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Saturday 14 February 2009
Apple: Jailbreaking iPhones is Illegal
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 14 February 2009 - 09:49:04 //

Apple and the EFF trade words over jailbreaking iPhones

In comments filed with the U.S. Copyright Office as part of the 2009 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) triennial rulemaking, jailbreaking the popular iPhone effectively is copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, Apple claims.

The Copyright Office comes together every three years to hear cases for exemption requests, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an exemption request seeking exemption for consumers looking to jailbreak the iPhone so it can use independent software not sold through the App Store.

Apple fired back with comments essentially saying jailbreaking "involves infringing uses of the bootloader and OS, the copyrighted works that are protected by the TPMs being circumvented." The company also said "It will destroy the technological protection of Apple's key copyrighted computer programs in the iPhone device itself and of copyrighted content owned by Apple that plays on the iPhone."

Although many phone owners already jailbreak their iPhones, this marks the first time Apple publicly said jailbreaking is illegal. The Cupertino-based company is working to try and stop the proliferation of jailbreaking, and isn't necessarily looking to outright ban jailbreaking -- something it knows it will not be able to realistically accomplish.

The EFF and Apple are now engaged in a back-and-forth war of words, with the EFF saying the following in a press release:

If this sounds like FUD, that's because it is. One need only transpose Apple's arguments to the world of automobiles to recognize their absurdity. Sure, GM might tell us that, for our own safety, all servicing should be done by an authorized GM dealer using only genuine GM parts. Toyota might say that swapping your engine could reduce the reliability of your car. And Mazda could say that those who throw a supercharger on their Miatas frequently exceed the legal speed limit.

The non-profit group then says, "We'd never accept this corporate paternalism as a justification for welding every car hood shut and imposing legal liability on car buffs tinkering in their garages."

Despite fighting the "good fight" many iPhone owners would likely support, don't be surprised to see if this particular exemption is denied by the Copyright Office in the near future.

[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

Sunday 01 February 2009
Samsung Claims Title of World's Highest Density DRAM Chip
Christo [PCD] , Sunday 01 February 2009 - 23:01:02 //

Samsung has announced what it claims to be the world's highest density DRAM chip

The DRAM industry is having one of the worst years ever thanks to the global economy and an oversupply of DRAM on the market. The oversupply and low demand has pushed the price of DRAM below what it costs to build in some instances.

Despite the oversupply and low demand for DRAM that has resulted in Qimonda filing for insolvency, Samsung has announced a new DRAM chip built on the 50nm process that it claims is the world's highest density. The chips are 4Gb and offer significantly reduced energy consumption compared to other DRAM chips on the market.

Samsung says that its 4Gb DRAM chips need 1.35 volts to operate compared to 1.5 volts needed by older chips. The firm will use the new 4Gb chips in 16GB RDIMM modules, 8GB UDIMM modules, and 8GB SODIMM modules. That means the new DRAM chips will be used in servers, desktops and notebook computers.

Samsung also says it can use its dual-die package technology to package two of the 4Gb 16GB modules on a package for 32GB of memory, doubling the capacity the previous highest density chip was capable of.

Kevin Lee from Samsung said, "We have leveraged our strength in innovation to develop the first 4-Gb DDR3, in leading the industry to higher DRAM densities."

The maximum speed for the new DRAM chips is 1.6Gbps and using the new parts, a 16GB module will consume 40% less power than a 2Gb DDr3 module thanks to the higher density of the new chips.

[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Wednesday 17 December 2008
Semiconductor Industry Sales to Drop 16% in 2009
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 17 December 2008 - 07:32:28 //

Semiconductor industry expected to see significant profit reduction in 2009

More doom and gloom is in store for the semiconductor industry as the economy shows no signs of getting better and many analysts predict things are going to get worse yet.

Gartner Inc. released a statement today that shows global semiconductor sales will decline by 16% in 2009 thanks to the economic slowdown, which has led to decreased consumer spending and decrease in orders from manufacturers.

Gartner expects total semiconductor sales to decline to $219.2 billion. Last month, Gartner predicted that the global semiconductor market would decline by 2.2%. Preliminary numbers from the research firm show that 2008 revenue has declines 4.4% compared to the $261.9 billion the global semiconductor market generated in 2007.

Gartner said, "The financial crisis is having an unprecedented negative impact on fourth-quarter 2008 sales and profits, surpassing the 20 percent decline record set in the second quarter of 2001."

The research firm predicts that sales this quarter will plunge 24% compared to the previous period. 2009 could be the first year on industry history that two consecutive years saw revenues decline. Gartner isn’t alone in predicting a bad year for the semiconductor industry in 2009. Bloomberg reports that analyst firm SIA expects sales to drop by 5.6%, the first decline since 2001.

Most think of CPUs when the word semiconductor is mentioned, though semiconductors include DRAM technology as well. The DRAM market abroad is in dire financial straits with many smaller companies, and even some of the larger ones drastically cutting output. Some of the smaller firms may be forced out of the business altogether or forced to merge to maintain viability. The Taiwanese government is even looking at issuing loans to help solidify its national DRAM business during the financial crisis.

Gartner VP Andrew Norwood told Bloomberg, "(the DRAM) market is so bad that suppliers must either significantly scale back supply, or the weaker players will be forced into mergers or bankruptcy. (Gartner is) Expecting DRAM pricing to firm during the second half of 2009, and this has the potential to moderate the decline in 2009 semiconductor revenue.''

