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  • High-quality random numbers can now be computed with much less effort

    05/26/2016 10:08:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | 26 May 2016 | Jon Worrel
    A big win for encryption, more efficient complex simulations Last week, computer scientist researchers at the University of Texas at Austin published a draft paper describing a new, more efficient way of generating truly random numbers that can be used everyday encryption situations like mobile banking, statistics, electronic voting and complex simulations, among other applications. At the university, computer science professor David Zuckerman and graduate student Eshan Chattopadhyay developed a method of taking two weakly random numbers and combining them into a single sequence of truly random numbers. In the past, the task of generating truly random numbers for encryption...
  • UCI researcher discovers important Li-Ion battery breakthrough

    04/28/2016 9:20:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | 28 April 2016 | Jon Worrel
    MnO2-coated batteries can now last 400 years, 200,000 cycles Doctoral research student Maya Le Thai was working in her laboratory with nanobatteries one day when she decided to try a new approach. She coated an entire gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide MnO2 shell and covered the assembly with a "plexiglass-like" electrolyte gel, but the resulting outcome was completely unexpected. As she "playfully" experimented with different materials, the resulting nanobattery produced effectively "unlimited" lifetime charge cycles lasting well over 400 years. Traditional nanowire-based batteries are thousands of times thinner than a human hair, highly conductive and feature a large...
  • Over 100 China makers rushing into VR device market

    04/22/2016 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | [Wednesday 20 April 2016] | Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
    More than 100 companies in China have stepped into the development of virtual reality (VR) devices, focusing on entry-level products initially, according to trade sources.A number of vendors showcased their VR products at the recently concluded Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2016 (Spring Edition), with FOB prices of entry-level models ranging from US$2-3 per unit and mid-range ones at US$25-80, the sources indicated.China-based makers are taking Google's CardBoard as reference design and turning out their VR devices using a plastic helmet attached with a pair of lenticular sheets for the low-end market, indicated the sources.Some vendors were showcasing VR products for...
  • Russia Test-Fires Hypersonic Zircon Missiles For Nulear Submarines, Weapons To Reach Mach 5 Speed

    03/19/2016 8:14:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    IBT ^ | March 19, 2016 | Vishakha Sonawane
    Russia began testing its navy’s new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles, Sputnik News reported citing RIA Novosti Thursday. The cruise missiles are expected to reach five or six times the speed of sound (Mach 5 or Mach 6), the report added. “The tests of the hypersonic Zircon missiles have begun using a ground-based launching site,” a senior Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti, according to Sputnik News. Once the tests are confirmed successful, the missile will reportedly be presented for state approval. It will reportedly be installed on Russia's newest fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarines, which are currently being developed.
  • Samsung Launches Enterprise SSD sized at 15 terabyte

    03/03/2016 10:04:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | 03/03/2016 | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    We mentioned these before, and they are for real. Samsung is now shipping the industry's largest solid state drive (SSD) - the "PM1633a," a 15.36 terabyte (TB) drive. First revealed at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit in August, the 15.36TB SSD is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, for use in enterprise storage systems. Because the PM1633a comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, enterprise storage managers can fit twice as many of the drives in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack, compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch storage drive "To satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high-capacity SAS SSDs from leading...
  • Samsung 256-Gigabyte Universal Flash Storage for High-end Mobile Devices

    02/29/2016 2:06:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 02/25/2016 | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    Samsung is now mass producing 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory based on the UFS 2.0 standard for mobile devices. The new memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs.“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by...
  • Tiger Stream Box: The Next Gen Internet Streaming Device (VANITY)

    12/27/2015 3:50:30 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 27 replies
    FR ^ | 27DEC2015 | Jack Hydrazine
    I saw this internet streaming box being advertised on the Next News Network and wondered if anyone has heard about it and what your opinions might be. It is supposed to supplant cable, Roku, and many others.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Samsung Kicks Off 14nm FinFET Fabrication With New Exynos 7 Octa

    02/27/2015 9:32:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | 16 February 2015 | by NDTV Correspondent
    Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of mobile application processors on its 14nm FinFET process technology, which the company states is an industry first. Compared to the company's existing 20nm process technology, 14nm FinFET is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption. As the industry moves towards smaller manufacturing processes, the physical limitations of transistor design have become more apparent. 3D FinFETs allow the electronic Field-Effect Transistor "gate" to wrap around three sides of a raised "fin" in order to provide adequate insulation against current leakage, which has...
  • Samsung shows off 10nm FinFET

