Next Gen Computing Tech Digest - January 2017

Intel unveils new Compute Card

Intel unveiled its Compute Card at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. Intel says the small 95mm by 55mm by 5mm card will be available in mid-2017. The card is equipped with Wifi and Bluetooth, and an Intel Core vPro processor. It can be docked with any certified device via a compute card slot. Intel claims that ‘companies will be able to extend capabilities for devices such as digital signage, kiosks, All-in-Ones, smart TVs and appliances.’ Intel has partnered with the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sharp to offer wide-ranging integration. 

IBM partners with Siemens

IBM and Siemens have declared that they are collaborating on industrial AI. IBM Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence driven analytic system, is to be applied to Siemen’s industrial cloud platform, MindSphere. It is hoped that Watson will provide MindSphere with predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics and cognitive analytics capabilities, and machine learning capabilities could increase the effectiveness of Siemens’ MindSphere cloud for its manufacturing industry customers. 

Using a memory chip as a processor could speed up computing

An international team of scientists have discovered a way to make memory chips act as processors. This would mean faster and thinner electronics, since data could be processed in the same location as it is stored. The scientists created a prototype redox-based resistive switching random access memory (ReRAM) chip so that it can process data in four states instead of two. This means the chip can store data in a higher number of states allowing for tasks to be performed faster. 


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