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Internet of Things Close, Thanks to ARM's Reach
March 13, 2012
Chipmaker ARM has announced a tiny product with huge implications. The company unveiled its ARM Cortex M0+, a 1mm microchip it says can push the edge of the Internet beyond your laptop or PC. Everything is on the drawing board -- from a network-enabled fridge to devices powered by your body's heat.
Sandy Bridge Delivers More Processing Horsepower for Integrated Next-Gen Systems
March 13, 2012
Intel's launch of its new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family marked numerous firsts for the company and x86 data centers. The new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance per watt, and breakthrough I/O innovation features, according to Intel. Overall, Intel believes E5-2600 processors are not only at the heart of next-generation servers and workstations, but will also power the next generation of storage and communication systems.
Open Source Coopetition Fueled by LF Growth
March 13, 2012
The Linux Foundation has come a long way since initiated in 2007 as the fusion of the Open Source Development Lab and Free Standards Group. It has gained some significant members and new groups of collaborators -- the latest batch including graphics and microprocessor giant Nvidia. I believe the move was driven primarily by Nvidia's desire to participate, integrate and collaborate on Linux as the open source operating system continues to grow.
Holy Semiconductors! IBM Reveals 1Tbps Holey Optical Chip
March 08, 2012
IBM on Thursday introduced a prototype chip dubbed the "Holey Optochip," a wedding of traditional computer chip technology with the use of optical pathways. Able to transmit 1 terabit of data per second, the prototype chipset could eventually result in faster downloads of information like apps and streaming video.
HTC Touts the Power of One
February 27, 2012
HTC revealed a new line of smartphones at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress Sunday, showcasing handsets designed to emphasize audio and sleek, efficient displays. The line will include three handsets under the collective HTC One series: the One X, One V and One S. All will run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and will come with 25 GB of cloud storage space courtesy of Dropbox.
AMD: Shift Happens
February 06, 2012
Last week was the coming-out party for AMD's new CEO, and his core message was that the market was undergoing a shift -- and when markets shift, leadership changes. His point was that Intel's leadership was at risk and that AMD was poised to take over that leadership. The nature of this change is massive, and I doubt we -- I mean any of us -- are fully aware of how much is changing.
AMD Aims to Shimmy Into Ultrabook Turf With Ultrathins
January 18, 2012
Thin is all the rage in electronics these days, and nowhere is that more evident than in the notebook computer realm, where Intel has created a deafening buzz with its Ultrabook platform. However, Intel's archrival, AMD, isn't sitting on its silicon when it comes to thin computers.
The Future According to CES
January 16, 2012
One of the things that unfortunately doesn't happen much since Bill Gates stepped down is a quintessential talk on what the future will look like, and I find I miss that. So, to fill my own need for such a talk, this week's column will focus on the interesting products I saw come out at CES and the future they represent.
Google's Nettlesome Search Gambit
January 14, 2012
Google has tuned up its search engine once again, but this time instead of shaving a couple of precious microseconds off its response time, it's decided to adjust some back-end systems in a way that changes the kinds of results people get, depending on who they are.
Intel to Make Mobile Incursion via China
January 11, 2012
Intel has finally leaped into the mobile sector. CEO Paul Otellini announced the company's entry during a keynote address at CES. Otellini revealed major agreements with both Motorola and Lenovo to put Intel inside smartphones. Intel will show up in Lenovo phones in China during the first half of 2012 and in Motorola handsets this year.
The Rebirth of the Hybrid Laptop: AMD's Opportunity
January 09, 2012
Last week, an announcement from Lenovo got me thinking of Rory Read, AMD's new CEO, who made some cryptic remarks about AMD going into ARM and no longer chasing Intel. Now, there are a number of hybrid or crossover products that will be coming out this year, with the most interesting being a cross between a notebook and tablet. This design will likely be the showcase for Windows 8.
Intel Gallops Up Cedar Trail
December 29, 2011
Intel announced its third-generation Atom mobile processor-based platform, code-named "Cedar Trail," on Wednesday. It consists of two dual-core mobile processors, the N2600 and N2800, and two that target entry-level desktop and other solutions, the D2500 and D2700. The platform introduces new features such as Intel Wireless Music and Intel Wireless Display.
