10 Takeaways From Intel’s Q1 Results

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.} is red hot. The company blew away analysts' revenue and profit estimates in the first quarter, boosting its stocks on the equity market. The stocks rose 7 percent by midday today, April 20, and helped to lift the major indices. What made Intel so successful during the quarter was carefully laid out…

GPU War Goes Mobile, Pitching AMD vs. ARM vs. Intel

The world's largest graphics processing unit (GPU) suppliers are split over what central processing units (CPUs) to combine with their graphics devices for mobile applications. While {complink 103|Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)} backs the performance and compatibility features that x86 designs offer, {complink 3926|Nvidia Corp.} is packing low-power {complink 444|ARM Ltd.} cores with its graphics…

What’s Next for PC-Centric Acer?

Since the March 31 resignation of {complink 38|Acer Inc.} CEO Gianfranco Lanci, consensus has been that he was unceremoniously pushed out because of the rapid growth in demand for tablets from {complink 379|Apple Inc.} and other equipment vendors. That may be partly true, but indications are that it’s not the entire picture. In fact, a…

Acer Needs a New CEO, Plus a New Tagline

{complink 38|Acer Inc.} used to market itself as one of the world's leading desktop PC and notebook manufacturers. Even now, promotional materials on the company's website proudly proclaim its position as the “No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks.” I fully expect Acer to drop that tagline within months. Why? It's no longer fashionable, profitable,…

What Will Happen to PCs as Tablets Surge?

In 2009, OEMs shipped about 2 million tablet computers before {complink 379|Apple Inc.} jumped into the market. In 2010, the iPad sparked roaring demand for tablets, and shipment jumped to 19.7 million units. The giddy year-over-year growth offers a striking insight into the future of tablets and the potential havoc they will create in the…