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Western Digital Buys Sandisk

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Western Digital (WD) announces the acquisition of SanDisk for approximately $19 billion (in part acquired via Unisplendour investment), creating an enterprise and consumer HDD and flash giant.

WD SanDisk"This transformational acquisition aligns with our long-term strategy to be an innovative leader in the storage industry by providing compelling, high-quality products with leading technology," WD says. "The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry."

SanDisk is the 3rd biggest maker of flash memory in the world, and is both known for both consumer (namely memory cards and USB drives) and enterprise (SSDs, PCIe flash, 3D chip development, systems components) storage, with expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM), solutions and manufacturing.

Intel Sells Complete Braswell NUC

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Intel starts selling a complete (rather barebones) NUC mini PC-- the NUC5PGYH, a machine the company describes as a "tiny but mighty package" complete with quad-core "Braswell" processor.

Intel NUCPreviously customers had to source components such as RAM, storage and OS to get an Intel NUC unit up and running. Not with the NUC5PGYH, since it ships with a 2.4GHz Pentium processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB storage (with room for another SSD or HDD) and Windows 10 as pre-loaded OS. A "low acoustics" fan keeps the CPU cool, while audio comes through 8-channel output via HDMI or optical cable, as well as regular headphone jack.

IDC: Another Quarter of EMEA PC Declines

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Inventory issues, political instability in C. Europe and the M. East, and currency fluctuations continue to affect the EMEA PC market in Q3 2015 IDC reports, as shipments drop by -23% Y-o-Y to 18.4 million units.

Windows 10 machine shipments did show an increase in September but the free upgrade program ensured no significant demand, instead allowing retailers to focus on selling remaining Windows 8 product stock.

IDC EMEA PC

"The Q3 2015 trends in the EMEA PC market turned out to be very similar to Q2 2015," the analyst says. "Bringing inventory levels under control has proven to be very challenging but there has been clear progress and this should facilitate new shipments in Q4. Moreover, some countries in the region continued to suffer from currency volatility and political instability, which have now been constraining IT spending for several quarters."

The PC shipment contraction is visible across all EMEA regions-- W. European shipments are down by -18.4% Y-o-Y, MEA sees a -28.4% Y-o-Y drop and CEE has the steepest 31.3% Y-o-Y decline. The market suffers in comparison against Q3 2014, when Bing notebooks boosted the consumer notebook segment while the enterprise segment was benefiting from end of Windows XP support related renewals, and as such consumer segment shipments are down by -28.1% Y-o-Y and enterprise shipments contract by -17.2%. Y-o-Y

Qualcomm Takes on Server Hardware

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Qualcomm presents an ARM-based datacentre system on a chip (SoC)-- a vigintiquattuor-core (24-core) number designed for hyper-scale applications such as IaaS, PaaS, big data and machine learning.

Qualcomm SoCThe SoC is built in collaboration with network chip company Mellanox and programmable chip maker Xilinx, and is the result of 2 years of work on what will ultimately be a complete server platform. Seen in pre-production form, the initial version has 24 cores, but the maker says the final version will have even more.

The cores are based on the ARM v8-A instruction set. Being 64-bit the SoC can run Linux, KVM virtualisation, OpenStack DevStack for OpenStack cloud orchestration, guest VMs running a standard Linux distribution, Apache web web server and WordPress.

Ingram Micro Buys Docdata E-Commerce Arm

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Ingram Micro expands further into Europe as it buys the e-commerce service business of Netherlands-based orders fulfilment, returns logistics and online payment services provider Docdata for $175 million.

Ingram MicroThe acquisition covers two e-commerce fulfillment businesses-- Docdata Nederland B.V. and Docdata International B.V. According to Ingram Micro Docdata handles between 125000 and 250000 orders on a daily basis, with major operations in Germany, Netherlands and the UK. It is expected to contribute over $150m in annual services revenue to the new owner.

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