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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-10       Article Source : VARBusiness

In a bid to bolster its software arsenal, EMC has released several new data-protection and SAN management packages while acquiring two companies that promise to flesh out the storage giant's information life-cycle management (ILM) portfolio.

The moves are the latest in EMC's efforts to continue expanding its software business, which could prove pivotal to the company's growth moving forward, particularly as hardware prices continue to come down and margins for commercial gear diminish.

The announcements individually are incremental, though significant, steps

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-10       Article Source : Digital Connect

The surplus of plasma display panels in the first half of 2005 has turned into a shortage, which stands to slow price decreases and shrink the price gap between LCD and plasma televisions, according to a new report from DisplaySearch.

The Austin, Texas-based research firm said plasma display panel shipments hit 1.9 million units in the thrid quarter, up 118 percent year over year. At the same time, four older fab lines were terminated recently, causing a drop in production as demand

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-10       Article Source : CRN

Bell Microproducts is now Apple's third distributor in the U.S.

The San Jose, Calif.-based distributor said in a statement Tuesday that it will distribute Apple's Xserve rack-mount servers and its Xserve RAID rack-mount storage arrays.

Executives from Bell and Apple weren’t available for comment. The statement, which wasn’t attributed to a specific Bell executive, said, "Bell Microproducts, a leader in storage and server distribution, is now a U.S. distributor for Apple server solutions, including XServe and XServe RAID. We

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-10       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Microprocessor supplier AMD Inc. has scored a minor victory in its long uphill fight to wrestle the processor market from Intel Corp., as the company overtook its archrival in the U.S. retail PC sector, according to market reseach firm Current Analysis.

The firm noted that in October, processors from AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) were in 49.8 percent of desktop and notebook PCs sold, compared to 48.5 percent from Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.).

AMD has been tugging on Intel’s hold in

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-09       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Mobile phone technology company Qualcomm Inc. said it has entered the microprocessor industry with the development of a 1-GHz microprocessor called Scorpion intended for mobile phones. The processor was developed under an architectural license from ARM Holdings plc.
However, Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) did not make it clear whether the company has produced working silicon or only a design, nor whether the core is intended for its own use only, or whether the company was prepared to sell the chip

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-09       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. (CDT) said it has produced a number of 14-inch diagonal size, full-color displays using ink jet printing.
The use of printing methods to apply polymer organic light emitting diode (P-OLED) display technology at large scale is an important milestone, the company said. The displays were produced at CDT's Technology Development Centre (Cambridge, England) and feature a resolution of 1280 pixels by 768 pixels by RGB, equivalent to almost three million sub-pixels, or over 30 million ink

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-09       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Samsung SDI Co. has developed a prototype fuel cell for use in laptops that it claims lasts almost twice as long as other systems being readied.
Reported in South Korea’s JoongAng Daily , the company said the fuel cell has an energy density of 200 Watts/h per liter. The cells are powered by about 200 cubic centimetres of liquid methanol. In total, the fuel cell can supply power for about 15 hours, the paper said.

Such performance

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-08       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Motorola, Inc. has released initial findings from in depth trials it has been conducting into how best to deploy HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) enabled cellular networks in Europe.

The company says the findings from the multiple user, outdoor trials will help operators determine how to best deploy HSDPA. It stresses that initial user perception in the adoption of mobile broadband will be critical, and the aim for operators must be to provide a performance similar to fixed broadband.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-08       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Netgear said Monday that it will roll out a new family of inexpensive Wi-Fi equipment based on multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology.
The company said that its RangeMax 240 router, PC Card and USB adapter will be based on the latest generation chipsets from Airgo Networks. That technology is designed to provide effective throughput speeds of about 100 Mbps - the same as Ethernet networks. MIMO, which uses multiple antennas, also has been shown to increase range.

Other vendors,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-08       Article Source : EE Times

Austin, Texas — In its largest win to date outside of its corporate owners, the Starcore LLC alliance said it has licensed its digital signal processor cores to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for applications ranging from communications to mobile multimedia products.

Sung Bae Park, a vice president in the system LSI division at Samsung, said the company evaluated several DSP cores and chose to license the Starcore products partly on their video decoding and encoding performance.

The Starcore alliance, based

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

A lot has changed on Earth since Col. Al Worden floated far beyond its orbit - more than 200,000 miles away, alone in space.
Technology and cultural barriers have been broken. Private entrepreneurs have blasted through the Earth's orbit. And China has celebrated the completion of its second manned space mission.

Worden, the Command Module pilot on NASA's Apollo 15 mission, recently talked with TechWeb about what he believes have been the most significant changes in technology and the space

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-07       Article Source : EE Times

Three leading U.S. scientists have delivered a brief outlining why the unlicensed use of the white space in broadcast TV bands will not interfere with digital TV transmissions.

The brief counters interference allegations by broadcasters that have stalled a May 2004 initiative by the Federal Communications Commission to open up spectrum by allowing new wireless device such as Wi-Fi to operate in broadcast TV bands.

Long coveted for their long-range and building-penetration characteristics, the TV bands have often been referred to as

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-06       Article Source : EE Times

Design for reduced power consumption may not be as daunting a challenge as widely assumed, according to a panel of industry executives here Thursday (Nov. 3) at Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s design chain partners event.

Gary Nacer, vice president of engineering at wireless device provider Sandbridge Technologies Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), told the audience that his company has demonstrated the ability to reduce the power consumption of a device by 50 percent through the application of existing techniques and tools.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-06       Article Source : CRN

Lenovo, making good on a strategy to enter the U.S. retail market, has reached a deal to begin selling some ThinkPads through Office Depot.

The Purchase, N.Y.-based PC maker, which bought the former IBM PC properties earlier this year, has agreed to distribute systems including the ThinkPad Z60t and ThinkPad T43 to Office Depot, which is based in Delray Beach, Fla. The Z60t is a titanium-encased widescreen unit while the T43 includes an integrated fingerprint reader.

Office Depot already sells

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-05       Article Source : EE Times

TOKYO — Aiming at next-generation broadcasting, Japan Broadcast Corporation (NHK) has demonstrated a live relay of a 4x x 8k resolution Super Hi-Vision program connecting a 260-km distance by a fiberoptic network.

NHK's next-generation broadcasting system can convey the sensation of reality to viewers. Super Hi-Vision is the provisional format for that purpose, achieving 7680 x 4320 pixels.

It already demonstrated the images of Super Hi-Vision at the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, held from March to September in Aichi this year

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