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23 Aug 05. Intel, the world’s biggest chip maker, on Tuesday announced a new microarchitecture that it said would make its processors ten times more powerful by the end of the decade while consuming a tenth of the energy currently needed.
Paul Otellini, chief executive, told the Intel Developer Forum in San
Francisco, that the new design would combine features of an existing desktop PC microarchitecture built for speed and those from a mobile one that optimised power consumption. “We can significantly reduce energy costs around the world,” he said, citing savings of $1bn a year from the new architecture. An estimated 200m computers will be sold this year worldwide. He declined to give the next-generation architecture a name but said it would include new innovations and appear in the second half of 2006. New processors will be launched in the server, desktop and mobile markets and will have two cores or “brains”, a feature introduced earlier this year. Advanced Micro Devices, Intel’s main processor rival, took out full-page advertisements in major US newspapers on Tuesday, challenging Intel to a “dual-core duel” – a technology benchmark test to prove which company offered the best performance. (Source: FT)
17 Aug 05. Missile Defense Agency to install new radar technology. Despite budget cuts and military base realignments, the director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said his organization is making progress in developing technology to intercept in-flight ballistic missiles directed against the United States. If the recommendations are accepted as proposed, several of the agency’s locations in the Washington area will be affected and MDA will consolidate many of its functions in the Huntsville area. MDA recently completed at-sea testing of its new, 27-story, sea-based X-band radar in the Gulf of Mexico. In October, the radar will be deployed to Adak, Alaska, he said. The agency also is modifying radar installations in the United Kingdom and Iceland. (Source: GCN)
18 Aug 05. Navy-Marine Corps Intranet now accessible via laptop. The Navy recently deployed a broadband solution to enable users to log onto the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet portal from their laptop computers. EDS Corp., prime contractor on NMCI, began a phased rollout of a Broadband Unclassified Remote Access Solution (BuRAS) to the Navy department’s 60,000 NMCI laptop users. Users will be able to remotely connect to the NMCI network through high-speed Internet connections. (Source: GCN)
22 Aug 05. Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) today launched a Software Technology Initiative (STI) that will develop solutions to quickly integrate large-scale, distributed systems of newly developed, legacy and COTS software. As the military services shift from platform- to network-centric systems – from independently operating planes, ships and missiles to increasingly complex and diverse computing infrastructures – it often is necessary to integrate stovepiped systems built over many decades. Industry is addressing the resulting integration challenge with COTS software and other techniques intended to reduce costs, improve time to market and accommodate subsequent technology shifts. However, effective integration remains a very difficult challenge, affecting system availability, interoperability, cost and time. The STI will host some of the most talented engineers from Lockheed Martin, from other companies and from top-ranked universities to develop, integrate and test a broad range of advanced, integrated software solutions. Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Systems & Solutions business area is the initial program customer and sponsor of the initiative.
15 Aug 05. Innovative data management tool could transform platform support. A new development from DML Group, the defence support specialist, in conjunction with the MoD’s Major Warships Integrated Project Team, could