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Computex in Taipei looms nigh

There's a trade fair held in Taipei, Taiwan, which fuels the worldwide PC industry and starts on June 1. So we decided to keep an eye on what was happening in Taiwan in the run-up to the show, which we shall attend. Today's news from Taiwan, in brief, is that the tiny island, coveted by Red China, will be the largest …
A staffer, 17 May 1999
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Hamidi loses to Intel

Local US newspaper The Sacramento Bee reported today that Ken Hamidi has lost his fight against Intel. Although Hamidi, as reported here earlier, had forced Intel to back down on sueing him for money, or for being a nuisance, a judge in Sacramento said today that he was not allowed to bombard Intel employees with email. Intel …
A staffer, 28 Apr 1999
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More woes for Compaq as market share drops

Compaq, which carelessly lost its charismatic CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer just over a week ago, is not doing well selling PCs in the US market. Figures from IDC and Dataquest have revealed that Compaq, alone amongst other large PC vendors, managed to lose market share in Q1 1999. Its competitors, however, did OK. The IDC figures, which …
A staffer, 26 Apr 1999
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Son of Chipzilla found on Microsoft site

(c) Microsoft 1999 A mad dinosaur has been found lurking on Microsoft's site and first reports are it is the Son of Chipzilla, the biggest and meanest semiconductor in the world. The effect that the Son of Chipzilla will have on Microsoft software can only be guessed, said our dinosaur correspondent. However, a Microsoft …
A staffer, 19 Apr 1999
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Intel bang to rights on questionable business ethics

Sometimes, we think that local New York paper The Wall Street Journal is too worthy by half. But, on occasions they write really good stuff. Credit where credit's due. The newspaper has just published a fab story showing that Intel set up a shell Cayman Island company in order to get hold of some patents it wanted. In the course …
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Cisco on buying spree again

Networking giant Cisco has bought Fibex Systems and Sentient Networks, paying over $445 million for both. The deal will be accounted for with shares, Fibex Systems getting $310 million and Sentient Networks around $120 million. Both Fibex and Sentient sell high end networking systems to telephone companies. Last year, Cisco …
A staffer, 09 Apr 1999
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nVidia, Guillemot to pre-sell Riva TNT2s

nVidia said it had a struck a deal with the retail chain Electronics Boutique to pre-sell graphics cards using the TNT2 3D chip. The move follows a similiar pre-ordering deal struck between nVidia arch-rival 3dfx, now selling boards under its own name, and retail chains CompUSA and BestBuy. Prices start at $150 and Nvidia said …
A staffer, 01 Apr 1999
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South Koreans march against Bill Gates

We picked this one up from Reuters yesterday and it dovetails nicely into our earlier story about the Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) investigating Microsoft. According to the report, over 1,000 dealers marched in Seoul to complain at the high prices of Win98 software in the country. The dealers are angry because at the same …
A staffer, 25 Mar 1999
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UK Northern Development Company seeks Korean help

Reports in the Korean press said that a group of officials from the UK's Northern Development Company will seek to promote trade this week. English-language newspaper the Korea Herald said the officials from the hard pressed region are in Seoul to stimulate and consolidate industrial regeneration and employment. There is no word …
A staffer, 14 Mar 1999
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Vendors claim The Register loses sense of humour

A whole raft of PC vendors and OEMs has complained that online magazine The Register has lost its sense of humour. The complaints started early January when we ran too many straight stories. According to a senior executive at HP: "We used to read you when you were funny but something has gone terribly wrong." He said: "You are …
A staffer, 11 Mar 1999
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US halts “dumping” of Japanese supercomputers

Asian reports said that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Japanese sales of supercomputers into its home market will damage American-built boxes Last month, NEC asked the US Supreme Court to stop the Commerce Department from dumping SX-4 machines into the home market. Now, if Japanese companies attempt …
A staffer, 10 Mar 1999
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EU complains to WTO over Korean trade

English-language newspaper The Korea Herald is reporting in tomorrow's (Wednesday's) edition that the European Union plans to complain to the World Trade Organisation over unfair trades. The list of items is long and topped by alcohol, cars, chemicals, food and logistics, the paper reports. ®
A staffer, 09 Mar 1999
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Novell to vastly scale its NDS

