NVIDIA keeps foot on gas of machine learning with lower cost development hardware

NVIDIA keeps foot on gas of machine learning with lower cost development hardware

This week at the annual Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang surprised attendees and media with the announcement of a new graphics card targeted at artificial intelligence and machine learning developers. The “NVIDIA TITAN V” might look like a traditional graphics card used for gaming, but under the hood this new product offers a different level and type of performance.

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Broadcom takeover makes little sense after aggressive Qualcomm announcements

Broadcom takeover makes little sense after aggressive Qualcomm announcements

Qualcomm has found itself in another important battle over the last few weeks. Rather than a legal dispute with Apple, this fight comes from a potential takeover and buyout by tech-giant Broadcom. Broadcom already made one official offer to shareholders for the company, totaling around $103B, but it was unanimously rejected by Qualcomm’s board.

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Bitcoin surging will impact graphics products from NVIDIA and AMD again

Bitcoin surging will impact graphics products from NVIDIA and AMD again

Both AMD and NVIDIA inherently have a lot riding on the success of the crypto markets. Graphics processors are used for a large portion of the computing necessary to make cryptocurrency viable, discovering new currency and validating transactions to allow Bitcoin and others to maintain scalability and security. Even though graphics cards with chips on them from NVIDIA and AMD might be used primarily to mine for smaller currencies, in the end it usually falls back to payouts made in Bitcoin, thus the impact Bitcoin’s $10k price tag can have.

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Intel® Optane™ Memory and Intel® SSD 545s combine to offer NVMe-class storage performance

Intel® Optane™ Memory and Intel® SSD 545s combine to offer NVMe-class storage performance

Though originally targeted for hard drives, combining the caching performance of Intel® Optane™ Memory with an SSD is a solution that can offer improved performance in numerous consumer workloads without a significant increase in price. By utilizing 16GB and 32GB Optane™ modules with various capacities of Intel® 545s solid state drives, the competitive landscape of the consumer storage market takes on an interesting twist.
 

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Samsung Z-NAND Products Take Aim at 3D XPoint

Samsung Z-NAND Products Take Aim at 3D XPoint

Intel and Micron are starting to enjoy the technology disruption caused by their 3D XPoint memory, which offers significantly faster access times while also maintaining the non-volatility of slower storage mediums. During Flash Memory Summit, Samsung made it clear that it wanted a piece of the action with Z-NAND.

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Intel makes moves into 5G, potential partnership with Apple

Intel makes moves into 5G, potential partnership with Apple

Intel this week made announcements surrounding its efforts and products in the mobile connectivity device segment. The Intel XMM 8000-series of 5G capable modems will bring the next-generation of wireless connectivity to PCs, smartphones, and infrastructure devices with a target consumer product launch in mid-2019. Intel also updated plans for a new 4G LTE modem that will offer speeds as high as 1.6 Gigabits-per-second, a substantial upgrade from current connectivity options on smartphones (peaking at 1.0 Gigabits-per-second), again with a 2019 target release.

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Qualcomm server CPUs battle Intel for IoT data center growth

Qualcomm server CPUs battle Intel for IoT data center growth

Qualcomm, already a leader in the mobile processor space of phones and tablets, made a splash late last week with the announcement and shipment of its first server-grade discrete processor targeted at disrupting the cloud enterprise ecosystem. With more than four years of development behind it, the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 (pronounced “centric”) family is a high-core count processor for cloud applications that have seen and will see drastic expansion and growth. SVP and GM of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies Anand Chandrasekher took stage in San Jose to showcase the capability and partners for the Centriq 2400.

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Shakeup at AMD with Radeon Technologies Group Lead Departure

Shakeup at AMD with Radeon Technologies Group Lead Departure

After a forty-day sabbatical from the company, AMD Radeon Technologies Group SVP and Chief Architect Raja Koduri is leaving the company. Koduri returned to AMD four years ago to lead its graphics development and was placed in charge of the Radeon Technologies Group when it was formed two years ago with a stated goal of focusing on graphics and returning AMD to a leadership position.

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Microsoft continues tech innovations with new Xbox

Microsoft continues tech innovations with new Xbox

With the launch of the Xbox One X today, Microsoft reclaims the title of highest performance gaming console on the market, taking it from Sony’s PlayStation brand. The PS4 Pro, released earlier in the year, was a modest upgrade in hardware and performance capability, but the Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, offers a more significant performance increase. This will allow for 4K support, better image quality in current and upcoming games, as well as a faster and smoother console experience.

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HP maintains PC market share leadership with innovative designs

HP maintains PC market share leadership with innovative designs

Though pundits and analysts have called for the death of the PC market for years, it continues to drive forward. That doesn’t mean this is a market without change. The PC today is shifting more towards premium devices and products and away from the budget models that led to the growth of computers in the 2000s. Though all major PC manufacturers are attempting to take advantage of that premium trend, HP has been the front-runner for the last generation of systems, capitalizing to gain market share and take the top position, replacing Lenovo as the worldwide unit shipments leader for the first time in more than four years.

