AMD seeks redemption with 'Shanghai' chip

From CNET The No. 2 PC processor supplier will make the case that Shanghai is not Barcelona. The latter chip--AMD's first quad-core processor--was rolled out in September 2007 to great fanfare but then faced prolonged delays. This gave Intel an opportunity to regain ground it had lost to AMD in the server chip market. (AMD lost more than five percentage points to Intel in the server market during the third quarter of this year, according to various reports.)

Yahoo-Microsoft Retrospect: Refusal Cost Yahoo Shareholders $24.4B USD

From DailyTech: Microsoft made the biggest news of the young year in February 2008, when it made a $44.6B USD bid for Yahoo Inc. The acquisition of the struggling internet search firm would have created a major competitor to Google.

However, Yahoo's leadership, unwilling to loosen their grip on their control of the company, turned down Microsoft's offer of approximately $31/share, demanding close to $40/share or no deal.

Online Stores Begin to Sell Intel Core i7 Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Several online stores have begun offering their clients the much-talked-about Intel Core i7 microprocessors ahead of Intel’s official deadline on the 17th of November. The situation could be easily foreseen since Intel Corp. began shipping its code-named Bloomfield processors for revenue a long time ago.

ATI Begins to Fight Back Market Share from Nvidia in Desktop Discrete Market Segment

From X-bit Labs: Despite of introduction of new graphics processing units (GPUs) by both ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia Corp., average selling prices (ASPs) for desktop discrete graphics cards were down in Q3 2008. Nevertheless, unit shipments increased noticeably, which is a good news for both companies.

Intel's Atom Processor No Longer in Short Supply

From PC World: The low-cost Atom processor is primarily used in low-cost laptops, called netbooks. The popularity of these devices initially exceeded Intel's expectations, resulting in a shortage of the chips for hardware makers eager to cash in on high netbook demand. In a bid to catch up with demand, Intel repeatedly increased its Atom output this year.

Report confirms AMD gains on Nvidia

From CNET Advanced Micro Devices' new graphics chips are taking market share from Nvidia, a report issued Wednesday confirmed.

"AMD has by all accounts exceeded expectations with its Radeon HD 4000 series," according to report issued by market researcher Jon Peddie Research (JPR).

Nvidia Tegra Possible Debut by April 2009

From Tom's Hardware: The new Tegra chip will have an ARM based processor core, high-definition video decoder, a variation of the GeForce graphics core, among other promising components. According to Jen-Hsun, Nvidia’s president, the lineup would launch with the Tegra 600 operating at 700 MHz, and the Tegra 650 operating at 800 MHz, Tegra APX 2500 operating at 600 MHz.

IBM Ready to Manufacture Chips for Clients Using 45nm Process Technology

From X-bit Labs: IBM on Monday officially started to offer its customers to manufacture chips using 45nm silicon-on-insulator process technology, just days before Advanced Micro Devices – which uses fabrication processes developed with IBM – plans to start shipments of its new microprocessors made using 45nm SOI node.

Dell Ships Laptops With Self-Encrypting Drives

From PC World: Dell announced Monday that it is offering Seagate 's self-encrypting hard drives in its Latitude laptops, Precision Mobile Workstations and OptiPlex desktops as a security precaution to those machines being lost or stolen. Seagate also announced today that it has begun shipping its 320GB and 500GB self-encrypting disk drives to laptop manufacturers worldwide.

Adobe delays, CS4 goodies

From CNET Adobe Systems has delayed by a few weeks the release of some upgrades to its online service and to its high-end Photoshop CS4 software.

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