News Bits: Nvidia 9M Launches, AMD Enters Low-Cost Market, Apple Offers Free iPod with Mac

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 Nvidia introduces 9M series graphics cards, Hybrid SLI

COMPUTEX – Nvidia today introduced its 9M series of graphics cards for notebook computers and Nvidia Hybrid SLI technology. Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU business at Nvidia, said "Beginning this summer, GeForce 9M GPUs and Hybrid SLI, paired with AMD and Intel CPUs, will enable a new breed of notebooks. These new notebooks will be optimized to deliver a visual experience and raw computing performance that traditional cookie-cutter notebooks with integrated graphics simply can’t touch."

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The GeForce 9M series graphics card will have an engine that is up to 40% faster than the previous-generation cards, and full support for Blu-ray playback.

GeForce 9M-equipped notebooks will be the first to be equipped with Hybrid SLI technology, which enables two different Nvidia GPUs – one low-powered and one high-powered – to work together to deliver "GeForce Boost" and "HybridPower". This will allow both GPUs to work together when necessary, and the lower-powered GPU can take over to save power when processing power is not in demand.

Nvidia says that over 100 notebook models will be available with the GeForce 9M series GPUs this summer.

Editor note: It is about time the GeForce 9M was officially announced, Nvidia, as it is one of the worst-kept secrets ever.

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Intel Atom processor shortage to end by September

Intel says it is increasing its production volume of Atom processors and the current shortage should end by September. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen says that the Atom shortages and delays will not seriously affect its Eee PC shipments but said it could become a problem if they are not resolved when the pre-holiday season starts later this year.

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AMD enters low-cost notebook market

COMPUTEX – AMD is entering the low-cost notebook market with its own technology. There are several notebooks on display at Computex Taipei 2008 with AMD processors and chipsets.

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UPEK introduces TouchStrip fingerprint sensor for notebooks

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COMPUTEX – UPEK today introduced the TCS5 TouchStrip Fingerprint Sensor, a technology module designed to be integrated into notebooks introduced in 2009. The product is designed to bring fingerprint readers into the mainstream market. The TCS5 has UPEK’s new SteelCoat sensor coating for increased durability. The company’s unique HD3D sensing technology reads virtually all fingerprints in any condition for reliable recognition.

UPEK will be previewing its new Protector Suite software to go along with TCS5.

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HP to include Microsoft Live Search with computers

Microsoft made a deal with HP to put a Live Search toolbar on its computers. The agreement will take effect in January 2009. The agreement states that Live Search will be the default service loaded on the Internet Explorer browser on new HP computers.

This move is another sign of Microsoft’s attempts to chip away at Google’s share of the search market.

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Best Buy announces free electronics recycling program

Best Buy announced it has started a test of its new free electronics recycling program at 117 stores. Customers can bring in no more than two units per day per household to stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota markets for free recycling. Please see the full press release for full details on what is accepted.

Press Release

Apple Rolls out Free iPod Touch with Mac Purchase

Apple today announced their biggest student discount offer yet, for university students (sorry high schoolers) and staff you can score a $299 free iPod Touch 8GB with the purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.  You just have to buy the Mac with the iPod Touch so it’s on the same receipt and then send off for a rebate from Apple.  Not a bad deal if you were in the market for a Mac anyway!

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