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Intel, Micron announce new 3D XPoint memory type that's 1,000 times faster than NAND
Jul 28, 2015 - 8:15 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar A new memory type called 3D XPoint will offer 1,000 times the performance and endurance of today’s NAND, Intel and Micron announced Tuesday morning.

The two silicon companies described 3D XPoint as the biggest innovation in more than 25 years, one that will enable new types of modes of computing.

“This is a breakthrough in technology,” said Rob Cooke, a Senior VP at Intel charge of non-volatile memory. “It’s something we view as a new class of memory because it’s not a little faster, it’s a lot faster, it has a lot higher endurance.”

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Windows 10 will receive security fixes for ten years
Jul 18, 2015 - 5:15 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar Back in January, Microsoft first stated that Windows 10 would be free for the “supported lifetime of the device” you install it on. That wording caused some confusion: What the heck is a device’s “supported lifetime,” anyway? But we’re now getting a better idea of what you can expect in terms of Windows 10 support.

According to an updated support document published to Microsoft’s site, the company will offer “mainstream support” for Windows 10 through October 13, 2020, and “extended support” (that is, how long you can expect Microsoft to issue Windows 10 security fixes) through October 14, 2025.

For those keeping score at home, the five-year mainstream support and ten-year extended support periods are more or less in line with the support cycles for Windows Vista, 7, and 8, so you won’t be cut off early, support-wise, with Windows 10.

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AMD's Radeon R9 Nano is launching in August
Jul 17, 2015 - 5:38 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar AMD’s computing and graphics division may have sunk screaming into a sarlacc pit last quarter, but those results were riding on the shoulders of Radeon R200-series video cards nearly two full years old. The Radeon crew’s gearing up for a more bountiful future with the recent release of its powerful Fury X and Fury graphics cards, built with cutting-edge high-bandwidth memory and AMD’s most powerful processor yet—Fiji.

During AMD’s earnings call Thursday, CEO Lisa Su let slip a more concrete launch window for the oddest, most intriguing member of the Fiji lineup: The Radeon R9 Nano.

“Fury just launched actually this week and we will be launching Nano in the August timeframe,” Su said while answering a question about the supply of Fiji-powered graphics cards. Previously, the R9 Nano was only confirmed for “this summer.

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Beyond silicon: IBM reveals world's first 7nm processor
Jul 09, 2015 - 3:30 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar How far can we push Moore’s Law? It’s starting to become a concerning question as processors push into almost infinitesimally small process nodes.

Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips suffered from lengthy delays, stuttering Intel’s vaunted tick-tock manufacturing schedule. TSMC, the company that manufactures graphics processors for AMD and Nvidia, has been stuck at the 28nm node for years now. Intel plans to push into 10nm in 2017, but IBM’s looking beyond that, and just revealed the world’s first working 7nm processor—but it took some pretty exotic manufacturing to get there.

Creating a working 7nm chip required moving past pure silicon, IBM revealed. IBM—working with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and others—carved the transistor channels out of silicon-germanium (SiGe) alloy in order to improve electron mobility at such a small scale. Intel has also said 10nm will be last gasp for pure silicon chips.

IBM and co. had to turn to cutting-edge lithography techniques to etch features onto the chip. The companies utilized extreme ultraviolet lithography, which Intel has also been investing heavily in for years now. The details behind EUV get complicated, but essentially, it’s a beam of light with a far narrower wavelength (read: width) than current lithography tools. The benefits of moving to a smaller feature-etching tool when working on a chip with 7nm components is obvious.

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M-Disc optical media reviewed: Your data, good for a thousand years
Jul 02, 2015 - 12:43 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar You're done with optical discs as a means of data and media delivery, or soon will be. But when done right, as it has been with Millenniata's M-Disc, optical has a particular advantage—longevity. Hard disk mechanisms fail, and the data stored on them can be erased by magnetic fields. Tape stretches and is also magnetically vulnerable. NAND won’t last forever, because cells leak and eventually fail. That leaves M-Disc looking pretty good in the media preservation, aka archiving role.
Optical is dead. Long live optical.

In the enterprise, optical has enjoyed continued success. Companies such as Sony and Panasonic have continued development both because of its longevity and the minimal environmental support it requires. You think your hard drive generates a lot of heat? Try operating thousands of them. AC bills can be rather high.

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