CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the LinuxCon North America
conference today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it is tapping into its global
network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM
Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and
deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients
using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.
Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies
for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Power Systems
Linux Centers in Beijing, China, New York, New York, Austin, Texas,
Montpelier, France and Tokyo, Japan. Today over 1500 ISV applications are
available for Linux on Power, fueled in part by work performed at these
IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client
Centers t... (more)
Citrix today announced a limited technology preview of virtualized Linux apps
and desktops that integrates with XenApp and XenDesktop and extends the
FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) to enable additional use cases in
industries such as automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial
services. When used with Citrix HDX, the company’s market-leading user
experience technology, customers will get unmatched performance and bandwidth
efficiency for people accessing Linux desktops from any device, over any
network. In the future, the HDX technology for hosted Linux apps will
continue to evolve to enable even the most demanding GPU-based graphics
applications. People interested in participating in the Citrix Linux Virtual
Delivery Agent (VDA) Tech Preview to test and provide feedback on this
project may submit an application at http://now.citrix.com/LinuxPreview... (more)
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the OpenSPARC project to open source its new
breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor design point. Sun also announced
plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the
source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and
simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC
Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community
members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to
innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source
Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license.
With this ground breaking move to open source the UltraSPARC T1 code, Sun
hopes to spur innovation for massively-threaded systems and
“system-on-a-chip” design through increased participation in
processor architecture development and ... (more)
Novell's attempt to dominate the news coming out of LinuxWorld last week left
Linux watcher Prudential Equity unmoved. It still thinks Red Hat is king of
the hill and that "Novell will likely be a distant #2 provider."
It says, "Novell is making positive headway, but still faces the difficult
task of supporting a billion-dollar-plus run-rate as they transition to a new
Intel, which was a solidly Red Hat shop, has been throwing Novell a few
crumbs. Intel has been replacing its RISC-based servers in chip design with
Linux machines. Meanwhile, Red Hat is raising expectations that its
international position is deepening.
According to Sun, its mergers and acquisitions – unlike Oracle's, Adobe's,
and AT&T's – aren't quick fixes aimed at instantly growing its customer
base. They're "thoughtful, strategic acquisitions that complement and enhance
our historic strengths." Sun Microsystems, McNealy claims in a memo sent to
Sun's customers this week, takes a different approach from the rest of the
But hold on. Sun has completed no fewer than nine acquisitions during the
past three years. McNealy points out as much in his memo. So what's so
different between its approach and the approach of, say, Adobe/Macromedia,
Oracle/PeopleSoft, HP/Compaq, and the pending AT&T/SBC deal? According to
McNealy, it's this:
"Our team ... looks to acquire companies that will give Sun a strategic
advantage in terms of intellectual property, new technologies, and human
capital. We are looking ... (more)
Intel's Lynnfield chips, the widgets meant to drive its newfangled Nehalem
architecture into the mainstream, arrived on Tuesday.
The new dumbed-down 45nm arrivals include three quad-core desktop devices
officially designated the Core i5 750, i7 860 and i7 870 clocking 2.66GHz,
2.8GHz and 2.93GHz respectively and priced, respectively, at $196, $284 and
$562 in quantity, the 800-series i7 being cheaper than the existing carriage
trade i7 900-series, which starts at ~$280.
The difference between the 800-series and the 900-series rests with the width
of the built-in memory interface and the amount of RAM throughput and the
number of processing threads supported.
Mercury Research thinks the chips could entice people to upgrade.
Oh, yes, and let's not forget the desktop's P55 express chipset, which Intel
claims incorporates "the most revolutionary design changes since the ... (more)
Chip Design on Ulitzer
From Atom to Multicore Processors, Orchid Technologies can design a custom
Intel Architecture solution to meet your specific requirements. Orchid's
Core2 Quad Processor board is feature packed. Designed for ruggedized
operation in a small air-cooled package, our Core2 Quad Processor design is
alone in its class.
Critical to the success of any custom Intel Architecture design is the
Embedded Controller. Orchid has developed and ported numerous Embedded
Controller designs. These designs, based on Renesas 2117 and Renesas 2472 H8
processors offer ACPI, PS2 Keyboard, and Power Sequencing services.
Intel Architecture requires BIOS software customization and porting. Orchid
Technologies can customize a BIOS for your embedded application's specific
needs. Working with core BIOS, we will port and write firmware for your
specific needs. The developme... (more)
Technology seems at times to proceed at a breakneck pace. The downside to
this expectation for a consistently high rate of technological improvement is
that at other times, progress comes at a more leisurely pace - analogous to
watching paint dry or sloth racing.
For example, announcements about chip-design developments and the associated
higher CPU speeds seem to appear weekly. Intel, IBM, AMD, (name your
company), are engaged in a constant competition to outdo the others as they
increase speed, reduce power consumption, and introduce new manufacturing
processes. However, waiting for those advances to trickle down to consumer
devices definitely rates as one of those "paint-drying" experiences.
Another example is the recent announcement regarding organic LEDs (light
emitting diodes) by Eastman Kodak and Sanyo. Potentially, organic LEDs will
be simpler (and therefore... (more)
Over the past 20 years the economy has lost over four million jobs. Although
some of these jobs have disappeared because of increased productivity, most
of them have been exported overseas to countries with low-cost labor such as
China and Pakistan. As the world becomes smaller, high-tech services have
soon followed. Forrester Research, in a much-quoted study issued late last
year, estimated that 3.3 million jobs representing $136 billion in wages
would move overseas from the United States by 2015. Everything from computer
programming to chip design to support will be affected, moving to countries
like India, Poland, China, and the Philippines, according to the study.
Think about it - $136 billion, roughly the entire GNP of Indonesia.
In only 20 years America has gone from being the mother of invention to the
world leader in high-tech job exports. Not long ago, "high-... (more)
CEVA has announced that Silicon Laboratories has licensed and deployed the
CEVA-Teak DSP core in the AeroFONE single-chip phone, the industry’s
most integrated, highest performance, easiest-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS
Existing cellphone IC solutions in the industry integrate some of the
standard components that comprise the functionality of a handset, including
digital baseband, RF transceiver, logic and analog functions. However,
Silicon Laboratories’ breakthrough innovations in chip design and
integration has enabled them to take this process one step further, without
compromising performance. By additionally integrating the analog baseband,
power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry into
their single-chip phone, Silicon Laboratories has achieved a level of
integration that no other solution in the market can matc... (more)
While it was busy launching its new Niagara-based servers in New York
Tuesday, Sun Microsystems said it would open source the UltraSparc T1
processor that was code named Niagara. It's calling the project OpenSparc.
At this point it's more a statement of intent than a fait accompli. The
program isn't supposed to kick off until late in the first quarter after Sun
addresses key issues such as implementation and governance.
Back in 1999 Sun released its complete MicroSparc IIep design for free under
the Community Source License, also used for Java to try to make its chip
designs more popular. Companies that used and sold the embedded chip were
supposed to pay Sun 3% of the average selling price by way of royalty but
would have saved hundreds of thousands in licensing fees.
Again Sun it apparently hopeful of triggering a few derivatives. It claims
the idea behind OpenSparc i... (more)