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  • GlobalFoundries Details 7 nm Plans: Three Generations, 700 mm˛, HVM in 2018

    06/24/2017 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    anandtech.com ^ | on June 23, 2017 12:00 PM EST | by Anton Shilov
    Posted inSemiconductorsGlobalFoundriesEUV7nmDUV7LP 37 Comments | Add A Comment 37 Comments + Add AComment Keeping an eye on the ever-evolving world of silicon lithography, GlobalFoundries has recently disclosed additional details about its 7 nm generation of process technologies. As announced last September, the company is going to have multiple generations of 7 nm FinFET fabrication processes, including those using EUV. GlobalFoundries now tells us that its 7LP (7 nm leading performance) technology will extend to three generations and will enable its customers to build chips that are up to 700 mm˛ in size. Manufacturing of the first chips using their...
  • US DOE - Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology

    06/20/2017 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    anandtech.com ^ | June 15, 2017 2:06 PM EST | Ryan Smith
    Full Title: PathForward: US Dept. of Energy Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology Even though the major US national laboratories are just now starting to take delivery of the supercomputers they ordered a few years back, due to the long and complex development process for these projects, the US Department of Energy(DOE) has already been focusing on the next round of supercomputers for the next decade. Under the Exascale Computing Project, the DOE expects to develop & order one (and in the end, likely several) exaFLOPS-capable supercomputers, 50 times more powerful than the generation of supercomputers...
  • Microsoft finds bug in Intel ME

    06/10/2017 10:26:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 09 June 2017 | Nick Farrell
    There is even malware exploiting it Microsoft's security team has come across a malware family that uses Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) Serial-over-LAN (SOL) interface as a file transfer tool. Intel's AMT SOL is part of Intel's ME, a separate chip inside Intel CPUs that runs its own OS and stays on even when the main CPU is off. This makes it a rather good place for malware to hit.Inside Intel's ME, AMT SOL opens a virtual network interface which works even when the PC is turned off. This virtual network interface runs inside ME, firewalls and security products installed...
  • IBM's breakthrough: World's first 5nm chip with new materials and ....

    06/06/2017 5:30:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    zdnet.com ^ | June 5, 2017 | By Liam Tung |
    IBM has shown for the first time that its stacked nanosheet technology can outperform today's best FinFET nanometer chips.******************************************************** Just two years after developing a 7nm chip with 20 billion transistors, IBM has taken the wraps off technology that will usher in smaller, 5nm chips with higher performance and greater efficiency.IBM and its Research Alliance partners, GlobalFoundries and Samsung, announced the 5nm breakthrough today, which offers a path to delivering chips with significant improvements on today's leading 10nm chips.IBM hopes the technology will lead to 30-billion transistor chips that are more capable of meeting tomorrow's demands for artificial intelligence, virtual...
  • Are consumer PCs safe from the Intel ME/AMT exploit? (Intel says don't worry?)

    05/04/2017 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Analysis: Here are SemiAccurate’s thoughts TLDR; There is a remote control mechanism in hardware that cannot be fully disabled and you cannot get Intel hardware without it.  So while this patch may fix the current vulnerability this situation points to the urgent need for hardware diversity.Monday SemiAccurate brought you news of a critical remote exploit in all 2008+ Intel CPU’s. Today we will walk you through a chain of thought based on further investigation on how it could be exploited.Confidence Levels:While this is only analysis we will note that we believe this is in the wild right now. We would like to...
  • Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars (Smart TV , Android TV, 4K TV...)

    04/23/2017 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 127 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Jan 5, 2017, 3:12pm EST | Chaim Gartenberg
    This year at CES, HDR support is the buzzword heard from almost every single TV manufacturer, culminating in this frightening-looking slide from LG which proudly promised its set would be compatible with all four major HDR standards.Things aren't quite as problematic as they seem As a consumer, that many different video standards is a daunting idea that brings to mind the format wars of yore (think VHS vs. Betamax or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD). Fortunately, while the fact that there are now four standards — HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR — for companies and consumers to consider when...
  • Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

    04/17/2017 11:37:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Updated Dec. 1, 2016 12:44 p.m. ET | By Amy Dockser Marcus
    Researchers breed animals whose organs may be compatible with humans There are more than 120,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant and not enough donors. The dire shortage has led some researchers to consider an unusual solution: They are breeding genetically modified pigs whose organs could be compatible for human transplant. Researchers have been trying for decades to make animal-to-human transplants work, a process known as xenotransplantation. Pigs are a particularly promising source of organs. They produce big litters. Organs such as the kidney and liver are similar... To Read the Full Story Subscribe
  • Group Seeks to Overturn Patent Ruling on Breakthrough Gene Tech...

    04/17/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Updated April 13, 2017 9:03 p.m. ET | Amy Dockser Marcus and Joe Palazzolo
    Crispr-Cas9, a system scientists hope will reduce gene-editing to something akin to cutting and pasting text on a computer, has been claimed by two research groups Tensions are escalating in the long-running dispute between two major groups over the research and rights to Crispr, a biological system that has been adapted to easily edit the genes of animals, plants and people.
  • High-Court Case to Challenge Jurisdiction ‘Shopping’ in Patent Suits

    04/17/2017 8:57:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 23, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET | By John D. McKinnon
    Litigation challenges system that has led to concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly districts WASHINGTON—Businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the Supreme Court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern Texas.The companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...
  • How upgrading humans will become the next billion-dollar industry

    04/04/2017 11:42:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Apr 4, 2017 3:13 a.m. ET | Jeremy Olshan
    By JeremyOlshan Editor Amazon Detail of “Homo Deus” hardcover dust jacket. Investors searching for the next transformative technology destined to turn a bunch of Ivy League dropouts into billionaires, and half the market into a loose slot machine, need only look in the mirror.“The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,” historian Yuval Harari, author of the fascinating new book “Homo Deus,” told MarketWatch. ‘For the first time in history it will be possible to translate economic inequality into biological inequality.’ Yuval Harari
  • Stock Surge in First Quarter of 2017 Rides the Tech Wave

    04/01/2017 10:00:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Updated March 31, 2017 10:09 p.m. ET | Corrie Driebusch
    Investors turn away from ‘Trump trade’ wagers—banks and industrials—to bet on growth shares The S&P 500 posted its biggest quarterly gain since the end of 2015, as a brightening economic outlook offset investors’ waning enthusiasm for the “Trump trade.”The index’s 5.5% rise in the first three months of the year extended postelection gains that have sent major U.S. indexes to records, but the most recent move higher reflects a change in the bets that are fueling the rally.Investors dialed back on shares expected... To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In
  • AMD rumored to be working on a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen CPU due later this year

    03/24/2017 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | March 20, 2017 3:46 PM | Kevin Parrish
    AMD is rumored to be working on more Ryzen CPUs that add even more cores and threads to the equation. Their release is said to be several months away, so it may not be long before AMD reveals a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen CPU with support for quad-channel DDR4 memory.Although AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have received some criticism for their single-core performance and gaming ability, they have excelled in applications and settings where the full power of their many cores and threads can be utilized. The rumored CPUs that AMD may have in the works would up the ante even more, making them...
  • 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
    fudzilla.com ^ | 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
    theverge.com ^ | 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
    yahoo.com ^ | 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
    nextplatform.com ^ | 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
    semiengineering.com ^ | 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
    digitaltrends.com ^ | 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...