AMD Launches 45-nm Opteron Line

From Tom's Hardware: With the rising demand for low power consumption, AMD answers the call with its new line of Opteron (aka Shanghai) 55-watt ACP processors, now available in five flavors through global OEMs and "solution providers." Currently HP utilizes AMD's processor in eight server systems; Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor-based servers from Rackable Systems are also available with systems from Dell, Sun and other companies coming soon.

Intel Has No Intentions to Block Creation of The Foundry Company – Chipmaker

From X-bit Labs: Even though Intel Corp. does have concerns regarding the viability of cross-license agreement with Advanced Micro Devices in the light of the spinning off AMD’s fabs into the joint-venture with Advanced Technologies Investment Company (ATIC) called The Foundry Company (TFC), the world’s largest chipmaker denies any intentions to stop the creation of yet another contract maker of semiconductors.

AMD Has No Replacement for Geode LX Processors

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices is not developing any new Geode processors for embedded applications and has no replacement for them in sight, the company said on Monday. It is no secret that AMD officially stopped the development of Geode years ago, but it has been assumed by the market that the company’s code-named Bobcat chip will be able to address the market of ultra low-power embedded applications.

Microsoft repeats IE8 lock-in warning for XP users with SP3

From InfoWorld: Microsoft again warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they may not be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

The warning, made by Jane Maliouta, a Microsoft program manager as the company delivered Release Candiate 1 (RC1) on Monday, was a repeat of a caution she gave last August when Microsoft launched the browser's second beta.

Cisco Goes Green With Software Upgrade

From PC World: Cisco Systems is looking to reduce the energy consumption of network attached devices such as IP phones, laptops and access points using a new architecture called EnergyWise, the company announced at its user conference in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Yahoo's quarter: All eyes on Bartz

From CNET Brand-new Chief Executive Carol Bartz deserves exactly zero blame or credit for the fourth-quarter financial results Yahoo will announce Tuesday afternoon, but the judgment of her abilities will begin in earnest when she bears the Internet pioneer's tidings.

Intel Prepares New Core 2 Duo E8700

From DailyTech: Many programs still don't take full advantage of multiple cores. Those that are, are only optimized for two logical processors.

Additionally, many gamers who don't overclock seek the fastest dual-core CPUs, as they will see faster frame rates if they are CPU limited. Generally, having more cores limits how fast you can clock your processors. If the game doesn't take advantage of quad-Core, then a dual-core solution makes more sense.

Western Digital Updates Green Lineup to 2TB

From DailyTech: Western Digital has announced its latest drive, a 2 Terabyte Caviar Green hard drive with 32 MB of cache and a seek time of 8.9ms. It runs between 7200 or 5400 RPM depending on load, which saves power.

Due to advances in Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), it is able to achieve this using a four platter design, with 500 MB per platter. Having fewer platters reduces power consumption as well.

Microsoft Windows Live Head Among Job Cuts

From DailyTech: Microsoft is still one of the most profitable companies in the technology industry. However, the software giant missed its earning last quarter and took aggressive action to try and prevent that from happening again.

Part of the action that Microsoft took was to announce it would be shedding 5,000 positions from its employee pool. The cuts are affecting some of the people that were key players in Microsoft's PC gaming business.

Microsoft extends Windows 7 beta download deadline

From InfoWorld: Microsoft Thursday extended the deadline for downloading the public beta of Windows 7 by more than two weeks, citing continued interest in the preview.

The move suggests that fewer than 2.5 million copies of the beta have been downloaded since Microsoft launched the Windows 7 preview Jan. 10.

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