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  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 8:08:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies ^ | 17 March 2017 | Nick Farrell
    Upgrade or die Software king of the world Microsoft is locking down system updates for those using AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s Kaby Lake processors on Windows 7 and 8.1. Users are now starting to encounter the following error message: “Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows.” This message appears when a user attempts to update their OS and a quick look at Microsoft’s support page reveals upgrading to Windows 10 is the only way to fix the problem. Microsoft’s support page on the matter says that Windows 10 is the ‘only’ OS to...
  • Microsoft unveils new ARM server designs, threatening Intel’s dominance

    03/16/2017 8:48:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | Mar 9, 2017, 7:45am EST | James Vincent
    **************************************************************************** Intel has a near-monopoly in the server industry, with its own ads proclaiming that “98 percent of the cloud runs on Intel.” That’s why Microsoft’s pledge to use ARM chips in its severs — hinted at for a while and outlined more fully at the Open Compute Summit this week — is such a big deal. Microsoft is the second biggest cloud company in the US after Amazon, and if it moves even a small bit of its business away from Intel’s products, it threatens the veteran chipmaker’s most lucrative revenue stream, responsible for $7.5 billion in operating...
  • It’s the 1940s again: IBM’s Scott Crowder on the infancy of quantum computers

    03/13/2017 2:02:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies ^ | 3/13/2017 | Brad Jones
    IBM Q isn’t vaporware. It’s a project years-in-the-making that could help quantum computation reach its massive potential. The future of quantum computers may arrive sooner than you think. When news arrived of IBM’s move to offer the first commercially available universal quantum computer last week, it was characterized as a “handoff” from IBM Research to IBM Systems. According to the company’s CTO and vice president of quantum computing, technical strategy, and systems, Scott Crowder, that’s not entirely the case. “It’s not quite a ‘handoff,’ it’s really a partnership,” explained Crowder. “This is definitely a transition point from it being pure...
  • How AMD’s Naples X86 Server Chip Stacks Up To Intel’s Xeons

    03/13/2017 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | March 8, 2017 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Ever so slowly, and not so fast as to give competitor Intel too much information about what it is up to, but just fast enough to build interest in the years of engineering smarts that has gone into its forthcoming “Naples” X86 server processor, AMD is lifting the veil on the product that will bring it back into the datacenter and that will bring direct competition to the Xeon platform that dominates modern computing infrastructure.It has been a bit of a rolling thunder revelation of information about the Zen core used in the “Naples” server chip, the brand of...
  • AMD's Naples: Outspecing and outperforming $5000 CPU from Intel

    03/11/2017 10:19:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 09 March 2017 | Fuad Abazovic
    AMD has given details of Naples and talked about its support at the Open Compute conference and it also shared a few performance numbers of a dual socket Naples with 64 core and 128 threes versus Intel’s latest dual socket Xeon E5-2699A. Intel’s latest dual socket Xeon E5-2699A is commercially available from a major server OEM. Intel has 22 cores with 44 threads support per socket. A dual socket Intel system supports total 88 threads while the dual socket Naples supports 128 threads. Intel's platform supports total eight memory channels while Naples supports 16, twice the number. Total memory capacity...
  • 7nm Market Heats Up--GlobalFoundries rolls out 7nm finFET technology. (2018)

    03/04/2017 11:23:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | September 15th, 2016 | Mark LaPedus
    The 7nm finFET market is heating up in the foundry business amid the ongoing push to develop chips at advanced nodes. Not long ago, TSMC announced plans to enter the 7nm finFET market. In addition, Intel and Samsung are also separately planning to enter the 7nm finFET race.Now, GlobalFoundries is formally announcing its 7nm finFET technology. Slated for 2018, GlobalFoundries’ 7nm finFET process will be initially manufactured using 193nm immersion scanners, not extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The company plans to make an additional multi-billion dollar investment in its Fab 8 facility in New York to enable the development and production...
  • AMD Starts Selling Powerful PC Chips to Challenge Intel

    03/03/2017 10:04:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wsj ^ | March 2, 2017 8:45 p.m. ET | By Ted Greenwald
    Three chips in AMD’s Ryzen line, which became available in high volume Thursday, represent first major processor redesign in five years Advanced Micro Devices Inc. started selling new personal-computer chips that challenge market leader Intel Corp. for the first time in years.
  • Intel slash-and-burns processor prices ahead of AMD’s Ryzen CPU launch

    02/27/2017 3:52:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | February 27, 2017 10:53 AM | By Kevin Parrish
    AMD’s new Ryzen desktop processor family is about to arrive in an over-packed station wagon in a matter of days, threatening to put a dent in Intel’s current performance desktop processor market share. AMD has already baited customers with an option to pre-purchase its three top-of-the-line chips, with the most expensive model costing $500 and performing on a par with a similar Intel processor costing over $1,000. That has pushed Intel to lower its prices before the Ryzen family arrives with a bang. The price cuts have already shown up on Microcenter, revealing reductions ranging from $15 to $300. For instance, the Intel...
  • AMD’s Ryzen chips could spark price (or performance) war with Intel

