ARM has acquired Apical, a U.K. designer of embedded computer vision technology, and plans to incorporate that technology into future ARM microprocessor and system-on-chip designs, it said Wednesday.The move will open up new opportunities for designers of autonomous vehicles and security systems, among other connected things, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars.That technology also turned up in Samsung Electronics' new laptop, the ATIV Book 9.Assertive Camera is another of Apical's developments: It's a range of software packages and silicon-based image signal processors for reducing image noise, managing color and shooting high dynamic range images.ARM makes its money by designing chips that others manufacture, or licensing its chip modules for others to incorporate in their own designs.Putting image analysis and interpretation capabilities in hardware could accelerate and simplify the design of a whole host of products, including self-driving cars and security systems.
LONDON— ARM Holdings ARMH 3.16 % PLC, the England-based tech firm that designs most of the world s smartphone chips, said Wednesday that it completed a $350 million acquisition of a computer-vision company, in a bet that it can further ARM s goal of getting its technology into new markets such as automobiles, robots and everyday household items.For example, its technology can help a security camera distinguish between a human and cat.Founded in 2002, Apical employs 100 people.As the growth in global smartphone shipments slows—ARM expects an annual increase of 6% to 7% for the next five years—the company has diversified.It can automatically transmit live video to the homeowner whenever it detects motion, but that would take up a lot of power and bandwidth.Based in Cambridge, England, ARM is regarded as one of the U.K. s top tech firms.
The chip sped up the Go-playing software, allowing it to plot moves in the time-limited match and look further ahead in the game.Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL 0.22 % has been using it for more than a year to accelerate artificial intelligence applications as the software techniques known as machine learning become increasingly important to its core businesses.Overall the chip, known as the Tensor Processing Unit, is 10 times faster than alternatives Google considered for this work, the company said.Whether it s a ton less than we would have otherwise, I can t say.It allows the company to process all the text stored in its massive collection of StreetView images—things such as street signs and address numbers attached to the sides of houses—in just five days, much faster than previous methods, Mr. Jouppi said.The chip also is used in Google search ranking, photo processing, speech recognition, and language translation.
Google believes artificial intelligence AI is the future, so much so that it started making its own custom processors to allow its algorithms to learn faster.Since machine learning requires less computational precision, Google is able to squeeze more operations per second out of a chip.Typical processors run with 32 or 64-bits of precision, whereas Google's TPU operates at 8-bits.Google estimates its TPU chips allowed it to "fast-forward" technology about seven years over using off-the-shelf processors.The chips even allowed Google's AI to beat a Go world champion.The company hopes developers will use machine learning to create better apps for its platforms like Android.
Intel's Core i7 Extreme Edition chip code-named Broadwell E is for gaming and virtual reality.Primarily for gaming PCs, the new chips will also go in desktops certified to work with headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.PCs with these chips will aid in the creation of VR content, which could, for example, teach students in a medical school virtually about surgical techniques.A key performance booster is Intel's new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology, which provides more horsepower when needed when executing a task.Turbo Boost Max is 15 percent faster than older Turbo Boost technologies, which also helps make chips use power more judiciously.PCs with the new chips will get DDR4 memory and Thunderbolt 3 ports, which provide expanded connectivity to external graphics cards, storage, displays and other peripherals.
Google Home SpecsOne of the biggest reveals to come out of Google I/O two weeks ago was Google Home, a voice-activated virtual assistant meant to rival the likes of Amazon s Echo.It uses the same ARM-based microprocessor as well as the same Wi-Fi chip, a source tells The Information.If there s a drawback to Google Home being built on the same platform as Chromecast, it s the challenge that will pose for app developers in the future.With Android, it would be an incredibly simple process, but the Linux-based OS is far less accessible for third-party developers attempting to add functionality to Home.Chromecast already has enough guts to stream 4K video without a problem, so powering Spotify shouldn t be too much of a challenge for the same components.The virtual assistant still doesn t have a price or release date.
