Just when you think you understand the trio (as I thought I did up until my final interview with Grove) you learn something new that turns everything upside-down. The Intel Trinity must be considered one of the most successful teams in business history, yet it seems to violate all the laws of successful teams. via Resentment, Jealousy, Feuds: A […]
In almost every kind of electronic equipment we buy today, there is memory in the form of SRAM and/or flash memory. Following Moores law, memories have doubled in size every second year. When Intel introduced the 1103 1Kbit dynamic RAM in 1971, it cost $20. Today, we can buy a 4Gbit SDRAM for the same […]
Similarly disappointing for everyone who isnt Intel, its been more than a year after Sandy Bridges launch and none of the GPU vendors have been able to put forth a better solution than Quick Sync. If youre constantly transcoding movies to get them onto your smartphone or tablet, you need Ivy Bridge. In less than […]
Chip designer and chief Intel rival AMD has signed an agreement to acquire SeaMicro, a Silicon Valley startup that seeks to save power and space by building servers from hundreds of low-power processors. via AMD Snatches New-Age Server Maker From Under Intel | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com. It was bound to happen eventually, I guess. […]
. . . 20 nm may represent an inflection point in which it will be necessary to transition from a metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor MOSFET to Fin-Shaped Field Effect Transistors FinFET or 3D transistors, which Intel refers to as tri-gate designs that are set to debut with the companys 22 nm Ivy Bridge product generation. […]
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
Wired.com isn’t the best at following the Cloud Data Industry. In fact at least they partially want to keep their advertisers happy so they will publish a Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt raising response direct from an Intel PR Engineer. Happily the Intel folks aren’t even fully aware of what people are doing with their SeaMicro and Quanta SQ-2 boxes and continue to beat the drum on Virtualized Servers on Multi-core, high-clocked chips. That’s the old school thinking on what a Compute Cloud can be. The New School says put the cloud in a single box, let the clock run slower and use less power and everybody wins. Read On:
The race is to supply PCIe SSDs is really heating up now. Many competitors in the top-end Enterprise level are battling it out with each new revision of the SandForce drive controller. In the Middle and Low ends, there’s a little more variety thanks to OCZ and now Intel entering the race. Hopefully prices will stay the same while performance shoots through the roof. that appears to be the trend right now anyways. So don’t expect 2GBytes/sec and 1Tbyte capacity for anything less than $10K USD. That’s par for the course in the Enterprise market still, Read On:
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.
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.