Thursday, January 29, 2015

Intel Announces Broadwell vPro Processors: Wireless Docking and More

While Intel formally announced availability of Broadwell-U processors at CES this year, vendors did not actually have any devices available for purchase containing Intel vPro technology. Today that changes, as Intel states the HP Elite x2 1011 and several devices from Fujitsu sporting 5th Generation Intel vPro processors are now available with more to arrive shortly.  Intel Wireless Docking could be the most exciting new feature. Using four channels of 802.11ad at 60 GHz radio frequency, Intel claims a total bandwidth of 7 Gbps.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple's circus marketing triumphant even over its own software quality

Apple’s hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars per hour in profit (24 hours a day).
But the software quality has fallen so much in the last few years that I’m deeply concerned for its future.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Did I mention word  nosedived ? No :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intel's Broadwell engine Atom will support Microsoft HoloLens

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Its name is Cherry Trail. And support should be delivered in Windows 10. Something new after many years ?? But, after many years Microsoft related PC profits fell 10%. Desperate times require desperate measures. Hopefully, year 2018 should be better. For the HoloWorld and the Whole World.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Internet world 20 years ago !

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 35 to 40 million people linked together through the internet !

In January 1996 there were only 100,000 websites. The Rogers' cable home Internet network was first launched on November 28, 1995 and was available to about 16,000 homes. They advertise the Wave is up to (that favoured phrase of advertising scoundrels) 100 times faster than an ordinary modem. However, what was then speed of an ordinary modem, 300 baud? Thus sometimes at mind bogling 30 000 bps download had been possible 20 years ago ! Today, ordinary speed is 30Mbps. In the next 20 years possible 30 Gbps ??

Monday, January 05, 2015

Intel officially unveils full Broadwell line

Based on the 14-nanometer "Broadwell" microarchitecture, Intel says that the new chips are "purpose-built for the next generation of compute devices." Manufacturers will have 10 new low-power, 15-watt models and 4 new 28-watt variants to choose from.
The dual-core chips have 1.9 billion transistors, a 35% increase over the prior generation, and a 133 mm2 footprint that is approximately 50mm2 smaller than its predecessors. The 15W chips have data rates up to 3.1 GHz while 28W i7 cores hit up to 3.4 GHz. The Broadwell chips have L3 caches ranging from 2 to 4 Mbytes, roughly the same as Haswell.

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: If you are looking for perfomance, well, wait the Skylake this year. You know, DDR4 support and things like that will drive overall perfomace usual 30% up.
OMG, Broadwell uses eDRAM for worse performance but cheapo, INITIALLY low yield 14nm process !!
You can see it as a smaller chip on the Broadwell interposer , picture above. 
Moving in 2015, Intel will have not one but two different desktop platforms, the Broadwell “Crescent Bay” platform which will make use of the Wild Cat point 9-Series chipset and the Skylake “Sky Bay” platform which will make use of the Sunrise point chipset.
Both platforms will seem to co-exist and platform details for Skylake have already been leaked out. The Intel Skylake platform will make use of a new x86 core architecture leveraging the IPC performance on a 14nm die node. Compared to Broadwell, which makes use of the Haswell architecture and a 14nm die shrink, the new architecture will deliver improved graphics in the form of GT4e.

Now, what for are all those Skylake performance bulid ups ? Only for resources hungry Windows 10 hogs :))

Broadwell seems like only an ultrabox platform. Better wait for the Skylake. Please note Skylake LGA1151 socket.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2014 was a year of garbage !

Bad news travels fast.

"The closest thing we had to a consensus about last year is that it was a year of garbage."
The closest thing we had to a consensus about last year is that it was a year of garbage; many bad things happened, as in all years, and the word “garbage” was increasingly deployed to describe both the bad things and the often worse ways they were talked about.
There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the garbage?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is garbage?
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Internet Freedom Saw Drastic Decrease In 2014
Actually, all is relative even the last year. Says who? The Washington Post

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2015 predictions from Y 2000 perspective

Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts
Societies with advanced communications generally will worry about threats to individual privacy. Others will worry about the spread of “cultural contamination.” Governments everywhere will be simultaneously asked to foster the diffusion of IT while controlling its “harmful” effects.

 This paper was approved for publication 14.3.2001 by the National Foreign Intelligence Board under the authority of the Director of Central Intelligence. Prepared under the direction of the National Intelligence Council.

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Let us confirm: 2015 shoud be year of cultural contamination and threats to individual privacy . Cheers ! Will Hillary run ? Or Jeff, and thus US in a new war against treacherous Enemy ? Not even a word. 
Doesn't mean they will not. 
Beside, America’s $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is slated to join fighter squadrons this year—but missing software will render its 25mm cannon useless.

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