Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise Debuts With 4K Display And Marathon Runtime

Dell is making a bid for business customers in search of a premium Chromebook with its newly launched Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, a 14-inch laptop (or 2-in-1, if you prefer to call it that) co-developed with Intel as part of the Project Athena innovation program. It offers a 4K display, long battery life, and a host of interesting features. "This is not just another Chromebook," said Rahul Tikoo, senior vice president, Commercial Product Group, Dell Technologies. "Our latest Latitude Chromebook Enterprise is designed equal parts for employees and IT managers adopting Chrome OS in the enterprise....

This Crazy 64-Core AMD Threadripper 3990X PC Is The Ultimate Portable Workstation

If you want to show up at a LAN party like a boss, it's not enough to roll onto the scene with a set of headphones draped around your neck, a gaming mouse dangling over your shoulder, and an obnoxiously loud mechanical keyboard tucked under your arm while gripping a Monster energy drink in each hand. You won't stand out from the crowd. In order to make an unforgettable entrance, picture yourself strolling into the room with a chunky briefcase, which is not actually a briefcase at all, but a full blown PC with a Threadripper processor inside. Yeah, that's how its done. You could do that with the...

NVIDIA Pursues Arm For A Disruptive Acquisition That Could Send Shockwaves

If rumors are accurate, or if where there is smoke there is usually fire, we could be soon witnessing a major shakeup in the chip industry. Multiple mainstream business press outlets are reporting this evening that NVIDIA is making a serious run at Arm, which is owned by Japanese mega-corporate holding company, SoftBank. As you might recall from earlier this month, rumors were swirling that SoftBank was looking to offload Arm, which it purchased back in 2016 for $31.4 billion in cash. Arm chip architecture designs and IP are employed across multiple industries, including numerous gadgets and hardware...

AMD Unveils Ryzen Threadripper Pro Processors To Battle Intel Xeon W

AMD has offered “PRO” branded Ryzen processors for a number of years. Although the base processor architecture and platform is unchanged versus their standard counterparts, Pro series Ryzen processors enable a number of security, reliability, and manageability features targeted at the enterprise market, where Intel’s competitive vPro-enabled products play. Today, however, AMD is pushing its Pro branding and feature set way up its product stack, with a new line-up of powerful Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors, designed for high-end workstations and creative professionals. Unlike...

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 Launches With AMD's New Threadripper Pro 64-Core Workstation CPUs

Lenovo is one of the first hardware makers out of the gate to incorporate AMD's brand-spanking-new Threadripper Pro processors into a new desktop line. Unveiled today, the ThinkStation P620 lays claim to being the world's first professional workstation to be powered by a Threadripper Pro processor, with 64 cores and 128 threads of computing muscle at its disposal. According to Lenovo, not only is the ThinkStation P620 the first workstation to sport a Threadripper Pro chip, it's also the only one. At least for now, anyway—it would be odd if Lenovo scored a long term exclusive deal, but hey,...

Kingston DC1000M SSD Review: Big, Fast NVMe Storage

Kingston recently released its DC1000M series of solid-state drives for data center applications, capped off by a massive 7.68TB model. The DC1000M series leverages a hot-pluggable U.2 (2.5”, 15mm) form factor, that’s compatible with U.2 backplanes and the drives target mixed-use, data-intensive workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, and AI and deep learning applications. There are four drives in the initial Kingston DC1000M family, bookended by a 960GB model and the aforementioned 7.68TB behemoth. We’ve got...

Intel Unleashes New 3rd Gen Xeons, Optane Memory, And FPGAs To Accelerate AI And Analytics

The Intel Data Center Group (DCG) unveiled a plethora of new products today targeting AI and big data analytics workloads, including 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors, 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory, AI-optimized Stratix 10 NX FPGAs, and faster 3D NAND-based solid state drives. Over the last few years, Intel has taken a multi-pronged approach to its data center products portfolio. In addition to advancing its processor platforms to improve compute performance and better accelerate new, emerging workloads, Intel has also focused on bringing data closer to the processor, and granting the...

