Question: What do Acer, Apple, Atheros, Belkin, Broadcom, D-Link, Dell, Gateway, HP, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Mavell, Motorola, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, UTStarcom all have in common? Answer: They're all being sued by Canadian company Wi-Lan for allegedly infringing on a Bluetooth patent, one that covers a "method for frequency sharing and frequency punchout in frequency hopping communications network." The patent deals almost entirely with Bluetooth equipped PCs and mobile handsets.
"If the company has a valid claim, then a small licensing settlement is appropriate," said Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies.
Wi-Lan, whose portfolio includes over 800 patents that have either been issued or are pending, is seeking unspecified damages and a permanent injunction. This isn't the first time Wi-Lan has gone to court over patent disputes, as the company has a long history of doing so.
For the past couple of years, a team of HP scientists have sat tucked away in a laboratory with the sole goal of pushing memristor research. What exactly is a memristor? Put simply, it's an electrical resistor with memory properties, and according to HP, memristors could push the speed of flash-based media tenfold or higher.
"This is sort of the missing element of the processor puzzle. It takes its place alongside the resistor, capacitor and inductor [as the fourth basic circuit element in chip engineering]. And it could change the way we do IT," said Stan Williams, HP senior fellow and Director of quantum Science Research.
Williams made those comments during the Flash Memory Summit in August 2009, and now less than a year later, Williams said they have discovered that the memristor "has more capabilities than we previously thought." No longer do Williams and Co. think memristors will just apply to storage devices, but they say "the memristor can perform logic, enabling computation to one day be performed in chips where data is stored, rather than on a specialized central processing unit."
If they're right, this could end up extending Moore's Law even after it's no longer possible to shrink transistors, Williams said.
Even as the economy starts to pick back up, times are still tough in the tech industry, and that's not so bad for HP. According to two separate research reports by Gabriel Consulting Group and Alinean Inc., businesses are increasingly moving away from Sun Microsystems and IBM, and migrating over to HP's budgeted solutions.
"When Bernalillo County needed to provide additional services to residents, we turned to HP to provide an infrastructure that could help us cut costs and implement applications faster," said Paul Roybal, chief information officer, Bernalillo County. "By deploying Integrity server blades with HP-UX, we decreased the number of physical servers, improved overall performance as well as reduced power and cooling requirements by 40 per cent."
Seizing the opportunity, HP makes it easy for customers to switch by doing things like offering a Solaris Software Transition Kit to simplify the migration of Solaris applications to HP-UX.
Citing a 2009 report by Alinean titled "The business value of HP-UX 11i V3," HP is pointing out to potential customers that over a three-year span, HP-UX 11i v3 running on HP Integrity BL870c can lower total cost of ownership by 23 percent compared to IMB AIX 6.1 running on IBM BladeCenter JS23.
Do you find yourself utterly unimpressed with Apple's iPad, yet intrigued by the prospect of handheld tablets? Perhaps HP's Slate is everything you hoped the iPad would ultimately be, but isn't. That appears to be the message HP is trying to send with its latest video and blog post showcasing their upcoming tablet.
"Think about the last time you chatted with friends over Skype on your notebook," HP writes. "Or uploaded a picture from your mobile phone to Facebook or Flickr. How about the last time you viewed images or video from an SD card or a USB device. We know that you expect to be able to capture and share digital content on your mobile devices. And the HP slate device excels there."
HP went on to say that they're putting a lot of thought into the Slate's design so that the end product delivers an optimal mobile experience, and from the short 30-second video, it appears they're well on track. Powered by Windows 7 and equipped with a built-in camera, HP's video shows the Slate recording video, taking a conference call in Skype, swallowing a 16GB memory card into its side, and even streaming content to a big screen TV. And Flash? It does that too.
Still no word on price or release date, but we're hoping for 'competitive' and 'soon.'
Could this really be the iPad killer HP is hoping for? Hit the jump and post your impressions.
Good news for Hewlett Packard, who said it has reached a settlement agreement with Print-Rite Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based firm accused of running afoul of HP's inkjet cartridge patents.
"We are pleased with this amicable settlement, which serves as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to protecting HP's investments in intellectual property," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Web Services Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.
As dictated by the settlement, Print-Rite legally acknowledges that HP's patents are valid and agrees to stop selling products involved in the dispute.
