Tag: Intel

Intel claims Aurora will be the first U.S. supercomputer to hit 1 exaflop

Intel today announced that it and subcontractor Cray will build the first supercomputer with of one exaflop of performance — equivalent to one quintillion floating point computations (“flops”) per second, where a flop equals two 15-digit numbers multiplied together — for the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. It’s expected to be delivered […]

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Synaptics CEO on how touch, AI, and sensors are giving us smart edge devices

Synaptics isn’t a household name, but it makes a lot of the underlying technology behind things like smartphone touchscreens, automotive displays, voice-enabled smart speakers, and virtual reality headsets. As we make our internet of things (IoT) devices smarter and smarter so that we can get dumber and dumber, or at least more relaxed, we’re creating […]

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ProBeat: AI and quantum computing continue to collide

Depending on who you ask, quantum computing is here, not here, and both. A couple things this week reminded me that it doesn’t really matter whether you believe quantum-mechanical phenomena is going to change everything. The mere research into the field is already impacting technology across the board. Binary digits (bits) are the basic units […]

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How Nvidia’s big spend on Mellanox could pay off

Nvidia announced today it is buying high speed networking company Mellanox at a premium ($6.9 billion) over its current valuation. If the rumors are true, Nvidia outbid Intel, Xilinx, Microsoft and perhaps some others looking to add Mellanox to their technology base. Known mostly as a fast Ethernet and InfiniBand technology supplier, Mellanox has focused […]

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Intel and tech companies create CXL standard to link datacenter CPUs to accelerators

A consortium of technology companies has formed to create a new standard, called Compute Express Link, to provide an extra-fast interconnect between datacenter central processing units (CPUs) and accelerator chips. The consortium includes Intel, Microsoft, Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Huawei. The aim is to deliver breakthrough datacenter performance that […]

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Apple Rumored to Struggle to Obtain ‘Necessary Components’ for a 5G iPhone Even in 2020

2019 is the year of the 5G phone, at least from companies like Samsung and LG. But rumor has it that Apple won’t be jumping on the bandwagon until 2020. That “delay” may give Apple plenty of time to work on the upcoming device, and, more importantly, let the network technology mature. However, it doesn’t […]

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USB4 Specification Converges USB and Thunderbolt 3 With Speeds up to 40 Gbps

USB 3.2 may be a bit of a mess right now, but that will hopefully not be the case with USB4. The USB Promoter Group has just announced a new USB4 specification, which bridges USB and Thunderbolt together. Finally. This is a direct result of Intel’s push to make Thunderbolt more widely available (without royalties). […]

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Intel CEO Bob Swan interview — Only the strong assets survive

Only the strong assets survive. That’s what I said after Bob Swan, the newly appointed CEO of Intel, talked about his view of paranoia in business — a legacy made famous by early Intel CEO Andy Grove, who believed “only the paranoid survive.” I sat down with Swan and Intel executives Sandra Rivera (senior vice […]

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VR and cloud gaming frenzy seizes MWC as 5G hype builds

With 5G networks rolling out, the telecom industry and its partners are trying to identify use cases that will justify the trillions of dollars they are spending on this infrastructure. MWC Barcelona 19 this week left little doubt what many believe to be the answer: virtual reality and cloud gaming. Across the sprawling showroom floors […]

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Intel kills 5G deal with China’s Unigroup over U.S. security concerns

Intel has halted a long-term plan to share 5G modem technology with a Chinese government-backed chipmaker, due in part to concerns over recent U.S. tensions with China, Nikkei reports. The deal was previously expected to expand Intel’s opportunities in China’s growing market, while aiding the Chinese government’s plans to develop its own chip industry. Following […]

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Intel reveals Hewitt Lake processor family for internet of things

Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to the conference formerly known as Mobile World Congress than smartphones. Take Intel’s MWC Barcelona announcements, for example — they’re a bit more infrastructural in nature. The Santa Clara chipmaker today debuted a new system-on-chip for edge devices and a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) — the N3000 Programmable Acceleration […]

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Intel’s MWC 2019 5G update shows progress on modem and network chips

Following Intel’s decision in November 2017 to skip its initial 5G modem in favor of a more power-efficient successor, it was clear that devices containing the newer XMM 8160 modem wouldn’t arrive until the first half of 2020. Today, Intel is offering a brief progress report on the XMM 8160’s current development momentum, making clear that it’s still working on the […]

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5 things to expect from the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress

The annual telecom industry gathering once known as Mobile World Congress but now officially called MWC Barcelona begins next week. And while the annual gathering of telecom industry players and pretenders can feel like a punitive plague of locusts descending upon this otherwise lovely Spanish seaside city, it also can serve as an interesting barometer […]

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Intel Believes Apple Could Transition to ARM-Based Macs in 2020

There have been rumors for quite some time that Apple is developing ARM-based Macs. And apparently even Intel buys them. Axios has a report out this week, outlining recent news regarding Apple’s future transition away from Intel-based processors in its computers. Interestingly enough, officials at Intel are expecting the transition to start very soon. In […]

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Q&A with leaders of Intel’s MESO chip: ‘This will happen faster than you think’

Intel is working on a new transistor called MESO that could be 10 to 30 times more efficient than existing transistors, a potential game-changer for the industry (see our main article here). It could help solve many of the world’s biggest problems, spurring AI efforts that could help everything from fighting climate change to improving […]

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Intel’s MESO transistor promises vast leap in AI processing power

Less than a decade ago, neuroscientist Amir Khosrowshahi was drilling holes and sticking needles into skulls to learn about the human brain. He turned his knowledge of neuroscience into entrepreneurial success, cofounding Nervana, a startup that helped large companies run neural networks, the technology now driving explosive results in AI. Intel, the world’s largest maker of […]

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Collidalot: The car-smashing-exploding game that looks straight out of Mad Max

Presented by Intel Grunka Munka Games has an easy way of remembering its birthday: July 11, or as it’s known among 7-Eleven aficionados, Free Slurpee Day. Cofounders Andrew Ward and Matt VanCompernolle fondly recall going out and getting their frozen treats when they founded the studio in 2017. While the date was just a happy […]

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Intel names acting CEO Bob Swan as permanent boss, stock falls 1%

Intel named its acting CEO Bob Swan as its permanent chief executive today. By the end of the day, the company’s stock price fell nearly 1 percent, a decline of about $4 billion in market value. Perhaps the stock market and industry observers were expecting the company to go outside to find a CEO who could address […]

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Intel’s interim CEO Bob Swan gets the job permanently

Chip giant Intel has appointed Robert (“Bob”) Swan as its new CEO, seven months after giving him the job on an interim basis following Brian Krzanich’s departure. Krzanich resigned last June in somewhat peculiar circumstances, after he was found to have engaged in a “consensual relationship” with an employee a while back. The relationship, which only […]

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Why Intel acquiring Mellanox would make sense

According to reports in the local business press, Intel has offered up to $6 billion to buy Israeli high performance networking (InfiniBand and Ethernet) chip and equipment maker Mellanox. High performance networking is a key component of future systems, and Intel needs this for itself. But, assuming the rumor is true, Intel’s motive may also […]

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