Now that we've passed into the second half of 2014, we should expect some new GPUs in the coming months. But what is more exciting, is what is coming in the first half of 2015 according to a new report from SemiAccurate.
We should expect NVIDIA to skip the 20nm process completely, moving directly from 28nm into 16nm. This is just a rumor right now, but if it ends up happening, 2015 is going to be one of the most exciting years for GPUs in a very long time. This would see NVIDIA release the GeForce GTX 990 under the Maxwell architecture, from the GM204B core.
If NVIDIA does skip the 20nm process, we should see some seriously fast GPUs appearing, with much lower than expected power consumption. The core count should also be lower when compared to the GeForce GTX 700 series, as Maxwell is a much more efficient architecture compared to Kepler. So before we have the GTX 800 series, we're already foaming at the mouth about the GTX 900 series. It won't stop there, as we should see NVIDIA unveil the GeForce 1000 series sometime in the next 18-24 months, too.
One of the most important revelations from the Samsung Global SSD Summit 2014 in Seoul was the unveiling of the new 845DC PRO. The 845DC PRO is a V-NAND (3D NAND) SSD that is geared for the SMB and SOHO segment, though we fully expect it to find a home in more intense production environments as well.
The combination of the 6Gb/s SATA 845DC EVO and the 845DC PRO provide a considerable one-two punch for Samsung. These two offerings allow them to address the booming SATA value market with two distinct solutions, much like the M500 and M500DC pairing from Micron. The distinct differentiator is that the two Samsung offerings both offer disruptive new NAND technologies that are not currently offered by other manufacturers.
The 845DC PRO features Samsung's first generation 24-layer V-NAND. V-NAND is 3D NAND that achieves better density, performance, endurance, and power consumption, via vertical stacking of the NAND cells. This runs counter to the established norm of increasing density through NAND shrinks, and with good reason. Shrinks provide more density, but actually reduce endurance.
Intel has announced a new manufacturing agreement with Panasonic, which will see the chipmaker producing Panasonic's next-generation system-on-chips (SoCs) using a 14nm low-power manufacturing process.
The upcoming SoCs from Panasonic will be powering audio visual-based equipment markets such as TVs, Blu-ray players, media players and more. The next-generation chips will offer higher levels of performance and viewing experiences according to the company, with the 14nm process paving the way for very advanced chips with very low power requirements.
Yoshifumi Okamoto, the Director of Panasonic's SLSI Business Division said: "Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate process technology is very important to develop the next-generation SoCs. We will deliver highly improved performance and power advantages with next-generation SoCs by leveraging Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate process technology through our collaboration".
Security company Kaspersky Lab today announced its updated product lineup for home consumers, including the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015, Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 and Kaspersky Internet Security - Multiple-Device 2015. Designed to protect Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Google Android devices from current threats in a rather complex security world.
New features include Webcam protection aimed at keeping built-in Web cameras safe and secure from outside hacking. Kaspersky also included a Wi-Fi security notification module that ensures public Wi-Fi hotspots are secure, informing users of vulnerable network connections or unsecured password transmission. Ransomware which encrypts files also is a major threat to PC users, so the Kaspersky Lab System Watcher module verifies all running processes to prevent criminals from encrypting files.
"Today's threat landscape is persistently evolving and at Kaspersky Lab we're continuously staying one step ahead of the cybercriminals," said Justin Priestley, Kaspersky Lab consumer sales SVP, in a statement. "We provide our customers with the most advanced protection tools available, like the innovative Webcam Protection and System Watcher features. Our 2015 suite of products, especially Kaspersky Lab Internet Security, is equipped with technologies that have proven to be effective not only in independent tests, but in the real-world, protection 300 million people across the globe."
iXsystems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of FreeBSD and FreeNAS solutions, announced the expansion of its unified storage product portfolio with the addition of three new units today. In addition to the new hardware configurations, the entire line is refreshed with the latest version of firmware, TrueNAS 9.2.
The new appliances start at a maximum capacity of 240TB and scale all the way to 1.15PB. Each unified appliance is capable of supporting CIFS, NFS, AFP, and iSCSI. In addition, they are all also available in high availability configurations with optional redundant storage controllers.
