Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AMD and Coulomb Technologies Help Develop the Burgeoning Electric Vehicle Market

AMD has installed three Coulomb-manufactured ChargePoint® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Austin “Lone Star” campus for employees, and plans to install additional stations at its Sunnyvale campus in spring 2011. The Austin ChargePoint stations were supplied and installed by Verdek, the exclusive distributor for Coulomb Technologies in the Southern States. The ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations are being installed to benefit AMD employees seeking sustainable and cost-effective commute options, and are also designed to help develop the EV market. The ChargePoint network will enable AMD to control access to authenticate users, and measure electricity usage.
“AMD is an established leader in environmental responsibility, from being a U.S. EPA Green Power Partner, to its LEED® Gold certified campus in Austin to its international, award-winning Go Green commuter program,” said Tim Mohin, Director of Corporate Responsibility at AMD. “AMD’s EV charging stations will support the development of the electric vehicle market while providing another option for our employees to commute to work sustainably and give them the confidence they need to seriously consider an EV purchase.” “AMD is preparing for the future of transportation by welcoming infrastructure for electric vehicles,” said Richard Lowenthal CEO at Coulomb. “We are proud to be a part of AMD’s efforts to reduce emissions, promote corporate responsibility and workplace charging.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Intel Expands Customer Choice with First Configurable Intel® Atom™-based Processor

Intel announced its configurable Intel® Atom™ processor E600C series, which features an Intel® Atom™ E600 processor (formerly codenamed “Tunnel Creek”) paired with an Altera* Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in a single package. The new Intel Atom processor provides greater flexibility and faster time-to-market for customers, who can now more readily handle design changes without complicated hardware changes – helping to lower development costs. In addition, the new processor offers board space savings and better inventory control due to the single package, as well as a simplified manufacturing flow and single vendor support through Intel.

“Our customers’ needs are continually evolving and they look to Intel to provide leading-edge products and technologies that will help them differentiate and compete in the markets they serve,” said Doug Davis, Intel vice president, general manager, Embedded and Communications Group, Intel Corporation. “Our new configurable Atom series helps to address these customer needs and provides greater flexibility with a simplified product choice, through one vendor.”

Based on Intel® architecture, the Intel Atom E600C processor series provides original equipment manufacturers with the flexibility to incorporate a wide range of standard and user-defined I/O interfaces, high-speed connectivity, memory interfaces and process acceleration to meet the evolving needs of embedded device market segments. The Atom E600C processor series comes with Intel’s extended 7-year-long life-cycle manufacturing support, and industrial and commercial temperature options, which makes it ideal for market segments such as industrial machines, portable medical equipment, communications gear, vision systems, voice over Internet protocol devices, high-performance programmable logic controllers and embedded computers.

Discera’s Silicon Oscillators Are The First To Deliver 10 ppm Accuracy

Discera, Inc. announced the production availability of 10 ppm versions of its DSC1001 low jitter and the DSC8001 programmable silicon oscillators.  These oscillators are the first silicon timing products to deliver 10 ppm accuracy at up to 85 degrees Celsius as required by ultra-compact and mobile consumer electronics and computing products.  They are also the first to deliver this level of performance in a consumer grade product to improve the quality and stability of high definition video applications and wireless communications.  Up until now, 10 ppm was only possible for expensive and high power enterprise and carrier grade timing devices.    
“Discera has leapfrogged the rest of the silicon timing industry by popularizing 10 ppm for consumer products while others sample their 100 ppm designs,” said CEO Bruce Diamond.  “The demand for ever smaller and quieter passively cooled products has driven operating temperature requirements to 85 C.  Our new 10 ppm products support full size performance in small size products and price points.”The DSC1001 and DSC8001 enable mobile, video, and wireless system manufacturers to deliver smaller, lower power products without sacrificing performance by delivering 10 ppm accuracy from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius at frequencies up to 150 MHz and in sizes as small as 2.5 x 2.0 mm.  Their 2.6 billion hour MTBF reliability rating is over 2x better than the MEMS industry and is over 20x better than crystal oscillators with over 30x better shock and vibration immunity.

Friday, November 19, 2010

IBM's New Storage Architecture Wins the Storage Challenge at Supercomputing 2010

At the Supercomputing 2010 conference IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design, created by IBM scientists, that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will shave hours off of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization. Running analytics applications on extremely large data sets is becoming increasingly important, but organizations can only continue to increase the size of their storage facilities so much. As businesses search for ways to harness their large stored data to achieve new levels of business insight, they need alternative solutions like cloud computing to keep up with growing data requirements as well as tackling workload flexibility through the rapid provisioning of system resources for different types of workloads.

"Businesses are literally running into walls, unable to keep up with the vast amounts of data generated on a daily basis," said Prasenjit Sarkar, Master Inventor, Storage Analytics and Resiliency, IBM Research – Almaden. "We constantly research and develop the industry's most advanced storage technologies to solve the world's biggest data problems. This new way of storage partitioning is another step forward on this path as it gives businesses faster time-to-insight without concern for traditional storage limitations."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grameen Foundation, Qualcomm and Bakrie Telecom Announce Application Laboratory in Indonesia


Grameen Foundation, Qualcomm and Bakrie Telecom announced launched the Application Laboratory in Indonesia (AppLab Indonesia). Building on Grameen Foundation’s pioneering AppLab initiative in Uganda, AppLab Indonesia delivers new and innovative products, information services and business opportunities tailored to the needs of the poor and specifically designed to increase their incomes. AppLab Indonesia builds on work started in 2009 to create a network of micro-entrepreneurs to adopt mobile phone-based business opportunities. AppLab Indonesia will develop avenues for business learning and provide other essential information to help increase their bargaining power and income. To ensure long-term support for this growing network, Grameen Foundation, Qualcomm and Bakrie Telecom, incubated PT RUMA, an Indonesian social enterprise which translates to mean “your micro-business partner.” PT RUMA operates as an implementing partner to help poor micro-entrepreneurs to first become electronic airtime resellers, and then to expand their businesses with new AppLab products and services that will further increase their income.
“Entrepreneurship is essential towards strengthening economies and social development. Through AppLab Indonesia, we are creating specialized wireless products and services that allow micro-entrepreneurs in Indonesia to start new businesses and have access to real-time data, helping them to build a more efficient and profitable business,” said John Stefanac, vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm Southeast Asia and Pacific. “We are proud to be part of AppLab Indonesia as it is yet another example of how wireless technology can stimulate economic growth and enhance the livelihoods of people in underserved communities in Indonesia.”

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