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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-16       Article Source : CRN

Dell delivered on its recent promise to dive into print managed services by adding such capabilities to a pact with longtime customer Boeing.

Under the deal, Dell said it will provide printer installation, repair and asset optimization for Boeing, as well as print supplies.

The Round Rock, Texas-based vendor said Lexmark would be “a key partner to Dell in delivering the printer management solution to Boeing sites.” These capabilities complement an existing five-year managed services deal Dell signed with the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-16       Article Source : InformationWeek

Hewlett-Packard says sales in the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, and Russia have led to triple-digit revenue growth for its Itanium processor-based Integrity line of servers in those countries.

Rich Marcello, executive VP and general manager of HP's business-critical servers business, says recent efforts in those countries have led to 17 new customer wins for the Integrity server line.

"Moving forward, we think our Integrity revenue growth will increasingly come from [those] countries, which is why we are putting

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-15       Article Source : CRN

AMD easily exceeded Wall Street expectations for its first quarter earnings as company executives touted continued strong sales in server and mobile CPUs.

AMD reported earnings for the period ended March 26 of $184.5 million, or 38 cents a share, compared to a loss of $17.4 million, or 4 cents a share, in the same period last year. AMD's loss last year was largely blamed on trouble in Spansion, its flash memory business. The company spun off Spansion in December.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

Consumers unable to ignore the lure of getting more for less money have caused a resurgence in PC desktop sales, pushing annual growth rates for the last five months in the low double digits, a market research firm said Monday.

Despite the hotter notebook market, people have continued to buy desktops, as prices have fallen for computers that offer more horsepower, larger hard drives, more memory and overall better value than a year ago, Current Analysis said. Year-to-year growth rates for U.S.

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-12       Article Source : EE Times

Japan-based TDK has begun shipping 25GB recordable and rewritable Blu-ray Disc media nationwide.

According to the Blu-ray Disc Association, TDK is the first to market with bare Blu-ray Disc media. The company began sampling discs in December.

Retail pricing is set at $19.99 for a 25 GB BD-R (recordable), $24.99 for a 25 GB BD-RE (rewritable).

In addition, TDK will ship 50 GB Blu-ray Disc media later this year with retail pricing set at $47.99 for a 50GB BD-R (recordable) and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-11       Article Source : VARBusiness

Samsung Electronics and Sony have agreed to a $2 billion expansion of a liquid crystal display (LCD) plant, seeking a greater share of booming flat-screen TV sales.

The companies already run a $2 billion joint venture, S-LCD Corp., in South Korea to produce the panels.

The expansion allows Samsung, the world's second-biggest maker of large-sized LCD last year, to use Sony's brand power to expand the market for larger television panels.

Analysts also have been expecting Sony, Japan's second-largest consumer electronics

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-11       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — IBM researchers have devised a way to boost the security of chips targeted at portable computers and mobile phones and the company is expected to reveal details of the technology Monday (April 10).

Dubbed SecureBlue, the encryption technology is said to be suitable for hard wiring into the core of any kind of processor, not just IBM’s. The company says the hardware solution is faster and more efficient than most existing software solutions and that it plans to license the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-09       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Tiny nanotube brushes with bristles more than thousand times finer than a human hair have been created by researchers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii scientists, working at Manoa in Honolulu, included Prof. Mehrdad Ghasemi-Nejhad, Dr. Anyuan Cao, and Vinod Veedu. The team from RPI (Troy, N.Y.) was led by Dr. Pulickel Ajayan, a world-renown expert in nanotechnology located at the Henry Burlage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

These brushes

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-08   

Hard disk drive supplier Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and disk media company Komag Inc. have announced an expanded strategic supply agreement for 3.5-inch disk media.

This agreement will allow Hitachi GST (San Jose) to increase its 3.5-inch disk drive production under a five-year growth plan. The new agreement is based on the companies' existing relationship for disk media supply.

"Komag is a key media supplier to Hitachi, and we are pleased to be able to expand our long-standing relationship," said Bob

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-07       Article Source : VARBusiness

Intel plans to make a big push to offer custom systems-builders unbranded storage gear for their SMB customers. To do so, it has tapped EMC to provide the goods.

Under an OEM agreement announced Tuesday, Intel will offer the new EMC Insignia Clariion AX100 and AX100i storage arrays. EMC launched the new systems Monday. The OEM pact is particularly noteworthy because it brings Intel into a rapidly growing segment where it can help a vast network of resellers and systems builders provide

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-07   

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mercury Computer Systems Inc., a provider of embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions, has rolled out a new server, based on the Cell processor.

The 1U Dual Cell-based server is designed to deliver 410-GFLOPS of performance in a rack-mountable 1U server form factor. It is aimed for compute-intensive embedded applications such as image processing, medical imaging, and seismic processing.

Developed in conjunction with IBM's Engineering & Technology Services business unit, the Mercury 1U Dual

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-06       Article Source : CRN

After months of scathing criticism of its customer service and warranty protection, Dell has extended the length of its warranties.

Dell said Monday that it’s boosting its limited warranties from 90 days to a year throughout its Inspiron notebook lineup. The warranty upgrade carries no extra charge.

The Round Rock, Texas-based PC giant said in a statement that the move "brings consistency to warranty service offerings" with its Dimension desktop PCs and the rest of its Inspiron products.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-06       Article Source : EE Times

San Jose, Calif. -- Not long ago, the NAND flash memory market was red-hot, while DRAMs were cold and in the tank. But suddenly, the cyclical memory markets have taken a surprising and unexpected turn amid a slowdown in MP3 player sales, PC software delays and other factors.

In a major turn of events, iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.) last week cut its forecast for NAND-based flash memory in 2006, but raised its outlook for DRAMs--despite Microsoft Corp.'s recent announcement that its

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

In a race to set industry standards, Toshiba Corp. on Friday began shipping the HD DVD HD-XA1 player into the Japan market.
HD-XA1, the company said, is the first player to support the HD DVD format approved by the DVD Forum, the international standards association.

The player will sell for approximately $936 (110,000 yen) in Japan. Two separate versions of the HD-XA1 priced less than $800 are expected to ship into the U.S. by mid April.


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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-03       Article Source : EE Times

Intel Corp. on Friday (March 31) announced its so-called "Discover the PC" initiative in an effort to propel the computer in developing nations.

As part of the initiative, Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini introduced in Mexico a low-cost desktop PC platform available to first time computer users. Intel and Telmex will collaborate to expand the use of technology in Mexico by making a new type of desktop PC available to first-time computer users.

A second product that is part

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