ATI Prepares to Update Mainstream GPU Family As It Tapes Out New Chip

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, may be preparing a rather substantial update for its mainstream lineup of graphics processing units (GPUs) in late Q1 2009 or early Q2 2009, according to media reports. The new code-named RV740 chip is projected to be made using 40nm process technology at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

EVGA Quietly Starts to Ship Graphics Cards with 55nm GeForce GTX 200 Chips

From X-bit Labs: EVGA, a popular supplier of Nvidia GeForce-based graphics cards, has quietly started shipments of graphics boards powered by GeForce GTX 260 chip made using 55nm process technology. The new chip is cheaper to manufacture and also consumes less power.

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs

From InfoWorld: In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application "Antivirus 2009" from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.

Dell Adamo Rumors Gain Ground with 'Confirmation'

From PC World: The news about Dell's mystery Adamo laptop broke this week on fashion and luxury site Uptown Life. The article featured a Dell image with the Adamo product logo as well as the text tagline "rival the Macbook Air." Uptown Life yanked the article, but the rumor mills had already caught the scent.

Micron posts $706 million loss on memory woes

From CNET In the quarter ended December 4, 2008, the Boise, Idaho company posted a net loss of $706 million or 91 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.4 billion, down 8.7 percent. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a loss of 45 cents a share.

The 2009 fiscal first quarter results include a $369 million write-down of memory chip products, Micron said.

Details of HP Firebird Voodoo DNA Tower Leaked

From DailyTech: The first Voodoo and HP system to come from the purchase was called the HP Blackbird 002. It was an interesting rig with a price tag that was higher than most were willing to spend. Add the cost to the fact that you could build the rig for much less than HP and Voodoo were asking for it and the machine was scorned by many gamers and computer enthusiasts.

Report: Sony Loses $50 for Each PS3 Sold Today

From DailyTech: Sony's PS3 game console is popular among many gamers, but faces significant competition from the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Much of the pressure placed on the PS3 by the other two major game consoles is one of price.

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Via to Drive High-Definition Video into Small Form-Factor Systems

From X-bit Labs: Via Technologies, a developer of microprocessors, graphics chips and core-logic sets, has announced a new platform that should enable feature-rich multimedia systems with very low power consumption. The new “Trinity” platform will utilize mini-ITX 2.0 form-factor, Via Nano processor, S3 Graphics’ graphics processing unit as well as a Via core-logic.

Sun Executive Reveals More Open-source Plans for JavaFX

From PC World: A Sun Microsystems executive has provided a glimpse into the company's future plans for open sourcing JavaFX, its recently released technology for building RIAs (rich Internet applications) for the desktop, mobile devices and other platforms.

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