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9/10/2013 03:36 PM EDT
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GSMD
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Re: Must be 32 bit
GSMD   9/11/2013 10:02:21 PM
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At the core level most stacks are the same but the McAfee stack in recent years is probably one of the most comprehensive in terms of publicly listed features. I build my own stacks (like a secure android variant we are building right now) so do not end up doing detailed competitive analysis. But no publicly available stack has a cohesive published security architecture. Makes me nervous since I cannot do a vulnerability analysis ! literature tends to focus on bells and whistles. But all f this is missing the wood for the trees. Security engineering is an exercise in futility unless you have a proper trust chain starting with secure boot. You need cryptographically secured boot loaders and kernels for starters. At least for systems used in critical infrastructure. On top of the hw you need an os designed for this millennia, not the various variants we have that derive their inspiration from the 70s. curiously enough the MS kernel internals is not half bad since it was conceived in the 80s. For believable os level security you need capability based os, better isolation thru micro kernel like techniques, tagged instruction sets (see crash-safe.org), mandatory use of signed code and so on and on. Stacks come on top of this. It is a pity that in the era of abundant cpu cores, especially desktops we do not dedicate one core to run protected sub-systems. That core can have a lot more security and can have lower performance. This kind of vertical partitioning favours Ic based kernel interfaces and AMD's HSA will enable such designs assuming hsa has the proper security support.

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Re: Must be 32 bit
markhahn0   9/11/2013 11:41:12 PM
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I don't know anything, except that AMD64 introduced a lot more than just a bigger address space.  IA32 is really not a good/modern ISA, and it would be quite strange to see Intel falling back 10+ years.  one real register, stack-based x87, no vectorization, etc.  at the time, 64b extensions were justified as not adding a lot of chip complexity - of course that's relative to OoO/superscalar stuff.

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an answer in last year's IDF ?
HardwIntr   9/12/2013 4:18:37 AM
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5555/intel-at-isscc-12-more-research-into-near-threshold-voltage

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Curious about Potential Packages
Aeroengineer   9/12/2013 7:28:18 AM
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I am particularly curious to see what packaging options this device will come in.  I am wondering if this product is aimed at the Cortex M market, or the lower end of the Cortex A series?  If it is aimed at the M, say M4F with a higher clock speed, it would be interesting to see this type of device in a QFN and QFP.  If it is competing with the A series, I expect that this will only be available as a BGA.

rick merritt
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Re: Curious about Potential Packages
rick merritt   9/12/2013 12:33:38 PM
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@Aero: Great questions!

Anyone have any answers for that yet?

I have heard varius speculations Intel is targeting 386, 486 or Pentium performance. We are all still wating for details from Intel.

rick merritt
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Lessons learned?
rick merritt   9/12/2013 12:36:45 PM
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Intel had an initative to provide a syntesizeable Atom core at TSMC that quietly went away. I wonder what they learned that could be applied to this effort?

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Re: Lessons learned?
alex_m1   9/12/2013 1:02:30 PM
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Maybe they learned that on it's own, x86 core doesn't sell for this market, at least well enough to justify a chip production and the risks invoved.

This could be the reason behind buying wind river and mcaffee.

Aeroengineer
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Re: Curious about Potential Packages
Aeroengineer   9/12/2013 3:23:34 PM
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I will be very much interested to hear this.  Some of the Cortex M devices are reaching this level of performance.  If Intel comes down this far, and QFN/QFP packages are available, I could see this being a possible device that a hobbiest could use.  I will be very interested to see more about this device.

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Re: Curious about Potential Packages
Sanjib.A   9/12/2013 10:56:31 PM
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Happy to hear that this tiny chip could give 486, Pentium kind of performance, that would be great!! Will this be somewhere close to the SoC launched by AMD recently: G-series SoC? Probably having lower performance and features than that?

The part that scares me is "...suggesting it is more of a rushed trial balloon than a nailed-down product and strategy.

I would dare not think about using it if there are no clear strategy and a clear road-map. Any tentative timeline announced for its release?

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victortagayun   9/13/2013 3:01:47 AM
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Will it have the pricepoint and performance of raspi? Or is it of different league?

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