After keeping a low profile over the last few years, it appears that Taiwanese firm Via is planning to re-enter the mainstream PC market in the next year.
According to an interview in Taiwanese wire Digitimes, the company has a joint venture with the government of Shanghai and is deploying X86 based microprocessors along with graphics chips. more»
Chipzilla has said that it is shrinking PCs to thumb-sized “compute sticks” that will be out next year.
The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor “and bring it intelligence to that,” claimed senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen. more»
Intel rival AMD said it has added two system on a chip (SoC) devices to its semiconductor roadmap.
The Carrizo and the Carrizo-L are being positioned as the firm’s answer to the mobile market.
The chips will support Microsoft DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, AMD’s Mantle and Freesync and support for Windows 10, when that emerges next year. more»
Megadistributor Avnet said it has been appointed as a global Lenovo route to market.
This follows Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s System x (X86) server business early in the month.
Avnet said it will sell Lenovo servers in over 40 different countries around the world. more»
Lenovo’s offer to buy the remainder of IBM’s X86 business is likely to be concluded this Wednesday.
IBM is disposing of the deal to the Chinese manufacturer for $1.8 billion and when the acquisition is complete, it will finally have washed its hands of all of its X86 business. more»
In a sign that things wont be what they were in the past, HP said it has announced two servers based on ARM architecture, rather than the old fashioned Intel stuff.
The two enterprise class servers use 64-bit ARM microprocessors which it said “offer value choice in their compute strategy”. more»
A report from Gartner today suggested that original design manufacturers (ODMs) are set to cut out brand vendors in the global X86 server market.
It estimates that sales of servers by ODMs directly to customers will be worth $4.6 billion by 2018, representing 16 percent or so of the market. more»
In one of those strange twists of fate that dog the semiconductor industry, it appears X86 giant Intel is now one of the biggest licensees of ARM tech on the planet, now it is a foundry business. ARM, of course, offers an advantage over X86 servers in terms of both functionality and heat. more»
A report from IDC said EMEA server revenues showed a slight uptick in the first quarter of this year – up 1.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
The EMEA server market generated $2.8 billion in the first quarter – that’s $44 million more than the same quarter in 2013 and amounting to 537,800 units. more»
An American newspaper claimed that Intel is taking advantage of its near monopolistic position by hiking microprocessor prices for servers.
The Wall Street Journal said over the bank holiday weekend that ASPs for Intel server chips soared.
Intel told the Journal that customers wanted higher end CPUs for server systems. more»
It continues to be bleak news on the X86 notebook front, with several original design manufacturers (ODMs) showing sales decreases last January.
According to Digitimes, Compal shipped 2.8 million units in January, down 37.8 percent sequentally. Meanwhile, Quanta shipped 3.6 million notebooks, a fall of 10 percent. more»
In further evidence that the market for X86 notebooks is on the wane, it appears that Korean giant Samsung has decided to cut down manufacturing the beasts.
According to Digitimes, it will only ship seven million notebooks during this year – that’s a drop of over 40 percent compared to 2013. more»
Taiwanese PC maker Acer said that it lost $274 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
That includes a chunk of money set aside to pay for depreciated stock as well as a provision of money to lay off seven percent of its staff worldwide. more»
It’s not all bad news for Intel, which is beginning to be affected by peoples’ disinterest worldwide in buying expensive X86 notebooks.
According to IDC, the X86 server market in the middle east and Africa had significant year on year growth in the third quarter of 2013, expanding by 9.9 in volume and 10.6 percent in revenue. more»
The CEO of ailing chip company Intel has expressed the view that now the PC is at the end of the road, if it brings wearable technology out of its capacious hat it will be saved.
Brian Krzanich, the newly fledged CEO of Intel, told Recode.net that it would show off some technology at next week’s CES show in Lost Wages that would have people spinning in the aisles. more»