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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

The worldwide server market grew at an 8.1 percent year-over-year rate in the third quarter paced by Microsoft Windows and Linux servers who continue to battle each other for customers, IDC said Tuesday. Total revenue for the quarter reached $12.5 billion.

“Windows showed very strong growth in the quarter,” said Steve Josselyn, research director in IDC’s Server Group. “Linux didn’t grow as rapidly as it did in the previous quarter.” Josselyn noted that Linux’ growth was still impressive, though, as the volume

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

LG Electronics on Wednesday said major consumer electronic retailers have started selling an LG digital video recorder with Microsoft Corp.'s cable program guide.

The LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder combines a DVR with a DVD recorder, and is powered by Microsoft's Windows Media Center. The recorder, which includes a 160-gigabyte hard drive, sells for $599.95.

Most DVRs today are sold by cable companies, but experts say consumers are increasingly demanding that cable programming play on more retail devices, including PCs.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

TiVo Inc. has filed a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month that suggests company inventors believe radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will become inserted into clothing, jewelry, key chains, and even under the skin in the body.

Whether TiVo actually decides to build in the feature, the patent is for a personal video recorder (PVR) that recognizes viewer preferences through an RFID chip embedded in clothing, jewelry or "inserted somewhere [in] the user's body."
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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Sales of next-generation network (NGN) equipment experienced a sharp rise in the third quarter, as carriers and service providers continue to deploy advanced network services.

According to Dittberner Associates, NGN equipment shipments were up 70%, with 27.3 million media gateway, softswitch and integrated voice over IP (VoIP) ports shipping last quarter. Worldwide VoIP port shipments alone rose 67% in the same period. Although revenues were also up, pricing pressures have kept them from matching the steep rise in port shipments. Revenues were

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : AP

Go-getters were grabbing the boxes on their first day of sale Tuesday, and flipping them on eBay right away for hefty profits. Some customers were paying up to $2,500 for the unit, which retails for $299.

Forget day trading - the best way to make a buck this holiday season may be to flip your Xbox 360.
Some people fortunate enough to get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s new videogame console when it was released Tuesday immediately resold them on

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-23       Article Source : VARBusiness

When Dell recently announced it would miss its earnings forecast because of slumping U.S. and U.K. sales, plus a $300 million charge to repair faulty circuit boards, it raised an inevitable question: Is Dell losing its luster?

Of course, one weak quarter doesn't put any multibillion-dollar company into the frying pan, and it's too soon to tell whether Dell is headed toward a major downturn. Nonetheless, Wall Street reacted negatively to the news, and analysts have been quick to point out several suddenly

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft unwrapped its Xbox 360 gaming console Tuesday, amid a major marketing push from the software giant.

Microsoft is positioning the system as a broad-based consumer entertainment platform, which plays not just games, but can also record television programs via its digital video recorder feature, and can play music and display photos.

With its pre-Christmas launch, Microsoft is hoping to gain market share from Sony and its competing Playstation console. Sony's new Playstation 3 is expected to debut next year.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-23       Article Source : EE Times

Researchers from Brown University have created what they believe is the first directly pumped silicon laser, a breakthrough that they say could eventually help to make faster, more powerful computers or fiber optic networks.

According to Brown, scientists have fashioned lasers since 1960 from substances ranging from neon to sapphire. But the structure of silicon would not allow for the proper line-up of electrons to emit light.

The three Brown researchers, led by engineering and physics professor Jimmy Xu, claim

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : EE Times

Micron Technology Inc. and Intel Corp. have announced plans to create a joint venture to manufacture NAND flash memory for use in consumer electronics, removable storage and handheld communications devices, and in particular to manufacture for Apple Computer Inc.

The move is intended to bolster U.S. interests in the non-volatile memory market which is rapidly displacing DRAM in commercial significance and had been led by South Korean manufacturers.

The joint-venture company, to be called IM Flash Technologies LLC, is set

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-22       Article Source : EE Times

Sidense Corp., a startup formed by Polish engineers, has said it has developed a fuse-based one-time programmable non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP) core targeted at a standard logic CMOS manufacturing process.

Sidense (Kanata, Ontario, Canada) did not disclose on its website the underlying fusing technology but claims no additional programming voltages are required and that no charge storage is required for data retention in excess of ten years duration. The company said its design does not require any additional masks or

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-20       Article Source : TechWeb News

Alienware has released a new mobile workstation featuring high-performance AMD Opteron processors.
The company, which manufactures desktop, notebook, server and professional systems, has announced its new MJ-12 m7700a. The AMD-complement to Alienware's top-selling mobile commercial workstation has desktop-equivalent processing and graphics capabilities, dual hard drives and optical drives.

It comes with an option for AMD dual-core Opteron processors for memory-intensive applications and demanding digital content. It also features graphics technology from NVIDIA, including the Quadro FX Go 1400 card

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Printer upstart Dell lead all other sellers in customer satisfaction, while long-time powerhouse Hewlett-Packard tied for third, J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.

The first-time survey of business users put Dell at the top of the chart, with a customer satisfaction score of 801 out of a possible 1,000. Dell led the group in the three measurement areas -- product, sales, and service -- said J.D. Power.

"While most brands use a mix of sales channels to reach different types

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mercury Computer Systems Friday took the wraps off its latest high-performance Serial RapidIO Switch, the MC432, aimed at multiple switching applications in the embedded, communications, wireless, and storage markets.

The MC432 is targeted at chip-to-chip, board-to-board, or chassis-to-chassis communication. The 64Bbps switch has eight ports of 4X lanes.

The MC432 is designed to complement the parallel RapidIO devices currently on the market, the firm said.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-19       Article Source : EE Times

UTC Power, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., unveiled a bus powered by a fuel cell.

UTC’s 40-foot Van Hool Hydrogen A330 bus can reach 65 miles per hour and travels 250-to-300 miles before refueling. The bus features a hybrid-electric drive system and a so-called 120-kW PureMotion fuel cell power system.

PureMotion combines pure hydrogen stored aboard the bus with oxygen drawn from the air at near-ambient pressure to produce highly-efficient power.

"With buses and heavy commercial vehicles

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-19       Article Source : EE Times

Micron Technology Inc., Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Renesas Technology Corp. all easily exceeded the growth of the NAND flash memory market in third quarter, which moved ahead 30.2 percent sequentially from the second quarter, according to market research company iSuppli Corp.

Market leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. was the exception scoring growth of 19.2 percent but still claiming 50.2 percent of the $2.97 billion market for NAND flash in Q3.

Micron increased its NAND revenue by 400 percent, causing its

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