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Week ahead: Intel's crystal ball

Chip conventioneers gather in Silicon Valley to gaze at Intel's new products and look into the future of processor development. Also coming: Apple strokes Jaguar and Adobe posts earnings.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 9 through Sept. 13.

The world's attention will be focused on New York next week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is observed, but there will be plenty of distractions for techies looking for a break from the somber memorials.

Chip leader Intel is set to unveil new server and workstation processors at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif., and is also expected to reveal all sorts of juicy details on the next few years of semiconductor advances. Microsoft does its part to make computing more exciting with the first major collection of patches for the Windows XP operating system.

Meanwhile, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs will tout the new Jaguar operating system at Apple Expo in Paris. Also, the top lights in networking and communications will gather in Atlanta for the Networld+Interop-Comdex trade show, and the publishing industry will check out the latest tech innovations at the Seybold Seminar in San Francisco.

Third-quarter results from software publisher Adobe Systems, looking for a payoff from major product updates, top a thin roster of expected earnings announcements. The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

TECH EVENTS

Monday, Sept. 9

  • Microsoft plans to release the first service pack, or collection of bug fixes, for Windows XP. Users will be able to download the hefty 133MB update from Microsoft's Web site. Windows XP Service Pack 1 pulls together previously released updates, including support for USB 2.0, and security fixes.

  • Seybold Seminars hosts one of the publishing industry's biggest trade shows, running Sept. 9-12 in San Francisco. Keynote speakers include Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing for Apple; and Shantanu Narayen, executive vice president for Adobe.

  • Chip maker Intel gives a look at the future of computing at its annual Intel Developer Forum, running Sept. 9-12 in San Jose, Calif. Topics ranges from gigabit Ethernet networking to advances in graphics programming.

  • One of the biggest technology trade shows focuses on networking at Networld+Interop-Comdex, set for Sept. 9-13 in Atlanta. Keynote speakers include Sprint President Ronald LeMay and Cingular Wireless President Robert Shaner.

  • Research firm IDC and supercomputer users ponder the future of high-performance computing (HPC) at the HPC User Forum, which takes place Sept. 9-11 in Portland, Maine.

  • Software programmers discuss the latest developments in Unicode, the effort to develop internationally accessible typefaces, at the Unicode Conference, running Sept. 9-13 in San Jose, Calif.

  • See the latest in instant messaging software and strategies at Instant Messaging Planet, scheduled for Sept. 9-10 in San Francisco.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Le Mac takes over Paris as Apple stages Apple Expo, one of the Mac maker's biggest trade shows outside the U.S. The event runs Sept. 10-14 in Paris, with company CEO Steve Jobs speaking on the opening day.

  • The American Institute for Industrial Security holds its 48th annual convention Sept. 10-13 in Philadelphia. Speeches and seminars include coverage of information security and other tech topics.

EARNINGS

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Adobe Systems sells publishing software. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 19 cents a share.

  • Lantronix makes networking equipment. It's expected to report a loss of 3 cents a share for its fourth quarter and 6 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • Verity sells portal software and services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 3 cents a share.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

Monday, Sept. 9

  • Consumer Credit is the total level of debt held by U.S. consumers. The July total is expected to climb to $10 billion, from $8.4 billion the previous month.

Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to fall to 400,000 for the week ended Sept. 7, from 403,000 the previous week.

  • Export Prices and Import Prices track changes in average prices for nonpetroleum and nonagricultural goods and provide an early clue to shifts in trade balance. No forecast for August figures.

Friday, Sept. 13
  • Producer Price Index is a broad measure of the price of goods at the wholesale level. August growth is expected to be 0.1 percent, after a 0.2 percent drop the previous month.

  • Retail Sales measures total receipts from U.S. stores. Growth for August is expected to drop to 0.8 percent, from 1.2 percent the previous month. Excluding auto sales, growth is expected to be flat, at 0.2 percent.