NCR secures landmark mainland ATM project The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the mainland's largest bank, has chosen NCR to supply key software applications for its nationwide network of more than 13,000 automated teller machines (ATMs). The deal is the first of its kind in the mainland, marking a transition of ATMs from using IBM's old OS/2 operating platform to Microsoft's Windows system. NCR will supply its open standards-based APTRA Edge application, used to deploy more advanced customer services, to run on the bank's different installed brands of ATMs. Shenzhen manufacturer gets Cisco investment Networking giant Cisco Systems has made an investment in privately held Mobi Development, a maker of mobile communications radio components. The undisclosed amount will give Cisco a minority stake and help push the global expansion plans of the Shenzhen-based firm. Mobi was established in August 1999, when it started making antenna and radio frequency components for base stations running the Personal Handyphone System, code division multiple access and global system for mobile standards used by mainland carriers. Last year, sales volume was 136 million yuan (HK$127 million) and its development has attracted the interest of other international investors. CA revamps programme for local resellers Computer Associates International (CA) is restructuring its channel strategy, with an eye to boosting sales, raising partners' profit margins and beefing up customer support. The change is supposed to complement CA's new business model, which provides for shorter and more flexible customer contracts. 'The new business framework we are launching should drive a growing volume of sales through the channel and make CA even more compelling for every type of reseller, integrator and enterprise solution provider,' it said. Agilent, Peking University team up on unity chip test Agilent Technologies has announced a strategic collaboration with Peking University to develop a production test system for the Unity-863 processor, a Chinese-made chip used for high-speed computing and communications applications. 'Peking University is one of Agilent's strategic partners in China, and we are extremely pleased to help bring the Unity-863 system-on-a-chip central processing unit to volume production,' said Paul Yang, general manager at Agilent's semiconductor test equipment group in the mainland. Vendor Redback wins Hebei router deal Struggling broadband systems vendor Redback Networks has clinched a contract to supply its routers to a China Netcom unit in Hebei province. The deal was jointly made with Redback partner TS Telecom, a Canada-listed telecommunications system provider. The Hebei operator will use Redback equipment to offer high-speed Internet access to customers in key cities. Veritas eyes acquisitions in industry shakeout Veritas Software chief executive Gary Bloom said the recent consolidations in the data-management software industry had benefited the company and it continued to seek acquisitions. Enterprise-storage systems maker EMC last month said it would buy software company Documentum at a premium, prompting investors to speculate on other deals to follow in the sector. Mr Bloom said Veritas Software, the market leader in data-storage software, had an appetite for more acquisitions, even though the integration of its US$609 million purchase of Precise Software Solutions got off to a slow start. 'There are too many companies out there, and customers want to deal with fewer vendors rather than more,' said Simon Heap, a vice-president at research firm Bain & Co.?Reuters Network Appliance buys Spinnaker to speed access Network Appliance, the world's largest maker of network-attached storage systems, has agreed to buy closely held Spinnaker Networks for about US$300 million in stock to expand its line of information-management programs. The deal is expected to close in January. Pittsburgh-based Spinnaker makes data-storage hardware and software. Network Appliance said it wants Spinnaker's software, which speeds access to data files and expands computer data networks.?Bloomberg LG Philips to shed 99 jobs to lower operating costs LG Philips Displays, a Hong Kong-based venture between Royal Philips Electronics and LG Electronics, plans to shed 99 jobs at a Dutch plant to lower operating costs. The company, the world's largest maker of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) for television sets and computer monitors, will cut the jobs at a facility in Sittard, in the southern part of the Netherlands, which employs about 315 workers, spokeswoman Christa Horrocks said. The job cuts are in response to shrinking demand for CRTs.?Bloomberg SCO Group lawyers could get $US49m windfall Lawyers for software company SCO Group could wind up with 20 per cent of the proceeds if the company is sold or reaches a legal settlement, according to a recent document filed with United States regulators. SCO sued computer giant IBM for billions earlier this year, saying the company took Unix software code and introduced it into free Linux software. If SCO were sold for an amount equal to its current stock market value - US$247 million - its legal counsel would walk away with about US$49 million, under the terms of a deal that are still being finalised. SCO did not name the law firm in the regulatory filing, but it is known the company is being represented by the firm of David Boies, a former government prosecutor who led the anti-trust case against Microsoft.?Reuters IBM, Corning to develop super computer systems IBM and Corning, a diversified technology company, have launched a US$20 million programme to develop high-speed, optically switched interconnect systems for super computers. The two firms will collaborate with the United States Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration on optical technology geared to increase network bandwidth by 50 times, while reducing the cost of super computers. Super computers allow researchers to experiment with virtual systems and processes that are too dangerous, big or unpredictable to control in reality. Commercial applications of supercomputing include drug design, weather forecasting and film animation. Nokia mulls takeover of Britain's psion London: Nokia, the world's top mobile handset maker, is considering a takeover of British firm Psion in a bid to dominate the multibillion-dollar cellphone software market and fend off Microsoft, the Business on Sunday said. Finland-based Nokia and the British company are already partners in Symbian, which makes software used in mobile phones. Nokia owns 32 per cent of Symbian and Psion has 31 per cent. A takeover would give Nokia control over Symbian and help it head off competition in cellphone software from Microsoft, the world's largest software company. 'There are clear signs Nokia is planning to make a move on Psion,' the newspaper said.