Intel said Monday that the company had discovered a glitch with a support chip used with its latest “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors, which will cost the chipmaker a billion dollars to fix.
Intel has halted shipments of the component, a support chip code-named “Cougar Point” that was part of its Intel 6-series of chipsets. It was found to have a structural flaw inside of it that degraded the performance of SATA-linked devices such as hard-disk drives, Intel said, perhaps 6 percent across a three-year lifespan. The glitch snuck by Intel on initial tests.
Halting shipments of the support chip will also affect shipments of the surrounding Sandy Bridge platforms. “We do believe there will be disruption of the supply chain,” Stephen Smith, vice president and director of PC client operations, said during a conference call, although he said that Intel believed that Intel could fill some of the hole with older platforms.
Intel said it had halted shipments of the chip and would issue a fix, which would fix the problem. Intel said it would deliver the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expected a “full volume recovery” in April, by which Intel would resume shipments of the fixed chipset at their normal levels.
The Sandy Bridge launch will be pushed a bit later into the quarter, from a few weeks in the future to ad “we need to understand from our partners how quickly they can take this new Cougar Bridge chip and get it into their pipeline,” Smith said. The delay should be measured in a “few weeks”, he added.
For years Samsung has made hard drives and great hard drives at that, their only problem is most people don’t realize they make hard drives.
Well they do and have been for years in fact if you buy an OEM system chances are it has a Samsung HDD in it. Samsung also has made SSD’s longer than most other storage makers at that and their SSD’s are in my opinion the fastest and most energy efficient of them all.
I recently had the chance to test out the Samsung 470 Series SSD and I think I became slightly more productive on my notebook.
The blogosphere kicked up a fuss when two publications reported the Motorola Xoom tablet’s price between $700 and $800, more than the $499 Apple iPad. But the reported pricing is similar to an iPad of comparable specs.
According to alleged Best Buy documents posted on Engadget, Motorola will launch its tablet on Feb. 17. The document calls the device a “Motorola Xoom 3.0 Honeycomb 32” (suggesting 32GB of memory) and lists an in-stock date of Feb. 16. Engadget later updated the story with a source pricing the Xoom at $699.99. By comparison, Apple’s 32GB iPad with 3G connectivity costs $729. (At its unveiling at CES, Motorola said the Xoom would have 3G.)
With Steve Jobs taking another leave of absence due to health issues, the question coming up is whether Apple can survive without Steve Jobs at the helm. Jobs has been the face of Apple and has represented the persona of Apple for decades. As a chief spokesman for Apple, he would be irreplaceable. When he gets up to speak, he projects his legendary status as an industry pioneer and visionary. Within the company, he is chief cheerleader to the troops, and since he has the final say on products, he sits as the heart of Apple’s final decisions about what comes to market.
But, Jobs will be the first one to tell you that Apple couldn’t be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of a powerful executive staff and thousands of workers inside Apple who put in long hours to create their great products. While he clearly has major input on products and business decisions, Apple has become so large and so successful that the overall decision process and execution no longer rests just on Jobs’ shoulder alone.
But to answer the question of whether Apple can survive without Steve Jobs, we need to view Apple in a different light. We need to look past the Steve Jobs persona and take a closer look at Apple “the machine” instead. I use the term machine loosely here because, in a way, that is what Apple has become. It’s a business that creates products, ties them to a rich eco system of software and services, and sells them through a highly effective retail experience. That combination has put Apple in a class by itself. Plus, it has driven the competitors crazy.
The Apple iPad 3G has passed a major regulatory hurdle in China and is expected to launch soon on China Unicom, China’s second largest carrier and exclusive network to Apple China.
According to the Wall Street Journal, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology listed a generic Apple model number “A1337” under its list of approved items, with specs suggesting the Apple iPad 3G.
Apple and China Unicom were unavailable for comment, but have declined to comment in other publications. There is no word as to when the iPad 3G will actually hit stands in China as the device has to pass several more tests.
Verizon’s first iPhone commercial made its debut Thursday, with an ad that taps into the waiting game that Verizon customers have been playing for the last three years.
The 30-second spot (below) never actually shows the iPhone 4. Instead, it features a variety of ticking clocks and people waiting impatiently for their watches and alarm clocks to hit a certain time. Late into the commercial, a voice says, “To all our customers who never stopped believing this day would come, thank you.”
The logos for Verizon and the iPhone 4 then flash onto the screen with the tagline “It Begins” and 2.10.11, the date the Verizon iPhone hits stores.
As expected, AMD reported flat revenue for the fourth quarter, but with a $375 million profit that company executives said demonstrated a return to profitability.
AMD reported net income of $375 million on revenue of $1.65 billion. A year ago, AMD reported net income of $1.18 billion, which was boosted by a settlement with Intel Corp. At that time, AND reported revenue of $1.65 billion as well.
For 2010, AMD reported net income of $471 million and $6.49 billion in revenue. Revenue increased 20 percent from 2009.
“AMD enters 2011 with significant momentum, amplified by the successful launch of our first Fusion APUs,” said Thomas Seifert, CFO and interim chief executive, in a statement. “I am confident we can drive profitable growth based on the strength of new products we will bring to market. Our customers recognize that Fusion APUs are at the core of delivering the world’s most vivid digital experiences.”
Hewlett-Packard said Thursday that it has appointed five new members to its board of directors, including former eBay chief executive and failed gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.
The new directors will stand for election in March. With the new additions, the total number of HP directors will total thirteen.
The new directors are Shumeet Banerji, chief executive officer of Booz & Company; Gary Reiner, former chief information officer of General Electric Company and a current special advisor to private equity firm General Atlantic; Patricia Russo, former chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent; Dominique Senequier, chief executive officer of AXA Private Equity; and Meg Whitman, former president and CEO of eBay
In advance of its Thursday earnings report, Google announced an executive shakeup whereby Eric Schmidt will hand over his chief executive officer duties to Larry Page, effective April 4.
Schmidt will continue on as executive chairman, while Sergey Brin will continue on as co-founder.
In a blog post, Schmidt said the shift has been in the works for some time. “Larry, Sergey, and I have been talking for a long time about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making—and over the holidays we decided now was the right moment to make some changes to the way we are structured,” Schmidt said.
For 10 years, the trio have shared equally in the decision-making process, Schmidt said, and going forward, they “will continue to discuss the big decisions among the three of us.” But Thursday’s announcement clarifies their individual roles “so there’s clear responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.”
I love netbooks, and I am a proud netbook owner. For me there is nothing like having a small computer that I can comfortably use on a 6 hour flight. But while I am a proud netbook owner I often feel like I am using a Playsckool toy computer. It’s almost as if every OEM is catering to all these different demographics but forget about business users or users who just want something sleek and simple.
Sure I can get a plain ol’ black netbook but I want something stylish as well. HP, Toshiba, Samsung and Dell they all make beautiful netbooks don’t get me wrong but only one of them makes the best looking netbook and that’s HP. Sad thing is the Mini 5103 is the sexiest netbook most consumers won’t own.