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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

A group of computer science researchers has proposed a way to overcome the security risk posed by speculative execution, the data processing technique behind the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. In a paper distributed this week through the ArXiv preprint server, "SafeSpec: Banishing the Spectre of a Meltdown with Leakage- …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Jun 2018
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Xen Project patches Intel’s Lazy FPU flaw, VMware doesn't need to

UPDATE The Xen Project has revealed that its hypervisor is susceptible to the Lazy FPU flaw found in Intel’s x86 CPUs. An advisory says ‘Systems running all versions of Xen are affected”, provided they employ “Intel Core based processors (from at least Nehalem onwards)”. Xen said the impact of the flow is as follows: An attacker can …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2018
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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

Updated A security flaw within Intel Core and Xeon processors can be potentially exploited to swipe sensitive data from the chips' math processing units. Malware or malicious logged-in users can attempt to leverage this design blunder to steal the inputs and results of computations performed in private by other software. These …
Chris Williams, 13 Jun 2018

Cisco, Lenovo see XPoint in slapping Optane drives on hyperconverged kit

Cisco and Lenovo have shoved Intel's Optane caching drives in their hyperconverged systems, and Switchzilla has also added Nvidia GPU support to grant AI/ML apps hyperconverged system access. The Optane and NVMe drive injections are supposed to make these hyperconverged systems perform better than all-flash SAS/SATA SSDs and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2018
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Qualcomm to keep server CPUs but avoids head-on Intel battle

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon has said the company has no plans to dispose of its Arm-powered server CPU unit. Speaking to Reuters, Amon rubbished whispers that Qualcomm wants out of the server CPU business. But he also explained that the company doesn’t really want in, either, because Qualcomm won’t go head-to-head with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2018
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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

Intel has confirmed it will start to sell discrete GPUs in the year 2020. News of Chipzilla’s plans appeared in a post by analyst Ryan Shrout, who said that Intel CEO Brian Krasnich last week told an analyst event about the company’s plans. Intel confirmed Shrout’s piece, telling us "We’re pleased to confirm our first …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2018
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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

AMD this week promised to ship 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2 processors in the third quarter of 2018 – one day after Intel bragged about a forthcoming 28-core part. On Monday, Intel, the dominant CPU maker in the worlds of desktop and server systems, touted an upcoming 28-core Core X-series aimed at workstations, gamers, and …
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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

Intel today staged its annual keynote at Taiwan’s Computex tech-fest and revealed a new “Low Power Display Technology” that the company said can halve the power consumption of a laptop’s screen. Chipzilla’s schtick this year is going from “PC to Personal Contribution Platform” and adapting the PC so that users “can make their …
Intel's Optane DC persistent memory DIMM

Intel teases Optane DIMMS, but you may need a new Xeon first

Intel’s teased the arrival of its Optane storage-class RAM in DIMMs. Dubbed “Optane DC persistent memory” and suggested as a tier of storage between DRAM and SSDs, the product will ship in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions. Intel announced that the product “is sampling today and will ship for revenue to select customers later …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2018

Intel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019

AI Dev Con Intel announced a range of machine learning software tools and hinted at new chips on Wednesday, including its first commercial AI ASIC, the NNP-L1000, launching in 2019. Naveen Rao, head of AI at Intel, kickstarted Chipzilla’s first AI developer conference, AIDevCon, in San Francisco. Rao was CEO and co-founder of Nervana, a …
Katyanna Quach, 23 May 2018

AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron

Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron". Earlier this week, Mehrotra told an assembly of business-botherers that the markets were …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

Intel’s revealed the existence of a real, actual, coming-to-a-PC-near-you-real-soon-now, CPU built with a ten-nanometre manufacturing process. The Core i3-8121U Processor popped up on Intel’s ARK database of its products in the last day or so. Intel’s years late delivering 10nm silicon, having foreshadowed its arrival years …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018

Intel confab roundup: Beer and earthquakes, flying cars and IPOs

Intel Capital If ever there was an analogy for how technology enables man to do extraordinary things, it came on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon last week at the Intel Capital conference in Palm Desert, California. At 0450 on Tuesday, the entire resort of the JW Marriott Desert Springs started moving. And moving a lot. For those …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 May 2018

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

Updated The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is not proving to be the smoothest of installations for PCs containing certain Intel SSDs. Systems with Intel 600p and Pro 6000p SSDs are experiencing crashes and users are finding themselves staring at a UEFI screen after rebooting. Microsoft has recommended afflicted users reinstall the …
Richard Speed, 10 May 2018
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Intel CEO Brian is a man living on the edge

Comment Intel declined to comment on industry whisperings that Qualcomm is mulling ending its Arm-powered server processor efforts. Perhaps it's no wonder: Intel has a monopoly on the compute workhorses used in data centers by Google and Amazon, among others, to provide their increasingly ubiquitous cloud computing services, as well …
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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

Updated Linux, Windows, macOS, FreeBSD, and some implementations of Xen have a design flaw that could allow attackers to, at best, crash Intel and AMD-powered computers. At worst, miscreants can, potentially, "gain access to sensitive memory information or control low-level operating system functions,” which is a fancy way of saying …

Intel to preserve Moore's Law with startup land's fresh young blood

Moore's Law ain't dead yet, but Intel needs startups to keep it alive. For several years, observers have noted that straight line predicting the doubling of transistors per chip has slowly bent downwards. It hasn’t helped that Intel itself found it hard to shift from 14nm to 10nm production – recently announcing that it will …
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Second wave of Spectre-like CPU security flaws won't be fixed for a while

The new bunch of Spectre-like flaws revealed last week won't be patched for at least 12 days. German outlet Heise, which broke news of the eight Spectre-like vulnerabilities last week has now reported that Intel wants disclosure of the flaws delayed until at least May 21. “Intel is now planning a coordinated release on May 21 …

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