proteanTecs to Host Virtual Panel on Datacenter Uptime at the AI Hardware Summit

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HAIFA, Israel, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — proteanTecs, a leading developer of Deep Data solutions for electronics’ health & performance monitoring, will be participating in a virtual panel discussion at the AI Hardware Summit 2020. The live panel discussion titled: “Assuring Datacenter Uptime Via Hardware Reliability” will be held on September 15th at 10am PDT. Register for free here.

The difficulty in assuring uninterrupted Datacenter uptime has led to inflated redundancy and maintenance strategies, no longer economically scalable. In order to prevent unplanned service interruption, which carries substantial financial and reputational damage, investment is needed in new data sources and streamlined processes. Availability of the underlying digital infrastructure will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence and automation, both in production and once deployed in the field.

During the live panel webinar, Shai

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Glaxo’s biology research with novel Cerebras machine shows hardware may change how AI is done

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Artificial intelligence research experienced a renaissance in the last twenty years as a result in part of greater computing power, the rise of the graphics processing unit, or GPU. 

Now, novel AI computer systems may be poised to have a similarly large impact. They may change not just the speed of AI work but the kinds of experiments that are done in the field.

AI is changing the entire nature of computing, and as part of an inevitable feedback loop, computing will end up changing the nature of AI.

An example of that showed up this week in new work being done by GlaxoSmithKline, the big British drug maker.

Glaxo this week talked up its new AI “hub” in St. Pancras square in London. The company’s head of AI R&D, Kim Branson, took time to talk with ZDNet about the company’s partnership with a challenger to Nvidia, Cerebras Systems. 



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Hardware Stocks Gain After HP (HPQ) Tops Earnings

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HP Inc. (HPQ) shares soared 6.15% Friday after the company – known for its personal computers, laptops, and printers – smashed analysts’ quarterly earnings expectations amid a surge in home PC demand during the pandemic.

Key Takeaways

  • HP shares moved higher after testing the support of an ascending triangle’s upper trendline.
  • Western Digital Corporation (WDC) shares traded above a falling wedge pattern Friday to indicate a possible upside reversal.
  • NetApp, Inc. (NTAP) shares broke above a descending triangle on above-average volume last week, which may see the stock test overhead resistance at $53.50 and $63.50.

For the quarter ended July 31, HP disclosed adjusted earnings of 49 cents per share, comfortably ahead of the Street’s 42-cent estimate. Meanwhile, sales of $14.29 billion for the period came in 2.29% above the consensus mark. Although the firm’s top line declined 2% year over year on weaker printer sales, revenues in its Personal

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OkDetect Launches Holistic Employee Safety Management Solution to Include Active Tag Hardware and Secure Software

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Available on Amazon Marketplace and Implemented by PwC, OkDetect Notifies Employees of Possible Exposure to COVID-19 and Other Viruses, Gives Enterprises a Software or Hardware Option

August 31, 2020 – Wilmington, DE – HypeLabs, the leader in offline mesh networks, has launched OkDetect, an employee safety management system that provides enterprises with a complete solution to implement a risk mitigation strategy plan for COVID-19 and other viruses. The OkDetect solution enables companies to manage employee proximity, detect interaction and exposure trends, and send important notifications to staff members regarding exposure and other important information. OkDetect provides the option to companies for a software-only solution (mobile app), or simply using an Active Tag mobile hardware.

“This pandemic has crushed the global economy, and we know that the best way to recover is to get people back to work in a safe and manageable way,” said Carlos Lei, co-founder and CEO of

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10 Big Misconceptions About Computer Hardware

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With technology advancing so rapidly around us, sometimes misconceptions can work their way into our common understanding. In this article, we’ll take a step back and go over some of the most common things people get wrong when talking about computer hardware. For each one, we’ll list the common fallacy as well as why it is not accurate.

#1 You can compare CPUs by core count and clock speed

If you’ve been around technology for a while, at some point you may have heard someone make the following comparison: “CPU A has 4 cores and runs at 4 GHz. CPU B has 6 cores and runs at 3 GHz. Since 4*4 = 16 is less than 6*3 = 18, CPU B must be better”. This is one of the cardinal sins of computer hardware. There are so many variations and parameters that it is impossible to compare CPUs this way.

