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Analysis: HP PC unit's future unsettled as Fiorina leaves

Now that Carly Fiorina is leaving the helm, the survivors at Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) must decide how to move forward with a company that analysts feel is either weighed down by low-margin businesses or missing opportunities to reach customers.
One of the more contentious debates surrounding HP's acquisition of Compaq in 2002 was the reluctance on the part of long-time HP executives and shareholders to increase the company's stake in a low-growth, low-margin business like PCs. PC market growth has hovered above 10 percent for the last several years, but is forecast to fall below that pace in 2005 and 2006 as consumers, HP's strongest customers, slow their purchases of new equipment, according to IDC and Gartner Inc.

Written by Tom Krazit09 Feb. 05 22:00

AMD reflects on progress, charts course for 2005

Executives at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have painted a much different picture of the chipmaker than in recent years during a briefing for analysts and reporters at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

Written by Tom Krazit16 Nov. 04 07:30

AMD pushes desktop performance with new chips

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to unveil its most powerful desktop processors to date on Tuesday, a few days after rival Intel disclosed changes to its desktop processor road map.

Written by Tom Krazit20 Oct. 04 09:04

Intel shelves plans for 4GHz Pentium 4

Intel has confirmed its near-term plans for its desktop processors before it reaches the multicore era. The company will not release a 4GHz version of its flagship Pentium 4 product, having decided instead to realign its engineers around the company's new design priorities, according to an Intel spokesperson said.

Written by Tom Krazit15 Oct. 04 11:28

Intel sets cruise control on Pentium 4

Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini served notice at the company's recent developer conference that the megahertz era was coming to a close, and the decision Thursday to remove the 4GHz Pentium 4 processor from its road map is clear evidence that Intel has once and for all kicked its speed habit, according to industry analysts.

Written by Tom Krazit15 Oct. 04 09:02

Intel unveils Yonah dual-core mobile chip

Intel outlined its plans for a dual-core mobile processor and platform technology Wednesday, but declined to provide any details about the dual-core future of its flagship Pentium 4 desktop processor.

Written by Tom Krazit09 Sept. 04 08:21

Dell to introduce color laser printers

Dell has added a splash of colour to its laser printer lineup with three new models for businesses and home-office users.

Written by Tom Krazit02 Sept. 04 07:24

Intel plans faster bus for Pentium 4 Extreme Edition

Intel is planning to introduce a faster front-side bus on an upcoming version of its Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor that will help the firm increase the performance of its chips by improving a crucial bottleneck in system performance.

Written by Tom Krazit01 Sept. 04 08:53

Transmeta suffers hype and hardware reality

Perhaps the decision to name its flagship product after a fictional shipwrecked traveler who spent almost 30 years trapped on a small island was not the best of omens for Transmeta.

Written by Tom Krazit24 Aug. 04 10:26

Intel pushing back launch of LCOS TV chip

Intel's LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) high-definition television chips first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January will not be released in time for next year's show, as scheduled.

Written by Tom Krazit17 Aug. 04 07:51

HP announces new GSM/GPRS-enabled iPaq

One of the first devices to combine mobile phone technology with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking is the centerpiece of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (HP's) new lineup of iPaq personal digital assistants (PDAs), which the company is expected to announce Monday.

Written by Tom Krazit26 July 04 04:18

Gateway re-embracing PC market amid heavy Q2 losses

Gateway Inc. plans to refocus its attention on the PC market as it moves away from the consumer electronics market it believed would return it to profitability a year ago, the company said Thursday during its second-quarter earnings conference call.

Written by Tom Krazit23 July 04 19:34

Intel planning shift toward mobile designs for chips

Over the next few years, Intel will shift its desktop processor architecture away from the power-hungry design that fuels the current Pentium 4 processor to a more power-efficient design that builds on the success of the Pentium M chip, sources familiar with Intel's plans said this week.

Written by Tom Krazit07 May 04 07:49

Gartner: Microsoft catches up to Palm in PDA OS market

Most personal digital assistant (PDA) users are introduced to the device through the Palm operating system, but Microsoft's Windows CE .Net family has pulled into a virtual tie with the pioneering PDA operating system (OS), according to first-quarter market share information from Gartner.

Written by Tom Krazit03 May 04 12:20