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Brazilian whacks Intel over 'exploding' Atom smartphone chips

Intel is being sued by a Brazilian phone maker that claims Chipzilla's smartphone Atom processors caused handsets to explode. Specifically, Qbex says the Atom SoFIA system-on-chips used in its Android handhelds were defective and prone to overheating that, in some cases, would cause the devices to catch fire or explode. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2017
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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

Intel used the 40th anniversary of its x86 architecture to warn chip rivals to mind their step when emulating its instruction set. The reigning desktop and data center server CPU king (AMD, you know it's true) said it would not hesitate to sic its lawyers on any competitor whose emulation tools got too close to copying the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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Uh-Koh! Apple-Samsung judge to oversee buggy Intel modem chip fight

A class-action lawsuit claiming Arris's gigabit Surfboard modems buckle under light pressure is gathering in size and pace – once again putting the spotlight on Intel's much-maligned Puma 6 chips. The legal battle, unfolding in a California district court, accuses Arris of breaking consumer protection laws in eight US states …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2017
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Vxers exploit Intel's Active Management for malware-over-LAN

Microsoft is warning against a new way to exploit Intel's Active Management Technology, this time to pass messages between infected machines over business LANs. So far, Microsoft says, the attack (which uses a variant of 2016's Platinum file transfer tool) has only been spotted in Asia, and fortunately it can only be exploited …
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Google cloud switches on Intel's Skylake Xeons and cloud CPU picker

A member of Intel's new “Xeon Scalable Family” has appeared in Google's cloud. The Alphabet subsidiary says that Skylake Xeons are now generally available and that it is “the first and only public cloud to deliver Intel’s next-generation Xeon server processor”. That's the kind of thing server-makers used to trumpet in the …
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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

Intel's Core range of CPUs now comes in a new "family" and has a new upper limit. Unveiled at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the new family is dubbed the “Intel Core X-series processors family”. One member of the family is a the Core i9 Extreme Edition, which takes the Core range's upper limit from a “7” to a “9”. The …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2017
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Apps will need to be re-coded to go faster with storage-class RAM

Oracle Labs has found that applications will need a bit of work before they can really take advantage of storage-class RAM like Intel's Optane. In a paper titled Persistent Memcached: Bringing Legacy Code to Byte-Addressable Persistent Memory that Big Red says will land in July 2017, but which can be had on co-author Tim …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2017

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs. Chipzilla announced on Wednesday that it will be throwing its weight behind an effort to make the next-gen port standard the biggest thing since USB. Possible applications include solid-state hard drives and 4K video cameras. "Intel's …
Team Register, 24 May 2017
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Coming Xeon 'scalable' family will run SAP HANA '1.6 times faster'

Intel says its coming Xeon SPs (scalable processors) will run in-memory SAP HANA workloads 1.59 times faster than a Xeon E7 v4 system*, and has demonstrated Optane DIMMs. The Xeon SP family of processors will be available in the middle of this year. El Reg thinks these are Skylake mills. There are four Xeon SP brand variants …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Add Intel and Samsung to the mix of companies siding against Qualcomm in its battle with US trade watchdog the FTC over alleged dodgy patent licensing. The two tech giants filed amicus briefs with the Northern California District Court on Friday supporting the American regulator in its crackdown on Qualy, and urged Judge Lucy …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2017

Intel breathes $2bn sigh of relief over patent trial

Intel is breathing two billion dollars lighter Thursday, after a jury in Delaware decided that the chip giant had not infringed on a dynamic logic circuit patent. AVM Technologies, which holds US patent 5,859,547, first sued Intel back in 2010 claiming that the Intel Pentium 4 and Core 2 designs infringed its intellectual …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2017

Memory biz Nantero is a right Dell raiser: IT giant flushes cash down RAM carbon nanotubes

Space-age memory developer Nantero has pocketed millions in funding from Dell Technologies Capital. Nantero's non-volatile RAM chips are built out of carbon nanotubes, and are described as a universal memory with DRAM speed, NAND non-volatility, better-than-NAND endurance and lithography-shrink prospects down to 5nm. Read more …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2017
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Dell EMC World: 14G servers are going to be great and... that's about all we can say

Analysis Dell EMC cannot say anything about the upcoming 14G server line because Intel has blasted it with non-disclosure agreements. Server division president Ashley Gorakhpurwalla told us that he and other product area presidents in Dell EMC all know about the new 14G technologies but can't tell anyone. That tells us a few things, …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2017

The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

HPC blog Just as Intel, the king of CPUs and the very bloodstream of computing announced that it is ending its Intel Development Forum (IDF) annual event, this week in San Jose, NVIDIA, the king of GPUs and the fuel of Artificial Intelligence is holding its biggest GPU Technology Conference (GTC) annual event yet. Coincidence? Nope. …
Shahin Khan, 10 May 2017

Dell to patch AMT-vulnerable systems

Dell, which last week was scrambling to work out which of its systems are affected by the Intel AMT vulnerability, is scrambling to catch up with peers HP Inc, Lenovo and Fujitsu. In a note published on Friday, the company said it would publish firmware fixes for most vulnerable kit. As readers should already know, Intel …

How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

Code dive You can remotely commandeer and control computers that use vulnerable Intel chipsets by sending them empty authentication strings. You read that right. When you're expected to send a password hash, you send zero bytes. Nothing. Nada. And you'll be rewarded with powerful low-level access to a vulnerable box's hardware from …
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Poor old Intel. No flash profits for you

Analysis Intel is a formidable competitor in the enterprise and consumer SSD business but it has yet to stop losing money. The key to that looks to be increasing SSD sales volume and making XPoint a success. In its latest quarterly results and among the record quarter news there were these information nuggets: Non-Volatile Memory …
Chris Mellor, 4 May 2017
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Intel gives Xeon a makeover to bring us colour-coded clouds

Intel's giving its Xeon CPUs a makeover. Details of enhancements to the chips' architecture will be revealed soon – we think in early June – ahead of a "mid-year" launch, which is about when it's assumed Skylake Xeons will land with a 14nm manufacturing process. The Register doesn't think Kaby Lake silicon, or its successor …

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