The tech world was agog when Intel and Micron first revealed that they had started production of a new class of non-volatile memory which is many times faster and denser than the popular and widespread NAND. 3D Xpoint memory was subsequently launched and demonstrated at the IDF 2015 where a new 'Optane' branded drive, using the memory, trounced a current generation challenger by providing between 5x and 7x the IOPS performance.
While the first devices employing 3D Xpoint memory are yet to reach the market, you'll have to wait until sometime in 2016, a reminder that the tech world never sleeps is provided by a few morsels of information from a notable IDF session last week. KitGuru reports that Micron Technology is developing a second-generation 3D XPoint technology, its second-generation 3D NAND flash memory, and an undisclosed all-new memory technology codenamed 'New Memory B Gen 1'. See the roadmap below.
Considering the achievements present in the first generation of 3D XPoint memory it is thought that Micron and Intel will look more closely at capacity increases rather than further boosting speeds and reliability, which seem to be well catered for in Gen 1. Greater capacities could help spread the technology and make it more lucrative to the developers.
Looking further ahead, 'New Memory B Gen 1' will be purposed to ramp up performance and split the huge latency gap between non-volatile memory and DRAM performance according to an HPC Wire report. A later generation would follow with a 'performance focused' approach and could offer near DRAM latency speeds (see the slide below).
In related industry news Reuters reports that Tsinghua Unigroup is pushing to acquire Micron. A previous offer of $23 billion to seal the deal was put forward in July but Micron turned it down, presuming that it would be blocked by the relevant U.S. regulatory committees.
However, earlier this week chairman of China's Tsinghua Unigroup, Zhao Weiguo, flew into the US...
A recent downturn in China’s economic data sparked extreme volatility in global equity markets during the week of August 24, 2015. Much of the selling, though, was likely overdone as a slowdown in China does not affect all businesses in North America. Coupled with 3.7% U.S. Real GDP growth for Q2 2015, the companies on our list today will likely weather this storm better than others, making for resilient stocks in an investor’s portfolio.
According to Reuters news agency, Zhao Weighuo, the chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, arrived in Washington to talk with policy experts who are close to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) members that initially refused the deal to give up Micron. Although there aren’t any details on whether the Weighuo will meet US politicians or lobbyists, it’s very likely he will do so, since both companies, Tsinghua Unigroup and Micron, are backed by their respective countries’ governments.
Back in July, when the first deal was proposed, members of the CFIUS refused the deal because they considered Micron a strategically important company for the government, with republican US Senator John McCain hmself raising national security concerns when hearing about Tsinghua’s attempt to buy Micron technologies. Although initially refused, the Chinese didn’t take no for an answer, and Xu Jinhong, chairman of Unigroup’s parent company Tsinghua Holdings, said in an interview that the firm could still try to acquire the maker of memory.
[Food for thought for the Micron pinhead shorts before markets open in the morning. Although I'd really love another opportunity to buy in the 13s.]
A new kind of hard drive available next year will be able to move your data many times faster than the best today.
The speed at which data storage can operate has become a bottleneck on the performance of computers – limiting what they can do for us.
Computers from laptops to supercomputers could get a major speed boost next year, thanks to a new kind of hard drive developed by Intel. Intel Optane drives, as they will be called, are based on a new way to store digital data that can operate as much as 1,000 times as fast as the flash memory technology inside hard drives, memory sticks, and mobile devices today.
The first Optane drives won’t be that much faster than today’s data storage. An early prototype shown by Intel at its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday was only about seven times as fast as a top-of-the-range flash disk drive available today. However, even that level of performance could have significant effects on the capabilities of consumer and corporate computers, and Optane drives may perform better by the time they hit the market in 2016.
The sluggish speed of data storage compared to the pace at which processors can work on data has become a significant bottleneck on the capabilities of computers. Several large computing and chip companies have invested heavily in promising new data storage technologies, but none has yet borne fruit. Intel’s Optane drives are based on a technology called 3D Xpoint, developed in collaboration with the memory chip company Micron.
