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August 2, 2017

AMD Project 47 Supercomputer Packs 1 Petaflop in a Single Rack

AMD’s SIGGRAPH 2017 Capsaicin event had quite a few reveals today, but nothing quite as impressive as Inventec’s new Project 47 supercomputer powered by AMD.

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The new Project 47 supercomputer is easily one of the more beautiful server racks we’ve ever seen, but what’s even more [...]

 
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July 9, 2017

The Legendary IBM Model F Keyboard is Back, For a Limited Edition Run

 

Remember the good old 1980’s? The days of the IBM Personal System/2 PC when a 20MHz CPU, 2MB of RAM, and a 100MB HDD cost you $10,000? Or the first time you laid hands on the sweet, sweet Model F keyboard with the intoxicating clack clack of the buckling spring switches?

Well, sad to say nobody is bringing back the IBM PS/2, but if you yearn to be able to feel the IBM Model F keyboard once again, you may be in luck.

An IBM Model F keyboard enthusiast is attempting to bring back the Model F with an ambitious new project. His goal? “A perfect, working reproduction” of the original IBM Model F, except with modern technical [...]

 
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June 9, 2017

IBM Research Alliance Develops 5nm Transistor – 40% Improved Performance, 75% Improved Power Efficiency

IBM Research Alliance recently announced that they’ve developed a process to produce the world’s first 5nm transistors. The new transistors will allow IBM to squeeze as much as 30 billion transistors into a chip just 50mm² resulting in as much as 40% improvement in performance at the same power or a 75% reduction in power at the same level of performance when compared to current generation cutting edge 10nm technology.

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August 17, 2016

GlobalFoundries Confirmed Skipping 10nm, Jumping Directly to 7nm Process

In a recent interview with SemiWiki, Gary Patton, CEO of GlobalFoundries, confirmed that GlobalFoundries will be skipping the 10nm process and jumping straight into 7nm. They believe that 10nm, just like 20nm will be a very short lived node and isn’t worth the effort.

GlobalFoundries currently offers 14nm FinFET thanks to a licensing agreement with Samsung, but is further working on developing a 7nm process thanks to an acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business back in July of last year. Their first 7nm process will be developed with optical, but will also support EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography) when the technology is ready.

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January 13, 2015

Preliminary Injunction Halts Sale of SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSDs, IBM eXFlash Modules

A federal court in Northern California recently granted a preliminary injunction stopping the sale of SSD controllers sold by Canadian chipmaker, Diablo Technologies. The Diablo Technologies’ SSD controllers in question are most notably used in SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs and IBM’s eXFlash modules. These SSDs exploit the much faster DRAM interface to achieve higher performance and lower latency than traditional non-volatile storage interfaces such as SATA, SAS, or PCIe.

The injunction was filed against Diablo Technologies by Netlist, a Southern California company who produces non-volatile memory modules similar to SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs. The [...]

 
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December 22, 2014

Nintendo Rumored to Use AMD Chips for Next Gen Console

It’s no secret that Nintendo’s Wii U has been a failure in this latest generation of console wars with even Nintendo calling their own product an unworthy successor to the Wii.

While there are many possible reasons for the failure of the new console, one of the more commonly cited reasons is inferior hardware incapable of delivering the same level of visual effects of its competitors. However, new reports are surfacing online suggesting that Nintendo may be tapping AMD for some hardware to level the playing field for the next generation.

Supporting this theory is a recent announcement by AMD SVP and CFO, Devinder Kumar, who announced at a technology [...]

 
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December 4, 2014

Samsung, Intel Top Technology R&D Spenders in 2014

A new ranking from Strategy& (PwC) has listed Samsung and Intel as 2014’s top technology R&D spenders, far exceeding the R&D investment of any other technology company on the market. Samsung and Intel are also second and third in terms of R&D spending overall across all industries with only Volkswagen outspending Samsung by a mere $0.9 billion ($100 million).

According to the ranking, Samsung has increased R&D spending to a whopping $13.4 billion this year from $10.4 billion last year while Intel spent a not-too-shabby $10.6 billion, up from the $10.1 billion spent last year.  This far exceeds the only other two major technology companies who [...]

 
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June 16, 2014

SanDisk Purchasing Fusion-io, Further Strengthens Enterprise SSD Portfolio

In a not-too-surprising move, SanDisk recently announced that they’ve entered an agreement to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1 billion cash, further strengthening SanDisk in the enterprise SSD space.

Fusion-io, primarily known for their enterprise PCIe SSD solutions was one of the pioneering PCIe based enterprise SSD vendors to go public back in 2011. Unfortunately shortly after going public, Fusion-io had a bit of trouble staying profitable due to inconsistent swings in the enterprise/datacenter upgrade cycle and a number of tier 1 SSD vendors (SSD vendors with in-house fabs) entering the PCIe SSD space. Within the past couple years, Fusion-io also lost a number of [...]

 
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February 4, 2014

Microsoft Announces New CEO, Satya Nadella

After current Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced his retirement plans last year and Microsoft’s months of searching for the replacement, Microsoft has recently announced that their search for a new CEO is now over. Effective immediately, Satya Nadella, will now be the third CEO of Microsoft following the early retirement of CEO Steve Ballmer.

Satya Nadella, previously the VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, is one of the few in-house candidates Microsoft considered for their search for a new CEO. Other candidates include Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, and Ford CEO, Alan Mulally. Despite the fact that many investors were expecting Microsoft to bring [...]

 
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January 29, 2014

Lenovo Buying Motorola from Google for $2.9 Billion

Without a doubt, 2014 has already been Lenovo’s biggest year with Lenovo announcing acquisitions of IBM’s low end server market as well as a huge reorganization effort into four business groups. But.. why stop there?

Google has recently announced that Lenovo will be purchasing Google’s Motorola Mobility division for a whopping $2.9 billion. Not bad considering Google purchased Motorola Mobility for a staggering $12.5 billion only two years ago. That said, Google will still be retaining the vast majority of Motorola Mobility’s patents, which is worth a whole lot more than the struggling Motorola Mobility business anyway.

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