AMD Details Zen 4 EPYC CPU And CDNA 3 GPU Roadmaps With AI Engines Fueled By Xilinx

If you thought AMD would only talk about dollars and cents at its Financial Analyst Day event, think again. Sure, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su shared plenty of data on TAM growth opportunities and ongoing investments, but it’s all predicated on a wide-ranging portfolio of compute and graphics products for both consumer and data center clients. We already covered the consumer side yesterday with details on RDNA 3 chiplets, 3D V-cache for Zen 4, and Phoenix Point laptop chips. In this article, we’ll go over AMDs’ data center announcements and claims. Let’s get started. AMD 4th Gen...

Broadcom Is Acquiring VMware In A $61B Mega Enterprise Software Deal

Barring any regulatory hurdles, Broadcom is buying virtualization giant VMware for around $61 billion in a cash and stock transaction, the two companies announced today. The sale amount is based on the closing price of Broadcom's common stock on May 25, 2022, and as part of the deal the company will assume VMware's $8 billion net debt. This ranks as the second largest acquisition announced this year, behind only Microsoft's pending deal to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. When and if completed, the Broadcom Software Group will rebrand and operate as VMware. "By bringing together the complementary...

NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin Dev-Kit Eval: Inside An AI Robot Brain

Artificial intelligence and robotics go together like peanut butter and chocolate. To be truly useful, a service robot needs to be smart enough to perform its assigned tasks, stay out of danger, and not run over its human coworkers in the process. Nearly a decade ago, NVIDIA recognized that the hugely parallel processing technology in its graphics processors and the more programmable nature of graphics architectures could be used for machine learning. In 2014, that vision started to come to fruition with the launch of the Jetson TK1, and an AI powerhouse was born.  Fast forward to 2022 and...

AMD Unveils New Ryzen Pro 6000 Zen 3+ Mobile Processors For Business Laptops

Way back at CES this year, AMD unveiled its Ryzen 6000 processors in mobile form. Using significant revisions to the Zen 3 core for power efficiency, AMD says its Ryzen 6000 mobile processors are its most efficient ever. In combination with an upgrade to the power-sipping RDNA 2 graphics architecture, these chips deliver delightfully silly amounts of both CPU and GPU performance under strict power budgets. Intel still has an ace in the hole for business customers, of course: its VPro technology. For folks who require remote management and advanced security features, it doesn't matter how fast or...

200TB Solid State Drives Could Arrive This Year To Mock Today's Puny Capacities

A massive 200TB capacity solid state drive (SSD) sure would give your growing games catalog room to breathe, especially when even patches and game updates are swelling in size. It's probably going to be a minute or two before we see that kind of capacity in the consumer realm, but 200TB SSDs could actually be coming soon. Perhaps even this year. Nimbus Data, a provider of scalable and high performance flash memory solutions for data centers, is working feverishly to make it happen, or so the company recently hinted. The average consumer is not likely to have heard of Nimbus Data, but the Irvine,...

Seagate And Phison Partner To Dominate The Data Center With Next-Gen SSDs

Making fast SSDs for consumers is a good way to build street cred with enthusiasts, but the real money lies in the enterprise sector. This is not lost on Seagate and Phison. Having already worked together on the FireCuda 530 series, which is one of the fastest SSDs on the market, Seagate and Phison announced a long term partnership to make a major splash in the data center. Don't worry though if you're a gamer, this doesn't mean you just became an afterthought. "Seagate is extremely excited to work with Phison on developing advanced SSD technology. Our selective focus allows us to serve the broad...

Dell Precision 5470 Packs Alder Lake And Up To An RTX A1000 GPU In A 14-Inch Workstation

Dell unveiled a whole raft of product announcements today, but surely the most interesting product from the company's new "hybrid work experience" portfolio is the Precision 5470. Dell says that it engineered the new mobile workstation to be both "the most powerful 14-inch workstation in history [as well as] the smallest and thinnest in the world." That's a contentious statement that hinges a bit on your definition of "workstation," but even if it isn't strictly superlative, Dell's Precision 5470 is certainly both powerful and slim. Contrary to the majority of thin and light laptops, which come...