[When will the pinheads on Wall Street figure out what this means to Intel and Micron???]
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Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors continue the trend of getting faster and more efficient. They’re also capable of a neat little trick: they let you wake up your PC by talking to the chip.
If you’ve seen how Google Now works on the Moto X or Nexus 5, you’ve already seen something like what Intel is showing off. It’s the same kind of setup. The processor features a low-power DSP that’s always on and listening for a specific command, sort of like how a network adapter can listen for a wake-on-LAN packet. When the DSP detects the magic words, it gives the PC a swift elbow to the ribs to wake it up.
Instead of “OK Google,” you’ll tell your PC “Cortana, wake up.” The functionality was already built into Intel’s Core M chips last year, but it needed a software-based voice assistant to help answer the call. They’ve got it, now that Windows 10 is here.
I still haven't read any of your posts recently. But don't let that stop you from wasting your Sunday with your impersonation routine.
Wow, Yahoo won't let you use the word "lookers" but starting with an "h". Their censorship has gotten a little stupid. However, it does appear that they have taken steps against the mentally ill abusive poster. So, congrats on that Yahoo!
Well, if they can afford drugs, #$%$ and billion dollar legal defense funds, let's add something more productive to their payables list.
Bernie will make a great president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Microsoft Surface phone: 5 features we could see from a Lumia flagship phone
3. An Intel processor
From a pure spec list perspective, this is where the real doubt creeps in.
Microsoft's Surface Mobile is going to carry the flag for using full Windows 10 on your mobile. The idea is that you'll be able to hook up a keyboard, mouse, and monitor over Bluetooth and the USB-C port, and it will essentially become a PC (a feature known as Continuum).
For that to become a reality, the Surface will need some serious power - and that's the problem with these latest rumours.
The report claims that the Surface Mobile will run on a 64-bit Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) processor paired with 4GB of RAM. We'll buy that RAM amount, but the Intel Atom x3 is an old and pretty weedy chip by current standards, and one that was designed for low-end devices from the off.
Given that the year-old Surface Pro 3 runs on an Atom x7, we can see Surface Mobile running on something with a little more pep than the lowly x3 - even in such a small form factor. Besides the power shortfall, the x3 in its current form doesn't appear to support 21-megapixel cameras, USB-C, or 2K displays.
So what will the Surface Mobile run on? We just don't know, but it's possible that Intel will announce a new range of mobile chips based on the Cherry Trail architecture early next year. That would do the trick.
Apple's next MacBook may be in for a powerful Skylake upgrade
Intel Corporation's Skylake-Based Core M Processors Look Solid
Skylake-powered Retina MacBook models are on their way
Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance.
Last month, a leaked Intel slide deck revealed that "Y" series Skylake processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will have up to 17% faster CPU performance, up to 41% faster Intel HD graphics and up to 1.4 hours longer battery life compared to current-generation Core M architecture.
Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors are expected to launch next month, possibly at the IFA Berlin trade show this September 4-9.
"did the same interest previously place a floor on the stock price?"
[Asks the guy who was on the wrong side of the markets and blindsided for most of last week. Your opinion is the last one we need.]
Yes, I think it does place a floor under the stock and it's a lot higher than $21 a share.
Micron continues to be insanely oversold. But I am content to let the pinheaded momentum players give significant portions of their gains back. Shorts who didn't cover in the 13s deserve to be institutionalized.
Company officials expect the high-performance technology to be used, not only in HPC environments but also in enterprise data centers.
Intel in 2012 had many in the industry wondering what the company was doing when, within a span of three months, it spent about $265 million to buy QLogic's InfiniBand technology and supercomputer maker Cray's high-speed interconnect assets.
The chip maker already sold InfiniBand products under the umbrella of its True Scale business, and it had a solid footing in the high-performance computing (HPC) space. Where Intel planned on going with the new products it had acquired was unclear at the time.
