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Hello, Mr Chips(et): Capita grabs bigger slice of UK IT education market

Capita gobbled up a larger piece of the UK's £800m education IT spending market in 2013, with sales up 9 per cent to £234m. According to analyst firm TechMarketView, the top 10 suppliers dominated the education IT market with combined revenues of £741m. Capita’s sales were bolstered by the acquisition of Northgate Managed …
Kat Hall, 19 Nov 2014


The American miltary's mad boffin department DARPA has commissioned IBM to design microchips that can simply "vanish" after being used. After the embarrassment of special forces troops leaving behind a “stealth” helicopter during the US operation to kill Osama Bin Laden, America has a strong interest in making sure its tech …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Feb 2014

Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips

Review After Toshiba’s acquisition of the company, OCZ has in one fell swoop joined the elite band of SSD manufacturers who are in the extremely fortunate position of being able to source “in-house” all the internal chips that matter in a drive: namely, the NAND and the controller. OCZ ARC 100 SSD Teaming up with Tosh: OCZ's ARC …
Simon Crisp, 08 Dec 2014

Bath boffins put BUGS on chips – on purpose

Don't debug this chip: boffins at the University of Bath have embedded bacteria on a chip to create a cheap water-quality sensor. Instead of needing expensive lab kit to see if water is safe to drink – a serious problem anywhere the civil infrastructure is lacking – the bio-sensor contains bacteria that produce an electric …

Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

In case you were wondering whether the PC industry is still in a slump, the numbers are in on semiconductor purchasing in 2013 – and once again, the biggest spenders weren't PC vendors. According to the latest figures from market research firm IHS iSuppli, Apple and Samsung again topped the list of the biggest semiconductor …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2014
Gardiner's frog

IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

Updated IBM researchers developing chips that mimic mortal brains say they've built a 4,096-core processor that simulates a million neurons. The SyNAPSE silicon, fabricated by Samsung using a 28nm process, has 5.4 billion CMOS transistor gates, consumes 70mW of power, and uses a processor architecture completely unlike today's CPUs. …
Chris Williams, 07 Aug 2014
Apple iPhone 6s

Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

Apple is using two slightly different A9 processors from two suppliers – TSMC and Samsung – in its new iPhone 6S. This is according to analyst house Chipworks, which tore apart the electronics in the new smartphones: the silicon gazers found that the system-on-chips in the iPhone 6S are manufactured by either TSMC or Samsung …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2015

Power10 ... 2020 ... 10nm – suddenly IBM snaps awake, scribbles notes

IBM is dreaming of rolling out Power10 chips using a 10nm process size from 2020, it has emerged. This is rather telling: this means that even though Big Blue has boasted that it has cracked the 7nm barrier, we're not likely to see any IBM chips using that process size until 2023 at the earliest. Back to the Power10 …
Chris Williams, 11 Aug 2015
French fries

AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

Beleaguered chip underdog AMD is not shipping any new gear to channels this quarter as it bites the bullet to clear existing stock swilling around the industry, estimated to have been in excess of $100m. A combination of bad forecasting, sliding PC demand and weak supply chain controls led to the inventory nightmare, and channel …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2015
Intel SSD Pro 2500

We lift the lid on Intel's Pro 2500 SSD. Shock, horror: It doesn't use its own NAND chips

Review Intel has been busy of late launching SSDs for both the consumer market and for the data centre/enterprise segments. But the dedicated business segment, which Intel addressed for the first time last year with the SSD Pro 1500, was the one area where it didn't introduce a new drive. With the launch of the SSD Pro 2500 series, …
Simon Crisp, 10 Sep 2014
Costa WiFi 2

Broadcom builds better backbone for WiFi

Broadcom is getting ready for the arrival of 802.11ac Wave 2 in 2016, announcing a pair of chipsets for its OEMs. The two new chips in its StrataXGS range bring 2.5 Gbps Ethernet over Cat 5e cable, so as companies roll out Wave 2 access points, they don't have to pull new Ethernet cables. The BCM56160, targeting 24 and 48 …

