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Deep Tech: A smoking-fast CPU and a great graphics card aren’t always enough. If they have to wait for the memory subsystem, you’ve built an unbalanced system—and wasted your money. (This is an expanded version of an ExtremeTech Magazine article.)

New shipment forecasts show that, despite early predictions to the contrary, tablets may not break into the mainstream anytime soon.

Many had written off Microsoft’s next-generation Windows file system as little more than vaporware. But sources say the first WinFS beta code will be released within a month.

Show Report: We check out some of the IDF sessions and uncover more on multicore developer tools for Mac OS X and current standards initiatives. Plus, gamers get some love from Intel and ATI.

Review: More than mere homes for components, PC cases are increasingly becoming personal statements. MGE’s Titanium case targets discriminating PC enthusiasts who demand performance in a civilized package. Does it deliver the goods?
  • View a slideshow of the Titanium.

  • Intel announces it will port its software developer tools to Mac OS X and will ship its first beta later this year.

    Updated: In 2006 the chip maker will introduce a new chip architecture it says will drop the energy consumption of desktops, notebooks and servers by some 30 watts.

    The duo’s Business Class Wireless Suite designed to improve roaming and improve clarity of VOIP calls.

    The deal will allow Cisco NAC devices to interoperate with systems that use Intel’s AMT technology, so companies can defend against security threats.

    Highlights of the chip maker’s fall Intel Developer Forum, beginning Tuesday, will include updated plans for chips with two or more processor cores and a new processor architecture.

    The chip maker’s new processor architecture takes a hard look at power as a way to make room for multiple processor cores on each chip.

    Darren McBride launched Highly Reliable Systems because tape backups didn’t live up to their promise, he says. Now he wants to make the business channel-exclusive.

    With emphasis now on dual-core chips, manufacturer reduces cost of single-core processors by 20 percent or more.

    Opinion: The cheaper drives are gaining reliability and being primed for primary storage.

    Opinion: Intel’s getting ready to roll out a new architecture, and will finally offer a common platform for desktops, laptops and servers. Is Intel trying to build another Camry, or will it end up with just another Yugo?

    Updated: The chip maker will discuss a new processor architecture in between details on new initiatives for desktops, notebooks, servers and even health care at its Intel Developer Forum.

    Microsoft has posted the first installment of a blog to advise developers on creating Web pages and RSS feeds that work correctly with IE 7 and Windows Vista.

    The first full-fledged beta of the next version of Windows is performing so-so on existing PC hardware.

    Microsoft’s next OS will tax PC graphics, analysts say, and systems with integrated graphics might not display the Aero Glass interface.

    Version 10.4.3 of OS X will fix problems with VPN connectivity, Active Directory integration and SMB file sharing, sources say.

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