Apple’s Craig Federighi and Johny Srouji Describe the Genesis of the M1 Chip while Microsoft Reveals their own ‘Pluton’ Processor

 

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple goes on a Media Blitz to Defend their coming iOS 14 Privacy App that is currently under attack by Advertisers & Facebook.” Both Apple’s Jane C. Horvath, Senior Director, Global Privacy and Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering took their stance on privacy public big time as they begin to prepare for an antitrust lawsuit filed by the very ad forces want to kill Apple’s iOS 14 “App Tracking Transparency,” feature set to launch in early 2021.

 

Hours after our report, an article by Ars Technica surfaced focusing on the story behind Apple’s new M1 processor that caused a stir when Apple’s SVP Software Craig Federighi caused a bit of a stir about the possibility of Windows running natively on the M1. How realistic is that is that possibility? We briefly touch on that later in the report. 

 

To be sure

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AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su has received the chip industry’s highest honor as the 2020 recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award.

The Semiconductor Industry Association, the chip industry lobbying group, gave her the award in an online ceremony today. Normally, the event takes place in San Jose, California, and has about 1,000 attendees.

Su’s award represents the first time the award has gone to a woman since it was started in 1991.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be part of this industry,” said Su. “I actually fell in love with semiconductors in my first year at MIT. My first job was doing grunt work in a semiconductor lab. If you look at this year, what is resoundingly clear is that technology is becoming even more important.”

The SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in

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For neural research, wireless chip shines light on the brain — ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed a chip that is powered wirelessly and can be surgically implanted to read neural signals and stimulate the brain with both light and electrical current. The technology has been demonstrated successfully in rats and is designed for use as a research tool.

“Our goal was to create a research tool that can be used to help us better understand the behavior of different regions of the brain, particularly in response to various forms of neural stimulation,” says Yaoyao Jia, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “This tool will help us answer fundamental questions that could then pave the way for advances in addressing neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.”

The new technology has two features that set it apart from the previous state of the art.

First, it is

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The latest Mac Mini with Apple’s M1 chip is discounted by $30 on Amazon

The model on sale is the base Mac Mini with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The upgraded model with a 512GB SSD remains $899, which is the price that Apple’s selling it for as well. Apple announced the new Mac Mini at an event last week in which it also showed off its ARM-based M1 chip that powers the mini as well as new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. The latest Mac Mini with M1 runs on an octa-core CPU and an octa-core GPU and Apple claims it will be 60 percent more efficient than the previous mini.

While we haven’t tested the new Mac Mini yet, we did get the chance to review the new M1-powered MacBook Air and it left a strong first impression. We gave it a score of 94 in part for its excellent performance that’s only made more impressive by its fanless design.

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Analysts Top Value Stocks to Buy Include Biotech and Technology Blue Chip Giants

raisbeckfoto / Getty ImagesDuring the almost 11-year run of the bull market, and since the market lows that were posted in March, one thing has remained painfully obvious to long-time investors: value stocks, and indeed the entire group, have woefully underperformed growth. Value stocks are those that tend to trade at a lower price relative to their fundamentals (including dividends, earnings and sales). While the market has performed surprisingly well lately, with potential lockdowns due to the COVID-19 increase and to election uncertainty, it makes sense to look at portfolios and possibly make some adjustments for 2021.

Each week, Jefferies presents some of the top value ideas that the firm has. This week’s group is chock full of very well-known companies that, for a variety of reasons, have landed in value territory. All make sense for investors looking to stay in equities but nervous about the potential for market

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New electronic chip delivers smarter, light-powered AI

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IMAGE: The light-powered AI chip – prototype technology that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning and memory.
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Researchers have developed artificial intelligence technology that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning and memory in one electronic chip, powered by light.

The prototype shrinks artificial intelligence technology by imitating the way that the human brain processes visual information.

The nanoscale advance combines the core software needed to drive artificial intelligence with image-capturing hardware in a single electronic device.

With further development, the light-driven prototype could enable smarter and smaller autonomous technologies like drones and robotics, plus smart wearables and bionic implants like artificial retinas.

The study, from an international team of Australian, American and Chinese researchers led by RMIT University, is published in the journal Advanced Materials.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Sumeet Walia, from RMIT, said the prototype delivered brain-like functionality in one powerful device.

“Our

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Canaan Rises Along With Bitcoin As AI Chip Development Continues

Canaan (CAN) went public in November 2019, selling 10 million ADSs at $9.00 each in a U.S. IPO.

Huangzhou, China-based Canaan was founded in 2013 with an initial focus on developing ASIC applications for Bitcoin mining under the brand Avalon Miner and has since expanded its portfolio with the Kendryte K210 chip.

Management is headed by founder and CEO Nangeng Zhang, who was previously an assistant researcher at the Beijing Remote Sensing and Communication Technology Institution.

The company was the second largest designer and manufacturer of Bitcoin mining hardware globally in terms of total computing power sold in H1 2019, accounting for 21.9% of the combined computing power of all the Bitcoin mining machines sold globally, as per data from Frost & Sullivan.

Kendryte K210, also referred to as ‘Kendryte AI’ is an Artificial Intelligence [AI] edge computing chip based on the Risk-V open-source hardware instruction set architecture that has

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New chip design draws lessons from Xbox to make Windows PCs more secure



graphical user interface: Microsoft’s new “Pluton” architecture has won support from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. (Microsoft Graphic)


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Microsoft’s new “Pluton” architecture has won support from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm. (Microsoft Graphic)

A new architecture for computer processors, unveiled by Microsoft this morning under the name “Pluton,” will take security technologies that currently exist in a separate hardware component in Windows PCs and integrate them directly into the central processing unit, promising a major advance in security.

In addition to reducing the ability for hackers to break through a computer’s security protections, Microsoft says the approach will centralize security firmware updates through Windows Update, rather than requiring users to implement patches from different vendors.

It’s modeled after the chip design that Microsoft introduced with the Xbox One in 2013, and also uses in its Azure Sphere processors for Internet of Things devices.

AMD, Intel and Qualcomm joined Microsoft in the announcement, signaling their intent to adopt the architecture in future chips. Timing for the

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Apple blamed IBM and Intel for Mac chip delays, but TSMC won’t be next

What happens when the world’s most ambitious mobile chip designer is constrained by the production capacity of its only chip manufacturing partner? Thanks to Apple’s introduction of M1 chips for Macs this week, we might soon find out, but leading chip fabricator TSMC won’t be the one to blame.

It’s not hyperbole to state that Apple has pushed the entire mobile chip industry forward, and is now poised to do the same with PC chips. In 2013, Apple released the world’s first 64-bit mobile CPU, A7, which shocked rival chip designers by bringing iPhones closer to processing parity with low-end PCs. Five years later, the A12X Bionic enabled iPad tablets to match the performance of more expensive Intel Core i7 MacBooks, foreshadowing the end of Apple’s need for Intel chips. Now the M1 is here, and thanks to a breakthrough 5-nanometer manufacturing process, the tiny chip packs enough transistors to

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6 Highlights Of the Apple’s New Powerful M1 Chip Laptops

Recent Apple launches have taken the tech industry by storm with innovation and quality. The new Apple M1 chip laptops are the latest addition of new generation powerful laptops, and here’s all you need to know about them

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A new addition was made to Apple’s range of products at its “One More Thing” event for new generation laptops with reinvented processing powers. Apple has finally taken the plunge to create Mac laptops with its own processor. Introduced with processing chips called M1, it is estimated that within two years all Mac devices will run on exclusive Apple rendered processing chips. 

The New Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in India are the first to employ M1 chips with powerful processing.

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