Stories by Ben Ames

Commercial computer hardware the key to robots

Commercial computer hardware is the key to building a reliable robot, from faster processors to cheaper flash memory and higher capacity hard drives, according to speakers at a robotics technology conference Friday at the Boston University College of Engineering.

IBM shrinks circuit with nanotube

Researchers at IBM have taken a large step toward creating nano-scale processors. They have built an electronic integrated circuit by combining conventional silicon technology with a carbon nanotube molecule.

Sun releases processor designs as open source

Sun Microsystems has taken another step to leverage open-source design so that developers can create more servers based on its Sparc chip architecture. As expected, the company on Tuesday released the source code for its UltraSparc T1 processor.

HP beefs up server line with AMD chips

Hewlett-Packard (HP) began sales Monday of servers with faster processors, using the latest line of dual-core processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Lenovo to lay off 1,000, move headquarters to Raleigh

In a response to market pressures in its desktop business, Lenovo Group Thursday announced it would lay off 1,000 employees and move its corporate headquarters from Purchase, New York, to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hewlett-Packard seeks big growth with thin clients

Hewlett-Packard Co. launched its next generation thin-client computers Wednesday, rolling out the t5720, which uses Advanced Micro Devices chips. HP previously used processors from Transmeta, which no longer makes chips.

Intel could launch new dual-core processors by June

Computer makers are planning to use Intel's next generation of dual-core processors to build smaller, cooler machines. The first of those chips will launch in volume quantities by June, Intel is expected to announce at its Intel Developer Forum trade show in San Francisco this week.