February 27, 2007 |
Intel Corp. plans to spend $1 billion to $1.5 billion to overhaul its semiconductor production facility in New Mexico to manufacture computer chips with next-generation technology. The Rio Rancho factory is expected to begin producing 45-nanometer chips -- meaning they will have features as tiny as 45-billionths of a meter -- in the second half of 2008, Intel said Monday. The transistors on such chips are so small that more than 30 million can fit onto the head of a pin.
February 21, 2007 |
The U.S. semiconductor industry appears to have worked through an inventory glut that had hurt fourth-quarter earnings and sent shares tumbling. Analysts said they expected shares of companies that make microchips to rise in the coming months as orders increased from customers that were using up inventory in the fourth quarter.
October 27, 2006 |
Shares of Red Hat Inc., the world's biggest distributor of Linux computer software, took their largest fall in seven years after Oracle Corp. said it would begin offering competing services at a lower price. The stock tumbled 24%, the biggest drop since the company went public in August 1999, on concerns that Oracle's decision to undercut Red Hat prices on support services for the Linux operating system would slice into sales and profit.
September 19, 2006 |
Chip maker Intel Corp. said Monday that its researchers, along with UC Santa Barbara, had built the world's first electronically powered hybrid silicon laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. This development, the company said, addresses "one of the last major barriers" to making cheaper, high-bandwidth silicon devices to use with computers and data centers.
May 4, 2006 |
U.S. authorities said Wednesday that they had filed a lawsuit against five online companies, including one in California, alleging they had illegally sold confidential phone records. The Federal Trade Commission said it was asking a court to bar the sale of the phone records and force the companies to give up the money they made with their operations. "Trafficking in consumers' confidential telephone records is outrageous," FTC consumer protection chief Lydia Parnes said in a statement.
March 2, 2006 |
Google Inc. is switching its servers to run on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. chips instead of those made by Intel Corp., according to a Morgan Stanley report. Google, which has more than 200,000 servers, has started to buy Advanced Micro's Opteron processors with almost all new purchases, Morgan Stanley analyst Mark Edelstone said. He raised his earnings estimates for Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Advanced Micro.