Sunday, March 26th, 2017

August 16, 2016, San Francisco—Al Yanes from the PCI-SIG provided an update on the organization its core standards. Although no new capabilities are ready for release, the underlying technologies and standards are showing robust growth. The organization continues to grow with over 730 member companies now involved. The primary focus is on creating specifications and [...]

August 16, 2016, Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA) and OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), San Francisco—William Lee from the IBTA provided an update on the organizations’ activities. The IBTA is an organization that develops and promotes standards for interconnect fabrics based on remote direct memory access (RDMA), and supports compliance and compatibility tests. The Open Fabrics Alliance supports [...]

August 10, 2015, Siggraph, Los Angeles—Neil Trevett from Khronos provided an update on the organization’s various standards and initiatives. The graphics APIs have undergone fundamental changes in approach while the safety critical work is getting increased looks from areas outside the traditional safety critical industries. All of the graphics APIs have updates. OpenGL ES 3.2 [...]

June 23, 2015, PCI-SIG Dev-Con, Santa Clara, CA—Al Yanes and Ramin Neshati updated the status of the latest revisions to the PCI specifications. The organization continues to work on low power and alternate form factors for their interface specifications. The PCI-SIG defines I/O bus specs and form factors with emphasis on compliance and interoperability. The [...]

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Wayne Adams from the SNIA talked about the various activities and functions that the organization is pursuing. The Storage Networking Industry Association works to promulgate the latest technologies and capabilities in storage networks. The organization works on technical papers, services, best practices, standards, conformance programs, templates, [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—The USB promoter group described their efforts on new specification implementations. Now a single cable can deliver high bandwidth and power through a single cable. A new unpolarized connector is smaller than the past type-A connectors and more robust than the mini-connectors currently in phones and mobile devices. [...]

September 2013, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Bill Futral described the latest implementations of the Trusted Computing Group’s trusted platform module. The latest TPM specification 00.99 was released in August 2013. {edcs007} The TPM is an embedded microcontroller that stores keys, passwords, and certificates that is attached to a motherboard. The separate module is more secure [...]

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 [...]

April 3, 2013, Ethernet Technology Summit, Santa Clara, CA—John D’Ambrosia from Dell and the Ethernet Alliance described the efforts to develop 400Gbps Ethernet. These efforts are the start of something that will lead to improvements for everyone. The industry is getting involved in early standards developments and research. The ecosystem of Ethernet will change to [...]

October 24, 2012, Renesas Devcon, Anaheim, CA—We talked with Philip Leung about the greater connectivity enabled by USB 3.0. The “U” in USB now extends beyond universal to include ubiquitous. The standard interface has improved ease-of-use and the ability to connect many different types of peripherals with a computer. USB has achieved significant market penetration [...]