been watching my April 19 24.00 calls lose value too quickly. I might dump them all if there is a small bump this afternoon. INTEL may have a great future and even a surprise at earnings. Safer to buy it on an earnings run up than watch the time line die.
Intel Makes the Next Move in Smartwatches
By Trey Thoelcke58 minutes ago
Intel Corp. (INTC) has made the latest move in wearable devices by reportedly acquiring smartwatch maker Basis Science. The details were not revealed, but it is believed to have cost Intel between $100 million and $150 million, giving it around 7% of the wearable fitness tracker market.
Basis Science makes the Basis Health Tracker Watch, which monitors such things as steps taken during the day, calories burned, sleep quality, and physiological metrics like heart rate and encourages the user to make healthier choices. Intel gains an already-established company with a fair market share and technology already available. The smartwatch and its designers could provide a platform for Intel to establish its own designs and features.
Intel demonstrated an interest in wearable devices at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. There it introduced its Jarvis Bluetooth headset and announced a smart chip it called Edison. And CEO Brian Krzanich hinted the company might be working with partners to bring new wearable designs to market.
But Intel enters a space where rivals are already entrenched. Samsung and LG have wearable devices available, and Google Inc. (GOOG) is expected to include a smartwatch as part of the next-generation Nexus release. Competitors Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) and Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN) currently supply much of the market with the sensors used in wearables.
We’ve hit a real dry patch for SATA-based SSD technology. Most current leading solid state drives are pushing the upper limits of the 6Gbps SATA interface at about 500MB/sec in read-write bandwidth. And it’s growing increasingly harder for major manufacturers to differentiate, though Intel INTC -0.12% just stepped out with a new mainstream SSD offering that offers a solid new option in storage and puts them back in the game in terms of overall performance.
The new Intel SSD 730 Series Solid State Drive is an enthusiast-class, consumer-targeted SSD that is based on the same Intel-built controller and NAND Flash design that the company exployed with their DC S3500 series SSD for the enterprise market. However, with the SSD 730 series, Intel has kicked up its controller clock speed by 50 percent and the NAND Flash interface by another 20 percent. It’s logical to think that endurance would suffer under these operating conditions but in fact, Intel warranties the new SSD 730 series for 5 years and rates the drive for 70 gigabytes of writes per day.
Intel’s SSD 730 Series Solid State Drive
Performance-wise, the drive really puts out, offering top-shelf read IO throughput, especially with small random 4K transfers and large sequential reads. Overall, across a good range of data transfer sizes and types and incompressible or compressible data, the Intel SSD 730 series is what you might call a “utility player.” It consistently does well with just about anything you throw at it.
From a cost perspective, Intel’s MSRPs are a little on the pricey side at about $1 per GiB, with pricing set at $249 for the 240GB drive and $489 for the 480GB variant. However, since Intel doesn’t quite have these in the channel yet, street pricing is an unknown and it could be lower. I’d suspect we’ll see more competitive pricing once these
[You don't get it. WW has a personality disorder. He's rigid, obsessive, can't see other points of view, and doesn't understand the mechanics of the market. ]
I swear I didn't look at the intitials at first and thought you were talking about Obama.
Yes, of course, Alexander, you hit the nail on the head. I still make money buying dips and selling them the next day or two. I did very well last year March through July. I almost did as well as when MCK was under a cloud of suspect financials. Cramer and all the analysts said stay away. I got it at 24 and road it steady.
Unfortunately more times moving down than up. I saw yessterday as a chance to dump a bunch of calls I had bought for expiration tomorrow. I saw that incredibly low volume and thought this may happen. You never know what will happen with this stock as it is so "controlled" by the Options market maker.
feb. 25, 2014DH Kass | The VAR Guy
Intel rolled out a series of new chips and agreements at the Mobile World Congress to give more heft to its mobile push and stake a claim that it will play a major role in the Internet-of-Everything.
Intel president Renee James sets IoE strategy
Now Intel (INTC) wants in on the Internet-of-Everything—using the narrower nomenclature "Internet-of-Things" but fundamentally the chip maker’s referencing the same thing—a fabric of billions of connected devices talking to one another producing volumes of data heretofore unknown to technologists.
Intel used the Mobile World Congress conference not only to roll out a series of new chips and agreements to give more heft to its mobile push but also to stake a claim that it, too, will play a major role in the Next Big Thing. After all, there’s gobs of money to be made in an opportunity Cisco Systems (CSCO), among others, pegs at some $20 trillion worldwide.
At MWC, on the product side the chip maker offered up its 64-bit Atom processor, formerly code-named Merrifield, and previewed its next generation 64-bit, quad-core Atom processor for Android-based smartphones and tablets, code-named Moorefield. The vendor also detailed its new XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced platform chip and said it is shipping larger numbers of its XMM 7160 multimode LTE platform.
