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Microsoft shakes up management in Xbox unit

Microsoft's gaming division saw a management shakeup Thursday.

Microsoft said that Jeff Bell, vice president of global marketing for the company's interactive entertainment business, has stepped down to "pursue other opportunities."

Shane Kim will take over a newly established role as Microsoft's vice president of strategy and business development. Phil Spencer, who has worked in Microsoft's Game Studios for the past six years, will direct all first-party development and publishing efforts worldwide.

Microsoft is looking for Bell's replacement. Bell, who will stay on through the summer, was among those behind the marketing campaigns for popular Xbox games Gears of War and Halo 3 .

Since it was first launched, Microsoft has sold more than 19 million Xbox 360 consoles.

4.12.08 19:00, kommentieren

Intel desktop quad chips arrive in tight supply

Intel's Q series of mainstream 45-nanometer desktop quad-core processors are finally starting to trickle out. These chips were announced back in the beginning of January amid reports of delays.

The Q9550, Q9450, and Q9300 Core 2 Quad processors are now available in systems from PC suppliers such as Alienware and Velocity Micro . Retail availability is still limited, however. Resellers such as Buy.com and Computers4sure list the Q9550 and Q9450 as "sold out" or "out of stock."

Intel Core 2 Quad processor

"We are really seeing high demand on these parts, and we are filling orders as fast as we can," an Intel spokesperson said Tuesday. The spokesperson added that "most" of the processors had just launched into the market this week.

The "Q" non-Extreme quad-core processors typically have clock speeds, front-side bus speeds, and thermal envelopes that are lower than Extreme processors which have the "QX" prefix before the processor model number.

The QX97700 , an Extreme quad-core desktop processor, has also recently become available, priced at $1,399.

The Q series of processors have the following specifications and prices: Q9550: 2.83GHz, 12MB cache, 1333-MHz FSB: $530 Q9450: 2.66GHz, 12MB cache, 1333-MHz FSB: $316 Q9300: 2.50GHz, 06MB cache, 1333-MHz FSB: $266

4.12.08 18:15, kommentieren