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  • I don’t belong in tech

    11/29/2016 5:32:51 AM PST · by spintreebob · 172 replies
    medium.com ^ | 11/25/16 | Saron Yitbarek
    <p>It was dark and cold that night I stomped down Broadway, talking to my then-boyfriend-now-husband about my feelings. I am always talking about my feelings, and he is always listening. He “mhm”s at the right places and doesn’t interrupt and sometimes says good things at the end. Sometimes he says wrong things, and then I have to explain why those things are wrong, taking us down an emotional tangent that is frustrating and exhausting, but he’s trying to be helpful, I tell myself and breathe. Bless his little heart.</p>
  • A look at carbon nanotubes and opto-electronics in chip design

    11/19/2016 10:41:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 18 November 2016 | Jon Worrel
    Process node scaling is becoming very expensive Carbon nanotubes have long been proposed as a significant substrate replacement to transform the chip design industry as we know it. They can operate using substantially less electrical charge and are six to ten times faster than silicon, yet due to their incredibly small size they have proven difficult to work with. The search for silicon alternativesOver the past 62 years since the first working silicon transistor was made at Bell Labs, companies have used different doping concentrations to influence electron mobility on circuit designs. But over the past half-decade, the industry...
  • IBM’s Project Intu brings Watson’s capabilities to any device

    11/11/2016 8:24:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    siliconangle.com ^ | Nov 9, 2016 | Mike Wheatley
    IBM Corp. is beefing up its cognitive computing efforts with the launch of a new system-agnostic platform called Project Intu that’s designed to enable what it calls “embodied cognition” in a range of devices.In IBM’s parlance, “cognitive computing” refers to machine learning. The idea behind Project Intu is that developers will be able to use the platform to embed the various machine learning functions offered by IBM’s Watson service into various applications and devices, and make them work across a wide spectrum of form factors.So, for example, developers will be able to use Project Intu’s capabilities to embed machine...
  • IBM wants to put Watson on a smartphone

    11/11/2016 7:41:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 10 November 2016 | by Nick Farrell
    Project Intu gets into embodied cognition The ever-shrinking Big Blue is improving its cognitive computing efforts with the launch of a new system-agnostic platform called Project Intu. Intu aims to put “embodied cognition” in a range of devices. Developers can use the platform to embed the various machine learning functions offered by IBM’s Watson service into shedloads of form factors – from avatars to drones to robots and just about any other kind of 'Internet of Things’ device.This will allow devices will be able to “interact more naturally” with users via a range of emotions and behaviours, leading to...
  • Gen-Z Consortium Formed: Developing a New Memory Interconnect

    10/13/2016 9:31:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    .anandtech.com ^ | October 12, 2016 9:30 AM EST | Ian Cutress
    Anyone tasked with handling the way data is moved around a processor deserves praise. It takes time, dedication and skill to design something that not only works appropriately and for all edge cases, but also can run at speed and seamlessly for software. The topic of interconnects has featured regularly over recent years, with cache coherent networks and unique custom designs entering both hardware released to the public as well as behind-the-scenes designs. This week sees the launch of the Gen-Z Consortium, featuring names such as ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Xilinx, with the purpose...
  • How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

    10/12/2016 8:44:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 12, 2016 | Staff
    Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings. For a two-dimensional, one-atom-thick material like graphene, defects such as small cracks or holes can make a big difference in performance. Usually, these defects are considered undesirable. But if the defects can be controlled, they can be used to engineer new, desirable properties into the material. "As long as you can control defects, you...
  • IBM’s Power Roadmap Extended By Chip Breakthrough

    10/08/2016 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    http://www.nextplatform.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Hot on the heels of the closing of the deal that divests its semiconductor business and places it in the hands of Globalfoundries, the former chip making business of AMD that is controlled by the government of Abu Dhabi, IBM and its academic and chip industry partners have announced that they have successfully etched chips with transistors that are 7 nanometers in size – significantly smaller than current processes and extending the Moore’s Law curve one more step.It is a big step, however, based on a mix of new technologies that have not been tested in volume production before,...
  • Google Unveils 4K Chromecast Ultra With HDR-10, Dolby Vision

