Reverse engineering computer chips just became ridiculously easy

Reverse engineering computer chips just became ridiculously easy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computer chips are prized assets, but now reverse engineering them and spotting state sponsored built in security “Trojans,” are easier than ever before.   Peering inside semiconductor chips using X-Ray imaging isn’t new, but the technique hasn’t been especially good or easy to accomplish. New...

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Intel unveils Loihi, a revolutionary new Neuromorphic self-learning processor

Intel unveils Loihi, a revolutionary new Neuromorphic self-learning processor

WHY THIS MATTER IN BRIEF As the age of silicon based computing systems nears its natural conclusion new computing platforms are emerging that are capable of self-learning and revolutionising AI development, and which are millions of times faster and more energy efficient than today’s “antiquated” systems.   Intel recently held...

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Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Standardised processors that run multiple workloads, but that have to be especially optimised to run specific workloads made sense, but tomorrow’s processors will have new challenges and need a new architectural approach.   It’s over 10 years since Apple unveiled the first iPhone and since...

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Intel enters the self-driving car market

Intel enters the self-driving car market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It used to be the case that car companies were car companies and tech companies were tech companies, but now the lines between the industries are blurring and the old rules have changed.   Intel has announced that it will join almost every other auto manufacturer...

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Watch: Intel unbox their exotic new 17 Qubit Quantum computing chip

Watch: Intel unbox their exotic new 17 Qubit Quantum computing chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the era of silicon computing “fades” we’re entering the “Jurassic Era” of computing and seeing the emergence of many new and exotic types of computing platform, including chemical computing, DNA computing, Molecular computing, Quantum Computing and Photonic computing   On Tuesday Intel announced that...

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Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are approaching a dangerous threshold where one day, in the next few years, you won’t be able to trust what you see, or easily distinguish fake news from real news, and it could have big consequences on democracy and society.   Over the past...

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LTE meets WiFi as Intel, Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm fire up MulteFire

LTE meets WiFi as Intel, Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm fire up MulteFire

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Licensed spectrum is expensive and it gets crowded quickly, now some of the world’s largest companies are banding together to create a new communications standard that combines the best of Wifi and LTE to create ultra fast, flexible networks   A consortium of wireless industry...

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IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time.   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence (AI),...

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Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks

Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially companies are turning to virtualisation to help them contain attacks, and it looks like it’s working.   Speak to anyone – anyone at all, even your grandmother, and they’ll tell you that the number of cyber attacks...

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Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Berkeley Lab breakthrough might help to reboot Moores Law.   Transistor size is an important part of improving the price-performance of today’s computer systems – the smaller your transistors, the more you can fit on a chip and the faster and more efficient your processor can be. Accomplishing...

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Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft has been toying around with FPGAs and now they’re on track to turn Azure into the world’s biggest supercomputer.   Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure cloud platform and while the new hardware that the company is installing in its 34...

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Intel unveils Knights Mill, a Xeon Phi for Deep Learning

Intel unveils Knights Mill, a Xeon Phi for Deep Learning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Late to mobile and late to the Internet of Everything Intel’s also late to catching onto AI, but it’s now joining the party and taking aim at Nvidia.   At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in San Francisco, Intel revealed it is working...

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Intel cosies up to ARM and stalks Apple

Intel cosies up to ARM and stalks Apple

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Intel wants to dominate the next generation of “Things” and it’s joined forces with ARM the industrys’ dominant player.   In a move that would have been jaw dropping a few years ago, Intel’s factories are soon going to be churning out chips based on ARM’s open sourced architectures...

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Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With new technologies come new risks but the rate at which they’re being developed and deployed leaves culture and training struggling to keep up.   The first reported death involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature raises troubling questions about how much more progress proponents of self-driving cars must achieve before they can...

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Worlds smallest molecular transistor reboots Moore’s Law

Worlds smallest molecular transistor reboots Moore’s Law

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have demonstrated a new 0.167nm transistor.   It’s no secret that companies like Intel have been finding it increasingly difficult and, perhaps more pertinently, costly to keep pace with the expectations of Moore’s Law so it came as no surprise when in early 2016 a consortium...

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The death and rebirth of Moore’s Law

The death and rebirth of Moore’s Law

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law redefines itself for the next decade of computing.   Early in 2016 the worldwide semiconductor industry acknowledged what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end....

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