Small fries everywhere! A bunch of this week's news focused on tiny laptops of the Eee PC variety: the Intel Classmate PC will reportedly hit U.S. and European retailers; photos of a possible "netbook" surfaced on Flickr; and we saw an Eee PC competitor for the Taiwanese market (release date unknown). Meanwhile, the tiny tablet-smartphone hybrid, the HTC Shift, became available for pre-order on Amazon; we have one in hand and posted a full review today.
Dell is getting set to offer AMD's Phenom processors for the first time in systems, following Hewlett-Packard, giving the chipmaker a boost in its multi-core chip battle with Intel.
AMD is expected to make an announcement related to Phenom in the near future.
In the second quarter, Dell will offer both triple-core and quad-core Phenom processors in its OptiPlex 740 business system, the computer company said. This would be the first instance of Dell using AMD processors with more than two cores. Dell is also slated to use the quad-core "Barcelona" Opteron processor in servers in the … Read more
Novell's Brainshare is in full swing, and the company announced two significant deals. The first is that Hewlett-Packard will be preloading Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop on select laptops and desktops. It's a big coup for Novell after Ubuntu scored with Dell. It's also a big coup for customers who won't have to go through the bother of maintaining Linux on incompatible hardware, as I recently did with Ubuntu on Lenovo's X61 laptop.
With the ProLiant DL785 G5 Server, Hewlett-Packard has re-entered the 8-socket x86 server space. This system has twice the computing headroom of the quad-processor servers that are generally considered at the top end of the volume or so-called commodity server space.
HP isn't new to this market segment. In 1997, Intel bought a company by the name of Corollary that was in the process of developing a chipset that effectively "glued together" two standard quad-processor x86 busses into a single 8-way symmetrical multiprocessor (SMP). Intel not only completed development, it also gave the chipset legitimacy by giving … Read more
We're a little more than 48 hours out from that great holiday whose sacred rites (for me, at least) include tucking into a Dublin Coddle and washing it down with a perfect pint of Guinness. (For strict Catholics, the holiday comes even sooner.) So that you can head out for your preholiday warm-up drinking, here's a summary of this week's laptop-related news. Just remember: Friends don't let friends drink green beer.
How do we value technology companies? Ingenuity and invention, quality of service, brand loyalty, manufacturing muscle, operating efficiency, supply-chain management, price, great place to work. There are lots of metrics.
For those unfamiliar with the wily ways of Wall Street, the stock market has its own way of expressing what it thinks of companies. It's called market capitalization or market cap for short.… Read more
Intel's newest Core 2 Duo processor has finally found its way into most models in the world's two largest PC makers' notebook lines.
With some exceptions. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will offer the 45-nanometer Penryn processor for the first time in its 8700 performance line in the next two weeks.
Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo Penryn processor was announced back in January as a significant upgrade from the previous "Merom" 65nm processors. Penryn boasts improved power saving features and generally better (though not phenomenally) performance at the same clock speed due, among other things, to a larger … Read more
As HP Redirects Its R&D Toward Big Results one would expect to hear something new and exciting, or maybe some clarity about what the company is planning to actually do. Instead we get a fantastic array of buzzwords from the last 5 years.
1. Mobility They project that use of computing devices must seek to become seamless, so that users are transferring information and working within a familiar interface as they move beyond their offices. Information will continue to explode, so capturing and storing information will be less important than analyzing and delivering the right information at the … Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new plan for its research arm, HP Labs on Thursday at its Silicon Valley headquarters, saying it will sharpen its focus into fewer specific projects and promising a greater emphasis on exploratory research.
The change is being instituted by new HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee, who came to HP in August after two decades in academia.
"The approach (HP Labs) took before was appropriate for its time," Banerjee said. The change is mostly driven by the speed at which individuals and enterprises demand information today. "As the Internet becomes the primary … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce a major reorganization of its research arm, HP Labs, on Thursday, according to a MarketWatch report.
HP indeed has a midday press conference planned at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., this Thursday, but so far the company has been tight-lipped about what exactly it has in store for attendees. CEO Mark Hurd, CTO Shane Robison, and Prith Banerjee, director of HP Labs, are expected to be on hand for the event.
According to the report, the changes to be announced will represent the biggest reorganization of HP Labs in more than 10 years, and … Read more