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Is Windows 8 worth it?

Windows 8 is great!

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Thursday 16 February 2006
PS3 September release
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 16 February 2006 - 09:23:41 //

According to well-placed industry sources, PlayStation HUB will offer PlayStation 3 owners much the same services as Xbox Live, including chat, downloadable demos, independent games and online play. The service is also designed to support PSP online play as well as PS3. It's a departure from PlayStation 2's online strategy, widely regarded as vastly inferior to Microsoft's.

PlayStation HUB is being described to developers as a 'subscriber service' suggesting a monthly charge. We understand the service is being created by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, although this is unconfirmed.

Sony boss Howard Stringer is pushing for all media content to be available for distribution over PlayStation HUB, such as music and movies, thus opening up a powerful iTunes-like distribution network for Sony.

September launch

Developer sources are also suggesting that PlayStation 3 is currently scheduled to launch in September. A launch games release schedule seen by our sources states a September launch. Although the schedule does not explicitly state a hardware launch date, nor a launch territory, we understand Japan and U.S will both see the machine in September.

Some in the industry have taken this as a lead to speculate that September 16 would be a launch date in Japan (a Saturday before a national holiday) followed by September 21 in the U.S. These dates are not confirmed and, as always, launch dates are subject to constant revision.

A spokesperson for SCEA said the company does not comment on rumors. However, we understand Sony is preparing to announce HUB some time in the next few weeks.
[Submitted by RaZeaL]

Wednesday 15 February 2006
Intel Viiv Revealed: "Conroe" Not Compatible With Existing Motherboards
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 15 February 2006 - 08:31:16 //

Intel's roadmap reveals more about the Viiv platform, and Conroe's VRM problem

Intel quietly released a list of Viiv specifications to its manufacturing partners last week. Intel's Viiv platform is an attempt to unify PC components into a concise, easily supported platform for media center PCs. Unfortunately, the project is already starting to show some missteps -- the Intel Conroe CPU, the workhorse of the Intel Viiv 1.5 and 1.6 platform, are not compatible with Viiv 1.0.

Documents from Intel mentioned that the next generation Intel desktop processor, Conroe, will require a platform refresh on existing chipsets. The upcoming Intel G965 and P965 chipsets will support Conroe, but any other Intel chipsets from 975X on down will require a modified VRM and BIOS updates. The VRM, or voltage regulator module, is the component on the motherboard that adjusts the voltages to the CPU. Even if today's chipsets are physically compatible with Conroe, no motherboard today will support the CPU if manufacturers followed the VRM guidelines set forth by Intel when those chipsets were designed.

The major software change to Viiv will be the operating system. Viiv 1.5 will feature Microsoft Windows XP MCE, while 1.6 will feature Microsoft Vista Premium. Windows Vista is due out later this year after the Intel Conroe processor launch. A footnote declares that the 1.5 Viiv software package will be available June or July of 2006.

Another new addition to the Viiv platform will be the addition of 802.11 a, b and g WiFi chipsets. The specification details that the 3945ABG or the 3965ABG WiFi chipsets may be added to a Viiv device and still receive support from the platform software.

[Submitted by Kcarrim]

1 1139985060 Intel

Tuesday 14 February 2006
Exclusive: Sapphire's Radeon X1300 AGP and X1600 AGP
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 14 February 2006 - 22:03:00 //

Sapphire Technology continues to release more AGP versions of its top selling PCIe cards and hints at more coming

PCI Express is definitely on the top of performance features for gamers this year, but there are far more users still using systems that are AGP only. While PCIe definitely has its merits, AGP 8X still holds its own in terms of graphics performance. Because a new motherboard and often new processor are required to make the leap from AGP to PCIe, the upgrade path is often too expensive for the average user.

We recently reported that Sapphire announced a new AGP version of its Radeon X1600 Pro, that comes with identical specs to the PCIe version but features a PCIe to AGP bridge, giving AGP users a new lease on life for their systems. The response to Sapphire's announcement was very much welcomed by many users. Sapphire has now produced a X1300 Pro AGP to give even more choices for AGP users. We have exclusive pictures of the new cards with an interesting shot of an ATI PCIe to AGP bridge that's used for both cards.

Radeon X1600 Pro specifications:

Engine: 500MHz
Shader units: 12
Memory speed: 800MHz
Memory interface: 128-bit
Memory: 256MB DDR2
Radeon X1300 Pro specifications:

Engine: 600MHz
Shader units: 4
Memory speed: 800MHz
Memory interface: 128-bit
Memory: 256MB DDR2
Both cards feature slightly different designs than the standard PCIe stamps from ATI. The AGP bridge chip consumes a critical piece of real estate right below the GPU and above teh AGP IO that requires a total layout change. When we talked to Sapphire, the company did not rule out the possibility that it will release higher performance AGP parts into the market.



[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Seagate 12GB Cell Phone Drive
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 14 February 2006 - 08:18:55 //

12GB in a 40x30x5 millimeter housing. What will they think of next?

Earlier today, Seagate announced its 12GB 1-inch hard drive, the ST1.3. The miniature drive is one of the first commercially announced drives to use perpendicular recording, and only the second drive to be manufactured of this form factor. Furthermore, the ST1.3 uses slightly more efficient power management than the ST1, giving an additional 30% decrease in overall power draw.

The ST1, announced earlier this year, was an 8GB version of the ST1.3 designed specifically to replace CompactFlash cards. Seagate expects the ST1 and the ST1.3 to replace NAND based media in cameras and phones.

Seagate's ST1.3 will ship to manufacturers with or without a drop sensor. With the drop sensor, the drive heads will seize up to survive a 2000G shock -- this is the equivalent of dropping the drive 1.5 meters onto concrete. The NAND media that Seagate expects to dethrone can withstand physical impacts in excess of 10000Gs, but they also do not contain any moving parts.

Unfortunately, as exciting as the ST1.3 is, Seagate estimates that they will not start shipping drives to manufacturers until Q3'06. The price of the drive was not disclosed.

[Submitted by Kcarrim]

1 1139897848 Seagat

Monday 13 February 2006
Windows Vista Due 1 December 2006!!!
Christo [PCD] , Monday 13 February 2006 - 13:10:58 //

Microsoft Hints At Dec. 1 For Windows Vista Launch

Microsoft drops clues in a guess-the-launch-date game aimed at software developers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista launch date contest for developers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa indicates that the next-generation operating system could be set for release Dec. 1.

The contest, which requires registration to play, lets people choose dates and then follows up the choice with a short video before the user has to confirm the selection.

Choosing Nov. 30 gets a comic response from a character in the video that the date is too soon. Dec. 1, however, gets the response that the date is too late.

Microsoft on Wednesday would not confirm the release date for Vista, and said the "Guess the Date" contest was a way to encourage EMEA developers to register and participate in Windows Vista beta testing.

"We expect Windows Vista to be broadly available in all channels – as retail, full-packaged product and on new PCs – in the second half of 2006," the company said in a statement sent by email.

In his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last month, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told attendees that Vista would ship this year, but didn't specify a date. The OS beta has been in the field since December, with developers logging experiences, questions and complaints to a special series of forums and newsgroups set up by Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to release Windows Vista Beta 2 for businesses this quarter, and for consumers in the second quarter. Security is among the key enhancements in the new version.
[Submitted by RaZeaL]

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