"We are entering 2014 with a very competitive mobile portfolio spanning application processors and communications platforms that will only get stronger,
I remember a ssimilar situation in the old HiFi days. The raced for and boasted of specs that were far above the range of human hearing. It was of course the same appeal to the consumerr..."mine's better". Of course that market is gone now, although it was huge.
It’s often said that consumers don’t care about the processors in their smartphones, at least not the way users compared chips in their PCs. To judge by the action in Barcelona this week, that assumption may be fading.
Semiconductor companies including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek are using Mobile World Congress for product announcements that seem tailored for people who like to brag about handset specs. Somewhat surprisingly, many of those people seem to be in China and other emerging economies, where a technology-aware middle class is growing.
MediaTek, for example, is using the MWC event to promote a marketing campaign called “Everyday Genius” that stresses high-end technology features for phones at price points closer to midrange handsets.
“In the emerging markets the middle class is going to be huge,” says Mohit Bhushan, a vice president and general manager for U.S. business development at the Taiwan-based company.
One of the most-discussed features is 64-bit computing. Apple set the bar with this feature last fall with the A7 chip in its latest iPhones. The benefit of a 64-bit processor in a phone is hotly debated, since such chips are typically used to tap big pools of memory–bigger than most smartphones can accommodate.
Another craze is increasing the number of processor cores, the calculating engines that run apps on chips. Samsung Electronics was first last year to offer eight of them, scooping rivals who had been offering two or four cores. Such “octacore” chips have not widely impressed analysts with their performance. Indeed, Qualcomm executive Anand Chandrasekher included eight-core chips on a list of “things that are dumb” last summer.
Chandrasekher also said unflattering things about 64-bit chips after Apple’s move; he was later demoted by Qualcomm.
Monday, Qualcomm on Monday unveiled two new 64-bit chips of its own, one of which also has eight cores. Both support a new variant of fast LTE networking. Cristiano Amon, a Qualcomm executiv
Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox disappears in blow to virtual currency
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Mock Bitcoins are displayed on a table in an illustration picture taken in Berlin in this January 7, 2014 file photo. Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, looked to have essentially disappeared on February 25, 2014, with its website down, its founder unaccounted for and a Tokyo office empty bar a handful of protesters saying they had lost money investing in the virtual currency. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/File
By Ruairidh Villar and Sophie Knight
• Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox disappears in blow to virtual currency Reuters
• Mt. Gox's CEO resigns from Bitcoin Foundation Reuters
• Bitcoin exchange to resume withdrawals after slump CNBC
• Mt. Gox's CEO resigns from Bitcoin Foundation Reuters
• Website of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox offline Associated Press
TOKYO (Reuters) - Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, looked to have essentially disappeared on Tuesday, with its website down, its founder unaccounted for and a Tokyo office empty bar a handful of protesters saying they had lost money investing in the virtual currency.
The digital marketplace operator, which began as a venue for trading cards, had surged to the top of the bitcoin world, but critics - from rival exchanges to burned investors - said Mt. Gox had long been lax over its security.
It was not clear what has become of the exchange, which this month halted withdrawals indefinitely after detecting "unusual activity." A global bitcoin organization referred to the exchange's "exit," while angry investors questioned whether it was still solvent.
A document circulating on the internet, and purporting to be a crisis plan for the exchange, said more than 744,000 bitcoins were "missing due to malleability-related theft", and noted Mt. Gox had $174 million in liabilities against $32.75 million
Alcatel-Lucent, Intel Drive Mobile Operators Cloud Adoption
Feb. 25, 2014Chris Talbot | Talkin' Cloud
At the Mobile World Congress, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel expanded their existing partnership to help drive adoption of cloud among mobile operators around the world.
Alcatel-Lucent and Intel (INTC) have plans to bring more mobile operators into the cloud world. The two vendors announced at Mobile World Congress an enhanced strategic partnership that will, in part, focus on the further development and optimization of Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand network functions virtualization (NFV) platform.
The global partnership is intended to accelerate the mobile industry's move to the cloud, and although there are other aspects of the partnership, the key cloud-related one is around CloudBand. The NFV platform is a critical part of Alcatel-Lucent's recently announced NFV roadmap.
CloudBand presents service providers with a way to bring cloud computing and IT technologies to the network domain. Telecom carriers and other service providers around the world have been jumping into the business of providing cloud services to consumers and businesses, and mobile operators are starting to play a larger role in the space.
Included in CloudBand are hardware and software stacks that enables the aggregation of distributed cloud nodes and provides a single view of the entire NFV infrastructure.
According to Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, the last year has shown an accleration of changes and innovation in the mobile industry, and he noted that his company is well-positioned to provide service providers with the architecture they need to build their own cloud offerings.
"Intel is working with industry leaders such as Alcatel-Lucent to leverage server and virtualization technology in telecom networks, data centers and the cloud, with the goal of reducing costs and making it easier to deploy new services," said Renee James,
Alcatel Lucent Teams with Intel, Telefonica
By Zacks Equity Research 13 hours ago
Alcatel Lucent Soci (ALU) recently extended its collaboration with Intel Corporation (INTC) for conducting research and development in cloud and security technologies. The alliance of the two companies is aimed to enhance the development of innovative technologies like Network Functions Virtualization (:NFV).
