Profile of Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Alexander Wolfe
posted in June 2005
The death at age 81 of Jack Kilby closes the books on a late-1950s race between two legendary giants to develop the technology at the foundation of today's electronics and IT industries.
A computer-science professor has combined a $99 Linux single-board-computer, called Gumstix because it's roughly the size of a stick of chewing gum, with a motor and propeller and sent the package aloft, maintaining control via a wireless LAN connection.
A new version of the Linux kernel has been released, adding support for virtualization and showcasing the use of a new release-management tool developed by Linux inventor Linus Torvalds himself.
AMD aims to move beyond dual-core processors to four or more CPUs on a single chip, and plans to field mobile chips that can keep notebook-computer batteries running for seven hours.
AMD is planning a 64-bit version of its Sempron processor, presaging a down-market duel in which the scrappy semiconductor vendor will battle Intel's upcoming 64-bit Celeron D.
Specs for high-end active tags and a bid to develop open-source software could see radio-frequency identification applied to sound alarms in high-end security applications as well as to track every 2-liter bottle of Coke.
The latest twist on Linux is a new version of the operating system that takes little memory and can boot directly off of a USB thumb drive.