Virident Makes Flash Memory Go Green

The last time I sat down with Raj Parekh was eight years ago. He was involved with Comstellar Technologies, a telecom incubator that he started with Raj Singh (Fiberlane, that turned into Siara Systems, Cerent & Cyras –- all of which sold for many billions of dollars) and former CEO of Telcordia, Sanjiv Ahuja (who until recently was CEO of Orange).

It was the heyday of telecom bubble and, getting caught up in the euphoria, it was described as a MetaCompany that wanted to cash in on the telecom boom. We all know how that boom ended. Parekh, Singh and Ahuja went their separate ways and eventually we lost touch. So when Parekh emailed I was intrigued and wanted to know what he was up to now.

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AMD launches the Puma

Amd_turion_x2_ultra_logoAMD has upped the ante in the mobile processor space with the launch of their latest notebook computing platform, informally known as Puma.  From the press release:

COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 4, 2008 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of its next-generation notebook platform, delivering the ultimate HD visual performance and increased energy efficiency on the go. The platform features new AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processors with ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series Graphics for superior 3D performance and HD image quality, with industry-leading wireless for greater throughput and range. AMD customers overwhelmingly embrace the new platform, as evidenced by more than double the number of design wins compared to the last major AMD Turion processor introduction. These new notebook designs come from leading OEMs including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, MSI, NEC and Toshiba.

This next-generation AMD notebook platform also serves as the foundation for new AMD Business Class, AMD GAME! and AMD LIVE!™ notebook solutions.

“AMD is uniquely positioned to deliver balanced platform solutions that tightly couple computing and graphics capabilities for a visually rich user experience,” said Dirk Meyer, president and COO, AMD. “Our next-generation AMD notebook platform contains a host of interrelated innovations that together deliver enhanced business productivity and the ultimate in HD visual performance on the go.”

Yahoo Counters Google’s Mobile Onslaught With Voice

yhoo.jpg Yahoo, with the second generation of its oneSearch product, has thrown down the gauntlet in the mobile search wars. Whereas Google employed a clean and easy-to-use interface to win over the desktop space, Yahoo is trying to make gains in the mobile space by taking a different approach: voice.

The more time I spend with my mobile, the more I realize what a godawful pain it is — even with a QWERTY keyboard — to type. Anything that would make the process less time-consuming (and free up my hands) is welcome, and is precisely the reason I use voice services such as Jott and Goog-411.
So using voice (powered by Vlingo) for oneSearch is a compelling proposition.

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Attack Your Online Clutter

Last week, we talked about ways of eliminating the file clutter in your life. Now let’s take care of the mess online:

1. Read It Later. A very cool Firefox extension from the Idea Shower, Read It Later sits in Firefox’s toolbar with two simple icons: one to save your current page to a reading list, and another to serve you with a page from your reading list. You can also right-click on links that you want to read later, which is useful on social bookmarking sites such as delicious or Digg, or on your favorite blog (such as Web Worker Daily).

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Yo Yahoo! Coming soon ain’t prime time

Yahoo is making some noise this morning, and it has got nothing to do with Terry Semel, Jerry Yang, Rupert Murdoch, and Sue Decker. Yahoo says that their Yahoo! Go 2.0 software, that allows you to access various Yahoo services on your mobile phones is ready for primetime. (Press Release is here.)

The new version of Yahoo! Go 2.0 launches on Friday and will be available for more than 200 different mobile phones in the US by the end of July, expanding to more than 400 by end of year. It will also be pre-loaded on new devices from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC that begin rolling out later this year.

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What’s this WiMAX thing?

Business 2.0 futureboy, in his latest column, The Problem With WiMax writes, “Before this purported successor to Wi-Fi can take off, somebody is going to have to build out a whole new wireless network. But it won’t be as easy for WiMax to take hold of our computers as it’s been for Wi-Fi.”

Clarification, for WiMAX is more of a back-haul technology, is a new variant of Fixed Wireless and thanks to guys like Towerstream is working quite well.

Another problem: The technology won’t be laptop-ready for at least a few years. As it is conceived now, WiMax will be introduced in several phases. The first will be in the form of an antenna that must be bolted to the outside of the building that is receiving service.

Well the antenna are now the size of a paperback, don’t need to be omnidirectional, and well it is less laptop more back haul technology anyway.

As Rajeev Chand, a wireless analyst with private-equity investment bank Rutberg & Co., puts it: “WiMax doesn’t take over the world. It will be one of numerous wireless technologies, like Wi-Fi and 3G.”

Stating the obvious! For further contrary reading check out, Revenge of WiMAX.