1The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007
Michael Dell returned to the helm as the CEO of his namesake company, replacing Kevin Rollins, after the business continued to lose market share to Hewlett-Packard.
2The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Greening of IT
Several vendors showed they believed that green means more than money, as an increasing number of PCs and servers came to market designed to cut down on heating and cooling costs.
3The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Sun, Intel Shake Hands
Sun Microsystems ended its long-standing feud with Intel, which has resulted in the two companies beginning to develop x86-based hardware and Intel announcing support for Solaris.
4The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Acer Snags Gateway
Acer snapped up Gateway for $710 million, bringing an end to one of the iconic PC companies of the 1990s and the (very) early 21st century.
5The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Citrix Buys XenSource
Citrix bought XenSource for $500 million, which added to the value of the virtualization market and could lead to an era of consolidation in the industry.
6The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Powering Up to Petaflop
Supercomputers got even more super after IBM and Sun announced that they will build systems that reach the petaflop level-or 1 quadrillion calculations per second.
7The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Intel Takes Back Market Share
Intel managed to beat up Advanced Micro Devices this year. Intel took back some market share, while AMD struggled to bring its quad-core server chip to market. When the AMD chip did come out, its performance numbers were underwhelming to start with.
8The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – PC Sales Remain Robust
Despite a slumping U.S. market, worldwide PC sales remained robust and were helped by consumers and commercial customers switching to laptops, and by lower prices for chips, desktops and notebooks.
9The Most Important Hardware Stories of 2007 – Pretexting Closure
In March, a California judge dismissed all the charges against former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, which brought an end to the pretexting scandal that came to light in September 2006. HP had hired private investigators to spy on board members and journali
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