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TSMC And ARM Announce 64-bit FinFet

October 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC And ARM Announce 64-bit FinFet

TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process (16FinFET or 16FF) is now in risk production. The companies collaborated to optimise ARM’s 64-bit ARMv8 processors designs for the new node. The designs are now being optimised for TSMC’s improved 16FF+ process, which promises to deliver a 11% performance gain in the same power envelope for the A57 and a 35% reduction for the A53. The companies hope to finalise their work on 16FF+ optimisation by the end of the year. The initial results for the first generation 16FF... 

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Oracle’s Java To Focus On IoT

October 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle’s Java To Focus On IoT

Oracle has outlined the future of Java at its Openworld conference in San Francisco, with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). As part of Oracle’s annual Openworld event, the Javaone expo has seen the company present its ongoing investment in Java Standard Edition (SE) 8, as well as plans for version 9. Among the latest additions are a new version of the Java Development Kit (JDK), which has reached version 20, and a preview of Project Jigsaw, which aims to develop a modular system for... 

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Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

Lenovo plans on rolling out new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the products. The “innovative and stylish” Yoga products “will become very popular presents for the holiday season,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s CEO, during a call on Monday. Lenovo is holding an event in London on Oct. 9 to announce the new products, with Kutcher joining... 

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Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

Database management firm Oracle has said that its new cloud service will match the price being offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oracle confirmed the new competitive pricing strategy for its cloud offering at its OpenWorld conference. Chairman Larry Ellison said Oracle’s cloud platform will “have the same pricing as Amazon or any other infrastructure provider.” He said the company’s new platform would include analytics, mobile, identity and social features. Oracle’s... 

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HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

ARM-based processor cartridges for its Moonshot servers, including 64-bit modules for high-performance web caching and integrated digital signal processing (DSP) for specialised tasks such as transcoding and telephony applications. Available immediately, the new server cartridges represent the fourth “leap”, or release of HP’s Moonshot hardware, which is designed to target very specific applications calling for high-density server deployments rather than the general purpose applications... 

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Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

A research team from the University of Texas and German nanotechnology company Aixtron have worked out a way to make wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300mm. The research offers the prospect of integrating carbon-based graphene, which is just one atom thick, with silicon on a semi-industrial scale. Until now, graphene has proved difficult to manufacture in sufficient area, quantity and reliability for viable use in processors. IBM research scientist Shu-Jen Han led a project that announced... 

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Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

Big public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) players may be on the brink of a crisis and are slashing prices while spending billions on building out and staffing their operations. Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys has warned resellers to be careful about the financials of their cloud suppliers because he fears a melt-down. He said that millions of dollars has been spent on building out public cloud infrastructure and yet no one in the world is profitable. Amazon Web Services lost $2bn in the last four... 

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Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

Oracle has released its version of Openstack for Oracle Linux, its distribution of the Openstack cloud framework integrated with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server virtualisation, providing customers with increased choice and interoperability for building cloud infrastructure. Available as a free download from Oracle’s Public Yum Server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), Oracle’s Openstack build installs on top of Oracle Linux and allows users to run virtual machines using any guest... 

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RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

RedHat has announced the Fedora 21 Alpha release for Fedora developers and any brave users that want to help test it. Fedora is the leading edge – some might say bleeding edge – distribution of Linux that is sponsored by Red Hat. That’s where Red Hat and other developers do new development work that eventually appears in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other Red Hat based Linux distributions, including Centos, Scientific Linux and Mageia, among others. Therefore, what Fedora... 

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MediaTek Jump Into “The Internet Of Things” Space

September 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Jump Into “The Internet Of Things” Space

SoC designer MediaTek has launched a new push to develop technologies used in wearables and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Dubbed MediaTek Labs, the new organisation will offer tools for developers such as software and hardware development kits (SDKs and HDKs), but it will also offer other forms of support, i.e. tech support and marketing. MediaTek LinkIt dev platform The MediaTek LinkIt platform promises to offer a full-service approach for developers keen to enter the space. It allows developers... 

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ARM Shows Off The Interet Of Things Processor

September 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Shows Off The Interet Of Things Processor

ARM has unveiled a 32-bit Cortex-M processor for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, promising to double the compute and digital signal processing (DSP) capability of its present microcontroller units (MCUs). ARM said that the Cortex-M7 single computer chip will power high-end embedded applications used in next generation vehicles, connected devices, and smart homes and factories. “The addition of the Cortex-M7 processor to the Cortex-M series allows ARM and its partners to offer the most scalable... 

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Cloudflare May Go Keyless SSL Encryption

September 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Cloudflare May Go Keyless SSL Encryption

Cloudflare has announced that it has been working on SSL encryption that does not require keys. Instead of using keys, authorisation algorithms take place at a cloud level doing away with the need for on-premises encryption systems that are prone to denial of service attacks. Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, Cloudflare has not revealed its existing client list, but it said that Goldman Sachs has been among the companies piloting and trialling service. The service has been in private... 

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nVidia Finally Goes 20nm

September 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Finally Goes 20nm

For much of the year we were under the impression that the second generation Maxwell will end up as a 20nm chip. First-generation Maxwell ended up being branded as Geforce GTX 750 and GTX 750 TI and the second generation Maxwell launched a few days ago as the GTX 980 and Geforce GTX 970, with both cards based on the 28nm GM204 GPU. This is actually quite good news as it turns out that Nvidia managed to optimize power and performance of the chip and make it one of the most efficient chips manufactured... 

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Has Pirate Bay Found A Way To Avoid Detection?

September 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Has Pirate Bay Found A Way To Avoid Detection?

The staff of The Pirate Bay have been telling the world+dog how it uses a mix of servers to avoid detection and police raids. Speaking to Torrent Freak, the site said the site uses a series of virtual machines to fool companies into hosting the torrent site. The Pirate Bay doesn’t own any physical servers. Rather, the site is spread across different commercial cloud hosting providers. Twenty-one “virtual machines” are scattered around the world and are used to handle different... 

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Will Mark Hurd Call The Shots At Oracle?

September 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Mark Hurd Call The Shots At Oracle?

Analysts have started to wonder which of the two heads that Larry Ellison left in charge of Oracle will be calling the shots — Safra Catz or Mark Hurd. Wall Street thinks that dealmaker and finance guru Safra Catz will be in charge even though she, and not Hurd who would be the real boss. Of course Ellison will remain around for a while, so it is a little moot, neither Catz or Hurd got to the top by crossing Ellison. But Ellison could actually go, particularly if his mysterious exit was because... 

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