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

Apple has confessed that some iPhone 6Ses have worse battery life than others because their processors are made by two different chip bakers. The Cupertino giant said in a statement on Thursday that the handsets using TSMC-built 16nm A9 processors will have a slightly longer battery life than those powered by Samsung-built …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2015
Haswell E5-2600 series die

Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

Amazon Web Services has raised the stakes for high-performance cloud computing with new, compute-optimized instance types for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. The C4 instance types were first announced at the cloud kingpin's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November. Expanding on the earlier C3 instances, C4 …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jan 2015

Samsung barks out the orders, reveals its 3D flash lead

The top dog in the flash industry has just barked out loud and strong; emphasising its 3D flash process lead, Samsung is mass-producing 48-layer, 256Gbit 3D NAND chips, essentially tech SanDisk/Toshiba is hopeful of shipping next year. Sammy is currently shipping 32-layer 3D V-NAND chips which Dell is using in its Storage …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2015

Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

Serial litigant and denizen of chip makers' nightmare realms, Rambus, known for its licensing business model and the resultant court cases, has announced it is getting into the manufacturing game itself. Rambus has stated that its products will aid the company to move away from its often litigation-linked business model. CEO …

Intel inks $5.5bn deal to move 3D NAND production into China

+Comment Intel has dropped a flash bombshell by announcing it's going to make 3D NAND chips in China, implying it will add 3D XPoint chips to the mix later and raising doubts about its Micron partnership. In a blog by Intel SVP Rob Crooke, the general manager of Intel's non-volatile solutions group – such credentials underline the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

Nimbus fattens up Gemini twins with smaller flash chips

Nimbus Data has increased the capacity of its Gemini flash arrays by stuffing more smaller flash chips in them; we're talking 48TB in 2U, just pipping Violin's new 6264 array with its 64TiB in 3U. That 64TiB is equivalent to 70.5TB, meaning that Nimbus's new Gemini averages out at 24T/U versus 23.43TB/U for Violin Memory – …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013
neelie kroes

Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

Plans for an “Airbus of chips” – aimed at doubling the number of processors made across Europe by 2020 – will be unveiled next month. A group of 11 tech sector chiefs commissioned by the EU will publish a detailed roadmap designed to expand the block’s manufacturing between 2020 and 2025. The goal is for European technology …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2014

Chip makers shine up wafers and foils for 25th Hot Chips jamboree

It is almost that time of the year again, when the chipheads of the world converge on Stanford University for the 25th Hot Chips symposium and do a little silicon show and tell. A number of shiny new processors are going to be discussed for the first time at the event, which runs from August 25 through 27, which will also have …

Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

Qualcomm has announced two new 64-bit processors in its Snapdragon line, both aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets, and both "designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics," the company modestly says. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 are both based on ARM Cortex-A57 and …
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2014
CN72/73xx Block Diagram

Cavium adds 4/16 core SoCs

Cavium is filling out a scale gap in its Octeon III system-on-a-chip (SoC) range with he four-to-sixteen core CN72xx and CN73xx variants that are pin-compatible with the rest of the range. The MIPS64-based SoCs are low-power network processors pitched between the one-to-four core CN71xx and the 24-48 CN78xx range. The chips can …

Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

A leak in Japan has led Intel to rush out the full details of its sixth-generation Skylake chip lineup. Today's launch follows the previous announcement of Core i5 and i7 variants, and the leak of much of the lineup in July. The lineup includes five 4.5W Core Y processors; ten 15W Core U-series processors and four 28 W …
Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung forgets Galaxy worries, surprises analysts with big numbers

Despite the Galaxy 6 and its kin – Plus, Edge, Edge Plus – tanking, Samsung Electronics has posted impressive numbers for the third quarter, substantially higher than analysts had predicted, leading to a jump in the share price. The Korean tech giant has forecast profit for July, August and September will be 7.3tn won (£4.1bn …
Simon Rockman, 07 Oct 2015

