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Intel Shows "Miraculous" Photonics Chips

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Intel Shows

An analyst report on the Barron's tech trading blog claims Intel might have chipmaking "game changer"-- miniaturised on-die silicon photonics technology allowing for the faster transmission of data between chip components.

As the Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland puts it, such technology can "mitigate Moore's Law," the semiconductor design rule the likes of Intel have been grinding against in recent years. He also describes the "chips with frickin' lasers" as "nothing short of miraculous" and "a potential game changer for Intel and the semiconductor industry."

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Researchers Break Multi-Core CPU Bottleneck

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Researchers Break Multi-Core CPU Bottleneck

Intel and North Carolina State University researchers claim to have a solution to one of the more persistent problems hitting modern CPUs-- the communications between multiple processor cores.

How is this a problem, when all, dual- and quad-core chips have shown great improvements over single-core options? Scaling beyond 8, 10, 16 or more cores actually shows diminishing returns, and the issue gets even worse with poorly optimised software.

A possible solution lies in what the researchers call the Queue Management Device (QMD), a dedicated set of logic circuits handling the software queue. This turns three multistep software-queue operations into three simple instructions-- add data to the queue, take data from the queue and put data close to where it is needed next.

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Tech Data, Dell, Nexiona Launch Miimetiq Edge

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Tech Data, Dell, Nexiona Launch Miimetiq Edge

Tech Data, Dell and Nexiona join forces in Miimetiq Edge-- an all-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) development platform the 3 companies says allows developers and service providers to jumpstart IoT projects.

Part of the Tech Data SmartForce lineup of end-to-end IoT solutions, Miimetiq Edge comes as an integrated solution with the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 series. The gateway is powered by Intel processors and connects with both legacy and modern sensors and devices, while the Nexiona Miimetiq Lite allows system integrators and service providers to rapidly design, prototype and commercialise industrial IoT applications.

The Miimetiq Lite supports over 60 M2M and IoT protocols and communications technologies, including MQTT, CoAP, Sigfox, HTTP, TCP and UDP, and is built on a flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) customers can integrate with IBM Watson and Microsoft Azure IoT cloud services.

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Gartner: 2017 IT Spending to Reach $3.5 Trillion

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Gartner: 2017 IT Spending to Reach $3.5 Trillion

According to Gartner global IT spending is to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017-- a 2.9% increase over 2016 spending reaching $3.4tr driven by growth in software and IT services revenues.

The analyst forecasts software spending to grow by 6% in 2016 before rising by 7.2% in 2017 to total $357 billion, while IT services spending should grow by 3.9% in 2016 to reach $900bn before increasing by 4.8% in 2017 to reach $943bn.

However, as well as positives Gartner has some warnings for the future-- specifically regarding the UK's exit from the EU, aka Brexit.

"The immediate impact of Brexit has caused modest growth in IT spending to turn negative for 2016," Gartner remarks. "Without the UK, global IT spending growth would have been modestly positive at 0.2% in 2016, but with the UK included, IT spending is expected to decrease -0.3%. The immediate impact of the British pound will also cause the IT spending patterns to shift as prices for IT will increase."

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Terahertz Radiation for Faster Memory?

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Terahertz Radiation for Faster Memory?

According to research by European and Russian scientists teraherz radiation, aka "T-rays," might be the key for faster computer memory by making the switching on and off of individual memory cells even faster.

T-rays consists of short electromagnetic pulses with a wavelength of around 0.1mm (or teraherz frequencies), which allows for the inspection of organic and mechanical materials. Such properties mean T-rays find use in airport body scanners, as well as in the inspection of microchips, fragile texts and airport luggage.

Now scientists say teraherz radiation can replace the external magnetic fields currently used by memory cells in order to boost the cell-resetting process by a factor of 1000.The concept was successfully demonstrated on a weak ferromagnet, thulium ortoferrite (TmFeO3), and showed the effect of the teraherz radiation was ten times greater than that of a traditional external magnet.

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