Technology

The Digital Divide, Net Neutrality and Badu Networks

Badu Networks, is developing a technology for distribution within the next two years that will dramatically boost the capacity of public Wifi areas, which will make it possible for many to access the internet with little or no cost.  That is important not only for bridging the Digital Divide but also solve part of the problem of net neutrality.  This is the first of a two-part video interview.


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ARM, x86, GPUs not filling the bill for HPC

by Lou Covey
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

The data industry has been limping along with processing systems designed for personal computing and jury-rigged for big data and high performance computing. It has worked for light-touch computing applications like Facebook, but for compute-intensive applications like the Oculus Rift virtual environment and Oracle’s database in-memory, the hardware infrastructure is woefully insufficient (even Oracle’s hardware).

The Rube-Goldbergesque contrivances that have brought us this far have made it easy to ignore investment in new approaches, but they will fail us in the foreseeable future and retard growth in data-intensive enterprises.  And the efforts of the …

Survey of IT management finds conflict in priorities

Modern communications techniques and technologies are not just changing the jobs of people in marketing and journalism, they flowing into the realm of IT.  And they are causing a significant amount of confusion in the process.

The initial results of a survey being conducted at the University of North Texas is finding that many companies are changing the strategic priorities for IT managers to produce results in social media and online marketing, but are not adapting those priorities to their daily, tactical priorities.  As a result, to two sets of priorities are often at odds with each other.

We talked

Big Data: Privacy vs. Benefits

By Joe Basques
Managing Editor

A recent report by IBM said 2.5 exabytes of data were created every day through 2012. This is almost nothing compared to what we will collect in 3 to 5 years as the Internet of Things moves into reality and everything from milk jugs to the clothes we wear will contain sensors actively collecting data.

Two of the biggest challenges businesses face today are where to begin when developing their Strategic Big Data Plan, and how to lessen the “creepy factor” so customers willingly consent to contributing their data. Gartner predicts that one-third of …

Oculus CEO sees future at Imagination Tech briefing

Virtual reality and video were topics of discussion that got hundreds of technology CEOs, attending an executive forum at Stanford University Wednesday night, slavering over the possible growth potential. The event kicked off Imagination Technologies global summit series and featured Sree Kotay, Comcast’s Chief Software Architect, and Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR, the latest Silicon Valley uber-rich technonerd thanks to the purchase of his company by Facebook.

Iribe kicked off the excitement with a 10-minute talk about the history of computing breakthroughs (see video) and why virtual reality will be a niche as big as the personal computer.  His …

DIY Electronics

ProFPGA unveils FPGA prototype boards

ProFPGA came out of stealth at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) in San Francisco with a technology agnostic hardware system for developing FPGA prototype. ProFPGA is a spinoff from ProDesign Europe (http://www.prodesigncad.de), located in Germany. The system that can be used with Xilinx or Altera FPGAs and can be implemented with any commercially available development tool, including those from Synopsys, Xilinx or Altera.

Electronic Design

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market
Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafers

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known …

Green Tech

Analysis: Time for the semi and wafer industries to make nice

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Last week we did a piece on the dysfunctional relationship between the semiconductor industry and the silicon wafer industry.  Both have the potential of healing the rift and ensuring a profitable give and take for several decades, but there is also the potential that, if attitudes do not change within the next decade, it will get even worse.

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

Last week’s article pointed out that the wafer companies stuck it to the semi industry when the solar boom hit 10 years ago.  Wafer fabs shifted resources to …

Software

Automating embedded software testing with Electric Cloud

The 2012 UBM Survey showed that, for the first time, QA engineers are becoming a significant portion of embedded software teams, and there is less concern about the quality of debugging tools for those teams,  However, the size of those teams is, in general, dropping and concern for tool quality is still number one, all of which makes hitting schedules on time the greatest challenge for those teams.

According to Dax Harfang at Electric Cloud, those pressures are even greater in hardware-centric companies who would rather not make a large investment in software QA, especially smaller companies that may be …

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The Digital Divide, Net Neutrality and Badu Networks

Badu Networks, is developing a technology for distribution within the next two years that will dramatically boost the capacity of public Wifi areas, which will make it possible for many to access the internet with little or no cost.  That is important not only for bridging the Digital Divide but also solve part of the problem of net neutrality.  This is the first of a two-part video interview.


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Venture Capital

New Tech Press turns 5

This month we turn the page on the first five years of New Tech Press, the media and content laboratory of Footwasher Media. With little promotion this site has garnered thousands of subscribers, tested and experimented with multiple platforms and media and helped Footwasher Media establish a unique philosophy of communication.  Managing Editor Joe Basques sits down with Editorial Director Lou Covey to talk about what has been accomplished and what the plans are for the future.

 NTP looks back

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