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Intel readies low-end Core 2 Quad Q7500

Since AMD’s 45nm AM3 quad-, tri- and dual-core processors are expected to debut next month, it seems Intel is planning to take on its rival’s line-up not only with price cuts but also with a new release, that of the Core 2 Quad Q7500. Made using the 45nm process, the CPU has a working frequency of 2.6 GHz, a TDP of 65W, a FSB of 800MHz and just 2MB of L2 cache, half the size of Q8000 series models and six times less than the Q9x50s.

While the small L2 cache size is worrying, the Q7500 may end up a very attractive part depending on its price tag which should be under $150. There’s no info on its release date though so we’ll have to wait for Intel to make a move.

 
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Posted by on 20/01/2009 in IT

 

Microsoft spokesperson clarifies report of limiting number of WinMo phones

image The Windows Mobile world got shook up a little earlier this month when Microsoft’s VP of Marketing for WinMo said that the company was looking to cut back on the total number phones out there in order to “be more focused,” but it now looks like that may not entirely be the case. According to TamsPPC, a spokesperson from Microsoft Austria has relayed the message that while Microsoft’s stepped-up efforts to work with its partners may well result in fewer phones, “the implication in The New York Times that Microsoft will limit the number of Windows Mobile devices is not accurate.” So, it seems that Microsoft isn’t exactly throwing a firm number out there, but it also seems like it won’t be too upset if fewer substandard phones make it to market. by Donald Melanson, posted Jan 16th 2009 at 2:41PM

 
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Posted by on 17/01/2009 in IT

 

ASUS spices things up with 16-inch F50 / 17.3-inch F70 laptops

image At first glance, there’s nothing exceptionally, um, exceptional about the new F50 and F70 lines from ASUS, but upon further investigation, each family does actually do a decent job of differentiating. Both crews sport the “new generation Infusion styling,” which is reportedly exactly like looking at the Aurora Borealis (really, ASUS?), and they also boast Full HD (1080p) panels, an HDMI port and a fresh “Chocolate keyboard” which melts in your mouth, not in your hand. The whole lot also features the Express Gate instant-on OS, and hardware geeks will appreciate the upwards of 1TB of HDD space and optional Blu-ray drive. Per usual, ASUS isn’t dealing prices or ship dates, but you can have a look at all possible configurations down in the read link. One more shot is after the break. by Darren Murph, posted Jan 16th 2009 at 4:29PM

 
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Posted by on 17/01/2009 in IT

 

Light Lane – Concept from Altitude’s Alex Tee and Evan Gant

image A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate the most avid bikers from riding at night. The problem isn’t just about visibility, as safety lights are effective at capturing the attention of a driver. However, these lights are typically constrained to the bike frame, which highlights only a fraction of the bike’s envelope. Bike lanes have proven to be an effective method of protecting cyclists on congested roads. One key is that the lane establishes a well defined boundary beyond the envelope of the bicycle, providing a greater margin of safety between the car and the cyclist. Yet, only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists. This is the idea behind the LightLane. Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative. Published January 9, 2009 Altitude , Design Concepts

 
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Posted by on 17/01/2009 in IT

 
 
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