#421 July 13th, 2015 – IBM Fulfills Moore’s Law

This week’s headline story: IBM Fulfills Moore’s Law

7nmchipMoore’s Law contends that technical innovation will allow transistors on a processor to shrink to roughly half their size every two years. For some time now, chip manufacturers like Intel have been manufacturing processors with 14-nanometer technology. Technologists have begun to question whether Moore’s Law will be sustained past the current 14-nanometer generation of chips. Intel is working hard to transition from 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer technology. Meanwhile, IBM surprised everyone last week by announcing that it has working samples of chips that use seven-nanometer transistors – that’s roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips. IBM was able to pull off this feat by using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon in key regions of the molecular-size switches. This latest breakthrough is part of IBM’s effort to manufacture the most advanced computer chips in New York’s Hudson Valley, where the company is investing $3 billion in a private-public partnership with New York State, GlobalFoundries, Samsung and equipment vendors. The transistors on IBM’s new 7-nanmeter chip are roughly three times the size of a strand of DNA. One chip holds more than 20 billion transistors.

IBM Discloses Working Version of a Much Higher-Capacity Chip [NYTimes]

in Information Security News…

  • Simultaneous downing of NY Stock Exchange, United, and WSJ.com rattles nerves [ars technica]
    Some were calling it the Digital Armageddon last week when networks belonging to the New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal, and United Airlines all failed at roughly the same time. However, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the NYSE all issued statements to calm the masses, assuring that the outages were not part of some sort of cyber attack, but simply a coincidence of technical glitches.
  • Hackers stole 21.5 million Social Security Numbers in government breach [Engadget]
    The report of hackers attacking networks belonging to the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has gone from bad to worse. The original breach compromised personnel data of 4.2 million current and former federal employees. Upon further investigation, the OPM found evidence of another attack: one that compromises the privacy of 21.5 million individuals from the organization’s background check database. Anyone who has had a background check run through the OPM any time in the last 15 years, is most likely personally affected. Potentially compromised data may include the Social Security Numbers, fingerprints, data from interviews conducted by background investigators and usernames and passwords used by applicants who filled out background check paperwork. The OPM is automatically enrolling all affected in 18 months of identity theft insurance, an identity-restoration program and credit-monitoring programs.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • A bigger, faster Google Glass is headed for the workplace [Computerworld]
    Google has filed a new device with the FCC that appears to be an upgraded Google Glass for the Enterprise dubbed GG1. The new augmented reality glasses will have a larger display, more powerful processor, and a longer batter life.
  • Start-up plans to release 3D-printed, street-ready cars next year [Computerworld]
    3D Printing company Local Motors is promissing to deliver the first fully 3D printed cars to market early next year. The battery-powered neighborhood vehicles will have a top speed of between 25mph and 35mph and will be priced between $18,000 and $30,000.
  • Lawsuit claims MakerBot knowingly sold glitchy 3D printers [Engadget]
    A recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that the 3D Printer company MakerBot and its parent company Stratasys committed a “fraudulent scheme” by knowingly shipping Replicator printers with flawed extruders that tend to clog.
  • Apple Offers First Public Beta of iOS 9 [NewsFactor]
    Apple has launched it’s first public beta release, offering both the new iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan to iPhone, iPad and Mac users to test drive.

and finally,

  • A quick hands-on with Office 2016 for Mac [ars technica]
    Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac. Mac users can subscribe to the software through Office 365 at office.com/myaccount for $6.99 per month.

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