Power7, Numonyx Acquisition and Apple-Adobe Battle
From new 64-core processors and memory acquisitions to software applications, the world of electronics continues to change. Here’s a few of this week’s tid-bits that caught my attention:
IBM launched its Power7 chip sets, aimed at the midrange server market. The higher-end of the Power7 family of products varies from 64- to 32 cores, collectively using far less power while boosting the performance per core over the Power6 predecessor. As with its competitors, IBM’s computing platforms support advanced virtualization management and power controls. Additionally, the platforms support computing methods and analytic capabilities that are targeted for data-intensive applications from sensors in electric grids to supply chain management. More info can be found at the Power.Org website
Micron announced its intentions to acquire Numonyx Holdings, a spinoff from Intel and STMicro. This acquisition will broaden Micron’s NAND flash memory offerings to include Numonyx’s line of NOR flash and phase change memory (PCM) – a potential rival to both NAND and NOR flash. NAND flash is used by most computers and data storage devices, while NOR is typically used to store software applications in mobile phones and related products.
Currently, Micron stands behind No. 1 Samsung Electronics and No. 2 Hynix Semiconductor in terms of total revenues.
Apple’s recent announcement of the iPad availability in Mar’10 has highlighted ongoing tensions between Apple and Adobe’s Flash video technology. The iPad doesn’t support Flash, which Apple claims is too buggy. The problem is that Adobe’s Flash is used in more than three quarters of all web videos and interactive advertisements, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Apple is supporting a standard called HTML5, which it hopes to be a Flash replacement. The HTLM5 consortium includes both Apple and Google.
While all of this is technically interesting, what really grabs my attention about Apple’s iPad are the deals that Apple is making with book publisher and TV networks. The iPad business model may well reshape both eBooks and mobile TV in the same way that the iPod and iTunes reshaped the music industry. Those trends could have far reaching ramifications for both the business and chip-board design communities.