Koninklijke Philips Electronics sells chips unit for $10.6 billion

Koninklijke Philips Electronics agreed to sell an 80.1 percent stake in its chip division to a group including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Silver Lake Partners and AlpInvest Partners, it said in a statement Thursday. The European electronics giant will keep a 19.9-percent share of the business. This is a huge deal that will …more

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No. 3 PC maker Gateway Loses $7.7 million

Gateway maintained its track record of underachievement, as the No. 3 PC maker in the U.S. reported weaker-than-expected results Thursday. Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway said it lost $7.7 million, or 2 cents a share, on $919 million in sales in the three months ended June 30, compared with a profit of $17.2 million, or 5 cents …more

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Merom-based notebooks to support Nvidia SLI

Nvidia will soon announce that Merom-based notebooks (Merom is a codename that Intel used for its recently announced T-series mobile Core 2 Duo processors) support its dual-graphics SLI technology, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. The sources pointed out that Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of Nvidia, attended Intel’s recent launch of Core 2 …more

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Chip sales rise despite price cuts

Despite plunging prices for CPUs, worldwide semiconductor sales rose 9.4 percent from last year, reaching $58.9 billion for the second quarter. This is great news for the industry and shows that the industry is still alive and kicking even though Microsoft Vista is delayed. The industry struggled as giants Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) …more

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Super Talent Launches Trio of New USB Drives

Super Talent Technology today announced three new styles of USB flash drives. All three new series of USB drives support hi-speed USB 2.0, and employ the latest dual channel controllers for optimum performance. All three models also include an activity LED. The SuperSlim SB series, with a hard plastic outer casing, is a modified version …more

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Apple’s iPod Cuddles Up With The Auto Makers

In the latest boost to its dominance in portable music players, Apple Computer Inc. is teaming with General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. to integrate the iPod into car audio systems. GM and Ford are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 automakers, and the new alliances mean the iconic audio …more

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Microsoft to hackers: try to break Vista

After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world’s best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system. My advice to the hackers is don’t try unless you’re going to get paid for …more

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French ‘iTunes’ law takes effect today

A closely watched French law that allows regulators to force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday even though I can’t believe it made it this far. It will be interesting to see it Apple complies. Currently, songs bought on iTunes can …more

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AOL to cut 5,000 jobs (26 percent of AOL’s workforce)

Some 5,000 AOL employees, or about 26 percent of the company’s 19,000-person work force, will lose their jobs within six months as a result of restructuring, Time Warner’s AOL online division on Thursday. “At a company meeting this morning, Jon Miller (AOL CEO) told AOL’s worldwide work force of 19,000 people that within six months, …more

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IBM Buys MRO Software

IBM continued its shopping spree on Thursday, picking up MRO Software for a cool $740 million in cash, or about $25.80 a share. IBM is paying a 19.4% premium for the MRO shares as of Wednesday’s closing price of $21.60. On Thursday, MRO shares skyrocketed 17.9%, or $3.86, to $25.46 in heavy trading. IBM said …more

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No 65 nanometre graphics likely this year

Fudo at The Inq. says that consumers won?t be seeing 65 nanometre graphics before 2007 and it probably won?t be that early in the year either. With the ATI X1950 XTX one of the last DX9 cards slated to come out this year his report only makes sense to us. TSMC is getting ready for …more

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Nvidia to launch MCP61S IGP chipset by end of August

Nvidia is expected to launch its MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for the AMD AM2 platform at the end of August, unspecified motherboard makers noted. The all-in-one IGP solution, which is being manufactured on 90nm technology at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), entered the sample stage in May, the makers indicated. According to the …more

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Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market

Corsair Memory today announced the introduction of the Corsair HX Series power supply product line. The HX Series modular power supplies mark a new exciting first for Corsair. As the latest entrant into the power supply industry, Corsair?s best in class, high performance, ultra-efficient power supplies are expected to set new performance expectations for modular …more

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ECS Elitegroup to Acquire Uniwill Computer

Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. announced it has inked an agreement to acquire Uniwill Computer, Taiwan?s leading manufacturer of ultra-portable notebook solutions. This acquisition will allow customers of both companies to deploy a wide range of compelling notebook and white book products to the marketplace immediately. This is the second consecutive acquisition made by ECS Elitegroup …more

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