It’s clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again be built on a 14-nanometer process — yes, for the fourth time in a row. The company is shy on what these new chips will entail, but it’s claiming that it’ll manage another 15 percent performance improvement (in SysMark tests, anyway) like it did with the 7th-generation Core designs you see now.
In a world shifting to the cloud, Microsoft has carved out a place trying to help companies caught between two worlds — on-prem legacy solutions and the public and private cloud. To help further that hybrid mission, the company announced it was acquiring Avere Systems today for an undisclosed amount.
Microsoft describes Avere as “a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.” That’s a mouthful, but essentially the company has focused on maximizing storage performance, especially in more expensive flash storage, regardless of where you store your files.
Avere’s president and CEO Ronald Bianchini Jr., wrote in a company blog post that the company has worked hard since its inception to provide highly efficient file storage solutions. “Our customers efficiently share both storage and compute resources across multiple data centers, and effectively implement and use private and public cloud infrastructures,” Bianchini wrote.
That is precisely a focus of Microsoft’s cloud strategy, so it appears to be an excellent fit. In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Microsoft Azure, Jason Zander, described Avere’s approach. “Avere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads.”
This could be particularly useful for high-performance media customers like Sony Pictures Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company (MPC).
But it doesn’t stop there. Zander wrote that the Avere technology could also be useful in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services and manufacturing or anywhere companies could benefit from more efficient use of high performance storage and compute resources.
Microsoft expects the deal to be finalized in the coming months subject to the customary approval process in these kinds of deals. The company has indicated that the Avere team will be coming on board as part of the deal and they will retain their Pittsburgh offices.
As Avere becomes part of the Microsoft Azure family, it’s unclear what impact it will have on existing customers, but there is always some adjustment when a company gets acquired in this fashion.
Avere was founded in 2008 and has raised $86 million with its most recent investment, a $14 million Series E coming last year in March. Investors in the E round included Google and Western Digital, but it was Microsoft who comes away with the prize.
Previous investors included Lightspeed Ventures, Tenaya Capital, Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners.
Why Should Your Apps Upgrade To Ios11?
Apple has been the king of technology that is been providing its iOS using user kingdom the first grab at the latest technology. Whether it is multi-touch, fingerprint sensors, 3D touch etc, Apple has been behind all of it. Apple understands their users and their thirst for using the latest technology and they have been proving the latest technology since Apple was founded. Such latest technological advancement that was introduced by the Apple came to market last year and its name is “iOS 11”.
The new iOS 11 has the latest SDK and API packages for better app functioning. iOS 11 also introduced new architecture updates along with new visual changes. iOS is compatible with the iPhone 5 and the later model of iPhones, iPad mini 2 and the later model of iPads. If you are an iOS app development company then it is time for your apps to update according to the new iOS 11 features.
iOS app development companies around the world are updating their apps according to the new iOS 11 features and architecture. Whether you are building a new app or you have an existing iOS app here are some factors that should consider updating your app to the new iOS 11 system.
Apple app store update
With over 2 million apps on the app store, Apple decided to give their app store a makeover. The app store has changed the way the app store showcases its apps that help the customers discover new apps. App store also offers single app preview which is a video clip that user can watch before downloading the app so the user doesn’t regret the download. If you haven’t added the app preview of your app, this is the time to add it and attract more users.
Apple pay was introduced as a new feature in the iOS 11. It is just like Samsung pay that allows its user to transfer money to other Samsung pay users. Integrating new payment features into your app can ease the process of payment for the user. If you have an e-commerce app on iOS including Apple pay in your app can increase the sales. With the help of Apple pay, the user can send money from debit or credit card. Along with that Apple pay also supports Siri voice commands to pay someone.
Business chat for better engagement with users
Business chat is a powerful tool for engaging with your customers directly on messages. With the help of business chat, you can solve issues and answer questions related to your business, and also complete transactions on their iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. The business chat will solve the accessibility issue of businesses and developers. You can integrate this feature into your app for better engagement with the users. The features that Business chat offers can compete with other services because it is integrated across different platform.
Drag & drop features
The new iOS 11 has added a drag and drop feature within UIKit in the complete system across latest iPad and iPhone devices. It gives users an easy and quick way to manage images, videos, audio, etc from one app to another. Apple has introduced view controllers for local and remote file browsing. It is also compatible with third-party apps like Google Drive and Dropbox that makes accessing files from various platforms easy. You can use this features if necessary in your app for enhanced app performance.
