Intel Looks to Tiny Atom Processor for Profits in the Face of Slowing PC Sales

From DailyTech: When Intel launched its tiny Atom processor, it intended for the small, low-cost CPU to find its way into many cheaper consumer electronic devices like the new class of netbooks, mobile phones, and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Intel's Atom has found its way into a number of small, lower-cost devices so far since its launch including the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, and Acer Aspire One.

HP Kicks Off SIGGRAPH 2008 With Lots Of New Gear

From Tom's Hardware: Topping the list of new HP products is the HP EliteBook 8730w. It sports a 17" display, which offers over 16 million colors, an Intel quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM and new Nvidia Quardo FX cards with up to 1 GB of RAM. Joining this laptop are the HP EliteBook 8530w and HP EliteBook 8530p, both of which include a 15.4" diagonal display, Intel Core 2 Duo processors and 8 GB of memory.

$196M Should Cover Costs of Bad Graphics Chips, Nvidia Says

From PC World: Nvidia took a one-time warranty charge of US$196 million against its second-quarter revenue on Tuesday, saying that amount should cover the cost of replacing bad Nvidia graphics chips used in a range of laptop models from different manufacturers. Chairman and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stopped short of ruling out additional charges related to this problem in the future, but said Nvidia was not obligated to replace the bad graphics chips.

Best Buy to sell iPhones in September

From CNET Best Buy stores will begin selling Apple's iPhone 3G next month, becoming the first national retail chain outside of Apple and carrier AT&T to offer the wildly popular device.

NVIDIA Enables PhysX for GeForce 8 Series, Launches New Quadro Plex Series

From DailyTech: Owners of NVIDIA branded video cards have waited for a while now for the company to announce its PhysX enabled drivers that will allow higher-end video cards to process physics on the GPU. Today NVIDIA officially announced the drivers that enable PhysX technology -- free on any GeForce eight series or higher GPU.

Dell Announces New Notebooks for Business Users

From DailyTech: It's common at this time year to see many new notebooks being introduced by different notebook manufacturers for back-to-school. Not all the new notebooks produced this time year are aimed at students, as Dell has demonstrated with its new notebooks announced today.

AMD Split Rumors Accelerating

From Tom's Hardware: It is widely expected that Asset Light will part AMD into two companies - one that is led by newly crowned CEO Dirk Meyer and a focus on the development of chip technologies and a manufacturing arm that will take over AMD’s fabs. Our sources indicated that critical decisions are being made at this time and the official announcement of Asset Light and Asset Smart will be made next month.

Lenovo adds quad-core laptop to ThinkPad line

From InfoWorld: Lenovo on Tuesday added some power to its venerable ThinkPad line, launching a laptop with a quad-core processor that could be its highest-performing notebook to date.

The ThinkPad W700, designed as a workstation alternative, also offers close to 1TB of storage and packs multimedia features to complement the speedy processor.

AMD to Nvidia: Two chips are better than one

From CNET Advanced Micro Devices announced on Monday its most powerful graphics technology to date, going after Nvidia in the rarified--and closely watched--enthusiast game segment.

This also marks the current performance pinnacle of AMD's strategy to beat Nvidia at the high end by building comparatively smaller chips and then ganging them together for better performance.

VIA Leaves Chipset Business

From DailyTech: For a long time there have been several manufacturers in the chipset business and the largest of them were Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, VIA, and SiS. VIA today announced that it will be leaving the motherboard chipset business, ceding the market to its competitors.

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