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AMD had spy inside Intel Developer Forum

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RATHER THAN rely on reporters coming to see AMD after keynote speeches, the smaller chip company - known as Cheapzilla - had human bots in on the sessions.

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Does Intel's Dominance Hurt Consumers?

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While chip makers AMD and Intel duke it out in the industry's latest antitrust battle, users are left with some questions. Whether achieved legally or illegally, has Intel's overwhelming domination of the chip market made PCs more or less expensive?

Intel looking to develop Linux version of Viiv

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Intel is currently working with software developers to design middleware application software for the Linux operating system (OS) for its Viiv consumer PC platform to reduce the cost.

Full Cell chip specs released

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The full specs for the upcoming Cell processor have been released. The four companies developing the new chip finally provided all the details, following hints in February and sneak glimpses earlier this month.

Intel VIIV mystery apparently solved

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We now know how to pronounce it! Intel officially launched its new Viiv brand today at the Intel Developer Forum. As we noted earlier, it's targeted at the living room PC, and is geared towards making the PC work like any other piece of consumer electronics. From Intel's press release:

ECS KN1 Extreme

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Previously ECS ELITEGROUP was known for economy class offerings, but there has been some success of late with a few different platforms in the enthusiast market by ECS, but associated with low cost "bang for the buck" type systems. When the nForce4 Ultra based KN1 Extreme arrived at my doorstep and I indulged in it's build and feature set, I must say I was quite impressed.

GeForce 7 restores balance

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No other segment of the computer component manufacturing industry has seen such a dramatic level of price gouging as the graphics cards business. Street prices for Nvidia's 6-series and ATI's X800 neared the unprecedented $1000 mark. This time Nvidia launched the GeForce 7 in volume, bringing graphics card pricing back to a more reasonable level.

Multicore processors Nightmare or Nirvana?

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The analyst firm said today that it believes the impact of multicore on the IT infrastructure will accelerate with each generation of multicore processors.

Hitachi unveils world's first terabyte DVD recorder

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Japan's Hitachi Ltd. on Wednesday unveiled the world's first hard disk drive/DVD recorder that can store one terabyte of data, or enough to record about 128 hours of high-definition digital broadcasting.

Intel answers AMD with French Insult

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AMD today challenged Intel to a dual-core processor benchmarking duel, and Intel responded by mocking the French.

AMD asks Intel for a dual-core duel

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Advanced Micro Devices has challenged Intel to a public fight to see which company has the best-performing 64-bit dual-core server processors.

15 Great Mods from QuakeCON 2005

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The annual LAN adventure known as QuakeCON swung into full gear again from August 11th to 14th down in sweltering Dallas, Texas. I have put together a presentation of only some of the best that could be found from amongst the well done case mods in a Bring-Your-Own-Computer crowd of nearly 3000.

PC sales to grow 12.7 percent; revenue to be flat

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Global sales of personal computers are reportedly expected to jump 12.7 percent this year, but revenues will rise just 0.5 percent because of price cuts.

Sony confirms AMD deal

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Sony has confirmed that it will bypass Intel and offer a Vaio notebook based on a mobile AMD chip - just weeks after admitting it's also building a machine around Transmeta's TM5600 chip.

First Dual-Core Pentium 4 a Rush Job, Intel Says

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Intel's first dual-core chip was a hastily concocted design that was rushed out the door in hopes of beating rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to the punch, an Intel engineer told attendees at the Hot Chips conference today.

Nvidia scientist calls for expanded research into parallelism

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Expanded research is needed into techniques for identifying and preserving parallelism in chip applications, according to chip maker Nvidia's chief scientist.

Contest offers use of supercomputer

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IBM Corp.'s most powerful computer will be available for scientific research through a deal announced Tuesday with Argonne National Laboratory.

Toshiba ships first perpendicular harddrive

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Toshiba claims it has won the race of bringing the first PMR harddrive to the market. PMR, short for perpendicular magnetic recording.

Rice University Selects AMD for Clusters

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AMD announced that Rice University has selected the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor to power its new, large-scale, Linux-based supercomputer.

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