Stories by Tom Krazit

NAI to buy Net monitoring software company

Network Associates Inc. (NAI) announced Monday it has agreed to purchase Traxess Inc., a company that develops software that allows businesses to monitor and store data on their employees' Internet activity.

Sun adds performance to low-end Unix workstation

Sun Microsystems is updating its low-cost workstation line with the release of the Sun Blade 150 Tuesday, enhancing the performance while maintaining the price of the older Sun Blade. The company also released new configurations for its Sun Blade 2000 workstations, and an add-in processor module.

New Intel, AMD chips coming soon, ahead of schedule

Faster versions of existing chip families from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) will be released over the next two weeks, setting the stage for next-generation releases by the end of this year and into 2003.

Transmeta offers developer's kit for Crusoe chip

New computer designs featuring Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe processor will be easier to create with the company's new system development kit for its flagship TM5800 processor, the company said Wednesday.

Agere pulls out of opto, cuts 4,000 jobs

Communications equipment maker Agere Systems Inc. announced Wednesday its intention to get out of the optoelectronics business, and focus on making chips for communications networking products. The moves will result in plant closings and 4,000 job losses by the end of 2003, the company said in a statement.

IBM to release 64-bit desktop chip

IBM Corp. will release a new desktop chip for its PowerPC line based on technology from its server chips this October, according to an industry analyst.

SAP teams with Ford, Caterpillar for SCM

Ford Motor Co. and Caterpillar Inc. in the US have selected SAP AG to develop a supply-chain management system for spare parts using SAP's supply-chain management (SCM) and customer-relationship management (CRM) software, SAP announced Wednesday.

RIM files another complaint against Good Technology

For the third time in two months, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has filed a lawsuit against Good Technology Inc., this time alleging unfair competition, false advertising, trademark infringement and trademark dilution.

PCI-X 2.0, PCI Express specs released to developers

Specifications for two new interconnect technologies were released Tuesday by the PCI-SIG (peripheral component interconnect - special interest group), PCI-X 2.0 for servers, and PCI Express for PCs, the group said in a release.

Analysis: Turbolinux challenged in tough Linux market

An effort aimed at publishing a Linux version that runs software programs from four different distributors of the open-source operating system could be in peril as Turbolinux Inc. struggles to stay afloat. But even if the company manages to stave off layoffs and office closings, an unfocused business model has the company headed in an uncertain direction that could kick off consolidation of the Linux distribution market, analysts say.

Intel creates CAD group under Web3D Consortium

The Web3D Consortium now has another advocate in Intel Corp., which has created the organization's CAD (computer-aided design) 3-D Working Group to help develop standards for 3-D Web graphics used in CAD applications, it said Tuesday at SIGGRAPH in San Antonio.