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Tuesday 07 March 2006
5.46 Ghz "dream machine" computer to be shown off at CeBIT
Biofreak , Tuesday 07 March 2006 - 22:18:39 //

Three companies, Asetek, Kingston Technology Europe and Western Digital, have joined forces to build a fast liquid/phase-change cooled computer called the "Dream Machine". Using Asetek's phase-change coolers, along with Kingston's HyperX DDR2 RAM and Raptop X drives from Western Digital, the new computer runs at 5.46 Ghz. Quite impressive considering the Intel Pentium 4 CPU used had a stock speed of 3.8 Ghz.

The CPU is cooled using a phase-change cooler, which is essentially a small refrigerator, that brings the temperature to minus 33 degrees Celsius. Other motherboard and graphic card components were cooled using Asetek's "WaterChill" liquid coolers.

The computer will be shown off at Asetek's booth during the upcoming CeBIT show in Germany.


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ATI Announces Mobility Radeon X1800
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 07 March 2006 - 12:42:12 //

ATI announces its latest mobile GPU

ATI releasing a bombshell on the mobile scene with the new Mobility Radeon X1800. This new GPU is based on the latest in 90 nanometer manufacturing technology and has over 312 million transistors. As expected from a modern day Radeon GPU, it has full support for DirectX 9 as well as ATI's Avivo technology for top notch image quality and high-definition video capture/playback.

The Mobility Radeon X1800 features a native PCI Express x16 interface along with 12 pixel pipelines running at a core clock of 450MHz. A 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface is also supported for high-end implementations.

Here are the core features for Mobility Radeon X1800:

* 312 million transistors using 90nm fabrication process
* Twelve pixel shader processors
* Eight vertex shader processors
* 256-bit 8-channel DDR1/DDR2/GDDR3 memory interface
* Native PCI Express x16 bus interface
* PowerPlay 6.0 power management technology
* Avivo Video and Display architecture

There is no word on availability yet, but we will be sure to bring you news of design wins in the near future.
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

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Monday 06 March 2006
Blu-Ray Launch Date Set for May 23rd
RaZeaL [PCD] , Monday 06 March 2006 - 09:51:15 //

Sony has announced that its Blu-Ray next-generation DVD format will launch in North America on May 23rd, giving a clear timeline for the first time for the arrival of the media format which will be used by the PlayStation 3.

Eight Blu-Ray titles will launch on that date from Sony's two major film studios, Sony Pictures and MGM, namely 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight's Tale, The Last Waltz, Resident Evil Apocalypse and XXX.

A further set of titles will appear on June 13th - with Kung Fu Hustle, Legends of the Fall, Robocop, Stealth, Species, SWAT and Terminator joining the original launch titles on the shelves.

However, the initial choice available to consumers in terms of what to play their shiny new high definition movies on will be very limited - with only one player, Samsung's costly BD-P1000, set to ship for the May 23rd launch. Further players will appear from Sony and Pioneer shortly after launch.

Sony also announced that it is to merge its optical drive business, of which the Blu-Ray drive business is a part, with NEC's optical drive business, forming a joint venture. While in some quarters this is seen being a move designed to hedge the company's bets in case HD-DVD becomes the dominant standard - as NEC is a key supporter of HD-DVD. Elsewhere it's being interpreted as a victory for Blu-Ray, since Sony will hold a 55% stake in the new venture and it will be headed up by a Sony executive.

In terms of software pricing, Sony plans to sell new Blu-Ray titles wholesale into retail at $23.95, with back catalogue titles being sold wholesale at $17.95 - that will probably translate as around $29.95 and $24.95 respectively on the price tags for consumers.

The big question, of course, is what does all of this means for the launch of the PlayStation 3 that will use a Blu-Ray drive and it is expected to act as a "Trojan horse" to drive uptake of the format among consumers.
[Submitted by RaZeaL]


New F.E.A.R.-style Games from Monolith
RaZeaL [PCD] , Monday 06 March 2006 - 09:43:09 //

Developer Monolith, which was acquired by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment last year has announced that it is working on sequels to critically acclaimed PC horror FPS title F.E.A.R., which will appear on PC and on next-generation consoles.

However, since Monolith doesn't own the F.E.A.R. brand any more - that belongs to the game's publisher, Vivendi Universal Games - the sequels will appear under a new name, which has yet to be announced.

The situation is complicated by the fact that it's strongly rumoured that VU Games is also not finished with the F.E.A.R. brand, with an Xbox 360 version expected to be announced shortly; and given the success of the game, an "official" sequel, using the F.E.A.R. name but developed by a different studio, seems highly likely.

VU Games has so far been quiet about its plans for F.E.A.R., but Monolith boss Samantha Ryan today issued a statement confirming that the studio will be pursuing the franchise under a new guise - and pledging that the next-gen console versions will play to the individual strengths of the platforms on which they appear.

"We really want to raise the stakes for the universe and build on the things players loved about F.E.A.R.," she said. "In addition to continuing the series on PC, we're committed to bringing it to next-generation consoles by creating separate titles tailored to each audience instead of a one-size-fits-all approach."
[Submitted by RaZeaL]



Saturday 04 March 2006
Blizzard Says World of Warcraft On Xbox 360 Would Hamper Game Experience
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 04 March 2006 - 08:05:24 //

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Blizzard says WoW for Xbox 360 not planned but points to future possibilities

World of Warcraft has caught on with the online community in record time, especially with overseas audiences such as Europe and China. Blizzard also has a commanding presence in terms of respect from players in Asia, thanks to the company's grand portfolio of hit after hit. We recently reported that Blizzard now has over 6 million active subscribers to WoW and the numbers are continuing to grow on a daily basis.

Interestingly however, Blizzard's COO Paul Sams said in an interview that Blizzard does not have plans to release WoW for the Xbox 360 platform. Despite enormous revenue being generated by subscriptions to WoW, Blizzard believes that because of the inherent differences in play architecture, porting WoW over to the Xbox 360 console would severely compromise the play experience of the game. WoW itself is heavily dependent on the use of a mouse and keyboard.

Also, it’s important to us that the entire player base is able to play together. Microsoft’s Xbox Live architecture is very protected from all sorts of outside influence, so shared play between 360 and PC owners would be very tough. We wouldn’t even consider WoW for 360 unless we could overcome that hurdle.

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