IBM Pledges $3 Billion for Chip Research – WSJ

IBM Pledges " Billion for Chip Research - WSJ

International Business Machines Corp. on Wednesday pledged to spend $3 billion over five years on semiconductor research, a move to reassure customers that the technology underlying IBM’s hardware and software businesses will keep advancing.

IBM Pledges " Billion for Chip Research - WSJ

The computer giant said the money will be directed toward two major tasks: tackling technical obstacles to the miniaturization of circuitry on conventional silicon chips and developing alternative materials and technologies to keeping boosting computing speed while consuming less energy.

via IBM Pledges $3 Billion for Chip Research – WSJ.

IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age | IT News

IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age | IT News

It’s no secret that computing is changing.

This is no longer a world of mainframes and desktop computers.Laptops, tablets and smartphones are ubiquitous. And soon they’ll have company from wearables, smart homes, smart cars, cognitive computers and perhaps even quantum computers.

As the digital world expands at a breakneck pace, IBM is working now to createcomputer chips for a new digital age.

via IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age | IT News.

How much LTE spectrum do Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have – and where? – FierceWireless

Much of the coverage of LTE revolves around how many people the networks cover or how fast the speeds are. Yet how much spectrum the carriers have to support their LTE services, and where exactly they have it across the country, is a more arcane but perhaps an even more important metric.

Indeed, how much spectrum carriers control determines how much network capacity they have in specific markets and often how fast their network speeds are.

With this in mind, FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis.

via How much LTE spectrum do Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have – and where? – FierceWireless.

DVB approves UHDTV HEVC delivery profile | Advanced Television

DVB approves UHDTV HEVC delivery profile | Advanced Television

A significant step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services has been taken with the approval of the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification at the 77th meeting of the DVB Steering Board. The specification includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting services that draws, from the options available with HEVC, those that will match the requirements for delivery of UHDTV Phase 1 and other formats. The specification updates ETSI TS 101 154 Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcasting Applications based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream.

via DVB approves UHDTV HEVC delivery profile | Advanced Television.

From Android Auto to OnLive: how video is becoming the secret glue of connected devices

MisterDTV:

Humm….imagine that…video streaming to/in vehicles. Who would have thought?

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Here’s something you may not know about Android Auto, Google’s (S GOOG) attempt to enter the automotive space: Cars compatible with Android Auto won’t actually run any Android apps, but instead simply play back a video stream rendered by your phone – kind of like OnLive, but for your dashboard.

An Android connected Hyundai at Google I/O (photo: Signe Brewster)

An Android connected Hyundai at Google I/O (photo: Signe Brewster)

This makes Auto the latest example for a growing trend to virtualize user interfaces. Video games on your game console, the channel guide on your cable box and even the productivity apps on your mobile device are increasingly not based on locally executed code, but compressed video streams that are rendered on another device within the same network, or even in the cloud.

In this move towards virtualization, video streams have become the secret glue that connects screens and devices without the need for complicated, platform-specific implementations. And the upside of…

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Can’t get 4G yet? Meet the country where 300Mbps LTE-A will soon be the new normal | ZDNet

Summary: All three of the main operators in Estonia are planning to rollout the higher speed variant of 4G before the end of year, making it one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to LTE-A.

via Can’t get 4G yet? Meet the country where 300Mbps LTE-A will soon be the new normal | ZDNet.