Offers quick reliable RTOS for industrial usage
AMD has integrated a real-time operating system (RTOS) into its G-Series processors. The chip maker is now loading Green Hill's Integrity OS onto the platform. The embedded system can be used in a variety of tasks where space and power are at a preimuum including TV set-top boxes and other home devices, industrial control systems, networking, the military, and medicine.
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 at Amazon for $920
Lenovo's recently introduced IdeaPad U400 has now gone up for sale on Amazon. The 14-inch notebook is priced at $920, and the 099329U model gets a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor and ATI's Radeon HD 6470M graphics processor with a dedicated 1GB of RAM. They're paired with 6GB of system RAM and a 750GB hard drive.
AMD's Bergman leaves for elsewhere
More executive swaps were in store Thursday after AMD said that its Products Group General Manager Rick Bergman had left the company. He was quitting to "pursue a new opportunity," the company said. AMD's fresh recruit from Lenovo, new CEO Rory Read, would temporarily take over the group while it looked for a replacement.
Vendors start clearing stock ahead of refresh
Retail chains are beginning to discount the iPhone 4, reports note. Radio Shack has a sale running through Saturday, in which 16 and 32GB models are priced at $170 and $270 on contract instead of their regular $199 and $299. A $100 trade-in credit for previous iPhones applies, potentially lowering the cost of an iPhone 4 to just $70.
Canadian hint emerges of iPhone 5 release
Purportedly leaked documents from Canadian carrier Telus suggest the iPhone 5 might ship on October 1. The release date comes along with several, presumably for other products, that are all cast as concrete and not fillers. The choice would be a Saturday but isn't "unrealistic" given how busy phone stores are those days, BGR's tipster said.
NVIDIA-Microsoft deal would discourage Apple buy
NVIDIA has a special deal with Microsoft to prevent outside deals and possibly let Microsoft itself buy it out, according to SEC filings. The Windows developer has rights of refusal on any attempt by a company to buy more than 30 percent of NVIDIA's share, preventing any other company from buying a controlling stake. NVIDIA also has "poison pills" that would let it issue shares without shareholder approval to prevent a controlling stake, and its shareholder voting rules would prevent an activist investor from easily overthrowing management.
Lenovo shows new pro-oriented desktop PCs
Lenovo on Monday introduced the new ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop computers aimed at professionals. Both offer Intel's second-generation Core processors. The E30 replaces the E20 and for the first time gets the option of solid state storage, either in 80GB or 160GB capacities. The desktop gets SATA III and USB 3.0 interfaces as well.
Might open up upgrades for hackers
The 2011 MacBook Pro version of the Mac OS X 10.6.7 update appears to contain support for AMD/ATI video cards not normally available for Macs, a hacker notes. Supported 5000-series Radeon HD cards include the 5630, 5670, 5730, 5770, 5850 and 5870. For the more recent 6000 series the 6850, 6870 and 6970 are listed.
AMD outs two graphics cards for professionals
AMD on Monday introduced the FirePro 2270 and FirePro V5800 DVI graphics cards meant for professionals, specifically those in the medical, financial, design and engineering fields. Both have low power consumption and deliver multi-display capabilities. The 2270 is AMD's only low-profile, passively-cooled graphics card that can support dual displays and triple set support.
HP Radiance display again available on Envy 14
HP has brought the Radiance Infinity LED display as an option on its Envy 14 notebooks. Compared to the standard 14.5-inch Infinity LED display that has a 1366x768 resolution, the optional display gets 1600x900 pixels and produces higher visual quality as well. It does carry a $200 price tag, however.
Rahul Sood announces departure from HP
Rahul Sood, the founder of Voodoo PC and the CTO of Global Gaming at HP, announced on his blog on Monday that he will leave his post at HP effective December 2. In the lengthy letter, Sood reflects upon his time at HP and starting the Voodoo brand out of high school, but does little to explain his hard-fought decision to leave HP. Sood does take the time to thank all those involved in helping him along his career path, however, including fans, partners at AMD, ATI, Intel and NVIDIA.
