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Dell offers lesson in Intel-AMD rivalry

So, which processor manufacturer does Dell choose for its business laptops? The answer provides some insight into the challenges facing AMD.

By May 13, 2009


Intel and TSMC: What are they thinking?

TSMC will be building chips based on Intel technology. It's a good deal for TSMC, but Intel's motivations are less clear--and some of Intel's competitors should be very, very worried.

By March 4, 2009


China chip an Intel rival?

It won't be an x86, but the Godson-3 might be close enough--and cheap to boot. A key goal for Beijing is to develop microprocessor independence.

By September 8, 2008


What to do when the executive has no clothes

Technology executives are notorious for not suffering fools lightly. But what happens when they're the fools?

By July 31, 2008


Who is better for tech: McCain or Obama?

In terms of our nation's ability to compete in the global marketplace, which presidential candidate would be better for the technology industry.

By May 22, 2008


How to denigrate an entire profession

In a prior post I inadvertently managed to denegrate the noble profession of news reporting and blogging. Besides clearing the air, here's some fun CEO quotes on the subject of denigrating professions.

By May 15, 2008


A brief history of chip hype--and flops (part 1)

This first installment in a series about silicon gone sour takes a look back at the Cyrix M1 and Intel's Itanium, as well as today's Barcelona from AMD.

By March 7, 2008


Don't believe everything you read

Marketers and executives are always out there spinning and promoting their stuff. Don't believe everything they're selling.

By February 20, 2008


The secret history of the sub-$1,000 computer

In the face of relentless competition from Intel, processor upstart Cyrix dressed up the pig and created the sub-$1,000 PC market in the process.

By November 12, 2007


Why mergers fail

In the corporate world, there's probably nothing more exciting--or risky--as mergers and acquisitions. Why do companies merge? Why do they fail?

By October 12, 2007