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IBM and AMD first to announce 22nm SRAM chips


IBM recently announced the production of its first functional 22nm SRAM cell. This is not the final processor as they are still 3 years into the future. The SRAM chips are basically the first semiconductor devices that are used to test a new manufacturing process.

These were built on the conventional 6-transistor design and on a 300mm wafer. This allows the SRAM cell to shrink to a mere 0.1 sq. " m compared to SRAM cells of 45nm proccessors which are 0.346 sq. " m.

Intel first demonstrated its 32nm SRAM cell in September last year and seems to be on track with its 32nm micro processor production which is codenamed Westmere. Meanwhile AMD still has a lot of catching up to do in launching its 45nm processors while Intel is all set to launch its second iteration of its 45nm line up, the Core i7 (Nehalem).

Inspite of the hype, the Phenoms failed to perform well compared to the Core2's and now their 45nm processors will attempt to take on Intel's Core i7.

Another thing IBM mentioned is that they will be using a 32nm high-K metal gate technology that no other company has used till now. Intel has been using this very same technology on its 45nm Penryns since last year, so its interesting to know what changes they have made.

While there is still time for the 32nm and 22nm processors to actually see the light of day, its good to know that IBM is already one step ahead and maybe this time Intel will have to re-think their strategy if they want to stay ahead of their game.

Yahoo launches iPhone-optimized search site


Earlier this week, Yahoo rolled out a new mobile search site designed specifically for use on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Some background information was provided by Yahoo developer Ryan Grove on his blog.

Grove explained that he wanted to make as few concessions and compromises as possible when it came to bringing Yahoo search to the iPhone. So the new mobile site comes with some goodies, too: SearchAssist, to auto-complete inquiries; compatibility with Yahoo's SearchMonkey widgetized results (if you're logged in), and search shortcuts like weather, movie times, and local information.

Early reviews seem to be positive. "Thanks for finally giving me the reason to get one of those damn iPhones," a commenter on Grove's blog wrote.

Hitachi announces a new storage services platform


Hitachi Data Systems on Friday introduced Universal Storage Platform V (USP V), an all-new storage services platform with a 3.5 million input output operations per second (IOPS) of maximum performance. The platform increases virtualized storage port performance for external storage by up to 500 percent over its predecessor.

“The USP V takes performance to another level,” said Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “This is also innovation at its best—improving the architecture of a storage system to raise its performance at nearly all levels—in leaps. Performance is not discussed as often as it should be. If your applications don’t perform well, then your business suffers.”

Hitachi also announced its 4 Gb/s Fiber Channel Switch backplane in an enterprise-class storage platform which provides customers with a fast and cost-effective way to process and transfer data through a storage controller engine.

Hitachi continues to set the bar for enterprise-class, controller-based, heterogeneous storage virtualization-supporting common storage services,” said Carl Greiner, Senior Vice-president, Infrastructure and Software, Ovum. “The announcement of the USP V begins to render any controller performance or scalability issues mute. Virtualization-enabled dynamic provisioning allows storage utilizations to exceed 85 percent, delivering unique economies to storage infrastructures. This announcement most definitely takes storage virtualization to a new level.”

The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V facilitates synergistic linkages across a broad spectrum of enterprise, mid-range and low-end storage systems, delivering unified, advanced storage services that span multi-dimensional virtualization, provisioning, partitioning, and replication capabilities.

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