PC Briefs: IBM, Dell

PC Briefs: IBM, Dell

IBM looking for Power developers

IBM will roll out developer resources for the company’s Power microprocessor architecture, with the goal of building what it describes as a community of innovation around the platform. Resources are for both application and chip developers. Included will be a Power Architecture portal, technical training and software downloads for developers evaluating IBM middleware running on Linux and Power Architecture systems, which include the eServer iSeries and pSeries servers.

The portal is to be the first step in building a broader community around the architecture, according to IBM. Developers using the portal could establish a governance model to guide future directions for innovation and collaboration, the company said. Also featured is Power Architecture Pack, a no-cost evaluation pack for designers to build custom Power chips in a simulation environment. The Power Architecture was used in systems ranging from games to PCs to servers and supercomputers, IBM said.

Dell reports soaring revenue, net income

Dell’s first-quarter revenue and net income has soared on strong sales of high-margin products such as servers and notebooks. Revenue for the first quarter in Dell’s 2005 fiscal year (the period ended April 30) was $US11.5 billion, up 21 per cent from the first quarter of last year and slightly more than the $US11.4 billion expected by industry analysts polled by Thomson First Call. Net income was $US731 million, up 22 per cent from the $US598 million Dell earned in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Earnings per share were $US0.28, equalling analyst estimates from Thomson First Call. Server shipments increased 24 per cent, and notebook shipments rose 39 per cent. The growth in shipments exceeded that of other industry vendors in both categories, Dell claimed.

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