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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

According to IDC global server revenues reach $13.4 billion in Q2 2016-- a -0.4% Y-o-Y decline caused by a pause in hyperscale datacentre expansion and a drop in high-end server sales.

In addition, the robust enterprise refresh cycle of 2015 makes for difficult Y-o-Y comparisons, even as Q2 2016 server shipments increase by 2.6% Y-o-Y to 2.4 million units.

Volume system revenues are up by 5.3% and midrange system demand is up by 12.7%, to $10.6bn and $1.3bn respectively. Enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualisation and consolidation helps midrange systems, together with increases in x86-based mission critical systems. However the quarter sees declining high-end system revenues (by -31.4% Y-o-Y to $1.6bn) due to a difficult compare to the prior year.

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IBM Refreshes Power Linux Systems

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IBM Refreshes Power Linux Systems

IBM refreshes its Linux-based Power System server chips-- and promises tight processor-GPU integration ideal for High Performance Computing tasks such as big data, deep learning and artificial intelligence.

The flagship refreshed offering is the S822LC. It features 2 Prower8 processors complete with PowerAccel interconnects including NVLink, a proprietary connector for high-speed connection with Nvidia Tesla P100 Pascal GPUs. The NVLink is embedded at silicon level to enable data speeds up to 5x faster than on x86-based systems.

“The open and collaborative model of the OpenPower Foundation has propelled system innovation forward in a major way with the launch of the IBM Power System S822LC for HPC,” Nvidia says. “Nvidia NVLink provides tight integration between the Power CPU and Nvidia Pascal GPUs and improved GPU-to-GPU link bandwidth to accelerate time to insight for many of today’s most critical applications like advanced analytics, deep learning and AI.”

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

As announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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Juniper Buys Silicon Photonics With Aurrion

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Juniper Buys Silicon Photonics With Aurrion

Juniper eyes bandwidth-boosting potential of silicon photonics with the acquisition of fabless photonics manufacturer Aurrion for an undisclosed price.

“Aurrion has invented breakthrough technology that combines the economies of scale pioneered by the silicon industry with the unique properties of light to carry information over long distances at significantly lower cost," Juniper says. "The end result? Dramatically lower cost per bit-per-second for networking systems, higher capacities for networking interfaces, and greater flexibility in how bandwidth carried on light is processed inside the electronic portions of networking systems."

Founded in 2008 by Intel/IBM alumnus Dr Alexander Fang, Aurrion managed to commercialise indium phosphide-based (InP) transceivers. This is key, since the tough part of silicon photonics is the manufacture of components allowing the integration of photonics technology with regular silicon. Juniper hopes Aurrion technology will allow it to "make significant improvements to the foundations of all networking products," specifically through higher capacity interfaces and more flexible switches.

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Thinklogical Signs Order Agreement with NCIA

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Thinklogical Signs Order Agreement with NCIA

Thinklogical, a maker of KVM signal extension and switching systems for video-rich applications, signs a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA #14106) with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).

NCI Agency BOAs are acquisition instruments negotiated between suppliers of products and services and the NCI Agency on behalf of NATO. The aim of the BOA procurement procedure is to provide NATO host nations with an accelerated and cost-effective acquisition method for COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) products and services.

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