Kioxia's CD8 Series PCIe5 SSDs Dish Up To 15TB Of Dense Data Center Storage At 7.2GB/s

It was only around four and a half months ago when Kioxia debuted its CD7 series of cutting-edge SSDs for data centers, which entered the market as the industry's first PCIe 5.0 models to support the EDSFF E3.S (7.5mm) form factor. Now just a relatively short while later, Kioxia announced it sampling its second generation PCIe 5.0 SSDs for enterprise and data center customers, the CD8 series. Kioxia's CD8 models ship in a 2.5-inch, 15mm Z-height form factor. As such, they fill need for faster PCIe 5.0 storage for enterprise and data center servers that have not yet transitioned to EDSFF, or perhaps...

NVIDIA Launches Hopper H100, World's Largest AI And Compute Accelerator With 30x A100 Performance

Back in the 1990s, NVIDIA got its start selling graphics adapters for desktop PCs. After a rocky start with the NV1, NVIDIA established itself as a performance leader soon thereafter with the release of the TwiN-Texel (TNT) chip, and with the original GeForce 256, as a technology leader, too. That's all ancient history now, but the facts haven't changed: NVIDIA is the world's biggest producer of discrete graphics processors. People usually simply say "GPUs," yet that's become a bit of an ironic name as the years go on. Team Green still sells lots of graphics chips, of course, but the biggest portion...

NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin: The Next-Gen Platform That Will Power Our AI Robot Overlords Unveiled

At the heart of every autonomous machine, modern industrial robot, and automated manufacturing apparatus is some form artificial intelligence. These things are amazingly complex, too—not only are there models to train, but there are sensors to interpret and reactions to formulate. NVIDIA has been at the forefront of the recent robotics revolution with its Jetson family of single-board computers, going all the way back to the original Jetson TK1 in 2014. Eight years later, the latest member of the lineup has arrived: Jetson AGX Orin. The Orin just piles onto what NVIDIA claims to be a huge...

NVIDIA Unveils 144-Core Grace CPU Superchip, NVLink-C2C Interconnect To Shred HPC Workloads

NVIDIA is expanding its CPU design efforts in with the introduction of its Grace CPU Superchip, its first discrete data center CPU for high performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's actually two processors linked together in the same package. The chips connect coherently over NVLink-C2C, a new high-speed, low-latency, chip-to-chip interconnect that NVIDIA also unveiled today at GTC 2022. The Grace CPU Superchip is intended to complement NVIDIA's Grace Hopper Superchip, a hybrid CPU-GPU integrated module introduced last year for giant-scale HPC and AI applications. Both solutions share the same...

AMD Unveils 3rd Gen EPYC Milan-X Data Center CPUs With 3D V-Cache For A Huge Performance Uplift

Following up on its launch of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in the consumer sector, AMD today unveiled its 3rd Gen EPYC "Milan-X" processors for the data center with similar stacked 3D V-cache enhancements and chip packaging technology. Compared to its non-stacked 3rd Gen EPYC processors, AMD is claiming up to a massive 66 performance uplift across a variety of targeted technical computing workloads by effectively tripling the L3 cache available on its EPYC lineup. The keyword there is "targeted." AMD is upfront that Milan-X EPYC CPUs were designed to benefit specialized workloads, and so it won't be...

AMD Unveils Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX CPUs To Battle Xeon For Workstation Dominance

Enthusiasts, power users, and professionals in need of more compute muscle have been patiently awaiting another round of Threadripper. The wait is now over—AMD today unveiled its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series, a burly stack of high-end desktop (HEDT) chips based on its Zen 3 architecture built to accelerate workstation workloads. Because we can read minds, let us say upfront it's not clear if AMD will also release a non-Pro Threadripper 5000 series at some point. We're not privy to those plans (or lack thereof, if that's the case). At least for the time being, AMD is focusing on the...

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake vPro Arrives With AI Enhanced Security For SMBs And Enterprise

Intel today has extended its vPro platform into its 12th Gen mobile and desktop CPU lineup based on Alder Lake, and with the expansion comes some new features and additional segmentation for different size businesses and enterprise clients. As it pertains to the latter, Intel added a couple of new tiers, including vPro Essentials and vPro Enterprise for Chrome. With vPro Essentials, Intel aims to extend enterprise-level security and device management capabilities to small and medium size business (SMB) customers. And as the name implies, vPro Enterprise for Chrome enables a new class of Chromebooks...

