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Posted by iTech on 2006-05-01   

Integrators that have tested the new release of AMX's VisualArchitect, a drag-and-drop programming software designed to simplify complex coding tasks, increase the number of jobs integrators can handle and improve overall productivity and efficiency, say it lives up to its promise.
Jeff Skalny, IT manager at Spire Integrated Systems, a Pleasant Ridge, Mich., installer that focuses on high-end homes, says he and other programmers were worried that a drag-and-drop program would limit their ability to customize their AMX systems. "It didn't

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-30       Article Source : EE Times

Japan-based NEC Electronics Corp. will produce LSIs for Nintendo's next generation game console, code named Revolution, at its 300-mm wafer fab in Yamagata Prefecture.

Toshio Nakajima, president of NEC Electronics, disclosed that the company had got an order for the system-on-chip LSI for Revolution. NEC Electronics plans to expand the capacity of its Yamagata 300-mm fab from present 6,000 wafers a month to 11,000 wafers in the first half of this fiscal year.

"The chips for Nintendo's game console will be one

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-29       Article Source : InformationWeek

In an attempt to check a slide in its market share, Intel said Monday it would deliver a new package of chip technologies later this year to better differentiate its products from those of rival Advanced Micro Devices.

The technologies, dubbed vPro, aim to set Intel-powered PCs apart by introducing a new microprocessor, chipset, and software that can increase computer uptime, better secure PCs from viruses, and cut down on energy consumption while maintaining speed. Intel plans to release the technologies for

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-28       Article Source : CRN

Intel is cutting prices on its higher-end desktop processors by up to 50 percent.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant reduced the 3.4GHz top-line desktop Pentium D 950 from $637 to $316, based on 1,000-unit quantities, according to prices Intel published on the Web.

Intel also cut pricing on the Pentium D 940, from $423 to $241; the Pentium D 930, from $316 to $209; the Pentium D 920, from $241 to $209; and the Pentium D 820, from $241

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-27       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — TDK and Rimage Corp. have introduced what they claim are the first thermal printable BD-R Blu-ray Disc media.

Using a DVD/CD compatible thermal printer from Rimage, users can print custom text and graphics directly on each disc's label-side surface. The discs, incorporating TDK's advanced Durabis 2 hard coating technology, are on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas April 24 through 27.

Japan-based TDK has partnered with Rimage (Minneapolis) to optimize its printable surface

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-26   

NEW YORK - Apple Computer Inc. on Monday said a new 17-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop computer would begin shipping to stores next week.

The MacBook Pro, first introduced in January with a 15-inch display, replaces Apple's PowerBook line of laptops and uses Intel Corp.'s Core Duo computer chip for a processing speed three to four times faster than the PowerBook.

Apple said the new version weighs 6.8 pounds and will sell at a retail price of about $2,799.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-25   

The companies backing competing formats for next-generation DVD technology will never again talkabout forming a unified standard, an executive at Matsushita (Panasonic) said on Friday, leaving it to the consumer to choose the winning side.

The companies backing competing formats for next-generation DVD technology will never again talk about forming a unified standard, an executive at Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said on Friday, leaving it to the consumer to choose the winning side.

"We are not talking and we will not

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Consumer electronics maker Philips has developed technology that could be used to prevent people from using set-top boxes to skip TV advertising, or to change channels to avoid the annoying pitches.

Developed by the European company's Briarcliff, N.Y., research labs, Philips is seeking a U.S. patent for the technology that would work off of the Multimedia Home Platform found in many interactive TVs worldwide. The patent was reported by NewScientist.com, the Web site of New Scientist magazine.

MHP is a

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-22       Article Source : EE Times

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said Thursday (April 20) it has developed a 2Gbyte multimedia memory card, designated MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro), for mobile phones, which combines 4Gbit NAND flash devices.

Samsung claims the MMCmicro is the smallest, fastest and highest-capacity memory card for mobile phones, unveiled only three months after it launched a 1Gbyte MMCmicro.

“The 2GB high-performance MMC is a powerful indicator of Samsung’s expanding efforts to embrace the widest possible range of multimedia applications including mobile video,” said Don Barnetson,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-22   

Data mirroring, the ability to generate an up-to-the-second mirror image of an operational database, will become part of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 as Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for its database Wednesday.

Data mirroring is an option with the Oracle database and IBM's DB2 database. SQL Server's Service Pack 1, as previously announced, pushes the Microsoft system onto the same high-availability playing field as its competitors.

SQL Server 2005 already includes such continuous-operation features as the ability to take database

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-21   

U.S. video game sales declined for the seventh straight month in March, falling 8 percent to $499 million, amid a rocky move to new console technology, market research firm NPD Group said Tuesday.

Sales of titles for Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox 360 console, which was the first new console to be released when it shipped in November, contributed $96 million to the month's total.

NPD measures nearly two-thirds of retail sales in the United States and makes projections for the remainder of

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-20       Article Source : CRN

Microsoft is preparing a Virtual Server Manager code-named Carmine that will enable users to add, move and manage virtual machines on its virtualization platform.

The product, currently called Microsoft Virtual Server Manager, will allow broad support for administration via "Monad," Microsoft's next-generation scripting platform for Windows Longhorn Server and Exchange 12, according to Microsoft's Web site.

Other sources in the partner community familiar with Carmine said it will contain some of the basic features of VMware's management capabilities in VirtualCenter,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-20       Article Source : CRN

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday unveiled a series of new black-and-white laser printers, all with a street price of less than $1,500, as the company continues to see expansion in the monochrome laser segment.

HP said it plans to ship the HP LaserJet 1018 ($129) and the HP LaserJet 5200 ($1,439), which has wide-format and HP Instant-On technology, on May 1. Shipping immediately is the new HP LaserJet 3050 ($299) multifunction device, which has printer, scanner, copier and fax capabilities and produces an output

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-19       Article Source : CRN

This week's Server Blade Summit conference in Garden Grove, Calif., will see vendors rolling out a variety of technologies aimed at growing the market for server blades.

IBM is working with a couple of other vendors and Avnet Partner Solutions to bring out two "Security in a Box" solutions based on its server blade architecture, said Juhi Jotwani, director of IBM's xSeries and BladeCenter solutions and alliances.

The first solution adds realtime management of security threats to server blades that

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

A federal jury in Texas has awarded TiVo $74 million in damages in patent lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp.
The 10-member jury in the United States District Court Eastern District of Marshall, Texas said EchoStar willfully infringed on TiVo's Digital Video Recorder (DVR) patent.

In the lawsuit, TiVo alleged EchoStar infringed its patent that allows consumers to record one show while watching another. EchoStar denied wrongdoing and said it plans to appeal the decision.

EchoStar, known for DISH

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