Amazon data centreAmazon, Google and other giant cloud companies are buying server CPUs in huge numbers, helping to increase global shipments in 2016 for x86 and ARM server class microprocessor by 3.5 per cent to 22.9 million shipments.Strong demand means rising average selling prices ASPs - up 25 per cent between 2010 and 2015 - and revenue growth for a market expected to grow at 2.2 per cent CAGR from 2015-2020 to $15.3bn in 2020.The growing use of server class CPUs in non-server hardware is another major sales kicker, with 17.3 per cent of x86 and ARM server-class processors destined for storage, networking and embedded systems in Q1, 2016, compared to 8.8 per cent in Q1,2013.Intel accounted for 93 per cent unit share in 2010 and 99.2 per cent in the last quarter of 2015.But IDC thinks that stronger competition will be provided by AMD and various ARM vendors, with the major cloud vendors and server makers in China keen to explore cheaper options than Intel.Competitors to Intel s Xeon E5-26xx line due out in 2016 and 2017 include AMD s x86-based Zen and a clutch of ARM-based chips.
With that sort of resume, it s hard to pinpoint just 10 Intel CPU launches that shook things up the most, but with the help of a few friends and PCWorld editors, I believe I ve narrowed things down to a nice crop of contenders.That achievement seemed almost miraculous for the time, and it paved the way for the PC revolution that would play out over the next decade.The 8008, while very primitive by today's standards, laid the groundwork that would later be expanded upon with Intel s 8080, 8085, 8086 CPUs that powered much of the early PC industry.See larger imageIntroduced: April 1974How it shook things up: If you ve heard of the MITS Altair 8800, the computer kit that effectively launched the personal computer industry, then you know why the 8080 was important.See larger imageIntroduced: March 22, 1993How it shook things up: After a U.S. court decided that numbers like 80386 could not be trademarked, x86 knock-off competitors during the 486 era, such as Cyrix and AMD, flourished by undercutting Intel with less-expensive chips that were often branded as 486 chips too.The Core series, with its impressive performance-per-watt ratio, changed the competitive balance dramatically, and the affordably dual-core Core 2 Duo series once again made Intel the must-have PC CPU vendor in a big way.
Marc Andreessen penned his famous Why Software Is Eating the World essay in The Wall Street Journal five years ago.No matter your industry, you re expected to be reimagining your business to make sure you re not the next local taxi company or hotel chain caught completely off guard by your equivalent of Uber or Airbnb.Ultimately, there is no blueprint for how to make this transition, but I do think there are two principal lessons or starting points that can be learned from companies that have succeeded most over the last five years: timing and focus.Amazon had been around for a decade, the iPhone was four years old and the App Store was three years old, doing $2.5 billion in revenue for millions of developers.As he put it: Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale.Uber and Airbnb saw the world of the cloud, the iPhone, the App Store, AWS and Google Maps, and said to themselves, it s not about what can we do now, but better; it s about what can we do now that was simply not possible until today.
Then, a battery icon will appear inside your search bar, with a toggle to turn the feature on and off.Fortunately, it remains and the battery saver remains active when you plug in again.More than 50 percent of existing PCs use either Windows XP or Windows 7, according to Net Applications.To preserve power in the new low-power mode, Opera says that parts of the browser s code have been simplified, and its animated themes optimized.As I opened a new tab, CPU usage spiked, and the browser s ability to open a new tab was clearly constrained by the microprocessor s limited power.But importing bookmarks from Firefox or Chrome is a snap, and Opera s interface is similar enough to that of Internet Explorer or other browsers to make it easy to switch.
If you want to write on something, you ll have to use what is known in the industry as high-performance documentation material, a paperlike product that doesn t release fibers.After you put on a hairnet, your next stop is the gowning station, inside a pressurized room that sits between the outside world and the cleanroom itself.The reticence is understandable, considering that the development and manufacture of a new microprocessor is one of the biggest, riskiest bets in business.If you need short-term gratification, don t be a chip designer, says Pat Gelsinger, chief executive of VMware and a longtime Intel executive who most recently served as the company s chief technology officer.Last year its data center group had revenue of about $16 billion, nearly half of which was profit.It takes an additional year and a half to translate the spec into a kind of software code composed of basic logic instructions such as AND, OR, and NOT, and then translate that into a schematic showing the individual circuits.For the E5, mask designers based in Bangalore, India, and Fort Collins, Colo., used a computer-aided design program to draw polygons to represent each transistor, or copied in previously drawn circuit designs from a sort of digital library.
