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MetaRAM now pumping 288GB of memory into Intel boxes

Super-charging memory shop MetaRAM has started talking up its beefy DDR3 modules. MetaRAM's top customer Hynix has already taken delivery of the DDR3 MetaSDRAM, which allows server customers to pack far more memory inside their standard systems. For example, Hynix is hyping "the world's first" 16GB 2-rank DIMMs, which it …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2008
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Media companies urge judge to activate Intel's anti-redaction machine

AMD vs Intel The Register has joined several other news organizations in a bid to make court records related to AMD's ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against Intel public. Earlier this week, Situation Publishing - The Register's publisher - and the New York Times, Washington Post and Dow Jones & Co. filed a motion telling a Delaware court that …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2008
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Amazon gives marching orders to cloudy storage

Amazon.com continues to offer deeper penetration into its cloud. The company this week unfurled a storage service for hard-core users that will let you keep data and file systems in separate piles. The Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) builds on the existing Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) processing service and lower-level storage …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2008
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Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

Lady and gentlemen, My time at the blessed Register has come to an end. As of this Friday, I'm off to The New York Times to bring the wonders of AIX, the vi editor, transactional memory, RAID 6 and FPGAs to the washed masses. Go figure. I've hung around with Brits long enough to know that compliments are largely verboten. So, …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2008
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Investors introduce Salesforce to sell-off as a service

Software as a service poster-child Salesforce.com today dished out second quarter results that showed a massive rise in revenue, which did absolutely nothing to impress investors. The CRM code shifter reported $263m in revenue, which marks a 49 per cent year-over-year rise. Net income came in at just $10m, but that's still miles …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2008

Intel stuffs Nehalem chips with joy

IDF Intel has tick-tocked itself into a frenzy about its upcoming line of multi-core fancies now being discussed under the "Nehalem" code-name. Server chief Pat Gelsinger took the stage this week at IDF to speak of Nehalem's wonders, telling the audience that the re-architected chip line will change their businesses and perhaps …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Aug 2008

Intel does SSD flash dance

IDF Full of what we call "self mettle," Intel has championed its "highly anticipated line" of big daddy solid state drives (SSDs). Units for laptop and desktop systems will ship in the next 30 days with Intel offering up both 1.8-inch and 2.5 inch gear. The X18-M and X25-M products come with all the associated miracles of SSDs, …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2008
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Sun double teams Xeon chip

IDF No server vendor worth its hot swappable fans will let an Intel Developer Forum go by without announcing some new kit. So here's Sun Microsystems doing its part for the epic Intel ecosystem with a pair of new servers. The Sun Fire X2250 and X4250 machines are your go-to units for a wide variety of jobs, including hardcore stuff …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Aug 2008
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Microsoft running on at least 220,000 servers

Exactly how many servers does Microsoft own? Well, we still don't for sure, but it looks as if Redmond is running at least 148,357 boxes. A crafty web site called iStartedSomething caught Microsoft revealing its metal haul in a promotional video. The question and answer session with Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2008
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Microsoft's data crunching baby hit with lawsuit

Datallegro, a data warehouse maker in the midst of being acquired by Microsoft, has received a lawsuit, claiming that Datallegro's current CEO aided the company in infringing on a key patent. Cary Jardin filed the lawsuit in a Southern California district court, alleging the abuse of a patent related to a "system and method for …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Aug 2008
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Nvidia pulls off Project Blowout in Q2

Last month, Nvidia promised to bomb its second quarter. Today, the company delivered on those promises in smashing fashion. The graphics chip maker's revenue dropped 5 per cent to $892.7m. In addition, the company posted a net loss of $120.9m, which compares to a profit of $172.7m in the same period last year. Perhaps worst of …
Ashlee Vance, 12 Aug 2008
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Napster bullish on user engagement

Napster continues to bumble along as one of those curious technology oddities haunting the NASDAQ exchange. The tethered download king posted revenue of $30.3m during its first quarter - an unhealthy drop from the $32.3m posted in the same period last year. Thanks to higher expenses, Napster also posted a wider net loss, hitting …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Aug 2008
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Rackspace cages lackluster IPO

