Notebook News: AMD Settles Suit, HP and 11 Million Laptops, In Flight Internet

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AMD Settles in $25 million chip Technology Dispute

In the world of high-tech its a story of sue and be sued.  The company Intergraph has been chasing AMD around the US Courts for a few years now and finally won their case.  AMD will pay Intergraph $10 million and shell out 2 per cent of the profits from its microprocessor business over the next three years (2005-2007).  However, the 2 percent profit is capped at $5 million per year.  AMD is actually quite happy with this settlement., last month Intel had to settle for $225 million with lawsuit happy Intergraph.  Intergraph has been seeking compensation for its high-end processor patents that it claims AMD infringed upon.

HP Goal: Ship 11 Million Notebooks This Year

HP is giddy with enthusiasm with its prospects of selling notebooks this year. Last year they shipped 6.5 million notebooks  and this year their goal was to ship and sell 10 million notebooks (a heady increase over last year). However, HP has now announced that they think 11 million is more of a number they’d like to achieve this year.  DigiTimes.com has the full report:

Digtimes.com HP Article

Broadband In Flight

Many people take their laptop computers onboard a plane, but using the internet while flying was never something you would assume you could do.  Until now.  A subsidiary of U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing is set to offer airborne broadband Internet connections to airline passengers.

The subsidiary, Connexion by Boeing, said it will roll out full-service broadband access on Lufthansa flights out of Germany at the end of the month, BBC News Online reported.

Boeing has leased capacity from satellites and ground stations in the United States, Japan and across Europe. The stations should provide full coverage in all of those areas, company officials said, adding they plan to extend the service to routes over Australia, South America and South Africa in the future.

Users of the service will need to bring their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PDA although some airlines will also provide Ethernet connections.

 

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