News update for 9/13/11

OK. I totally changed my mind about the video version of the news updates because my camera sucks and I suck at making videos. So we’re back with the normal posts. I’m still going to use the same format I did last time unless someone complains. If someone else has better presentation skills you should make a video out of this and I’ll post it on the page if you email me the youtube channel link. That would be pretty cool.

So the fist story of the day is…. Microsoft says one thing and does another. Microsoft has long stated that it did not foresee a ‘post PC era‘ but it is now making it’s new operating system work on both tablets and PCs. They’ve announced that they intend Windows 8 to be used on PCs as well as tablets and other mobile devices. This is a good move for them since they don’t know which is going to be more important between tablet and PCs. This way they have a shot at success no matter which way the market swings. Good job Microsoft. Don’t push for change, just wait for it to happen and make sure you’re there to pick it up when it falls on the floor.

Now here’s the kind of news that I really like to hear. AMD chips have broken the land speed record at 8.4GHz. I have long been a fan of Intel chips and generally refused to use AMD chips in any of the computers I design because of their history of less than excellent performance and mediocre longevity. I am beginning to reconsider that stance a little bit as AMD is putting out chips with more cores and now much faster maximum clock speeds. In addition to being oveclocked to incredible speeds using liquid nitrogen cooling they found that it was actually able to sustain a clock speed over 5GHz using only conventional air or water cooling systems that cost under $100. Right now I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on one of the newest AMD unlocked CPUs so I can try to beat their clock. I’m also going to see about overclocking one of the Intel core i7 chips too. Not sure when this will all happen but I’ll post the results on here when it does.

 

More tablet stuff in the news today. Google is continuing it’s push into the smartphone market and announced that it is teaming up with Intel to make the next generation of smartphones and tablets. Google’s android software will now be optimized for the latest of Intel’s Atom mobile processors. As a side note Google’s Android system has remained the world’s best selling smartphone software at 43% market share worldwide last quarter. I personally can’t wait for Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings to go through so they can start making their own phone hardware.

Thoughts on Google making it’s own phone hardware… Making hardware for it’s Android OS would greatly increase the profitability of the Android project, but I don’t think it fits with the rest of Google’s Android business plan. So far they have been giving their Android OS away to any phone manufacturer who wants it and making money off of the app downloads and the increase in search and advertising revenue. It seems to me that when Google releases it’s own smartphones with it’s own OS on them it would be an act of trying to kill a market that they created. It would probably work, but seems like it’s not the most logical way of doing things. Also, when they’re making more money off of their own phones than off of the Android phones that other companies sell what is their motivation to continue giving it’s operating system to those manufacturers. Just seems like an odd plan to me. Sort of like when Apple authorized the Mac Clones back when stupid people were running the company.

In other bad news for Google, it’s search engine market share has dropped to 65% just thought you’d like to know.

No more Nintendo? Nintendo continues to struggle with it’s terribly introduced 3DS handheld. It has, however, released a host of new games that you should Google because I don’t care enough about the games to post them on here. My theory though is that in the future we will either have no Nintendo at all or we will have an Nintendo that only makes games for other consoles and not their own devices.

Please post any comments you have in the comments section because that’s what it’s for. You are also welcome to post links to other stories that you’ve seen that you think I should have posted in this post post post post…. I need to give you an update on this site’s impressions sometime in the future but I don’t feel like typing out the data right now so I’ll wait till a later date… haha that rhymed.

That is all.

New Apple iMacs

Apple’s low end computers were speed bumped recently and now their specs don’t look very low end. The latest 24 inch iMac has a 3.06Ghtz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and a 1Tb hard drive. Speeds and sizes reminiscent of the highest end desktops a year or two ago. The slowest model has a 2.4Ghtz version of the same chip. We’re waiting on reviews and benchmarks of these machines and they will be posted when we get them. Today I will also post the full specs and description that Apple provides, complete with links and stuff.

Pictuers of the new iMac. As you can see they look exactly the same as the old ones.

Quad Core Intel Notebook

I found this article on wired.com about an Intel quad-core notebook chip. It will be on our ‘intel’ page as well. Don’t forget you can always see the latest on intel stuff by clicking ‘intel’ at the top of your page.

