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Via offers cheaper, faster Pentium 4 chip set

Via Technologies has released an upgrade to its Apollo P4X266 chip set for Intel's Pentium 4 processor that offers faster memory throughput -- and is available for 26 percent less than the P4X266's original list price.

Broadcom sues Intel over graphics patents

Broadband chip maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Intel Corp., alleging that Intel chip sets have violated two of its graphics-related patents.

AMD's Duron catches Celeron at 1.2GHz

Days after catching up to rival Intel Corp.'s fastest mobile processors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has begun shipping a 1.2GHz version of its low-cost Duron processor that matches Intel's fastest Celeron.

AMD demos 0.13-micron Thoroughbred processor

In a private meeting room at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) this week is giving its customers a glimpse at upcoming additions to its product line with the demonstration of two unreleased products: a 0.13-micron Tho...

AMD demos 0.13-micron Thoroughbred processor

In a private meeting room at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) this week is giving its customers a glimpse at upcoming additions to its product line with the demonstration of two unreleased products: a 0.13-micron Tho...

Intel's DDR chip set debuts

Opening the doors to cheaper and faster PCs based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 processor, the long-awaited version of Intel's 845 chip set that supports DDR SDRAM (Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic RAM), the 845-D, debuted at Comdex.

Tablet PCs to debut late next year

Tablet PCs may have taken center stage during Bill Gates' keynote address at the Comdex exhibition on Sunday night, but the devices won't be available to end users until the second half of next year, Microsoft Corp. officials said.

AMD catches Intel in mobile clock-speed race

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Monday introduced the latest versions of its mobile processors, the 1.2GHz mobile Athlon 4 and 950MHz mobile Duron processors. The new chips will compete head to head with Intel Corp.'s fastest mobile Pentium III-M a...

Samsung gets lower chip costs with 300-mm wafers

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory-chip maker, has begun producing 300-mm (12-inch) wafers at its fab in Hwasung-gun, South Korea. The wafers offer 2.5 times the capacity of 200-mm (8-inch) wafers and will result in lower production cost...

Dell breaks tradition and offers a $599 pre-built PC

In a departure from its build-to-order PC model, Dell Computer has begun selling a US$599 pre-built PC, the SmartStep 100D, on its U.S. Web site. The move is a break from Dell's successful PC manufacturing strategy, which requires that PCs be assembl...

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I have had the pleasure of owning notebooks from Dynabook’s predecessor Toshiba for both work and leisure in the past. Toshiba’s attention to quality of build and design of the notebooks is second to none. The re-branding to Dynabook and the launch of the new range was completed in early 2019. I am pleased to confirm that not only did Dynabook further refine what Toshiba has left off; they have set a new benchmark for the ultra-light notebook category.

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This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

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It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

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MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

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