Category: wintel

  • AnandTech – Microsoft Provides Windows on ARM Details

    As reported by Andrew Cunningham for Anandtech: Weve known that Microsoft has been planning an ARM-compatible version of Windows since well before we knew anything else about Windows 8, but the particulars have often been obscured both by unclear signals from Microsoft itself and subsequent coverage of those unclear signals by journalists. Steven Sinofsky has […]

  • The PC is dead. Why no angry nerds? :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It

    In the old telephone dial-up, modem pool days there were a lot of people re-selling their data connections to provide on-ramps to the Information Superhighway. Now that’s about all you can drive on is the Superhighway. All the back streets and side roads are slowly kind of being ignored by the more popular social networking platforms

  • AnandTech – Intel and Micron IMFT Announce Worlds First 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND

    There’s a point of diminishing return for Flash memory where further shrinking the chips makes them less and less durable over time. Which has led me to believe there’s a ‘plateau’ of size/durability that will soon be reached by most Flash memory manufacturers. However Intel’s deep reserve of research in silicon semiconductors is helping lead the charge to the next generation of more dense, smaller Flash memory and Micron is partnering with them to help

  • Expect the First Windows 8 Snapdragon PC Late 2012

    To have a really competitive tablet computer you need to have a really good battery and a very conservative cpu with a low TDP (Thermal Design Power). The reason is a tablet is even more portable than the old Portable PC. No one wants to hookup to a power adapter just to get through the day. However, maybe at the end of the day when they go to bed they will plug in the tablet. A cell phone style System on a Chip is a much bigger step towards that goal if it can ship in a Windows 8 tablet. Read On:

  • Single-chip DIMM offers low-power replacement for sticks of RAM | ExtremeTech

    Covering the evolution off desktop commodity computer technologies has been fun going back to the days of Computer Shopper. I used to look at all the different specs, and standards and technologies. We’ve gotten faster CPUS, graphics cards, PCI buses, hard drives and now Solid state disks instead of hard drives. What’s left to innovate? Well let’s take a look at the lowly Dynamic Random Access Memory chip shall we? Or more specifically how that chip is packaged up onto a circuit board the Dual Inline Memory Moducle (DIMM). Read On:

  • OCZ Launches PCIe-Based HDD/SDD Hybrid Drive

    As OCZ attempts to innovate even faster, they’re bringing to market interesting niche products that create whole new product classes. PCIe Flash drives have been cranking out the jams, tearing up the charts especially those branded by Fusion-io. OCZ has also brought a number of PCIe flash-only drives to market with better and better performance rankings with each new generation. But price is always a concern, so the threshold for adopting PCIe has been very high. Enter the hybrid, Flash+HDD in one PCIe card.

  • Tilera throws gauntlet at Intels feet • The Register

    I still have great hopes for Tilera in the data center cloud market place. But the only real competition out there now is Seamicro’s own SM-10000×64 which is tearing up the charts with Intel’s Atom N570. Once Tilera is able to ship its chips in volume and get manufacturers to start building servers with Tilera CPUs inside, it will be a true horse race.

  • Intel readying MIC x64 coprocessor for 2012 • The Register

    There’s a recent article written comparing the Spec Marks for the Tilera GX series cpus to Intel’s Atom N270 for the first time. Some of these architectures are finally seeing the light of day, running an OS with a test suite to see how they perform. But still Intel is secretly slaving away on it’s answer to Tilera. What will come of this nobody knows because it is even further away from shipping than Tilera GX processors. Reminds me a little of the whole Larrabee time to market problem.

  • ARM server hero Calxeda lines up software super friends • The Register

    Intel is doing its level best to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt concerning how viable ARM based chips would be in a data center server rack. ARM is the engine of many a cell phone, but server loads? That’s the question Intel is trying to raise even as data center floor space and cooling costs become more expensive. Calxeda is trying to emphasize the lower energy consumption going forward attempting to put a greener face on its potential data center installations.

  • Macintouch Reader Reports: User Interface Issues iOS/Lion

    Don’t get me wrong OS X Lion is a good thing. But I am despising the migration of the mobile iOS system’s human interface design to the desktop OS. Gestures? We don’t need no stinkin’ gestures. Read On.