AMD gets MS support
Advanced Micro Devices has gained crucial support from Microsoft for its forthcoming 64-bit processor family, code-named Hammer. Microsoft plans to offer versions of its Windows operating system that can run on Hammer. AMD's new chips will compete primarily with Intel's Xeon and Itanium processors, the company said. The first 64-bit processors for desktop and notebook computers are due on the market later this year, with server processors scheduled to be available next year. The chipmaker also revealed that server and workstation versions of the chip due in the first half of next year will take the brand name "Opteron".
IDC: Apple unit sales up
IDC has released its first-quarter market numbers and things look good for Apple. According to IDC's report, Apple's unit sales were up 5.4 per cent on a worldwide basis for the quarter, both sequentially and in year-on-year figures. IDC gives credit to the flat-panel iMac for its strong sales, which move the company up from the number 10 spot to number 9 in the worldwide market. Apple's sales also increased in the US by 6.9 per cent sequentially. In comparison, Dell grew 19 per cent to just over 3 million units; IBM grew 2 per cent to 577,000 units; and HP remained steady with 1.1 million units sold.
TSMC optimistic after Q1
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, last week reported its net income for the first quarter of 2002 totalled $A350 million on net sales of $A1.9 billion. Compared to the same period last year, TSMC's net income was down 21.8 per cent while net sales declined 9.4 per cent. However, the first quarter, which is historically the slowest quarter of the year for TSMC, showed the third consecutive increase in both net sales and net income, rising 8 per cent and 46 per cent, respectively, over the fourth quarter of 2001, the company said. TSMC believes this trend will continue.