    02/27/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 25 February 2015 | Nick Farrell
    Beating the worldSamsung has shocked the tech press by showing off the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage and provided a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology.Samsung wants its 10nm chips to power more than smartphones, there are plans to put them in data centers and power the Internet of Things. The new chips will be more power efficient and produce less heat, vital for phones and other battery-powered devices.Kim said that he expects that...
  • Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening? (News - MIT spinoff - Sentient Computers )

    12/07/2014 7:26:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies ^ | December 04, 2014 03:48pm ET | by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
    It's a Saturday morning in June at the Royal Society in London. Computer scientists, public figures and reporters have gathered to witness or take part in a decades-old challenge. Some of the participants are flesh and blood; others are silicon and binary. Thirty human judges sit down at computer terminals, and begin chatting. The goal? To determine whether they're talking to a computer program or a real person.
  • US spooks buy a superconducting supercomputer ( Research Project)

    12/05/2014 11:28:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:45 | Nick Farrell
    Password guessing The U.S. intelligence community has launched a multi-year research project to develop a superconducting computer, awarding its first contracts to three major technology companies.IBM, Raytheon BBN and Northrop Grumman won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details.If it works, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program could lead to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers."The energy demands of today's high-performance computers have become a critical challenge for the Intelligence Community that the C3 program aims to address," IARPA said in a statement. Such computers use massive amounts of energy.Competition from Europe, Japan...
  • Intel to merge struggling mobile chip unit into its PC chip business

    11/22/2014 11:44:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | 18 November 2014, 11:05 | by Mark Tyson
    Intel CEO Brain Krzanich has announced, in an email sent to employees on Monday, new company plans to merge its loss-making mobile chip unit with its profitable PC business early next year, writes the Wall Street Journal. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich asserted in the email. It is well known that Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile computing, but even worse for the business its tablet and smartphone chip-making division has lost billions in the recent months. Intel's mobile communication group posted a $1 billion operating...
  • US DOE To Build Two NVIDIA GPU-Powered Supercomputers Three Times Faster Than The World’s Fastest

    11/15/2014 4:03:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies ^ | Friday, November 14, 2014 | Sean Knight
    In an effort to give the U.S. a leg up when it comes to supercomputers, the Department of Energy announced its plans to build two GPU-powered supercomputers that will bring the world closer to exascale computing. The DOE is awarding $325 million to build “Summit” for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California while an additional $100 million will go into research for “extreme scale supercomputing” technology. The supercomputers are expected to be installed in 2017 using next-generation IBM POWER servers coupled with NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and NVIDIA...
  • AMD’s Radeon R9 390X ‘Fiji XT’ may feature 4096 SPs, extreme memory bandwidth (HBM)

    11/13/2014 5:45:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | November 12th, 2014 at 10:33 pm | - Author Anton ShilNooov
    Advanced Micro Devices’ next-generation graphics processing unit is still several months away, but it looks like it is worth waiting. According to unofficial information from SiSoft Sandra benchmark’s database, the forthcoming GPU features unprecedented compute horsepower as well as uses multi-layer high-bandwidth memory with extreme bandwidth. If the listing in Sandra’s database is correct and really describes a prototype of the Radeon R9 390X “Fiji XT” graphics card, the next-generation offering from AMD will feature 4096 stream processors (SPs) (which, in case of the GCN 1.2 architecture, means 64 compute units and 256 texture units) and 4096-bit memory bus. The...
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • First TSMC 16nm FinFET product announced ( 32 core ARMv8 networking processor )

    09/26/2014 10:22:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:15 | Peter Scott
    ARMv8 networking processor from HiSilicon TSMC and HiSilicon have announced the successful manufacture of the first fully functional 16nm FinFET chip.It is an ARM-based networking processor, which means it is substantially smaller than SoC or a GPU, but it is by no means a small and simple chip to produce. Twice the gate density, half the power TSMC said the new process has twice the gate density of the company’s old 28nm HPM process. It operates about 40 percent faster in the same power envelope and reduces total power consumption by 60 percent."Our FinFET R&D goes back over a...
  • IBM increases the power of the sun ( 60% ...This could change things)