Novell will later on today announce Scalable Directory Service, a system which will cope with millions of users on network. That is likely to give it an advantage over Microsoft. Its Active Directory project currently manages less than 10 million end users. More details will emerge later today, at 1700H GMT. ®
A staffer, 08 Mar 1999
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Matrox gets all leaky about G400/G800

Information currently reaching The Register from La Belle France indicates that the much awaited G400 will arrive on March 16, this year. It will be available in quantity in Q2 1999 and in Q2 of 2000, the G800 will make its debut. Jonathan Hou at Fullon3D tipped us off. Look at his site and Hardware France for more details. The …
A staffer, 05 Mar 1999
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Intel buys Level One for $2.2 billion

Chip monster Intel has snapped up Level One, in a share-for-share exchange worth an estimated $2.2 billion. Level One specialises in silicon connectivity for telco and networking apps. The deal will give Intel leverage in the Intranet and Internet equipment market. The company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel but …
A staffer, 05 Mar 1999
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Cyrix, Wyse push terminal-on-a-chip

NatSemi-Cyrix and Wyse have jointly announced a WinCE based terminal using the MediaGX processor. The announcement is the result of collaboration started last June, with Wyse releasing its Winterm 3350SE machine. According to Wyse, the 3350SE thin client is its highest performance machine. ®
A staffer, 03 Mar 1999
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AMD recruits IBM for 450MHz launch

IBM has selected the spanking gorgeous 450MHz AMD 6-2 to power its latest Aptiva, the model 520. Priced at $1,299, the Aptiva 520 will be available "soon" in US retail outlets. The machine is decked out with 64MB of memory, 10GB hard drive, 32X CD-ROM and bundled with Windows 98 and Lotus SmartSuite. For good measure, IBM is …
A staffer, 01 Mar 1999
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It’s a Mitel kind of NeoMagic

NeoMagic, the US notebook graphics accelerator vendor, is spreading its multimedia wings. The company has scooped up the business and engineering teams of Israel-based ACL, from Robomatics and the Manchester, UK based optical drive development group of Mitel Semiconductor. Terms were undisclosed. NeoMagic will incorporate Mitel …
A staffer, 19 Feb 1999
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Feds to widen Intel case

US reports said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will expand its anti-trust case against chip giant Intel when proceedings open next month. The FTC will now claim that Intel put the muscle on Silicon Graphics and Micron, while the reports, at News Com say that the goliath has also harmed the market for motherboards and …
A staffer, 10 Feb 1999
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Scantily clad PIII found on Clive Turvey's pages

Thanks to Kenneth Ekman for directing us to pictures of the Pentium III which seem a lot more genuine than those found in downtown Tokyo. Here they are... ® Related Stories Naked Pentium III found in downtown Tokyo Naked K7 found in downtown Las Vegas
A staffer, 06 Feb 1999
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Intel invests in global derivative firm

Global derivative software company Monis said that Intel had invested money in it. The amount was not disclosed. Monis was formed after a management buy out from the London Business School in 1994. Intel will help optimise Monis apps for the Merced and IA-32 platforms. ®
A staffer, 02 Feb 1999
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Raza to be FTC vs Intel witness

Witness lists in the up-and-coming case of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) vs Intel are beginning to trickle out, according to US reports. Today's issue of the Wall Street Journal claims that AMD's chief technical officer, Atiq Raza, will testify against Intel. Before AMD took over Nexgen, which Raza ran, he worked for Intel …
A staffer, 02 Feb 1999
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Maxtor shipments surge

Efficiency was the name of the Q4 game at Maxtor, with the disk-drive vendor grinding out an improved set of results on the back of improved inventory turns,and "better utilisation of assets". Shipments, up 23 per cent at 5.3 million units compared with Q4 1997, obviously did the company no harm either. This represents another …
A staffer, 26 Jan 1999
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Datatec snaps up US dealership

Datatec is making its debut in the US reseller market through the acquisition of HP specialist dealer Bloomfield Computing Solutions. South African-based Datatec is divvying up $30 million upfront for BCS, and will pay a maximum up to $102 million, if BCS meets profit targets. Based in Michigan, BCS sells exclusively HP …
A staffer, 25 Jan 1999
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Compaq results due today – maybe

Sources told The Register late today that Compaq's annual results -- due out today -- are likely to be delayed. But that doesn't mean they're bad. Far from it. The delay is due to some procedural scheme in place at Stalag Houston, we are given to understand. ®
A staffer, 21 Jan 1999
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AMD to make Compaq Alphas?