Intel Prepares a Quad-Core Notebook Chip

By Bryan Gardiner Email 03.17.08 | 7:30 PM

Intel’s widely expected to release new quad-core laptop processors this fall, but even the chipmaker admits it could be years before the chips really go mainstream.
Courtesy Alienware

Stanford president John Hennessy calls parallel programming for multicore processors the biggest challenge computer science has faced in more than 50 years. But that’s not stopping Intel from moving ahead with plans to bring even greater core counts to your laptop.

According to trade-media reports, Intel is readying a new breed of quad-core mobile processors for release this fall, marking what could be the first concerted effort by the chip giant to aim its high-end multicore processors at the general mobile market.

Just don’t expect quad-core laptops to become an industry standard anytime soon. As DigiTimes notes, these chips won’t come cheap, and will also suck down significantly more power than today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors — a big no-no in the mobile space.

Intel has previously stated its intention to release quad-core notebook processors, but the company would not confirm the details reported by DigiTimes.

“I’ve always used the adage, the hardware is ahead of the software is ahead of the user,” says Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, who says that quad-core processors in notebooks will not be suitable for mainstream consumers for quite some time.

“I can imagine a small niche [of adopters] on the notebook side, but I still think it’s going to be three to four years before [quad-core laptops] become mainstream,” he says.

In addition to high prices and power constraints, there’s still a dearth of software (and programmers) that can properly take advantage of four processing cores, a fact that will make selling multicore laptops an even harder prospect for Intel in the near term.

Nevertheless, IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell says the decision to relocate quad-core from the desktop to the laptop may actually make sense when you look at future industry trends.

“If you look at where the market is going, we have notebooks sales surpassing desktops on a worldwide scale in 2009,” says O’Donnell. “Notebooks are clearly the platform of the future; hence all the movement by Intel and others into the mobile space recently.”

In the not-too-distant future, O’Donnell also says that notebooks may even become the platform of choice for which chipmakers will develop new technologies, platforms and, yes, even new multicore processors.

For its own part, Intel seems to be well aware of the challenges it and the rest of the industry face in creating software that can take full advantage of multicore chip technology.

Intel and Microsoft are expected to announce a partnership on Tuesday with the University of California-Berkeley and other universities. The venture will see both companies funding new research into parallel programming techniques.

“Given the many attempts at salting parallel computing in the industry over 40 years, there have only been relatively modest successes to date,” says David Patterson, a professor of computer science at Berkeley.

Because the entire industry is now betting on multicore processors, it’s also realizing that unless the software community catches up, there remains no compelling reason for consumers to buy 4-, 8- or any other multicore processor.

As Jerry Bautista, director of technology management for Intel’s Microprocessor Technology Lab, puts it: “It’s not the hardware that’s really compelling. It’s what you can do with the hardware that really is the interesting stuff.”

Intel Announces USB 3!!!!!!

Here are two articles written by other bloggers then edited by me. If you are one of the other bloggers and do not want this content on this site you may email me at forrestersoftware@hotmail.com to tell me. I will take your content off imeadiatly.

Intel announces, demonstrates USB 3.0

By Joel Hruska | Published: September 18, 2007 – 10:12PM CT

One of the announcements to come out of the IDF keynote this afternoon was Pat Gelsinger’s discussion and demonstration of USB 3.0 technology. Although still in the prototype stage, USB 3.0 is aiming for 10 times the bandwidth of current USB2.0 solutions, or approximately 5Gbps. Since this requires fiber optic cabling, USB 3.0 will add a length of optical data cable to the mix, though USB 3.0 will retain full compatibility with USB 2.0 (and, one assumes, USB 1.0 as well).

Gelsinger expects the final version specifications to be finished by the first half of 2008, with USB 3.0 peripherals realistically appearing in 2009 or 2010. There are an increasing number of devices that could potentially take advantage of the additional bandwidth, including external hard drives, flash readers, video cameras, and the all-new USB-compliant llama expected to be genetically delivered from the Andes sometime in late 2011. Obviously a USB llama wouldn’t be much use without a USB 3.0 device—ever tried downloading from a llama over an old 10BaseT network? Yeah. It’d be worse.