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Intel uses AMD graphics hardware in new notebook processor

Intel uses AMD graphics hardware in new notebook processor

Today Intel announced a new product family for its 8th Generation Core family that combines a 35-watt processor and AMD Radeon graphics chip on a single package in order to create a new class of gaming notebook solution. It hasn’t been assigned a brand yet, that will likely occur with a formal announcement at CES this January. This announcement has significant impact because it solidifies a partnership between competitors AMD and Intel for a product in a space both compete in.

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Apple shared modem tech illegally, claims Qualcomm

Apple shared modem tech illegally, claims Qualcomm

The long standing legal battle between Apple and processor and connectivity provider Qualcomm has taken another surprising turn this week. Qualcomm has filed a complaint against Apple in San Diego court alleging that Apple has breached its contract by not allowing for a security audit stemming from apparent lack of intellectual property protection by the Cupertino giant.

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ARM Introduces Mali-D71 Advanced Display Processor

ARM Introduces Mali-D71 Advanced Display Processor

The new display processor is highly associated with the latest Mali GPU cores, but with enough work a 3rd party licensee could adapt it to another GPU architecture. This is obviously not the most efficient way of using this technology as it is regarded as a turnkey solution for the Mali GPU products. ARM has developed the software stack for both Andriod and Linux, and if needed it can develop Windows based drivers to fully leverage the features of this latest product. It is easily attached to 3rd party panel interfaces.

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Intel Optane Storage Performance and Implications on Testing Methodology

Intel Optane Storage Performance and Implications on Testing Methodology

The new Intel Optane SSD 900p offers workstation and enthusiast consumers a new level of performance for storage. But offering incredibly fast response times and low latency puts a unique emphasis on storage testing methodology, system configuration, and software design. Our Optane white paper focuses on the impact and issues of legacy testing as well as the value of measuring low queue depth performance.

Download the Intel® Optane™ Storage Performance and Implications on Testing Methodology white paper here!

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AMD Completes 'Spectacular Year' with Ryzen Mobile

AMD Completes 'Spectacular Year' with Ryzen Mobile

With the launch of Ryzen Mobile, a processor meant to compete with Intel’s 7th and 8th generation Core processors in ultrathin and 2-in-1 notebooks, AMD is completing what can only be called a revolutionary year for the company. “It truly is the culmination of a spectacular year of product launches,” claims Lisa Su, AMD CEO. Every quarter of 2017 has brought with it multiple significant product launches that have shifted and molded the company’s portfolio of products and IP into something very different than the AMD of recent history.

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Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen APU Puts Pressure on Intel and NVIDIA for Notebooks

Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen APU Puts Pressure on Intel and NVIDIA for Notebooks

As the winter buying seasons ramps up, AMD is readying a major notebook processor release that will be competitive to for the first time Intel in nearly a decade. With recent leaks of upcoming configurations coming from major system builders like HP, and performance data that indicates a strong uplift compared to previous AMD offerings, the mobile AMD chip will force both Intel and NVIDIA to make adjustments to product lines and positioning.

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Intel Nervana AI Chip Takes on NVIDIA for Machine Learning

Intel Nervana AI Chip Takes on NVIDIA for Machine Learning

In an attempt to regain relevance in the quickly growing artificial intelligence and machine learning markets, Intel has just announced a new product family called Nervana, centered on a completely unique architectural design. The Nervana Neural Network Processor, or NNP for short, is targeting data center and enterprise customers that want to accelerate AI training times while offering superior efficiency and lower power consumption.

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Western Digital Targets “Super 7” with new Hard Drive Technology

Western Digital Targets “Super 7” with new Hard Drive Technology

Today at a reveal on its San Jose campus, storage company Western Digital revealed a new technology that enables growth and capacity increases in hard drive technology spanning into 2030 and beyond. This generational leap, called Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording, or MAMR, will provide enterprise and OEM customers with headroom for continued expansion of storage as the need for larger sources of data continues to grow while giving WDC a competitive advantage for multiple years.

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NVIDIA AI Hardware Launch Cements Autonomous Driving Leadership

NVIDIA AI Hardware Launch Cements Autonomous Driving Leadership

Already a leader in mindshare around artificial intelligence and self-driving technology, NVIDIA announced at its GPU Technology Conference a new platform it promises will power fully autonomous vehicles. The Drive PX Pegasus is a high performance system that combines ARM-based processing cores with two yet-to-be-announced graphics chips offering as much as 10x better performance than the previous best offering from the company. Though sampling and shipping won’t start until the second half of 2018, NVIDIA has already announced a partnership with Deutsche Post DHL and ZF to bring delivery trucks with full autonomy to roads in 2019.

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Microsoft Moves Connectivity Future with 4G LTE-enabled Surface Pro

Microsoft Moves Connectivity Future with 4G LTE-enabled Surface Pro

At the company’s Ignite conference in Orlando this week, Microsoft officially announced the upcoming Surface Pro flagship tablet PC with support for 4G LTE cellular connectivity, using the same networks that power today’s most popular smartphones. Shipping on December 1st, the Surface Pro LTE will bring always-on connectivity support to the Surface for the first time in several generations, with upgraded software support and improved connection speeds.

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