Wintel meets Windroid: Intel’s Dual OS is a symbolic shot at Microsoft

LAS VEGAS — Intel tonight confirmed plans to offer processors that support devices running both Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems, a further erosion of the classic “Wintel” partnership that defined the personal computer industry during the heyday of the Windows PC. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the plan during the pre-show keynote at CES… Read More


HP’s Meg Whitman: Microsoft turning from partner to rival

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s prospects during an address to investors and analysts this morning, saying she has “real confidence that we’re headed in the right direction and we will turn this thing around.” However, Whitman also said she sees two of the company’s partners, Microsoft and Intel, becoming… Read More


Intel profit drops 17% on softening PC sales

Last week, IDC issued a sobering report which indicated that PC shipments for the first quarter fell by 13.9 percent, despite the release of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system in October. Now, here’s more sign of trouble in the PC market. Intel announced today that its net income fell by 17 percent during the… Read More


Intel inks big Seattle lease: 50,000 sf at Union Station

Intel is growing its presence in Seattle, taking over 50,000 square feet of space at the 705 Union Station building bordering Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods Intel did not respond to comment, but we’re hearing that the new office marks a consolidation of other office space that the company had in the Seattle area,… Read More


Dell exec to Steve Ballmer: Please rename Windows RT

At least one person wasn’t happy with the way Microsoft was naming its new ARM tablet operating system. Dell vice-chairman Jeffrey Clarke spoke at a conference last week and told a story of how he urged Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year to rename Windows RT because it couldn’t run traditional Windows applications. Clarke… Read More


Tech Moves: Motricity CEO leaves; Intel’s Otellini to retire; and more

Struggling mobile software company Motricity has replaced interim CEO Jim Smith, handing the reins over to Richard Stalzer. Stalzer previously served as president of the company’s Mobile Media division. Meanwhile, chief financial officer Nathan Fong has added the responsibilities of chief operating officer and general counsel Richard Sadowsky has been named chief administrative officer. “After restructuring… Read More


What bugs? Here comes Windows 8, ready or not

First things first: No piece of software the size of Windows is without bugs. And in this era of regular online updates, even a significant bug isn’t as significant as it might have been. But comments allegedly made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini to employees are raising questions about Windows 8 as Microsoft prepares for… Read More


Intel signals more rough times ahead for PC market

The global market for personal computers has been stagnant for a while now, and Intel this morning delivered some bad news for Microsoft as the Redmond company looks ahead to the upcoming Windows 8 launch. Intel reduced its forecast for its third-quarter revenue, saying it expects the number to range from $12.9 billion to $13.5… Read More


Paul Allen and Intel Capital bankroll Sand 9 to reduce dropped calls on cell phones

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital has joined with Intel Capital and other investors to bankroll Sand 9, a Cambridge, Massachusetts company working on technologies for micro-electromechanical systems or MEMS. The company says that its timing devices ensure synchronicity and stable operation in complex electronic devices such as smarthphones, tablet computers and communications infrastructure equipment. That… Read More


AMD and ARM get cozy with security deal, industry group

Chip maker AMD, holding its big software developer conference in Bellevue this week, announced a new partnership with ARM Holdings this morning that further aligns the behind-the-scenes technologies of the two companies. The partnership is viewed as an attempt to join forces against common rival Intel. Under the arrangement, AMD says it will develop a new… Read More


Cray to sell hardware assets, shift employees to Intel

Supercomputer giant Cray has announced it’s selling a hardware program and related intellectual property to Intel — and in the process, up to 74 Cray employees will join Intel and Cray will receive $140 million. Cray says that a definitive agreement has been reached to sell its interconnect hardware development program, technology which directs supercomputer… Read More


Intel paying RealNetworks $120M for patents and video codec software

Post updated at 7:45 a.m. Intel will pay RealNetworks $120 million in cash for a portfolio of 190 patents, 170 patent applications and the Seattle company’s next-generation video-codec software, under a deal announced this morning. RealNetworks says the deal represents a “significant number” of its patents, but the company will retain the right to use… Read More


Guest Post: Is Seattle the center of supercomputing?

Supercomputers were once the exclusive province of government spy agencies, research labs and academics. The top computer makers were the only vendors. Things have changed since Seymour Cray introduced the first machine at Control Data in 1965. One of the biggest changes is how many of the vendors are now in the Seattle area. With… Read More


Intel to cook up the ‘smart kitchen’ and other inventions at new UW research center

Dieter Fox, a University of Washington associate professor of computer science and engineering, has been chosen to co-lead the new Intel Science and Technology Center on the UW campus. The robotics and artificial intelligence researcher, working alongside Intel’s Anthony LaMarca, will develop new technologies that bring computing and sensing into “everyday devices and environments.” That… Read More


Wireless power for heart pumps: Medical breakthrough from UW researchers

Here’s an innovation that might just make Dick Cheney smile. Researchers from the University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are testing a wireless power transmission system that can be used to recharge mechanical heart pumps without a cord sticking out of the patient’s belly. The former vice president is perhaps the most famous… Read More