    10/05/2016 9:43:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    hdguru ^ | October 4th, 2016 ·
    October 4th, 2016 · No Comments · 2160p, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, HDR, Home Automation, News, screen mirroring, search and recommendation, Second Screen, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV  Google used its hardware press conference in San Francisco Tuesday to unveil the latest iteration in its family of Chromecast digital media adapters.The new Chromecast Ultra, which is billed as offering the most premium Chromecast streaming video experience to date, is designed to seamlessly link (along with other Chromecast units) to the newly announced – and Amazon Echo-like – Google Home omni-directional wireless speaker with built-in Google Assist.Google...
  • Google's new Pixel phones come with Android 7.1 Nougat

    10/04/2016 1:19:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Oct 4, 2016, 10:34a | Dan Seifert
    James Bareham / The Verge Google has announced Android 7.1 Nougat, which adds a number of features to Android 7.0 that launched earlier this year. Android 7.1 brings new features to all devices, but it also includes a number of special things that are exclusive to Google's new lineup of Pixel phones.The Pixel phones will have Google's new launcher, Google Assistant, a phone and chat tech support service, unlimited, original-quality backup for photo and video to Google Photos, and a new Smart Storage feature that automatically removes backed up photos and video when the phone's storage is full. They...
  • ‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s NT

    10/04/2016 11:46:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    ww.theregister.co.uk/201 ^ | 4 Oct 2016 at 13:25, | Andrew Orlowski
    If you were to design a client operating system with the goal of being used by two billion people, what would it look like?We might soon find out what Alphabet’s looks like. Today’s announcement’s from Alphabet’s Google is expected to reveal "Andromeda", the merged Android/Chrome OS. Executives have been hyping today’s event as the most "significant" since the first Android device in 2008, and we already know they’re writing a new operating system from a clean slate. We can also have a good guess about what it looks like. Google’s goal for the successor is to unify the rival Chrome...
  • Andromeda fixes all the problems caused by Android

    10/03/2016 12:02:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    androidpit.com ^ | Oct 2 , 2016 20 hours ago | the problems caused by Android Authored by: Eric Herrmann
    Hiroshi Lockheimer promises that the event on October 4 will be just as unforgettable as the one almost eight years ago, when Android 1.0 was presented. Meanwhile, every blog is talking about the Andromeda scene, the supposed successor to Android. We will give you an idea of what that could mean. Google Pixel C reviewNexus Pixel price and release date
  • Google’s Andromeda: One OS to rule them all

    10/03/2016 11:01:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    http://www.recode.net ^ | Oct 3, 2016, 12:30p | Bob O'Donnell
    Google’s new OS is expected to bring some of the desktop-like capabilities of Chrome into Android to form a super OS that will be able to compete directly with Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth from space via a military satellite.Tomorrow in San Francisco, Google is expected to announce the release of a new strain of operating system code-named “Andromeda.”...
  • Tame Apple Press made up a Samsung phone flight ban story

    09/09/2016 9:38:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    fudzilla ^ | 09 September 2016 | Nick Farrell
    Mh3>Just helping you out Tim While many people refuse to believe me when I complain about the Tame Apple Press which publishes stories as free PR for the fruity cargo cult, they might want to look at the news this week. Apple was about to launch its disappointing iPhone 7 which was having its clock cleaned by the Samsung 7. Then in the middle of it there was a problem with Samsung’s battery exploding on some of its phones. Samsung fessed up immediately – the problem was caused by a faulty battery and will be fixed within a couple of...
  • IBM creates artificial neurons from phase change memory for cognitive computing

    09/03/2016 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    computerworld.com ^ | Aug 3, 2016 1:01 AM PT | Lucas Mearian
    IBM scientists have created artificial neurons and synapses using phase change memory (PCM) that mimics the brain's cognitive learning capability.It is the first time the researchers were able to create what they described as "randomly spiking neurons" using phase-change materials to store and process data. The discovery is a milestone in developing energy-sipping and highly dense neuro networks that could be used for cognitive computing applications.
  • Intel finally narrows their 14nm process technology gap to Samsung (Who Knew????)