As for the other, official features of USB 3.0, there remains quite a bit of information we don’t know, and it would have been nice for Intel to have included additional information. USB has long been criticized for relatively high CPU usage. This has inevitably become less of an issue as CPU performance has improved, but devices capable of using USB 3.0’s higher bandwidth capabilities could make CPU usage a problem again unless the issue is addressed during spec development. Issues like cable length, available power provided, and the number of devices per channel are all unrevealed as yet, and possibly unresolved. The Inquirer has a few more details on the spec (and the rest of the keynote) if you’re interested.

As far as future market competition, its target of 5Gbps puts USB 3.0 ahead of current eSATA (3Gbps), which is really the only other device protocol under active development that might challenge it as a peripheral interconnect. Although an IEEE 1394c protocol has been developed and published as of June 8 2007, no company has announced an intent to produce a product or chipset that utilizes the standard. FireWire remains supported in certain sectors, but I’d personally be surprised if the combination of USB 3.0 and eSATA doesn’t push FireWire out of the market completely. As for the nascent specification, the proposed 5Gbps speed is great and all, but hopefully the development committees will acknowledge some of the other concerns regarding the USB 2.0 protocol and incorporate solutions for them, rather than carrying them over into another product generation.

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Gelsinger demos USB 3.0, PICe 3.0 and other new toys
Intel Fall 007 Kicking ass

By Charlie Demerjian in San Francisco: Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 10:46 PM

PAT GELSINGER GAVE the afternoon keynote at IDF today, and it started off with some rather tame enterprise parts, then moved on to the fun stuff. First up was virtualisation, and a show and tell of the virtualisation vendors.

The one interesting one was presented by John Fowler of Sun with its upcoming, unannounced VM on its unannounced Tigerton/Caneland box. The most interesting bit is that, because it is running on Solaris,and you run Windows under that, the IO and storage are Solaris based and simply exposed. If you run Windows under Solaris, you get a real fault-tolerant file system on a toy OS.

The one time Itanium was mentioned was in a new Hitachi Virtage blade. This blade is running Montvale, aka Montecito v.07. Other than that, the red-headed step-chip was absent from just about everything.

Next was security, and they gave the quick rundown of VPro 2007 aka Weybridge. We told you all about it here, check it out if you are into virtualisation security. The next-gen VPro is called McCreary, coming in 2008. It will have a TPM v1.2 on the chipset, AMT 5.0 and a technology called Danbury. We will have a full write up on Danbury later today.

Going to I/O, we have the announcement of PCIe 3.0, Quickassist and USB3.0. PCIe 3.0 has twice the bandwidth – that would be 10Gbps – dynamic power management and supports accelerators. This used to be called Genesseo, but now has some marketing name related to Quickassist.

USB3.0 is probably going to be the biggest one of the bunch. They are aiming for 10-times the bandwidth, which would put it at about 5Gbps. For this you need optical, and USB 3.0 cables have an optical link in the current form. Backwards compatible, loads of bandwidth, optical and hopefully available in 1H/08.

Another optical link was the FCoE announcement, aka T11. It does just what it sounds like; puts fiber channel over vanilla ethernet. Intel has 10GigE adapters in copper and fiber for that, buy 12.

Then comes storage. Intel is getting into SSDs and they were showing of prototypes and vague specs. The specs were SATA 3.0, 10-50x the IOPs and a 4.5x power savings, all with twice the write speed. What this is over was not stated, but I don’t think it will be all that slow in any case.

Gelsinger then mentioned Skulltrail and pointed to a box without any more comment. There are several of these boxes at the show, so more info will be forthcoming.

The system diagrams for Nehalem were also shown off, but that is old news, see here and here. They then demo-ed probably the most important bit of the show, a 2S Nehalem system running. Getting one CPU up is easy, the second is much much harder with a new interconnect. Intel did it.

In general, there was a lot new here, more than can be covered in a single story. Much of it will be on your desktop in a year or two, most of it not esoteric server side technology. All I have to say looking back to the spring IDF is …. Yo! µ
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My thoughts.

My initial reaction to the new USB is wow 5 gb!!!!! Holy shit that’s a lot of data to go in one second. Then I thought about it and realized: Ya that’s fast but that number is not the actual speed you’ll get it is the original data throughput. Also I don’t think they will be able to deliver something quite that fast right away. From just over 400 megs to 5 gigs is a long way to jump overnight. I must admit that no matter what it’ll be fast and well worth installing in a machine. It’s just questionable weather they will actually deliver something as good as they say it is.