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Over the past 20 years the economy has lost over four million jobs. Although some of these jobs have disappeared because of increased productivity, most of them have been exported overseas to countries with low-cost labor such as China and Pakistan. As the world becomes smaller, high-tech services have soon followed. Forrester Research, in a much-quoted study issued late last year, estimated that 3.3 million jobs representing $136 billion in wages would move overseas from the United States by 2015. Everything from computer programming to chip design to support will be affected, moving to countries like India, Poland, China, and the Philippines, according to the study. Think about it - $136 billion, roughly the entire GNP of Indonesia. In only 20 years America has gone from being the mother of invention to the world leader in high-tech job exports. Not long ago, "high-... (more)

After IBM's PC Unit Goes Chinese, Will Carly Now Sell HP's PC Business?

SYS-CON Live Coverage of HP - via Google News Reuters is carrying a report that quotes Gartner Research analyst Martin Reynolds, saying that "IBM was smart to get of this early." The "this" in question? The PC business. Reynolds was commenting on the day that IBM disposed of its PC division in a complex inter-company deal with China's top PC manufacturer, Lenovo Group Limited. His belief is that, with the IBM-Lenovo deal now public knowledge,  Hewlett-Packard Co will be under pressure to sell its personal computer business: "HP is now on the spot to show why their PC business is a strategic part of the company," he told Reuters. IBM, Reynolds believes, has achieved with the PC unit sale "more freedom to focus on its IT consulting, chip design and services businesses" - while the remaining PC manufacturing giants like Dell and HP are left to compete over increasingly... (more)

Silicon Laboratories Deploys CEVA-Teak in GSM/GPRS Phone Chips

CEVA has announced that Silicon Laboratories has licensed and deployed the CEVA-Teak DSP core in the AeroFONE single-chip phone, the industry’s most integrated, highest performance, easiest-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. Existing cellphone IC solutions in the industry integrate some of the standard components that comprise the functionality of a handset, including digital baseband, RF transceiver, logic and analog functions. However, Silicon Laboratories’ breakthrough innovations in chip design and integration has enabled them to take this process one step further, without compromising performance. By additionally integrating the analog baseband, power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry into their single-chip phone, Silicon Laboratories has achieved a level of integration that no other solution in the market  can matc... (more)

Nehalem Goes Mainstream

Intel’s Lynnfield chips, the widgets meant to drive its newfangled Nehalem architecture into the mainstream, arrived on Tuesday. The new dumbed-down 45nm arrivals include three quad-core desktop devices officially designated the Core i5 750, i7 860 and i7 870 clocking 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz respectively and priced, respectively, at $196, $284 and $562 in quantity, the 800-series i7 being cheaper than the existing carriage trade i7 900-series, which starts at ~$280. The difference between the 800-series and the 900-series rests with the width of the built-in memory interface and the amount of RAM throughput and the number of processing threads supported. Mercury Research thinks the chips could entice people to upgrade. Oh, yes, and let’s not forget the desktop’s P55 express chipset, which Intel claims incorporates “the most revolutionary design changes since the ... (more)

Nehalem Goes Mainstream

Intel's Lynnfield chips, the widgets meant to drive its newfangled Nehalem architecture into the mainstream, arrived on Tuesday. The new dumbed-down 45nm arrivals include three quad-core desktop devices officially designated the Core i5 750, i7 860 and i7 870 clocking 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz respectively and priced, respectively, at $196, $284 and $562 in quantity, the 800-series i7 being cheaper than the existing carriage trade i7 900-series, which starts at ~$280. The difference between the 800-series and the 900-series rests with the width of the built-in memory interface and the amount of RAM throughput and the number of processing threads supported. Mercury Research thinks the chips could entice people to upgrade. Oh, yes, and let's not forget the desktop's P55 express chipset, which Intel claims incorporates "the most revolutionary design changes since the ... (more)

Cougar Point Fallout

After Intel disclosed its billion-dollar Cougar Point chipset flub Monday, Samsung said it will offer the people who bought 2,000-3,000 of its PCs that carry the tainted widget a refund or exchange on Intel's dime. NEC told Bloomberg that it would probably delay shipping four new models. HP has canceled a business notebook announcement scheduled for February 10, stopped making desktops and laptops with the chip and halted shipments. It's offering refunds or exchanges. Dell's got kit impacted in its XPS, Vostro and Alienware lines and has halted production. It will either take machines back or replace the motherboards when it gets the fixed chipset from Intel. Asustek reportedly shipped a lot of product and is recalling it. According to Bloomberg it expects its February revenues to be off by $35 million. Apple is reportedly unaffected. Well, at least it's not saying ... (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)

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)

Tela Innovations Showcases Innovative On-Grid, Straight-Line Approach to Chip Design at Industry Events

Tela Innovations, an early-stage technology company focused on addressing the challenges of scaling semiconductor manufacturing to 45nm and beyond, will showcase its innovative chip design technology at two upcoming industry events. The company will make presentations and demonstrate its technology at the Applied Materials Technical Symposium at IITC (International Interconnect Technology Conference) on June 2, 2008 in San Francisco, and the following week at the 2008 Design Automation Conference June 8-12 in Anaheim, California. Tela will use both venues to discuss and demonstrate its solution for using on-grid, straight-line, one-dimensional layout structures to provide a more efficient and reliable way to design and manufacture next generation chips. The solution uses pre-defined physical topologies, applicable for use in logic, embedded memory, analog and I/O f... (more)

Zocalo Tech Ships First EDA Software Dedicated to Assertion-Library Productivity

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/24/09 -- Zocalo Tech, Inc., an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company focusing on Assertion Based Verification (ABV) productivity software, is shipping Zazz(TM). Zazz, first introduced at DVCon in February 2009, is the first EDA software product to make using assertion libraries quick, easy and accurate by automating tedious error prone tasks with its easy to use intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI). With Zazz, the checkers from the most widely used assertion libraries can be attached to a design and documented in minutes. Most experts agree that assertion checkers added by designers have significant impact on detecting problems early in the functional verification process. The designer is the most familiar with the intent and limitations of the design and is in the best position to define where they are needed during simula... (more)

SMC Networks Managed Switches Selected for Use in IBM's CloudBurst Solution Demonstration at VMworld 2009

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SMC Networks(R), a leading provider of advanced, high performance networking solutions for the SMB and enterprise markets, today announced that the SMC TigerSwitch(TM) 10/100/1000 Managed Layer 2 Switches (SMC8126L2) have been selected for use in IBM's CloudBurst(TM) demonstration at VMworld 2009 from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 2009, at The Moscone Center in San Francisco. The TigerSwitch SMC8126L2, which is part of SMC's latest single family Managed Gigabit solution that features PoE and clustering, and is rated as one of Instat's power efficient switch families, is a high-performance managed layer 2 switch featuring 26 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SFP combo ports for fiber connectivity. This new TigerSwitch will be incorporated into a demonstration that will showcase the capabilities of the IBM CloudBurst 1.1 solution, a ... (more)