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Rob Toews is jointly pursuing degrees at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.He is the co-founder of SHFFT.The established chipmakers that have long dominated the microprocessor market — Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel — seem poised to leverage their existing expertise to succeed with AV chips.AV artificial intelligence / machine learningThe central technological breakthrough at the core of the entire AV concept is the vehicle s ability to conduct advanced and adaptive decision-making itself based on all the data at its disposal.Some of these companies focus solely on software; to go to market, they will look to partner with, or be acquired by, hardware manufacturers.Established auto manufacturers, large technology companies and scrappy start-ups are all fiercely competing to win in the AV ecosystem.
According to security researcher Damien Zammit, there s possibility that computers based on recent x86-based processors from Intel could be unknowingly compromised.Most general consumers purchasing Intel-based desktops and laptops have no clue that a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor is built inside Intel s supporting motherboard chipset.Its main focus is big enterprise deployments, so that multiple systems can be managed remotely.It also runs its own TCP/IP server, which is capable of bypassing an installed firewall to send and receive packets.Zammit supports an open-sourced approach.He believes its inevitable that ME will fall to an exploit, and once that happens, it ll be open season on Intel machines.
I ve stopped caring about hardware specifications in today s personal gadgets because they seem to matter less and less lately.But if you re working on complex tasks like encryption, you ll need all the firepower you can get your hands on.IBM manufactured it using an older 32nm CMOS process than the one it currently uses for modern chips.The UC Davis researchers say that their chip executes instructions more than 100 times more efficiently than a modern laptop processor.So what are 1,000 cores good for, anyway?No, you can t borrow this to run DOOM at 4K.
World's first 1000-processor chip developed by University of California, DavisScientists have developed a microchip featuring 1,000 processors with each of its cores capable of running programmes independently.Termed the world's first 1,000-processor chip, it can compute up to 1.78 trillion instructions per second IPS and contains 621 million transistors.Developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Davis, the chip dubbed KiloCore was displayed at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Honolulu on 16 June.The KiloCore chip is fabricated by IBM using 32nm CMOS architecture.Baas led the team involved in designing the architecture of the chip.The KiloCore chip executes IPS 100 times more efficiently than a normal processor powering a laptop.
Students at the University of California, Davis, have created whan they claim to be the first ever microprocessor to boast 1,000 independently programmable cores, complete with independent clocks and pooled memory.The most successful highly-parallel many-core processors are, of course, GPUs, but these were developed specifically for graphics processing and even in their server-centric accelerator board formats are not suited to all forms of processing.Built on a 32nm CMOS process by IBM, the chip was designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, and comes with impressive specifications: 1,000 independent processing cores, capable of running in parallel or entirely independently and clocked at an impressive 1.78GHz average maximum, along with a pooled memory system which does away with the write-then-read bottleneck of typical many-core systems.According to Brent Bohnenstiehl, the graduate student behind the core architecture, the KiloCore processor is a hundred times more efficient in terms of performance-per-watt than a modern laptop processor - despite being built on an antiquated process node.The team has already developed numerous applications to run on the cores, including wireless codecs, video processing tools, encryption utilities, and datacentre record processing software - anything, in other words, which benefits from a many-core highly-parallel approach.The team presented its KiloCore research at the VLSI Technology and Circuits Symposium in Honolulu this month, but has not yet announced plans to commercialise the KiloCore nor any partnerships with companies to bring it to market.
There were some complaints surrounding the "Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge" including a gap that's formed when the laptop is closed.So, you can tell that we're not the only ones already clamoring for Microsoft to improve on an already promising formula.Likely as much as – if not a bit more than – the current Surface BookWe're quite alright with the design for the most partSurface Book 2 release dateNaturally, the company has not officially announced the product given that the Surface Book launched less than a year ago.The 14-nanometer microprocessor architecture from Intel is slated to go into volume production at the end of 2016, offering native USB 3.1 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 support in addition to featuring up to four cores as the default configuration and better CPU/GPU performance.No longer will PC access to the Xbox One library be limited to over-the-air streaming.However, 2017 would be the perfect time to bring out an additional gaming-focused configuration complete with, say, a GeForce 980M.
MoreThe Oracle logo is seen on its campus in Redwood City, California June 15, 2015.SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - A California jury ordered Oracle Corp to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co $3 billion in damages in a case over HP's Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday.Oracle said it would appeal the verdict.The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc .Oracle decided to stop developing software for use with HP's Itanium-based servers in 2011, saying that Intel made it clear that the chip was nearing the end of its life and was shifting its focus to its x86 microprocessor.But HP said it had an agreement with Oracle that support for Itanium would continue, without which the equipment using the chip would become obsolete.
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