CyberPower LAN Party EVO PCs sport liquid cooling
Custom gaming PC builder CyberPower on Friday announced the release of small form factor desktop gaming systems. Collectively called LAN Party EVO, the series is made up of four systems. Each uses small form factor mITX and mATX mainboards that support modern AMD and Intel processors. The cases also have room for newer AMD and NVIDIA graphics along with liquid cooling.
Acer ships upgraded Predator gaming PCs to US
Acer has added new models to its Aspire Predator gaming series with the mainstream-oriented AG5900-U3902 and the flagship AG7750-U3222. The former was unveiled for Japan earlier this month, and shares many of the major specs with the higher-end model. This includes a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 1.5TB of storage space and Windows 7 Home Premium. The standard CPU in the AG5900 is a 2.93GHz Core i7 combined with 8GB of RAM.
Joined by AS5745DG, AS5742G, AS5745, AS7745
Acer has announced raft of product refreshes headlined by a new desktop replacement model, the AS8943G. The 18.4-inch notebook is powered by a range of Core i7 chips up to the quad-core i7-740QM clocked at 1.73GHz, with support for up to 8GB RAM. The CPU is paired to ATIís Mobility Radeon HD 5850 with a rare 2GB of dedicated video memory.
Sony VAIO E, F and L get late 2010 refresh
Sony quietly upgraded its PC lineup on Sunday with speed and option upgrades across a handful of its models. The VAIO E series gets most of the updates with options for the slightly faster 2.66GHz Core i5 580M and 2.53GHz Core i5 460M, as well as a new 2GHz Pentium dual-core option for budget build-to-order models. The EA and EB also now have options for Mobility Radeon HD 5650 video and 1080p displays to match, while every E series sees purple return as a color choice.
Dell Inspiron One 23 and quad Zino HD debut
Dell swung its attention to models directly competing with Apple on Thursday as it launched a new all-in-one desktop and upgraded its smallest desktop. The 23-inch Inspiron One is meant to go both against the iMac and HP's TouchSmart line with a 1080p, multi-touch display that centers on a new touch front end known as Stage. The interface provides quick access to apps, music, photos and video, including online services such as CinemaNow and Netflix.
1GB graphics, while GX660R includes Blu-ray
MSI has quietly added two new performance notebooks to its product range, the MSI GX660 and the MSI GX660R. Both machines share the same black casing with orange highlights, and also center on a 15.6 inch screen. They both also share Dynaudio speakers and Mobility Radeon HD 5870 discrete graphics.
MSI outs 3D AIO PC with glasses to North America
Taiwanese PC maker MSI on Tuesday brought the Wind Top AE2420 3D to North America. The first 3D touch screen all-in-one PC available in the industry also has the ability to turn 2D content such as home movies or DVD rentals to 3D, and has the capability to play 3D Blu-ray movies as well. The 23.6-inch multi-touch display has a 1080p resolution and a 120Hz LCD panel to generate the stereoscopic 3D images needed for the active shutter glasses.
AMD outs powerhouse ATI FirePro V9800 card
AMD has revealed its newest workstation-class graphics card, the ATI FirePro V9800. It flaunts 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and 1,600 stream processors, while supporting maximum resolutions of 2,560x1,600 at 60Hz. The design is an evolution of the FirePro V8800, with double the RAM and improvements in power and efficiency.
HP Envy 17 gets 3D display, Envy 14 Beats audio
HP's notebook updates today included a pair of special versions of its Envy notebooks. Topping the mix is the Envy 17 3D; as HP's first real 3D notebook, it has a 120Hz, 1080p display that works with bundled active shutter glasses to produce a stereoscopic 3D image. It's seen as a movie-focused system and comes with both a Blu-ray drive and a new version of its MediaSmart app that will play 3D movies.
