16th October 1998 Archive
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There's PowerPC, and many other Motorola bits, embedded in TCG
Motorola reorganisations are rapidly taking on the hue of some kind of Maoist 'continuous reshuffle.' The company's latest move is the creation of a new group aimed at automotive communications as a unit within a broader-based group that was itself reorganised earlier this year. The Telematics Communications Group (TCG) is being …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 08:28
Next year's model is the ARM10T. ARM-based personal organisers to include Thumb. Think about it...
ARM yesterday released details of a next generation family of low-cost chips that will bring 400+ MIPS performance to set-top boxes, organisers and smartphones. The ARM10T processor cores are designed to be portable to 0.25, 0.18 micron processes and beyond, and prototypes will be available in the middle of next year. The ARM10T …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 08:30
Symantec needs the technology fast, but there may be weird patents in there too...
Symantec yesterday announced it would be buying Quarterdeck for $65 million plus the assumption of the utilities outfit's outstanding debt. The deal, which will help reduce the effect of any negative outcome of the current Network Associates suit against Symantec, marks the sticky end of a once-great company. Quarterdeck was one …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 09:05
Good news after rate cut, but as it only got cut because the Fed's concerned about slump, worries should return RSN
Many high tech stocks had a good day yesterday as a result of Greenspan's elixir: the Fed chairman cut a quarter per cent off the federal funds rate to 5 per cent, and also from the discount rate for bank loans, making it 4.75 per cent - the first change since January 1996. This sent the Dow up 331 points (4 per cent) and Nasdaq …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 09:20
Lucky old Sun's gaining market share from HP and IBM
Sun shares rose 4 per cent on net income up 5 per cent to $114 million, giving 29 cents/share earnings, 2 cents up on the year earlier, and twice what financial analysts had expected. Revenue growth was 19 per cent. Sun showed it was gaining market share from HP and IBM. A new 64-bit version of Solaris is expected on 27 October …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 09:27
Another South African company on the scene
Bytes Technology Group, the Epsom, Surrey corporate reseller, has been bought by South African IT company USKO Ltd. Terms were undisclosed. BTG said its new parent company would fund the company's drive for growth. "For our customers it means increased credibility, enhanced resources and access to a far wider skills base", the …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 10:57
Platt accidentally damns sales efforts of one of his company's key allies
Microsoft's enterprise sales team probably won't be entirely impressed by reports of HP CEO Lewis Platt's keynote at Gartner's ITExpo Symposium yesterday. "They're trying hard," said Lew helpfully. "[But] they don't know a lot about the enterprise space." That of course is why HP is allied with Microsoft, and Platt says his …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 12:16
Which means the Korean DRAM chaebols are toast, right?
Intel has bought a $500 million stake in Micron Technology, the company which, after its takeover of TI's memory operations earlier this year, is the flagship of the US DRAM business. The Intel investment represents approximately 6 per cent of Micron's stock. According to Intel, the investment is part of the company's strategy " …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 14:35
The smallest monopoly in town
Tadpole Technology has hived off its hardware business into a separate subsidiary, Called Tadpole-RDI, the business combines Tadpole’s Unix laptop manufacturing arm, with RDI, the Californian rival acquired from TriGem in August. The Americans appear to be running the show at Tadpole RDI - Carlsbad, California is the …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 14:44
Per seat licensing makes the Microsoft route entirely unviable, says our informant
Microsoft's antipathy to concurrent licensing (Gates under fire over upgrade pricing, licence policies ) is going to trash NT's chances in the educational sector, and in the UK will make it entirely unviable as part of the National Grid for Learning programme. "We just could not afford it, even on the 25 machines currently MSed …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 15:06
But where are the Dutch?
Acorn has breathed a little life into its hardware platform with the appointment of Suffolk reseller Castle Technology Ltd (CTL) as worldwide distributor. The contract could be seen as a holding operation, while Acorn continues its discussion with its Dutch company ( unnamed but widely assumed to be Begemann, the finance house …
Business 16 Oct 1998, 16:09
- Product Round-up Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
- Geek's Guide to Britain The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex
- FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know
- If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news
- VIDEO Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging