Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
News & Analysis 10/13/2014 4 comments
Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
News & Analysis 10/11/2014 17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
What's in a Name?
Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment
What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
News & Analysis 10/2/2014 2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
News & Analysis 10/1/2014 16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
News & Analysis 9/29/2014 28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
News & Analysis 9/24/2014 4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
NHTSA's on the Spot — Finally
Blog 9/15/2014 16 comments
Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such a slacker at enforcing safety laws? A US Senate subcommittee wants to investigate.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
19 Views of IDF 2014
Slideshow 9/12/2014 3 comments
Intel tipped a Xeon-class processor for microservers, a 3D camera, and plans for a password- and wire-free PC this year at IDF, where Rick Merritt had brief, strange encounters with Sergey Brin and a banana piano.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables
Slideshow 9/9/2014 9 comments
Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
6 Things I Expect at IDF
News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments
The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Video Codecs in Close Battle
Blog 8/25/2014 6 comments
The next-generation video codecs -- HEVC H.265 and Google’s VP9 -- are in a close battle, one that will play out as the age of 4K video is just starting to dawn.
Microsoft Counters Google Chromebook
News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments
Microsoft is gearing up in its fight to bring Windows to the lower end of the laptop market. The company earlier announced it would sell sub $200 versions of its Lumia smartphone, and will target this price range again with Windows OS laptops for $199 and $249.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid
News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
25 Views of Hot Chips 2014
Slideshow 8/18/2014 3 comments
ARM commanded much of the spotlight at Hot Chips 2014, but the event made it clear Intel maintains its position as king of the microprocessor hill.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter
News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments
FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM
News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments
Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
News & Analysis 8/11/2014 1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
9 Peaks From the Flash Summit
Slideshow 8/8/2014 8 comments
Flash controllers want to be compute nodes, vertical NAND wants to ship and next-gen non-volatiles want a shot, I was told at the Flash Summit.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
News & Analysis 8/5/2014 4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
Blog 7/22/2014 7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
VoLTE Rises, Riding Software
Blog 7/17/2014 2 comments
Service providers are spending on systems for voice services again, thanks to the move to 4G LTE, but the spending comes with demand vendors embrace network virtualization.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 5 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
News & Analysis 7/7/2014 2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
News & Analysis 6/25/2014 23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.