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Nvidia ECS: Where Real Innovation AND Execution Are on Display
March 17, 2014
One of the questions I've been getting regularly, both because little companies like WhatsApp are in the news and because large firms are struggling to find early stage innovative firms, is "Where do you go to see a lot of small innovative companies?" Firms like this get lost at shows like CES. They just don't have the budget to stand out against the bigger firm's announcements and footprint.
AMD Unleashes Kaveri APUs
January 14, 2014
AMD is attempting to take computing to a new level with the launch of its 2014 AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units. The A-Series APUs include AMD's Radeon R7 graphics technology and are codenamed "Kaveri." The chips mark the first time that AMD has used the Heterogeneous System Architecture in an APU -- a way to let the chip evenly allocate and give access to certain resources.
Will ARM Get a Cold Shoulder from Data Center Owners?
January 14, 2014
The past couple of years have seen rising interest in and considerable promotion of servers and appliances based on the ARM microprocessor architecture. At first glance, the narrative makes some sense. ARM's native performance and energy efficiency, when multiplied across hundreds or thousands of systems, looks impressive for supporting certain kinds of workloads common in Web 2.0, social networking and search sites.
Nvidia's K1 Super Chip Lands in Farmer's Field
January 08, 2014
Nvidia this week announced the Tegra K1, a 192-core super chip that brings its Kepler architecture to the mobile space. Kepler is used in what Nvidia claims is the fastest GPU on the planet, its GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Because the K1 will support the latest PC-class gaming technologies, it will be able to run the Unreal Engine 4 game engine, allowing PC- and console-class game play.
Intel Leaps Out of the Box
January 07, 2014
CEO Brian Krzanich laid out the road map for Intel's future in his first Consumer Electronics Show keynote as CEO. Krzanich, who took over the top job last May, focused on wearable technology -- including some products designed internally -- as well as dual operating system tech and Intel's McAfee security software. Among the products Krzanich displayed was a Bluetooth headset codenamed "Jarvis."
Chinese Man Heads to US Prison for Microchip Smuggling Attempt
December 19, 2013
A Chinese citizen was sentenced to three years in U.S. prison Wednesday for trying to smuggle American-made microchips from California to China. The man, Philip Chaohui He, was targeted in a 2011 sting at a Los Angeles-area port. He was nabbed while approaching a Chinese freighter, toting with him 200 radiation-hardened microchips tucked inside a tub of baby formula.
Intel Chief Lays Out the Game Plan
November 25, 2013
In his first meeting with investors since taking the helm, CEO Brian Krzanich presented a road map for the company's future. Intel will make a stronger push into mobile devices, expand its foundry business to build processors for other chip makers, and move into additional new markets. Intel has lagged behind competitors such as Qualcomm in the smartphone and tablet spaces.
Microchips May Haunt Tombstone Thieves
November 18, 2013
A private company in South Africa has created "Memorial Alert," a microchip-based technology designed to thwart tombstone robberies. There recently has been a spate of these crimes in Johannesburg. The microchip is inserted into a memorial. When it is disturbed, it will sound an alarm and send a text message to relatives and integrated security companies.
AMD, Verizon Pump Each Other Up
October 22, 2013
Customer testimonials play an odd role in many IT industry announcements. At first glance, they offer proof that technologies are actually being used successfully as advertised, lending credence to vendors' sometimes lofty go-to-market claims. Even the most enthusiastic clients tend to guarded, though, for fear that they may injure relationships with other vendors or negate competitive advantages.
BlackBerry and Surface 2: The Fight to Reclaim Past Glory
September 30, 2013
Both BlackBerry and Microsoft have been in far stronger positions with regard to personal technology. At one time, Microsoft was contending for leadership in smartphones against Palm and BlackBerry, and BlackBerry took leadership only to lose it to Apple and then Samsung. Microsoft put tablets on the map in the early part of last decade, but it missed a memo and Apple refined them to success.
