Thursday, July 02, 2015

FINALLY: Robot killed man

The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed man against a metal plate.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Robot's revenge !

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business


Microsoft might be interested in buying AMD, according to source

In a bid to revive its chip design operations, Microsoft Corp. may acquire Advanced Micro Devices, according to a source familiar with the matter. The software giant approached AMD several months ago, the source indicated. The result of the talks is unclear.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Two drowning together have better survival chances ? HARDLY ! LEt me tell you a secret. In some 10 years world will be dominated by cloud business model, not by Microsoft's usual one. And its hardware by Intel's Xeons. And smartphones (or watches) by Apple ?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: When Intel will mass deliver 10 nm Cannon Fake technology ?

Intel was supposed to convert its fab in Kiryat Gat, Israel, to manufacture 10nm chips, but delayed the upgrade until December. Just recently, SemiWiki reported an even further delay, until 2016. Why not, if there is no real X86 competition from AMD.In shortly, lets tick once again.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK:  22nm Si FinFET announced in 2011, became mainstream in 14nm 2014. Thus, when we can expect 10 nm FinFET technology as mainstream ??

Provided 10 nm announcement to be in 2017, that will give us 7 nm mainstream in 2020 !! 

Google: The cleanest energy is only the energy you don’t use

Google: This time, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: we’ll be building on the grounds of the Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County, which has been scheduled for shutdown. Data centers need a lot of infrastructure to run 24/7, and there’s a lot of potential in redeveloping large industrial sites like former coal power plants. Decades of investment shouldn’t go to waste just because a site has closed; we can repurpose existing electric and other infrastructure to make sure our data centers are reliably serving our users around the world.

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: We too. Here is some 1000 tons of heavy pollutants it has delivered to our envirnoment up to now ! Plus 100 000 tons od sulphur dioxide and 10M tons od carbon dioxide each year !!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

TICK; TICK;TIC : Intel inherently unable to switch to 10 nm node

Intel will likely release a Core i series processor lineup in 2016 based on the Kaby Lake-series. This would be the 3rd generation processors that Intel fabs at 14nm.

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Well, 10nm is far from REAL 10nm, namely it is only node name. And Intel is notoriously unable to reach even that. Low performance, low price. Only future Kaby worth mention is H -line with 256 MB L4 cache. Intel's bulk Si has hit Lgate problem. FinFET could solve it but introducing its own scaling problems.

The cost per gate for 28nm bulk HKMG CMOS will be much lower than FinFETs even in the fourth quarter of 2017. A similar pattern will occur for 20nm HKMG in 2018 or 2019 when depreciation costs decline.
The data indicates that FinFETs can be used for high-performance or ultra-dense designs but are not cost effective in mainstream semiconductors. There's no end in sight for this situation. Scaling to 10nm and 7nm nodes will entail additional wafer processing challenges for which the industry is not well prepared. Thus, watch your money or performance ! You can't get both at the same time. NEVER MORE !
So, Intel in the future needs one or more TICKs than used to. To make some decent profit returns on big new process investement . In situations when PC market where Intel's X86 dominates, shrinks year after year.

Friday, June 26, 2015


 This is a collection of static SSH keys (host and authentication) that have made their way into software and hardware products. This was inspired by the Little Black Box project, but focused primarily on SSH (as opposed SSL) keys.
Here is Wikibook on Open SSH

The Internet of what ?

Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Save the child ! Your Cisco appliances are already safe. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by obtaining the SSH private key and using it to connect to any WSAv, ESAv, or SMAv. An exploit could allow the attacker to access the system with the privileges of the root user.
Major websites such as and have been tracking people's online activities using powerful new methods that are almost impossible for computer users to detect, new research shows. Install , regain your online privacy and peace of mind. It's a security browser extension developed by ex-Googler that blocks Google, Facebook, other third party sites from tracking online activity and collecting sensitive personal data.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What The B-3 Bomber Should Be

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Remember F35's lack of inter communications? Now, you know why. Waiting for B3 arrival. Say in 2018. Or later.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Intel’s 28-core Xeon ‘Skylake’ CPUs to support 6TB of DRAM, LGA-3467 ?

The “Purley” platform will be Intel’s biggest server platform advancement in many years, when the world’s largest chipmaker rolls it out in 2017. Intel’s “Purley” will be a highly-configurable platform designed for enterprise, cloud, HPC [high-performance computing], storage and network applications. Intel “Purley”-based supercomputers are expected to finally hit ExaFLOPS performance late this decade.

Intel Xeon “Skylake”: 28 cores, 6-channel DDR4 memory, Omni-Path fabric
Intel will release three different versions of Xeon processors for its “Purley” platform targeting different applications two years from now – “Skylake-EP”, “Skylake-EX” and “Skylake-F” – according to a report from CPU World. The new chips will feature up to 28 cores based on the “Skylake” micro-architecture with AVX512 instructions and Hyper-Transport technology, up to six DDR4 memory channels (up to two 2400MHz DIMMs per channel are supported, i.e., up to 768GB of DDR4 memory per socket without SMB), up to 48 PCI Express 3.0 lanes as well as two or three UPI channels per socket.

Intel Xeon “Skylake-EX” processors will be designed for high-performance and mission critical machines with two, four or even eight sockets, which means that they will feature up to three UPI links. The processors will introduce new RAS [reliability, availability, serviceability] features such as Instruction Retry (pipeline error protection for integers), Advanced Error Detection and Correction as well as Adaptive Dual Device Data Correction, to make next-gen high-end servers even more robust. According to previously released unofficial information, Intel’s forthcoming expandable processors will support four times higher memory capacity (compared to today’s chips) thanks to “Apache Pass” scalable memory buffer (SMB), which means up to 6144GB (over 6TB) per socket, or up to 24.576 GB of DDR4 RAM per 4S machine. The “Skylake-EX” chips will have TDP of up to 165W.

Xeon “Skylake” processors will use the new socket P0 and will feature flip-chip land-grid array packaging (FC-LGA) with up to 3467 contacts. The final amount of pins to be used is unclear today, but according to unofficial information, it will exceed 3000 balls.


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