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#1264| source: by maximum3d on Fri Feb 28 2003 
Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun Interview has posted an interview with Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun, as he talks about GeForce FX chips.
#1263| source: foobar2000 by maximum3d on Fri Feb 28 2003 
foobar2000 v0.53
foobar2000 is a media player from Peter Pawlowski (guy who used to work on Winamp3). It uses a plain and simple UI - no skins, no fuss. While in playback mode, it approximately consumes less than 2MB of RAM.
#1262| source: by maximum3d on Fri Feb 28 2003 
ATI to Launch R350 & RV350 in Next 30 Days!
During the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium ATI Technologies' Vice President of Engineering, Dr. Dave Rolston, who is based just near the headquarters of the arch-rival NVIDIA Corporation in Santa Clara, California, confirmed that the company intends to launch its high-end R350 and mainstream RV350 graphics processors within the next 30 days.
#1261| source: national geographic by maximum3d on Tue Feb 25 2003 
Computer Made from DNA and Enzymes
Israeli scientists have devised a computer that can perform 330 trillion operations per second, more than 100,000 times the speed of the fastest PC. The secret: It runs on DNA. A year ago, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, unveiled a programmable molecular computing machine composed of enzymes and DNA molecules instead of silicon microchips. Now the team has gone one step further. In the new device, the single DNA molecule that provides the computer with the input data also provides all the necessary fuel.
#1260| source: c|net by maximum3d on Thu Feb 13 2003 
Infineon chip to read brain-cell signals
Researchers at Infineon Technologies in Germany have developed new semiconductor technology that will allow scientists to read electrical signals in living nerve cells, the company said Tuesday. Being able to read and record the signals, with the aid of computers, will help scientists better understand how the brain works and could eventually lead to treatments for neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, said Roland Thewes, senior director in corporate research at Munich-based Infineon.
#1259| source: pcworld by maximum3d on Thu Feb 13 2003 
Windows XP's Successor
The next major release of Windows won't be ready for a couple of years, but it's already taking shape. The new file system wasn't implemented in the alpha code we looked at. But Longhorn Build 3683 does contain a few intriguing interface tweaks--mostly still under construction--that indicate where Microsoft is heading. Most interesting is a completely new desktop element called Sidebar that lets you place commonly used items, including the taskbar, recently launched applications, and a clock, into a vertical, transparent window on either the right or left side of the screen.
#1258| source: by maximum3d on Thu Feb 13 2003 
More GeForce FX rumors
Rumors continue to swirl around the GeForce Ultra 5800 part. This ultra high-end GPU, which should be clocked at 500MHz, may be DOA. There are rumors on several websites and chatboards stating that nVidia has decided to kill the part. nVidia has officially stated that the GeForce 5800 Ultra part will be available in February, but Best Buy is no longer allowing customers to preorder the card. It is known that nVidia/TSMC is having yield problems, so nVidia may have decided that it couldn't make enough of these cards for it to be worthwhile. Even if the card isn't cancelled, nVidia appears to have an uphill battle ahead.
#1257| source: megagames by maximum3d on Fri Feb 07 2003 
nVidia May Scrap GFX
The latest story on the GeForce FX is that nVidia plans to scrap it altogether and focus on the NV-35. (Thanks DC for the link and the heads up, we will be following this story closely and see what happens)
#1256| source: by crossbow on Tue Feb 04 2003 
AMD 2600+ MP and Price Cuts
AMD releases the 2600+ MP. Fast processors for the aging AMD 760MP and MPX chipset. Make sure it works on your system by visiting AMD's compatibility list BEFORE buying.

This chip also means that the 2400+ and lower MP chip prices have been slashed.

#1255| source: by crossbow on Tue Feb 04 2003 
Thermalright SLK-900U Heatsink
Thermalright releases their new heatsink model, based on the ever popular SK and SLK series. This one features an even larger base, with mounts for both P4 and Socket A applications. Takes 70 and 80mm fans.

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