SanDisk Announces Venture Fund and 4 Chip and Big Data Stocks on the Move

Intel Corporation’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Haswell desktop processors will probably be used by Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) all in one iMacs, according to AppleInsider, citing Asian website VR-Zone. It doesn’t seem as if the processors will be built into iMacs anytime soon, AppleInsider reported.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) stated yesterday said it would use its own central processing units in its high-end quad-core chipsets for smartphones as a way to be recognized and different from its rivals’ quad-core products. For the chipsets that are used in entry-level smartphones, or handsets with a price tag lower than 1,000 yuan ($160), Qualcomm claims that it would use licensed microprocessors from additional companies, like ARM Holdings PLC.

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ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH) and Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that, under a unique agreement, the companies jointly developed a DS-5 embedded software development toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debug capabilities for Altera SoC devices.  The ARM® Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) Altera Edition toolkit is intended to remove the debugging barrier between the  integrated dual-core CPU subsystem and  FPGA fabric in Altera SoC devices. The combination of the most advanced multi-core debugger for the ARM architecture with the ability to adapt to the logic contained in the FPGA  allows the new toolkit to provide embedded software developers an unprecedented level of full-chip visibility and control via the standard DS-5 user interface.  The new toolkit should be included in the Altera SoC Embedded Development Suite and will start to ship during early 2013.

Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX): Cloudant joined the Cloud Tools program for Rackspace, and it also announced the immediate availability of its NoSQL database as a service for Web and mobile applications spanning the global Rackspace open cloud.

SanDisk Corp. (NASDAQ:SNDK) is well known for its chips and other products equipped with flash memory technology, and today, the company will announce a $75 million venture fund to make equity investments advancing SanDisk’s strategic interests, according to the Wall Street Journal. The first move should join a new funding round for WhipTail, which is a New Jersey start-up that sells systems using flash technology to store data from server systems.

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