    09/02/2016 12:44:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | Sep 1, 2016 | Charlie Demerjian
    Less than a year late but half as good as the Korean giantIt looks like Intel’s process technology has finally narrowed the gap to Samsung, it is now less than a year. SemiAccurate thinks this is a bit of a misleading number though, if you look at the tech, Samsung’s process is still better.With the innovation in Intel’s Kaby Lake 7th Generation Core CPU line, the process improvements Intel brought to bear have been lost in the buzz. This is unfair because according to the presentations provided by Intel, they have finally narrowed the timing gap to industry leader Samsung...
  • AMD, Infineon Look Poised For VR/AR Boost

    09/01/2016 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    seekingalpha.com ^ | Sep. 1 2016 | Larry Ramer Larry Ramer
    *********************clip The tremendous success of Pokemon Go, which is based on augmented reality, shows that the augmented reality/virtual reality era has arrived and is poised to be huge. With research firm Gartner predicting that 1.4 million virtual reality headsets will be shipped this year and 6.3 million will be shipped next year, investors should look to benefit from this trend. In 2020, 45.6 million augmented reality devices will be sold, another research firm IDC predicted.********************************************CLIP*********************************
  • AMD sees VR and AR as a good bet

    08/30/2016 5:15:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    .fudzilla.com ^ | 30 August 2016 | Nick Farrel
    Might pull its nadgers out of the fireAMD is talking about how it is life might be becoming easier thanks to the rise of virtual reality (VR). Chatting to the Orlando Sentinel, vice president for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group Joe Cox said that there was a big resurgence in virtual reality. "Virtual reality is exciting because it's new and there is an excitement around it right now. But it's just now in its infancy and has a long road ahead for it." Its hope is that the company will pick up on the back of the developing VR market. It...
  • IBM, AMD and Others Plan Assault on Intel’s Chip Dominance

    08/30/2016 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    wsj.com/ ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 4:01 p.m. ET | By Don Clark
    IBM to unveil new details of its Power9 chip; AMD to talk about inner workings of Zen technology ENLARGE AMD Chief Executive Lisa Su at an event in San Francisco last week discussing a chip dubbed ‘Summit Ridge’ that uses the company’s new Zen technology. Photo: Advanced Micro Devices ************************************************************ Few companies enjoy the kind of dominance Intel Corp. INTC 0.42 % does in chips for the computers found in data centers. But competitors keep trying to pry open its server stronghold, with International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.20 % the latest to brandish a new tool.IBM, at a Silicon...
  • Google Working On New "Fuchsia" Operating System, Powered By Magenta / LK Kernel

    08/15/2016 11:29:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 11 August 2016 at 07:34 PM EDT. | Michael Larabel
    Google appears to be working on a new operating system that's written from scratch and appears to be target both phones and PCs, among other form factors. This new OS is called Fuchsia and powered by what they call the Magenta and LK kernel options. Google hasn't formally announced this new OS while the Git repository cites it as "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)." This Git repository is the main source of Fuschia/Magneta information right now. LK is their kernel for small systems / embedded applications while Magenta is designed for "modern phones and modern personal...
  • SiFive Unveils Freedom Platforms for RISC-V-Based Semi-Custom Chips

