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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)

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)

IBM Taps Global Network of Innovation Centers to Fuel Linux on Power Systems for Big Data and Cloud Computing

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)

J2ME Editorial

Technology seems at times to proceed at a breakneck pace. The downside to this expectation for a consistently high rate of technological improvement is that at other times, progress comes at a more leisurely pace - analogous to watching paint dry or sloth racing. For example, announcements about chip-design developments and the associated higher CPU speeds seem to appear weekly. Intel, IBM, AMD, (name your company), are engaged in a constant competition to outdo the others as they increase speed, reduce power consumption, and introduce new manufacturing processes. However, waiting for those advances to trickle down to consumer devices definitely rates as one of those "paint-drying" experiences. Another example is the recent announcement regarding organic LEDs (light emitting diodes) by Eastman Kodak and Sanyo. Potentially, organic LEDs will be simpler (and therefore... (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)

McNealy: "Sun Does Not Favor Mega-Mergers"

According to Sun, its mergers and acquisitions – unlike Oracle's, Adobe's, and AT&T's – aren't quick fixes aimed at instantly growing its customer base. They're "thoughtful, strategic acquisitions that complement and enhance our historic strengths." Sun Microsystems, McNealy claims in a memo sent to Sun's customers this week, takes a different approach from the rest of the industry giants. But hold on. Sun has completed no fewer than nine acquisitions during the past three years. McNealy points out as much in his memo. So what's so different between its approach and the approach of, say, Adobe/Macromedia, Oracle/PeopleSoft, HP/Compaq, and the pending AT&T/SBC deal? According to McNealy, it's this: "Our team ... looks to acquire companies that will give Sun a strategic advantage in terms of intellectual property, new technologies, and human capital. We are looking ... (more)

Sun Creates Independent OpenSPARC Advisory Board, Includes New Linux Distribution

Sun Microsystems announced the creation of an independent OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board. The board is chartered with setting the direction for OpenSPARC, a community that fosters the creation of tools and derivative chip designs based on Sun's breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 processor. The community now includes a new GNU/Linux distribution, Gentoo Linux, which is supporting UltraSPARC T1 in the latest release of its popular open source operating system (OS), and the first published derivative of the chip design from Simply RISC. "To grow we can't just rely on upgrading our installed base, we have to go after new customers, and that's what open source helps us do," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's systems group. "OpenSolaris is clearly a runaway hit, and the OpenSPARC program helps us accelerate our adoption rate into the new, emerging Web 2.0 mar... (more)

ACCESS Launches Global Partner Program to Accelerate Growth of Mobile Linux and Converged Device Markets

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 3GSM World Congress-- ACCESS CO., LTD., today launched the ACCESS Connect Ecosystem (ACE) Partner Program, a global initiative that brings together companies in the telecommunication, consumer electronics and media industries to drive market leadership of converged solutions developed by ACCESS and its partners. The program kicks off with over 45 charter member companies. "The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is committed to helping to foster the growth of a mobile Linux ecosystem," said Haila Wang, president and chairman of LiPS. "We are very supportive of the companies, such as ACCESS, who are dedicated to this effort as well. ACCESS' ACE global partner program is a great example of how members of the open source community, handset and device manufacturers, mobile phone software developers and operators can work... (more)

Mellanox Enters Ethernet Market

Mellanox, which last time we looked was an Infiniband company, has just started peddling a dual-port single-chip so-called ConnectX EN 10 gigE adapter chip and NIC. The widgetry requires no external memory or interface support, which is supposed to make it suitable for low-power blades and volume LAN on motherboard designs, a broader market strategy than Mellanox has had before. Going public might have something to do with it. Gotta keep those numbers up. In keeping with that thought, the new adapter is also supposed to be optimized for multi-core CPUs and virtualized server and storage data center infrastructure. Very coming thing. The small-footprint, reduced-power, single-chip design is supposed to be ideal for volume applications. Mellanox rates the bi-directional throughput at 17.6 Gb/s, with TCP/IP latencies of less than seven microseconds. Unidirectional traffi... (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)

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)