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WD Unveils Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording

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Western Digital's "Innovating to Fuel the Next Decade of Big Data" event hosts the presentation microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR)-- a technology the company allows for future HDDs with over 40TB capacity.

WD MAMRMAMR promises "all the gain without the gain" of the other energy-assisted HDD technology, heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). According to WD, MAMR manages such a breakthrough through a "spin torque oscillator," a means to generate a microwave field able to increase the ability to record data at ultra-high density without sacrificing reliability.

As such, WD claims MAMR enables recordings reaching 4 terabits-per-square-inch over time, allowing the creation of HDDs with 40TB capacity and beyond by 2025, before even further expansion beyond that timeline. The company has been working on the technology for over 8 years, and is confident it has a "multiple-year lead" over the competition.

Intel Intros Neural Network Processors

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Intel takes on the likes of Nvidia with the presentation of the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), a range of chips designed for artificial intelligence applications.

Nervana Previously codenamed "Lake Crest," the NNP is based on technology from Nervana Systems, a deep learning hardware startup Chipzilla acquired for $350 million back in August 2017. Also helping is Facebook, who provided a number of technical insights. As presented at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live 2017 event, the NNP is a high-performance ASIC custom-designed and optimised for deep learning workloads, and looks to replace GPUs in machine learning and AI.

The NNP is a "neuromorphic" chip, meaning it is inspired by the structure of the human brain. Such a design allows it to make decisions based on patterns and association, as well as get smarter over time, making it ideal for cognitive tasks ranging from recognising images, interpreting cardiac rhythms, detecting security anomalies and even composing music.

IDC: Security Spending to Reach $120bn in 2021

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According to IDC global spending on security-related hardware, software and services will reach $119.9 billion in 2021 with a CAGR of 9.6% over the 2016-2021 forecast period.

SecurityAs for 2017, spending on security products and services is to reach $83.5bn, a 10.3% increase over 2016.

"Three overarching trends are driving security spending-- a dynamic threat landscape, increasing regulatory pressures, and architectural changes spurred by digital transformation initiatives," the analyst remarks. "While IDC expects spending to continue growing, organisations are actively searching for product and service efficiencies that maximize spend in order to fully address such complex challenges."

DVIGear Intros 4K HyperLight DisplayPort Cables

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DVIGear launches the HyperLight Series-- a range of active optical cables (AOC) able to extend DisplayPort 1.4 signals with aggregate data rates up to 32.4Gbps.

HyperLight CableThe cables are HDCP 1.4/2.2 compliant, and support resolutions up to 8K/30Hz (4:4:4) for cable lengths up to 50m, and 4K/60Hz (4:4:4) for lengths reaching up to 100m. Construction features a hybrid design consisting of four POF (Polyflourinated Optical Fibre) and six copper wires.

The optical fibres make the cables immune to interference from environmental noise. They also provide a transmission path with a low RFI/EMI profile, allowing use in sensitive applications with strict security requirements. The plenum-rated HyperLight cables are rugged, lightweight and flexible, with a minimum bend radius of just 2mm.

Dell EMC Upgrades Azure Stack

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The Dell EMC Azure Stack hybrid cloud solution gets an upgrade through the addition of 14th generation PowerEdge server hardware, powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Dell EMCFirst launched back in 2015, Azure Stack is a software and converged hardware bundle offered by select Microsoft partners. It provides infrastructure and platform as a service functionality, allowing organisations to run private Azure clouds from on-premises datacentres. It uses the same APIs as the public Azure cloud, making it ideal for customers familiar with Microsoft technology.

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