From The Data Center To The Mobile Edge

At the heart of the Internet of Things is the complex interplay between the needs for both low power and high performance (LPHP), a perplexing challenge rooted in the de-facto bifurcation of the IoT itself. For example, lower power mobile devices, systems and lite endpoints make up the vast majority of forward-facing consumer infrastructure, while high-performance servers at the back end are ta... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 11

Getting to 1nm Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, University of Texas at Dallas, and Stanford University created a transistor with a working 1nm gate from carbon nanotubes and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). "The semiconductor industry has long assumed that any gate below 5 nanometers wouldn't work, so anything below that was not even considered," said fir... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 30

Scalable data center chip Princeton University researchers designed a new scalable chip specifically for data centers and massive computing systems. The team believes the chip, called Piton, can substantially increase processing speed while slashing energy needs. The chip architecture is scalable; designs can be built that go from a dozen cores to several thousand. Also, the architecture ... » read more

Architecting Memory For Next-Gen Data Centers

The industry’s insatiable appetite for increased bandwidth and ever-higher transfer rates is driven by a burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), which has ushered in a new era of pervasive connectivity and generated a tsunami of data. In this context, datacenters are currently evaluating a wide range of new memory initiatives. All seek to optimize efficiency by reducing data transport, thus sign... » read more

Executive Insight: Simon Segars

Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, examines the future of mobile computing, how it intersects with the IoT, why ecosystems are vital, and how computing is evolving. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: Most analysts say the growth rate of mobile is slowing. The big buzz phrase now is Internet of Things. How does ARM's role change with that shift? Segars: Mobile is still changing and... » read more

Innovating Virtualization In Emulation

Last week we officially introduced our next-generation emulator. We used the words “datacenter” and “virtualization” a lot, and it is worthwhile to underline the significance of what just happened in emulation. The new concepts are just as key to emulation as was the invention of virtual memory and memory management units to processors and software development. The concept of virtual... » read more

Executive Insight: Charlie Cheng

Charlie Cheng, CEO of Kilopass, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about issues with current memory types and why the market is ready for disruptive approaches to reduce power and cost. SE: What's changing in the memory space? Cheng: Memory is a very important building block. It's a foundation and a commodity for a chip and for the system, but if you look at the big picture, ... » read more

Tech Talk: Mobile Security (Part 1)

Simon Blake-Wilson, of Rambus' Cryptography Research Division, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about mobile security and how the risk will escalate with the IoT in banking, data centers, entertainment and devices themselves. [youtube vid=EJ75T-SEp4U] » read more

Semitrex: Efficient Power Conversion

Power conversion is becoming a very big deal in the IoT world, as companies seek to connect the analog/physical world with the digital processing world. Enter Semitrex, a Laguna Beach, Calif.-based startup led by Michael Freeman—the same guy who won Emmy awards for a mobile technology video. His latest incarnation uses what it describes as cascading capacitors in a multi-chip module (MCM)... » read more

Dark Data

Last month the National Resources Defense Council updated its study on data centers. The numbers themselves are rather mind boggling, and the NRDC has done an exceptional job over the years in ferreting out the biggest, baddest culprits of wasted energy. Witness the 2011 report on set-top boxes, which is finally beginning to yield changes in set-top box designs. The data center report is eq... » read more

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