Google And Parallels Partner To Bring Microsoft Office And Windows Apps To Chromebooks

As far as Google is concerned, it is time to stop thinking about Chromebooks strictly in the sense of educational tools, and expand the view into the enterprise space as well. Parallels apparently shares this sentiment. As such, Parallels announced it has partnered with Google to bring full-featured Windows applications to the Chrome Enterprise platform. "Remote work is a new reality, making efficiency, connectivity, speed, reliability, security and undisrupted access essential elements of a successful organization. At this key moment, our two organizations have formed a landmark partnership to...

NVIDIA's 7nm Ampere A100 Beast Machine Learning GPU Launched With DGX A100 AI Supercomputer

We've been hearing about NVIDIA's next-generation Ampere for the past two years, but the company is finally ready to talk about its next-generation GPU architecture. Though you won't hear any info today about GeForce RTX 30 Series of consumer gaming graphics cards, NVIDIA is discussing details about Ampere for machine learning data center and HPC markets. In short, this version of Ampere is the biggest most powerful GPU NVIDIA has ever made, and the company offers that it's also the world's biggest 7nm chip. There's no doubt, it's massive.   According to NVIDIA, its Ampere-based...

Intel Launches 10th Gen Core vPro CPUs For SMBs And Enterprise Customers

Intel has been busy refreshing its CPU product lines across virtually every segment, including high-performance desktops and servers, and various tiers of mobile. In particular, Intel's Comet Lake architecture has found its way into both desktop and mobile applications. Building on its 10th generation Core foundation, Intel today announced a new round of vPro processors based on Comet Lake. These are not necessarily new processors (more on that in a moment). Instead, vPro is an entire platform of hardware and software with specific technologies aimed at enterprise and IT customers. It's essentially...

Sophos XG Firewalls Are Under SQL Injection Zero-Day Attack, Ensure You're Getting The Hotfix

Sophos has published an emergency security update to patch a zero-day vulnerability in its XG enterprise firewall product. The patch plugs a hole that was being abused in the wild by hackers. Sophos says that it learned of the zero-they exploit on Wednesday of last week, after receiving a report from one of its customers. The customer reported that it had seen "a suspicious field value visible in the management interface." After investigation, Sophos determined that it was an active attack on both physical and virtual XG Firewall systems, and not a misconfiguration in its product. The hackers were...

AMD's New EPYC 7Fx2 Server CPUs Bring Higher Clock Speeds In Battle Versus Intel Xeon

AMD has been making some steady gains in desktop market share with its Ryzen 3000 processors, and has even showed some great promise with its newly released Ryzen 4000 mobile processors. But another segment that is incredibly crucial to AMD with respect to margins is the server market.  Intel has long been a dominant force in this sector, but AMD is two generations in with EPYC, and is in a stronger position than it has been in years. Zen 2-based EPYC 7002 processors have already been gaining attention from customers with configurations topping out with 64 cores/128...

Dell Launches SafeBIOS Security Update To Protect Remote Workers Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

As tens of thousands of workers have been pushed out of the office and into remote working from home environments due to the coronavirus outbreak around the world, new types of challenges have surfaced that businesses are having to deal with. The big issue is that with so many new companies and workers now working from home, cybercriminals are out to take advantage of those who may not understand the security risks they face and how to take proper countermeasures. Dell reminds us today that with cybercriminals ramping up nefarious activity, organizations need to protect remote workers, starting...

AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Review: Navi Pro Graphics For Less

AMD is further fleshing out its professional workstation graphics cards line-up, with an additional Navi-based offering that targets a more affordable price point. The Radeon Pro W5500 we will be showing you here offers essentially the same feature set as its more powerful cousin, the Radeon Pro W5700, but it's outfitted with a scaled down GPU, with commensurately lower compute performance. The scaled down GPU, however, also allows for somewhat smaller form factor and lower-power consumption, though the card has a similar amount of on-board graphics memory and higher GPU clocks than the Radeon...

Working From Home Guide: Top Tips For Maximum Productivity

Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta's home office is pretty sweet You don't need us to tell you that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news and sits at the forefront of just about everybody's mind. Across the nation, state governments are closing schools, local governments are banning folks from gathering, and leagues are canceling sporting events. In fact, if you've been hanging around with Jared Leto, and haven't heard of what the World Health Organization is calling a global pandemic, it's time to get out from under that rock where you've been living. Because of the health crisis, many...

