LaCie announced it has expanded its range of LaCie SAFE Hard Drives to include a desktop edition with enhanced security features. The new LaCie SAFE Hard Drive comes in capacities of 160GB, 320GB or 500GB with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. Enhanced security features include an internal drive lock and an external port for attaching an optional chain lock.
In addition to biometric access control via a simple fingerprint swipe, LaCie SAFE Desktop & Mobile Hard Drives now come with internal firmware called “Drive Lock” that prevents data from being accessed if removed from the case and plugged in to another machine. Desktop editions also include a secure chain lock port for attaching the SAFE hard drive to a desk to prevent theft (chain available separately from LaCie).
Up to 10 fingerprints and up to five users can be registered with personal and customized access privileges such as full access to the drive (read/write) or read-only. Once registered, a simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the drive if users need to step away from their desk for a meeting or to run an errand.
LaCie SAFE Hard Drives are available for pre-order immediately via LaCie websites and available via LaCie’s specialized dealer network in September. Drives ship with LaCie 1-Click Backup Software for PC/Mac and full-featured LaCie SilverKeeper Backup Software for Mac OS X.
Intel announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company's structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects to generate savings in costs and operating expenses of approximately $2 billion in 2007. In 2008 the company expects savings from this restructuring to grow to approximately $3 billion annually.
The savings are a combination of non-workforce related steps and a significant reduction in Intel's workforce. The company's employee population will decline to approximately 95,000 by the end of this year, resulting from workforce reductions, attrition and previously announced actions. The workforce will decline to approximately 92,000 by the middle of 2007 – 10,500 fewer than the company's employee population at the end of the second quarter of 2006. In addition to the savings from the workforce reduction, the company expects savings in merchandising expenses, capital and materials.
Most job reductions this year will occur in management, marketing and information technology functions, reductions related to the previously announced sale of businesses, and attrition. In 2007, the reductions will be more broadly based as Intel improves labor efficiency in manufacturing, improves equipment utilization, eliminates organizational redundancies, and improves product design methods and processes.
In 2008, the company expects the cost and operating expense savings from this restructuring to grow to approximately $3 billion as it achieves the full-year run rate on the projects implemented in 2007. In addition, Intel expects to achieve a capital expenditure avoidance of $1 billion by better utilizing manufacturing equipment and space. The company expects that approximately 25 percent of the project's savings in 2007 will reduce cost of sales, and the rest will reduce operating expenses.
The company expects severance costs to total approximately $200 million, offsetting some of the expected savings from the project's implementation.
Due to a problem with chipset drivers, motherboard makers cannot start shipping products utilizing Intel's G965 Express chipset, sources at Taiwan's motherboard industry indicated. Expecting new drivers to be released in October, the makers accordingly delay their shipments, the sources said.
According to the sources, motherboard makers planned that G965-based models may begin hitting the market last month, being informed by Intel that the G965 chipset will be ready for volume shipments from the middle of August with two versions of driver sets, 14.24 and 14.25. However, since neither version came out with Shader Model 3.0 support, the makers were forced to revise their plans, the sources explained.
Intel is now expected to update drivers for the G965 chipset every six months, enabling more features and improving its graphics performance, according to the sources. The chipmaker said at its website that the G965 chipset incorporates the GMA X3000 graphics core to provide 3D enhancements, including Shader Model 3.0 support.
According to Intel Taiwan, the G965 chipset has successfully passed necessary validation procedures prior to shipments to customers, and no errors were found.
As reported on July 31, motherboard makers expected the G965 to be ready for volume shipments in the end of July, at the same day with the launch of desktop Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processors. However, a defect in the integrated graphics subsystem was found, and shipments were postponed, the makers indicated.
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