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System Solutions with Intel CPUs and FPGAs


By Dave Bursky – The purchase of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) supplier Altera by Intel® in 2015 surprised many companies in the electronics industry. And now that Altera is integrated into Intel, everyone is concerned about the future of the Altera programmable products and what direction Intel will take to leverage the configurable technology.

During his keynote presentation Intel CEO Brian Krzanich covered two major issues on the top of all attendees’ minds.

First, he promised to keep the existing FPGAs with ARM cores and not replace the cores with x86 compatible cores. And, second, he gave a short look at the future roadmap for the FPGAs, which include system-on-a-chip solutions that combine the i86 cores and FPGA fabric, initially in the same package and eventually on the same chip. In these future products he indicated that x86 cores would play a significant role.

Further integration of the CPU and FPGA fabrics can reduce system complexity and bring the processing closer to memory to achieve higher performance by reducing latency (Figure 1b). Such a future data center design would also benefit since the integration would reduce power consumption and reduce the board area required. CPUs such as the Intel® Xeon® or Xeon® Phi™ would work side by side with FPGAs such as the Cyclone or Arria 10. more> https://goo.gl/iqEoTO

Sprint partners with IBM for real-time communication in connected cars

By: Chris Baker – By Rebecca Grant – IBM is partnering with Sprint Velocity to “drive connected cars into the future.” The joint endeavor will bring IBM’s data management technology together with Sprint’s connected-car platform to create a faster, smarter in-car communication system.

Connected cars are generating a ton of buzz right now. They are one of the hottest trends of 2013, and major car manufacturers, telecom, and technology companies are throwing millions at it. Mobileye raised $400 million earlier this week for its driverless car technology, and Google has been working on self-driving cars for years now. Intel formed the $100 million Intel Capital Connected Car Fund last year, and just about every major car manufacturer is working to bring connected cars to the market. more> http://tinyurl.com/lscg73p

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Have America’s commercial giants lost their ethical compass?

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What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Author: Michael Sandel.

By John Farmer Jr. – Bank of America has agreed to pay $11.8 billion to settle charges related to mortgage servicing abuses, such as fabricating affidavits of title; Intel has agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle antitrust charges that it retaliated against computer manufacturers who refused to put the Intel inside; Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $550 million to settle claims that it sold subprime mortgage instruments that it had designed to fail.

It also turns out that they are quite adept politically, these constitutionally recognized “persons” who (thanks to the current majority on the U.S. Supreme Court) can spend virtually unlimited amounts of money influencing the political process. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., it was disclosed last week, has been lobbying to change the federal law prohibiting bribery of foreign officials, a law that it is alleged to have violated in Mexico. Wal-Mart denies lobbying, though it belongs to groups that do.

The problem clearly runs deeper than a rogue financial adviser or two; it extends beyond Wall Street, and even Main Street USA, to some of the most powerful corporations in the world. It involves thousands of “real” people acting under the corporate umbrella.

What are we to make of this spate of corporate scandals? more> http://is.gd/QH1o9P

Cybersecurity and False Hope

By John C. Dvorak – I finally realized this law is something like Sarbanes-Oxley in that it’s a fix for a problem that was never a problem. Sarbanes-Oxley essentially added paperwork overhead to already burdened American companies. It did nothing about the numerous and ridiculous Ponzi schemes that have been uncovered since the housing crisis. Nothing.

(Current) Cybersecurity is all about compliance.

Compliance inspections will be needed. Now, what companies are we talking about? Pretty much any large networked company can fall under the auspices of this law. IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Comcast, come to mind, plus thousands more. Once these infrastructure companies are named, they have to write report after report on how they intend to fix their problems. How we determine the problems requires compliance reports based on certain standards that need to be developed by some government agency—over coffee I, suspect… more> http://tinyurl.com/72e3b2r