Cloudflare Dumps Intel For AMD EPYC To Power Gen X Servers With Fat Caches And Better Security

Losing a bit of market share to Ryzen should have been a wake up call for Intel, and to some extent, it was—Intel said last September it was vowing to "aggressively compete in all segments." The troubled path to 10-nanometer production while rival AMD racks up wins with its 7nm tech should have been a wake up call as well. And lest another wake up call is still needed, Cloudflare is breaking up with Intel after a long relationship and courting AMD exclusively for its Gen X servers. Cloudflare is yet another feather in AMD's cap, and it speaks to the stiff competition Intel is facing against...

Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Xeon Processors Boost Performance Per Dollar To Thwart AMD EPYC

When it comes to its highly profitable Xeon Scalable server processors, Intel has been on the defensive as of late versus its chief rival AMD. While INTC has an overwhelmingly large lead in server processor market share, it also is looking to protect that lead with the release of its Cascade Lake Refresh processors. This is not a complete retooling of Intel's second-generation server processors, but rather some skillful optimization of features, speeds, feeds and pricing to make them more compelling for data center and enterprise customers. While Intel makes no comparisons to AMD’s EPYC 7002...

NVIDIA GeForce NOW Allows Gamers To Play PC Games They Own, So What's The Issue With Publishers?

By most accounts, NVIDIA nailed the concept of game streaming with GeForce NOW, which recently exited beta and launched to the public at large. Some feel it is the service Google Stadia could and should have been. They're somewhat different animals, but interestingly enough, it appears publishers are having a tough time figuring out where they stand in the cloud gaming movement. That's putting it nicely. While we don't know for sure, it seems like publishers are trying to figure out how best to grab their piece of the cloud gaming pie. GeForce NOW is a interesting concept because it's not anything...

Kioxia Unveils Blisteringly Fast 6.9GB/sec PCIe 4 U.3 SSDs Up To 30TB For Data Centers And The Enterprise

Kioxia America, formerly known as Toshiba Memory America, has unveiled two new lines of solid-state drive (SSDs) that are designed for the enterprise and data center markets. While we've seen some consumer-level SSDs that have been able to achieve breakneck speeds courtesy of the PCIe 4.0 interface, these new Kioxia SSDs are on an elevated plane with respect to performance. First up is the CM6 Series SSD family, which is available in capacities ranging from 800GB up to a mind-boggling 30.72TB. Equally as impressive as the storage capacity of these SSDs are their performance, which is...

U.S. Navy Enlists Cray Shasta Supercomputer Powered By AMD EPYC And NVIDIA Volta Hardware

The United States Navy is enlisting a multi-million dollar Cray Shasta supercomputer powered by hundreds of thousands of AMD EPYC server processor cores and over 100 NVIDIA Volta GPUs. It ranks as the largest, most capable supercomputing system every deployed by the Department of Defense (DoD). Cray Shasta houses 290,304 EPYC 7002-series processors core and 112 Volta V100 general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUS). The hardware is all interconnected by way of a 200 gigabit per second (Gbps) Cray Slingshot network. To round things out, Cray Shasta is outfitted with 590 total terabytes (TB)...

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Review: The New Disappearing Desktop PC

Dell's new OptiPlex 7070 Ultra desktop PC features a new innovative design approach that's sleeker and more useful than traditional small form factor machines, when integrating them with standard displays. Small form factor PCs, like the Intel NUC, Gigabyte BRIX and ZOTAC ZBOX, tend to include VESA mounts for easy attachment to the back of your monitor for a cleaner, all-in-one PC-like appearance while using a standard monitor. The flaw in that methodology is not all monitors have VESA mounting holes on the back and the ones that do tend to either have basic stands that have minimal adjustments...

AMD Stock Hits New Highs As Ryzen 3000 Success, Zen 3 Outlook Fuels Investors

AMD hasn't been in this good of a position in years, and it has its Zen processor architecture mostly to thank for it. First introduced in 2017 with the first-generation Ryzen 1000 family, the Zen family has expanded to cover consumer desktop, HEDT, mobile, and data center platforms. AMD's newest generation of processors, which were introduced mid-year, are using the company's 7nm Zen 2 architecture. Those new Zen 2 processors -- Ryzen 3000 on the desktop, EPYC 7002 for enterprise -- are providing strong competition for Intel, and as a result, has helped AMD to gain market share and clout with...

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