Apple snags top chip designer from Samsung

Apple is Samsung’s biggest chip buyer, but that didn’t stop Apple from hiring away a high-profile industry veteran from Samsung to come work for them. Such a move is bound to increase the growing tension between the two companies.

AMD computers run 500,000 Android apps with BlueStacks

Got an AMD chip in your Windows PC? Then you just gained access to more than half a million Google Android apps thanks to an AMD partnership with Bluestacks. A virtualization app and website filled with Android titles can help bridge your mobile and desktop world.

Chips are forecasting for pain for tech sector

Semiconductors, the building block of most of our technology products are the canary in the coal mine: if they are doing well, the future looks bright for tech sector. And when they are not, well future’s not so bright. Analysts are worried about chip-business these days.

The data center has blown up

As we move into the age of webscale and cloud computing the traditional data center architecture is blowing apart, according to execs of startups that have built new kinds of disruptive data center gear and software at the Structure conference on Wednesday in San Francisco.

IBM supercomputer claims the lead on Top 500 list

We’re number 1! An IBM supercomputer topped the semi-annual list of the 500 top supercomputers for the first time in three years. Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q System using 1,572,864 processor cores scored 16.32 petaflop/s on the Linpack Benchmark used to rate such things.

See what cloud can do! Dell unveils ARM servers

Dell showed off a box that contains 48 ARM-based servers, joining others making boxes with processors that uses the same architecture as the chips inside your cell phone. The server consumes less power and could find a home in web servers and Hadoop clusters.

Server catfight! Intel disses AMD’s SeaMicro buy

Intel and AMD are at it again. Intel could have bought SeaMicro, the energy efficient server vendor that recently got snapped up by AMD, but it decided to pass, said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group.

Low power is the new black for data centers

AMD acquired low-power server maker SeaMicro in a move that says a lot about how low power is the new black and how the relationships and market dynamics between chip makers and server OEMs is transforming.


Webscale and cloud are changing the server value chain. Who wins?

The compute and server world is changing rapidly, with webscale companies such as Facebook and Amazon dominating the web and creating new lines of business. With that comes change to the value chain of server and silicon companies, and we now stand at an inflection point that could alter the server market radically. One one side is the commodity hardware built around Intel’s x86 architecture, rich in history and powering 90 percent of the world’s servers. On the other lies the competition: ARM-based architectures put forth by new and existing chip companies and server makers. Which stands to win? We take a close look at both here.

Introducing the 5-watt server that runs on cell phone chips

Can ARM wrestle its way into the server market? Calxeda and HP think so. On Tuesday Calxeda launched its EnergyCore ARM server-on-a-chip (SoC), and the world’s largest server maker committed to building EnergyCore-based servers that will consume as little as 5 watts total.

The Open Compute Foundation: Parsing the politics

The Open Compute Foundation’s new board of directors includes a big name from Intel, but not from AMD. And, Open Compute Project members so far include Dell but not HP. What vendors are in or out is of interest to data center pros.

Facebook letting Open Compute Project go. Will it fly?

The Open Compute Foundation, with directors including Andy Bechtolsheim, aims to bring more vendors to the Open Compute mix, make sure contributed IP is well tended, and foster the idea that open-source development — so important in software — can benefit the stodgy world of data center servers.

AMD’s chip is officially the world’s fastest

AMD says it has set a new record for the “highest frequency of a computer processor” by overclocking its 8-core AMD FX desktop processor. The chip had a top speed of 8.429 gigahertz on Aug. 31. The previous record was 8.308 GHz.

Jan. 21: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

It’s an interesting collection of links today, most of which are focused on money — specifically, Google’s sky-high Q4 infrastructure spending and AMD’s continually dismal performance. There’s also a great analysis of the PaaS market post-Elastic Beanstalk and a look at Heroku’s recent security hole.

Oct. 15: What We’re Reading About Infrastructure

Bolstering the argument that money makes the world go ’round, Google’s earnings, and spending, were big news today, as is the third-quarter decrease in VC funding. AMD’s “better than expected” net loss and the prospect of cloud-caused job losses also garnered attention.

Intel vs AMD — One Notebook Highlights the Differences

When it comes to computing platforms, the two most prevalent choices are Intel and AMD. What’s the difference between them? All things being equal, one is generally less expensive but offers more oomph while the other plods along slower but longer. Which is right for you?