Gartner says that with all of the profit warning, 2009 will be a very weak year across the industry. Analyst Raffaella Sommariva said, "After all the profit warnings, 2009 will be very weak."

AMD is one of the hardest hit firms in the semiconductor business. AMD announced in early December that it was cutting profit projections by a massive 25%. The same day AMD announced that it was cutting its ownership in the foundry spin off that resulted from splitting its design and manufacturing arms.

AMD originally owned 44.4% of the new company along with investors from the Middle East. The new arrangement has AMD selling a further portion of its ownership in the Foundry leaving it holding 34.2% of the new company. The deal brought AMD $700 million in investment from ATIC, one of AMD's partners in the Foundry spinoff. With all of the trouble, surrounding AMD, and other companies in the semiconductor industry many wonder how much longer some of the firms can hold out.
[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Sunday 16 November 2008
AMD Offers Roadmap for Future Processors
Christo [PCD] , Sunday 16 November 2008 - 00:59:35 //

AMD unleashes a deluge of codenames that would make the X-Men proud

AMD is working hard to regain the market share it lost to Intel -- many analysts say that if AMD wants to mount an effective comeback it needs to launch products that will compete well in the marketplace.

InformationWeek reports that AMD has laid out its plans at an analyst's day for future processors and chipsets. AMD talked up its coming Intel Atom competitor codenamed Yukon. The Yukon platform will be used in netbooks, which are one of the fastest growing notebook segments today.

AMD isn't alone in wanting to compete with Intel's Atom processor for netbooks. Yesterday, ARM announced that it would be entering into the netbook market with products of its own. AMD says that Yukon will be available in the first quarter of 2009.

Part of the Yukon platform will be a so-called slim processor carrying the codename Bobcat. When Bobcat is combined with a chipset, it will have a total power consumption of under 25 watts.

Plans for AMD in the low power, low-cost realm include Brazos expected to ship in 2011 for the notebook market. The platform will include a system on a chip implementation of Bobcat with the codename Ontario. The change from DDR2 to DDR3 will be supported by the Brazos platform.

Also in 2011, AMD plans to introduce another platform with the codename Sabine. Sabine will use what AMD calls an accelerated processing unit or APU going by the codename Llano. APU is AMD speak for a CPU and a graphics processor on one piece of silicon. AMD expects Sabine to bring significant power savings to notebook computers.

AMD also has something up its sleeve for mainstream notebook users planned for release in the second half of 2009 that includes a new platform called Tigris. The platform will feature 45nm dual and single-core processors with the codename Caspian along with the RS880M and SB710 chipsets. The follow-up to Tigris set for a 2010 release is called Danube, which will use AMDs first quad-core mobile processor.

AMD will be introducing a new high-end desktop platform early in 2009 called Dragon. Dragon will use 45nm Phenom II X4 quad-core Deneb processors and Radeon HD 4800 graphics. Kodiak 45nm Phenom processors for business computers are set for release at the same time.

In the second half of 2009 AMD will introduce Pisces, a platform using 45nm Phenom II quad and triple-core CPUs with support for DDR3 memory. The platform will also use the coming AMD RS880 chipset. A new home theater platform is coming before the end of 2008 called Maui that promises to link Vista Home Premium and Ultimate to devices needed for HD TV viewing.

While Shanghai was only made available yesterday, AMD is already talking about its follow-up called Istanbul. These processors will be six-core parts that will ship in the second half of 2009. In the first half of 2010, AMD has plans to ship its next-generation platform called Maranello. Maranello will require a new socket and offer enhancements like DDR3 memory and AMDs first 12-core processors codenamed Magny-Cours along with a new six-core Sao Paolo parts.
[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Friday 14 November 2008
Blu-ray player prices to plummet
Christo [PCD] , Friday 14 November 2008 - 08:39:32 //

Research firm says Blu-ray player prices are dropping for the holiday season, but is it too little too late

I am a huge movie fan and one of the biggest reasons I jumped on the PS3 when it launched, even though it was $500, was to get the Blu-ray player. When Sony added DVD upscaling to the PS3 mix I was even happier with the console. For a long time the PS3 has been the cheapest and arguably the best Blu-ray player on the planet.

According to ABI Research the Blu-ray landscape will change this holiday season with players selling for $150 to $200. These aren’t cut down, feature weak players like the cheap HD DVD models we saw before the demise of the format. The players will be older, so-called tier two players that are 1080p. ABI points to a player being offered by Amazon at $200 from Samsung that also includes four Blu-ray films. A quick look at Amazon will show several players selling for $200 or under.

ABI believes that Blu-ray players could fall to as low as $150, a price that should attract new consumers to the format. The catch is that price isn’t all that Blu-ray hardware has working against it. As a big movie fan I find myself increasingly going to streaming movie rentals via iTunes.

I can get the films in HD format and not have to drive to the movie store to get them. Movie sources like iTunes, Netflix, and even pay-per-view are putting heavy pressure on traditional hardware sales as more and more consumers look to new and more convenient delivery methods for films. DirecTV and Dish Network are both offering (or soon will be) 1080p films via pay-per-view.

Standard DVDs are still outperforming Blu-ray and the fact that many of the DVD players will now upscale to resolutions close to that of Blu-ray makes the format that less attractive to some users. Despite the stiff competition arrayed against Blu-ray, price reductions will go a long way to getting more Blu-ray players into the market. This price drop is the first step towards seeing Blu-ray players overtake traditional DVD in the market.

News Source: DailyTech - Report: Blu-ray Player Prices Drop for Holiday Season
[Submitted by Biofreak]

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