    07/24/2016 6:08:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    anandtech.com ^ | July 18, 2016 | by Anton Shilov
    SiFive, a company established by researchers who invented the RISC-V instruction set architecture in the University of California Berkeley several years ago, has this week announced two platforms which could be used to design semi-custom SoCs based on RISC-V cores. SiFive is the world’s first and yet the only company developing chips featuring the RISC-V ISA and it already has initial customers interested in designing SoCs for machine learning, storage, embedded, IoT and wearable applications. SiFive: World’s First Developer of Commercial RISC-V Chips RISC-V is an open-source microprocessor architecture developed by researchers in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley and...
  • Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' (China)

    05/25/2016 11:05:03 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/25/16 | uncredited
    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses. [snip] Since September 2014, 505 factories...
  • High-quality random numbers can now be computed with much less effort

    05/26/2016 10:08:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 26 May 2016 | Jon Worrel
    A big win for encryption, more efficient complex simulations Last week, computer scientist researchers at the University of Texas at Austin published a draft paper describing a new, more efficient way of generating truly random numbers that can be used everyday encryption situations like mobile banking, statistics, electronic voting and complex simulations, among other applications. At the university, computer science professor David Zuckerman and graduate student Eshan Chattopadhyay developed a method of taking two weakly random numbers and combining them into a single sequence of truly random numbers. In the past, the task of generating truly random numbers for encryption...
  • UCI researcher discovers important Li-Ion battery breakthrough

    04/28/2016 9:20:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 28 April 2016 | Jon Worrel
    MnO2-coated batteries can now last 400 years, 200,000 cycles Doctoral research student Maya Le Thai was working in her laboratory with nanobatteries one day when she decided to try a new approach. She coated an entire gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide MnO2 shell and covered the assembly with a "plexiglass-like" electrolyte gel, but the resulting outcome was completely unexpected. As she "playfully" experimented with different materials, the resulting nanobattery produced effectively "unlimited" lifetime charge cycles lasting well over 400 years. Traditional nanowire-based batteries are thousands of times thinner than a human hair, highly conductive and feature a large...
  • Over 100 China makers rushing into VR device market

    04/22/2016 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    digitimes.com ^ | [Wednesday 20 April 2016] | Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
    More than 100 companies in China have stepped into the development of virtual reality (VR) devices, focusing on entry-level products initially, according to trade sources.A number of vendors showcased their VR products at the recently concluded Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2016 (Spring Edition), with FOB prices of entry-level models ranging from US$2-3 per unit and mid-range ones at US$25-80, the sources indicated.China-based makers are taking Google's CardBoard as reference design and turning out their VR devices using a plastic helmet attached with a pair of lenticular sheets for the low-end market, indicated the sources.Some vendors were showcasing VR products for...
  • Russia Test-Fires Hypersonic Zircon Missiles For Nulear Submarines, Weapons To Reach Mach 5 Speed

    03/19/2016 8:14:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    IBT ^ | March 19, 2016 | Vishakha Sonawane
    Russia began testing its navy’s new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles, Sputnik News reported citing RIA Novosti Thursday. The cruise missiles are expected to reach five or six times the speed of sound (Mach 5 or Mach 6), the report added. “The tests of the hypersonic Zircon missiles have begun using a ground-based launching site,” a senior Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti, according to Sputnik News. Once the tests are confirmed successful, the missile will reportedly be presented for state approval. It will reportedly be installed on Russia's newest fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarines, which are currently being developed.
  • Samsung Launches Enterprise SSD sized at 15 terabyte

    03/03/2016 10:04:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 03/03/2016 | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    We mentioned these before, and they are for real. Samsung is now shipping the industry's largest solid state drive (SSD) - the "PM1633a," a 15.36 terabyte (TB) drive. First revealed at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit in August, the 15.36TB SSD is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, for use in enterprise storage systems. Because the PM1633a comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, enterprise storage managers can fit twice as many of the drives in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack, compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch storage drive "To satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high-capacity SAS SSDs from leading...
  • Samsung 256-Gigabyte Universal Flash Storage for High-end Mobile Devices

