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IBM's chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 October, 2014 07:29

Tags: U.S. Army, IT industry, IBM, beca, globalfoundries, IT management, government

IBM prepares for a post-silicon world

IBM's decision to get out of the semiconductor manufacturing business may be of little consequence in a post-silicon world.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 06:45

Tags: IT industry, IBM, globalfoundries, IT management

IBM exits semiconductor business and recreates itself

With its decision today to sell its semiconductor business, IBM is shifting from manufacturing to a company that focuses on research, software and advanced systems development.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 00:22

Tags: Computer Processors, IBM, Components, globalfoundries, processors

GlobalFoundries to take over IBM's semiconductor unit in $1.3 billion deal

IBM will sell the semiconductor technologies unit that makes its Power processors to GlobalFoundries, paying the chip manufacturer about US$1.3 billion to take two factories off its hands in a move to save money.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 20 October, 2014 22:01

Tags: business issues, IBM, globalfoundries, Components, processors, Mergers and acquisitions

IBM 'major announcement' points to deal on chip manufacturing

Under pressure to boost margins, IBM is set to make what it calls a "major business announcement" Monday morning, raising the possibility that it has finalized a deal to transfer chip-making operations to GlobalFoundries.

By Marc Ferranti and Agam Shah | 20 October, 2014 10:40

Tags: business issues, IBM, globalfoundries

Samsung teams with GlobalFoundries on 3D chips

Samsung is partnering with chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to increase the supply of low-power, high-speed chips for smartphones and tablets.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2014 08:04

Tags: consumer electronics, Samsung Electronics, smartphones, globalfoundries, Components, processors

GlobalFoundries names former Motorola Mobility chief as CEO

GlobalFoundries, a contract chip manufacturer that works closely with semiconductor companies, appointed former Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha as its chief executive Monday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 07 January, 2014 05:30

Tags: business issues, personnel, Components, globalfoundries

eBay sellers scalp Mac Pro cylinders for nearly double retail price

A pair of eBay profiteers are trying to cash in on the shortages of Apple's new Vader-esque Mac Pro desktop computer by pricing their machines at nearly double the retail value.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 December, 2013 12:06

Tags: hardware, Apple, Macintosh, hardware systems, ebay, AMD, internet, intel

Apple's dark tower Mac Pro ship date quickly slips to February 2014

Apple today started taking orders for its pricy Mac Pro workstation, but shipping dates almost immediately slipped to February, irritating customers who have been awaiting the 'dark tower' desktop computer.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2013 17:12

Tags: Apple, Macintosh, hardware systems, AMD

Dark tower Mac Pro goes on sale Thursday

Apple's radically redesigned Mac Pro workstation will go on sale Thursday, the Cupertino, Calif. company announced today.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2013 15:21

Tags: hardware, Apple, WD, Macintosh, desktop pcs, hardware systems, AMD, intel, PCs

DDR4 memory may not find way into PCs, tablets until 2015

Crucial last week joined the ranks of leading venders to announce it will be shipping DDR4 memory by the end of the year, but Intel and AMD aren't expected to begin supporting the new memory boards with their processors until late next year.

By Lucas Mearian | 20 November, 2013 21:24

Tags: servers, Data storage, storage, hardware systems, storage hardware, AMD, IHS, intel, SK Hynix, forum

China continues reign with top supercomputer

China has maintained its lead in the twice-yearly ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with the Chinese National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-2 system bringing 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) to the contest, almost twice the calculations offered by the runner up, the Titan Cray system run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

By Joab Jackson | 18 November, 2013 19:15

Tags: supercomputers, Clusters, servers, High performance, hardware systems, High-end servers, AMD, intel, IBB

AMD sows the seeds for hybrid CPU/GPU systems before January launch

AMD's new "Berlin" server APU will bring an innovative technology called HSA, or heterogeneous system architecture, when it launches in early 2014, and the company is already working hard to lay groundwork for its adoption.

By Jon Gold | 11 November, 2013 20:05

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, AMD, Data Center, OpenStack, server

An ultrabook workstation is not an oxymoron to HP

Usually, workstations are big and brutish. But HP is betting that workstation users are just like everyone else and want thin and light systems.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 September, 2013 20:09

Tags: hardware systems, AMD, laptops, nvidia, Lenovo, intel, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, HP, Dell, IDC

With BlackBerry reportedly hacked, is anything secure?

Is anything secure anymore? The National Security Agency (NSA) leaks have produced a number of side effects. What we assumed was a safe form of communications is perhaps not so secure after all. The gold standard of secure mobile messaging, BlackBerry, may have been compromised.

By Jack Gold | 01 July, 2013 12:57

Tags: Blackberry, National Security Agency, NV, security, AMD, GCHQ, privacy

Desktop chips zip past 4GHz; next stop 5GHz?

Mobility has all but eclipsed speed and anything else as the capability garnering the most attention in desktop processors.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 May, 2013 19:33

Tags: hardware, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, hardware systems, AMD, wireless, Components, intel, mobile, processors

Indiana University dedicates biggest college-owned supercomputer

Indiana University today dedicated the fastest supercomputer owned by a university to date -- the new Big Red II system.

By Jon Gold | 26 April, 2013 21:00

Tags: big red, Configuration / maintenance, suse, NV, hardware systems, AMD, Cray, Supercomputer, hpc, Data Center, HP, Dell

DARPA, SRC pony up $194 million to fund chip research

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a consortium of top semiconductor companies are handing out US$194 million to universities for research that addresses the physical limitations of semiconductors and chips.

By Agam Shah | 17 January, 2013 20:34

Tags: Semiconductor Research Corporation, micron technology, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, IBM, globalfoundries, Components, intel, processors

AMD eyes server revival with aggressive new approach

To break its slump in the server market, Advanced Micro Devices is adopting an aggressive strategy whose goals include the introduction of new ARM and x86 chips by 2014 and continued improvements to its Opteron line in the meantime.

By Agam Shah | 17 December, 2012 11:16

Tags: hardware, SeaMicro, Advanced Micro Devices, hardware systems, AMD, Components, internet, intel, cloud computing, processors

AMD cuts chip orders to GlobalFoundries as PC market slumps

Advanced Micro Devices has cut orders to contract chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries, expecting a "choppy demand environment" in the next few quarters.

By John Ribeiro | 07 December, 2012 05:56

Tags: servers, Advanced Micro Devices, desktop pcs, hardware systems, laptops, globalfoundries, Components, processors

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