HP settled similar patent disputes with three other firms last month, and is in the process of settling numerous complaints with other companies that sell similar inkjet cartridges.
Hewlett Packard on Wednesday said it has expanded its workstation series to include several desk-side, mobile, and small form factor models.
The company says its HP Z200 SFF breaks new ground with a space saving design nearly two-thirds smaller than the Z200 minitower workstation. These can be configured with Intel's latest chips, including dual-core parts based on the Intel Core i3 and i5 series, as well as quad-core processors based on the enterprise-class Xeon 3400 series.
"HP has invested in research and development through the economic downturn, innovating on top of our industry-leading workstations to provide an undeniably differentiated experience in our new products," said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Workstations Global Business Unit, HP. "HP customers are famous for pushing the limits of innovation, and as their industries undergo digital transformations, their next generation of breakthroughs is being powered by HP technology."
HP is also offering new six-core, 32nm Intel Xeon 5600 series processors on its HP Z800, Z600, and Z400 workstations, while its EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation boasts a range of Intel chips, including the Core i7 Extreme Edition, and support for up to 16GB of memory.
Evaluating successive generations of HP’s TouchSmart series reminds us of shopping for a new car. If you fall in love and buy this year’s model, you must never, ever visit the showroom to look at next year’s model or you’ll be hit with a bout of buyer’s remorse faster than you can say “planned obsolescence.”
We’re not suggesting that HP is intentionally designing these machines to have a shorter-than-normal useful life or that it’s been adding frivolous features to new models; it’s just that the company’s engineers keep making design improvements that are significant enough for us to wonder why we heaped such praise on the previous iteration. The changes this year are a wee bit more incremental, but HP gets a major assist from Microsoft in the form of Windows 7, which is not only vastly superior to Vista but also offers far better native support for HP’s touch applications. Fortunately, owners of previous-generation TouchSmarts have the option of upgrading to Windows 7 and downloading the latest version of HP’s software.
But let’s get back to the matter at hand: Just what makes the TouchSmart 600-1055 so damned sweet? There’s the display, for starters. Last year’s model had a 22-inch display with a native resolution of 1680x1050; this one has a 23-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920x1080, making it the perfect partner for both the slot-feed Blu-ray drive and the integrated HDTV tuner.
HP has been working on flexible displays for some time now, but it appears as though they may be a bit further along than we originally thought. The technology is still pretty far from ever being commercialized, but a recent presentation captured by the guys over at Hardware.info shows off one of the early working prototypes being touted around by top execs. They didn't actually show it in action, but the simple fact that you can roll it up gives it some serious geek cred.
HP claims that despite it's inherent flexibility, the future of the technology lies in making screens smaller and lighter than they are today. Anyone who has ever shoved a phone in their pocket would probably agree that a screen the consistency of paper is probably a bad idea, and we can't wait until more details are announced. Until then you'll just have to amuse yourself with the picture above, and the short video hosted on You Tube which you can check out after the jump.
Sure you can't dunk it in water, but it's the closest we've seen to the real deal in a flexible display.
More details may have leaked out regarding the upcoming HP Slate. Spanish site Clipset appears to have gotten pricing information from HP itself pointing to a €400 price. That converts to $546, but direct conversions rarely hold up. In fact, it is possible the HP Slate may come in under the price of the entry level iPad.
The HP Slate is expected to be and Atom-based device running Windows 7. As such, there will be Flash support, a memory card reader, a web cam, and USB connectivity. It is basically has all the things people wanted the iPad to have; we’ll have to see how successful that combination really is. The official launch should happen sometime in June, with retail availability by late summer in Europe. Hopefully that means an earlier launch in the US.
Hewlett Packard on Thursday said it has reached a "substantial resolution" in the patent case, with the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling in HP's favor.
HP's dispute involved 11 companies, each of which was accused of importing into the U.S. and selling patent-infringing products.
Two of the companies -- InkPlusToner.com and Comptree Ink --entered into a settlement agreement with HP in which they will no longer sell the disputed cartridges and pay HP an undisclosed sum of money. A settlement with a third company is expected, and a fourth company agreed to stop importing the disputed cartridges. As for the remaining companies, a judge entered default judgments against them.
"HP is pleased with the outcome on these matters, and remains committed to vigorously pursuing legal enforcement against practices that do not respect HP’s IP rights," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Web Services Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.