    02/29/2016 2:06:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    guru3d.com ^ | 02/25/2016 | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    Samsung is now mass producing 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory based on the UFS 2.0 standard for mobile devices. The new memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs.“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by...
  • Tiger Stream Box: The Next Gen Internet Streaming Device (VANITY)

    12/27/2015 3:50:30 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 27 replies
    FR ^ | 27DEC2015 | Jack Hydrazine
    I saw this internet streaming box being advertised on the Next News Network and wondered if anyone has heard about it and what your opinions might be. It is supposed to supplant cable, Roku, and many others.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Samsung Kicks Off 14nm FinFET Fabrication With New Exynos 7 Octa

    02/27/2015 9:32:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    gadgets.ndtv.com ^ | 16 February 2015 | by NDTV Correspondent
    Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of mobile application processors on its 14nm FinFET process technology, which the company states is an industry first. Compared to the company's existing 20nm process technology, 14nm FinFET is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption. As the industry moves towards smaller manufacturing processes, the physical limitations of transistor design have become more apparent. 3D FinFETs allow the electronic Field-Effect Transistor "gate" to wrap around three sides of a raised "fin" in order to provide adequate insulation against current leakage, which has...
  • Samsung shows off 10nm FinFET

    02/27/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 25 February 2015 | Nick Farrell
    Beating the worldSamsung has shocked the tech press by showing off the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage and provided a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology.Samsung wants its 10nm chips to power more than smartphones, there are plans to put them in data centers and power the Internet of Things. The new chips will be more power efficient and produce less heat, vital for phones and other battery-powered devices.Kim said that he expects that...
  • Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening? (News - MIT spinoff - Sentient Computers )

    12/07/2014 7:26:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    livescience.com ^ | December 04, 2014 03:48pm ET | by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
    It's a Saturday morning in June at the Royal Society in London. Computer scientists, public figures and reporters have gathered to witness or take part in a decades-old challenge. Some of the participants are flesh and blood; others are silicon and binary. Thirty human judges sit down at computer terminals, and begin chatting. The goal? To determine whether they're talking to a computer program or a real person.
  • US spooks buy a superconducting supercomputer ( Research Project)

    12/05/2014 11:28:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:45 | Nick Farrell
    Password guessing The U.S. intelligence community has launched a multi-year research project to develop a superconducting computer, awarding its first contracts to three major technology companies.IBM, Raytheon BBN and Northrop Grumman won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details.If it works, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program could lead to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers."The energy demands of today's high-performance computers have become a critical challenge for the Intelligence Community that the C3 program aims to address," IARPA said in a statement. Such computers use massive amounts of energy.Competition from Europe, Japan...
  • Intel to merge struggling mobile chip unit into its PC chip business

    11/22/2014 11:44:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 18 November 2014, 11:05 | by Mark Tyson
    Intel CEO Brain Krzanich has announced, in an email sent to employees on Monday, new company plans to merge its loss-making mobile chip unit with its profitable PC business early next year, writes the Wall Street Journal. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich asserted in the email. It is well known that Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile computing, but even worse for the business its tablet and smartphone chip-making division has lost billions in the recent months. Intel's mobile communication group posted a $1 billion operating...
  • US DOE To Build Two NVIDIA GPU-Powered Supercomputers Three Times Faster Than The World’s Fastest

    11/15/2014 4:03:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    hothardware.com ^ | Friday, November 14, 2014 | Sean Knight
    In an effort to give the U.S. a leg up when it comes to supercomputers, the Department of Energy announced its plans to build two GPU-powered supercomputers that will bring the world closer to exascale computing. The DOE is awarding $325 million to build “Summit” for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California while an additional $100 million will go into research for “extreme scale supercomputing” technology. The supercomputers are expected to be installed in 2017 using next-generation IBM POWER servers coupled with NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and NVIDIA...
  • AMD’s Radeon R9 390X ‘Fiji XT’ may feature 4096 SPs, extreme memory bandwidth (HBM)

