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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-05       Article Source : AP

Gadgets with limited capabilities could be sold commercially within a year.

Imagine this: You want to whisper something to a co-worker in Spanish, but you can't speak the language. So you simply mouth the words in English, without uttering a sound, and they immediately pop up in Spanish on your colleague's computer.
The premise may seem far-fetched, but researchers are working toward making it a reality. As Carnegie Mellon doctoral student Stan Jou mouthed words in Mandarin recently, 11

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-05       Article Source : CRN

Sun Microsystems and Wyse are joining forces to expand thin-client computing across multiple platforms.

As part of the partnership, Sun said it will bundle Sun Secure Global Desktop Software--obtained via its acquisition of Tarantella--on Wyse's S- and V-class Windows CE and Windows XPe terminals and Linux terminals to expand its presence in the thin-client market.

Plans call for Sun and Wyse to deliver end-to-end solutions that comprise thin clients, software infrastructure, servers and services. Sun said the Sun Fire X2100,

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

BANGALORE, India — Programmable logic developers are a decade ahead of the microprocessor industry, and use of the chip technology continues to rise, an Altera Corp. executive told a conference here.

The volume of logic elements being shipped is rising exponentially, and will continue to do so, Danny Biran, vice president, product and corporate marketing for Altera (San Jose, Calif.). told the SOPC World 2005 conference on Thursday (Nov. 3).

“Historically, FPGAs were far behind the memory, microprocessor industry, but

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

Japan-based Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. will this month begin selling a rechargeable nickel-metal-hydride battery the company said is designed to be environmentally friendly while offering the user the convenience of a dry cell battery.

The next-generation battery, to be called ‘eneloop’, can be used repeatedly, according to Sanyo, and once used completely, can be recycled.

The nickel-metal-hydride battery has improved self-discharge properties, overcoming the memory effect characteristics that often plague other rechargeable batteries. Sanyo claims the battery can be used a thousand

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-04       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Startup A123Systems Inc. on Wednesday (Nov. 2) unveiled its first product — a line of nanoscale, Lithium-based batteries that claim to be superior over competitive technologies.

A123Systems’ first battery is now in production and being delivered to the Black & Decker Corp. It will be first utilized by the corporation’s DeWALT brand, a manufacturer of power tools, according to A123Systems (Watertown, Mass.).

A123Systems’ technology delivers up to ten times longer battery life and five

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-04       Article Source : EE Times

WASHINGTON — A family of servers based on AMD's dual-core Opteron processor is being pitched by manufacturer Fabric7 Systems Inc. as highly scalable and flexible.

Fabric7 (Mountain View, Calif.) said its "fabric computing" approach simultaneously addresses I/O performance and management challenges in company data centers using switched fabric, mainframe-like I/O acceleration.

Fabric7 said it has worked with AMD to develop a new server approach that leverages Opteron performance while extending its Direct Connect Architecture.

The company also said

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-03       Article Source : TechWeb News

Market research figures from Mainland China and Taiwan indicate the manufacture of digital cameras and other computing-related devices for export show no signs of slowing.

Global Sources, a China-based market research firm, said Tuesday that Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers produced 94 million digital cameras in 2004; 82 million of them were exported. Global Sources is expecting exports to grow between 10 and 20 percent in the current year.

In flash memory, the market research firm said manufacturers are shifting production

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-03       Article Source : EE Times

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., in collaboration with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Foundation (UNLVRF), has received a $2.5 million Phase III grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the joint development of solar hydrogen generation cells and materials.

Altairnano (Reno, Nv.) will receive $750,000 for collaborative research and development efforts through its subcontractor agreement with UNLVRF beginning Oct. 1, 2005, and continuing through December 2006.

Altairnano's nanocrystalline metal oxide materials are key components to the overall

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-03       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — A 90-nanometer manufacturing process belonging to Fujitsu Ltd. is to be used to produce a range of graphics processors for S3 Graphics Co. Ltd., Fujitsu said.

Fujitsu is to manufacture the Chrome graphics processor family at its Mie facility and S3 Graphics is planning to continue its foundry relationship with Fujitsu for products beyond the 90-nm generation, Fujitsu said.

The companies did not say when the Fujitsu-made 90-nm Chrome processors would become available.

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-03       Article Source : TechWeb News

Customers anxious to get their hands on Microsoft's new Xbox 360 gaming console, which won't be in stores until late November, are turning to eBay. The online auction site is hosting dozens of listings for the system, many selling for asking prices of as much as $1,000, which is three times the retail price.

One caveat is that nearly all of the sellers say they can't ship to eBay buyers right now, but have to defer overnight shipments of the Xboxes until

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Dell updated its four-way PowerEdge server line Tuesday by offering customers Intel's dual-core Xeon processors, and in combination with Microsoft, touted factory-installed SQL Server 2005, the database scheduled to roll out Nov. 7.

The PowerEdge 6800 and 6850 can now be configured with up to four dual-core Intel Xeon 7000-series CPUs, said Neil Hand, Dell's vice president of worldwide marketing, completing the move to dual-core across the Round Rock, Tex.-based manufacturer's server line.

"This provides a lot of commonality across

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-02       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — In the third quarter NVidia was able to raise its share of the market for graphics chips but it could not overturn the pecking order which sees Intel and ATI as the top two ranked graphics chips suppliers, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a consulting firm specializing in graphics and multimedia.

Overall approximately 68.4 million PC graphics devices shipped from eight suppliers in the third quarter of 2005, an 11.6 percent increase over the previous quarter and an 8.2

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-02       Article Source : EE Times

IBM Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. late Monday (Oct. 31) announced that they have broadened the scope of their chip technology alliance.

The expanded alliance now includes chip technologies targeted at the 32- and 22-nm nodes. It also consists of early exploratory research of new transistor, interconnect, lithography, and die-to-package connection technologies through 2011.

Research and development will take place in IBM's Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., the newly announced Center for Semiconductor Research at Albany NanoTech,

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-02       Article Source : CRN

Hewlett-Packard will take a page from IBM's server blade book with the introduction on Tuesday of a new server blade for the Unix space.

With the new HP Integrity BL60p, which runs HP-UX 11i, HP becomes the second server vendor after IBM to allow the mixing of Windows, Linux and Unix server blades in a single enclosure.

The BL60p blades come with one or two Itanium 2 1.66 MHz processors and up to 8 Gbytes of memory per unit, said

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-01       Article Source : AP

Dell warned Monday that third-quarter earnings and sales would come in at the low end of previous forecasts because of disappointing U.S. consumer and U.K. business, sending shares in the largest maker of personal computers tumbling in late trading.

Dell said it expected to post a profit of 25 cents per share for the third quarter, including charges of $450 million or 14 cents per share related to restructuring and a defective product.

Excluding the charges, Dell said it would

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