Cheating DeathWatch: ARM Holdings Holds Out

first_imgThe ReadWrite DeathWatch is known for serving up plenty of doom, gloom and grumpiness. But for the Holiday Season, we’re taking a slightly different tack – highlighting companies and technologies that Cheated Death. Companies that might have died, but didn’t.At the plate this week is ARM Holdings, a company that was never going to go out of business, but very well might have settled for a comfortable position in a single market. Instead, it built on the low-power processing that gave it dominion over all things mobile, and now it’s poised to attack Intel on the chip giant’s own turf. Tags:#ARM#Deathwatch#IBM#Intel#microprocessors#microsoft surface Where ARM Is NowARM technology powers more than 90% of cell phones and 80% of digital cameras. It has a less-dominant but still substantial position in embedded devices, such as toasters, TVs, pacemakers and everything else in the Internet Of Things.And then there are the tablets. The iPad uses an ARM chip. So do the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus. Even Microsoft hedged its bets with the Surface RT, the lower-cost, lower-power sibling to the Intel-based Surface Pro. Theres a war going on, and ARM is selling everyone guns. If a device doesn’t have a keyboard, there’s probably an ARM design inside.New PlatformsIt’s good to be king, but where do you go once you’ve cornered a market? You find another market. Instead of resting on its laurels and waiting for its lead to erode, ARM has spent the last year recruiting allies that bring the fight to Intel’s doorstep. While the Surface RT got less-than-glowing reviews, Microsoft’s tentative support could eventually lead to more head-to-head competition for Windows devices.There’s also been talk of a shift toward ARM-based Macs, though you shouldn’t hold your breath. Consumer Macs and Windows PCs are both on the long-term horizon, particularly in the ultraportable market, but power-gulping Intel chips still outperform ARM by a wide margin, and performance is still important for many computing applications. Surprisingly, then, the far more likely near-term expansion for ARM is in the datacenter. March Of The WimpsAccording to a Gartner report, energy accounts for 12% of all datacenter expenditures, and that percentage is growing. Huge arrays of low-power, cooler-running chips are a natural fit, and ARM’s minions are rushing to own the microserver market. Samsung has licensed ARM’s 64-bit server chip designs for a 2014 release, and struggling AMD is pinning much of its recovery hopes to ARM-based Opteron chips the same year. Can ARM Stay On Top?Intel sees the opportunity in mobile and embedded devices, and it haven’t conceded anything. It continues to push its low-voltage Atom processors toward those markets, and its 14nm Airmont chip (also scheduled for a 2014 launch) could be very competitive. Intel also claims to be focused on the microserver market, though that may be causing some internal conflict.One way or another, ARM will likely lose at least some of its mobile and tablet market share to Intel. The question is where. An Apple move on the iPad or iPhone would be surprising, as would a Samsung defection on anything running Android. Intel’s immediate fortunes in the space are probably tied to Microsoft, as always.Meanwhile, any losses ARM suffers to Intel in its core markets should be more than offset by the overall rising tide and ARM’s potential to attack Intel’s core strengths.To see more ReadWrite DeathWatches, check out the ReadWrite DeathWatch Series, which collects them all, the most recent first. Where ARM WasFrom its founding in 1990, Advanced RISC Machines (later changed to ARM Holdings) was a different kind of processor company. Unlike fellow chip designers IBM and Intel, ARM didn’t actually manufacture or sell the chips it created. Instead, like (pre-Nexus) Google and (pre-Surface, pre-XBox) Microsoft, ARM licensed its designs and its relationships with foundries to semiconductor companies. It even IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now cormac foster Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts last_img read more

Taking Notes on What You Read, Listen To, and Watch

first_imgWe all spend a lot more time consuming content. Much of the material is empty calories, taking too much time with too little nutrition. But some of the content is nutrient dense, providing you with ideas and insights that, if executed or used in some way, will help you produce better results. While cotton candy content isn’t worth your time, the real content you consume is worth more of an effort to capture what you learned.How many blog posts or articles have you read that you wished you would have captured the primary idea, insight, data, statistic, or opinion?How many podcasts have you listened to without taking any notes, even though you heard ideas that would be useful to you later?How many YouTube videos have you watched without taking action, only because you were leaning back instead of leaning forward?The smartest people you read, watch and listen to all take notes on the content they consume. If an idea is worthwhile, it is worth capturing. If the content you consume offers nothing worth capturing, then it isn’t worth your time.Here are a few ideas about how to capture meaningful and valuable content:If the concept is potentially useful in the future, take a note and capture a link for future use. It is better to have the idea captured and not ever use it than to need it and not be able to recall the idea, where you found it, or how to get back to it later.Write down your thoughts, ideas, and questions about the notes that you take after you capture them. Your notes are infinitely more valuable if you add context to them in real-time, or when you let them incubate throughout the day and review them later in the evening.I am personally terrible at tagging notes, but every modern capture tool provides the ability to tag notes you take as a way to organize them. The reason tags are so useful is that the notes can have more than one tag, providing your flexibility in finding the idea by the context.I have been alternating between reading real, hardcover books (still my favorite of all mediums) and reading on a Kindle Voyage. More and more, I am highlighting passages, words I need to look up and spend time with, and typing notes on the Kindle (which could use a Bluetooth connection to a keyboard). The ability to export this information is more efficient than writing notes by hand (and when your handwriting is as bad as mine, illegible notes are mostly worthless anyway) even if it is likely less effective for retention and recall. That said, notes taken are better than no notes, and I am writing my thoughts on ideas after taking them, which I hope improves my effectiveness in capturing the ideas in a meaningful way.Treat podcasts like the written word. If the podcast is worth listening to, then take notes, even if it means pausing the podcast and dictating the note and the timestamp so you can go back over it later. YouTube is no different. If it is worth watching, it’s worth capturing anything of value. Save the link, too. Someday you may want to cite it.If an idea is worth your time, take time to capture it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Three arrested in Bengal for murder of mentally-challenged woman

first_imgThree persons have been arrested for suspected rape and murder of a 30-year old mentally challenged woman Guria whose body was exhumed on Wednesday from a privately-run rehabilitation centre at Dhaniakhali in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.The arrests were made late Wednesday night. The police are also on the lookout for the key accused Shyamal Ghosh who is on the run. Inmates of the home alleged that Ghosh had seriously tortured Guria a few days before her mysterious disappearance, sources said.The authorities of the asylum said that Guria was admitted to the rehabilitation centre for mentally ill people (women) on May 22, 2012. She died on June 26 and buried five days later in a makeshift grave in the backyard of the rehabilitation centre.Women and child development and social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra has ordered a probe into the murder.”Three people including the secretary of the home Uday Kumar Konar have already been arrested in connection with case. Police is investigating into the matter thoroughly,” Mitra said.The minister said that the state government has shifted as many as 80 mentally-challenged inmates from that home to other asylums. “We have also cancelled their licence to run the rehabilitation centre for mentally deranged women,” Mitra said, pointing out that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the case by her department.The body of the victim was sent to Chinsurah in the district for post-mortem examination. The post mortem report will come out in next few days, police sources said.The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also sought an action taken report (ATR) from the district administration on the incident.advertisementSenior CPM leader and former West Bengal sports minister Kanti Ganguly dubbed the incident as gross negligence on the part of the state administration and demanded higher level inquiry into the matter. “I want a CBI probe into the incident as the primary investigation suggests it was not a natural death. The question is why her body was buried without giving any information to the police or the woman’s family members,” Ganguly said.last_img read more