    11/13/2014 5:45:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    kitguru.net ^ | November 12th, 2014 at 10:33 pm | - Author Anton ShilNooov
    Advanced Micro Devices’ next-generation graphics processing unit is still several months away, but it looks like it is worth waiting. According to unofficial information from SiSoft Sandra benchmark’s database, the forthcoming GPU features unprecedented compute horsepower as well as uses multi-layer high-bandwidth memory with extreme bandwidth. If the listing in Sandra’s database is correct and really describes a prototype of the Radeon R9 390X “Fiji XT” graphics card, the next-generation offering from AMD will feature 4096 stream processors (SPs) (which, in case of the GCN 1.2 architecture, means 64 compute units and 256 texture units) and 4096-bit memory bus. The...
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • First TSMC 16nm FinFET product announced ( 32 core ARMv8 networking processor )

    09/26/2014 10:22:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:15 | Peter Scott
    ARMv8 networking processor from HiSilicon TSMC and HiSilicon have announced the successful manufacture of the first fully functional 16nm FinFET chip.It is an ARM-based networking processor, which means it is substantially smaller than SoC or a GPU, but it is by no means a small and simple chip to produce. Twice the gate density, half the power TSMC said the new process has twice the gate density of the company’s old 28nm HPM process. It operates about 40 percent faster in the same power envelope and reduces total power consumption by 60 percent."Our FinFET R&D goes back over a...
  • IBM increases the power of the sun ( 60% ...This could change things)

    09/26/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:55 | Nick Farrell
    Because you can never have too much tan Biggish Blue boffins have come up with a way of increasing the sun's radiation by 2,000 times while also producing fresh water and air conditioning. IBM and Switzerland-based Airlight Energy today announced a new parabolic dish uses a dense array of water-cooled solar chips that can convert 80 per cent of the sun's radiation into useful energy.Dubbed the “Concentrator PhotoVoltaics (CPV) system the gear which looks like a 33-foot-high sunflower, can generate 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day — enough to power several average...
  • Waiting on 20nm graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD? Don’t bother.

    09/21/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    techsoda.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Jim Dotcom
    Billions of dollars are spent every year on shrinking the size of transistors, for good reason.Smaller transistors have superior performance characteristics but the main reason for the shrink is because the smaller the transistors are, the more you can squeeze into a chip.  That means you can get better performance from smaller chips, allowing you to squeeze more chips on to the same wafer – and the more chips on a wafer, the more money you make per wafer.Take this example of a 40nm wafer and a (more advanced) 28nm wafer:The left wafer (40nm transistors) has chips of 150mm^2,...
  • Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins ( more USB ports)

    09/18/2014 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Tony Smith,
    More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it... *********************************************** Review You might think that as a purveyor of a nifty compact computer selling in the millions, you’d consider two years after the debut of your first offering that it was high time you tempted back the buyers with a go-faster, more capacious and shinier model. Heck, Apple and others don’t even wait that long: they upgrade products year in, year out. Not so for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for whom such compressed upgrade cycles are vulgarly short. The very first Raspberry Pi Model B micros slipped out early...
  • Six clicks: Single board computers: Banana Pi, Raspberry Pi, and more

    05/02/2014 12:01:56 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 2 May 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    In the beginning, the Raspberry Pi There were many single-board computers (SBC) before the Raspberry Pi showed up, but its combination of price, power, and community made it the poster-child for the do-it-yourself generation of makers who want nothing more than see just how much they could do with a SBC. Popular as the $35 Raspberry Pi is, there are many other worthwhile SBCs out there for the maker who wants to go a little farther out. Intel MinnowBoard Max While far from being as cheap as the Raspberry Pi, for $99 Intel's forthcoming MinnorBoard Max looks pretty sweet.This...
  • IDF: Intel unveils its Haswell Xeon E5-2600 V3 server processor ( 18 cores+)

