Business, Hardware

Intel in hot water for anti-competitive tactics – FTC files suit

As we predicted last week, Intel had their corporate hand slapped for being in the cookie jar. The other shoe dropped on Wednesday for Intel when the FTC [Federal Trade Commission] announced they were suing them [PDF Download] for anti-competitive practices which "stifle competition and strengthen their monopoly." As we explained in last week’s installment of Intel’s legal problems, Intel easily qualifies as a monopoly by shipping over 85 percent of the CPUs in the world. It isn’t illegal to be a monopoly and charge whatever the market will bear. According to Scott Hemphill, a law professor at Columbia University, "What’s not O.K. is conduct

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Business, Hardware

FTC probe: Intel caught with hand in cookie jar

The latest installment of Intel’s legal sagas consists of rumors that the FTC is going to prosecute them very soon. We asked Intel for a comment about the possibility of them being investigated by the FTC.  Chuck Mulloy, Intel spokesperson said: "There?s not really a lot to say. The [San Jose] Mercury News, along with the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg news all filed FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests with the Federal Court to have the records in the Roomy Kahn case unsealed. They have written their stories based on what was in those files so I guess you can assume their reporting is

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Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Hardware

Intel shows 48-core "cloud" CPU

Wednesday, Intel showed reporters a 48-core processor nicknamed the SCC [single-chip cloud computer] that consumes about the same power as today’s desktop processors. With 1.3 billion transistors, the chip boasts 10 to 20 times the processing power of Intel’s top of the Nehalem product line.  Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner proudly showed a multi-die manufacturing wafer. He said that they are beyond the wafer level, and have packaged and running parts. He laughingly admitted that this is not the typical Intel "flash the wafer and then wait six months." Justin Rattner, Intel’s CTO explains the details behind SCC Rattner said that SCC’s 48 IA-32 [Intel Architecture,

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Cloud Computing, Hardware, Technology Security

SideKick is alive again, would you buy one?

It all started on October 3 for T-mobile’s SideKick ? check out today’s date. We have chronicled their subscribers? painful data loss and frustration with woefully lacking forth right explanations from everyone involved. Twice promises were made that almost all their data was found. First, on October 16, and again on October 20. Tuesday, T-mobile sent out a press release saying: "T-Mobile is also pleased to announce that Sidekick sales have resumed. Please visit the Sidekick forums for the latest news." The news on T-mobile’s Forum website is not quite so upbeat: "Sidekick Photo Recovery/ Sales Resumed – 11-17-09 9:00 A.M. Customers are currently unable

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Business, Hardware, Software Programs

ARM opens Android Developer Center

Recently, we spoke with James Bruce, ARM’s Mobile Solutions Segment Manager, about their android developers center. The Solution Center for Android is a resource for designers and developers of ARM technology-based products running on Android, the open source platform from the Open Handset Alliance. Bruce said that ARM will have a single Android location similar to their Mali Developers Center. Both sites have all the necessary tools, sample code, documentation, developers? platforms, along with forums and blogs for users to meet other Android and Mali developers. Bruce said that more than 35 members of the ARM Connected Community have joined together demonstrating the strength of

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Business, Hardware

GlobalFoundries: future is bright, but can they do it

Previously, GlobalFoundries showed they were serious about ARM at TechCon3 in Santa Clara. They had a booth, a panel about new models for 28nm design, and we sat down with Jim Ballingall, VP of Marketing discuss to what their sales goals were for 2010. On Wednesday, at the AMD Financial Analyst Day, Doug Grose, CEO of GlobalFoundries, and Bruce McDougall, CFO, gave an update on their progress to date. Grose gave a brief introduction about the company. In October 2008, AMD [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] and the ATIC [Advanced Technology Investment Company] of Abu Dhabi announced the creation of a leading-edge global semiconductor manufacturing company

