Entries with tag computer market.

Cray Releases Low-Cost Supercomputer

Supercomputers typically sell for millions of dollars, but Cray Inc. is now offering a system for $500,000. The XC30-AC reportedly has the same software and processors as the XC-30, which sells for between $10 and $30 million. The system costs less because it is, in part, air cooled and does not use optical cables. For its new computer, Cray is targeting manufacturers from the Fortune 100 to 1,000, as well as pharmaceutical, oil and gas firms; smaller universities; government agencies; and research labs. Supercomputer sales are increasing with purchases up 30 percent in 2012, according to market-research firm IDC, as the hardware has become increasingly affordable for a greater number of organizations. Analysts expect the new Cray offering to attract first-time supercomputer buyers. (CNNMoney)(Information Week)

Analysts: Tablet Sales Growth Continues; Will Surpass Desktop, Laptop Market

A new study by analysts from Gartner Inc., a market-research firm, shows that tablet sales continue to grow and should exceed those of desktop and laptop computers combined by 2015. Gartner predicted that tablet sales will reach 2.4 billion units this year, an increase of 9 percent compared to 2012; and roughly 2.9 billion by 2017. The analysts also said the market for notebook and desktop computers will decrease by 7.6 percent in 2013. The report stated that the Android operating system will become increasingly important, with 861 million of this year’s 2.4 billion new tablets running the OS. The study also predicted that Microsoft's Windows will be in 354 million devices, Apple OS X and iOS in 293 million, and RIM's BlackBerry OS in 31 million. “While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device,” stated Gartner research vice president Carolina Milanesi. (CNET)(Computerworld)(Gartner)

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