    09/08/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    theinquirer.net ^ | Mon Sep 08 2014, 17:30 | Lee Bell
    Features up to 18 cores and DDR4 memory support SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED its next generation Xeon chip for servers and workstations at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California today, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family of processors, based on Haswell microarchitecture. Featuring up to 18 cores, the C612 chipset Xeon E5-2600 V3 CPU, previously codenamed Haswell-EP, offers improved performance in an R3 socket when compared to its predecessor, the Xeon E5-2600 V2, which was based on Ivy Bridge architecture.The higher core count brings significant performance improvements over the previous generatons, Intel said, as well as improved peripheral expansion.
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"

    08/13/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    nec.com press release ^ | August 11, 2014 | NEC Press Re;ease
    Contract has been awarded to NEC to build new 60Tb/s system expected to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016 Trans-Pacific route of FASTER August 11, 2014 – A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic...
  • LowRISC: Trying To Bring Fully Open Hardware In A High Risk World

    08/08/2014 1:18:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    .phoronix.com ^ | 08 August 2014 12:31 AM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    LowRISC is a new venture that's "open to the core" with a goal of producing fully open hardware systems. A Phoronix reader wrote in this week to share lowRISC, a hardware platform aiming to be open-source from its System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to the development boards. As implied by the name, lowRISC is based upon the 64-bit RISC-V instruction set. While pricing or expected availability has yet to be shared, lowRISC is aiming to deliver a low-cost development board of the platform. LowRISC is operating as a not-for-profit organization aligned with the University of Cambridge, of whom many of the team...
  • Iran Nuclear Facilities Hacked, Stations Made To Play AC/DC

    08/08/2014 12:30:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    nextpowerup.com ^ | August 8, 2014 10:36 PDT | Seth Fitzgerald
    The Stuxnet virus reportedly created by the combined forces of the American and Israeli governments ravaged Iran's nuclear program between 2009 and 2010, destroying thousands of machines and effectively crippling the country's nuclear efforts.But this wasn't enough for the attackers. They wanted to show what real power was like.And so they made the facilities' hijacked work stations play AC/DC."There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out," wrote an Iranian scientist in an email. "I believe it was the American band AC-DC Thunderstruck. It was...
  • IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain

    08/07/2014 11:40:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    forbes ^ | 7-8-2014 | Alex Knapp
    “In 2011, we had a chip with one core,” Modha told me. “We have now scaled that to 4096 cores, while shrinking each core 15x by area and 100x by power.” Each core of the chip is modeled on a simplified version of the brain’s neural architecture. The core contains 256 “neurons” (processors), 256 “axons” (memory) and 64,000 “synapses” (communications between neurons and axons). This structure is a radical departure from the von Neumann architecture that’s the basis of virtually every computer today (including the one you’re reading this on.) It’s important to note, though, that the SynAPSE system won’t...
  • IBM Unveils Chip Simulating Brain Functions

    08/07/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | Aug. 7, 2014 2:00 p.m. ET | By Don Clark
    SAN JOSE, Calif.--International Business Machines Corp. is claiming a major advance in emulating the brain in silicon.The technology company has developed a microchip that simulates functions of neurons, synapses and other features of the brain to perform calculations. IBM says the chip, a sharp break from the fundamental design used in most computers, excels at chores like recognizing patterns and classifying objects while using... Get The Full Story Subscribe   or   Log In
  • IBM to invest $3 billion in chip development over next 5 years (Graphene R & D ??)

    07/14/2014 10:34:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 10 July 2014, 10:07 | by Mark Tyson
    IBM has provided an outline of its plans to invest $3 billion over the next five years. It hopes the cash injected into its R&D activities will help it find ways to make chips even smaller and more efficient and research into practical alternative materials which will prove superior to silicon.Big Blue has observed the diminishing returns in the process reduction of silicon chips over recent years and has now decided it needs to bet big on the task of finding a suitable successor. Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems & Technology Group said "We really do see...