Intel has today disclosed details of its Core 2 Duo desktop processor, formerly codenamed Conroe. If the early bench test results can be believed, this chip will put Intel back into pole position in the performance stakes when it is available, after trailing AMD's Opteron and Athlon 64bit chips over the last year or two.
Meanwhile, I have been trying out Pioneer's BDR-101A Blu-ray writer. The drive is a drop-in replacement for the CD or DVD drive in any standard PC, and allows users to store up to 25GB of data on write-once or rewritable Blu-ray disks.
The thing that really impressed was how easy it was to get up and running. It was simply a matter of ripping out the DVD drive of our test PC, connecting up the Pioneer drive, then re-booting. Windows immediately recognised the drive, and after installing the supplied authoring software, creating the first Blu-ray disk was as simple as a few mouse clicks. Update: a review of this can now be found here.
Finally, I have now completed tests of Wyse Streaming Manager. The results will be published in a review in the 17th July issue of the magazine, and will also find their way onto the main IT Week web site before too long.
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