Thursday, April 24th, 2014

September 10, 2013, IDF, San Francisco—Brian Krzanich declared that it is different being at IDF as the CEO for Intel. Nevertheless, the company continues to move along and innovate. The increasing rates of change and innovation now exceed those of the last 30 years. The company’s vision and strategy is to continue on the 40-year [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA-Praveen Dongara from AMD described the changes and advances in the latest APU called Richland. This processor SoC addresses the needs for variable thermal profiles and performance in a client device. The performance in the CPU and GPU are improved through higher frequencies due to process improvements and [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA-David Kidd from Suvota presented an ARM Cortex implementation that reduced power by half, using deeply depleted channel transistors. Although the ARM core is not a power hog, the implications for the other functions in an SoC are significant. In a deeply depleted channel transistor, the basic FET [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA—Prakash Iyer from Intel presented the internal details of the latest Atom processor. Clovertrail+ is a dual core processor manufactured in a 32nm high-k, metal gate process and is directed towards phones and tablets. The 32-bit machine has integrated memory controller, graphics subsystems, GPU, various encoders and decoders, [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA—John Sell described the basic internals of the Xbox main SoC. Although there are marketing issues associated with the console, the main chip includes an impressive collection of functional blocks. The main chip mates with the wireless control and the Kinect hardware plus the southbridge, which addresses 8GB [...]

August 14, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Ed Dollar from Micron described the possible future of storage in the ’20 datacenter. The issues of big data and ongoing changes in hardware and software will cause the datacenter to look significantly different from what it looks like today. Data volumes and types have grown at [...]

July 8, 2013, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—An Steegen from Imec displayed the power, area, cost, and performance requirements for continuation of process scaling. The biggest challenge is that the increasing data traffic due to mobile and cloud drives optical scaling at the cost of power limits, increased process complexity, and cost. As defined by [...]

June 25, 2013, PCI-SIG Developers’ Forum, Santa Clara, CA—The PCI special interest group is evolving their specifications to include more functions and interface modes. Al Yanes and Ramin Nechati from the PCI-SIG described the new features and specifications for PCI. The main technology is based on PCIe, and with the increasing focus on mobile, created [...]

May 14, 2013, Uptime Institute Symposium, Santa Clara, CA—Andy Lawrence from 451 Research evaluated trends and drivers to consider which ones will be significant over the next 5-20 years. The difficulty is taking such a long-term focus is that the technologies can change very dramatically even within the lower-end of the range. To demonstrate this [...]

May 14, 2013, Uptime Institute Symposium, Santa Clara, CA—Matt Stansberry from the Uptime Institute shared the results of an on-going survey of data center managers. The available results represent one thousand responses, mostly from the US. Other areas are being added as the survey is translated to other languages. Respondents indicated that 82 percent are [...]