Japan's eAccess Ltd expects to quadruple its wireless services subscribers with its mobile phones over the next year and eliminate monthly basic fees on its first phones available March 28. Replacing fee-based revenues will be those from Internet surfing and downloads on the move. The plan is to also cut call rates, escalating a price war involving Japan's biggest mobile carriers.
The two phones, priced at $540 and $633 are expected to add 1 million subscribers during the next year. This one is worth watching--a trend in the making? If it works, where will it be used next?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.