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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-12   

In a bundle of new blade announcements Wednesday, IBM said it is looking to use its advanced cell processor in its new blade servers.
The company is also preparing to introduce its new POWER 6 processor.

IBM unveiled a nine-core IBM Cell blade, a dual-core POWER processor-based BladeCenterJS21 and an ultra low-power Intel-based BladeCenter HS20 at a news conference in New York.

With the highest blade density in a chassis, IBM is delivering storage, networking and security in

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-10       Article Source : Reuters

TV viewers who don't subscribe to Showtime Networks will be able to enjoy its premium cable content on demand, thanks to a deal that makes nonbroadcast television available on iTunes for the first time.

"Sleeper Cell," "Weeds" and "Fat Actress" are the initial programs included in the deal, which was announced Tuesday by Apple Computer and the CBS Corp.-owned channel. Viewers will be able to choose any or all episodes from the first episode in each series.

There was no magic formula

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-09       Article Source : EE Times

PARIS— Philips Semiconductors has scored a significant win in the emerging Wi-Fi and cellular converged phones business and said Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)-enabled phones, based on its Nexperia cellular system solution, will soon become available in the U.S. market from a major operator.

While Philips declined to name the U.S. operator and handset vendors supplying the UMA phones, the Dutch semiconductor company claimed an early lead Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the emerging UMA market “as an independent system solution provider,” because of

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-09   

Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of OuterBay Technologies came on the day HP was showing off its latest Storage Essentials management software at its Marlborough, Mass., office. Execs said it was just one of many software salvos they expect to fire at their rivals in coming months.
“There's more coming,” said Ash Ashutosh, HP’s CTO of storage management, referring to acquisitions and partnerships at yesterday's conference.

What the execs at Marlborough didn’t say was that HP is also preparing systems upgrades

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

America Online Inc. this week added Charter Communications Inc. to its list of broadband service providers.

Charter, based in St. Louis, joins BellSouth, Time Warner Cable and Verizon in offering the AOL service as part of their high-speed Internet access product. AOL, a Dulles, Va., unit of Time Warner Inc., is marketing the services through a nationwide advertising campaign.

With the exception of BellSouth, current AOL dial-up member can sign up for any of the broadband services for $25.90 a

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-04       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — IBM Research Division’s description of a two-chip, 60-GHz SiGe radio at ISSCC this week holds more surprises than just radio integration.

The research team developed antenna elements packaged on top of the silicon in standard chip-on-board or plastic LGA packages. It also includes dipole, Yagi and patch antennas integrated directly into a package with the two-chip transceiver.

Brian Gaucher, manager of the senior research team responsible for the radio, said IBM migrated through four families of SiGe

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-03       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a major move to expand its operations, Germany’s SolarWorld AG on Thursday (Feb. 2) said that it will assume a 100 percent equity interest in the crystalline solar activities from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell plc for an undisclosed price.

The sale and purchase agreement signed by both parties results in the transfer of the following locations within Shell’s solar unit: Vancouver, Wash.; Camarillo, Calif.; Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Munich, Germany; South Africa and Singapore.

The production

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-21       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel Corp.'s stock is likely to remain "range bound," trading at between $23 and $29 in 2006, with margins approaching a historical peak and the company likely to continue experiencing market share losses to competitor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), according to a semiconductor industry analyst.

In a research note issued Friday (Jan. 13), Michael McConnell, semiconductor industry analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, said his company expects Intel to report fourth quarter 2005 revenue of roughly $10.5 billion, up 5

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-15       Article Source : CRN

Much of Apple Computer’s sales of its Mac Mini desktop system came about because of its cute appearance and small size. PC manufacturers knew that Apple was on to something and AOpen was the first vendor to market something similar—so similar in fact to the Mac Mini that casual users will be hard pressed to tell them apart.

More or less the same size as the Mac Mini, AOpen’s miniPC gives resellers an Intel-based alternative. The miniPC measures 6.5 inches square by

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-14       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Asia is the world's fastest growing regional broadband market, with carriers in five countries aggressively deploying fiber to the home and neighborhood (FTTX) infrastructures, according to new research from In-Stat.

In China, Japan and South Korea, in particular, carriers are finding that fiber to the home and neighborhood is an efficient and cost-effective way to introduce consumer broadband to support advanced services. These include voice over IP and Internet television (IPTV), with online gaming and video-on-demand seen as potent drivers in Korea..

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-14       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Removable data storage media supplier Imation Corp has begun to scale-up manufacturing of HD DVD and Blu-ray optical recordable media for product introduction in early 2006.

The company invested more than $10 million in research, development and modular manufacturing capabilities to deliver the newest high-capacity optical formats to customers.

Imation will use a proprietary reverse mastering and inverted stamping process to produce optical media with track pitches less than 425 nanometers. The company also uses advanced photopolymer nano-replication for

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-13       Article Source : EE Times

MUNICH — Cisco has made a 'strategic investment' in home control specialist Zensys. The network giant's interest is directed towards Zensys' Z-Wave wireless home control technology.

Zensys refused to be specific on the total amount of Cisco's investment.

For Cisco’s Linksys division, the interoperability, reliability and low costs of Z-Wave were decisive factors for the investment, said Malachy Moynihan, Vice President Engineering and Marketing for Linksys. Z-Wave competes in the wireless home control market with Zigbee.

"We expect

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-13       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Connexion by Boeing said Wednesday that it will start providing passengers that sign up for its in-flight Internet access with four channels of live television that they can access on their laptops.

The service, which will start being available on January 23, includes programming from the BBC, EuroNews, Eurosportnews, CNBC and MSNBC. In addition, the company, which is a business unit of Boeing, said that its previously-announced agreement to make Yahoo! the exclusive search engine on its in-flight portal will take effect

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-12       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

For the first time, enterprises will spend more for wireless voice service than on wireline in 2006, according to a study released Wednesday by market research firm In-Stat.

In addition, the study found that wireless data service will start growing quickly, with an average growth rate of 18 percent a year through 2009, the study predicted.

"The transformation of telecom spending continues unabated,"In-Stat analyst Bryan Van Dussen said in a statement. "The relentless march toward IP-based networks, the unequivocal adoption

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

The latest in flash drive fashion is a 256MB flash wristband from Imation Corp.

Imation's Flash Wristband, unveiled Monday, is available in black or blue, plugs into itself and fits around a wearer’s wrist. Unplugged, it fits into USB ports, Imation said.

A rubberized exterior protects the drive from damage. The drive operates with recent versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It carries a suggested retail price of $34.99.

“With their digital files saved securely around

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