RAM raiders was the cute term used in the UK in the 90s for thieves that broke into offices to steal D-Ram memory chips inside workers’ computers, as opposed to the original ram-raider jewel thieves who rammed storefronts with their vans to loot the premises. Those 16 megabyte chips, which could be worth $60 each at that time of shortages, are worth nothing now, but multi-gigabyte Nand Flash memory chips may be taking their place as targets for heists. Read more
Intel has launched its first major effort to win market share in tablet devices, while revealing how it will defend the netbook market it dominates from this year’s slate onslaught. The world’s biggest chipmaker is announcing the availability of its first chip specifically designed for tablets and is giving a sneak peek at its developer forum in Beijing this week of its next-generation netbook chip. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
- Online travel site Expedia is planning to spin off TripAdvisor, in a deal that could value the unit at as much as $4bn, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia chief executive, said the recommendation and travel media site had grown to a point that it was now ready to be spun off into a pure-play media company.
An unscientific survey of employees at major US technology companies found that only 50 per cent of Yahoo workers approved of chief executive Carol Bartz’ leadership during the past year, down from 77 per cent as she got started. Read more
File this one under “Oracle takes another dig at HP” or “Oracle kicks Intel when it’s already down”. In a statement overnight, the database company said it had decided to stop all software development for the Intel Itanium microprocessor, where HP is one of the few server makers still supporting the chip. Read more
The head of Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group abruptly quit on Monday, dealing another blow to the chipmaker’s attempts to penetrate the cellphone market. Anand Chandrasekher, a 24-year veteran who was leading that assault as senior vice president and general manager, announced he was leaving Intel “to pursue other interests”. Read more
If there was still any doubt that events have taken a definite turn for the worse for PC makers since the end of last year, February revenue numbers from the world’s biggest contract manufacturers should put them to rest.
Hon Hai, maker of Apple products (and also desktops for Dell), saw revenues fall by 18 per cent month-on-month. Taiwan’s Compal and Quanta, the top two contract notebook makers, saw revenues decline by 18 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively, compared to January. All came in well below analysts’ expectations. Read more
Intel has found a multi-national backer for its Classmate PC, with Lenovo promising wider distribution of the laptop for schoolchildren. Intel and Lenovo announced today their partnership would begin with the deployment of 158,000 Classmate+ laptops to students in Argentina this spring. The model is the same as existing Classmates, but Lenovo says its scale as a PC maker means it can offer it in many different hardware configurations, depending on each country and education body’s requirements. It will cost in the region of $300-$400. Read more