Global Dispatches

IBM Says Asustek Violates Its Patents

TAIPEI IBM has filed a trade complaint charging that Taipei-based motherboard maker Asustek Computer Inc. infringed three of its patents.

IBM has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Asustek and its North American subsidiary, Asus Computer International Inc., from importing equipment that uses PC power supplies, cooling fans and clustering technologies into the U.S. IBM contends that those technologies are related to the patents.

An IBM spokesman said a licensing agreement between the two companies expired in 2004, and attempts to renew the contract have so far failed.

An Asus spokesman couldnt be reached for comment.

Grant Gross, IDG News Service

AMD Opens New Indian R&D Facility

BANGALORE, India Advanced Micro Devices Inc. late last month opened a 52,000-square-foot research and development facility here.

The new building replaces a three-year-old, $5 million, 38,000-square-foot facility that will now house AMDs Bangalore sales, marketing and administration staff.

AMDs first India Engineering Center opened in 2004 with a team of 40 engineers. The new facility is expected to house 120 engineers, the company said. AMD did not disclose the cost of the new building.

The Bangalore R&D team includes engineers working on Shanghai, a 45-nanometer quad-core server processor slated to be released in mid-2008. The same team had previously worked on the development of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMDs quad-core Opteron processor, code-named Barcelona.

Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

Tokyo-based Fujitsu Ltd. said it will open a new software development center in Adelaide, Australia. The operation is expected to employ 200 people within two years.

Sandra Rossi, Computerworld Australia

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