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IBM Discloses Future POWER Roadmap At OpenPOWER Summit With Support From Google And Rackspace

At the recent OpenPOWER Summit I attended in San Jose, IBM disclosed important updates to the POWER roadmap that give more insight into the company’s architectural decisions. IBM’s partners also made many overall POWER announcements which I wrote about here. IBM’s POWER architecture, which is now part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, has been a popular …

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AMD Has Turned Gaming Graphics Drivers From A Liability Into An Asset

When it comes to gamers, graphics driver are very important. For quite some time, users had a negative perception of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gaming graphics drivers, some of it earned some of it unwarranted. AMD’s drivers have improved in quality over time and have really improved with the latest Crimson generation of graphics drivers. This positively affects end …

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OpenPOWER Keeps On Truckin’ At Annual Development Summit

The OpenPOWER Foundation, a collection of companies that have coalesced around IBM’s POWER architecture recently had their OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, California. OpenPOWER was founded by IBM, Google, Tyan and Mellanox to coalesce around IBM’s approach towards opening up the POWER architecture to anyone that wishes to license it or build their IP into …

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NVIDIA Extends Their Datacenter Performance Lead In Neural Network Computing at #GTC16

At NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2016 in San Jose, California the company announced products based on their latest GPU architecture, code-named Pascal. This conference is traditionally attended by some of the leading researchers in GPU-accelerated compute technologies and over the past few years has become increasingly focused on Deep Neural Networks (DNN). DNNs are …

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GTC 2016: Where The Cool Kids Are Going In April For VR, AI, Self-Driving Cars And Robotics

GTC Keynote Speakers from NVIDIA, IBM, Toyota NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) originally started in 2009 and competitors perceived it as a self-serving show to push the company’s own GPU programming language, CUDA. Well, years later CUDA has caught on and GTC has become one of the premiere events in the world where the highest …

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Significantly Improves Performance For India Consumers

The smartphone market has been experiencing many changes, some of those changes have included the slowing of the overall pace of growth. One of the remaining growth segments of the smartphone market right now remains the mid-range which is priced around $200. These phones have traditionally been ignored by the big players in the smartphone …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Technical Review of Xiaomi’s New Redmi Note 3 Smartphone for India

The midrange smartphone market is experiencing huge growth, especially in China and India. The midrange has become a focal point for many smartphone vendors and the chipmakers that supply them. Companies like Xiaomi are launching devices with help from chip vendors like Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, featuring the new Snapdragon 650 SoC, is optimized for …

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Applied Micro Circuits Increases Focus On NFV To Help Accelerate X-Gene Revenue

AppliedMicro X-Gene inside Kontron’s NFV server (Photo credit Patrick Moorhead) There has been a lot of buzz in the industry over the last several years about ARM Holdings’ and its partners’ plans to go after the datacenter market with a particular focus on servers. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AppliedMicro), Cavium, and Qualcomm, …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Choosing Chromebooks for Education

A broadening trend in K-12 education is the use of Chromebooks, driven by digitization of educational tools and materials. The heart of Chromebooks, Google’s Chrome OS, is a free operating system, which is maintained and updated by Google over the cloud and helps lower acquisition costs for school districts. According to Google, Chromebooks give “students, teachers, and administrators a …

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We All Need To Get Serious About Protecting Company Data With Hardened, Multi-Factor Authentication

(Image credit: Pixabay) The world is becoming a less and less secure place due to the plethora of hacks that have happened over the course of the past few years. Companies like Sony, T-Mobile, Anthem, Target and their customers have been victims of countless cyber-attacks that resulted in many people’s information being compromised. These breaches have …

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Qualcomm’s New Smartphone Chips Go After Mid-Tier Asian Markets, Straight At MediaTek

Last Thursday at Qualcomm’s Financial Analyst Day the company made a slew of chip announcements ranging from the industry’s 1 Gbps wireless LTE modem to a custom designed smartwatch SoC and platform called “Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC”. In between those, Qualcomm also announced a few very overlooked chips that help strengthen Qualcomm’s position in the mid-tier …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Hardened Multi-Factor Authentication Increases Enterprise PC Security

The internet and mobility have made enterprise security monumentally more difficult. Employees can take mobile devices with them everywhere they go, but these smartphones, tablets, and notebooks vary wildly in terms of security features to prevent unauthorized access. Increasing numbers of endpoints became convenient targets of hackers looking to gain access to enterprise data. Many major hacks in the …

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Intel Got Fit At CES 2016 And Even Reached Some New Heights At X-Games

Intel was all over the X-Games (Photo Credit: X-Games) You may have noticed this weekend that Intel was all over the X-Games. You couldn’t turn on the TV, web video or Twitter without seeing the company on and around the X-Games.  Intel’s love affair with sports started when Brian Krzanich took the reigns as Intel’s CEO …

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Advanced Micro Device’s New Polaris FinFET-Based Architecture Could Open New Doors For The Company

It seems of late like there is an unlimited thirst for GPU performance at the right power efficiency. Whether it is deep learning, object recognition, artificial intelligence, simulations, VR or AR, the industry desperately needs GPU improvements. Many within the graphics industry would agree that a new era of graphics performance and efficiency is upon …

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AMD’s GPUOpen Initiative Architected To Move The Industry In A Different Direction

GPUOpen is a new initiative started by Advanced Micro Devices’ Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) as a way for the company to continue to reach out to the needs to developers by giving them a better development environment. The idea behind GPUOpen is born out of the work that Advanced Micro Device’s did with Mantle, their …

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IBM’s OpenPOWER Presence Was Felt Heavily At SuperComputing ’15

IBM’s Brad McCredie, also OpenPOWER President, kicks off analyst meeting at SC15 (Photo credit: Patrick Moorhead) IBM is in the process of reinventing themselves as a company, changing how they see themselves, what they do as a company and how they want their partners and customers to view them. This is exemplified best in their …

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Qualcomm Reinvigorates Snapdragon With New Snapdragon 820 SoC

(Photo credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm recently held an event in New York City where they invited many of the world’s leading press and analysts to attend their Snapdragon 820 launch event. At this event Qualcomm talked about the markets that they expect the Snapdragon 820 to perform in as well as what kind of performance we …

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Motorola’s New Moto 360 – The Smartwatch that Delivers, Mostly

Motorola’s first generation Moto 360 was universally lauded as the best looking and functional smartwatch on the market, especially among the Android Wear watches. Even after Apple released the Apple Watch, many still believed the Moto 360 to be the truer to form watch on the market. But even being one of the best smart …

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Qualcomm Discloses More Snapdragon 820 Kryo CPU Details, Including Four Giant Cores

Qualcomm has been slowly releasing details here and there about their Snapdragon 820 SoC due out next year. Until then, the company is giving the market little bits of information here and there to keep the market interested and perhaps paying attention. Just a few days ago, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 820′s Smart Protect would …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Do 8 CPU Cores Really Matter in Smartphones?

In a recent live benchmarking session, Moor Insights & Strategy answered the question “Do 8 cores really matter in smartphones?” with a series of benchmarks and real application tests. This brief supports the video with performance and experience results. As the smartphone industry has begun to mature, one-upmanship among smartphone manufacturers and SoC vendors has bred a dangerous …

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