Studio secrecy is no new endeavour in Hollywood, with George Lucas upping the ante with the 'Star Wars' prequels, and J.J. Abrams taking it to new heights with 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. But with the upcoming and highly anticipated 'Batman V Superman', it seems Warner Bros have gone to a whole new level.
According to the rumour mill which has gone into overdrive in the last 24 hours, Warner boss Charles Roven and Director Zach Snyder commissioned an 'Argo' style fact script for the film to ward off spoilers. Whilst the scriptwriter has been pegged as Writer/ Director and self-confessed DC comics tragic Kevin Smith, the man himself has taken to Twitter to deny the reports.
Meanwhile, sites such as Flickering myth have taken to reviewing the allegedly fake, fake script.
'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' opens in the United States on May 6 2016.
Researchers have discovered that the force of an improvised explosive device (IED), not including shrapnel or surrounding particles, can lead to significant damage to soldiers. Using pig eyes located in artificial holders, the researchers use violent shock waves to try to simulate what happens during an IED blast - hoping to be able to provide better medical treatment for military personnel suffering from eye injuries.
In addition to faster medical treatment following an IED attack, researchers want to develop better eyewear able to keep soldiers safe while out on patrol. Ocular injuries currently amount to 13 percent of overall battlefield injuries, ranking No. 4 on the common injury list.
"The big thing that we found, that no one had seen before, is that the shock wave itself is sufficient to cause significant damage to the eye," said Matthew Reilly, biomedical engineering at University of Texas at San Antonio, in a statement. "The current military eyewear that they use to protect soldiers is designed based on particle impact rather than dealing with the blast wave."
CybAero, a Swedish company specializing in its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) helicopter, has received an order of 70 rotary-wing drones, valued at $100 million over eight years. Assuming the deal is approved by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls department, the Chinese AVIC company will receive shipments for the unmanned helicopters.
This is the largest UAV vertical take-off and landing involving drones less than 200kilograms, according to the company, and will provide stability for CybAero to continue developing its UAV helicopters.
"This represents a breakthrough in the market for the civil application of unmanned helicopters," said Mikael Hult, CybAero CEO, in a statement. "Our goal is to become the global market leader with at least 30 percent of the global market. Through this order, which is our biggest to date, we've taken a significant step towards achieving this goal."
Bitcoin payment processor ExpressCoin has rolled out two new bitcoin-to-cash ATM machines in Los Angeles, manufactured by Robocoin. To verify the transaction, customers need to enter an email address and submit a palm scan - and it's possible to purchase or sell bitcoins using U.S. currency or other popular forms of currency, according to reports. The machines are located in Hollywood and Venice.
This is another major step forward for Robocoin, which has seen its ATM machines rolled out in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Las Vegas, and other select metropolitan areas. There are more than 30 Robocoin ATMs spread throughout the world, and that number will continue to grow moving forward.
"I regard the financial system in general and the players in that as our competitor," said John Russell, Robocoin founder, in a statement. "Western Union is on our cross hairs big-time... the process of wire transfers, international wire transfers - we're going to smash them, we're going to crush them. We're going to totally disrupt that environment, and that's what I'm most excited about."
United States Navy researchers are developing a carbon-fiber cloud missile defense system, known as "Pandarra Fog," able to help defend against missile attacks. As part of a recent test, the fog was able to shroud the USS Meyer, USS Cable and USS Mustin while in the ocean south of Guam in late June. In addition to making ships more difficult to strike, the Navy hopes to use it for counter-targeting against enemy threats.
The exact physical makeup of Pandarra Fog remains unknown, but is said to be no harm to the environment or sailors near the fog. The carbon fiber particle-based clouds are created using a device located aboard the ships, described as maritime obscurant generator prototypes, and should better help defend against anti-ship cruise and ballistic missiles.
"Pandarra Fog showed the value of quickly bringing together scientific and joint forces to tackle our hardest warfighting problems," said Antonio Siordia, U.S. 7th Fleet science advisor. "This isn't just smoke or chaff, this is high-tech obscurant which can be effective against an array of missile homing systems."