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Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   5 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   5 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog  
7/18/2014   3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
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.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
Blog  
7/16/2014   11 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Slideshow: Inside Google's Modular Phone
Slideshow  
7/9/2014   5 comments
A top Google tech exec gave a deep dive into the challenges -- and promises -- behind the company's Ara modular phone initiative.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
News & Analysis  
6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
News & Analysis  
6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
4K Video in Focus at World Cup
Blog  
6/12/2014   5 comments
Engineers may see in Brazil's World Cup visions of future video design challenges as resolutions move toward 4K ultra-high definition.
Honey, I Shrunk the IoT Gateway
Blog  
6/12/2014   3 comments
A new class of micro-gateways is emerging to increase performance and lower power consumption, driven by advances in FDSOI process technology.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
News & Analysis  
6/6/2014   17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
PCIe Preps for Internet of Things
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   4 comments
Versions of PCI Express geared for the Internet of Things and SoCs are in the works, the PCI-SIG said at its annual developer's conference.
100G Effort Eyes One Optical Lane
News & Analysis  
6/2/2014   10 comments
A June workshop will scope out the possibilities and challenges for sending 100 Gbits/s over a single lambda focusing on data centers.
Maker Faire Meets Silicon Valley
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5/19/2014   11 comments
Many top tech companies came to Maker Faire this year, trying to ride the growing grassroots movement about the joy of design.
Photons Coming Down Cloudy Path
Blog  
5/16/2014   8 comments
Systems designers see high-speed optical interconnect between chips coming soon, but there’s little agreement on how best to do it.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
Leading Maker Dreams of Open Cores
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   12 comments
The most exciting thing on the horizon for open source hardware is potential for open processors and SoCs, said a movement leader.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog  
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Serial Links Rev Up to 56 Gbit/s
News & Analysis  
5/13/2014   3 comments
The first public proposals for extending serial links to 56 Gbit/s are expected at the next OIF meeting, laying a foundation for future nets.
Banana Pi Rivals Raspberry Pi
Blog  
5/9/2014   6 comments
Despite no shortage of single-board computers on the market today, few have gained the popularity of Raspberry Pi. So what does a company do to compete against the fruity computer company? Developers, meet Banana Pi.
Microchip Buoyed by SMSC to Record Results
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   1 comment
Microchip Technology Inc. reported record net sales of $1.931 billion for the three months and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. The 22% year-over-year increase points to a winning business strategy based on elbowing-out competitors.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   12 comments
AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
Slideshow: Ethernet's Present & Future
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   2 comments
The Ethernet Summit discussed struggles that ranged from defining 400GE and getting 10Mbit links deployed as well as cloud and SDN issues.
Neurogrid's Electronic Brain Controls Robotics
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   10 comments
Stanford University has pushed its Neurogrid project has secured $10 million in funding to develop its NeuroCore chips that could revolutionize the smart prosthetics of the future.
Ethernet Switches to Datacenters
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   18 comments
The market for Ethernet switches is increasingly defined by a few mega datacenters and a rising set of vendors and users in China, says Dell'Oro Group.
It's Time for GPIB to Die
Blog  
5/1/2014   30 comments
Tom Burke has had enough with GPIB, calling it as finicky as the ISA bus. Do you agree, or should GPIB continue its long life?
IBM Power 8 Gains User, Skeptic
News & Analysis  
4/24/2014   11 comments
Open relationships may be the future, and IBM is one of 26 industry leaders placing bets as part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on its POWER 8 processor. There is skepticism around whether an open model can be successful in the competitive server market.
B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Slideshow: Tour Nvidia's GTC 2014
Slideshow  
3/26/2014   1 comment
Pascal, a 2016-class GPU on a 2.5-D stack with DRAM, was the headliner at Nvidia's annual tech conference here.
Intel, Mellanox, Vello Ride Optics
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   1 comment
Intel, Mellanox, Vello, and others detailed new standards efforts in optical networking at the OFC 2014 event.
Netronome 100GE Cards Target SDN
News & Analysis  
3/4/2014   4 comments
Netronome announced what one analyst called the fastest network interface cards to date, targeting network virtualization jobs on x86-based systems.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
News & Analysis  
2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
Blog  
2/27/2014   2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   24 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
DesignCon 2014: Test Equipment on Display
Slideshow  
2/5/2014   4 comments
As always, you can find the world's widest-bandwidth test equipment at DesignCon, but there's more.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
Slideshow  
2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
News & Analysis  
2/1/2014   4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
Memory Shifts Coming, Says Keynoter
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   28 comments
Abstracted memory interfaces, DRAM alternatives, and new kinds of processors are in the works, a Micron fellow said at DesignCon.
Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware
Slideshow  
1/29/2014   5 comments
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
DesignCon Revs to 28 G, Beyond
Blog  
1/27/2014   7 comments
Here are eight hot sessions on high-speed design -- many driven by the move to 100G Ethernet -- at least some of which Rick Merritt hopes to see this week.
Properly Track Test Capacity
Blog  
1/23/2014   2 comments
There are three things you need to know about to get the most out of your ATE.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis  
1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   15 comments
InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
Welcome to the Xmas Return Line
Blog  
12/30/2013   38 comments
The last two consumer electronics products I bought failed miserably. Is it just my bad luck or has quality gone to hell?
Will You Take the Password Pill?
Blog  
12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
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