It looks like AMD is trying to develop a new revenue stream and also create some additional competition for Intel. Ever since AMD bet the farm on purchasing ATi they have been taking a back seat to Intel. The reasons are many, but one of the big ones was not having enough money for R&D for multiple concurrent projects. After the ATi buy failed to yield results quickly they had to start cutting corners. R&D and marketing were some of the first places hit. Now, many years (and a number of CEOs) later AMD is still fighting to be relevant. They have some solid ideas, but just to not have the capital to put them all on the table at once.
IBM has announced that they will take over Cloudant, specialized in services related to the database based in the “cloud”. Developers of mobile and Internet applications can use Cloudant's non-relational systems for managing databases used for storing large amounts of complex unstructured data.
IBM's Research Laboratory achieved a great progress in the development of graphene microchip. Their engineers have managed to create an integrated chip of graphene instead of silicon, which shows several times better performance than all previous graphene chips. This big jump occurred because of the discovery of methods of depositing graphene on a substrate, which is stacked in a way that integrated circuits are not damaged, which was not possible until now.
From Lenovo Group Ltd. announced that they have reached an agreement with IBM for the sale of their departments for production servers. After they in the 2012 from the same company purchased unsuccessful ThinkPad Department for $1.75 billion, and made him the world's leading manufacturers they have now decided to make a similar move with the server department of IBM.
IBM has released details about their new processor from Power Line 8, which should have 12 cores. New IBM processor is one of the last competitors in x86 architecture, to processors from Intel and AMD, which have already taken most of the server market. But IBM is still earning billions of dollars selling servers and supercomputers based on Power chips.
IBM has acquired the Israeli company Trusteer specialized in security solutions through business whose total value is estimated at one billion dollars.
IBM could soon sell its department of x86 architecture servers, says the Wall Street Journal. According to well-informed unofficial sources, IBM is already in negotiations for the sale of this department that genrated generated 4.9 of the total 15.4 billion dollars in revenue from the sale of servers.
The consumer electronic market is an interesting one. It is probably one of the only markets (with the exception of possibly the auto industry) to have the massive number of incorrect segmenting of products. One of the biggest areas of segmentation (incorrect segmentation) is in the “PC” market. Here the competition for products is insane. Back in the early days (the days when we had IBM Compatibles) things were relatively simple; at least they were on the surface. When you walked into a store and looked for a computer (if you were at all interested in having one back in the mid-90s) you saw IBM’s and their clones. One of the first computers I was exposed to was the Osborne One which actually predates the original IBM PC and the consolidation of the market in the early to mid-80s. In fact it was the introduction of the IBM PC combined with the Kaypro II portable that ended up killing Osborne and their chance in the market.
IBM has developed flexible circuits that are 10,000 times thinner than paper and can be bent. These circuits are "peeled" from pieces of silicon and mounted on a thin piece of flexible plastic. The application of these circuits is intended for the devices like curved and folded computers as well as mobile phones and medical equipment. These parts should provide flexibility along with a relatively high computing power.
There has been quite a lot written about IBM's Watson. The supercomputer that once won on the famous quiz show Jeopardy!. One of the most covered topics is about the algorithms which provide an excellent understanding of conversational language. This nice bit of programming not only understands what’s spoken, but it also sounds human, with sentences that use informal relaxed syntax and vocabulary of everyday life.