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China Plugs In to SDN Switch
Blog  
8/30/2013   1 comment
China's top technologists gathered this week at an inaugural event in Beijing to discuss the mega-shift toward software defined networking.
Big Iron Shines at Hot Chips
Slideshow  
8/29/2013   6 comments
IBM and Oracle showed competing Power 8 and M6 server CPUs at the annual Stanford event where Microsoft and others put in a few surprises.
IBM's Last Stand in CPUs?
Blog  
8/28/2013   14 comments
It's not the end, but the situation looks pretty grim for IBM's storied silicon and processor technology, something Open Power hopes to fix.
Slideshow: In Search of the Ideal User Interface in Cars
Slideshow  
8/28/2013   42 comments
In the UI battle, stakes are high for automakers, as their automotive dashboards could be rendered obsolete by smartphones and tablets drivers are increasingly bringing into cars.
Qualcomm Opens DSP Core
Slideshow  
8/27/2013   8 comments
The mobile chip vendor will invite third-party programmers to write apps for its Hexagon core and has been asked to license the part to other chip vendors.
Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says
News & Analysis  
8/27/2013   42 comments
The ability to double transistors on a slice of silicon will end as early as 2020, said the director of an agency trying to find what's next.
Verification Panel: Are We Done Yet? Not Even Close
Blog  
8/27/2013   2 comments
Discussion panels held in public are often dull exercises in easy harmony. But get experts in a closed room and opinions can become more divided, or at least more vocal.
ARM Buys Sensinode for IoT Software
News & Analysis  
8/27/2013   7 comments
ARM bought startup Sensinode for the 6LoWPAN-based M2M software, which it will license and make available through its mbed program.
Group Describes Specs for x86, ARM SoCs
News & Analysis  
8/26/2013   5 comments
The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group gave a first look at work on parallel programming specs backed by AMD, ARM, and ARM SoC vendors.
Benchmarks for Whole Phones Needed
Blog  
8/19/2013   27 comments
Benchmarking is a tricky business. There are benchmarks and there are benchmarks. I'm sure I'm not alone in my weariness with reading reports on yet another batch of benchmark results.
Apple Ahead as Samsung Ban Looms
Blog  
8/16/2013   5 comments
Apple currently has an upper hand in the fierce and protracted patent infringement battle with Samsung over smartphones and tablets.
Construction of 450mm Fab 'Well Underway'
Blog  
8/15/2013   8 comments
The construction of Intel's first 450mm wafer fab is well underway, according to an Intel spokesperson.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT
News & Analysis  
8/15/2013   17 comments
ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
Slideshow: Facebook Calls for Cold Flash
News & Analysis  
8/15/2013   25 comments
Facebook called for a new class of flash chips in a keynote describing how the company organizes its computer systems and processes its traffic.
Micron Tells Story of Building DRAM Cube
News & Analysis  
8/13/2013   8 comments
Engineers tell the story of the 4 Gbyte, 160 Gbyte/second Hybrid Memory Cube, a device sampling now that almost didn't see the light of day.
Mobile Rising in Processor Market
News & Analysis  
8/13/2013   11 comments
Mobile processors are becoming more significant in an expanding microprocessor market, because the PC market is in the doldrums, and non-x86 processors are failing to penetrate PCs, IC Insights says.
Facebook Preps Switch, Taps Atom SoC
News & Analysis  
8/12/2013   13 comments
Broadcom and Netronome submitted competing proposals to Facebook for a switch while the web giant readies Intel's Avoton for a storage role.
TI Illustrates Car Security Threats
News & Analysis  
8/9/2013   30 comments
Certainly, not everyone in the automotive industry is dismissing the recent car-hacking tech paper. Texas Instruments isn’t taking it lightly, either.
US Consortium Forming on Industrial Internet
News & Analysis  
8/7/2013   18 comments
Cisco Systems, GE, IBM, and Intel are among those forming a consortium to drive open industry standards that could give the US an edge in IoT.
Where Tech Projects Meet Social Change
India Chip Chat  
8/7/2013   10 comments
In the recent "Himalayan tsunami," more than 10,000 pilgrims visiting Uttarakhand in north India went missing and entire villages were swept away. Could any tech projects have possibly saved them?
Benchmark Debuts for Embedded FPUs
News & Analysis  
8/6/2013   4 comments
FPMark, a floating-point benchmark geared for a wide range of embedded processors, is now available from the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium.
ARM Benchmarks Flavors of Big-Little Multiprocessing
Blog  
8/6/2013   5 comments
ARM is providing software support for the CPU migration and global task scheduling versions of big-little multiprocessing, as well as some performance and power comparisons.
Defining Next Frontier of Mobile Multi-Core Processing
Blog  
8/5/2013   12 comments
Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets included) have grown popular in the last several years, but they have also fallen victim to specmanship.
Smartphone Books Tell Mobile Tales
Blog  
8/5/2013   9 comments
Majeed Ahmad's two volumes give a reporter's roundup of the smartphone story so far, but there's more yet to be told.
MediaTek Starts Pushing Octa
News & Analysis  
8/5/2013   21 comments
MediaTek has started describing the benefits of "true" Octa application processors in an apparent precursor to the launch of an eight-core processor.


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