Stories by Tom Krazit

Intel's '06 resolution: improve notebooks, home PCs

Intel is getting ready to launch two major products that will combine the most visible piece of the company's evolving platform strategy, its Centrino mobile brand, with the company's most ambitious effort yet at building the digital home.

Written by Tom Krazit15 Dec. 05 07:15

2005 in PCs: Carly's gone, Dell slows, AMD surges

The PC market has a somewhat unfair reputation as the mature, staid sector of IT. True, the basic PC is over 20 years old and no longer has the buzz factor of generated by Internet companies like Google Inc., but some of the most fascinating, controversial, and relevant stories of the year involved PC makers and their chip suppliers. A sampling, in chronological order:

Written by Tom Krazit12 Dec. 05 22:00

Sun looks to turn back time with T1 processor

Sun Microsystems Inc. will try to convince legions of users who have switched to low-cost Windows and Linux x86 hardware for Web serving to switch back to the company's forthcoming UltraSparc T1 servers, company executives said Monday.

Written by Tom Krazit15 Nov. 05 01:48

Dell confirms disappointing Q3 results

Dell Inc.'s third-quarter revenue and earnings came in short of the company's original expectations, as it had warned last week.

Written by Tom Krazit10 Nov. 05 21:15

What's wrong with Dell?

Dell Inc.'s run as the financial darling of the technology world may have come to an end Monday as the company announced it would miss its quarterly revenue target for the second straight period. The company blamed a shortfall in its U.S. consumer business and its U.K. operations, but competition around the world and a changing market may also be dragging Dell back down to earth.

Written by Tom Krazit01 Nov. 05 22:52

Ballmer eyes Linux, Google users

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, claims the company has ironed out all of the security problems in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system so that users can consider adopting it the first day it is released. For the most part.

Written by Tom Krazit20 Oct. 05 08:39

Analysis: Apple and TV: That's so Jobs

Portable music players were around before Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs got involved in digital music, but four years after the launch of the first iPod, Apple now owns 75 percent of the MP3 player market. Now that Apple has staked a claim to the portable video market, can the company duplicate its success with music in the vast wasteland of television?
Apple has several things working in its favor, according to analysts interviewed after Apple's big television announcement Wednesday. Users of Apple's iTunes music software will now be able to download episodes from five ABC Inc. television shows, music videos, and short films from Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios on their PCs or Macs, and transfer them to a new generation of iPods, Jobs said at a media event in San Jose, California.

Written by Tom Krazit12 Oct. 05 21:00

Intel unwraps dual-core Xeon server processors

Intel's first dual-core Xeon server processor is around 50 percent more powerful than its single-core predecessor, but it will cost around 40 percent more than that chip, company executives said Monday.

Written by Tom Krazit11 Oct. 05 08:35

Zander recalls 'tearful' first days at Motorola

It was Jan. 5, 2004, Ed Zander's first day at Motorola. The company was plagued by quality issues, financial confusion, and slippery launch dates. Plus, it was well below zero degrees Fahrenheit in Schaumburg, Illinois, a long way from the mild Silicon Valley climate where Zander had spent the last several years.

Written by Tom Krazit26 Sept. 05 12:18

Apple introduces smaller iPod, partners with Motorola

After months of frenzied speculation, Apple Computer has unveiled an ultra-thin iPod about half the size of its iPod mini as well as a mobile phone built by Motorola Inc. that features the iTunes music player software.
Apple's new iPod nano will feature 4G bytes of capacity for US$249 in a device that is thinner than a #2 pencil, said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer at a jam-packed media event at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Written by Tom Krazit07 Sept. 05 22:00

Intel's Yonah takes first step toward new chips

Yonah, Intel Corp.'s dual-core mobile processor for the first quarter of 2006, is every bit as revolutionary as the single-core Pentium M processor that changed the way Intel designed its chips, company executives said at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
Tuesday's big news at IDF was confirmation of the company's plans to base forthcoming dual-core processors for desktops, notebooks and servers on a common architecture inspired by the Pentium M. While much has already been revealed about Yonah, it is basically the rough draft for those chips and a more elegant design than the company's first attempts at dual-core PC processors.

Written by Tom Krazit23 Aug. 05 22:00

Hot Chips: Intel's dual-core Pentium 4 a rush job

Intel's first dual-core chip was a hastily concocted design that was rushed out the door in hopes of beating rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to the punch, an Intel engineer told attendees at the Hot Chips conference.
With the realization that its single-core processors had hit a wall, Intel engineers plunged headlong into designing the Smithfield dual-core chip in 2004 but faced numerous challenges in getting that chip to market, said Jonathan Douglas, a principal engineer in Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, which makes chips for office desktops and servers.

Written by Tom Krazit17 Aug. 05 22:00

Intel to unveil 'next-generation architecture'

Intel plans to introduce a major change in the architecture used to build its chips during its upcoming Fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

Written by Tom Krazit15 Aug. 05 07:12

HP preparing the next wave of wireless iPaqs

Hewlett-Packard Co. is readying several new versions of its iPaq wireless personal digital assistants that will also feature a new version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, according to details of the new products posted on Web sites for HP in both the US and the UK.

Written by Tom Krazit12 Aug. 05 08:24

AMD cracks server market milestone at Intel's expense

Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor garnered more than 10 percent of last quarter's server processor shipments, a sharp increase compared to the first quarter and a remarkable climb from AMD's minuscule share of the server market several years ago.

Written by Tom Krazit27 July 05 08:30