Printer manufacturer Lexmark is suing replacement cartridge makers that it says are infringing on its patents.
The Lexington, Ky.-based company on Friday filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Both suits accuse 24 companies that import replacement cartridges for Lexmark laser printers of violating 15 patents owned by Lexmark.
Both suits name the same 24 defendants. The ITC complaint--the now-standard venue for taking patent disputes against companies that import goods to the United States--asks that the defendants' products be banned from import … Read more
Intel announced on Monday the first dual-core Atom processor targeted specifically at Netbooks, finally putting the same number of processing cores inside these tiny laptops as found on larger mainstream laptops.
Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and LG all announced new dual-core Netbooks Monday. Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, MSI, Samsung, and Toshiba, among others, are planning similar announcements in the coming weeks and months, according to Intel.
This is a big step for the Netbook market. Since their inception back in spring 2008, Netbooks have been powered by single-core processors. This allowed Netbook suppliers to design 10-inch-class laptops that were relatively power efficient and inexpensive, typically costing about $350.
The widely reported downside has been lackluster performance, since all processing must be funneled through one core. The Atom performance gap with mainstream Core 2 Duo and Core i laptop processors is also due to design differences. (Mainstream laptop processors have a different architecture, delivering higher-level performance.) But the fact that the Atom for Netbooks has always been single core has exacerbated the performance gap.
Intel has other reasons for moving to dual core. Low-power dual-core processors from rival Advanced Micro Devices are already appearing in Netbook-class laptops. The Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dm1z, an 11.6-inch Netbook, uses an AMD Turion II Neo dual-core K625 processor (1.5GHz) and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics processor, offering potentially stiff competition for single-core Atom Netbooks.
The new dual-core Intel N550 Atom runs at 1.5GHz and supports DDR3 memory, another performance benefit.
Despite the expected crush of updated models, the Netbook now has a new nemesis: the iPad. "The death of the Netbook has been greatly exaggerated," said Bob O'Donnell, an analyst at IDC, referring to the rise of the Apple iPad and its impact on Netbook sales. Though O'Donnell doesn't discount the iPad effect, Netbooks are principally for consumers who want to use Windows on a small device--virtually impossible on an iPad--and they're less expensive than an iPad, to boot. … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is ready to outspend Dell to win control of storage vendor 3Par.
HP announced Monday an offer to acquire 3Par for $24 a share in cash, or $1.6 billion total. The bid one-ups Dell's offer from a week ago to buy the storage specialist for $18 per share, or $1.15 billion.
Fremont, Calif.-based 3Par sells virtualized storage arrays that allow companies to buy storage only as they need it. HP is looking at 3Par's virtualized products to complement its own Converged Infrastructure data center as more businesses take to the cloud to integrate their … Read more
It is fascinating the ways in which the world of computing can be made easier, thus creating opportunity for new complexities--usually in the form of new computing technologies. It's happened with programming languages, software architectures, computer networks, data center design, and systems virtualization. However, nothing has raised the bar on that concept like IT automation.
You may have been expecting to hear the term "cloud computing," but cloud is just an outcome of good automation. It's an operations model--a business model to some--that was only made possible by a standardization of the core elements of … Read more
The BlackBerry "Black Pad" from RIM, or Google gPad via HTC, or even or the self-proclaimed LG Optimus Tablet dark horse make for riveting speculation (among many other rumors or announcements), but Motorola has shown itself to be the most capable and consistent rival to the iPhone, which was a precursor to the iPad in many ways.
Motorola's Droid was one of the first high-end smartphones to emerge as … Read more
Intel believes today's array of Net-connected machines aren't adequately secured.
To fix that, Intel announced plans to buy security company McAfee for $7.68 billion --the biggest acquisition in its 42-year history. Intel said offering protection for mobile devices, TVs, cars, ATMs, and medical gadgets requires a new approach that can tie together software, hardware, and services.
By integrating McAfee's core technology, Intel asserts that it can improve current products and offer new ones that can better secure both the cloud and devices used by consumers and businesses. The first product resulting from the team-up is expected … Read more
Google patched 11 vulnerabilities--three critical, seven high-risk, and one medium--in a new version of Chrome released Thursday.
All but one of the problems was in Chrome itself. The additional issue handled in Chrome 5.0.375.127 (Windows | Mac | Linux) is a workaround for a critical Windows kernel bug, according to a blog post Thursday by Jason Kersey of the Chrome team.
In the wake of Intel's announcement on Thursday that it intends to purchase software security vendor McAfee, some industry experts are predicting the slow death of McAfee's consumer security products. While that's not likely to happen in the near future, just what does the chipmaker get with McAfee's current consumer security line?
Renee J. James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel, discussed Intel plans to buy security company McAfee for $7.68 billion in an interview with CNET on Thursday.
James is responsible for delivering software products and support across for Intel's product lines. In addition, she is responsible for the Intel worldwide developer programs as well as R&D for next-generation software. James is also chairman of two Intel subsidiaries: Wind River Systems and Havok, both of which report into the Software and Services Group.
Q: What do you see as McAfee's strengths? Renee J. James: McAfee's No. 1 strength is that they have a fantastic R&D team, engineering, as well as research at the core of security: database threat management. They've augmented that with some very key acquisitions over the last two or three years. On a forward-looking basis, their core technology is very well positioned for mobile, for cloud-based security, for where I think security is heading. They're not a market segment leader in AV (antivirus). It's an important business and continues to be an important business but they have other assets that are equally important. And they're a pure play security company. That was another thing that was appealing to us. And they've been a solid growth company quarter over quarter, year over year.
How does this fit in with Intel's strategy? James: When you think about things like power efficiency or performance or Internet connectivity as major technology areas where you have multiple investments, multiple products--security is like that. Security is applicable to our products in the data center, laptops, desktops, and any Atom-based devices--whether they're embedded, TVs, automotive, or phones and tablets. Security is a major purchase criteria and a concern. So, it spreads across the whole product line. … Read more