    09/26/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:55 | Nick Farrell
    Because you can never have too much tan Biggish Blue boffins have come up with a way of increasing the sun's radiation by 2,000 times while also producing fresh water and air conditioning. IBM and Switzerland-based Airlight Energy today announced a new parabolic dish uses a dense array of water-cooled solar chips that can convert 80 per cent of the sun's radiation into useful energy.Dubbed the “Concentrator PhotoVoltaics (CPV) system the gear which looks like a 33-foot-high sunflower, can generate 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day — enough to power several average...
  • Waiting on 20nm graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD? Don’t bother.

    09/21/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | March 8, 2014 | Jim Dotcom
    Billions of dollars are spent every year on shrinking the size of transistors, for good reason.Smaller transistors have superior performance characteristics but the main reason for the shrink is because the smaller the transistors are, the more you can squeeze into a chip.  That means you can get better performance from smaller chips, allowing you to squeeze more chips on to the same wafer – and the more chips on a wafer, the more money you make per wafer.Take this example of a 40nm wafer and a (more advanced) 28nm wafer:The left wafer (40nm transistors) has chips of 150mm^2,...
  • Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins ( more USB ports)

    09/18/2014 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Tony Smith,
    More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it... *********************************************** Review You might think that as a purveyor of a nifty compact computer selling in the millions, you’d consider two years after the debut of your first offering that it was high time you tempted back the buyers with a go-faster, more capacious and shinier model. Heck, Apple and others don’t even wait that long: they upgrade products year in, year out. Not so for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for whom such compressed upgrade cycles are vulgarly short. The very first Raspberry Pi Model B micros slipped out early...
  • Six clicks: Single board computers: Banana Pi, Raspberry Pi, and more

    05/02/2014 12:01:56 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 2 May 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    In the beginning, the Raspberry Pi There were many single-board computers (SBC) before the Raspberry Pi showed up, but its combination of price, power, and community made it the poster-child for the do-it-yourself generation of makers who want nothing more than see just how much they could do with a SBC. Popular as the $35 Raspberry Pi is, there are many other worthwhile SBCs out there for the maker who wants to go a little farther out. Intel MinnowBoard Max While far from being as cheap as the Raspberry Pi, for $99 Intel's forthcoming MinnorBoard Max looks pretty sweet.This...
  • IDF: Intel unveils its Haswell Xeon E5-2600 V3 server processor ( 18 cores+)

    09/08/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | Mon Sep 08 2014, 17:30 | Lee Bell
    Features up to 18 cores and DDR4 memory support SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED its next generation Xeon chip for servers and workstations at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California today, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family of processors, based on Haswell microarchitecture. Featuring up to 18 cores, the C612 chipset Xeon E5-2600 V3 CPU, previously codenamed Haswell-EP, offers improved performance in an R3 socket when compared to its predecessor, the Xeon E5-2600 V2, which was based on Ivy Bridge architecture.The higher core count brings significant performance improvements over the previous generatons, Intel said, as well as improved peripheral expansion.
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"

    08/13/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies press release ^ | August 11, 2014 | NEC Press Re;ease
    Contract has been awarded to NEC to build new 60Tb/s system expected to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016 Trans-Pacific route of FASTER August 11, 2014 – A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic...
  • LowRISC: Trying To Bring Fully Open Hardware In A High Risk World

    08/08/2014 1:18:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | 08 August 2014 12:31 AM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    LowRISC is a new venture that's "open to the core" with a goal of producing fully open hardware systems. A Phoronix reader wrote in this week to share lowRISC, a hardware platform aiming to be open-source from its System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to the development boards. As implied by the name, lowRISC is based upon the 64-bit RISC-V instruction set. While pricing or expected availability has yet to be shared, lowRISC is aiming to deliver a low-cost development board of the platform. LowRISC is operating as a not-for-profit organization aligned with the University of Cambridge, of whom many of the team...
  • Iran Nuclear Facilities Hacked, Stations Made To Play AC/DC

