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Categories: Chips

Intel to Step into Mobile Apps

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 23

On Sept. 23, chipmaker Intel announced it will launch, in 2010, its own store peddling applications for mobile devices. The app store is expected to cater to devices ranging from netbooks to cars to handsets, and to look similar to the popular Apple App Store.

Intel Begins Vetting Execs For CEO Role

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 14

Chipmaker Intel is looking for a few good CEO candidates. The company on Sept. 14 announced a management shakeup that kicks off a three-way race to succeed current CEO Paul...

Intel Boosts Outlook on Improving Demand

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on August 28

Dell, Hewlett-Packard Co. and other customers of Intel remain cautious about end-user demand, but the chipmaker says things are finally looking up. Santa Clara (Calif.)-based Intel on Aug. 28 said...

Intel Bets on More Moore's Law

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 19

Are we nearing the end of Moore's law? Intel engineers say don't believe the growing chorus of voices saying there's little time left to the dictum that transistor counts of...

With Wind River, Can Intel Grab Some Apple Mojo?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 04

Just how serious is Intel about breaking into new markets? The chipmaker made that abundantly clear today, announcing it will acquire Wind River Systems, a maker of software for embedded...

Server Makers Wild About Intel's Nehalem

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on March 30

After months of hype, Intel officially took the wraps today off its new server chip, the Xeon 5500. Known for months as Nehalem, it's the first major upgrade to Intel's...

Intel & AMD: Things Get Uglier

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on March 16

The squabble over AMD spinning off its chip manufacturing business has gotten nastier with Intel's threat to revoke agreements that allow Intel and AMD to use each others key technologies....

Intel vs. Qualcomm

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on March 02

For a long time, Intel counted Advanced Micro Devices as its chief rival. These days, it's looking more like Intel and Qualcomm will be going mano-a-mano. Intel just announced it...

Intel Cuts Capacity

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 21

You know it's bad in the chip industry when giant Intel cries uncle. The Santa Clara (Calif.)chipmaker announced Jan. 21 that it would be shuttering five older manufacturing plants to...

Consumer Electronics With A Twist

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 19

One good thing that could come out of this economic downturn is an explosion of innovation in consumer electronics. There are signs that the electronics industry may be inching closer to breaking a new frontier and offering flexible consumer electronics.

Spansion Fires A Salvo Amid Memory Slump

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on November 17

Amid a memory chip market decimated by competition and plunging prices, flash memory maker Spansion is trying to remodel itself as a technology licensing company. It announced its intention with...

AMD: Keeping Competition Alive

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on October 07

Advanced Micro Devices' announcement that it is spinning out its chip fabrication operations to a new Abu Dhabi-financed company is good news for the future of competition in the...

Freescale Getting Out of Mobile Chip Market Amid Financial Troubles

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on October 02

Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor has had its fill of the mobile-phone chip business. The privately-held company says in a statement that it is doing the dreaded "sharpening of strategic focus" by...

Nokia-Qualcomm Saga Continues

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 22

Tomorrow, the Nokia-Qualcomm dispute over royalties will enter yet another courtroom. On July 23, a judge for the Delaware Court of Chancery will start hearings to determine whether previous contractual agreements require Nokia to pay certain royalties to Qualcomm or not.

Ruiz Steps Down At AMD

Posted by: Arik Hesseldahl on July 17

All those wondering how much longer Hector Ruiz would remain CEO of Advanced Micro Devices got their answer on July 17, when the struggling chipmaker replaced him with COO Dirk...

Intel Centrino 2 Launch--Powerful, but Late

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on July 14

Just ahead of Intel's second-quarter fiscal earnings release, the chipmaker is finally beginning to roll out its delayed new family of notebook processors, dubbed Centrino 2. The company was holding...

The Cell: Not Just for Games

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 07

The Cell processor, developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba for the PlayStation 3 was always intended for broader uses, and it made its debut at CES in a couple of...

It's $10 Billion or Bust for Xilinx' New CEO

Posted by: Peter Burrows on January 07

I just got off the phone with long-time Xilinx CEO Wim Roelandts, who as of today has handed CEO duties to former Cadence Design executive Moshe Gavrielov (Roelandts will remain...

Nokia Deals Qualcomm a (Small) Blow

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 12

On Dec. 12, the International Trade Commission made an initial determination stating that Nokia does not infringe on three Qualcomm patents related to a technology called GSM, used by the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile. What does this mean for Qualcomm and Nokia?

AMD versus Intel Redux

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on August 22

It's no secret that Intel has been trying to put a world of hurt on rival Advanced Micro Devices. Is AMD marketing and sales czar the latest casualty? News that...

Will Qualcomm Get a Stay?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 12

Qualcomm has applied for an emergency stay of the International Trade Commission's decision. Will it get it?

Hey, Somebody Has to Build the Hardware, Too

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 06

The cover story I just wrote on's move into utility computing may make it sound like computer hardware is passe. (Oddly enough, in fact, when I went to...

An albatross or hidden gem?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 27

Was Intel's decision to sell its communications chip business to Marvell a good or bad one? From the look of way each company's stock is behaving, a lot of people...

Seagate + Maxtor = Great Move

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 21

Seagate just acquired Maxtor. It's an inspired move, and one that will allow Seagate to get ahead of the curve.

2006: The Year When Intel Catches up to AMD?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 11

Recently, I attended Intel’s manufacturing conference in Oregon. There, an Intel vice president, Stephen Smith, talked about Intel’s roadmap for next year. I came away convinced that, unless Intel stumbles on execution, it will finally catch up to smaller rival AMD in performance in 2006.

Spansion: A Difficult Road Ahead?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 06

The timing for Spansion's IPO could not have been worse. Today's Intel-STMicro announcement is another reason to think that this IPO won't fly.

Intel to AMD: Gimme 65!

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 01

On Nov. 1, Intel announced that its Fab 12, using the newest, 65 nm technology, began shipping in high volume. Fab 12 is the world's largest chipmaker's second 65 nm...

HP Won't Fold its Bet on Itanium, says HP Labs Chief

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 15

We're doubling down on Itanium," said [HP Labs chief] Lampman.

Intel Helps Katrina Evacuees

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 13

Yesterday, I went to a refugee center in Portland, Ore., where local and state agencies help New Orleans evacuees get settled in Portland. I was very impressed by the assistance that chipmaker Intel has provided to the evacuees.

Intel Responds to AMD

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 01

Intel just filed a response to AMD's lawsuit. One of Intel's claims? It's never fallen behind AMD in technological leadership.

Intel vs AMD

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on August 15

Could it be the folks over at Intel are getting a little nervous? Word on the street is the rival Advanced Micro Devices has been eating their lunch in the...

AMD Ascendant

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on July 25

Looks like Advanced Micro Devices isn't just putting a hurt on rival Intel on the legal front. Research firm Mercury Research says AMD's x86 server chip market share jumped to...

AMD throws down the gauntlet

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 28

You've got to credit chipmaker AMD for being incredibly gutsy (or is it deeply short-sighted?). Its latest lawsuit against rival Intel accuses the bigger chipmaker of both bribing and coercing...


Bloomberg Businessweek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, and Douglas MacMillan, dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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