NEC will be selling 4Gbit DRAM chips by the year 2000, providing almost the equivalent storage to a CDROM drive. According to NEC vice president Hajime Sasaki, the 4Gbit chip can store the complete works of Shakespeare "64 times over". It can store 47 minutes of full-motion video and six hours of audio data. NEC, the world's second largest memory-chip maker after Samsung, is also researching massive DRAM technology.
AMEC, the international engineering, construction and development group, is to standardise its application development on Uniface. Uniface will be used for a number of major construction projects, including an on-site cost control system for London Underground's Jubilee line extension (pictured). Other projects include the development of a group information system. AMEC evaluated Informix-4GL, Oracle Forms, Vision Unify and Sybase PowerBuilder before choosing Uniface.
Networking giant Cisco has reported a 61% increase in second quarter net profits to $338.5 million (#211.6 million). Revenues for the period ended 25 January were up 73% to $1.6 billion. Although the growth increase exceeded analysts' expectations, it failed to impress the stock market. Cisco's shares fell 6.5% to $62.75 after the results were published. The stock markets are reported to be anxious over the health of the computer networking market, despite increasing demand for equipment.
British Airways' Executive Club has awarded Hewlett-Packard and Computacenter a contract to run a business centre facility for its members at Heathrow Terminal 1. HP and Computacenter will install HP Vectra PCs, HP Deskjet colour inkjet printers and HP LaserJet printers in the Executive Club lounge at the terminal. Expected to be up and running by April, the service will allow passengers to work while waiting for flights. Club members will also benefit from special promotions on HP technology.
World Wide Web advertising revenue soared by 170% last year to $171.5 million (#107.1 million) from $63.5 million in 1995, according to figures from Cowles/Simba Information. The US-based market research company revealed that growth hit its peak in the fourth quarter when Web advertising totalled $77 million, up 86.9% from $41.2 million in the quarter before. According to the research, Yahoo! led all Web sites in advertising revenue throughout the year, finishing the year with $19 million worth of deals.
3Com has opened a new, #20 million facility in Hemel Hempstead. Called the 3Com Centre, it is the largest single property investment the US firm has ever made in Europe. Phase II of the project will involve a further #15 million investment for an additional building and the creation of 200 new jobs over the next two years. The four-storey centre was opened by Technology Minister Ian Taylor and Eric Benhamou, chairman and CEO of 3Com, last Friday.
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