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Intel Scientists Develop World’s First Continuous Laser From Standard Silicon

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 17, 2005 - Intel today announced a scientific breakthrough using standard silicon manufacturing processes to create the world's first continuous wave silicon laser. This technology could help bring low-cost, high-quality lasers and optical devices to mainstream use in computing, communications and medical applications.

Grand Theft Auto Sparks Another Lawsuit

Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive, Sony, Wal-Mart, and GameStop are blamed for the murder of three policemen by a teenage car thief.

Just when the furor over Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's "Kill all the Haitians!" level had finally died down, the game sparked another lawsuit. Along with its predecessor Grand Theft Auto III, the crime-action game is being blamed for inspiring the triple murder of three Fayette, Alabama, police officers.

Intel P4 660 & 3.73GHz EE Review

Legit Reviews has posted a review on the new Intel 6XX series processors and the latest Extreme Edition CPU. http://www.legitreviews.com/article.php?aid=166

Mushkin PC3200 Level II V2 1024 MB Review

OSPrices finished their review of Mushkin’s PC3200 Level II V2 1024 MB memory. http://www.ocprices.com/index.php?rev_id=249

Intel brings 64 bit to desktop

Intel has rolled out its last full slate of single core Pentium 4s for the desktop as it gears up for the debut of its dual core line sometime in the second half. http://go.theregister.com/feed/2005/02/21/intel_desktop_h1_05/

ATI CATALYST for Windows XP Version 5.2 released

Fixed in this driver:

  • 4x4 Evolution2: Attempting to play the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON? X300/X600 series installed no longer results in the operating system failing to respond when the screen is set to 1600x1200 32bpp and OpenGL Renderer is enabled
  • 4x4 Evolution 2: Display corruption is no longer noticed when having the display set to 1600x1200 32bpp along with the texture detail set to high and split screen rendering enabled
  • Serious Sam: Playing the game under Windows XP results in the display flashing when TRUFORM is enabled
  • Sims 2: Playing the game Veronaville under Windows XP while having the desktop set to 1024x768 32bpp along with AA set to 6X no longer results in corruption being noticed in the fields

A64 Winchester Vs. Pentium M Dothan @ GamePC

An excellent comparison between two 90nm core CPUs, arguably the most power efficient processors available today. Read it here

ATI’s Radeon X800 256MB and Radeon X850 PRO Preview @ HEXUS

Hexus have previoes of the Radeon X800 256MB and Radeon X850 PRO on there site. "The 6600 GT can’t run with the X800 in Half-Life 2 either, mainly due to framebuffer size, with fractionally less general ability not helping either. X850 PRO is usefully quicker than 6800 GT in the same test until 1600×1200 when the NVIDIA board is able to draw close. In the three game tests, the Radeons best their NVIDIA rivals in all but Doom 3, a game well known to fancy a bit of NV4x more than a bit of Canadian R4xx." Read the full preview here

ATI’s Overdrive 4 plans

techPowerUp! has some information on Overdrive 4 which is due in ATI’s next Catalyst driver release in March: "Previously you could only overclock your GPU core with Overdrive, and only by a rather small amount. Now you can overclock both core and memory and the frequency range will be increased to 75% of the next higher class product. For example the X800 Non-Pro (400 Mhz / 350 Mhz) could be overclocked up to 456 Mhz Core (400 + (475-400) * 0.75). The memory overclock would be 425 Mhz (350 + (450-350) * 0.75)."

SAMSUNG Produces World’s First Working Prototype of Next Gen. Memory – DDR3

Seoul, Korea - February 17, 2005 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has produced the world's first DDR3 DRAM (dynamic random access memory) device. The new 512Mb DDR3 DRAM, which can process data at the extraordinary rate of 1,066Mbps (the data equivalent of 8,000 newspaper pages a second), will be available in early 2006. DDR3 (double data rate) will become the standard for the next generation of ultra-fast, low-power-consuming memory chips used in notebook computers, desktops and servers.

Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT) D-SLR Preview

DP Review has posted its preview of Canon’s new?EOS 350D?D-SLR camera.? This is the followup to the hugely popular EOS 300D and a camera i’m very looking forward to: "On 20th August 2003 Canon dropped a bomb into the digital SLR market with the six megapixel sub-$1,000 EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). Eighteen months later and just in time for the largest trade show of the year (PMA 2005) Canon has revealed the successor to the 300D, the new, smaller, eight megapixel, EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT). At first you’d be forgiven for thinking this was just a drop-in upgrade of the EOS 300D with the EOS 20D’s eight megapixel sensor, but in actual fact it has a new CMOS sensor (it’s 8.0 megapixels versus the 20D’s 8.2 megapixels), the 350D also has a smaller body, re-worked design, DIGIC II, new features and custom functions."

Microsoft Recall Xbox Power Chords

Microsoft has recalled more then 14 Million power cords for consols manufactured before October 23, 2003 in the US and January 13, 2004 in Europe. The reason for the recall sites faulty components may lead to injury and/or property damage. 30 cases thus far has been reported. Replacement cords can be ordered at the Xbox website.

Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Review @ bjorn3d.com

bjorn3d have a review up of the Sapphire Radeon X800 XL. "We all knew this card would rock (or rather violently shake) the successful NVIDIA 6800 GT boat if it really hit streets at $300. That’s not happening though…try adding $100 to the MSRP." Read the full review here

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