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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

Intel will today disclose three more vulnerabilities in its processors that can be exploited by malware and malicious virtual machines to potentially steal secret information from computer memory. These secrets can include passwords, personal and financial records, and encryption keys. They can be potentially lifted from other …
Chris Williams, 14 Aug 2018
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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

Flash Memory Summit The Flash Memory Summit saw two landmark capacity announcements centred on 96-layer QLC (4bits/cell) flash that seemingly herald a coming virtual abolition of workstation and server read-intensive flash capacity constraints. Pop art style illustration of man exclaiming WHAT? in shock/horror/bemusement. Anyone fancy testing …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2018
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Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges

More than 18 months after the design blunder was first brought to light, Intel is still working to iron out the creases in its Puma high-speed broadband modem chipsets. In recent weeks, Chipzilla quietly put out an advisory as well as finally confirming a formal CVE entry – CVE-2017-5693 – for the security vulnerability. When …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

Intel has launched two QLC (4bits/cell) SSDs – one for consumers and one for data centre use. Intel's Navin Shenoy Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI... READ MORE This follows Samsung's recent announcement of a QLC SSD for the consumer market. Intel, as you'd expect, has noted that these …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2018
Intel's Navin Shenoy

Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Summit today in Santa Clara, California, Chipzilla reiterated its commitment to deliver 10nm Xeon processors in 2020, to maintain its market leadership, and to adapt its silicon to AI-oriented workloads. That'll be the same 10nm that's years and years late, with manufacturing nightmares …
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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

Supermicro has crammed 1PB of Intel flash rulers into the slimmest possible 1U rack storage server. The two-socket server can hold up to 32 Intel EDSFF, NVMe-connected flash drives – giving a rack density of 1PB/U, the highest we have ever come across. EDSFF stands for Chipzilla's Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor …
Chris Mellor, 8 Aug 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

Semiconductor-pokers at Mercury Research have crunched the numbers to chart AMD's resurgence against Intel's virtual x86 server CPU monopoly. Aaron Rakers, senior analyst at Wells Fargo, has seen the second 2018 quarter numbers. He told The Register: "Intel's server CPU share is estimated to have declined to 98.7 per cent vs …
Chris Mellor, 6 Aug 2018
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Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

Despite record-breaking earnings, Intel's shares took a modest dip on Thursday when the semiconductor behemoth reveal its financial results for the second quarter of this year. Revenues for the three months to June 30 rose strongly, year on year, and profits were up 78 per cent. However, it's clear that the markets are …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2018

How to (slowly) steal secrets over the network from chip security holes: NetSpectre summoned

Computer security researchers have devised a way to exploit the speculative-execution design flaws in modern processor chips over a network connection – a possibility that sounds rather more serious but may be something less than that. Until now, Spectre attacks have required malicious code to be running on a vulnerable …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2018
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Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

Analysis Semiconductor analyst David Kanter has identified six areas of ignorance about Intel's Optane DIMMs where clarity will dictate whether they become popular or not. Optane is a brand name for Intel's 3D XPoint memory, the storage technology that can be found in its P4800X series SSDs. The name has been slapped on Intel's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018
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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

AMD is crediting the continued success of Ryzen and Epyc processors, and Radeon graphics chips, in fueling its best quarter since 2011. The other-other CPU vendor turned in a massive Q2 FY2018 on Wednesday with big gains in both sales and net income. For the quarter, ending June 30: Revenues of $1.76bn were up 53 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2018
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Intel Xeon workhorses boot evil maids out of the hotel: USB-based spying thwarted by fix

Ex-Intel security dragons have breathed fresh fire into the old maxim: if someone has physical access to your machine, you're pwned. US-based Eclypsium, founded by former Chipzillans Yuriy Bulygin and Alex Bazhaniuk, confirmed this week it is possible to pull off a classic evil maid attack against Intel-powered servers and …
Qualcomm's QTM052 antenna module

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

Pic Qualcomm is getting ready to ship one of the relatively boring bits of the 5G puzzle – well, perhaps boring for you, but fascinating for electronics geeks: a compact transceiver/antenna combo that fits inside phones to provide 5G millimetre-wave communications. Mm-wave transmissions are a crucial part of ultrafast next- …
Bluetooth bug

Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

With a bunch of security fixes released and more on the way, details have been made public of a Bluetooth bug that potentially allows miscreants to commandeer nearby devices. This Carnegie-Mellon CERT vulnerability advisory on Monday laid out the cryptographic flaw: firmware or operating system drivers skip a vital check …
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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

Updated Spectre, a class of vulnerabilities in the speculative execution mechanism employed in modern processor chips, is living up to its name by proving to be unkillable. Amid a series of mitigations proposed by Intel, Google and others, recent claims by Dartmouth computer scientists to have solved Spectre variant 1, and a proposed …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jul 2018
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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance processor, including computers made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down compared to the pace of older models. Chipzilla describes the six-core Core i9 as a "no compromises" chip aimed at gaming, VR and "next-level content creation". Intel has …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2018
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Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you

Comment Micron's commercial discussions with Intel over 3D XPoint have concluded that the tech partnership will be dissolved once second-gen development is completed next year. Intel's Optane XPoint product sales have been disappointing and Micron is facing a collapse in sales of its XPoint chip output to Intel. Intel is, of course, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2018

Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners

Intel and Micron Technology will dissolve the partnership that gave the world 3D XPoint storage-class memory. Identically-worded statements from both companies said “The companies have agreed to complete joint development for the second generation of 3D XPoint technology, which is expected to occur in the first half of 2019. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2018

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