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Apple is one of the companies that technology fans either love or hate. There is no denying that Apple makes some of the most compelling products in the tech world from notebooks to desktops and the iPhone its products are very popular.
Apple has released its Q1 earnings report with revenue of $15.68 billion for the quarter. Gross margin for the company was 40.9%. Over the quarter, Apple sold 3.36 million Mac computers, up 33% from the same quarter of the previous year. iPhone sales increased by 100% for the quarter.
In all 8.7 million iPhones were sold. Apple reports that it sold 21 million iPods. Despite the huge number of iPods sold, that number is down 8% from the same quarter of the previous year. Steve Jobs says Apple is now a $50 billion company.
After experiencing several years of financial losses, things are looking up for AMD once again with reported revenues of $1.65 Billion in Q4'2009 and net income of $1.18 Billion.
Had it not been for a $1.25 Billion settlement payment received due to an antitrust dispute with direct competitor Intel, we would have witnessed yet another reported loss. AMD's CEO Dirk Meyer is all smiles for 2010; "We enter 2010 having completed the transition to a fabless business model, reached a historic antitrust settlement, and made significant progress strengthening our balance sheet."
However, even with Intel's $1.25 Billion payment to AMD, it too reported revenues up by 28% for Q4'2009, reaching 10.6 Billion and a net profit of $2.3 Billion.
After a long drawn out litigation process concerning royalty payments, Samsung and Rambus have finally reached settlement this week in which Samsung has agreed to pay Rambus $900 Million. The $900M financial settlement is based on the following conditions :-
A one-time payment to Rambus of $200 million
Future payments of about $25 million per quarter for the next five years
Samsung's purchase of $200 million worth of Rambus stock
Under the agreement there will also be new technology collaboration between the two companies. Samsung has said that the settlement doesn't put a huge dint in its earnings as it had already set aside provisions and its shares were up 1.1% in midday trading in Seoul on Wednesday.
The Amazon Kindle is one of the most popular eReaders on the market and sold like crazy over the holiday season. Right now, the only type of content available on the device are books and magazines. Amazon is looking to add active content through.
Amazon has unveiled a new Kindle Development Kit (KDK) that will launch in limited beta next month. A limited number of developers will be allowed into the beta program to start with. They will be allowed to download the KDK to work on active apps for the reader.
The KDK includes code snippets, documents, and a simulator that can simulate both the Kindle and Kindle DX on Mac or PC platforms. Active content is expected later this year and will include games and other content types.
Word has come about that ATIC (Advanced Technology Investment Company) based in Abu Dhabi is looking to take full ownership of GlobalFoundries, whereby currently it is shared by both ATIC and AMD with AMD owning 34.2% of the company.
AMD are said to be very content with this as they are looking to leave the manufacturing business and stick to being a fab-less design company. Selling off part or perhaps all of its stake in GlobalFoundries will allow AMD to financially blossom by paying off remaining debts and invest more in R&D.
While no official announcement about the news has surfaced yet, we expect we'll be hearing more about this in the coming months.
Toshiba doesn't care that CES is only a week or so behind us, the company is unveiling some new computers that it is aiming at the business user. However, one of them sounds suspiciously like a gaming notebook having a mid-life crisis and looking for a new gig.
The first of the new notebooks is the Tecra A11. The machine has a 15.6-inch screen and uses a variety of new Intel processors for 2010. The machine can also be optioned with NVIDIA discrete graphics with pricing starting at $879. The Qosmio X500 is at its core a gaming notebook aimed at the user looking for a mobile workstation.
The machine has a Core i7-720QM processor, NVIDIA GTS 360M graphics, 8GB of RAM, and an 18.4-inch LCD. The beast even has Blu-ray with prices starting at $1549. The final two machines are the Satellite Pro L450 and L500 notebooks. The machines can be had with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and sport 15.6-inch LCDs. Windows XP or Windows 7 are the OS choices with pricing starting at $529 to $649.
Major semiconductor foundry TSMC is glad to report today that all prior issues regarding chips built on a 40nm process have now been resolved and yield rates are far improved. Mark Liu who is the senior VP of Operations has stated that the quality of its 40 nm node production is now almost as fine as its 65 nm one.
As TSMC is the supplier for both NVIDIA and AMD's graphics cards, this is certainly good news with AMD having been using 40 nm GPUs since its pre-gen HD 4770 and NVIDIA set to release its first billion transistor 40nm GPU in the GF100 towards the end of this quarter.
Further to the above good news, TSMC has also just finished construction of another new factory situated at the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) in Taiwan; this a part of the company's Fab 12. The new factory is for the purposes of 28 nm volume production by as early as Q3 of this year.
The global economy is down, but it is starting to pick back up. Computer sales increased this holiday season and spending is expected to pick up significantly in 2010 for the computer market and technology in general.
Intel has announced its Q4 2009 quarterly net revenue and the company did very well. Intel posted Q4 revenue of $10.6 billion with an operating income of $2.5 billion and a net income of $2.3 billion. Earnings per share were 40 cents.
For all of 2009, Intel posted revenue of $35.1 billion and a full year operating income of $5.7 billion with net income of $4.4 billion. Intel made a large portion of its yearly income in the last quarter of the year.
The rumors of that Apple tablet continue to make their rounds. The latest rumor has the tablet set to hit the market in the March or April time frame.
According the latest scuttlebutt, the need to make the 10.1-inch screen of the tablet stronger is what forced the tablet to be delayed to a Q1 launch. DigiTimes reports that Innolux will be the screen supplier for the tablet, at least for the initial shipments.
Later devices will reportedly have screens made by Wintek. Foxconn subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics is providing a glass strengthening process for the device and Foxconn will provide assembly of the tablet.
This past week rumors have been circulating around the good ole Internet that DFI is quitting the enthuaist and retail motherboard business.
We have heard plenty of rumors on the story that both claim that DFI is quitting and ones saying that DFI isn't quitting the business. I'll put it out in the open that we had it from a reliable source last night over an IM chat that DFI is indeed quitting from January 2010, but is trying to kills the rumors as it still wants to sell the rest of its stock and use the parts its ordered from the likes of Intel and Foxconn.
To be honest, I don't know what to believe. However, we just received an email from Alex Cheng at DFI reiterating that no such decision has been made for DFI to quit the business. Here is what we got from Alex:
We are surprised to hear the rumor, although it's not the first time to see the news. We never heard such decision and were told to do so. Besides, RD still keeps developing new products and releasing new BIOS. Our recent product plans are as follows:
1. Releasing BIOS for X58 to support Intel 6-core 32 nm processor, code-named Gulftown.
2. Promoting and developing Hybrid system and technology.
3. After launching MI P55-T36, we are planning and developing more MI products.
4. For high end market, our product design of AMD 890 was just rendered to AMD for review.
From these plans, it is clear to tell that DFI LANParty is still developing and preparing more innovative products in the market. Such rumors should be just ignored.
We will have to wait and see what happens. These rumors have floated around about DFI in the past and they didn't turn out true. I visited the DFI HQ here in Taipei only a little while ago to get an exclusive look at its Hybrid motherboard (P45 + ION - Two Systems, One Mobo) and things looked pretty active around the office to me, not like a business unit that was about to be shut down. Things change, though...
More to come as the story develops!