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Intel turns server chips into data sources at its latest Xeon rollout

In unveiling the latest versions of its Xeon server processors today, Intel amped up the excitement by announcing new monitoring capabilities made possible by new in-chip sensors.<p>Leading up to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco later this week, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and …

Intel's DDR4-friendly Xeon workhorses bolt for workstations, servers

Intel's latest-generation Xeon E5 v3 processors first showed up in systems from the likes of Dell last month, but Chipzilla made them generally …

The Internet of Things will need a whole new breed of chip — here’s what they’ll look like

First connected computers. Then connected devices. Now connected ‘Things’. The technology industry is gearing up for a major transformation, one that may end up having an even greater effect on our lives than the PC and smartphone revolutions.<p>The end uses are exciting — both those we’re …

L2 vs. L3 cache: What’s the Difference?

By on May 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm<p>Yesterday we discussed how caches work, what the difference is between L1 and L2, and the various design elements that …

Computer Hardware

The final ISA showdown: Is ARM, x86, or MIPS intrinsically more power efficient?

By on August 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm<p>One of the canards that’s regularly trotted out in discussions of ARM vs. x86 processors is the idea that ARM chips …

Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

<b>LinuxCon 2014</b> It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture – so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere – will graduate to …

5 Ways IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology

It's tiny, it's mighty, and it mimics the brain. Here's how IBM's new smart chip will bring about big tech advances.<p>To most people, a computer is nothing more than a functional box. You can use it to surf the Web, stream a movie, and maybe crunch some numbers at work, but the thing doesn't have a …

Are processors pushing up against the limits of physics?

A perspective on whether Moore's law will hold, as well as whether it matters.<p>When I first started reading Ars Technica, performance of a processor …

Applied Micro Plots Out X-Gene ARM Server Future

At the Hot Chips 26 conference being hosted in Silicon Valley this week, upstart ARM server chip maker Applied Micro is presenting details on its …

SoftLayer To Outflank Rivals With Bare Metal, InfiniBand, And Power8

There are many ways for IBM to get to the $7 billion revenue run rate it has promised Wall Street it can hit as it exits 2015. One way was to take …

Oracle Cranks Up The Cores To 32 With Sparc M7 Chip

Say what you will about Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, but when the software giant bought Sun Microsystems more than four years ago, for …

Errata prompts Intel to disable TSX in Haswell, early Broadwell CPUs

The TSX instructions built into Intel's Haswell CPU cores haven't become widely used by everyday software just yet, but they promise to make certain …

Nvidia unveils blazing-fast 64-bit Project Denver processor for Android devices

Graphics chip maker Nvidia revealed the architectural details of its codenamed Project Denver processor for mobile devices.<p>The custom-designed central processing unit (CPU) combines both processor and graphics capabilities on the same chip. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based Nvidia unveiled the details …

Broadwell is coming: A look at Intel’s low-power Core M and its 14nm process

Once Intel can get past the delays, its new chips will have a lot to offer.<p>Last week I flew from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon, to get briefed by …

AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

<b>Hot Chips 26</b> AMD today sheds more light on its "Seattle" 64-bit ARM architecture processor at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California.<p>Take …

Macintel: The End Is Nigh

<i>When Apple announced its 64-bit A7 processor, I dismissed the speculation that this could lead to a switch away from Intel chips for the Macintosh</i> …

Nvidia quadruples display resolution by stacking two cheap LCD panels on top of each other

By on July 28, 2014 at 10:58 am<p>Nvidia researchers have used a fantastically straightforward approach to quadruple the effective resolution and double …

Nvidia

AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing

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Data centers built into cellsites could boost mobile Internet speed

Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the …

Big Blue and Apple’s Soul

I hope you’ll forgive my writing about week-old news,1 but I find it striking to compare the paucity of words written about Apple’s partnership with …

A Look At Tesla's Cheapest Car, The Model 3

Tesla's much-anticipated somewhat affordable electric car will be called the Model 3.<p>The electric carmaker hopes to start selling the smaller, cheaper offering by early 2017, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview published late Tuesday night by British car magazine Auto Express.<p>The car will cost …

Not slowing down at all, Google spent $2.65B on data centers in Q2

Google’s quarterly infrastructure spending has been skyrocketing for several quarters now, and the past three months were no exception. Google spent …

IBM and Apple: Catharsis

IBM did not invent personal computing but their “PC” became synonymous with the category. Having entered the market in 1981, the IBM PC quickly …

Google Joining With Pharma Company to Build its Smart Contact Lens

Pharmaceutical company Novartis announced Tuesday that its eye care division, Alcon, will license Google’s smart contact lens technology, creating a …

D-Wave to bust 1,000-qubit barrier with new quantum compute device

D-Wave is planning a big expansion into quantum computing hardware and their software, helped in part by $30m in extra funding from venture …

Apple Facing Production Issues with iPhone 6 as 5.5-Inch Version May Be Delayed Until 2015

The launch of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed into 2015 as Apple's production issues with the smaller 4.7-inch version will likely carry over into the larger model, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.<p>Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the …

Netflix performance on Verizon FiOS dropped another 17 percent in June

Despite paid peering deal, Verizon fails to deploy links to Netflix quickly.<p>Verizon Internet customers who want to watch Netflix at high quality and …

Does Anyone Outside Silicon Valley Even Want a Smartwatch?

In the past week, I’ve been called “Inspector Gadget” twice, had a near-calamitous accident involving spray-on sunblock, and felt my arm vibrate so …

Dropbox Updates Desktop Client with Streaming Sync

Dropbox today announced its desktop client is getting streaming sync, a new feature that significantly reduces the time needed to synchronize large files. You can download the new version now from dropbox.com, and the company promises the improvement will be rolled out “over the next couple …