ATI Quietly Enters Switchable Graphics Technology for Intel Centrino 2 Notebooks

From X-bit Labs: ATI Switchable Graphics technology is a joint effort between ATI/AMD and Intel Corp. to provide users of Intel Centrino 2 notebooks the best features of various graphics adapters: performance and feature-set of discrete GPU and power-efficiency of integrated graphics processor (IGP). A similar technology was also developed by Intel and Nvidia so that to provide customers a choice of graphics processors.

Intel to Describe 32nm Process Technology at International Electron Devices Meeting

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. plans to reveal more details about its 32nm fabrication process at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in mid-December, 2008. While the first test chips were build using 32nm process technology more than a year ago, Intel did not provide any details regarding the process itself, possibly because they were subject to change as well as for keeping its rivals without any information.

Intel Joins Taiwan on Linux OS for Netbooks

From PC World: ntel, the world's largest chip maker, created Moblin to use with devices that run on Intel Atom microprocessors. The open source software includes a Linux kernel, a user interface, a browser, developer tools and other resources that Intel will continue to optimize as part of the agreement with the Taiwan government.

Intel, Asus partner on 'dream PC' design site

From CNET News.com: The site divides its focus into three "conversation groups," in which consumers work together to design Netbooks, notebooks, and gaming notebooks.

"Visitors to the site can share ideas, vote on submitted concepts and engage in discussions with other community members about the qualities of the 'dream' PC," Intel said in a statement.

Microsoft Launches Windows Azure, New Free OS

From DailyTech: Well for a limited time, developers will get to use and test a unique new OS from Microsoft -- Windows Azure -- entirely for free. The new OS marks the release of Microsoft's long awaited cloud computing operating system.

Broadcom Completes Acquisition of Ex-ATI’s Digital TV Division from AMD

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday announced the completion of the sale of its Digital TV (DTV) processor business to Broadcom Corp. For some reason, the company had to slash the price of its business unit by $51 million.

Instead of originally announced $192.8, AMD sold its DTV biz for approximately $141.5 million in cash subject to certain escrows and adjustments pursuant to the terms of the definitive asset purchase agreement.

Wal-Mart to sell G1 Android phone for less

From InfoWorld: -Mobile's G1 Android phone is about to get cheaper -- at least, if you look in the right place. Wal-Mart will start selling the Google-powered device at a discounted rate this week, the company has confirmed.

Will Android Be Motorola's Savior?

From PC World: With no popular phones released for this holiday season, and hardly any this year, Motorola is set to revamp its entire mobile phone division with the help of Google's mobile operating system, Android.

Sanjay Jha, the company's new handset division chief, is planning large scale job cuts and will slash the number of mobile operating systems the company uses at the moment.

Ubuntu Ready to Launch 8.10 Later This Week

From DailyTech: As Canonical and Ubuntu prepare to launch its latest operating system later this week, Mark Shuttleworth is willing to continue to burn through his own personal bank accounts to keep the Ubuntu project running.

With the pending "Intrepid Ibex" launch looming, which was officially introduced on Monday, Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Desktop Edition will offer 3G network support, improved virtualization, and user management tweaks.

Articles Roundup October 28, 2008

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