CyberPower outs Fang EVO series gaming PCs
CyberPower on Monday introduced new Fang Series Evo enhancements for its gaming PCs aimed at hardcore gamers. This includes a custom hydro liquid cooling kit on each PC, including the Black Mamba, Cobra, Viper and Rattler. The kit is made up of a XSPC Rasa Acetal CPU Block, a 750lph low-noise pump and either 240mm or 360mm radiators; the combo cools the CPU, graphic cards and chipset even at higher than stock speeds.
New Snow Leopard build holds AMD Radeon 6000
The latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 beta already contains references to AMD's Radeon HD 6000 series graphics, explorers discovered this weekend. An ATIRadeonX3000 kernel extension found by Netkas refers to virtually the entire Southern Islands family, including the Antilles Pro and XT parts that may be the initial mobile chips. The chips will actually be the originally planned Northern Islands family relabeled and should run on a 40 nanometer process.
AMD to use own name for video from 6000 series on
AMD on Monday confirmed that it will drop the ATI label from its graphics chips. Starting with future devices, all video will be characterized as AMD Radeon or AMD FirePro parts. A briefing for HotHardware explained that the arrival of Fusion CPU/graphics hybrid chips like the Bobcat could be confusing, since both technologies will be on the same core.
Fujitsu intros LifeBook with external 1GB HD 550v
Fujitsu on Friday added a new notebook to its LifeBook lineup, the AH530 GFX. The 15.6-inch computer uses an external 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics card and is powered by a choice of Intel Core series processors, though which ones exactly haven't been revealed.
AMD Southern Island codenames revealed by driver
A new driver release from ATI, Catalyst 10.8, has brought with it 36 codenames of future hardware. The product codenames likely refer to next-generation ATI graphics processors, dubbed Southern Islands but likely to make up the ATI Radeon 6000 series. The codenames are prefixed by NI, which could stand for Northern Islands, a codename used for the next-gen GPUs when they were thought to be based on 40nm architecture rather than 28nm as the upcoming ones are expected to be.
Eurocom gaming PC gets dual GTX 480M, 5870 GPUs
Gaming PC maker Eurocom has introduced a new 17.3-inch Panther 2.0 gaming notebook that is unique in offering both SLI and CrossFire capable graphics options. Choices include two ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870s, two GeForce GTX 480Ms or single NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M and Quadro FX 5000M GPUs. The processor choices scale up to desktop Core i7s including the 3.33GHz, six-core Extreme edition.
Leak details ATI Southern Islands launch window
A leak at the end of this past week has revealed that AMD's next generation of ATI graphics, "Southern Islands," should ship this fall. Likely to be called the Radeon HD 6000 series, the first parts will be unveiled in October and ship in November, according to Digitimes' industry contacts. The exact chips making their debut aren't known, but AMD has historically launched one or two high-end single chip cards first.
NVIDIA and Rambus call partial truce
NVIDIA today struck a licensing deal with Rambus to use its patents for some memory controllers. The deal will see Rambus collect a one percent royalty on single data rate controllers and two percent for any double data rate controllers, ranging from basic DDR up to parts of the GDDR5 used with the newest video cards. The deal doesn't involve any reciprocal licensing from NVIDIA.
TI first to get next-gen ARM Cortex-A chips
Texas Instruments (TI) on Monday announced itself as the first company to license ARM's next-generation Cortex-A series processors. The chips, also known as Eagle, remain efficient, with an estimated draw of just 0.25W per CPU and will be initially built on a 28nm architecture before scaling down to 22nm.
MSI AE2280 all-in-one now shipping in the US
Taiwan-based PC maker MSI has begun shipping its Wind Top AE2280 all-in-one desktop in North America. The desktop is framed around a 21.5-inch, 1080p display with multi-touch support but gives extra attention to audio. It comes outfitted with two THX TruStudio Pro audio-certified 5W speakers that, despite their power, provide it with a more home theater-level experience.