However, more than a year ago, Intel officials started mentioning the Omni Scale interconnect fabric it was developing for HPC environments, and in late 2014 said the name had been changed to the Omni-Path Architecture. Since then, more details have trickled out, from its 100G-bps capabilities (four "lanes of 25G-bps bi-directional bandwidth each) to its low port-to-port latency to fast MPI messaging rates.
This week, in a paper released during the HotInterconnect 2015 show, and in a briefing with journalists and analysts the week before during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 conference, Intel executives released more details of the high-speed interconnect fabric that the company expects will become the dominant fabric technology for large-scale systems in HPC environments as well as some enterprises.
"It's not just a chip, it's not just a host adapter, it's not just a switch," Hugo Saleh, director of technical computing segment marketing and industry development at Intel, said during the briefing at IDF, adding that it's another example of the company's growing push into other parts of computing systems beyond the chip. "It's an over-arching architecture. ... Where we once were thought of as a processor company … we're now looking at it holistically."
[Omni-Path Interconnect Fabric - another Intel big growth driver.]
Bot-maker Savioke announces an open-source wrapper for Intel's RealSense Camera, adding another low-cost 3D sensing solution to the roboticist's toolkit.
During his keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum a couple weeks ago, Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich got thirsty. There was a time, not long ago, when the job of handing the CEO a beverage might have fallen to the officious aide who, spotting his chance for a win, would dash across the stage like a ball boy at Wimbledon, a streak of khaki and cuffs thrusting a sweat-beaded bottle in his outstretched hand.
Krzanich got his drink, a Coke, but it was delivered by a servant robot built by California bot maker Savioke. Sorry would-be brown noser: You're the latest victim of the robot revolution.
Since the acquisition, robot developers have been eager for a flexible and cheap depth sensor. Intel, meanwhile, is making an aggressive move into the world of robotics, and the company was thrilled to offer ROS support for RealSense. (Read more about Intel's play for the robotics market.)
"This is a much-needed peripheral for the robotics industry and we are looking forward to seeing the implications of an advanced, low-cost camera on the global robotics community when this device becomes generally available," says Brian Gerkey, CEO of Open Source Robotics Foundation, which manages ROS.
[Robotics and RealSense are both big growth areas for Intel. Growth drivers: Intel has them in spades, ARM not nearly so much. Mobility is in decline as a growth factor and ARMs presence in the IoT also appears to be in decline.]
With the chip giant adopting the royalty-free FreeSync, NVIDIA's proprietary adaptive refresh rate technology may be toast.
G-SYNC was an attempt by NVIDIA to lock in its customers, creating a major incentive to stick with its graphics cards when it came time to upgrade. With NVIDIA already having a massive market share, if G-SYNC were to become the standard, AMD would have been at an even greater disadvantage.
NVIDIA has been attempting build an ecosystem around its graphics cards, and G-SYNC is just one component. NVIDIA's GeForce Experience software provides owners of the company's graphics cards a bevy of features, such as automatic optimization for different games, built-in game streaming to Twitch, and the ability to stream games to NVIDIA's SHIELD devices. The ultimate goal is to sell more graphics cards, and software is an area where NVIDIA has pulled out ahead of AMD.
G-SYNC certainly isn't dead yet, but a scenario where both G-SYNC and FreeSync are widely used now that Intel has backed FreeSync is difficult to imagine. One possibility is that NVIDIA pushes G-SYNC as a premium option while also supporting FreeSync, hoping to get buyers of its high-end graphics cards to buy G-SYNC monitors. This would require G-SYNC to be noticeably superior to FreeSync, and while there are some differences in performance between the two technologies, it's not clear whether that justifies the price premium.
If FreeSync becomes the standard, and NVIDIA abandons G-SYNC and adopts FreeSync, it will certainly be a loss for NVIDIA. But it's not really a win for AMD. AMD doesn't gain an advantage if FreeSync ultimately wins out; it simply avoids being put in an even worse competitive position. In other words, it doesn't help AMD sell more graphics cards.
From Timothy Green at Motley Fool