Chip company AMD today declined to either confirm or deny that it will take over manufacture of Compaq's DEC Alpha chips. As reported here earlier, a common motherboard will allow K7 users to upgrade to faster Alphas, as and when they become available. Rana Mainee, European market research director at AMD Europe, said: "We have …
A staffer, 19 Jan 1999
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Compaq slashes Alpha server prices

Compaq is slashing prices on its existing range of Alpha servers in the run-up to its launch of workstations and servers. Sources said the price cuts amounted to as much as a third. No-one from Compaq was available for comment. ®
A staffer, 18 Jan 1999
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DDR camp refuses to give up ghost

Memory manufacturers still reluctant to shell out royalties for Direct Rambus technology have announced that 29 assorted components firms have joined what the Double Data Rate SDRAM consortium thinks is the good fight. Towards the end of last year, as reported here, 12 of the biggest DRAM manufacturers, led by Big Blue, said DDR …
A staffer, 16 Jan 1999
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Trident turns in big Q2 loss

Trident Microsystems reported a drop in sales of 30 per cent for its second quarter but claimed it was on the road to reducing the shortfall. But the better it does, the more likely it is it will fall to market consolidation. The company said that it sold $20,652,000 worth of its product in Q2 1999, compared to $26,939,000 in …
A staffer, 16 Jan 1999
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Cyrix now wins Tempo and John Lewis

Fresh from its success in making headway in retail stores in the USA, sources at Cyrix-NatSemi said today they had made new inroads into the home market. The source said UK superstore Tempo will now sell Compaq Presarios using Cyrix chips. And, real soon now, John Lewis -- whose motto is never knowingly undersold -- will follow …
A staffer, 11 Jan 1999
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Banyan and MS get it together

After a troubled few years, Banyan, which once ruled the roost in name services on networks, has now agreed to team up with Microsoft to provide similar services for Bill Gates' customers. Banyan will receive a total of $10 million from Microsoft over a three year period and the deal means that 500 professional people will be …
A staffer, 11 Jan 1999
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Compaq unable to deck Alpha platform

Information from the Gartner Group seen by The Register has suggested that companies investing in the Alpha platform running on Windows NT are betting on a "high risk" strategy over the 36 months. That is because Compaq could deck the Alpha platform, according to current thinking at Gartner. If Gartner's predicitions are true, …
A staffer, 10 Jan 1999
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SAP profit warning saps UK strength

SAP issued a profits warning and caused shares in UK IT companies to fall on the Stock Exchange this morning. The German software company said that while sales for 1998 rose by 40 per cent, its earnings growth at 15 per cent was below its expectations, due to falling sales in the Japanese market. Shares in CMG fell by 75 pence …
A staffer, 05 Jan 1999
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Big cache Xeons launched for big cash

Intel formally introduced three 450MHz additions to its high-end Pentium II Xeon chip family. The processors come with 512K, 1Mb and 2Mb of level two cache and are aimed at the server and workstation markets. The chipset and processors will support four way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) machines. Intel claimed that systems …
A staffer, 05 Jan 1999
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One month ago today: Intel quietly cuts Celeron prices

We were slightly amused yesterday to see that Reuters told the world that Intel had quietly cut prices on its existing Celerons at the beginning of the month. Its story was picked up by both the Wall Street Journal and Cnet today. There was nothing quiet about it. Both OEMs and distributors were told about the move at the end of …
A staffer, 31 Dec 1998
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Ellison's Sayonara wins boat race

Larry Ellison's yacht Sayonara has won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after storms which cost six other sailors their lives. And Ellison told reporters that the race, which Sayonara won for the second time, was life-threatening and dangerous, with his only goal to get him and his crew back in one piece. He is unlikely to …
A staffer, 29 Dec 1998
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Compaq to continue Big Cuts

Reports from the US said that Compaq, fresh from its additional redundancies and consolidations over the Christmas period, is now set to spin off its OEM group. That follows reports here that the Networking division is no more See also Compaq decks an extra 2,700 jobs. Terry Shannon’s latest edition of his fortnightly newsletter …
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LG threatens to sue Arthur D Little in US

