Semiconductor giant Intel has long been looking for a way to diversify its business, caught as it is in the rise of smartphones and tablets and the decline of PCs.
It demonstrated that fact a few years back by devoting its entire CeBIT press gig to designer handbags and now it seems to want to go a different way again.
It has signed a deal with the Fossil Group, a company which specialises in fashion accessories. The big idea is to work to identify emerging trends in wearable technology – a sector that has already met with some derision.
And, as if to underline how silly this is all becoming, both companies are using the “iconic” word. “Fossil will work with Intel to enable fashion brands within the company’s portfolio to participate in wearable technology in a fashionable way.”
Fossil, said CEO Kosta Kartsotis, said combining his firm’s fashion lifestyle brands with Intel’s expertise will let his company be a leader in the segment.
But there’s a financial element involved, because Fossil will tie up with Intel Capital. Intel Capital has already invested in companies including Thalmic Labs and Basis.
No one knows how big the wearable sector will be. Or how small.
Tyan has launched products aimed at people looking for powerful and cheap computing performance.
The server platform design manufacturer has shown off the Tyan TA77-B7061, its latest and flexible 2U GPU supported platform; the S7042, entry-level dual socket motherboard -GT62A-B5512 and the GT20A-B7040, the “cost-effective” 1U server at CeBIT.
The TA77-B7061 is said to help consumers who are looking for accelerated data-processing and efficient computing performance as a result of supporting up to four GPUs in a 2U server chassis, it is also said to save server and rack space through the use of Intel Xeon Phi processors, NVIDIA Tesla K20 Series and ATI FirePro.
The TA77-B7061 supports Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 Series Processors, (8+8) DDR-III R/U/LR-DIMM, PCI-E x16 G3 slots, PCI-E x8 G3 slots, GbE ports and 2.5” HDDs.
The S7042 motherboard is targeted at the SMB market, claiming to offer these sectors a cost-effective platform. It is claimed to have multiple expansion slots and a cost-optimised dual socket motherboard designed for SMB and workstation environments.
Those looking for strong performance with a weak price tag are said to benefit from the GT62A-B5512 which is a one way 1U rackmount server, which is claimed to target nearline storage, and bring down the cost of server deployment.