News Bits: New XPS M1730 Ship Date, Acer Goes Blu-Ray, Vista Networking Issues

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Dell XPS M1730 shipment date leaked

The shipment date for the upcoming yet-unannounced Dell XPS M1730 gaming notebook has slipped. The shipment date is slated for September 21 in the US, Europe, and Asia. the M1730 will be available with Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme processors, a 17-inch WUXGA display, dual video cards in SLI mode, and a variety of ports in a 10.6 pound, 2-inch thick package.

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Vista’s networking brought to a halt by a single media file

Windows architecture expert Mark Russinovich has confirmed that by simply playing media files, users can bring throughput in Vista to a stop. A new feature in Vista’s kernel called Multimedia Class Scheduler Service (MMCSS) prioritizes the playback of media files to avoid skipping. However the problem it is supposed to fix was largely non-existent to begin with.

The playback of even the smallest media files cut the throughput on local area networks in half. Microsoft has not acknowledged this problem yet, although there is a short registry fix mentioned in the article that seems to resolve the issue.

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Acer officially joins Blu-ray

Acer on August 30 announced that it will become a part of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Acer will be one of over 170 other companies; currently the company is the third-largest notebook maker in the world.

According to Home Media Research and GFK Research in the first half of 2007, Blu-ray discs accounted for 66 percent of the high-definition movie sales in the US and 60 percent of the sales in Europe.

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Mitron launches three new SSDs

South Korean manufacturer of Flash Solid State Drive products Mitron announced three new SSD products at IFA 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The drives are scheduled to start mass production in September. The new drives consist of the MSD, MSD PRO, and MSD XTM. They have maximum read/write speeds of 120MB/s and 90MB/s and a random access time of 0.1 ms.

The MSD drives are intended for the consumer market, featuring 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SATA interfaces with capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. In Q4 of this year Mitron plans to introduce a 1.8-inch drive with a 128GB capacity.

The MSD PRO drives are intended for server use and the MSD XTM lineup is intended for industrial purposes.

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AMD announces new SSE5 instruction set

AMD today announced SSE5, a new instruction set to improve performance in everyday applications. While the instructions are available today for developers, they will not appear in AMD products until the Fusion architecture debuts with the Bulldozer CPU cores.

Intel has not commented on the announcement and did not say whether they plan to implement the new instruction set.

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