During the currently underway Intel Developer Forum, Dadi Perlmutter, senior vice president of Intel's mobility group, unveiled a system consisting of Intel's upcoming Montevina mobile platform. Montevina is Intel's replacement for the current Santa Rosa Centrino mobile processors, and will be creatively named Centrino 2. During Perlmutter's demonstration, he noted that Montevina's IGP will offer twice the performance of the current generation Santa Rosa platform - hopefully power consumption isn't compromised.
According to InfoWorld, citing sources "familiar with the situation", Microsoft will be extending XP's availability past June 30th. An announcement is expected to be made sometime this week, possibly at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. InfoWorld note that Intel is using IDF to debut various low-cost notebooks based on its Atom processors, which will no doubt rival the Eee PC. Like the Eee PC, these devices lack the memory resources needed to run Vista, and thus XP remains the only Windows OS worthy of the job.
Right on schedule, Nvidia has rolled out its 9800 GTX. As we've said many times before, this card is essentially an overclocked 8800 GTS 512MB with the addition of three-way SLI and Hybrid Power. In the majority of the reviews below, the board fails to show any superiority to the 8800 GTX - hardly what you'd expect from a new series. Then again, Nvidia has no competition in the mid $300 segment, so there's no need for a huge performance jump. The board costs around the same as most overclocked 8800 GTS 512MB's, so quite good value nonetheless.
Seagate has quietly updated its new 7200.11 Barracuda series hard drives, which now includes a 320GB single-platter model. Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives previously started off at 500GB, and are slowly getting smaller and more affordable. The model number for this hard disk drive is ST3320613AS.