IT - Technology

Player three has entered the ring

"If you're sick of what currently feels like a two-party system for graphics cards then Intel has some exciting news - its upcoming discrete GPU dubbed Intel Arc might give AMD's RX 6700 XT and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 a run for their money.

Arc is the latest flagship GPU from Intel, previously codenamed 'Alchemist' (with future products planned including 'Battlemage', 'Celestial' and 'Druid') and as reported last week, is anticipated to launch in Q1 2022..."


NFT, Quantum ML, Generative AI, Homomorphic Encryption and Composable Applications and Networks Among Key Technologies to Watch

"Engineering trust, accelerating growth and sculpting change are the three overarching trends on the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2021 that will drive organizations to explore emerging technologies such as nonfungible tokens (NFT), sovereign cloud, data fabric, generative AI and composable networks to help secure competitive advantage..."

Boston Dynamics is known for the flashy videos of its robots doing impressive feats. Among Boston Dynamics' creations is Atlas, a humanoid robot that has become popular for showing unrivaled ability in jumping over obstacles, doing backflips, and dancing

"The videos of Boston Dynamics robots usually go viral, accumulating millions of views on YouTube and generating discussions on social media.

And the robotics company's latest video, which shows Atlas successfully running a parkour track, is no exception. Within hours of its release, it received hundreds of thousands of views and became one of the top-ten trends of U.S. Twitter..."


Samsung Unveils Industry First 512GB DDR5 RAM
techradar.pro, August 23rd, 2021
New memory module is meant for data center use, so won't come cheap

"Samsung has claimed it has developed the industry's first 512 GB module of DDR5 memory, running at DDR5-7200.

Designed for server and enterprise use, Samsung shared details about the new RAM module at the recent Hot Chips semiconductor conference.

Reporting on Samsung's presentation, Tom's Hardware notes that the new DDR5-7400 memory module is based on the standard DDR5 specifications and runs at 1.1 volts, yet offers a 40% higher performance with twice the capacity, as compared to DDR4..."


Today's Chromebooks rival Windows PCs and Macs in functionality and quality

"These 'glorified web browsers' running Chrome OS are capable of everything you need for school or work, editing photos, and can even run Android and Linux apps. Here are the best Chromebooks you can buy.

What to Look For in a Chromebook in 2021

Chromebooks have risen in popularity due to their simplicity and affordable price tag. They're popular in school settings and for people who don't need full-fledged computers and are great lightweight secondary devices. What should you look for when buying one?..."


'Extreme-scale AI' is here

"Cerebras Systems, maker of the world's largest chip, has lifted the lid on new architecture capable of supporting AI models that outscale the human brain.

The current largest AI models (such as Switch Transformer from Google) are built on circa 1 trillion parameters, which Cerebras suggests can be compared loosely to synapses in the brain, of which there are 100 trillion..."


What Has To Happen For Quantum Computing To Hit Mainstream?
Data Center Knowledge, August 24th, 2021
Data Center World keynote: It's still early days for quantum computing, where the fundamental technology remains unsettled, and the nature of workloads is fuzzy.

"If you stretch the timeline of quantum computing onto the timeline of IBM computers, we're somewhere between the vacuum-tube-powered machines of the 1940s and the models built on transistors, integrated circuits, and silicon of the 1960s. And we're much closer to the former..."

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