Nexis Web site now gives big-picture view
March 9, 2:06 p.m. PDT
Professionals who say "Nexis it" instead of "Google it" on a daily, or hourly, basis will welcome a revamp of the research service LexisNexis’ Nexis Web site, which now offers a new big-picture view across news, company, industry, people, countries and legal. That should help a bit with finding matches from the company’s 32,000 sources. "Our goal was to create the best search experience possible so that an experienced researcher or novice user could more quickly and easily find the answers they need to make informed business decisions," said LexisNexis' Elizabeth Rector. Users can now also use natural or Boolean search logic, and results can be sorted along category lines as well. SmartIndexing Technology links similar documents to those that are matched, offering matches that may have not been found before, and a spell-checker suggests corrected spellings for better results.
Asetek teases enthusiasts
March 9, 7:00 a.m. PDT
Asetek, a Danish company that specializes in cooling systems, will demonstrate this week a PC running an Intel Pentium 4 processor that has been overclocked to 5.46GHz. The PC, called Dream Machine, is based on a 3.8GHz Pentium 4 and includes two separate cooling systems from Asetek. The VapoChill LightSpeed system keeps the processor running at a temperature of -33 degrees Celsius when operating at maximum processing loads, while the company's WaterChill system keeps the computer's graphics chip and motherboard components from overheating. The VapoChill LightSpeed uses a vapor compression system to dissipate heat from the processor, according to Asetek, which described the system as 10 times more efficient than water cooling and 50 times more efficient than air cooling.
Telelogic acquires I-Logix
March 8, 7:50 a.m. PDT
Telelogic announced the acquisition of privately held I-Logix, a provider of modeling tools, for $80 million in cash. While Telelogic has focused on the general modeling space, I-Logix specializes in the embedded space. Telelogic develops and markets tools for requirements management, modeling, test, configuration management, and change management. I-Logix develops and sells solutions for Model-Driven Development (MDD) that allow engineers to graphically model the requirements, behavior, and functionality of embedded systems. With the acquisition, Telelogic aims to strengthen its position in the aerospace/defense, government, automotive, telecom, consumer products, and medical markets. The acquisition is expected to be final by the end of March.
Avaya boosts software, adds SIP P2P phone
March 7, 10:50 a.m. PDT
Avaya has introduced new versions of its IP telephony software MultiVantage Communications Applications, adding new call preservation capabilities, “hot desking” for improved mobility, expanded SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for better multivendor support and improved features, and a more secure, reliable development environment supporting a SOA (service-oriented architecture). Aiming at SMBs and branch offices of large companies, Avaya introduced a new peer-to-peer SIP phone, one-X Quick Edition. Lawrence Byrd, Director of IP Telephony and Mobility, said the phones added “dramatic simplicity” to IP telephony. With the new P2P phone, voicemail and contact information is automatically backed up to all devices on a LAN. “The goal here is to offer IP communications to the smallest office,” Byrd said.