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TI Wants to Use DSPs for Low-power Computing

hdr_ti_logoTexas Instruments (s TXN) is looking to hop on the trend of using non x86 processors in the data center, according to Kathy Brown, general manager of the company’s wireless base station infrastructure business. Last night over dinner, Brown said the wireless chip powerhouse was trying to build a software framework that would enable researchers to run Linux on its high-end digital signal processing chips (DSP) used for scientific computing. Read More about TI Wants to Use DSPs for Low-power Computing

Cisco’s New Router Shows Need for New Processors

mk-as893_cisco__d_20081110200544Cisco today announced a new edge router capable of moving 6.4 terabytes of data — the equivalent of 200 full length movies — per second. Om anticipated the product last week, pointing out that the influx of data traveling over the Web requires better and faster equipment to manage such complexity and traffic growth. What we also need is a different type of chip. Read More about Cisco’s New Router Shows Need for New Processors

Could Climate Change Lead to Computing Change?

I wrote about an effort us use millions of specialized embedded processors to build an energy-efficient (relatively) supercomputer that could run at speeds of up to 200 petaflops over at Earth2Tech. The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has signed a partnership with chip maker Tensilica to research building such a computer, but after chatting with Chris Rowan, Tensilica’s CEO, I wonder if more specialized computing tasks in the data center might be farmed out to highly customizable — but lower-powered — chips.

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Climate Change Produces a Computing Change

Supercomputers have long been used to predict how climate change will affect the Earth, but they use a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat in the process. I suppose it seemed a bit hypocritical to the guys at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory when they realized that the type of in-depth climate change model they wanted to build would result in a supercomputer requiring 200 megawatts to operate — enough energy to power a city of 100,000 residents.

Yet, a computer to measure cloud formation at a 1-kilometer scale could generate real breakthroughs in climatological understanding, even if it would need to be 1,000 times more powerful than existing computers and would cost about $1 billion to build. So the Berkeley Lab guys took the current supercomputing architecture — which essentially places a lot of x86 processors in a box — and dumped it for specially designed embedded processors that could be connected to create a more power-efficient supercomputer.
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Mozy Ships MozyHome for Mac

ScreenshotMozy, an online backup solution that’s crossed our radar before, has good news for Mac users: their MozyHome for Mac client has officially moved out of beta to version 1.0. MozyHome gives you 2GB of backup space online for free; you can upgrade to unlimited user for $4.95 per month. There are also WIndows clients, though Linux users are still out in the cold.

Mozy isn’t standing still on the Mac front; you can also put your name in for a beta of MozyPro for Mac (their business-oriented version), slated for availability this summer.

Get a Nokia N810 at 15% off: GeekBrief.TV

GeekbrieftvI don’t watch it as much as I’d like due to time contraints, but Cali Lewis and her GeekBrief.TV video show has been in my iTunes subscriptions like… feh-ever. Turns out that one of her many sponsors is Nokia and on the GeekBrief.TV sponsorship page is a code for 15% off a Nokia N810.Rather than post the promocode here, I’ll direct you over to Cali. When you swing by over there, why not check out one of her latest shows? She crams in a bunch of great information into a handful of minutes nearly every day!

Current TV Site Prepares to Relaunch

Current TV, the Al Gore-backed TV network, is gearing up for a major relaunch of its web site that could help it break away from the nirvana of cable and recapture the Net. The official launch of the site is scheduled for Oct. 16, and Gore himself has been taking a break from the slideshow business to drum up publicity at the Emmys and on The Tonight Show, proclaiming that Current.com will “take interactivity to a new level.”
Current.com

A number of beta testers have been able to play with the new site a few days early, and we couldn’t resist sneaking in. The biggest news: Current is dropping the TV. The site, which was called Current.TV in it’s old incarnation, is now simply known as Current. References to the actual TV program have been moved to a side column, leaving lots of space for social news and videos.

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Broadcom to buy Agere

Our friends at Light Reading are reporting that Broadcom, the chip-upstart is looking to buy Agere Systems. Those who don’t know the back history, Agere is the chip business of Lucent which was spun out after the communications business hit an airpocket. Now the rumors are flying thick-and-fast that Broadcom is ready to swoop in and buy the former high-flyer whose stock has fallen to an abysmal $1.26 a share. And just to think, that there was a time when Agere traded for over $75 a share. Light Reading says that “Agere participates in a few markets that Broadcom doesn’t, most notably chips for hard disk drives. And Agere could push Broadcom further into the telecom space with physical-layer chips, network processors, and switch fabrics. But Agere also overlaps Broadcom in two areas where Broadcom doesn’t need much help: cell phone chips and wireless LANs.” One thing going for Agere is its expertise in 3G chips business, and that clearly is an area Broadcom needs to get into.