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July 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Intel Corp. launched a faster version of its Centrino processor, helping laptops use less power yet show high-definition video. Computers with the new package of chips, called Centrino II, are being sold by manufacturers including Hewlett-Packard Co. The Centrino line has fueled Intel's growth since being introduced in 2003. Shares of the Santa Clara, Calif., company fell 17 cents to $20.47.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Intel Corp. said a new version of its Centrino laptop product would debut later than it had originally promised customers because of a minor problem. Some of the new chips will be shipped July 14 and others will come out during the first week of August, missing an earlier target of the first half of 2008, a spokesman for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. The delay was caused by a problem with the graphics elements of so-called chip sets, which support the processor and control other functions of the computer.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Dell Inc. has stopped selling many computers with processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on its website, although it will continue selling some through retailers. The news was a setback for AMD, which wooed Dell for years before breaking the computer maker's exclusive supplier relationship with Intel Corp. in 2006. Intel still made the processors used in most computers sold by Dell online. But AMD raised its profile in the chip field by being inside some Dell machines.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Intel Corp. has built a new chip packed with a record 2 billion transistors, more than doubling the processing power of a line of its chips for supercomputers, the company said Monday. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company plans to present more information on its latest Itanium processor and a string of other technological achievements this week at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A federal judge in California ruled that wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc. must immediately stop selling third-generation WCDMA cellular chips that infringe Broadcom Corp. patents. U.S. District Judge James Selna ruled, however, that Qualcomm could keep selling some chips whose designs infringe three patents held by rival Broadcom through January 2009, but it must pay royalties. Qualcomm also is restricted to selling only cellular chips it was offering as of May 29, 2007 -- when a Santa Ana jury found that it infringed the Broadcom patents -- and only to customers it had as of that date.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2007 | From Reuters
IBM says it has made a breakthrough in converting electrical signals into light pulses that brings closer the day when supercomputing, which now requires huge machines, will be done on a single chip. In research published Thursday in the journal Optics Express, IBM said it had produced electro-optic modulators a hundredth to a thousandth the size of comparable silicon photonics modulators and small enough to fit on a processor chip.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Computer processor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Thursday said it had delayed the widespread release of its newest server chip because it was running too slowly. Some Barcelona chips had a glitch that led them to stop working, and the technology that fixes it makes them run more slowly, spokesman John Taylor said. The chips will be widely available in the first quarter, he said. Clients such as Taiwan-based Acer Inc.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Intel Corp. plans to roll out its newest generation of microprocessors today, flexing its manufacturing muscle with a sophisticated new approach that crams up to 40% more transistors onto a chip. The world's largest semiconductor company plans to start shipping 16 new microprocessors -- which also boast inventive materials to reduce electricity loss -- for use in servers and high-end personal computers.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Broadcom Corp. executives have a vision of the Irvine chip maker eventually supplying all the brains and power in cellphones, but Wall Street wasn't waiting Wednesday for that to happen. Company shares cratered, losing $7.14, or 17%, to $34.92 after the company said late Tuesday that research and development expenses were higher than normal and would continue to be high.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the second-largest chip maker, reported a $396-million loss Thursday, its fourth consecutive quarterly loss as it struggles to control costs and compete with archrival Intel Corp. AMD, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said the loss amounted to 71 cents a share. For last year's third quarter, the company earned $136 million, or 27 cents. Third-quarter sales rose 23% to $1.6 billion from $1.3 billion last year.
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