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Green data centre

Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

Servers are about to devolve into bespoke collections of compute and storage, says Gartner veep and distinguished analyst Andrew Butler. Speaking last week's Infrastructure Operations & Data Centre Summit in Sydney, Butler said the days of buying a server to handle a specific workload are nearly gone. Instead, you'll soon shop …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Analysis IBM has demonstrated a 3-bit Phase-Change Memory chip with IBM Zurich researcher Dr. Haris Pozidis talking about it in a YouTube video and not mentioning 3D XPoint once. The idea is to counter the relatively high cost of PCM chips by giving them 3 bits per cell, TLC or triple-level cells, instead of just one - clever. This …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016

60 per cent of Androids exposed by new attack on mediaserver

Duo Security researcher Kyle Lady says attackers can compromise more than half of enterprise Android phones by chaining two operating system and chip vulnerabilities. The flaws affect scores of phones on the market from the most popular Lollipop version 5 Android system, second-placed KitKat version 4.4, and the barely-used …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016
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CONFIRMED: Google bakes custom data centre chips

Google's long-rumoured efforts to build its own silicon have come to fruition. The Alphabet subsidiary today revealed it has baked a custom ASIC it calls a “Tensor Processing Unit” (TPU) and has been using them for a year for the machine learning applications that fuel many of its services. “TPU is tailored to machine …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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Magnetic memory boffins unveil six-state storage design

Memory could be getting an upgrade beyond the two states used in binary, as researchers have designed a magnetic element with six stable magnetic states, according to a paper published in Applied Physics Letters. The researchers from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and New York University in the US found that by arranging a …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

IBM has claimed a significant break through in phase-change memory which could potentially replace DRAM. Researchers at IBM say they have successfully managed to store 2 bits per cell in a chip employing a strip of 64,000 cells at some toasty temperatures and while under quite a bit of stress "for the first time ever". Multi- …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016

ARM buys IoT's camera crew, Eyes of Things biz Apical

Chip-designer ARM has snapped up London-based imaging and embedded computer biz Apical for £242m, in a bid to further branch out from the slowing smartphone market. Apical's imaging products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and approximately 300 million other consumer/industrial devices including IP cameras, …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2016
Monster 6502 board

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete …

First ATM malware is back and badder than ever

Cybercriminals have retrofitted a strain of ATM malware first discovered in 2009 to create an even more potent threat. Skimer was the first malicious program to target ATMs*. Seven years later, Russian cybercriminals are reusing the malware – but both the crooks and the program have evolved, to pose an even more potent threat …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016

It's all very well hacking ISIS, Barry, but what about your ISA?

Credit card fraud is in decline while ad fraud is poised for growth, according to a new study on the business of cybercrime out Tuesday. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) study provides a detailed look into the inner workings of cybercriminal organisations, their business functions, motivations, and more. The IT giant posits …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
LInux nutella

Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.6 of the Linux kernel on the waiting world. “It's just as well I didn't cut the rc cycle short, since the last week ended up getting a few more fixes than expected,” wrote the Linux overlord. “Since rc7, there's been small noise all over, with driver fixes being the bulk of it, but there is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
Impact chip on the ISS

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

British astronaut Tim Peake has sparked an orbital kerfuffle after he tweeted a picture showing a crack in the International Space Station's window. It was caused by space debris. Often asked if @Space_Station is hit by space debris. Yes – this chip is in a Cupola window https://t.co/iH87Dt80yV pic.twitter.com/7ZvVs4myM0 — Tim …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2016

Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

Retail giant Walmart has filed suit against Visa over the ability to force chip and PIN authorization for card purchases. In a suit filed to the New York State Court (PDF), Walmart claims that Visa is forcing it to accept customer signatures as authorization for payments when it wishes to mandate the use of PIN codes instead …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2016
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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

Google has open-sourced the Thread networking protocol used in its Nest smart thermostat in an effort to win the ongoing internet of things standards war. OpenThread was posted on GitHub Wednesday under a BSD license and is free to anyone who wants to build the low-power mesh networking standard into smart-home products. …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2016
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China says yes to SanDisk

China’s MOFCOM trade regulator has said it’s OK for Western Digital to buy SanDisk. WD wants to buy SanDisk and its flash foundry chips-to-SSDs business for around $16bn. The MOFCOM approval completes the worldwide regulatory body approvals process and the deal is expected to close on May 12. WD and SanDisk shareholders have …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
Rani Borkar

