Notebook News: Dell Poaches HP Exec, Gateway in Canada, Laptops in Medicine, New Intel CEO and Chips

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Scandal: Dell Poaches HP Notebook Executive

Dell hates HP, HP hates Dell.  It’s a good relationship in that it’s a two way street.  Well, Dell added fuel to the fire of the rivalry by today hiring away longtime Compaq/HP Senior Vice President of Mobile Computing Alex Gruzen.  Gruzen will be in charge of Dell’s rapidly growing and very strong notebook business.  The marching orders for Gruzen at Dell will no doubt be “outsell and bury HP”.

Gateway Notebooks to Be Available at Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada

Gateway is invading retail stores north of the US border now.  Last month Gateway announced it would sell its notebooks and PCs in Best Buy stores across the US.  They also acquired eMachines in March, eMachine’s products were already being sold in Best Buy and other retail locations across the country.

The agreement significantly increases Gateway’s presence in Canada, where the company has been selling PCs for more than four years. The company’s notebook and desktop PCs will also be available via BestBuy.com and FutureShop.com.  Look for these Gateway computers to show up in August.

Duke University Researchers Use Laptop to Record Hearth Rhythms and Diagnose Problems

Duke University in North Carolina has developed a way for doctors to use a laptop computer and sensors placed in a persons chest to easily detect early warning signs of atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition that can later lead to heart failure and stroke.  A laptop fitted with a receiver is used to pick up radio signals sent from sensors placed in the persons chest.  If the doctors see a problem, they can then use the laptop to send a signal to the sensors to actually shock the heart, which fixes the AF problem.  This is interesting stuff and will allow for remote monitoring of patients down the road.  Maybe one day we’ll all be using laptops to pick up signals sent from sensors in our bodies, and then if a problem is detected we can hit Enter on the keyboard to accept an electrical shock or whatever other type of treatment offered. 

More on this story from the BBC website:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3552408.stm

Future Intel CEO Interviewed, First Intel CEO Without Engineering Degree

CNet.com has an interesting interview with the future CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini.  Craig Barret, the current Intel CEO, is stepping down next year.  Otellini spent most of his time at Intel as a Product Manager.  Otellini will be the fifth ever Intel CEO, but the first not to come from an engineering background.  This sort of fits the role of what Intel has become in the world of technology now.  They’re definitely still a company that innovates, but they’re also as much marketing as they are technology now.  Just observe the Centrino and Intel Inside branding labels.  Centrino is by no means a technology innovation, it’s simply a term used for a notebook that has an Intel Pentium M chip and an Intel manufactured internal wireless card.  People perceive a Centrino notebook as somehow being better than a non-Centrino one though, even if that case is the opposite.  For instance, a Pentium M notebook with a top of the line internal Atheros wireless chipset is not a Centrino notebook, but it’s wireless could well perform better than an Intel supplied internal wireless chipset.

Anyway, if you read the interview you’ll see that Otellini will likely push Intel further into being a more consumer electronics/digital home/marketing style of company rather than just a think tank of geeky engineers producing the next best computer chip.  That ships 12 months late, but that’s another issue.

Story Link: http://news.com.com/Intel’s+new+boss–just+like+the+old+boss%3F/2008-1006_3-5305899.html

Intel to Discontinue Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.20GHz

Unveiled in Fall 2003, the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.20GHz chip is already meeting its end.  “Market demand for the Intel Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading technology 3.20GHz with 800MHz processor system bus in mPGA478 packaging has shifted to higher performance Intel processors,â€? the company said in a statement sent to clients.

Intel is alluding to the fact its 3.60GHz and 3.80GHz Pentium 4 processors will replace the 3.20GHz EE edition. 

More on this move by Intel from xbitlats.com: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20040807015441.html

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