iPhones Set to Upgrade to 5G by 2020

As the saying goes: out with the old, and in with the new. 5G connectivity is coming to wireless carriers soon, as Motorola, LG, and OnePlus all plan to make the shift in 2019. As for iPhone users, 5G may not be available until 2020, as reports suggest. The upgraded cellular network system is said to have faster download speeds, a feature we all can appreciate.

A report from Fast Company places the timing for the new phone release in 2020, further stating that an Intel 8161 5G modem chip is to be used rather than the 8060 5G chip. Sources stated that the 8060 5G chip was causing heating issues for the phone, to which Apple still needs to address. As a backup solution to implementing 5G, Apple has been working with MediaTek for potentially using their chips instead.

The 2018 iPhones currently use Intel’s modems, but reports state that the 2020 models will discontinue using Intel’s Bluetooth and WiFi chips.

In a comment to The Verge, Intel explained how their 5G plans with Apple “have not changed for 2018 through 2020,” further saying that they “remain committed to [their] 5G plans and projects” with their customers.

Time will tell which chips Apple decides to use for their future iPhone models, but for now we’re excited to hear about this change in cellular networking.

Rolls-Royce May Roll Out Self-Driving Ships With Intel Partnership

Concept image of self-driving vessel.  Image: Rolls-Royce

Autonomous ships may soon become a reality! Rolls-Royce announced a partnership deal with Intel to engineer the self-driving ships of the future.

Since 2010, Rolls Royce has been experimenting with such technology and recently released its own “Intelligent Awareness System” (IAS) that assists crewmembers in gauging distance from obstacles or other ships. Such technology brings Rolls-Royce closer to achieving their projected 2025 goal of autonomous vessels.

The system essentially acts as “the eyes and ears of the ship,” explains Rolls Royce director of ship intelligence Kevin Daffey, and “highlight[s] hazards in real time,” he continues.

Image: Rolls-Royce

The technology works by using cameras, lidar (a radar that uses light or lasers for detection), and a radar. Such components all work together by using algorithms that then send crew members alerts when an object is detected nearby. Rolls-Royce plans to use Intel’s 3D NAND drives and Xeon chips to store and process data collected from the IAS. What’s cool about Intelligent Awareness is its ability to even detect the types of vessels within its surroundings, ultimately helping crewmembers when the weather or visibility conditions are poor. Daffey explains that “if any other ship comes near, [the Intelligent Awareness system] sets off an alarm [to notify crewmembers].”

Intelligent Awareness technology allows for the future possibility of self-driving ships. The technology has made its way into the testing phase, as some ships have already implemented the system. The only challenge now is to execute legislation for using autonomous ships on international waters when the vessels become available in the future.

One thing is for sure though: the partnership between Rolls-Royce and Intel brings great possibilities for the world of tech.

Own a Computer or Smartphone? Update It TODAY

You may or may not have heard about the security flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre – and no, they’re not related to James Bond. Billions of devices have been affected and hackers are after your processing chip that holds sensitive information. With this being said, update your software! This is only a temporary fix but your desktop, laptop, smartphone or cloud service from Apple, Google, Amazon, or Microsoft can be in danger.

Spectre is the primary threat since it is affecting billions of devices. Meltdown, on the other hand, only appears to affect Intel processing chips.

Apple has already released a note that issues have been fixed to handle Meltdown and is working on Safari changes to defend against Spectre.

We know that many people aren’t fond of updating their devices because of added slowness, we’d highly recommend doing so anyways to protect your information. Experts are saying that the patches deployed to combat the security flaws have the potential to slow computers as much as 30%. As frustrating as that may be, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Update your devices today to keep your information safe. Subscribe to our blog for more updates on the processing chip security issue.

Google Server Chip Rumors

Google may be planning a move that would be bad news for Intel. The tech giant is rumored to be considering partnering up with ARM Holdings for its future server chip needs. Google is Intel’s fifth largest client, spending at least $500 million each year on Intel server chips.

While this rumor doesn’t bode well for the company, Intel still controls more than 95% of the market for server chips in machines that use personal-computer processors. Plus, it would take about three years for ARM to build Google’s custom chips from scratch. Regardless, shares dipped as much as 3.1% Friday after the closing at $24.47 in New York.

Google declined to confirm whether or not they were looking into designing their own chips, but also emphasized their commitment to building the best infrastructure for their data centers.

ARM

ARM is based in Cambridge, and works mostly with mobile markets. Their processors dominate in the mobile phone and tablet market. ARM technology can be found in iPhones, iPads, some Chromebooks, and all devices in Samsung’s Galaxy line.

Intel Plans to Redesign Server Architecture

Increased cost savings, greater efficiency, and decreased hardware footprint are universal goals for business, so we were excited to hear about how Intel hopes to deliver all three with its vision for future server architecture.

Intel is transitioning into replacing the traditional server design with a new system that aggregates power, cooling, and rack management. At the same time, server memory, network, and storage resources would be disaggregated, each into one separate unit to be shared by all servers in the rack.

c/o IntelCost savings is a resulting benefit of less hardware and improved efficiency of shared power and cooling. The greater ease of implementing upgrades is another significant advantage of disaggregation. Intel plans to eventually have separate subsystems for these resources which will allow for easier mixing and matching of components. Soon the need to take apart a rack to switch out parts will be eliminated.

Intel is also developing new hardware to keep up with the needs of these new subsystems.

  • One example is their Atom SoCs (system-on-a-chip), which they claim as the “world’s first 64-bit SoC for servers.” The chip unveiled recently was the S12x9 Atom processor for storage systems. Another chip, the Avoton, is a second generation of their 64-bit Atom chips for microservers.
  • To ensure speed isn’t compromised, Intel is also developing new network technology using silicon photonics. Silicon Photonics uses light to move data at up to 100Gbps while reducing the amount of cabling needed per rack. The cost of silicon is much less than the materials used in fiber optics, and will be an important upgrade in speed from older technology.
  • The Intel  Xeon E3, E5, and E7 processor lines will also be updated later this year with improved performance and lower power consumption.

Inverselogic is already helping clients reduce their IT hardware footprint by implementing Server Virtualization, and advanced Storage Area Networks. Call us at (818) 542-3103 to find out how we can help your organization reduce and save on costs and power.

 

Intel Breaks Down the Internet Minute

The internet is a mysterious place. Have you ever wonder what happens on the internet in just 60 seconds? Intel released a graphic with stats on everything from the total GB of global IP data transferred to the number of Facebook logins that happen every minute. Check it out by clicking the photo below:

image credit: Intel

The Break Down of the Internet Minute:

  • 639,800 GB of global IP data transferred
  • 204 million emails sent
  • 2+ million Google search queries
  • 320 new Twitter accounts and 100,000 new tweets
  • 277,000 Facebook logins and 6 million page views
  • $83,000 in Amazon sales
  • 61,141 hours of music played on Pandora
  • 47,00 app downloads
  • 1,300 new mobile users
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts
  • 135 new Botnet infections
  • 20 new victims of identity theft
  • 6 new Wikipedia articles published