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Tilera GX chip wafer

Tilera etches '*ss-kicking' 72-core system-on-chip for network gear

It is not just difficult to design and manufacture a chip for workloads that will be run many years in the future, it is damned near impossible. This is because so many shifting alternative technologies will materialize between the time you make your plan and when it is executed. Any chipmaker has to be both flexible and patient - an equally difficult feat for both upstart processor vendors and incumbents. Tilera, still very much in startup mode nine years after its founding, is getting traction with its many-cored Tile-Gx system-on-chips and is rolling out a new model with 72 cores on a single die.
19 Feb 14:03 | 9
The BladeSystem c7000 Platinum edition chassis populated with blades

HP cranks up bandwidth on BladeSystem sheaths, adds pretty platinum stripe

When Hewlett-Packard launched the BladeSystem blade enclosures nearly seven years ago alongside its "blade everything" strategy, no one but Google was doing custom, high-density machines and it looked like blade servers would be the corporate platform of choice. And so HP built the c7000 chassis, and its smaller "Shorty" c3000 sibling that followed it to market, for the long haul. But the advent of faster server and storage networking is putting a strain on the backplanes in the existing BladeSystem enclosures, and so HP's engineers went back to the drawing board and rejiggered that passive backplane to offer more bandwidth, thus positioning the c3000 and c7000 Platinum editions for another couple of years at the very least.
19 Feb 16:44 | 7

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