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5 Companies That Came To Win This Week

For the week ending Jan. 11, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their 'A' game to the channel.

The Week Ending Jan. 11

Topping this week's roundup of companies that came to win is Intel, which formally launched its 10-nanometer CPU chips at the giant Consumer Electronics Show.

Also making the list this week are AMD, which similarly used CES as a launch pad for its next-generation microprocessors; CompuCom for jumping into the Device-as-a-Service business with Apple hardware; DXC Technology for a savvy acquisition in the digital services arena; and OneLogin for snagging $100 million in new venture financing.

Not everyone in the IT industry was making smart moves this week, of course. For a rundown of companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions, check out this week's Five Companies That Had A Rough Week roundup.

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Intel Reveals Long-Awaited Ice Lake 10nm CPUs At CES 2019

Intel made a big splash at this week's Consumer Electronics Show when it debuted the company's new 10-nanometer CPUs for servers and client devices. Intel also unveiled a new hybrid CPU architecture that will enable smaller form factors.

The new 10nm microarchitecture, which has faced multiple years of delays, represents an advancement in CPUs that is expected to provide significant performance improvements and efficiency gains over Intel's current 12nm CPUs.

The first computers with Ice Lake processors, including new XPS systems from Dell, are expected to be available by the end of the year. Ice lake 10nm CPUs for servers will come out in 2020.

Gregory Bryant, head of Intel's Client Computer Group, said Intel is also launching six new ninth-generation Core CPUs for desktops this month and new ninth-generation Core CPUs for laptops in the second quarter.

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But Watch Out Intel, AMD To Release 7nm Ryzen, EPYC CPUs In Mid-2019

Intel wasn't the only chip-maker making news at CES. Rival AMD announced that it expects to begin selling its third-generation Ryzen and second-generation EPYC CPUs – both based on 7-nanometer technology – in mid-2019.

The company also revealed its long-awaited 7nm Radeon VII GPU graphics card, which will go on sale Feb. 7.

During a CES keynote speech AMD CEO Lisa Su demonstrated the performance of the 7nm Ryzen against Intel's Corei9 processor, and the performance of the 7nm EPYC server CPU against two Intel Xeon 8180 processors.

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CompuCom Offers Apple Device-As-A-Service For Macs, iPhones And iPads

Solution provider CompuCom Systems jumped into the relatively new Device-as-a-Service arena this week, launching a new DaaS offering for Apple hardware.

CompuCom, which was acquired by Office Depot in 2017, will offer Apple Mac computers, iPhones and iPad tablets with 24-, 36- and 48-month leases. The company will also provide managed services, user support and consulting services for monthly subscription fees.

CompuCom is joining the pioneers in the DaaS space, including HP Inc., which are betting big on the DaaS business model.

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DXC Buying Swiss Digital Consulting Firm For $2 Billion

Systems integrator and IT services giant DXC Technology took a major step this week to expand its digital service capabilities, striking a deal to acquire Switzerland-based digital consultancy Luxoft for $2 billion.

Luxoft, a 19-year-old company with 13,000 employees, does business on five continents and has expertise in the automotive, financial services, health care and science industries.

Solution providers have been acquiring digital services firms at a rapid rate: Last month Accenture bought digital media services provider Adaptly for an undisclosed sum.

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OneLogin Raises $100 Million As It Pursues Federal Clients, Blockchain Capabilities

OneLogin caught everyone's attention this week when the Cybersecurity rising star announced that it had raised $100 million in a Series D round of financing led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman.

The company will use the funding to aggressively boost its employee headcount and pursue growth outside of North America. The company also has plans to expand into blockchain technology and the federal government space.

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