Mac Pro goes on sale with 5870 as stand-alone
As expected, Apple today started taking orders for the new Mac Pro. The new systems are now known to include three configurations and include not just the 2.8GHz quad-core and 2.4GHz eight-core systems but a third 12-core, 2.66GHz model. It comes outfitted with the same 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and Radeon HD 5770 video but, due to the cost of the more exotic Xeons, starts at $4,999.
Dell Inspiron Zino HD to go quad-core
Dell's Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop will finally get a performance boost soon as documentation from Dell itself has confirmed faster options. The breadbox-sized PC's maximum options will jump from a dual-core Athlon X2 to a quad-core Phenom II; triple-core will also be a choice. Integrated graphics will ramp up to a Radeon HD 4250, but dedicated graphics will advance further still with a Mobility Radeon HD 5450 as a replacement for the 4330.
Samsung X125 notebook with Neo II now in Europe
Samsung has introduced a new netbook in Europe, the 11.6-inch X125. The system is a break for Samsung as it's powered by the new, 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo and gets 3GB of RAM. It uses an HD (1366x768) screen with graphics handled by faster than average integrated ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics.
Apple jumps to Xeon 5600 for new Mac Pro
Apple today launched its first update to the Mac Pro in a year and a half with a speed boost as well as a new display. The new pro workstation uses as much as two six-core, 2.93GHz Xeon 5600 chips for a total of 12 cores, or 50 percent more than the outgoing top-end model. They can Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz and have both lower memory lag and a larger 12MB of cache.
Gruber alludes new Mac desktop refresh tomorrow
Apple's rumored desktop Mac refresh may come as soon as tomorrow if a hint is any indication. Historically accurate John Gruber implied in the notice for a new podcast episode that the new iMacs, new Mac Pros and a 27-inch Cinema Display could all be available on Tuesday. The details are few but are expected, as the iMac would be a "speed-bump" while the display would have the same 16:9 ratio screen as the 27-inch iMac.
OpenGL 4.1 adds hooks for OpenCL and OpenGL ES
The Khronos Group today published the first specification for OpenGL 4.1 in what's considered a coup for desktop graphics. The standard catches up to DirectX 11 in visual features and overtakes it in integration with other standards: it can now sync graphics with OpenCL to take advantage of video hardware's general-purpose math features. Mobile app developers also now have full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0, theoretically letting a developer write an app for the iPhone or Android without having to change the visual effects when porting to a computer.
Apple retail reservations hint at new Mac Pros
Evidence of new Mac Pros mounted on Friday as Apple's in-store pickup option is now running out of systems. Both the four-core and eight-core systems are alternately showing as "unavailable" where they were listed as available to reserve as recently as Thursday. Online, both models are still showing the usual 24-hour shipping window, though Apple lately has learned to keep delivery times short even just before an update.
Apple tells stores to ready for new iMacs
Apple is in the first stages of ramping down its existing iMac supplies ahead of new models that should switch over completely to Intel's Core iX line, insiders said Thursday. Resellers have reportedly been told not to expect more shipments of the 21-inch Core 2 Duo iMac, others are being asked to sell all their existing models rather than ask for more. AppleInsider expects new models would arrive sometime within the next few weeks.
HP TouchSmart tm2 gets Core i5 with Hyperthreading
HP raised the ceiling on the TouchSmart tm2 today by providing an option for a Core i5. The system doesn't advance past the 1.2GHz base clock speed of its regular Core i3 but now supports Hyperthreading and will behave like a quad-core notebook with the right apps. Other options, such as the Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics or the maximum 8GB of memory, remain intact.
Sony VAIO Y tested
Sony for a long while was the king of ultraportable notebooks, but the advent of Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processors seemingly knocked it off the throne: a thin, low-power notebook no longer demanded a premium price. With the VAIO Y, Sony is hoping to regain that crown, and we'll find out in a full review how close it gets to that mark.
AMD thrives on sales but still loses cash in Q2
AMD today posted mixed but largely positive results for the spring. The firm's pure revenue surged 40 percent over last year to reach $1.65 billion, setting a record for the company, but was balanced by a $43 million net loss. Operating income also flipped from a $67 million loss the year before to $128 million today.