Intel Takes Medfield-Powered Phone and Tablet Out for a Spin
December 21, 2011
Intel is stepping up the drumbeat around its efforts to penetrate the mobile handheld device market leading up to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. The semiconductor giant recently sent prototype devices, known as "reference designs," to the MIT Technology Review to try out.
Apple's Patent Win: Just a Feather in Its Cap?
December 21, 2011
In a decision 20 months in the making, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Monday that, starting in April, certain HTC smartphones cannot be imported into the U.S. due to a violation of one of Apple's patents. Apple had alleged that HTC was violating 10 technology patents, though the ITC ruled that the Taiwanese smartphone maker was infringing on just one, a data tapping feature.
Thailand's Summer Floods Leave Intel High and Dry
December 12, 2011
Intel has informed its shareholders that its fourth-quarter results will not match its earlier outlook. The reason: a global shortage of hard disk drives, due to flooding in Thailand earlier this year. Now the company expects fourth-quarter revenue to be approximately $13.7 billion, down from the previous estimate of roughly $14.7 billion.
Researchers Create Brain on a Chip
November 16, 2011
Although computers have been called "thinking machines," their internal operations have very little to do with how the original thinking machine -- the human brain -- actually works. That's changing, however, as some researchers at MIT and the University of Texas Medical School have demonstrated in a new computer chip that mimics how the brain learns as it receives new information.
Nvidia Crams Tegra 3 Mobile Chip Chock Full of Cores
November 09, 2011
Nvidia on Wednesday launched the quad-core mobile Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Formerly nicknamed "Project Kal-El," the Tegra 3 has four main cores and a fifth companion core. It distributes the workload among these using patent-pending variable symmetric multiprocessing technology.
Calxeda's EnergyCore: No Jack to Intel's Beanstalk
November 08, 2011
Last week, Calxeda launched its ARM-based "EnergyCore" Server on a Chip, which the company said consumes as little as 1.5 watts -- the first server CPU to achieve this milestone. This makes EnergyCore ideal for workloads such as Web serving, Big Data applications, scalable analytics such as Apache Hadoop, media streaming, and mid-tier infrastructure such as caching and in-memory scalable databases, the company said.
New 'Server on a Chip' Aims to Lighten Up Cloud Hardware
November 02, 2011
While the image that the high-tech industry has adopted for the source of services delivered over a remote network -- the cloud -- conjures thoughts of airy skies where quasi-magical things happen, the actual cloud is firmly anchored to the ground in data centers bristling with computer servers. As the cloud continues to expand, so does the demand for servers.
Asus Revs Up a Lean, Mean Transformer 2 Tablet
October 20, 2011
Asus offered the world a sneak peek at the company's upcoming Transformer 2 tablet at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong earlier this week, laying to rest speculation that the device's launch might be delayed. The Transformer 2 is an Android tablet with a detachable keyboard and a 10-inch screen.
AMD Breaks New Ground With FX Bulldozer Processors
October 14, 2011
Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled its FX Series family of processors, which includes two it heralds as the first eight-core desktop CPUs. These are the first processors available in retail that use AMD's new Bulldozer multicore architecture. The FX processors are priced at between $115 and $245.
Acer's Ultrabook Muscles Into Tablet Territory
October 10, 2011
Acer released its Aspire S3 ultrabook in the U.S. on Monday. The device, which weighs in at less than three pounds, provides up to 50 days of standby time and supports up to six hours of continuous usage. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, a 20 GB solid-state drive and a 320 GB hard drive. The Aspire S3 has a "speedy resume" feature and a 13.3-inch high definition LED-backlit display.
Intel and IBM Form Chip Research Tag Team
September 28, 2011
Two of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, Intel and IBM, announced a shared investment Tuesday of $4.4 billion to develop cutting-edge chip technology in the state of New York. The partnership, a continuation of a decade-long project, has two main goals.
Intel Inside Everything
September 27, 2011
Coming just weeks before the beginning of the holiday shopping season so crucial to its consumer OEM/ODM customers, Intel's annual Developer Forum tends to highlight the spun sugar and sweet delights the market can expect in the shorter term. However, as IDF 2011 in San Francisco recently proved, it is the longer-term strategies and technical breakthroughs that form the real meat of the event.

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