core War: Is Intel in Trouble?

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Although Intel may have won the race-to-the-launch game, they still lurk behind AMD in majority of the performance tests conducted by various media outlets. For the purposes of this column, I will mainly stick to the desktop side of things to bring forth my point with as little confusion as possible.

New 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra

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NVIDIA Expands GPU Technology Lead with the Introduction of Two New GeForce 6 Series GPUs

New 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce 6800 Ultra Extends Performance Leadership and GeForce 6200 for AGP Lowers Price of Next Generation Graphics

AMD: No Single Cores Left Behind

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Sometimes two processor cores aren't any better than one.

Despite introducing Athlon 64 X2 desktop PC and Opteron server processors, with dual cores or two separate processors in the same package, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it will continue to tout single-core processors for certain applications.

ATI's Radeon X800 XL 512MB

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Is More Video Memory Worth the Money? You'll soon be seeing X800XL-based cards equipped with 512MB frame buffers. Is more memory the answer to our problems, especially since you don't get any more memory bandwidth, just a bigger data "parking lot?"

nvidia, ati launch new GPUs at Computex

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Two industry insider sources revealed that both ATI and NVIDIA have plans to unveil their latest graphics solutions at Computex this year, which usually takes place around the beginning of June.

Lenovo completes acquisition of IBM

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China's Lenovo Group has completed its $1.75 billion purchase of IBM PC division, creating the world's third-largest PC maker, the companies said Sunday.

The top semiconductor companies

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Every year at this time, ELECTRONIC BUSINESS publishes a list of the top semiconductor companies. It's an indication of the maturity of the electronics industry that most companies in the top 20 positions or so place at or around the same position they held the preceding year. But over the last five years, from boom to bust to now, there has been some intriguing shuffling.

Quantum leap in secure web video

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Voice and video files streamed over the net could be made untappable and ultra-secure in the next few years thanks to a breakthrough by Toshiba. I sometimes say it is like the messages in Mission Impossible. If anyone tries to read the messages, they self destruct.

Sun May Speed Up 'Niagara' Release

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Sun's upcoming "Niagara" systems will be shipping no later than early 2006, and could even start rolling out earlier. The chip will have eight cores, each of which will be able to process four instruction threads simultaneously.

Seiko Epson Sues Ink Cartridge Makers

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Moving to protect its lucrative printer cartridge business, Seiko Epson has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two companies that manufacture replacement cartridges for its printers. Company says it is not trying to stamp out third-party cartridge manufacturers.

Cell processor 'impressive', but not an Intel killer

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"Some have called Cell an Intel killer, which is completely ridiculous," says Kevin Krewell, In-Stat analyst. "The only place where the Cell processor can be considered competition for Intel will be where the Sony Next Generation Game Console competes with the Media Centre PC."

Unhealthy Partnerships Plague the Graphics Industry

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The thing with today's graphics cards from both leading manufacturers is that they will perform quite well in latest games; so going with either brand isn't a tough choice anymore. For many of you, either NVIDIA or ATI will do just fine, but those of us who want to play games like Doom III or Half-Life 2, the companies have just made our lives more complicated than they already are.

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