UPDATE 2: Dell to ship AMD-based desktop PCs in September

Round Rock (TX) - Confirming earlier rumors about a possible extension of the business relationship with AMD, Dell announced today that it will be building AMD processors into its "Dimension" desktop computers and 2P server products. Chief executive Kevin Rollins hinted that AMD will not only fill a gap in Dell's portfolio, but will also be a tool to convince Intel to drop its prices.

Intel prepares massive phase out of 90 nm desktop CPUs

Intel will phase out production of almost all of its 90nm-made desktop CPUs by the end of 2006 as the company transitions to 65nm, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Server shipments may reach 8 million units in 2007

Worldwide demand for servers has been climbing, with shipments likely to hit eight million units next year, compared to seven million units in 2005, according to industry sources.

Healthy DRAM pricing persists, NAND flash sees upward trend

Spot prices for DRAM remained stable last week, amid a tight supply of DDR and warming demand for DDR2.

HP's fiscal Q3 profits surge to $1.4 billion

Hewlett-Packard (HP) delivered a solid fiscal third quarter with revenues climbing 5% to $21.9 billion year over year.

Apple attacked by Vikings

Regulators representing the Nordic states are set to meet in Reykjavik, Iceland later this this month.

Yankee says Sony will sell 30 million PS3 consoles within five years

As we are getting closer to the release of Sony's and Nintendo's third-generation game consoles, more market research firms are releasing their sales forecasts.

Simplo profits from Dell's urgent battery orders

Simplo Technology chairman Raymond Sung has confirmed that the company has received urgent orders for 400,000 battery modules from Dell after the US computer giant announced a recall of about 4.1 million Dell-branded notebook-use lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony due to fire risk.

AMD increases Athlon 64 X2 CPU shipments for H2

AMD aims to ship a total of 9.8 million Socket-AM2 and Socket-939 Athlon 64 X2 processors in the second half of this year, sources familiar with the chip vendor's roadmap noted.

Asustek may give up network IC business, says paper

Asustek Computer is currently in talks with US-based Agere to sell its 65.25%-owned subsidiary, Attansic Technology, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily .

U3 starts billing 5% royalty fee

Sandisk and M-Systems will start billing a 5% royalty fee from NAND flash disk drive makers that adopt the U3 platform, according to sources at controller IC design houses.

Dell recalls 4.1 million notebook batteries

Austin (TX) - After several reports of self-combusting laptops, Dell is recalling millions of lithium-ion batteries. More than 4.1 million batteries for the Dell Latitude, Inspiron and Precision notebooks are being recalled. The batteries were made by Sony and were sold between April 2004 and July 18, 2006.

Why does AOL need another IM platform provider?

UPDATE 14 August 2006 4:30 pm ET Dulles (VA) - While it's clear that AOL has been undertaking a serious attempt to rebuild its waning image, among both professional and consumer clients, today's announced acquisition of a small builder of business instant messaging deployment tools called Userplane has investors and consumers both asking questions today.

Micron aims to triple NAND-flash market share in two years

With its 50nm NAND flash chips slated to volume production in early 2007, Micron Technology intends to be more aggressive in the market.

Supply for 5G glass to run tight

The supply of fifth-generation (5G) glass substrates will soon run tight, amid rising demand, according to market sources.

Apple, Nvidia face the wrath of the SEC after bad options news

This morning, MarketWatch reports Apple Computer has received a warning letter from the NASDAQ exchange advising the company it faces possible delisting from its list of traded stock issues, if it delays its filing of a quarterly report much further.

Backdated stock option grants force Apple to delay quarter report

Apple officially confirmed in a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it will be delaying the filing of its Q2 report, which covers the financial period from 1 April to 30 June.

Go Daddy cancels planned IPO

Domain registrar Go Daddy has decided not to attempt an initial public offering, citing difficult market conditions, the company said.

Sanyo and Quanta to start a global TV business alliance in October

Sanyo Electric and Quanta Computer have decided to form a strategic alliance for their global TV businesses.

Nvidia next to review stock option practices

The list of companies that are reviewing stock option grants continues to grow. Next in line is Nvidia which announced during its second quarter earnings conference call that "the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors is conducting a voluntary review of the Company's stock option practices covering the time from the Company's initial public offering in 1999 through the current fiscal year."