    08/08/2014 12:30:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies ^ | August 8, 2014 10:36 PDT | Seth Fitzgerald
    The Stuxnet virus reportedly created by the combined forces of the American and Israeli governments ravaged Iran's nuclear program between 2009 and 2010, destroying thousands of machines and effectively crippling the country's nuclear efforts.But this wasn't enough for the attackers. They wanted to show what real power was like.And so they made the facilities' hijacked work stations play AC/DC."There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out," wrote an Iranian scientist in an email. "I believe it was the American band AC-DC Thunderstruck. It was...
  • IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain

    08/07/2014 11:40:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    forbes ^ | 7-8-2014 | Alex Knapp
    “In 2011, we had a chip with one core,” Modha told me. “We have now scaled that to 4096 cores, while shrinking each core 15x by area and 100x by power.” Each core of the chip is modeled on a simplified version of the brain’s neural architecture. The core contains 256 “neurons” (processors), 256 “axons” (memory) and 64,000 “synapses” (communications between neurons and axons). This structure is a radical departure from the von Neumann architecture that’s the basis of virtually every computer today (including the one you’re reading this on.) It’s important to note, though, that the SynAPSE system won’t...
  • IBM Unveils Chip Simulating Brain Functions

    08/07/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies ^ | Aug. 7, 2014 2:00 p.m. ET | By Don Clark
    SAN JOSE, Calif.--International Business Machines Corp. is claiming a major advance in emulating the brain in silicon.The technology company has developed a microchip that simulates functions of neurons, synapses and other features of the brain to perform calculations. IBM says the chip, a sharp break from the fundamental design used in most computers, excels at chores like recognizing patterns and classifying objects while using... Get The Full Story Subscribe   or   Log In
  • IBM to invest $3 billion in chip development over next 5 years (Graphene R & D ??)

    07/14/2014 10:34:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies ^ | 10 July 2014, 10:07 | by Mark Tyson
    IBM has provided an outline of its plans to invest $3 billion over the next five years. It hopes the cash injected into its R&D activities will help it find ways to make chips even smaller and more efficient and research into practical alternative materials which will prove superior to silicon.Big Blue has observed the diminishing returns in the process reduction of silicon chips over recent years and has now decided it needs to bet big on the task of finding a suitable successor. Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems & Technology Group said "We really do see...
  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Police Train Dog To Find Hard Drives, Thumb Drives and Other Tech Devices

    07/11/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies ^ | Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 7:14 AM | Nathan Kirsch
    Rhode Island has become the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives and other technological gadgets. Why? Police are looking for storage devices that could contain child pornography. The dog, Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. Police will be able to use the storage drive finding dog on tough child porn cases where...
  • Khronos Updates Its OpenVX 1.0 Provisional Specification

    07/11/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies ^ | Published on 11 July 2014 09:43 AM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    The Khronos Group this morning released an updated version of the OpenVX 1.0 provisional specification. OpenVX is the industry-developed hardware acceleration API for computer vision applications and libraries. As explained on the OpenVX page, "OpenVX enables performance and power optimized computer vision algorithms for use cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, automatic driver assistance systems, object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. OpenVX enables significant implementation innovation while maintaining a consistent API for developers. An OpenVX application expresses vision processing holistically as a graph of function nodes. An OpenVX implementer can...
  • I'M Intelligent Memory 8 Gigabit DDR3 and 16 GB Modules

    07/11/2014 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | by Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/11/2014 08:46 AM | Source | 3 comment(s) ] I'M Intelligent Memory (oh and I'm not kidding with that name), a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manufacturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8 Gb components, I'M is also introducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8 Gb density for DDR3...
  • New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

    06/06/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | June 2, 2014 7:49 p.m. ET | By Evelyn M. Rusli
    Ostendo's Tiny Projectors Are Designed to Display Crisp Video, Glasses-Free 3-D Images Ostendo's CEO says that 'display is the last frontier.' Pictured, a company chip that can produce a hologram. Sam Hodgson for The Wall Street Journal In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie "Star Wars."A key to this...
  • Quantum Entanglement And Faster Than Light Data Transmission