Here’s CISA's List Of Free Cybersecurity Tools And A Security Checklist Everyone Should Know

This week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a “Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools” webpage outlining what can be done for security incidents, intrusions, preparation, and resilience against cyberattacks. This is intended to be a “one-stop resource where organizations of all sizes can find free public and private sector resources to reduce their cybersecurity risk.” Cyberspace is the new frontier domain of warfare, and every U.S organization is at risk as countries, and threat actors around the world wish to disrupt commerce and...

Leaked Intel Sapphire Rapids 48-Core CPU With DDR5 Benchmarks Impress

Do you know about Sapphire Rapids? If you're someone who fiddles about with servers for their day job, you almost assuredly are waiting with bated breath for Intel's upcoming high-end processors. However, if you're Joe Gamer, or an overclocking enthusiast, you may not be as informed about the forthcoming datacenter darlings. Built on Intel's "Intel 7" process (formerly known as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin), Sapphire Rapids is the codename for Intel's next Xeon Scalable processors. These will be the first Xeons to be built using a modular design with multiple "tiles," which would be called "chiplets"...

ExpressVPN Dangles One-Time $100K Bug Bounty For The First Successful Server Hack

ExpressVPN runs a bug bounty program through Bugcrowd for the purpose of improving security across the VPN company’s services and websites. The program has already had 22 successful bounty claimants, but ExpressVPN is now sweetening the pot in order to attract more white hat hackers. ExpressVPN’s bounty program has a wide scope, giving ethical hackers free range to target the company’s many applications, servers, APIs, websites, and app store listings. However, ExpressVPN is now offering a one-time bonus bounty of $100,000 for the first person who submits a report of a valid vulnerability...

Google Claims Forcing 2FA On 150M User Accounts Led To 50 Percent Fewer Hijacks

Back in May of last year, we reported on a new campaign by Google to increase user account security through a number of methods. As part of this campaign, Google announced its plans to drive people to use two-factor authentication (2FA), saying that users whose accounts are appropriately configured would begin to be automatically enrolled in 2FA. Then, in October, Google announced its intentions to enable 2FA for 150 million Google accounts. and 2 million YouTube creators as well, by the end of 2021. We’re now in 2022, and Google’s push to enable 2FA has been a rousing success so far,...

CISA Urgently Warns To Patch This Active Security Flaw In Windows 11, 10 And Windows Server

We reported a week ago on a security vulnerability in Windows that multiple publicly available exploits can leverage to gain elevated privileges. We advised readers to apply the patch for this vulnerability as soon as possible, and now the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is ordering federal agencies to apply the patch as well. This security vulnerability, which is listed as CVE-2022-21882 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system, bypasses a patch Microsoft released last year for CVE-2021-1732. The older vulnerability was found to have been actively exploited...

Cisco Small Business Router Security Flaws Allow Malicious Code Execution, Patch ASAP

A new Security Advisory from Cisco has outlined a huge number of security-related vulnerabilities and issues that have been patched in their latest firmware update. The security advisory says to run updates on the devices affected immediately. The advisory, which was first published on February 2 and updated again on February 4 of 2022, outlines that a large number of bugs have been patched in the latest firmware available for the devices. The bugs that were patched allow things such as arbitrary code execution, elevating privileges, arbitrary command execution, and bypass authorization and authentication....

SEO Poisoning Campaign Laces Your Zoom And TeamViewer Installs With BATLOADER Malware

A cybersecurity firm just recently discovered a search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning campaign intended to dupe users into installing malware on their computers. The campaign works by leveraging various SEO techniques, such as cramming tons of keywords into the source code of various malicious webpages, in order to raise those webpages near the top of the search results for various productivity applications that are free to download. The Mandiant team found that this campaign has two different infection chains. The first infection chain targets users looking for software bundles. A user...

Microsoft Warns This Sophisticated Mac Trojan Is Getting More Sinister

A trojan known as UpdateAgent began infecting Mac computers back in September 2020, but this infection was relatively innocuous at the time, doing nothing other than collecting some basic system and device information and broadcasting its presence to the command-and-control (C2) server. However, Microsoft has been tracking this malware over time and it has since become more sophisticated and developed more malicious behavior. According to Microsoft, the malware infects its victims’ computers by impersonating legitimate software or bundling itself with legitimate software, tricking users into...

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