Samsung tosses lifeline to Netlist NVDIMMs

Flash DIMM technology developer Netlist has signed a five-year joint development deal with global memory leader Samsung to produce non-volatile DIMMs, giving it a lifeline from years of litigation hell against Diablo Technologies over memory channel storage IP. The basic concept is to put flash chips on DDR3 and 4 memory DIMMS …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015

AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

AMD has announced that it will create pin-compatible 64-bit x86 and ARM SoCs in an effort it's calling "Project SkyBridge", and that it has licensed the ARMv8 architecture and will design its own home-grown ARM-based processors. "AMD is the only company that can bridge ARM and the x86 ecosystems," said AMD's SVP and GM of global …
Rik Myslewski, 05 May 2014

Stuffing the wafers: SanDisk presses on with 48-layer 3D NAND chip

32 layers is so yesterday, man. SanDisk has a 48-layer 3D NAND chip in pilot production. Yeah, you heard me, the big four-eight. This can be seen as catch-up work as Samsung is now shipping its second generation 3D V-NAND chip, with 3-bits/cell and Dell using these 128Gbit dies in the SC-Series of storage arrays to offer …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2015

Fab-ulous: Toshiba debuts 10.5K 1.2TB spinner, joins SanDisk for 3D flash gig

It's all about layering, as hairdressers, disk drive and flash foundry folk would say. Toshiba has added a platter to a 10.5K disk drive to bump up capacity, and is converting a flash fab to pump out 3D flash chips with layers of planar NAND inside them. AL14SE-HDD Toshiba's AL14SE 10.5K 1.2TB disk drive Toshiba has …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
AMD patent drawing

AMD patent filing hints at FPGA plans in the pipeline

With Intel in the process of buying venerable FPGA-maker (field programmable gate arrays) Altera and adding FPGA-like customisability to some Xeon silicon, the industry has been anticipating a response from AMD. And perhaps the first fruit of that response are now emerging. A report from Italy's Bits and Chips says the company …

Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips. The latest version of the venerable Linux distribution was announced on Tuesday, and comes with official support for ARMv7hl (hardware floating-point, little endian) devices, and …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013

Networking ace reveals: Intel planned NVMe for XPoint

Comment According to Packet Pushers networking whiz Greg Ferro, Intel created NVMe because they needed it for 3D XPoint memory, which thought totally revised my thinking of NVMe as simply a way to create a standard PCIe flash card driver, and Intel's role in XPoint development. Ferro supplied an Intel slide deck from an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015

AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

APU13 The desktop version of AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit, an APU code named "Kaveri", will hit the streets on January 14, the company announced at its developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Monday evening. AMD's upcoming 'Kaveri' processor - overview Kaveri: AMD's next big thing incorporates …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

AllJoyn your whitegoods, says Qualcomm

Qualcomm is giving its AllJoyn protocol another shove with new Internet of Stuff silicon targeting the home appliance market. As well as integrating the Allseen Alliance AllJoyne framework, the company's QCA401x and QCA4531 chips put WiFi together with a microcontroller and various interfaces. The aim, the company says, is to …

DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

Analysis The SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the message from DSSD, EMC’s rack-scale, shared flash array development. The Register has seen pictures of DSSD’s flash modules and these are not disk bay form factor SSDs. Rather, they resemble Violin Memory VIMM – Violin In-Line Memory Modules – instead. Pure …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
Xeon E7 die

HDS turns its back to ASICs: Storage vaults to rely on x86 sans magic

With its greatly expanded VSP G-line of products, Hitachi Data Systems has opened a path to a single converged enterprise storage array platform – and has done so by eliminating proprietary hardware dependencies. The high-end VSP G1000 has a handful of ASICs for hardware acceleration and a PCIe backplane with similar custom …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2015

Hurricane Meg unleashes storm of HPE storage updates

After its SPC-2 benchmark-beating all-flash 3PAR array result, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has unleashed a storage hurricane of news announcements, with a VMAX and XIV assault and 3D NAND SSDs included, as it goes all out to expand its 3PAR on-premises array territory. It is saying a StoreServ 20850 delivers 13 per cent better …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015
The roatating CEO manages to stand still

