At Advanced Micro Devices' recent financial analyst meeting in New York, President and CEO Lisa Su and other executives outlined an ambitious roadmap that they said will return the company to sustained profitability and enable it to be competitive in key growth areas. The effort includes the new "Zen" architecture that will aim for both high-performance PCs and data center servers, new Radeon graphics products and continued development of ARM-based server processors. AMD executives said the three key growth areas are gaming, immersive platforms and the data center, while the company will move away from or avoid other market segments (for example, low-cost PCs). According to Su, the key for AMD is figuring out what it does best, and not worrying about those markets that don't offer a solid return. AMD officials expect to return to profitability in the second half of the year after losses during the first half. This eWEEK slide show touches on some of the highlights from the financial analyst meeting.
Quarterly profits were down 21 percent year-over-year, overall revenue sank 7 percent, yet the stock improved because the numbers beat Street estimates.
VIDEO: Canonical shows off its Orange Match Box appliance that runs Ubuntu's Snappy Linux at the OpenStack Summit.
Apple was able to drop the price of the latest iMac from $2,499 to $1,999 by cutting some features from its former configuration.
The time has finally come for a new line of Macs. Apple on May 19 showcased a new MacBook Pro and iMac that include several new features sure to give the company's already-popular devices a boost going into the summer months. Apple customers have remained loyal Mac buyers for decades. As consumers and enterprise users around the globe increasingly lengthen the amount of time they hold on to these reliable computers, Apple has found ways to attract new buyers even as it retains the loyalty of current owners. That has allowed Apple to book record sales with the introduction of updated Mac models, even as Windows PC makers have had to contend with weak demand. With new Macs now reportedly coming soon, Apple is apparently getting ready to fire up Mac sales as it heads into its Worldwide Developers Conference in June and boost its enormous bottom line even more. But what features has Apple built into these Macs to trigger a new round of buying? This slide show shares some insight on what customers will find.
Microsoft will allow machines running pirated versions of Windows to upgrade to the latest OS, but there will be no free rides for users of non-genuine versions.
Continuing its tradition of releasing multiple editions of its OS, Microsoft will offer different Windows 10 editions for device families and uses.
Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore, an engineer with Fairchild Semiconductor, predicted in an electronics trade magazine that the number of transistors in a semiconductor would double every year, which would mean more powerful and less costly chips. That prediction became known as Moore's Law, and has fueled processor development for five decades and—according to a now-86-year-old Moore—will continue to do so at least for another five to 10 years as Intel pushes from 14-nanometer chips to 10nm, 7nm and beyond. In 1968, Moore and Robert Noyce left Fairchild to create another processor company, Intel, the driving force behind Moore's Law as it became the world's largest chip maker. Moore's Law—which was amended 10 years later—helped usher in the PC era, and later the development of such devices as smartphones, tablets and wearable computers. At a recent event celebrating Moore and the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the performance of Intel chips over that time has improved 3,500 times, while energy efficiency has increased by a factor of 90,000. At the same time, chips are coming in at a 60,000th of the cost, he said. By comparison, with the same gains, a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle would now hit speeds of 300,000 mph, get 2 million miles per gallon and cost 4 cents, Krzanich said. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the highlights over nearly 50 years at Intel.
The system, which includes a touch screen, scanner and projector, is getting interest from businesses and educational institutions, officials say.
The minicomputer, being developed by Next Thing, includes an ARM-based chip, runs Linux and has drawn wide support through a Kickstarter campaign.
Reports that tablets are dead have been grossly exaggerated. Sure, tablet shipments are down and there is growing concern that sales of products like the Apple iPad, which has buoyed the market for the past several years, are in fact weak and will not be able to hold up the space for the foreseeable future. That hasn't stopped tablet makers from releasing new models and supporting some of the old standbys in the slate market. Companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Microsoft, among others, are releasing new models with advanced features while Apple remains the market stalwart, despite the reports of slower sales. In other words, tablets aren't going anywhere despite any handwringing by industry analysts. What it does mean is there are a lot of good tablet models looking for buyers, and so buyers will find no shortage of good deals. This slide show looks at some of the latest tablets to reach the market as well as some of the long-established models that makers keep updating. Tablet buyers of all types—consumers, enterprise customers and students—will find at least one tablet in this list that is sure to fit their needs.
Company officials open up about the upcoming "Zen" core design, planned GPU technologies and plans to reinvigorate the server business.
Prior to 2005, Lenovo was China's top PC vendor, but was little known outside the country's borders. It had annual revenue of about $3 billion and was ranked ninth in the global PC industry, with a 2.3 percent market share. That all changed in April of that year, when IBM announced it was selling its massive PC business to Lenovo for $1.25 billion. The deal instantly propelled Lenovo into the worldwide PC scene—eventually it would overtake Hewlett-Packard as the world's top PC vendor—but it also gave the company the financial strength and momentum to rapidly expand its reach into everything from servers (including buying IBM's x86 server business) to mobile devices (such as buying Motorola Mobility from Google), to acquire even more companies, and to partner with industry giants like EMC and NEC. "The acquisition of IBM's PC business transformed Lenovo overnight into a truly global company, changing not only Lenovo but our industry," Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "Even more, this acquisition built the foundation for our expansion to new products like smartphones, tablets, servers and now our ecosystem, growth engines fueled by the success of our first big deal." Lenovo officials are celebrating the 10 years since the IBM PC deal. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the highlights from those 10 years.
An agreement signed between the two companies earlier this year could open the door to another attempt by Intel to acquire fellow chip maker Altera.
PC vendors will grow prices by 10 percent to compensate for profits lost to the strong dollar, and some businesses and consumers will delay purchases.