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Audio/Video, Hardware

1933 Ford Hot Rod goes Electric

Last week at SEMA 2009 [Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association] in Las Vegas, an amazing new Hot Rod was introduced. The iconic American Hot Rod is a chopped and channeled 1933 Ford Coupe. They are built with or without fenders and with every conceivable size of gasoline or diesel engine. At SEMA 2009, AMP=D changed every hot rodders’ perception of performance and innovation. AMP=D introduced their all-electric powered ’33 Hot Rod. With 300+ hp [horse power] and over 660 foot pounds of torque in a 2400 pound car, it will stay with the best of the gasoline-powered Hot Rods. AMP=D’s take on hot rods with 1933

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Business, Hardware

ANALYSIS: Why is Intel being sued by New York State Attorney General?

The attorney general of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel, the world?s largest chip maker. Cuomo is alleging that the world’s biggest microprocessor manufacturer conducted "an illegal campaign to deprive AMD of distribution channels." Mr. Cuomo said in a statement, "Rather than compete fairly, Intel used bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold on the market," Intel?s actions not only unfairly restricted potential competitors, but also hurt average consumers who were robbed of better products and lower prices." The detailed 83-page complaint [PDF download] alleges that Intel "engaged in a systematic worldwide campaign of illegal, exclusionary conduct to

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Cloud Computing, Hardware, Technology Security

30 days later: SideKick still broken, Microsoft lost in cloud

Has it been 30 days already? Since October 3, many Sidekick users have been waiting for T-mobile and Microsoft to find their address books, notes, photos, and calendars. We wrote about the lost data on October 11. Then, there was hopeful news on October 16, that subscribers? data just might be recoverable. Microsoft conjured up more promises as of October 20, and Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer characterized the recent Sidekick data loss episode as "not good." A major understatement. On October 20, Microsoft said they had a tool that will enable all Sidekick subscribers to view the contacts they had on their device as of

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Business

Sprint reports another loss, but loses fewer subscribers

Sprint Nextel reported a big quarterly loss and a nine percent revenue slide, but, it succeeded in slowing the loss of wireless subscribers. Sprint is losing the best subscribers in the mobile business, the postpaid monthly-bill-paying ones, to the tune of 801,000 during 3Q 2009 alone.   Sprint reported a third quarter net loss of $478 million or $0.17 per share, compared to net loss of $326 million or $0.11 per share last year. Net operating revenues declined to $8.04 billion from $8.82 billion in the same quarter last year. We asked James Fisher, Sprint’s PR person, to breakdown the sales for the Palm Pre,

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Business

FUD Analysis: Why is Senator McCain trying to kill Net Neutrality?

Last week, Senator John McCain [Republican-Arizona] introduced his "Internet Freedom Act". McCain’s press release says the proposed bill "would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from enacting rules that would regulate the Internet." What McCain should have said in his press release was ‘The lobbyist told me to do it…’ McCain’s bill came on the same day as the FCC [Federal Communication Commission] decided to move forward on an official Net Neutrality policy that would prevent ISPs from making arbitrary decisions. Senator McCain had been the long time chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, a position he held from 1997 to 2001, and again from 2003

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Graphics, Software Programs

ARM announces Mali GPU Developers Center

Before the ARM Techcon3 Developers Conference, we spoke with Elan Lennard, Portal Program Manager at ARM’s Processing division. Lennard explained the background that went into the creation of their new Mali Developers Center. This will be a single location that will have all the necessary tools, sample code, documentation, developers’ platforms, along with forums and blogs to meet other Mali developers. Mali GPU platform is capable of 1080p HD resolution, offers 2D and 3D graphics and 4x and 16x FSAA [Full Scene Anti-aliasing]. ARM offers the GPU as an SoC [System-on-Chip]. With the Developers Center website, expect Xbox 360-level video graphics on mobile devices by

