Om Malik: The death of Moore’s Law has been greatly exaggerated

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 23:22
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Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone at this year’s Macworld trade show quietly signaled the end of Moore’s Law as we know it. At the same time, it ushered in a new era of technical innovation, driven by a new understanding of Moore’s Law.

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, noted in 1965 that the power of a chip doubles every 24 months, and the concept has been an industry obsession ever since, especially among PC makers. This fascination with faster processors was understandable. The units sold, often in dowdy beige boxes, at the rate of tens of millions every year and, in their slipstream, lifted everyone from commodity memory-chip and disc-drive makers to companies peddling operating systems.

But at the turn of the 21st century, PC penetration hit a silicon ceiling. The machismo of building powerful chips got a reality check, and it wasn’t pretty: Engineers began to run into a limit to how much they could cram into the processors without overheating and running down laptop batteries.

Business 2.0 — In a Web 2.0 world, Moore’s Law thrives – March 1, 2007

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Analyst: Apple may use flash memory for notebooks

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 23:53
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Apple Inc. may sell zippy notebook computers later this year that use the same type of fast memory as music players and digital cameras, driving down prices of hard-disk drives, an analyst said on Thursday.

The maker of the popular iPod music player and Macintosh computers hopes to introduce so-called flash memory in small computers known as subnotebooks in the second half of 2007, Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research who has a “buy” rating on Apple shares and does not own any stock, said in investor notes on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Matrox Introduces TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 16:35
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On Thursday, Matrox Graphics introduced the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, a converter device that allows up to three displays to your Mac or PC’s dual-link DVI connector.
The TripleHead2Go, which works in conjunction with your Mac’s video RAM and display output, allows for a resolution up to 3840 x 1024 pixels according to Macworld News. The USB-powered box splits a single DVI signal into three DVI outputs, each capable of driving a display.
The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition retails for US$329 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.


Adobe to Offer Dual Versions of Photoshop CS3

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Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2007, 06:07
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On Thursday, Adobe announced that it will release two versions of its long-awaited Photoshop CS3 graphics program – Photoshop CS3 and Photoshp CS3 Extended.
According to an article on Macworld News, Photoshop CS3 Extended will include the same tool set as Photoshop CS3 but also include a new set of capabilities for 3D graphics, motion graphics, image measurement and analysis. These formats have become more critical to Adobe’s market and the needs of its user base over the past few years.
Photoshop Extended will allow users to perform tasks such as 3D model visualization and texture editing as well as painting and cloning over multiple video frames. The program will be able to export in various formats including QuickTime, MPEG-4 and Adobe Flash Video. The tools, which aren’t designed around making Photoshop a full-fledged 3D tool, are more geared towards supporting the needs of the company’s user base.
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