NVIDIA puts out GTX 460 at ideal price
NVIDIA today brought out its first more frugal GeForce 400 series chipset in the form of the GeForce GTX 460. The recently leaked hardware uses the new 40 nanometer, GF104 chipset and is actually in some areas faster than the GTX 465. It has fewer stream (visual rendering) processors, at 336 versus 352, but has more texture addresses at 56 compared to 44; it also has a faster clock speeds across the board with a 675MHz core, 1.35GHz shader (effect) clock speeds, and a 900MHz actual speed for its GDDR5 memory.
HP ships AMD Neo-powered dm1z notebook
HP has quietly began selling its new 11.6-inch notebook, the Pavilion dm1z. It sports AMD's new Athlon II Neo and Turion II Neo processors, ranging from single-core 1.7GHz for the Athlon part and moving to 1.3GHz dual-core Turion parts. Otherwise, 2GB of RAM is standard, though it can be upgraded to 3GB or 5GB. It can also be equipped with a hard drive as large as 500GB or a 128GB solid state drive.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 to cost $199?
The upcoming GeForce GTX 460 graphics chipset from NVIDIA may be priced as low as $199, according to a new report originating from Turkish website DonanimHaber. The price slash would come with a version carrying 768MB of RAM, while the 1GB version would cost $229, the sources claimed. Previously, the cards were expected to cost $230 and $250, respectively.
iMac and Mac Pro to get new GPUs soon
A new firmware discovery in the build of Mac OS X 10.6.4 for the new Mac mini, as well as a set of leaked NVIDIA drivers, has suggested that Macs will have Radeon HD 5000 and GeForce 400 graphics in the near future. The ATI-oriented code doesn't identify any chipsets by name but does at least appear to run an aftermarket Radeon HD 5870 on a basic level through some extra work. Others trying to use a Radeon HD 5770, and Mobility Radeon HD chipsets, aren't having the same success.
Notebook features TriDef 3D via ATI graphics
Lenovo has begun shipping its first 3D notebook, the IdeaPad Y560d. The notebook uses the TriDef 3D system, driven by ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5730, rather than NVIDIA's popular 3D technology. A 15.6-inch display with 1366x768 resolution comes standard on all models.
Acer Aspire with Athlon II Neo now in the US
Acer's 11.6-inch Aspire 1551 netbook with AMD's dual-core, 1.5GHz Turion II Neo and 1.3GHz Athlon II Neo CPU is now available for sale in North America through Amazon. The former has 3GB of RAM, while the latter gets 4GB and that new AMD netbook chip. Shared features include the 1366x768 display and ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 4225 with 384MB of dedicated RAM. The Turion II Neo system gets a 250GB hard drive, with a 320GB drive optional, while the Athlon II Neo model gets the larger drive as standard fare.
Samsung dates, prices new US notebooks, netbooks
Samsung detailed the upcoming US launch of a number of notebooks and netbooks on Wednesday, including the R540 and R440 media-oriented portable PCs. There is also the 15.6-inch R530 and new N220 and N230 netbooks, while the existing N150 and NB30 will be available in new colors and with new functions.
Acer designer notebooks come Stateside
Acer today brought its 2010 high-end notebook designs to the US. The 18.4-inch Aspire 8943G carries the PC builder's new Ethos look with a minimal aluminum shell, a chiclet keyboard and a display panel that runs edge-to-edge. As a desktop replacement, it has five speakers plus a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive turns it into a home theater.
MSI shows notebook with dual-core chip, Danube
MSI on Monday announced its latest Classic-series notebook PC, the 15.6-inch CR630. It uses AMD's newer Danube mobile platform and will be powered by an Athlon II dual-core processor of an unspecified clock speed. The platform swap gives the notebook relatively fast Mobility Radeon HD 4270 graphics that can drive HD video and basic 3D gaming on the 720p-capable screen.