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HPE will need to raise prices of server hardware to turn a profit

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If the server hardware business of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to remain profitable, the company will soon need to increase its prices.

This was confirmed by Tarek Robbiati, HPE CFO, in a recent earnings call with investors, as reported by Computer Weekly.

Robbiati is alleged to have said that the cost of server hardware is partially dictated by the cost of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, and thus the company will need to raise prices in the same way it did back in 2018.

For the third quarter of the year, the company reported net revenue of $6.8bn, representing a six percent fall, compared to the same period last year.

Revenue for its intelligent edge business is also down 12 percent, falling to $684 million, while its compute business remained pretty much flat at $3.4 billion. Storage revenue was also down 10 percent year-on-year at $1.1 billion.

On the

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Alpha and Omega Semiconductor to Participate in the Jefferies Semiconductor, IT Hardware & Communications Infrastructure Virtual Summit

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 26, 2020–

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (“AOS”) (Nasdaq: AOSL) today announced that management will participate in the Jefferies Semiconductor, IT Hardware & Communications Infrastructure Virtual Summit on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Management will be available for one-on-one meetings with institutional investors at the event. Portfolio managers and analysts who wish to request a meeting should contact their institutional sales representative at Jefferies.

About Alpha and Omega Semiconductor

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited, or AOS, is a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors, including a wide portfolio of Power MOSFET, IGBT, IPM, TVS, HVIC, GaN/SiC, Power IC and Digital Power products. AOS has developed extensive intellectual property and technical knowledge that encompasses the latest advancements in the power semiconductor industry, which enables us to

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Linux Has A Hardware Problem And We Need To Solve It

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I once had a conversation with an Ubuntu Budgie developer who explained to me why testing an update to the official Ubuntu flavor’s UI was problematic: no one on the team had access to a 4K monitor. Meaning it was impossible for them to reliably see how the changes would look for owners of HiDPi monitors. This is merely one example — and a rather minor one — that reflects an ocean full of issues that can negatively impact the desktop Linux experience. It’s a situation in need of a solution. Fortunately, that solution is being brainstormed and developed by the community.

Noah Chelliah, co-host of the Destination Linux podcast, effectively illustrated this quality control problem in a recent episode of the show. Frankly, it was exhausting to listen to because it cracked open

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Schenectady’s last independent hardware store to close

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SCHENECTADY – The Aragosa brothers remember the days mom-and-pop hardware stores like theirs were a common sight in the city.

“When we first started in this business, there might have been one on every corner or one in every neighborhood,” said Joe Aragosa, 62, who currently operates Marty’s True Value Paint & Hardware, a longtime fixture along Van Vranken Avenue in the Goose Hill neighborhood, with his younger brother, Mike Aragosa and sister, Lynne Ranze, 59.

Mike Aragosa recalls when there were four just on Schenectady’s North side alone as well as in other parts of the city, including the Woodlawn True Value, Phillips Hardware on Upper Union Street, two hardware stores in Bellevue and Wallace Armer Hardware on Erie Boulevard.

The Aragosa family, who have been in business since 1974 and lived on nearby Foster Avenue and Alexander Street, are the last one of the independents still standing.


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Intel Tiger Lake and Microsoft’s Surface Duo/Neo: Redefining mobile hardware

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Disclosure: Most of the companies mentioned are clients of the author.

There have been a series of potentially market-changing announcements this month (and some haven’t happened yet).  The two already public are Intel’s blended CPU/GPU called Tiger Lake, which could change the performance/battery life dynamic for mobile PCs, and the Microsoft Surface Duo, which is attempting to displace smartphones with a more productivity-oriented alternative.

There’s been no update on the Microsoft Surface Neo, but it’s the first product I know of that is expected to get the Tiger Lake combo, and it should be similar to the Duo – just larger. (And it may swap phone capabilities for similar functions via Teams and Skype.)

I think it is past time for a disruptive change to the mobile PC and smartphone ecosystems, so let’s explore that prospect this week. Because change is clearly in the wind. 

How we got here


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