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Apple on Wednesday updated its desktop Mac Pro computers adding two new 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, bringing 8-core processing to the Mac. The new machines can run the 3.2GHz Intel Xeon processors and are available as build to order options.
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"The 8-core Mac Pro gives pro software developers a platform to prepare new versions of their applications for the future, when 8-core technology is more prevalent on the desktop," an Apple spokesperson told Macworld.
Using two “Clovertown” 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series processors, the 8-core Mac Pro comes with 8MB of L2 cache per processor (16MB total), 667MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM memory, eight FB-DIMM slots on two memory riser cards (four slots per card) supporting up to 16GB of main memory and 1.33GHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses.
The Mac Pros have a double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express graphics slot with the option to install an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 256MB of GDDR2 SDRAM, one single-link DVI port, and one dual-link DVI port; an ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and two dual-link DVI ports; or an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, two dual-link DVI ports, and one stereo 3D port.
The systems have support for up to eight displays and digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; dual-link DVI ports support up to 2560 by 1600 pixels. Analog resolution support is up to 2048 by 1536 pixels.
The new Mac Pros have four hard drive bays with up to 3TB of internal storage. They also have the normal complement of AirPort Extreme wireless ready and optional Bluetooth 2.0 support.
There are many configuration options available to build an 8-core machine from the Apple Store, but at the high-end of the processor spectrum, the cost will run about $3,997.
Update: Added comment from Apple and clarified the 8-core configuration.

Macworld Conference & Expo 2009

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events, has announced that the 2007 edition of Macworld Conference & Expo will feature top-notch education and advanced training for creative professionals through the Macworld Users Conference, Power Tools Conference, Digital Lifestyle Experiences, MacIT Conference, Market Symposiums, and several other show floor educational programs. At the conclusion of the event an estimated 5,000 or more attendees will have participated in Macworld training. Macworld Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place January 8-12, 2009 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

“Macworld is the premier event for Creative Professionals from all genres. We are the only show in the world that brings together photographers, videographers, musicians, fine artists, new media professionals and a myriad of other disciplines making it a Woodstock for Creative Professionals,” said Paul Kent, vice president, Macworld Conference & Expo. “By the end of the week we’ll have trained over 5000 artists on how to better use digital tools to enhance their work.”

For photographers, World-renowned photography professionals such as Joel Meyerowitz, Deke McClelland, Bert Monroy and several others will be on-hand to participate at this year’s event, which will introduce a new attraction called the Digital Photography Experience. This new exhibit area will cater to novices and professionals alike who will experience the latest tools, hands-on demonstrations, training, tips and techniques in digital photography. Additional Digital Photography programming includes a Digital Photography Day, A Digital Photography Clinic and numerous sessions and conference tracks dedicated to this topic.

For Digital Video enthusiasts, highlighting the line-up of digital video related content is the Q&A Feature Presentation with acclaimed writer and director Kevin Smith. Several more experts from the industry will present and offer video professionals the opportunity to experience the latest Mac products and services for videography through a variety of sessions, tracks and symposiums. Additional presentations on tap this year include Final Cut Pro Master Workshop, Video Compression Secrets and Techniques, The Future of Digital Video, DVD Studio Pro and many more.

The Digital Music & Sound Experience, for beginner and pro musicians alike, is where the newest music and sound innovations for the Mac will be revealed. Attendees will experience interactive demonstrations, training, tips and techniques on everything from workstation software and editing sound cards, to storing and organizing files and digital instruments, providing all the information needed to get the most out of the Mac as a musical tool.

Macworld For Graphic Designers presents the graphic design professional with a significant number of programming options in graphic design training. This year the Flashforward Conference comes to Macworld as part of the Power Tools Conference. This highly regarded Flashforward event is the world’s premier conference focusing on Adobe’s Flash® technology. Additional sessions for graphic design professionals include Graphic Secrets For Business; Creativity in the Future: How Creative Agencies Will Keep It fresh and Compete in the Future; Creating a Digital Portfolio with iLife; New Media Artist Market Symposium, and many more.

For a complete listing of programming for creative professional, please visit http://www.macworldexpo.com/live/20/events/20SFO07A/SN993210.

 

 

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Businessweek reports on a breakdown on the costs of components in the new Intel iMac.

They cite a company called iSuppli which took apart the Intel iMac and calculated the total cost of materials it takes to assemble.

According to the company, the 17" Intel iMac which retails for $1299 costs Apple $898 before adding software and boxing it. They estimate that the most expensive component is the new Intel Core Duo chip which is estimated to cost Apple $265 a piece.

The exact cost of the PowerPC that was in the G5 iMac is unknown, but the company estimates that it was significantly cheaper - closer to $100. That cost is a bit deceptive by itself, however, as Apple also had to develop their own custom chips to integrate the G5 into the rest of the motherboard. With the Core Duo, Apple simply uses Intel-provided chips at much lower cost.

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