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CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.  Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Power Systems Linux Centers in Beijing, China, New York, New York, Austin, Texas, Montpelier, France and Tokyo, Japan.  Today over 1500 ISV applications are available for Linux on Power, fueled in part by work performed at these centers. IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers t... (more)

Citrix Offers Technology Preview of Linux Virtual Apps and Desktops Delivered from XenApp and XenDesktop

Citrix today announced a limited technology preview of virtualized Linux apps and desktops that integrates with XenApp and XenDesktop and extends the FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) to enable additional use cases in industries such as automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial services. When used with Citrix HDX, the company’s market-leading user experience technology, customers will get unmatched performance and bandwidth efficiency for people accessing Linux desktops from any device, over any network. In the future, the HDX technology for hosted Linux apps will continue to evolve to enable even the most demanding GPU-based graphics applications. People interested in participating in the Citrix Linux Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) Tech Preview to test and provide feedback on this project may submit an application at http://now.citrix.com/LinuxPreview... (more)

Sun Reveals Open Source Plans for Niagara Chip

While it was busy launching its new Niagara-based servers in New York Tuesday, Sun Microsystems said it would open source the UltraSparc T1 processor that was code named Niagara. It's calling the project OpenSparc. At this point it's more a statement of intent than a fait accompli. The program isn't supposed to kick off until late in the first quarter after Sun addresses key issues such as implementation and governance. Back in 1999 Sun released its complete MicroSparc IIep design for free under the Community Source License, also used for Java to try to make its chip designs more popular. Companies that used and sold the embedded chip were supposed to pay Sun 3% of the average selling price by way of royalty but would have saved hundreds of thousands in licensing fees. Again Sun it apparently hopeful of triggering a few derivatives. It claims the idea behind OpenSparc i... (more)

Sun Charts New Territory For Open Source With OpenSPARC Project

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the OpenSPARC project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor design point. Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license. With this ground breaking move to open source the UltraSPARC T1 code, Sun hopes to spur innovation for massively-threaded systems and “system-on-a-chip” design through increased participation in processor architecture development and ... (more)

Think Linus Torvalds Will Defer to Sun on GPLv3? The Answer May Hinge on a Bottle of Wine

Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinks the last GPLv3 draft is better than earlier drafts, but he still doesn't like it much, preferring the existing GPLv2 that the Linux kernel is currently licensed under. He has problems with the GPL 3's ban on so-called "tivoization" - Tivo shuts down if users mess with its DRM software - and deals like the Microsoft-Novell pact. " All I've heard are shrill voices about 'tivoization' (which I expressly think is OK)," he wrote Sunday on the Linux development mailing list, "and panicked worries about Novell-MS (which seems way overblown, and quite frankly, the argument seems to not so much be about the Novell deal, as about an excuse to push the GPLv3)." However, he told the mailing list that he might move to GPLv3 if Sun puts OpenSolaris under the GPLv3 like it's been saying it wants to so it can have a standard license. "I have yet... (more)

Intel Market Share Up a Snip

Intel Virtualization Journal This may not be the best time to mention this – given New York’s antitrust suit – but Intel’s share of PC processors was up marginally year-over-year in Q3 from 81.2% to 81.5% according to Mercury Research and AMD gained a tenth of point year-over-year to 17.8%, but lost 0.7% sequentially. Between the two of them they’ve got 99.3% of the market. Via’s got what’s left over. Mercury figures 90 million-100 million PC chips went out the collective door, a third-quarter record despite the economy. Mobile chips were up 22%. Over 2,200 Delegates Present at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo in Sta.Clara, CA More than 50 Exhibitors and Sponsors at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo held last Nov.2, 3 & 4, 2009 ... (more)

Abu Dhabi Means To Become a Chip Contender

Chip Design Journal Waleed Al Muhairi, the COO of Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government-owned investor in AMD as well as the chairman of Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), AMD's Abu Dhabi government-owned partner in Globalfoundaries, its fab spin-out, said at a conference in Dubai Sunday that a chip plant would be up and spitting out parts in Abu Dhabi in four years. It would be the country's first fab. The idea is for it to employ 30,000-40,000 people by 2030 - after it builds up an infrastructure and education helped along by MIT. According to Reuters, Muhairi said $10 billion has already been committed to the business through Globalfoundaries, which is in the process of acquiring Singapore-based contract manufacturer Chartered Semiconductor and its 150 customers for $1.8 billion. The object of the game is to cut both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 13, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly According to Buzz Marketing Group, the days of Apple dominating the hands of the teen crowd have come to an end. Other newer models such as the Samsung Galaxy or Microsoft Surface are gradually winning over younger generations tired of the repetitive Apple formula, Forbes reports.  Read Original Content Apple and Google have long dominated the smartphone market, but Tizen is rising to ... (more)

Broadcom Receives 2006 'Product Line Strategy' Award From Frost & Sullivan

IRVINE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the company's multi-core embedded processor portfolio has received the 2006 Award for Product Line Strategy from Frost & Sullivan (a leading global growth consulting firm), in the Embedded Processor category. The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy is presented each year to a company that has demonstrated the most insight into customer needs and product demands. According to Frost & Sullivan, the innovative chip design, high-performance and low power consumption features of Broadcom's highly integrated, multi-core processor solutions have made them the preferred customer choice for a wide variety of embedded applications such as networking, communications, storage, 3G wireless infrastruct... (more)

Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a written statement by Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement: -- Introduction Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Department of Justice's efforts to protect intellectual property rights through criminal enforcement. As America continues its transformation into an information- and innovation-based economy, the protection of America's creative assets is a top priority of the Department of Justice. Intellectual property embodies America's cultural heritage, consumer confidence and trust in brands for products ranging from prescription medicines to spark plugs, and most of the assets of our vibran... (more)

Chip Makers Adopt ASML’s Holistic Lithography to Continue Moore’s Law

ASML Holding NV (ASML) (NASDAQ:ASML) (Amsterdam:ASML) today at SEMICON West announces broad customer adoption of holistic lithography products which optimize semiconductor scanner performance and provide a faster start to chip production. 100% of ASML’s leading-edge scanners are now sold with one or more holistic lithography components. Semiconductor manufacturers face increasingly smaller margins of error as they shrink chip features. Holistic lithography provides a way to shrink within these margins to continue Moore’s Law. Introduced a year ago at SEMICON West 2009 ASML’s holistic lithography suite of products enable continued shrink and provide customers with higher yield, sooner. Holistic lithography integrates computational lithography, wafer lithography and process control to optimize production tolerances and reduce “time to money” for chip makers. All of o... (more)