Most Read articles – Supercomputer CPU, ARM roadmap, Quantum computing


What topics have your peers been reading? There is the CPU to be featured in a supercomputer being developed by Fujitsu and RIKEN, ARM’s two-year roadmap, five-colour televisions, Samsung’s lead over Intel for semiconductor sales and D-Wave quantum computing…

Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Fujitsu announces supercomputer CPU
Fujitsu has announced the specifications for the A64FX CPU to be featured in the post-K computer, a supercomputer being developed by Fujitsu and RIKEN as a successor to the K computer, which achieved the world’s highest performance in 2011. The organizations are striving to achieve post-K application execution performance up to 100 times that of the K computer.

4. ARM discloses two-year roadmap for CPUs
Breaking with tradition, ARM has announced a roadmap for its client CPUs, and plans for a new CPU later this year and the company’s plans to meet the demands of 5G and always-connected devices. Following the release of Cortex-A76 in May this year, Arm will deliver a CPU, codenamed Deimos to partners later this year, according to the roadmap.

3. Manchester-RGB-RGCV-displayRYGCV instead of RGB for better sleep
Taking the blue phosphors out of traditional RGB displays and adding yellow cyan and violet to make a five-colour televisions, for example, could strongly reduce sleep disruption from late-night viewing without noticeable changes in image quality, according to research by the Universities of Manchester and Basel – and the display could be switched to an increased wakefulness mode.

2. Samsung extends lead over Intel to 22%
All but four of the top 15 companies had double-digit year-over-year growth in 1H18. Moreover, seven companies had 20% growth, including the five big memory suppliers (Samsung, SK Hynix, Micron, Toshiba/Toshiba Memory, and Western Digital/SanDisk) as well as Nvidia and ST.

D-Wave1. Quantum computer does something
Several huge organisations have bought D-Wave computers – including Google and NASA (Lockheed-Martin even up-graded its D-Wave system) – but, in a world where folk are having trouble quantum-coupling a handful of qubits, there remain questions over whether D-Wave’s are ‘proper’ quantum computers – whatever than might mean – and if someone would like to comment below and help Electronics Weekly on this one, please go ahead.

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