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R2D2 Style Holograms on Mobile?

Star Wars Hologram I am sure you remember the scene from Star Wars where R2D2 delivers a holographic message from the Princess in trouble. Holographic technology is not exactly a brand new concept science has been working on it for a while. Just they have not really got any practical applications yet.

However, Nokia and Intel have decided enough is enough. It is time to bring 3D Graphics for  real to the world. The two companies have got together in an attempt to develop new techniques of delivering 3D Graphics with emphasis on the Mobile communication sector.

The two companies already been working jointly in the mobile sector, and have their own operating system available. They may use this a building block in developing the 3D technology further. They want to compete against Android and the iPhone with it.The joint research and development facility has been opened in collaboration with the University of Oulu in Finland and will employ several researchers. The university already has existing experience in graphics from 2D to 3D on a range of platforms so undoubtedly both companies will be looking to recruit from the local pool of experts.

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Intel to be a software Vendor now?

Intel LogoIf it was April the 1st, I’d think Intel were playing a April fool’s joke on us. But according to my clock, this is nowhere near April and my computer seems to agree so I can only conclude¬† that the purchasing and investments people at Intel have had one or two too many.

Intel have agreed to purchase the software manufacturer McAfee in what could perhaps be the most bizarre corporate purchase in quite some time. 5.5Billion of Intel’s investment budget of 6.7Billion dollars has been spent on the acquisition.

Intel officials have claimed that the reason behind the bizarre purchase is to integrate security technology into a new age of hardware based security solutions beneficial to the cloud infrastructure of the future. They state that the first breed of Anti Virus powered Processors should be on the market in the first half of 2011.

With Intel being the major company for pc processors means that industrial regulators will usually prevent them from making stratregically sensible investments. They would be unable to buy the competitors AMD for example as that would for all intents and purposes give them a total monopoly on processors.

Therefore it is necessary to look at other areas of revenue such as merging in software solutions like McAfee and any other investments with what is left of the budget is likely to go to other strange areas.

Like all business Intel makes deals with firms in the hopes that it will make a huge sum of money from the investment. If this is not the case then they will normally sell of the section of the business to some other company whom perhaps has the resources, technology or other facilities to take advantage of the venture. Intel sold a firm that they had purchased in 2007 called StrongARM a low power processor manufacturer just as the iPhone was about to kick in and revolutionise the mobile smart phone market. Undoubtedly they are regretting that deal.

I am not entirely sure i am convinced of a benefit either to Intel or McAffee from this deal. Neither company is really realted in any way to each other. The idea of a hardware based security chip sounds impressive but at the end of the day security technology is constantly moving. Is embedding security with the chip really going to benefit the end user?

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Intel has a new competitor

Image of a Processor A new manufacturer of processors may soon be coming to the market. Although this wont have much impact for the general public. Smooth-Stone has secured the financial backing from a number of organizations including ARM the processor manufacturer which is used frequently in mobile applications such as iPad. Other investors to the company include a subsidiary of AMD and Texas Instruments.

The market they are targeting is not really general pc market they are aiming their product at the server market, specifically towards Data Centres. The new processor is going to be a power friendly one with the general idea behind it being to reduce the mammoth power consumption of Data Centers. The backing of both ARM and AMD’s subsidery could herald a major shift in competition in the mobile and low energy processing market.

Larger data centers hosting thousands of servers, networking equipment and undoubtedly staff services such as kitchens and lighting use tremendous energy levels. Enough to power thousands of households in comparison.

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Ultra-Fast Silicon Optical Network

Optical Fiber I was recently observing that Fiber to the Home trials are under way – its a good step albeit many years late. Today Intel have decided to show off their new toy for the networking sector.

Silicon Optical Fiber its a system that uses the advantages of silicon production: cost and speed of production most notably with the speed and power of fiber.

This prototype network can run at 50Gbps and they have successfully been using it at 40Gbps with theoretical speeds of 1Tbps achievable.

Previously in optical networks, dedicated components were needed for the detection and initiation of the optical signal.

“Because silicon is translucent at infrared wavelengths, portions of a chip can be used to create waveguides, mirrors, prisms and other optical components, with Intel’s design of indium phosphide/silicon laser producing light that can be tuned by setting up different patterns of gratings on-chip.”

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The new technology is integrated at the silicon level which upon reaching mass production should prove to bring extremely fast Intel Fiber Optic Chipnetworking down to very low costs. Likely this technology will become mainstream for wired networks in the near future. Future expansion could see this technology kick start moores law which has been seen to be failing lately, integrating high speed communications far in excess of current silicon is capable of at processor and circuit board levels.

Intel do have other Optical Based research projects on going this may be the first of many significant advancements in optical computer networks.

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