With the announcement of Craig Barrett's retirement in May, one of Intel's last links with the pre-PC era will vanish. Barrett's career at Intel started in 1974, when Intel was just seven years old and was introducing the first general-purpose microprocessor, the 8080. The 8080's descendents included the first 16-bit processor, the 8086, and the IBM PC's processor, the 8088. The IBM PC and its many descendants enabled Intel's rise to processor dominance.
Barrett became Intel's CEO in 1998, taking over for the legendary Andy Grove. Barrett's tenure as CEO saw the development of Intel's first Celeron economy CPU and high-end Pentium III processors, the introduction of the Pentium 4, diversification into communications chips, development of new Xeon and Itanium server processors, and the introduction of the Centrino portable chipset/processor technology.
During this period, Intel received formidable challenges from AMD's Athlon and Athlon XP, and frequently saw its processors beaten by AMD's processors in real-world performance tests. Barrett became chairman of Intel in 2005, and during his tenure as chairman, saw Intel retake the performance crown from AMD with the introduction of the Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core i7 processor lines.
Barrett, 70, is retiring at a time in which Intel, like other technology companies, is facing tough times, and announced last week that it's closing two fab plants in the US as well as three assembly test facilities in Malaysia and the Philippines, affecting over 5,000 employees.
What was the first Intel product you used? Was it a processor, motherboard, chipset, network adapter, or something else? Looking back at Barrett's long career, what do you think were Intel's biggest hits - and misses? Join us after the jump for your chance to tell all.
This happens to be the second instance of an anonymous Belkin employee accusing the company of unabashedly resorting to unscrupulous means to further its interests. Gizmodo had very recently published an email from an anonymous Belkin employee, who claimed that even Belkin’s employees maintain a safe distance from the company's products, including the free ones.
While Emo Labs wasn’t a heavyweight at CES, they were able to garner some attention for their Edge Motion technology. A demo given to the crew of Technologizer gave plenty to be excited about, and for once the idea of an “invisible” speaker could be worth looking out for!
Evidently, the technology is similar to NXT’s SoundVu that had plenty of issues getting off the ground back in 2005. But, this new system uses “arrays of motors to wiggle the edges of a clear membrane” in order to produce audio, something that SoundVu didn’t do.
Emo Labs optimistically hope to have this concept integrated into the panels of TVs by the end of next year.
Patent #7,479,949 (better known as Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics) has been awarded to Apple at long last. And while this is mighty good for Apple, this brings a lot of potential trouble for other multitouch smartphones in the future.
The Palm Pre is one of the many devices that should be looking over its shoulder. Given that it supports swiping and pinching, much like that of the iPhone, it has plenty to worry about (namely, Apple’s legal department).
And, if the rumor is true about Tim Cook’s thirst for the blood of anyone that’s looking to rip off Apple’s intellectual property, then just about anyone that’s looking to swipe, pinch or squeeze their way to a new phone experience should be careful to tread lightly.
Acer, who made good on its promise to outship the competition in the netbook market despite only offering a single netbook model, will soon add to its Aspire One line with a new D150 series.
Engadget reports the Aspire One D150-0B will first debut in France in early February, with the D150-1B slated for a March release. Both models are expected to ship with the Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 10.1-inch 1024x600 display. The only difference between the two is that the 0B ships with a 3-cell battery, versus a 6-cell battery on the 1B, Endgadget says.
Also in March, a D150-2BG model will make its debut. Specs include an Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz) CPU, integrated 3G quandband UMTS/HSDPA mobile broadband, and a 6-cell battery.
The Aspire One D150-0B, D150-1B, and D150-2B are expected to sell for €329 ($425), €349 ($450), and €449 ($575) respectively. Prices will likely be lower in the U.S., but no word yet on U.S. availability.
Yesterday AMD announced that they had no plans to replace their aging Geode chip. Its low power consumption made it an ideal candidate for the XO laptops, but now the future for this deal remains uncertain.
“There are no plans for a follow-on product to today's available AMD Geode LX products, but we expect to make this very successful processor available to customers as long as the market demands,” stated Phil Hughes, a spokesman with AMD.
Reportedly AMD is working closely with OLPC to remain the chipmaker for the XO-2 laptop. But, it is expected that given their lack of next-generation low power consumption chips, it will be difficult.
VoIP service Skype, which was acquired by Ebay in 2005 for $2.5 billion, might again change hands if the latest rumor comes to fruition. According to reports, Ebay would like nothing more than to offload the VoIP service to Google. But is Google interested?
According to Eric Zeman at InformationWeek, the search company should be. Despite the tough economic times, which is especially taking its toll on the tech industry, Skype saw its fourth quarter revenues spike by 26 percent over the previous quarter. And while Google has been shutting down some of its services, Zeman contends that Skype would make a natural fit alongside services like Blogger, YouTube, Picasa, Gmail, and more. It's also interesting to note that a Skype thin client (in beta) exists for Google's Android platform, and a Skype acquisition could lead to native support.
Hit the jump and tell us whether or not you think this would be a good move for Google.
MSI hopes its new GT627 notebook will satiate both gamers and overclockers alike. The GT627 is the first notebook in MSI's lineup to incorporate Nvidia's GeForce 9800M GS graphics processor with a 1GB frame buffer, and the company's Turbo Drive feature allows end users to overclock the CPU when on AC power.
"Whether viewing or editing photos, finding directions, playing a game, or watching a hi-def movie, the MSI GT627 with the NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GS GPU runs silky smooth, with amazing visuals," said Rene Haas, General Manager of the notebook business unit at NVIDIA. "With the GeForce 9800M GS handling the graphics, video and physics acceleration, MSI customers will be ready for the visual computing movement."
The 15.4-inch notebook also ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor on a 1066MHz frontside bus, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB hard drive, optional Blu-ray drive, a 4-in-1 media card reader, optional 9-cell battery, 802.11a/g/n, HD audio, webcam, HDMI, eSATA, and a touch sensor.
Tech vultures looking to barnstorm their nearest Circuit City in hopes of plucking the electronics chain's low cost remains are instead finding themselves leaving empty handed. It's not that all the good deals have already been picked over, but there just aren't very many good deals to begin with.
Consumer investigative reporter Nydia Han for ABC Action News sent a camera crew into a local Circuit City to compare the bankrupt chain's liquidation prices to that of Best Buy and other stores. The crew examined 25 items ranging from DVDs to big screen TVs, and in many cases, Circuit City's sales prices ended up being higher. Examples include a TomTom GPS marked down to $180 versus $150 at Best Buy, and a 42-inch Plasma TV marked down to $900 versus $850. Of the 25 items, ABC Action News says 10 of them were cheaper at Best Buy, with other items selling for less at discount chains like Wal-Mart. And all of them could be bought for less online.
According to ABC News, liquidators tasked with getting as much money as possible from store closings are allowed to raise marked prices and bring in outside merchandise. To drive the point home, ABC showed a Sony laptop selling for $800 before the liquidation sale, but now sports a price tag showing it marked down to $837 from it's 'regular price' of $930.
Watch the video here, then hit the jump and tell us if you've found any notable deals at your local Circuit City.
The next version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer takes one step closer to completion as the Redmond software giant released a near final Release Candidate (RC) of IE8 today. Microsoft will have more details regarding Internet Explorer 8 RC1 as the day goes on, CNet reports, but you can already download it from Microsoft's download center here.
Internet Explorer 8 RC1 should offer more than just a glimpse of what the final product will look like.
"The ecosystem should espect the final candidate to behave like the release candidate," IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch said during an interview.
What Hachamovitch didn't say is when exactly the final version will be released.