Bloomfield 2.93 GHz caught in its natural habitat

Navin Maini | | Aug 6, 2008 11:04 AM CDT

The first wave of Intel's, Nehalem microarchitecture derived, Bloomfield CPUs are highly anticipated to reach enthusiasts' hands before the turn of this year and indeed, we reported last month on some exciting performance expectations.

Now, the Bloomfield 2.66 GHz's elder sibling, the Bloomfield 2.93 GHz, has submitted to making a house, a home, courtesy of Maximum PC.

Yes, it is true. Resourceful Maximum PC, used all its skills to charm its way into the lab of one of its hardware contacts and set about ascertaining just what challenges, there may be, in building a Nehalem home.

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55nm NVIDIA GT200 GPU performing R700 stakeout

Navin Maini | | Aug 6, 2008 8:14 AM CDT

We reported recently, on suggestions that NVIDIA has shifted into gear, aiming to improve the prospects of its 65nm GT200 GPU with a, much vaunted, 55nm refresh.

55nm NVIDIA GT200 GPU performing R700 stakeout

According to this article from Fudzilla, not citing its sources, the 55nm refresh of NVIDIA's GT200 powerhouse has received much loving attention and is being prepared to counteract AMD's warrior, the R700.

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Intel Montevina successor set for Q3 2009 stage

Navin Maini | | Aug 5, 2008 11:18 AM CDT

Citing its sources as notebook manufacturers, this report from DIGITIMES, explores the possibility of Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture, not reaching mobile shores until Q3 2009.

Intel Montevina successor set for Q3 2009 stage

Calpella, which will succeed the very recent Centrino 2 (Montevina) platform, is the sixth generation of Intel's Centrino vision and, will usher in some fundamental changes to boot.

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Lenevo IdeaPad S10 Atom equipped UMPC info

Steve Dougherty | | Aug 4, 2008 6:00 PM CDT

Lenevo have just officially unveiled their new IdeaPad S10 ulta-portable notebook sporting Intel's N270 Atom processor. It looks like it could potentially be a bit of an Eee PC killer, measuring 9.8" x 7.2" with a weight of just 2.4 pounds in its lightest form.

Lenovo promises availability come September with some models using a 10" screen whilst others in select countries being available with 9" screens, a range of different colours and Linux pre-load options.

It is said that initially the S10 will come in at $399 for a model running 512MB memory with an 80GB HDD and a jump up to $450 for one with 1GB memory and a 160GB HDD in black, red or white.

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WHDI aims to make its place in end-users' hearts

Navin Maini | | Aug 4, 2008 3:04 PM CDT

HDMI is looking for its wireless successor and there is no shortage of suitors, according to this article from Engadget.

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Wireless Home Digital Interface, which prefers to be known by its nickname, WHDI, appears to be pitting itself against its main competitor, WirelessHD, and the expected trials and tribulations in gaining widespread adoption, may shape the future of this wireless field.

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AMD, NVIDIA take battle to driver front

Navin Maini | | Aug 4, 2008 12:01 PM CDT

It appears that the fever pitch graphics battle between Santa Clara, CA based NVIDIA and Sunnyvale, CA based AMD, is about to take on a new form.

We reported details, some two weeks ago, regarding NVIDIA's 'Big Bang II' ForceWare Driver Software release, scheduled to be driving NVIDIA solutions from September.

Let's recap for a moment and review what NVIDIA has up its sleeve:

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Inside prospective on NVIDIA quitting chipsets

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Aug 3, 2008 5:29 AM CDT

Late last week Digitimes broke a story stating that NVIDIA were on the verge of quitting its chipset business. Soon after that story broke, we had the chance to speak to several of our contacts here in Taipei and the story was confirmed over and over again.

Inside prospective on NVIDIA quitting chipsets

We wanted to deliver an insider prospective as to why NVIDIA is quitting its chipset business. NVIDIA is denying rumors of closing up its chipset business and sending its chipset designer and engineer staff to the GPGPU team to speed and ramp up development in that area.

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