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Hardware

ARM announces Cortex-A5 for the next 15 billion cellphones and MIDs

We spoke with Travis Lanier, Product Manager at ARM, about the just announced Cortex-A5. The A5 continues the development of the Cortex family. Last month, ARM announced their Cortex-A9 MP which will initially be built on 40nm at TSMC, and are expected to seamlessly transition to 28nm. Earlier this month, ARM announced a partnership with GlobalFoundries for 28nm development of the ARM Cortex IP, meaning that ARM is expanding its focus to two foundries. Lanier gave a bit of background on the Cortex family of processors. The unifying feature of Cortex is Thumb-2 instruction set. The Thumb-2 instruction set combines 16- and 32-bit instructions to

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs, Technology Security

Microsoft rescues SideKick contacts, so they say

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs, Technology Security

Good news, bad news for T-Mobile SideKick users

There was the good news and bad news from Roz Ho, Corporate Vice President, Premium Mobile Experiences about the recent crisis involving SideKick’s customers? data. Ms. Ho’s press release said "We are pleased to report that we have recovered most, if not all, customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage. We plan to begin restoring users’ personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the data and our restoration plan." The really bad news from Ms. Ho is that Microsoft "determined that the outage was caused by a system failure that created

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Business, Cloud Computing

FCC chairman explains open mobile broadband

Wednesday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski was the opening keynote speaker at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show in San Diego, California. The CTIA – The Wireless Association, was originally known as the Cellular Telephone Industries Association. It is an international industry trade group representing all wireless communication sectors including cellular, personal communication services, and enhanced specialized mobile radio. After some preliminary remarks, including the fact he uses an Apple iPhone on AT&T’s network, Genachowski outlined the FCC’s Mobile Broadband Agenda to CTIA attendees. He told the group: "I saw mobile go from a futurist fantasy, to a nice-to-have part of company?s gameplan, to a

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Hardware

ARM announces plans for 28nm SOC

ARM has signed a strategic relationship with GlobalFoundries for an SOC [system on chip]. The SOC will use the low-power, high-performance Coretx-A9 full suite of Physical IP, Fabric IP and Processor IP on a 28nm "Gate First" HKMG [High-k metal gate] process. Warren East, ARM’s CEO said: "This collaboration with GlobalFoundries and their commitment to delivering leading-edge technology makes them an ideal partner to accelerate the adoption of ARM processor-based technology at 28nm." The 28nm HKMG process is optimized for minimal current leakage and making it a good choice for battery operated applications. Earlier this week, ARM announced they have delivered on their commitment to

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Software Programs

Palm Pre synchs with iTunes – again

A week ago, Palm announced its update 1.2 to the Pre’s webOS operating system. Missing from the announcement was any mention of what Palm calls "Media Sync" – the ability for Palm’s smartphone to mimic an Apple iPod when connected to iTunes. Saturday morning, Palm’s webOS was updated to version 1.2.1. This fixed Media Sync, allowing the Pre to yet again sync more-or-less seamlessly with iTunes 9.0.1. The update has a changelog note from Palm. First on their list is: "Resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (9.0.1)." The fix most people were hoping for involved an error introduced

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Business

Net neutrality: Everybody says it is…

Since FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced two new principles which support Net neutrality the comments "for" and "against" have been stacking up. The naysayers are attempting to divert attention from some basic facts: The US has some of the slowest broadband services in the world, limiting our ability to compete in a global environment. The US ranks 28th in the world in average Internet connection speed and is not making significant progress in building a faster network. A report by the Communications Workers of America [CWA] said the average download speed in South Korea is 20.4 Mbps [Megabits per second] – four times faster than

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Business

FCC Chairman says "Yes" to Net neutrality

Monday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered a major address at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, laying out his vision of an open Internet. He also talked about the many ways that an open Internet spurs innovation of all kinds. In the past, the FCC has based their rulings about the Internet on fourprincipals. These principles can be summarized as: Network operatorscannot prevent users from accessing the lawful Internet content,applications, and services of their choice, nor can they prohibit usersfrom attaching non-harmful devices to the network. The FCC Chairmanadded two more principals aimed at making the Internet more open to allapplications and users. The debate

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