Why put a microscope online? How else are you going to do deep packet inspection?
The only real reason x86 hasn't competed with ARM so far in very-low-power is that no one has tried hard enough.
I wonder what VIA would say about that. it seemed like they had the atom-level market carved out before the atom appeared.
sounds familiar. I had an 80GB early intel SSD (INTEL SSDSA2MH080G1GC) in a macbook pro, which gave me the OSX blue screen equivalent while I was working on it one day without any warning. it wouldn't even boot. Disk utilities under OSX (run from another system, obviously) were unable to even fsck the filesystems, so I replaced the disk. (I had the foresight to make backups, so I didn't lose anything.)
I moved the failed SSD to another machine to take a look at the SMART parameters, which still showed a 96% lifetime left, although it did show read errors after a captive self-test. an email to intel tech support indicated that a secure delete might bring it back to life, and indeed it did. after the secure delete, the drive was reformatted, and I now use it as storage for a couple VMs, and so far so good, although I'm careful not to have anything critical on it.
so no, not graceful. sudden and catastrophic. I'm wondering what a subsequent failure will look like, now that I have smartmontools keeping an eye on it.
Itanium (IA-64) is/was Intel's 64-bit roadmap before AMD did the x86-64 hack. I'm not sure if this is a benefit or a curse. It arguably got 64bit to the masses, but it's a 64-bit hack of a 32-bit hack of a 16-bit hack to an 8-bit CPU...
(disclaimer -- I work for Intel, but the views expressed are my own.)
Intel has supported socket-connected FPGAs for years now. A few vendors (including xtremedata and nallatech) offer(ed) FSB-attached FPGAs. Pactron (with Altera FPGAs) and Xilinx are offering QPI-attached FPGAs on the Nehalem/Westmere -EX platform and have announced support for Sandy Bridge.
I work for Intel on these technologies.
evaporated cane syrup is not as refined as table sugar. chemical composition aside, it does taste better than table sugar.