Huawei is the new Nokia: Asian mobe maker sets out its stall

A little over a thousand CTOs, CIOs and decision makers from the world’s mobile phone networks attended Huawei's mobile broadband forum event this week. It gives us a view of not only how Huawei sees the world, but of how it sees itself. This year the event was held in Hong Kong. The twenty-three speakers were primarily …
Simon Rockman, 05 Nov 2015
Samsung 2TB SSD

Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

Samsung has brought out a pair of mighty 2TB solid-state drive (SSD) internal drives aimed at the consumer market. The South Korean electronics giant said its 850 SSD PRO and EVO hard drives pack 2TB of capacity in a 2.5in hard-drive enclosure. Each drive contains 128 32-layer 128Gbit Samsung 3D V-NAND chips as well as four …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jul 2015
Micron NAND chip

Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015
Linux kernel development

Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

Linux 4.0 is upon us. Linux Lord Linus Torvalds made it official with a typically brief post and slightly longer explanation to the Linux kernel mailing list. The new number isn't a sign of a major upgrade. As we've chronicled, Torvalds thinks that it looks a bit silly when version numbers go beyond x.19. He therefore decided …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2015
14nm Samsung Exynos 7 Octa

Samsung grows 'custom ARM' brains to outsmart arch-nemesis Apple

Samsung will join Apple and other mobile semiconductor rivals in producing chips powered by homegrown, proprietary application cores in 2016, according to a new report. The South Korean goliath has been shipping mobes featuring its own Exynos system-on-chips (SoCs) for a good while now, but the application processor cores in …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015

Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

IBM has unveiled a new computing language to help boffins better program the mad scientist brain-like silicon chips first envisaged in the first three phases of what is known at The Reg as DARPA's "mad cat brain chip" project. Prototypes of the chips with the cool cognitive computing architectures have already been unveiled to …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Texas Instruments: Screw smartphones, put our chips in the dishwasher

Apple and Samsung are squeezing smaller chip manufacturers out of the market by only using their own chips, said a VP at chipmakers Texas Instruments. Greg Delagi senior vice president for embedded processing at Texas Instruments announced that his company was winding down its investment in smartphone and tab chips, and instead …
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Hold the chips: Apple axes Samsung RAM order for iPhone 5

Apple has cut down its order of memory chips from Samsung, reducing its reliance on its smartphone rival for components, say supply chain sources cited by Reuters. The iPhone 5, widely expected to be announced next week, will feature fewer Samsung components than its predecessors, say the sources. The newswire speculated that …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2012

Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

Samsung has revealed what can only be described as the Godzilla of flash drives, a 15TB SSD, at the Flash Memory Summit. Sammy opened the kimono on the new drive at its keynote session Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation on 11 August. As reported by the PM1633a uses Sammy's third generation …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2015

ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

The last person that you'd expect to tell you that eight-core smartphone SoCs are overkill would be a man whose company licenses and gets royalties from those cores – but that's exactly what ARM's director of mobile solutions James Bruce told attendees at last week's ARM Tech Day. "Trying to utilize eight cores on a smartphone …
Rik Myslewski, 07 May 2014

Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

Apple's A7 processors in iPhones and iPads infringe a patent held by the University of Wisconsin, a court has ruled. A jury, sitting in a US district court in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of patent infringement late yesterday afternoon. While the damages in the case have yet to be determined, Judge William Conley …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2015

ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is today's fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used …
Chris Williams, 08 Sep 2015

Western Digital begins navigating the non-volatile memory maze

Comment Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has taken a deep dive look at the SanDisk technology Western Digital is aiming to buy, and his report brings out cost-savings derived from HGST escaping payment of an Intel tax, 3D NAND timescales, and possibilities for future planar NAND node shrinks. SanDisk brings Western Digital a NAND chip supply …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015