    02/27/2017 12:16:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | Feb 24, 2017 7:13 a.m. ET | Therese Poletti
    By TheresePoletti Columnist Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. released details Wednesday on its forthcoming Ryzen chip, including pricing that has the potential to set off a price war with its big rival, Intel Corp.AMD AMD, +6.87%  said the first three chips based on its highly anticipated Zen architecture will be launched March 2 for the desktop PC and gaming market, with the most powerful chip in the lineup priced at half of what Intel INTC, -0.14%   charges for a similarly configured chip. Investors were enthused by the first concrete news of the chip family, with AMD’s shares rallying...
  • {BEW AMD CPU} Ryzen to compete with Core i7 7700K too

    02/14/2017 1:38:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | 07 February 2017 | Fuad Abazovic
    Competitive performance  There has been much discussion about the eight cores sixteen threads Ryzen CPU and the fact that it will compete quite well against Intel's Core i7 6950 extreme edition but it looks like the Zen with eight cores with sixteen threads will get really close to the performance of the Core i7 7700K. This is the sweet spot of the performance market and in recent years, Intel started charging customers close to 350 Euro/USD for the CPUs at this level, simply because it was lacking any serious competition. Our well placed industry sources confirm that a slightly...
  • Fear of Crackdown on H-1B Program Causes Rift Between Silicon Valley, Indian Tech Firms

    02/09/2017 1:07:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 1:25 p.m. ET | By Laura Meckler and Laura Stevens
    The Trump administration has the visa program for skilled workers in its crosshairs ****************************************************************WASHINGTON—Silicon Valley technology firms, worried about their ability to bring foreign workers to the U.S. under President Donald Trump, are distancing themselves from Indian outsourcing firms, which are heavy users of the same visa program that U.S. tech firms rely on.
  • Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, and Others File Legal Brief to Oppose President’s Immigration Order

    02/06/2017 8:49:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | By Rafia Shaikh
    The country’s biggest tech companies filed a legal brief late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration – also known as the immigration ban. Apple, Google, Facebook, and over 90 other companies have filed this amicus brief. Tech firms legally fight against President’s immigration ban “Ninety-seven companies, from Apple Inc. to Zynga Inc., filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy,” Bloomberg reported on Monday. Last week, reports had indicated that the industry was considering to send a joint...
  • Silicon Valley Reacts to President Trump’s Immigration Orders

    02/06/2017 7:26:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    wccftech ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Rafia Shaikh
    Industry Silicon Valley Reacts to President Trump’s Immigration Orders By Rafia Shaikh Jan 30, 2017 22Shares Share Tweet Submit Ashton Kutcher isn’t the only one protesting against Friday’s executive order – widely known as the Muslim ban. Several celebrities, tech companies, and executives in Silicon Valley have come out in opposition of what’s being called an immigration ban. Multiple tech luminaries are resisting the ban, and offering to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) following the enactment of the immigration order.The executive order was signed on Friday by President Donald Trump, banning entry for 90 days to refugees...
  • Hidden magnets -- the next big cheat in cycling?

    01/30/2017 9:24:43 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 29 Jan 2017
    It's not just about doping anymore. 60 Minutes reports on hidden motors in bikes -- and how magnets are being used to reinvent the wheel
  • Microsoft could be the world’s first trillion dollar company

    12/29/2016 6:28:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 27 December 2016 | Nick Farrell
    It will not be Apple after all Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn means that the software giant is on track to become the world’s first trillion dollar company. Analyst Michael Markowski claims that Microsoft will reach that threshold before other big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. He thinks that Vole will use LinkedIn to become a leader in social media and the emerging crowdfunding industry. Analyst Michael Markowski claims that Microsoft will reach that threshold before other big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. He thinks that Vole will use LinkedIn to become a...
  • Forgive me, techies, but here are the seven reasons why Silicon Valley likes Trump

    12/28/2016 1:34:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNBC Technology ^ | December 28, 2016 | Kara Swisher, Recode
    I have to admit that I am cringing even as I key this in, but there are some very good reasons why many in tech are actually welcoming the incoming administration of Donald Trump. I spent the last few weeks talking to a range of Silicon Valley leaders, all of whom will only talk off the record, because, well, Trump. All of them to a person were against him, some even voicing public opposition, during the campaign, and they all lent strong to tepid support to Hillary Clinton. That said, most indicated that they are seeing what they consider some...
  • Berkeley Lab researchers create a transistor with a 1-nm gate

    12/22/2016 7:59:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    Hexus ^ | 10 October 2016, 13:01 | Mark Tyson
    A research team at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a transistor with a working 1-nm gate. Lead by faculty scientist Ali Javey, the team says they have thus broken a "major barrier in transistor size" to create the "Smallest. Transistor. Ever."Conventional semiconductor materials will hit a 'brick wall' at 5nm, simply down to the laws of physics, think scientists. However, thanks to the choice of cutting edge materials, the Berkeley Lab team has gained a lot more room for miniaturisation. As described by the Berkeley Lab Blog, the key to the creation...
  • I don’t belong in tech

    11/29/2016 5:32:51 AM PST · by spintreebob · 172 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | [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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...