Stories by Ben Ames

OLPC raises hundred-dollar laptop price to US$175

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group said Thursday that it had raised the price for its hundred-dollar laptop to US$175, but were still confident they would collect enough orders to begin volume production by September.

PC vendors push automated management

In a bid to attract business users, improved IT-management capabilities will be a key element of Intel's launch of Weybridge vPro desktop PCs later this year, and in the 2008 version of their Montevina Centrino notebook PCs. It's just the latest sign that desktop management is coming of age.

Lenovo cuts 5 percent of workforce

In a continuing search for profits, Lenovo Group said Thursday that it plans to lay off 1,400 workers, about 5 percent of its global workforce.

Samsung executive pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

An executive at Samsung has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he took part in a conspiracy to fix prices for memory chips bought by Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other PC vendors, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday.

Intel profit rises despite flat chip sales

Intel has posted a profit of $US1.6 billion for the first quarter, a rise of 19 per cent over that quarter last year, thanks to reduced personnel costs after recent layoffs and a $300 million tax reversal.

Palm prepares Linux platform for future smartphones

Palm will unveil a platform before the end of 2007 that runs the Palm OS on top of a Linux kernel, allowing the company to improve the performance and stability of its handhelds and smartphones, CEO Ed Colligan said Tuesday.

Sun to refile DRAM price fixing suit

Sun Microsystems is promising to file a new lawsuit after a federal judge threw out a complaint that Hynix Semiconductor and other manufacturers of dynamic RAM (DRAM) illegally inflated their prices.

AMD upgrades dual-core Opteron chip to 3GHz

AMD has begun shipping two 3GHz versions of its dual-core Opteron chip to server vendors, continuing a battle over multicore processing power with Intel, the company said.

Intel launches quad-core embedded chip

Intel has launched two quad-core processors for embedded applications, offering more power than the Woodcrest dual-core Xeon for designers of telecommunications infrastructure, network storage systems and medical imaging equipment.

Spansion passes Intel in cell-phone flash market

Spansion posted a sharp rise in the number of NOR flash chips it sold to mobile phone makers in 2006, allowing the company to push Intel to second place in that market segment, according to an analyst report.

Dell to delay filings, investigation finds misconduct

An internal investigation at Dell has found evidence of misconduct and accounting errors, forcing the company to delay filing its annual earnings report with stock market regulators, it said Thursday after the U.S. stock market closed.

Dell division will design Web 2.0 data centres

Dell on Tuesday announced it launched a division to design customized data centres for companies that rely on servers to run their businesses, such as Web 2.0 firms or Internet search engines.