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Fusion-io, the six-year-old Salt Lake City flash memory start-up where Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is now chief scientist, is scheduled to go public Thursday. Its price was set Wednesday night at $19 a share, which means it’ll raise $233.7 million and go out with an initial valu...
A stealth start-up called SuVolta that reportedly got initial funding from Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim and now has Sun co-founder Bill Joy on its board in his capacity as a partner in Kleiner Perkins, one of its VCs, reared its head for the first time publicly Monday and said it c...
Tilera, the many-core processor start-up, is drumming up business for its third-generation hydra-headed chips, expecting to have samples ready this summer, a tad late but, hey, nobody ever said this stuff was easy. The company’s 40nm Tile-Gx line is meant to be available with 16, 36,...
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 model...
Intel and Nvidia have resolved their litigation issues. Intel has agreed to pay Nvidia a choice $1.5 billion over the next five years for access and use of all Nvidia’s patents like its graphics widgetry. Nvidia, in return, gets access to a limited subset of Intel patents, but none...
Intel, which just got its ass whooped by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly smothering GPU competition and for looking like it’s gonna move its CPU monopoly into the GPU market, announced its first big Atom chip rev on Monday. It integrates graphics directly into the single- an...
The European Commission has come to terms with Rambus, which has pledged to put a cap on the royalties it charges for its DRAM patents in exchange for the regulator dropping its monopoly abuse investigation without a fine. Rambus currently charges 3.5%. From now on royalties on earlier...
From Atom to Multicore Processors, Orchid Technologies can design a custom Intel Architecture solution to meet your specific requirements. Orchid's Core2 Quad Processor board is feature packed. Designed for ruggedized operation in a small air-cooled package, our Core2 Quad Processor de...
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 c...
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% sequentia...
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 a...
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, 2.8GH...
DigiTimes said Tuesday that Asustek and Acer won’t have new netbooks this half because Intel’s Pine Trail-M Atom chip was late and won’t appear until Q1. Intel begs to differ. It’s under the distinct impression the widget is on schedule and will ship for revenue this year. Pine...
AMD has a 45nm six-core chip now just like Intel that will appear in HP, Cray, Dell, SGI, IBM and Sun systems this month. How the Istanbul chip and its adopters fare in a lousy make-do market remains to be seen.
Intel lost mobile and desktop share to AMD in Q1, according to IDC. Counter-intuitive, isn’t it? Depleted AMD inventories may explain at least some of the shift and selling low-end parts without making money might explain some more. IDC, by the way, also says that Intel gained share in...
Ultra-high-speed wireless connectivity – capable of transferring 15 gigabits of data per second over short distances – has taken a significant step toward reality. A recent decision by an international standards group could help bring this technology to market soon. Short-distance 60 g...
AMD has rethought its roadmap and, given its limited resources and near-death experience with Barcelona, it's scrubbing Montreal, the eight-core chip that was supposed to follow Shanghai, the chip after Barcelona, and substituting a six-core part code named Istanbul to be followed by a...
Synopsys announced that NextIO has standardized on the VMM methodology, as defined in the Verification Methodology Manual (VMM) for SystemVerilog, and on Synopsys' VCS functional verification product to accelerate the SystemVerilog-based verification of their newest I/O virtualization ...
'I have yet to see any actual reasons for licensing under the GPLv3, ' Linus said. But 'if Sun really is going to release OpenSolaris under GPLv3, that may be a good reason. I don't think the GPLv3 is as good a license as v2, but on the other hand, I'm pragmatic, and if we can avoid ha...
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...
Breaking new ground, Intel has a system-on-a-chip (SoC) project on its 2008 roadmap dubbed Tolapai that by collapsing key system components into a single processor should reduce chip sizes by 45% and power consumption by 20% compared to a standard four-chip design while improving throu...
Sun Microsystems has introduced its Netra Dataplane Software (NDPS) Suite for the telecom market. Sun's new software is the first standardized tool to quickly and efficiently deliver dataplane applications for the aggregation, transport and routing of voice, video, and data for the tel...
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QUALCOMM has announced an expansion to its QUALCOMM Single Chip (QSC) family to include support for UMTS. The new QSC6240 product for WEDGE (WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and QSC6270 product for HEDGE (HSDPA/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE) are the world's first solutions to integrate a monolithic ...
Wind River Systems announced that Wind River Platform for Networking Equipment, Linux Edition, will be optimized to support Sun?s breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 processor. The combination of a Wind River run-time platform on an open source, 64-bit, multi-threaded architecture will offer si...
Sun Microsystems announced the creation of an independent OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board. 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 p...
'Ubuntu is arguably one of the most important GNU/Linux distributions on the planet and will soon blaze new trails in support for SPARC-based servers,' said John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems, Sun Microsystems. 'The availability of both Solaris and Linux-based operating sys...
Back in 1957, US scientists tracking the first Russian satellite, Sputnik, noticed that they could use the Doppler effect to work out exactly how far away it was. Since they knew where they were they could use that information to work out where the satellite was, and from there it?s a ...
SoftJin, an EDA(Electronic Design Automation) software development services company, todayannounced its free source code for Anuvad*, a suite of GDSII-OASISlibraries and GDSII to OASIS translator, has been downloaded by over 400,since its introduction last year (November, 2004). The do...
SYS-CON Events has announced the first 'iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo, to be held in New York. Calls for papers, delegate registration, and information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be found at the conference website, www.itvcon.com.
Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Open Source Officer, imagines a 'co-operating community' working as with Jini, each 'doing their own thing with a common baseline and then contributing back innovations and fixes based on their experience,' according to reports.
Sun Microsystems is breaking new ground by open sourcing its UltraSPARC T1 processor design through the Open SPARC project. The initiative is expected to spur innovation in processor architecture development, thereby setting the ground for the next big Internet build-out.
CEVA has announced that Silicon Laboratories has licensed and deployed the CEVA-Teak DSP core in the AeroFONE single-chip phone, an integrated, high performance, easy-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS handsets.
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, McNeal...
My first encounter with Parasoft Insure++ and Parasoft Corporation was in the mid-'90s when I was working for a small company developing parsers and translators for languages used in semiconductor chip design. Like developers on almost any development project, we ran into a 'runaway' m...
Atheros has put into a single chip, a mobile transceiver, baseband, application processor, audio paths, and power management.
Novell's attempt to dominate the news coming out of LinuxWorld last week left Linux watcher Prudential Equity unmoved. It still thinks Red Hat is king of the hill and that 'Novell will likely be a distant #2 provider.' It says, 'Novell is making positive headway, but still faces the di...
Transmeta, that five-year-old noble experiment in software-based chip design awash in a sea of red ink, looks close to declaring itself shipwrecked and hopelessly marooned.
After IBM yesterday announced the sale of its PC business for $1.25 billion to the Chinese group Lenovo, the industry has begun wondering whether HP's PC business - worth at least $2.5 billion to the right buyer - might be the next to be sold.