Chipzilla veteran joins IBM's OpenPOWER

IBM has tapped former Intel product development veteran Rani Borkar as veep for development of its OpenPOWER project. Borkar left Chipzilla at the end of last year, after 27 years with the company. At Intel, she specialised in chips for PCs and data centres – for example, speaking for Intel when it first started pitching its …

Nvidia Pascal GTX launch

Unless Nvidia has a massive last-minute change of heart, it will tonight unveil a couple of Pascal-powered GTX cards for gamers. Pascal is Nv's latest GPU design: word of it emerged in 2014, it finally arrived last month, and you can find deep dives into how it works and why here, and over here. So far Pascal has emerged in …
Chris Williams, 07 May 2016

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2016

Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

The value of online fraudulent transactions is expected to reach $25.6bn by 2020, up from $10.7bn last year, according to a new study from industry analysts Juniper Research. The researchers predict that by the end of the decade, $4 in every $1,000 of online payments will be fraudulent. Juniper’s study, Online Payment Fraud: …
John Leyden, 03 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016
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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

Cypress Semiconductor has made Broadcom an offer too good to refuse: US$550 million in cash for its wireless Internet of Things business unit. The deal covers the whole kit-and-kaboodle: Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee Internet of Things product lines, its WICED brand and developer community, and the relevant …

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world. Intel today scrapped the development of its Atom processor codenamed Broxton, which was aimed at powering high-end smartphones and tablets. Broxton was expected to …
Chris Williams, 30 Apr 2016

Neural network on a stick

Californian firm Movidius has released a neural computing USB stick. The firm's Myriad chip powers the likes of Google's Project Tango development kit and version two helps DJI’s flagship Phantom 4 drones helping it to better avoid obstacles. Moviduis also released the Fathom deep learning software framework which complements …
Team Register, 29 Apr 2016

Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

Photo giant Getty Images has had enough – it has filed an antitrust complaint in Europe against Google. And the reasoning behind the action is more subtle than readers might think. Getty Images' VP Jonathan Lockwood explained why. Getty’s action isn’t a copyright dispute, he points out. It isn’t about piracy, rights, or right- …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016

The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

There are countless problems with making the so-called "internet of things" (IoT) a pragmatic reality: hardware, software and standards to name the big three. But this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, at least two of them have started to find solutions. During one of its exec's main keynotes, Samsung …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119. Obi’s story is unusual – it leveraged the economies of scale of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm in USB-C row

Qualcomm has dismissed concerns that its Quick Charge USB chargers could damage hardware. The US chip designer has issued a response to concerns voiced in November by Google's Benson Leung that the chargers would not be compatible with USB-C, and would potentially be dangerous. Qualcomm told The Register: Qualcomm Quick …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016

Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

A hacker group has stolen some 10 million credit cards, putting itself in a position to score US$400 million (£279 million, A$516 million) by infecting 2000 payment terminals with the Trinity point of sales malware. Security firm FireEye and subsidiaries iSIGHT Partners and Mandiant examined the "Fin6" group last year after it …
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2016
AMD CEO Lisa Su speaking at the firm's 2015 financial analyst day

Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

Analysis 3D XPoint memory represents a door way to non-volatile profits for Intel and a passage away from NAND production, which is bedevilled by over-supply from costly fabrication plants with high costs. This idea starts from a simple question: how is Intel’s flash business doing? Not well, according to a financial analyst. In its …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016

12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

Only the Paranoid Survive, or so former Intel chief executive Andy Grove once wrote. And it seems that, faced with the demise of the PC market, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has found his inner Andy Grove. Grove, who died last month aged 79, left both an awesome business record and some great quotes behind him. While Intel co- …
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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ARM Holdings gives the thumbs-up, reports revenue and licensing uptick

Chip designer ARM has reported revenue and profit increases in Q1, with its shares trading up despite a moody FTSE 100 this morning. Q1 2016 saw a year-on-year dollar revenue rise for ARM at 14 per cent (22 per cent in £) when its results were posted today. Pre-tax profits of £137.5m are an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year …
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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

Intel will axe 12,000 employees globally – more than one in ten of its workforce – as it moves further away from being a PC chip company. The layoffs are among the biggest into the company's history, and come as PC industry continues to tank harder than Intel expected. The Santa Clara-based biz sees a lot of growth in the …
Chris Williams, 19 Apr 2016
Prison

Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

Chinese national Daofu Zhang has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy top-end field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) stolen from a US Navy base and replacing the swiped silicon with counterfeit duds. Last Friday, in Connecticut's New Haven federal court, Zhang, 40, admitted offering to purchase military-spec chips from a US …
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Intel's XPoint emperor has no clothes, only soiled diapers

Opinion Intel's XPoint marketing is such frenetic, hype-filled BS that it is setting up the world to be utterly underwhelmed by the reality. We have had a mini deluge of XPoint memory chip news recently, with Frank Hady – Intel Fellow and Chief 3D XPoint Storage Architect – giving a pitch at the 7th Annual Non-Volatile Memories …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016

BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Episode 5 "Wah wah wah wah wah..." "Wah wah wah wah wah... "...You know - the Internet of Things," the Boss says. "The internet of what things?" I ask. "You know, everything," the Boss says, tossing me the proverbial geeky talking stick. "Everything?" I ask, watching the stick fly by and fall to the ground. "Yes, you know, the …
Simon Travaglia, 15 Apr 2016
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What exactly is it that infosec miscreants get up to? A quick overview

If corporate IT infrastructures are a battlefield, then the cybercriminals are putting up a good fight. Last year saw some nasty breaches. Anthem Insurance, which lost nearly 80 million records, and the US Office of Personnel Management, which lost 21 million records after failing to encrypt its records. Cybercriminals are …
Danny Bradbury, 13 Apr 2016
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XMC builds 3D NAND fab

Chinese contract chip manufacturer XMC is building a 3D NAND fab. It’s funded up to $24bn by the China IC Industry Investment fund, Hubei IC Investment Fund, CDB Development Fund and Hubei Technology Investment. The China IC Industry Investment Fund is a state-backed funding initiative aimed at lessening China’s dependence on …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016
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Lexmark in sales chats

Chinese ink cartridge chip maker Apex Technology Co is in talks to buy US printer firm Lexmark, according to reports. Lexmark had explored selling software and hardware units separately but the latest negotiations could sell the entire organisation sold. Lexmark, formerly owned by IBM, has a market cap of $2bn. IBM Selectric …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016
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Iron.io signs on to integrate Intel's Snap

Docker-herder Iron.io has added another string to its bow, in an agreement with Intel that gives it access to Chipzilla's Snap* framework. Intel emitted Snap in December as its contribution to data centre scheduling and workload management. The idea, according to this Jonathan Donaldson's blog post, is to use telemetry and …

Intel-men, start your engines! Chipzilla gets into the car silicon caper

Intel has acquired Internet of Things business Yogitech with an eye to the automotive segment. Blogging about the acquisition, Chipzilla's Ken Caviasca explains that the surging "advanced driver assistance systems" (ADAS) segment – stuff like assisted parking – needs what he calls "functional safety," and that's where Italian …
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AMD Bristol Ridge finds first home in HP ENVY x360

AMD's “Bristol Ridge” series processors are landing in laptops at last, with HP the first cab off the rank. The chip maker has pre-announced the processor here , promising more detail about its “seventh generation” accelerated processing units (APUs) will arrive at Computex 2016 in Taipei, in May and June. As well as HP's …

Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

GTC16 So there it is: the long-awaited Nvidia Pascal architecture GPU. It's the GP100, and it will debut in the Tesla P100, which is aimed at high-performance computing (think supercomputers simulating the weather and nuke fuel) and deep-learning artificial intelligence systems. The P100, revealed today at Nvidia's GPU Tech …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016

Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

Nvidia has revealed its Pascal Tesla P100 GPU, described as the largest FinFET chip on the market. It is in volume production today. It features 16nm FinFETs and 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die, 16GB of HBM2 memory, and the NVLink interconnect. If you include the memories, the 15 billion figure balloons to 150 billion …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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Alert: Nvidia GPU Tech Conference kicks off today

Standby for Nvidia news this morning in California: the Santa Clara-based graphics chip giant is holding its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose this week. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's opening keynote starts at 9am Pacific Time. He is expected to touch on AI, virtual reality and self-driving cars, among other things – …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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Intel executive shake-up coming, with three big-name departures

Intel's lost more Cs from its C-suite, with reports emerging that two senior executives have left and another is on the way out the door. On the weekend, Bloomberg reported the imminent departure of mobile chip business chief Aicha Evans, and now, two more executives, Kirk Skaugen and Doug Davis, are on the way out. Evans' …