Latest Core machine learning
Core machine learning had been included in the previous version of iOS. It enhances the performance with easy integration of new features in your application with just a few lines of codes. A good feature integrated with the help of Core ML can give your app the advantage of recognizing a complex pattern, make intelligent decisions, etc. Apple has also started to focus on having Core ML specifically on their apps such as Siri, camera, and quick type. The new iOS 11 Core ML model can read barcode, face, text, object detection, and landmark detection.
Latest ARKit for iOS 11
The AR has been found in many apps before it was popularized in the market. But Apple has perfected the AR in its new iOS 11. It works much better than its previous version. ARKit is one of the two largest frameworks introduced in iOS 11. ARKit allows developers to include high-end graphics into real-time images. In simple words, ARKit blends digital objects and information with the surrounding environment. Many e-commerce apps have included ARKit features into their apps to enhance the shopping experience of the user.
Apple has introduced iOS 11 in intention to enhance the user experience and it is about time you upgraded your app according to that. Try to integrate one or more feature in your app that is compatible with the new system. Ask your developers that if your app is compatible with the new iOS 11 system. Vrinsoft has the best iPhone developing team that makes sure the app is compatible with the latest features in the market.
Intel’s 8th-generation chips are almost here
On the 5th of October, Intel will officially launch its 8th-generation processors into retail and OEM. These desktop chips offer more cores than Intel’s 7th-gen processors did, at a slightly higher power cost and with a small price increase.
Since rival chip-makerAMD brought out its own new Ryzen processors earlier this year that offered more cores at a lower cost, and superior performance over Intel’s 7th-generation processors in certain circumstances, this is a welcome move for Intel fans who’d been hoping Intel would respond in kind.
The additional cores of these new processors offer improved performance in intensive parallel workloads, as well as improved gaming performance when compared directly to the previous generation’s processors. They’re also more overclockable than Intel’s previous-gen CPUs were. Intel says they will offer “up to 40%” of a performance improvement over previous-gen chips.
According to Engadget, Intel calls its top-end 8th-gen processor, the i7-8700k, its “best gaming desktop processor ever”. It’s a six-core, 12-thread, 3.7GHz monster that Intel says boosts some games’ frame rates by “up to 25%” over the i7-7700k, and does 4K video editing “up to 32% faster”.
Other improvements include faster video streaming and recording, tweaks to multitasking, smoother streaming of cutting-edge 4K/10-bit/HDR Ultra HD video, a Turbo Boost speed of 4.7GHz and the ability to push that even further without requiring liquid cooling.
Of course, Intel’s complete line-up includes Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips that occupy a wide range of price points, TDPs, and Smart Cache levels. Here’s a quick look at them from Intel’s official product brief:
Something to keep in mind is that these new processors will not run on Intel’s 200-series chipset – upgrading will require the acquisition of a new motherboard featuring the Intel’s new 300-series chipset. So while these processors feature the same pin configuration as their 7th-gen counterparts and thus feature same physical socket, they are incompatible with those older boards. Intel has no plans to issue a firmware patch to change this at a later date, either.
What’s more, the new chipset isn’t dramatically different, either, only sporting things like “improved power delivery for 6-core chips and better support for DDR4-2666 memory”, according to Engadget.
As with every new generation of PC tech, if you upgraded recently, these new products won’t hold much appeal. If, however, you or your business are running older hardware, like 2nd-, 3rd- or 4th-gen processors, these new shiny chips should offer a stunning leap forward in performance and value.
Just don’t forget to grab new motherboards with them, and some DDR4 RAM if you’ve not upgraded beyond 4th-gen.
Intel’s 8th-gen Core processors won’t be revolutionary
AnandTech notes that the upcoming refresh might focus more on the low-voltage U- and Y-series chips you see in very thin and light laptops, just as you saw with the initial 7th-gen processors late last year. That has yet to be confirmed, however.
One thing’s for sure: when Intel’s long-delayed 10nm processors finally do arrive, you won’t see a wholesale switch to the new technology. Intel says that future process uses will be “fluid” depending on the segment they’re targeting, and that data centers will get first crack at these upgrades. Don’t be surprised if the Xeon line gets first dibs on 10nm, then, or if only some mainstream chips make the leap at first.
The decision might be necessary given the challenges of shrinking large CPUs down to a 10nm process, but it’s likely to leave Intel feeling nervous. After all, mobile giants like Qualcomm are releasing 10nm processors this year. While mobile tablets probably won’t outperform most laptops any time soon, this could narrow the gap enough that you might be tempted to skip buying a conventional Intel-based PC in the right circumstances.
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