IDF2013: Intel's Evolution Hugs the Inside Track
September 30, 2013
Silicon Valley loves an underdog. That's partly because such tales feed the industry's self-mythologizing and the IPO culture that attracts fresh money. To be honest, IT can boast more than its fair share of such successes: Hewlett and Packard, Jobs and Wozniak, and Page and Brin all helped make the industry what it is today. However, mythic underdogs also serve as distractions from another truth.
World With New Limits: The Coming End of Moore's Law
September 23, 2013
Here in the tech community, declaring the birth or death of an era is a tried-and-true path to social fame. For that reason, proclamations to that effect are pretty dang common. Those of us here in the Linux community are pretty accustomed to such announcements by now -- just witness the never-ending "year of Linux desktop" and "death of desktop Linux" rotation that seems to besiege us year after year.
Oh Quark: Intel Just Changed the Technology Market
September 16, 2013
This year, Intel held its IDF during the same week as Apple's iPhone launch, and it's not the first time these events have coincided. However, I could count the number of times Intel has had something more interesting to present than Apple on one hand -- and have five fingers left over. That was true until last week, when Intel surprised the market with an obscure technology codenamed "Quark."
Samsung to Keep Up With the 64-Bit Joneses
September 14, 2013
Samsung's next Galaxy smartphones will have 64-bit processors, J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, reportedly has promised. Samsung is apparently taking its cue from Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s, the first 64-bit-processor smartphone, earlier this week. A 64-bit processor can grab larger pieces of data and process them more quickly than 32-bit CPUs, and it is more power-efficient.
Intel Puts Its Chips on Internet of Things
September 11, 2013
Intel on Tuesday announced a new, lower-power family of processors, the Quark, at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. This is part of the company's heightened drive into ultra-mobile devices. Intel's Quark processors will target growing segments, from the industrial Internet of Things to wearable computing. They are designed for applications in which lower power and size take priority.
IBM Creates Software Ecosystem for Thinking Chip
August 09, 2013
IBM on Thursday announced a software ecosystem tailored for what in essence amounts to a computing architecture that works like the human brain. It supports the programming cycle from design through development, debugging and deployment. The software ecosystem is the fourth phase of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or SyNAPSE, project.
Nvidia Shows Dazzling Detail in Next-Gen Project Logan Demo
July 26, 2013
Nvidia demoed the first processor from Project Logan, its next-generation CUDA-capable mobile processor, at the Siggraph conference and exhibition this week. The processor uses the efficient processing cores from Nvidia's Kepler high-performance computing architecture. Nvidia's CUDA, combined with Kepler, effectively lets mobile devices perform tasks that would previously have required PCs.
Samsung's Ativ Lite Seeks Ultraportable Sweet Spot
July 15, 2013
After initially revealing its new Ativ Book 9 Lite ultraportable PC in June, Samsung on Monday announced that it is now accepting preorders for the device, which will be available in the U.S. on July 28 for $799.99. Weighing 3.5 lbs. and measuring less than an inch thick, the Ativ Book 9 Lite offers a 13.3-inch touchscreen LCD display with 1,366 x 768 resolution along with 4 GB DDR3 memory.
Microsoft's Uncanny Transformation
June 10, 2013
For much of the last decade, Microsoft has set an example more of doing things wrong than right, but at TechEd last week, Microsoft suddenly was showcasing a number of really smart decisions and best practices. It almost felt like an event from a different company -- or the company I remember from the 1990s, before it got arrogant; when it was younger, more vital and a bit more fun.
Sony Woos the Well-Heeled With Vaio Hybrid, Ultrabooks
June 05, 2013
Sony has launched a new Vaio hybrid tablet/laptop and two new Vaio Ultrabooks. All three have premium audio and visual technologies, and they use Intel's Haswell processors, which were designed for low power consumption. At $1,150 to $1,400, they're pricier than the comparable MacBook Air or other Ultrabooks. "They're clearly for premium buyers," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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