Intel hopes to leverage its low-power processors to increase its presence in the DIY/hobbyist world.
At the Maker Faire in Rome this week, the company announced it was partnering with Arduino to create the Intel Galileo, an Arduino-compatible development board. Intel hopes to attract the hobbyist community to its technology, and gain a foothold in educational institutes while providing competition for ARM-based systems in the maker market. Continue reading
The cell phone wars have been raging for a while now, and the patent battles don’t look to be ending any time soon. Now, get ready for the tablet wars to kick-off. Apple and Amazon have had some skirmishes, and Microsoft’s Surface is the new kid on the block, showing off its nifty keyboards and new operating system.
Intel looks to be arming itself for future conflicts with the acquisition of Ziilabs, which was previously part of Creative Technology. Ziilabs manufacturers chips such as the ZMS-40 and the ZMS-20, with its ARM-based “StemCell” processor. The chips in question are intended for use with Android cell phones and tablets. Continue reading
Rather than just assuming everyone knows whatMoore’s Law is, I’m just going to include it here. Basically, Moore’s Law says that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years. This has mostly held true (though advances seem to be coming faster) for computers, but other technologies progress at a much slower rate. The specific kind of technology we’re talking about here is radio, or Wi-Fi, technology.
The main problem with improving radio technology is that radio is an analog system, rather than a digital one. While scientists have begun to hit some limits in what can be done on a chip, digital technology is easier to improve and easier to shrink. Try shrinking analog technology too far and it begins to malfunction.
The demand for high-powered data centers continues to climb, as does the temperature of those data centers. Keeping servers cool has typically been an energy-intensive task involving air cooling systems and larger buildings to house the servers. Intel, however, has just completed a year-long trial with Austin, Texas-based Green Revolution Cooling that could lead to a new cooling approach: submerging servers in oil.