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Samsung Starts Producing NVMe PCIe Solid State Drives

April 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Starts Producing NVMe PCIe Solid State Drives

Samsung Electronics has started mass production of what it claims is the industry’s first Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) PCIe solid state drive (SSD), which has an M.2 form factor for use in PCs and workstations. Samsung said in an announcement that it is “the first in the industry” to bring NVMe SSDs to OEMs for the PC market. The SM951-NVMe operates at low power in standby mode and is the most compact of any NVMe SSD out there, according to the firm. “Our new NVMe SSD... 

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Midiatek Developing Two SoC’s for Tablets

April 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Midiatek Developing Two SoC’s for Tablets

MediaTek is working on two new tablet SoCs and one of them is rumored to be a $5 design. The MT8735 looks like a tablet version of Mediatek’s smartphone SoCs based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 core. The chip can also handle LTE (FDD and TDD), along with 3G and dual-band WiFi. This means it should end up in affordable data-enabled tablets. There’s no word on the clocks or GPU. The MT8163 is supposed to be the company’s entry-level tablet part. Priced at around $5, the chip does not appear to feature... 

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RedHat And Canonical Discuss Linux 4.0

April 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat And Canonical Discuss Linux 4.0

Red Hat has been telling everyone  its plans to integrate the latest Linux 4.0 kernel into its products. In a statement, a spokesman told us, “Red Hat’s upstream community projects will begin working with 4.0 almost immediately; in fact, Fedora 22 Alpha was based on the RC1 version of the 4.0 kernel. “From a productization perspective, we will keep an eye on these integration efforts for possible inclusion into Red Hat’s enterprise portfolio. “As with all of our enterprise-grade... 

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Altera Shareholders Not Too Happy With Intel’s Merger Offer

April 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Altera Shareholders Not Too Happy With Intel’s Merger Offer

Several key Altera shareholders have forced the company back to the negotiating table to discuss the merger with Intel. Talks with Intel broke down over the price, which Alteria management felt was too low. Cadian Capital Management and TIG Advisors, have told Alteria to stop mucking about and talk turkey with Chipzilla. In letters to Altera’s management, shareholders have raised concerns about the company’s ability to create value on its own that matches Intel’s offer, Bloomberg... 

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Will Moore’s Law Become More Important In The Next Twenty Years?

April 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Moore’s Law Become More Important In The Next Twenty Years?

Moore’s Law will be more relevant in the 20 years to come than it was in the past 50 as the Internet of Things (IoT) creeps into our lives, Intel has predicted. The chip maker is marking the upcoming 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law on 19 April by asserting that the best is yet to come, and that the law will become more relevant in the next two decades as everyday objects become smaller, smarter and connected. Moore’s Law has long been touted as responsible for most of the advances in... 

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Intel Gives More Detail On Knights Landing

April 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Gives More Detail On Knights Landing

Intel has been publishing more information about its Knight’s Landing Xeon Phi (co)processors. Intel has given WCCF Tech an Intel produced PDF which was released to provide supplementary info for the 2015 Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The document outlines some spectacularly beefy processors Intel is going to produce as part of its professional Xeon Phi range. The document, which is short on car chases and scantily clad women tells the story of a 72 Silvermont core Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. The... 

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Is nVidia Going With Samsung

April 14, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia Going With Samsung

A rumor fresh out of Korea suggests Nvidia might be tapping Samsung as a GPU foundry, but there is a catch. The news comes from Korea Times, which quoted a source familiar with the matter. The source told the paper that the deal involved Nvidia GPUs, but it was a small contract. GPUs on 14nm? Something doesn’t add up If you are sceptical, don’t worry – so are we. While Nvidia is expected to use Samsung for its upcoming Tegra SoCs, this is the first time we heard it could also try using Samsung’s... 

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Intel Shows Off Wire-free Laptop

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off Wire-free Laptop

Intel showed off what it has labeled the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables. The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. It also connects wirelessly to external displays through Wi-Di (Wireless Display) technology, which could eliminate HDMI and DisplayPort ports. The wireless display needs to support... 

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IBM Creates Tiny 220TB Tape Drive

April 13, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Creates Tiny 220TB Tape Drive

Throw away your capacity flash drives! Tape is king once more! Continuing the renaissance of a format that dates back to 1952, the same year as Alan Turing’s seminal paper The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis, researchers at IBM labs have created a tape storage system capable of an aerial recording density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch. That’s equivalent to a palm-sized 220TB cartridge. Or about 1.37 trillion text messages. The speed at which tape can be recalled... 

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Intel Unveils Updated Atom X3 For IoT

April 13, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Unveils Updated Atom X3 For IoT

Intel has unveiled a new version of the Atom x3 processor designed with the Internet of Things (IoT) in mind. Intel unveiled the Atom x3 chip ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress, and revealed a version of the processor designed specifically for IoT devices at its Developer Forum event in Shenzen, China this week alongside a smartphone version that will start shipping later this year. The Atom x3 IoT processor comes with 3G and LTE connectivity, and an extended temperature range for extreme... 

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Intel Skylake To Get Iris GPU

April 10, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Skylake To Get Iris GPU

It looks like Intel has managed to squeeze Iris graphics inside 15W Skylake processors. This is a huge achievement, considering that only 28W TDP Broadwell mobile processors currently support Iris 6100 graphics. The fastest of them is the Intel Core i7-5557U, and this dual-core with four threads clocked at 3.1GHz base frequency and maximum turbo frequency of 3.4GHz is the fastest Intel processor for notebooks to support Iris graphics. This is a 28W TDP processor with a configurable TDP, down to 23W. Iris... 

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Global Foundaries Sheds Light On 14nm Game Plan

April 10, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Global Foundaries Sheds Light On 14nm Game Plan

Global Foundries clarified details of the ramp up of 14nm chip production at fab 8 manufacturing facility in New York. It has apparently  has taped out multiple 14nm designs and is tweaking its equipment using a lead product at the moment. The company is on track to start high-volume shipments of 14nm chips this year. Jason Gorss, a spokesman for Global Foundries said that the outfit’s 14nm FinFET technology is maturing and on schedule at our Fab 8 facility in Malta, New York,. “The... 

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Hackers Appear To Be More Focused On The Infrastructure

April 9, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Hackers Appear To Be More Focused On The Infrastructure

Hackers who seek to destroy, rather than steal, important data and launch attacks on systems that control major critical infrastructure are more common than widely believed, a report from the Organization of American States has revealed. The report was given to Reuters ahead of publication and quoted the results of a poll of critical infrastructure companies and agencies in crucial sectors throughout North and South America. Almost a third of the respondents were public entities, principally in the... 

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Chromebooks With Intel’s Braswell Chips Coming Soon

April 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Chromebooks With Intel’s Braswell Chips Coming Soon

A new crop of low-cost Chromebooks will be unveiled, powered by the Intel Braswell chips that are expected to debut later this week. The new Braswell chips include new Celeron and Pentium processors, which will support both Chrome OS and Windows, said sources familiar with Intel’s product plans. More details on Braswell will be shared at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen this week. New Chromebooks running Braswell are expected in the coming months from top PC makers, as well as from low-cost... 

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Intel Still King Of The Semiconductor Industry

April 8, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Still King Of The Semiconductor Industry

Semiconductor sales reached $340 billion in 2014, up eight percent on the year before and led by Intel, according to a report by analyst house Gartner. The figures represent positive growth for semiconductors powering all device categories, unlike in 2013 when Gartner said that application-specific integrated circuits, discrete components and micro-components all declined. Intel was the top ranking chip manufacturer in 2014, seeing a return to growth after two years of revenue decline and retaining... 

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