Rackspace appears to have a knack for ill-timed IPOs. Shares in the hosting company dropped as much as 19 per cent during their debut on the New York Stock Exchange. And, at the time of this report, RAX - at $11.37 per share - was still sagging below the IPO price of $12.50 per share, which was already at the low end of an …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Aug 2008
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IBM hacks into chip peoples' pay

Bunny people working at IBM's US chip plants face tough times. IBM has confirmed reports that it will cut the pay of 3,500 assembly line workers at New York factories in East Fishkill and Poughkeepsie and another factory in Vermont. The workers will see their wages drop 10 per cent. Next year, shift employees will also lose out …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Aug 2008
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Teradata keeps warehousing money

Teradata appears to be surviving a global economic slowdown that's affecting some of its largest customers. The data warehouse maker this week reported second quarter revenue of $455m - a 6 per cent rise over the same period last year. (Although, that increase does include five percentage points worth of benefit from currency …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Aug 2008
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Transmeta hooks Nvidia for $25m power payment

Transmeta - yes, you remember them - has picked up a prominent licensee scalp in the form of Nvidia. Transmeta today revealed that Nvidia will pay a one-time fee of $25m for a license to Long Run and LongRun2 - a pair of power management technologies. Such licensing deals have become Transmeta's main path to revenue - outside of …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Aug 2008
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AMD thanks Ruiz for courageous ability to lose money

Comment Normally, a succession plan is a good thing. You want the new CEO to slide into the old CEO's chair with an ease that says, "Our asses were molded by the same country club rib eyes and crème brûlées. Everything is under control." Yesterday, though, AMD could have done with some unforeseen CEO-swapping spatter. It should have …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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Power6 meets Tukwila meets Rock meets SPARC64 in chip death match

Hot Chips The grandest chip unveiling in many, many years will take place this August on the campus of Stanford University. At the annual Hot Chips conference, the world's top chip makers including Intel, IBM and Fujitsu/Sun plan to show off some of their most ambitious designs to date. In addition, a host of start-ups dabbling in the …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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Ubuntu made me puke in a bucket

Radio Reg The world is a disgusting, filthy place. So, it's important to take a moment away from the turmoil from time-to-time, spread your legs and eat some aromatic pistou of borage. And, god bless, that's exactly what you can do at the Ubuntu restaurant and yoga studio in Napa. We discussed Ubuntu and better bowel maintenance during …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008

Here's the multi-core man coding robots, 3-D worlds and Wall Street

Radio Reg "You have to do some really good work and become famous." That's what Stanford President John Hennessy said would be required if then associate professor Kunle Olukotun wanted to secure tenure. So, Olukotun set after that goal with some ground-breaking work in the field of multi-core processors. His research helped form the …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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AMD loses $1.19bn and CEO Ruiz

AMD today hit Wall Street with a one-two punch. It lost a stunning $1.19bn during the second quarter. And it nudged Hector Ruiz out of the CEO role, replacing him with longtime planned successor Dirk Meyer, who has been President and COO. Already very depressed, AMD's shares dropped close to 10 per cent in after-hours trading as …
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2008
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EU thumps Intel with more anti-AMD charges

It's true. The European Union has thrown a new set of anti-trust allegations at Intel. Earlier this week, rumors swirled that the EU would spring into action, adding charges to a European Commission investigation against Intel that's been going since 2001. Now the extra charges have arrived, with EU regulators accusing Intel of …
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2008

Dell and Wal-Mart team on TV installations

Good idea? Bad idea? Not even Wal-Mart and Dell are sure. The two "low-cost providers" have teamed to experiment on Dallas natives with a range of technology services. Customers visiting local Wal-Marts will find "Solution Stations by Dell" where they can get help with "home television installation, PC set-up, wireless network …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2008
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Fastscale sends Windows Server to Weight Watchers

Fastscale is bringing its unique brand of software shrinking to Windows Server. The start-up this week unleashed - if you can use such a word for a company with 15 paying corporate customers - a shiny new version of Fastscale Composer Suite. Up to this point, the code has been locked down to Red Hat servers and applications, …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2008
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Intel at ease with economic chaos

The economy looks bleak as can be, but Intel doesn't care. The chip maker today reported a record second quarter haul and expects the good times to keep on rolling throughout the year. Intel's Q2 revenue notched in at $9.5bn, which is a healthy 9 per cent rise over last year's revenue total for the same period. Net income of $1. …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Jul 2008