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  • A hit and a near miss from Apple

    Apple’s first Intel-based Macs, iMac and MacBook Pro, were born into a position of advantage. OS X Tiger, a loyal base of customers and developers, firm ownership of high-margin specialty markets, and high regard in the mainstream have turned everything Apple’s touched (at least since the Titanium PowerBook G4) into gold.

  • Why Opteron is wasted on Intel x86

    AMD has its hands in a lot of technology areas, and I track and report on all of them. I’m a huge fan of AMD’s Athlon FX and X2 client CPUs, Turion notebook CPUs and Geode ultra-low power technology. But I know the AMD you care most about is the one that will turn your entire server room into a one-rack, one-man operation.

  • Intel’s push for secrecy threatens users

    Intel has got thumped in Japan for violating that nation’s anti-monopoly laws. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) found that Intel coerced system makers into limiting or eliminating AMD processors in their products. The punishment seemed light: fessing up in public and sending letters to customers to let them know that Intel’s gravy train wasn’t permanently parked. It may be that the JFTC knew that AMD would come along behind to inflict a more severe spanking in the form of a lawsuit.

  • CES : Fight between Blu-ray, HD-DVD bad for everyone

    The drive to replace DVD technology with newer discs boasting greater storage capacity has come down to two major competing formats, and the coming marketplace battle will be bad for companies and users, the head of a major US technology products retailer says.

  • Chip sales break 2000 record year, says Gartner

    Revenue from worldwide semiconductor sales is expected to set a new record this year, according to research released by Gartner. Revenue will reach US$235 billion in 2005, a 6.9% increase from 2004, the research firm reports. That would beat the previous revenue record, set in 2000, of US$223 billion.

  • Dual-core delay will cost Intel

    When Intel announced recently that the delivery of its dual-core Itanium chip would be delayed by three months, from the first quarter of 2006 to the middle of the second quarter, even the keenest ear couldn’t discern much disappointment. But if you listen just right, you can hear the chirping of the cellphones carried by AMD, IBM and Sun reps worldwide.

  • The CPU's next 20 years

    With great respect, you probably won’t be deciding the outcome of the CPU race. Not if your normal shopping list has called for backward-compatible, x86 systems that are 25% faster than the previous year’s models at about the same cost.