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Jon Peddie, the graphics guru, says the popular integrated graphics processor chipset known as the IGP and used in PCs for the last 11 years is only going to be around for a few more years. By 2012 it will have ceased to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor. Peddie calculates that 67% of the graphics chips shipped last year were IGPs. In 2011 the number will drop to 20%, and by 2013 it will be less than 1%. The first embedded graphics processor will be Intel's Westmere due in Q4, followed by AMD's Fusion processor due in the second quarter of 2011, both on a 32nm process. For a period of time between 2010 and 2012, he says, there will be three choices for graphics available: traditional discrete GPUs mounted on add-in boards and/or the motherboard, integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipsets, and processors with embedded graphics. One or more of th... (more)

How Green is Your Data Center?

Data Center “X” just announced a 2 MegaWatt expansion to their facility in Northern California. A major increase in data center capacity, and a source of great joy for the company. And the source of potentially 714 additional tons of carbon introduced each month into the environment. Many groups and organizations are gathering to address the need to bring our data centers under control. Some are focused on providing marketing value for their members, most others appear genuinely concerned with the amount of power being consumed within data centers, the amount of carbon being produced by data centers, and the potential for using alternative or clean energy initiatives within data centers. There are stories around which claim the data center industry is actually using up to 5% of power consumed within the United States, which if true, makes this a really important disc... (more)

American Power Conversion Launches Blade Readiness Assessment Service to Help Data Center Managers Successfully Deploy Blade Servers

WEST KINGSTON, R.I., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Power Conversion (APC), a leading global provider of high availability systems for network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), today announced its new Blade Readiness Assessment Service that provides IT professionals with an assessment of the feasibility of successfully deploying blade servers in their current data center installations. The Blade Readiness Assessment Service provides evaluations of essential data center NCPI components including power, cooling, facility and rack capabilities, as well as management systems. For each assessment, APC's Global Services staff conducts site surveys and provide a report that includes identifying constraints, as well as offering power and cooling enhancement options, and optimal blade deployment strategies. The assessment service also benchmarks the power ... (more)

Update: Cisco Innovation Strategy Fuels Data Center Transformation

HONOLULU, HI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/08/08 -- Cisco Partner Summit 2008 - Marking the next evolution of its network-enabled Data Center 3.0 vision to transform the data center into a virtualized environment providing anytime, anywhere access to content on any device, Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) today unveiled the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series of data center-class switches, introduced industry-leading interoperability via an ecosystem of application and systems partners and accelerated adoption with a data center channel partner enablement strategy. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series strengthens the company's existing data center switch portfolio and builds on its commitment to invest heavily over the next 18 months in new products and capabilities to help customers architect the next-generation data center, creating a new market opportunity for its channel partners. The development of... (more)

Applied Materials Launches Breakthrough E3 Equipment and Process Control Solution for Boosting Fab Productivity

Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied E3™ advanced equipment and process control solution, a comprehensive factory automation (FA) software package for improving the productivity and reducing the costs of semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary algorithms, the Applied E3 system can boost process capability by >30%, reduce unscheduled down time, and shorten cycle time to achieve up to a 20% increase in overall equipment effectiveness. The Applied E3 system uniquely integrates all critical equipment automation and process control components to deliver the most flexible, user-friendly and powerful fab-wide Equipment Engineering System solution on the market today. “Customers understand that equipment automation is a huge opportunity to exploit the unused potential of their existing as... (more)

Hollysys Automation Technologies Reports Unaudited Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2013 First Quarter Ended September 30, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hollysys Automation Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) ("Hollysys" or the "Company"), a leading provider of automation and control technologies and applications in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal year 2013 first quarter ended on September 30, 2012 (see attached tables). Q1 Financial Highlights Quarterly revenues of $88.1 million, representing an increase of 1.0% compared to $87.2 million  year-over-year, and an decrease of 0.1% compared to $88.1 million quarter-over-quarter. Gross margin at 34.4%, as compared to 37.8% year-over-year, and 41.4% quarter-over-quarter. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys of $15.8 million, representing an increase of 22.7% as compared to $12.8 million year-over-year, and an increase of 26.3% as compared to $12.5 million quarter-over-quarter. No... (more)

The Reason It Trades, What's Moving APC, WMT, ADBE and VLO

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Lockheed Martin Brings FireEye, Red Hat And Splunk To Its Cyber Security Alliance

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced that FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE),  Red Hat  (NYSE: RHT) and Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) have joined its Cyber Security Alliance and have agreed to collaborate on solutions that can enhance an intelligence driven defense approach to solve customers' hardest problems. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b ) The Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance combines the strengths of market leading companies' solutions and integrates their best practices, hardware, software, and tools within a research, development and collaboration center called the NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center. These new entrants join other alliance partners which include: APC by Schneider Electric, ArcSight, CA, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC Corporation and its RSA security division... (more)

Asia Plantation Capital: The Way Ahead for Investments in Today's Market

-- Asia Plantation Capital challenges the conventional views of traditional investments at the recent Global Investment Expert Asia 2015 forum. SINGAPORE, Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia Plantation Capital has been changing the face of alternative investments for both institutional and retail investors, by providing managed forestry, agricultural, and plantation services for more than a decade.  After the financial crisis of 2008 and the current fall in oil prices, investors are looking increasingly into alternative funds that are stable, and yet provide high returns. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150205/173707 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150205/173708 Forestry investments have recently seen an uptick in interest from pension funds, private equity investments, insurance companies and retail investors, due to the long term horizons which ... (more)

Virtualization Conference & Expo 2009 West: Call for Papers Closing

Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (more)

AFCOM's Data Center Institute Convenes at Data Center World to Provide Cloud Computing Guidance for Data Center Professionals

NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/10 -- AFCOM's Data Center Institute (DCI), a leading industry think-tank has convened at the AFCOM Data Center World 2010 to discuss concepts and approaches to cloud computing and what this technology means to data center professionals. Facilitated by DCI board advisor David S. Linthicum, the CTO of Bick Group, topics covered in the first on-site meeting included: making a business case for cloud computing within the data center; best practices and approaches to cloud computing from the perspective of the data center executive; and new data center skills needed to support cloud computing implementations. Moreover, approaches to cloud computing for enterprises, third party data center providers, and existing software providers moving to a cloud computing offering were discussed. These concepts and recommendations will be summari... (more)