In South Korea, where it is already Monday, the press is reporting that large conglomerate LG is threatening to sue Wall Street consultancy Arthur D Little (ADL) for proposing rival Hyundai take a 70 per cent share in a new chip company. (Story: Hyundai, LG Semicon deal on) LG bitterly opposes the proposed merger and Semicon CEO …
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A year ago: Intel takes buffalo stance on PC 100

The largest manufacturer of Pentium II processors in the world has said its conscience is clear about difficulties for DRAM suppliers and the PC 100 specification. Memory companies, distributors and assemblers have complained over the last few months that not all synchronous memory modules are the same, causing difficulties when …
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Revealed: Open VMS Galaxy secrets

Details of the future of Open VMS Galaxy reveal that the OS will support next generation hardware in 1999 with future enhancements expected in the year 2000. According to US newsletter Shannon Knows Distributed Enterprise Computing, next year Open VMS Galaxy Phase II will include support for up to 32 processors (Wildfire), CPU …
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Windows speeds up if Netscape shell used instead

Note to readers We've had many enquiries about how to do this. Bear with us, we missed our Boxing Day deadline but are working to bring the answer to you as soon as possible. Reports reached The Register late today that a simple substitution of the Netscape Communicator for the Windows shell would speed up Microsoft's operating …
A staffer, 24 Dec 1998
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HP slashes PC prices across the board

Hewlett Packard has taken pre-emptive action against its rivals IBM and Compaq and taken the axe to a number of its product lines by as much as 20 per cent. The cuts cover corporate PCs, its Brios, its Kayak workstations, its Omnibooks and some of its high end server products. Said HP, it can now sell a VE corporate machine with …
A staffer, 21 Dec 1998
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NatSemi's Fairchild buys Samsung wafer unit and staff

Samsung has received an unexpected injection of cash from a semiconductor company. Fairchild Semiconductor bought Samsung's high value power device wafer fabs in the South Korean peninsula for $455 million. Design staff are also included in the deal. National Semiconductor (NatSemi) bought Fairchild in conjunction with some VCs …
A staffer, 21 Dec 1998
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ST Microelectronics to buy half of Mitsubishi's flash

Reports in Eurotrade said that Mitsubishi Electric will sell half its German flash memory capacity to French company ST Microelectronics (formerly SGS Thomson). According to the same report, Hitachi will sell its wafer production to company Shin-Etsu Chemical in April of next year. That story was reported earlier this year but …
A staffer, 21 Dec 1998
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Chaebols make restructuring decisions

The Korean press reported that four of the top chaebols (family concerns) in the country have agreed on how to restructure. LG confirmed that it will shut as many as 21 of its subsidiaries in 18 months time, in an effort to reduce its dept. LG is to concentrate on electronics, telecoms, services, and chemicals, and said it will …
A staffer, 18 Dec 1998
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European server sales surge

A market survey on the worldwide server market for the third quarter has concluded that growth is still strong. IDC said that year on year, the market had grown by around 15 per cent. But while some territories are showing strong growth, others are not strong. The European market surged by 28 per cent compared with the same …
A staffer, 18 Dec 1998
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Survey: PC market bouncing back

A report from consulting company Deloitte has predicted an upturn in the PC market. According to Deloitte, its PC-Cite report, which covers Q3 of 1998, shows that optimism is at a five-year high. That optimism is fuelled by a shift to different channel strategies, particularly in the e-commerce arena, Apple's success with the …
A staffer, 17 Dec 1998
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NeoMagic sues Trident

NeoMagic has launched a legal action against Trident Microsystems, claiming infringement of its patents. But Trident has hit back and said the litigation was filed without any warning and will be defended vigorously. Frank Lin, president and CEO of Trident, was quoted in a public statement as saying: "It is disappointing that …
A staffer, 16 Dec 1998
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Dell boy starts VC venture

US reports said that Michael Dell, CEO of the mighty Dellistopheles Corporation, has plunged some of his loot into an outfit which funds startups. His VC company, says the Wall Street Journal, has funds of $1 billion and will concentrate on helping IT firms reach the fruition of all their desires. Mikey Dell has already used …
A staffer, 16 Dec 1998
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Acquisitions aid Computerland UK growth

Computerland UK half year results soared 89 per cent on the back of two acquisitions. But integration costs were blamed for more sluggish profits growth at 27 per cent. Sales for the six months to October 31 1998 were £19.4 million and profits were £507,000 (1997: £10.3 million and £308,000, respectively), Graham Gilbert, …
A staffer, 15 Dec 1998