    06/02/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies ^ | Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 7:51 AM | Benjamin Young
    Over the past week there has been quite a buzz in the scientific community over a Dutch experiment reliably transmitting data instantly between two electrons via quantum entanglement. While many reports are sensationalizing the discovery, referring to it as a breakthrough in ‘teleportation’, there’s something almost as exciting as physical transportation already proven possible in the experiment: instant communication! While scientists have reached a 3-meter(or 10-foot) range with a 100% success rate, worldwide implementation would revolutionize communication. Instant text messages, infinitely scalable internet bandwidth, and sub-millisecond(or even sub-measurable) latency. Even now, our fastest long-distance communication efforts are too slow to...
  • Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

    05/19/2014 12:46:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | MAY 16, 2014 | Randy Rieland
    Scientists at MIT are using a new technique that could print responsive objects—from water pipes to sneakers—that adapt to their surroundings on their own.These days, 3D printing seems to be at the core of most new new research ventures, whether it's developing ways to print entire meals or recreating facial features to repair a patient's face. But Skylar Tibbits wants to up the ante: He's hoping 4D printing will be the thing of the not-so-far future. The name for his concept, Tibbits admits, was a bit lighthearted at first. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tibbits and researchers from the...
  • AMD FX Series Making a Comeback Within Two Years – APU 14 Conference Reveals Future Roadmaps

    05/19/2014 11:49:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | 2 hours ago | by Syed Muhammad Usman Pirzada
    FX Series is finally making a comeback. In two years time. This surprising revelation was given by AMD at the APU 14 Conference in Beijing. Not only that, but AMD has avowed renewed vigor into establishing itself in the Chinese market, which it considers a very important region for die sales. Now we had already seen some FX labeled APUs in the Mobile Kaveri Lineup but the decision to revive the FX Series completely couldn’t come at a better time.APU14 Conference in Beijing – FX Series Making a Comeback in 2 Years, Establishing Focus on Chinese MarketWe dont really have...
  • The NFL Could Dismantle AT&T's $49 Billion Purchase Of DirecTV

    05/19/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies ^ | May 19, 2014, 9:56 AM | Steve Kovach
    The NFL could dismantle AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. According to a clause in a regulatory filing for the purchase, AT&T has the right to walk away from the deal if DirecTV can't renew its agreement with the NFL
  • Ubuntu Kylin Pushing To Replace XP In China

    05/19/2014 10:40:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies ^ | Sun, May 18, 2014 - 4:33 PM | Benjamin Young
    The third iteration of Ubuntu Kylin released just last month and has already reached 1 million downloads. All versions are a desktop replacement based on Ubuntu Linux specifically geared toward Chinese users. The name Kylin comes from a FreeBSD operating system that was originally built for the Chinese Government between 2001 and 2013, and during its final years was rebranded as NeoKylin and moved to the Linux kernel. Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Since Ubuntu Kylin follows the same release schedule as stock Ubuntu, last months release was based on Ubuntu 14.04 and is Kylin’s first LTS release. Canonical has teamed up...
  • Japanese Company Designs 133 Megapixel sensor for 8K recordings

    05/17/2014 12:08:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | 05/17/2014 07:33 PM | by Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Impressive, Japanese NHK is announcing a true 133-megapixel camera sensor. The cmos-module can record video in an 8K resolution, the successor to Ultra HD at 4K. According NHK the sensor will be unveiled the 29th of May for a wide audience. The company already shared that is has the 133 MPixels sensor and a Bayer rgb color filter merged together into one package design.By handling all RGB color information on one chip the overall size for its design will be smaller opposed to existing 8K camera's which pretty much alll are using three 33 Megapixel sensors, one sensor per color-channel.The new...
  • Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it

    05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Opinion: Two recent cave-ins leave no doubt they are done for With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is. If you didn’t understand the fall of Microsoft from powerful monopolist to computing afterthought, let SemiAccurate explain it to you. For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of...
  • Sony Innovating In Tape Technology… Seriously (185 Tera Bytes )

    05/09/2014 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies ^ | Fri, May 09, 2014 - 6:53 AM | Benjamin Young
    Sony is making some waves in (believe it, or not) magnetic tape technology. Reaching a maximum capacity of an astounding 185TB, Sony hit a world record in data density of 148GB per square inch. This massively outpaces the current industry standard LTO variants’ density rate of 2GB per square inch as well as maximum capacity by a factor of 70. This means that my entire collection of Ultrium 3s at 800GB could be contained on a single cartridge of Sony’s new tape with space for another 13 years worth of backups.My Ultrium 3 800GB Tape Collection Sony detailed the fine...
  • AMD Broadens Efforts to Exploit ARM Chip Technology

