Stories by Ben Ames

Dell plans AMD servers; Q1 profit falls

In a surprise move, Dell on Thursday announced it will use Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in its high-end, multiprocessor servers by the end of the year.

Intel shuts Glasgow office, lays off 17

In an effort to bounce back from slumping sales in the first quarter of 2006, Intel told 17 employees at its Glasgow, Scotland, site earlier last week that it would shut down the site by September.

AMD billboard boasts of lower electric bills

As Intel prepares to launch its Woodcrest chip for servers in June, rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has purchased billboard ads that claim its Opteron chip will reduce electricity costs in data centers.

Handheld device sales still slumping

Unit sales of handheld devices fell below 1.5 million in the first quarter, marking the ninth consecutive quarter that worldwide shipments of PDAs have declined from their year-over-year marks, according to a study from market research group, IDC.

Intel plots path to 32-nanometer chips

The best way for Intel to battle shrinking profits is to keep shrinking its chips, reaching 32-nanometer geometry by 2009, company executives said Thursday.

Intel profit falls steeply

Blaming a slump in PC growth rates, Intel reported $US8.9 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2006, down 5 per cent from the same quarter last year.

AMD revenue rises on strong Opteron sales

Driven by strong sales of its dual-core Opteron processor, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported US$1.33 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2006, equaling analysts' estimates. That was up from US$1.23 billion for the first quarter of 2005, or US$780 million excluding revenue from the Spansion memory chip unit it spun out in 2005.

CTIA - Sun launches ATCA blade server for telecom

Sun Microsystems launched a new family of blade servers Wednesday, offering telecommunications customers a choice of processors between Sun's own UltraSparc or Opteron from Advanced Micro Devices.