Intel Promises to Ship Octa-Core Processors in Late 2009 or Early 2010

From X-bit Labs: Apparently, Intel Corp. still does not seem to be sure about the release date of its octa-core microprocessor for multi-processor servers. A high-ranking executive from the world’s largest maker of microprocessors said in an interview that at the moment Intel aims to ship the new Xeon MP processor with eight cores either late in 2009 or early in 2010.

ATI Has No Immediate Plans for New Dual-Chip Flagship Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, has no immediate plans to release a new dual-chip flagship graphics card based on the recently launched ATI Radeon HD 4890 (RV790) graphics processing units (GPUs) to address the market of performance-hungry customers as there are graphics cards that could satisfy their needs in the company’s product family.

AMD to take further action to cut costs

From InfoWorld: Advanced Micro Devices on Friday said it would take further actions, which could include facility closures, to cut costs as it restructures in an effort to return to profitability.

The further cost reduction efforts are expected to result mainly from consolidations of facilities as the company tries to merge operations, said Drew Prairie, an AMD spokesman.

BlackBerry Storm Gets WiFi, Other Extras, say Sources

From PC World: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is prepping a new version of its only touchscreen phone, the BlackBerry Storm, as soon as this September, according to reports. The new phone is set to bring improvements over the current offering, especially with the addition of WiFi.

Intel launches new chip logos, rating system

From CNET News.com: Intel has revamped its processor badging and rating system. Consumers are the main target, though business systems will get new badging too.

The new badges include a die (the chip minus the packaging) accent in the upper right hand corner, a prominent main brand (e.g., "Core"), and the modifier (e.g., "i7").

Dell Netbook Roadmap Leaked

From Tom's Hardware: For those in the market for a Dell Mini 10, the current model is set to receive a few more options (this month it seems?), including Vista, a 3G modem, and a 1.86 GHz Atom with a new 1.6 GHz Atom N270 SKU arriving in May. Engadget reports that everything will be updated again in the second half of the year with Intel's Pine Trail processors.

AMD Restructuring Costs Revealed

Intel: Integrated Graphics is Where It's At

From Tom's Hardware: We love our graphics hardware. The offerings from AMD and Nvidia are always interesting to track from one generation to the next, each offering a significant jump from the previous to give us prettier, smoother games.

Windows 7 will allow downgrades too

From CNET News.com: With Windows 7, Microsoft is hoping to have an operating system that people won't want to downgrade from. That said, it does plan on offering users that option.

Albatron Drops Nvidia Exclusivity, Unveils First ATI Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: Albatron, a long-time Nvidia-exclusive supplier of graphics cards, on Friday formally launched its first graphics board based on ATI Radeon graphics processing unit and further demonstrated the success of ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, that it faces after the release of the ATI Radeon HD 4000 line.

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