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Articles Roundup August 8, 2008

Intel Core i7: Intel Sets the Official Brand-Name for Nehalem Chips.

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. has set the brand-name under which it will market its processors based on the Nehalem micro-architecture. Surprisingly, the company decided not to drop the “Core” name and the new chips will be available as Intel Core 7i central processing units (CPUs).

Google Says $1B Investment in AOL May Be Impaired

From eWeek+Reuters: Google Inc's 5 percent stake in Time Warner Inc's AOL unit may be worth less than the $1 billion the Web company paid for it in 2006, Google warned in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

"We believe our investment in AOL may be impaired," Google said in its latest quarterly financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

ASUS to Launch S101 in September with 64GB SSD

From DailyTech: ASUS is the firm mostly responsible for kicking off the netbook trend with its Eee PC computers. The Eee PC at first was a small, lightweight netbook that ran on Linux and was intended mostly for surfing the net, listening to music, and chatting with friends.

Google Gadgets an open door for attack

From InfoWorld: Gadget lovers were dealt a blow on Wednesday when two researchers outlined what they called a "hole" during a Black Hat presentation.

Qimonda in talks with Elpida on joint manufacturing

From EETimes: A Qimonda spokesperson acknowledged media reports that the company is in talks with technology partner Elpida over possible joint manufacturing activities.

Less Than Half PayPal's Revenue to Come From eBay by Year's End

From DailyTech: PayPal President Scott Thompson announced at RBC Capital Markets conference Wednesday that by the end of the year, less than half PayPal's revenue will come from eBay buyers and sellers. Rather, the majority will now come from PayPal's Merchant Services.

OCZ Proposes to Install 8GB, 16GB Memory into Desktop PC

From X-bit Labs: Just in case someone thought that 4GB of memory per desktop system is enough, there are memory modules that will provide 8GB or even 16GB of memory per system for those with no limits in mind.

OCZ Technology, a leading maker of memory modules, on Wednesday announced its new memory modules that will allow installation of 8GB or 16GB of memory into desktops based on Intel P45 chipset. Personal computers (PCS) equipped with 8GB or 16GB of memory will require 64-bit operating system and are not common these days, but when applications tend to be more demanding and 8GB of memory on a high-end system may not be seen as fantastic in several quarters from now, particularly in the workstation space.

“64-bit operating systems are becoming more mainstream and finally enable user memory to shed the 4GB limitation of 32-bit OS. Moreover, the latest multi-core systems are capable of simultaneous execution of highly complex workloads, each commanding its own virtual memory space. In that scenario, the only way of avoiding data collision without writing back to the hard disk is the migration towards super-high memory densities,” said Dr. Michael Schuette, vice president of technology development at OCZ Technology.

OCZ’s new 4GB PC2-6400 (DDR2 800MHz) memory modules will be available in 8GB and 16GB kits.

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Samsung, Microsoft in talks to speed up SSDs on Vista

From InfoWorld: Samsung isn't just pushing the envelope in storage capacity of SSDs (solid-state drives), it is also working with software makers to boost SSD performance on operating systems.

The company on Wednesday said it was in talks with Microsoft to improve the performance of SSDs on the Windows OS.

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