AMD Releases Triple Threat and Price Cuts

From Tom's Hardware: Although not able to compete with Intel in the high-end market, AMD has shown it still has some bite left by slashing prices once again in their processor line up and by releasing three new triple-core Phenom processors. The newly announced AMD Phenom X3 8450e and Phenom X3 8250e are both energy efficient energy efficient processors with a TDP of just 65 W each, which translates into reduced heat and a savings on the power bill.

Chinese Inventors to Reveal Quad-Core “Nearly x86” Microprocessor Next Year

From X-bit Labs: There were numerous companies trying to compete against Intel Corp. on the field of x86 microprocessors, but all of them have vanished into thin air. But Chinese Academy of Sciences hopes that it will be able to offer an alternative to products by AMD and Intel in the coming years.

RIM launches first BlackBerry flip-phone

From InfoWorld: Research In Motion (RIM) diversified its BlackBerry line Wednesday by introducing a "flip" or clamshell model, a popular form for mobile phones.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will be available later this year through operator T-Mobile, although RIM didn't say at what price.

Nvidia Hit With Securities Lawsuit Over Bad Graphics Chips

From PC World: A lawsuit filed in a California court on Tuesday alleged Nvidia violated U.S. securities laws and concealed the existence of a serious defect in its graphics-chip line for at least eight months "in a series of false and misleading statements made to the investing public."

Nokia offers Microsoft e-mail on smartphones

From CNET News.com: Nokia took aim at smartphone rival Research in Motion Tuesday with plans to expand the number of devices that will automatically be capable of accessing Microsoft corporate e-mail.

Apple Introduces Updated iPod nano, touch

From DailyTech: Apple and Steve Jobs have wrapped up the event held today for press; as expected new iPods were the topic of the day. Apple revealed several updated iPods and made a few other significant announcements.

Intel Delays CPUs With iGFX Until 2010

Nvidia’s Enthusiast-Class Product Roadmap Leaked: Code-Named GT212 Due Next Year

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp., the world’s largest supplier of discrete graphics processing units, reportedly readies two new higher-end graphics processors that are set to be launched late this year and in the first quarter of 2009.

Memory Woes May Hurt Chip Tool Makers Worse Than Expected

From PC World: A memory chip glut this year has already caused companies to curtail orders of new production line machinery, but the lack of any sign of a rebound has caused at least one industry watcher to rethink its chip equipment forecast.

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in July forecast global chip equipment revenue will drop to US$34.12 billion this year, down 20 percent from US$42.77 billion last year.

Smartphone shipments ease off the gas pedal

From CNET News.com: Smartphone sales slowed a bit in the second quarter amid a weak global economy, but Gartner thinks that's about to change.

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