NFV is intended to provide telecom operators with maximum benefits from their Internet Protocol (IP) networks, including the Long Term Evolution (:LTE) infrastructure. The new technology is designed to substitute the hardware deployed at present with software solutions for the network. The software solutions, being more flexible, are expected to drive up innovation in the products and services while reducing costs significantly.
The two companies will invest together in the research and development of this technology. Areas of significant importance for research are Alcatel-Lucent's Virtualized Radio Access Networks (:RAN), Cloud Platform and the High-performance Packet Processing for advanced IP/Multi-protocol label switching (:MPLS) platforms and functions.
The integrated development of this trio would enhance LTE wireless solutions as well as the company’s CloudBand NFV platform to ensure an efficient testing, validation and deployment of the new technology. Furthermore, Intel’s expertise will enhance the company’s solutions for the virtual IP networks using the structured MPLS technology.
Separately, to further enhance the NFV, Alcatel-Lucent has also signed an agreement with a Spanish telecom company, Telefonica, S.A. (TEF). The two companies will be collaborating for an efficient virtualization of the network using Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV platform.
Prior to this, in Sep 2013, these two companies had an alliance for developing the 4G LTE network infrastructure. While in 2004, Intel and Alcatel-Lucent ha
Intel Corporation (INTC) Offerings Remain Vibrant, Hold Upside
by VW StaffFebruary 24, 2014, 6:00 pm
BMO Capital Markets analysts Ambrish Srivastava, Gabriel Ho and Kulin Patel rate Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) as an Outperform as they attend Intel’s data center event and conjure up some key takeaways.
This past week we attended a data center event hosted by Intel, where the company launched its next-generation Xeon E7 v2 product family. This is Intel’s high-end server product line. Following are some of our key takeaways.
Key takeaways from Intel’s data center event
This is Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s scalable two-, four-, and eight-socket high-end offering, and Intel showcased key benchmarks such as 2x the performance, 3x the memory capacity, and about 4x I/O bandwidth versus the prior-generation product. Intel also quoted a 148x performance improvement with the E7 v2 using an in-memory database solution versus the prior E7 which uses an older disk-based database solution.
The list of customers and partners was impressive and ranged from direct customers such as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) (IBM, $182.79, Market Perform, by Keith Bachman), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) ($29.79 Market Perform, by Keith Bachman), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) ($22.13 Outperform, Tim Long), and end customers such as VelociData (data analytics solutions), the London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LON:LSE) (£20.03, Market Perform, by Jillian Miller), and eBay (EBAY, $54.59, Outperform, by Edward Williams).
Overall, while Intel’s DCG numbers disappointed last quarter, the offerings remain vibrant and aim at targeting higher growth applications
ARM Holdings plc vs Intel Corporation: Sell Rating on ARM Confirmed as INTC Launch XMM 7260
Details Category: Share Price Drivers Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:48 Written by Will Peters
ARM Holdings plc is likely to see further royalty growth pressures ahead as Intel Corp step up their presence on traditional ARM turf.
ARM Holdings plc (LON:ARM) has potentially been dealt a further blow to future royalty growth thanks to the release of a new competitor product to the market.
At MWC yesterday Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) launched its next generation LTE modem, the XMM 7260 as well as its new application processor, Merrifield.
"We see the XMM 7260 as being especially significant given that has similar specifications as Qualcomm's leading edge solutions. It is a cat 6 modem covering 30 bands and providing carrier aggregation," note Liberum Capital in an initial analysis of the event.
Liberum suggest Intel believes that it will be a clear no.2 in the LTE modem market by the end of this year through customers like Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, and Dell.
"We believe the lack of a competitive LTE modem was a key factor in Intel's lack of success in the smartphone market so far. The XMM 7260 is likely to have a relatively high apps processor attach rate, particularly outside Samsung. Intel also remained comfortable with it's targeted 40mn tablet shipments this year but did not provide any targeted shipment number for smartphones," say Liberum.
Liberum believe the introduction of Merrifield, the XMM 7260, as well as the integrated solution expected to ship in H2'14 should enable Intel to gradually gain share in smartphones as well, similar to the trend already visible in tablets.
"This is expected to put further pressure on ARM Holding plc's (ARM) royalty growth, amidst already slowing trends in smartphone and tablet demand," says an analyst note on the matter.
Liberum maintain their Sell rating on ARM shares.
Your Humpty reports are interesting in that you saay there is no need for reality in the good trading of ARMH, So I draw the inference from you that reality is the cause of investor selling of INTC.
It is true that INTEL has a chip for every use. Even the smallest to the most powerful. Soon enough more and more vendors will be with the "go to" corp for ready products as well as assistance creating for their specific needs.