The biggest news this week came out of Intel and AMD, and while both companies took potshots at their respective competition, only Intel's made headlines. The 4830, it seems, prefers to speak for itself, and reviews indicate it does so pretty well. Here's what you may have missed:
Circling the drain: Circuit City contemplates store closings: Long-time also-ran Circuit City is in serious trouble and may be headed for that big retail department store in the sky. Best Buy, meanwhile, is turning on the fun.
Intel makes case for Moorestown, x86 Mobile Internet Devices: Intel really, really, really wants you to start thinking about MIDs, and thinking "Intel" while you do so. Moorestown is the company's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) design intended for this space.
Intel diss of ARM indirectly sheds light on long-term plans: This matches up nicely with the Moorestown story, and discusses Intel's sudden willingness to take shots at the iPhone, even if it's doing so from far left field. You want the full Internet on a mobile device? You'll need an Intel CPU...or so they want you think.
Startup chipmaker hopes to hook enterprise with 1Gbps WiFi: Startup manufacturer Quantenna believes it has developed its own brand of special sauce to push out 1Gbps wireless to the home and enterprise.
Never mind the radiation: fear the cell phone's nickel:The morons whining about "electrosmog" or harmful EM fields are still, well, morons, but it turns out cell phones actually can cause problems for people who are allergic to nickel. This is particularly disappointing news for anyone with a coin fetish.
LCD manufacturers cut panel production by up to 30 percent: The unstable market is hitting everywhere, including tech companies. LCD production, already expected to drop in 2009, is now falling farther than first forecast.
Gateway throws down budget-priced desktops for gamers, multimedia folks: Headline pretty much covers this one, but does anyone miss the cows? I do. Not the most noble of beasts, granted, but they personified the company's moooving brand experience.
AMD launches budget-minded Radeon 4830: If you don't know how good AMD's 4800 series is at this point you're living under a rock—but if you've been eyeing a 4850 and wishing they'd get just a little cheaper, this may be the card for you. It also keeps a 256-bit memory bus, instead of the 128-bit straw the 4600 series uses. Seriously folks, 128-bit? That's so 2000.