    05/08/2014 11:38:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | May 5, 2014 2:22 p.m. ET | Don Clark
    AMD Signs Architectural License Agreement With ARM Holdings SAN FRANCISCO—Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Monday disclosed new dimensions to a high-profile strategy shift, including plans to make its first original chip designs based on technology licensed from ARM Holdings PLC.
  • AMD To Unify X86, ARM Systems With SkyBridge

    05/06/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 4:12 pm, May 5, 2014 | by Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Chip maker AMD wants the world to know that it is not just dabbling in ARM processors, but rather intends to make ARM chips peers to its X86 products. At an event in San Francisco today, the top brass of the company revealed the full extent of its “ambidextrous computing” strategy, which includes an effort code-named “SkyBridge” that will see future X86 and ARM processors have the same pin-outs.AMD also announced that it has become a full ARMv8 architecture licensee of ARM Holdings, which will allow it to create its own custom ARM core designs. On the server front,...
  • AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge and K12 ... ARM ...

    05/05/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies ^ | Posted 30 minutes ago | by Hassan Mujtaba
    ***************** AMD has just announced their Opteron roadmap for 2014-2016 at the Core Innovation conference which unveils the upcoming Project Skybridge and K12 architecture based family of APUs and SOCs. The new roadmap reveals the ambidextrous design framework which brings computing to several form factors in the dense server market.AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge The Project Skybridge is AMD’s next generation ambidextrous computing architecture that allows x86 Cores and ARM cores to be pin-to-pin compatible allowing the motherboard to run off both SOCs and APUs. The Project Sky-Bridge will feature the new family of APUs and SOCs...
  • Toshiba launches 15nm memory process

    04/24/2014 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:45 | Nick Farrell
    Flash will save everyone of us Toshiba has launched of its 15nm process technology at least for 2-bit-per-cell 128 gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND Flash memory. The technology will kill off second generation 19nm process technology and full production with the new technology next week at Toshiba's Fab 5 in Yokkaichi.Chips based on the new processing technology will have better peripheral circuitry technology. They will have the write speed as chips formed with 19nm process technology, but boost the data transfer rate to 533 megabits per second which is 1.3 times faster, particularly if it is going downhill with the wind behind...
  • Samsung researchers claim graphene breakthrough

    04/05/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Samsung researchers have developed a new method of synthesising graphene, which they claim could accelerate the commercialisation of the so-called 'miracle material', for use in electronic devices. Graphene is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials know to man, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. Its versatility means that it can potentially support a wide variety of applications in electronics, including flexible displays, wearables and other next-generation electronic devices.
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4 Tera Byte )

    04/07/2014 8:52:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | 04/07/2014 06:10 AM | Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Seagate introduced Backup Plus FAST portable drive; the world's first portable 4TB storage device, providing twice the capacity and speed of existing external portable drives. This new Seagate Backup Plus FAST drive features a super speed USB 3.0 interface to deliver transfer speeds up to 220MB per second, making it the perfect companion for a field photographer or filmmaker looking to quickly move large files to backup."With Backup Plus FAST, Seagate has taken a very mature product category and has delivered innovative enhancements to address the real world challenges of our customers," said Rajesh Khurana, country manager, India & SAARC,...
  • Seagate Ships 6 TB Hard Drive doing 7200 RPM

    04/07/2014 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | 04/07/2014 02:59 PM | Hilbert Hagedoorn on
    Seagate announced it is now shipping the world's fastest 6 TB hard disk drive (HDD) - the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. Boasting industry-leading performance, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers."Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering...
  • Nvidia and IBM unveil NVLink interconnect between CPUs and GPUs....2016 ... 5x-12x

    03/25/2014 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    TNW ^ | March 25, 2014 | Emil Protali - The Next Web - 2 hours ago.
    Nvidia and IBM today announced a high-speed interconnect called NVLink which dramatically improves data movement between the CPU and GPU. The new technology will be integrated into Nvidia’s future GPUs, starting with its Pascal GPU architecture expected to be introduced in 2016, as well as IBM’s future versions of its Power CPUs.