Intel to stop making WiGig cards for laptops but still pushing 60GHz for VR

Intel to stop making WiGig cards for laptops but still pushing 60GHz for VR; ; In Ars Technica; 2017-09-08.
Teaser: Wireless docking stations haven’t really caught on, but VR headsets may be another story.

Original Sources

Intel Discontinues WiGig Cards, Antenna and Sink, Set to Focus on WiGig for VR; Anton Shilov; In AnandTech; 2017-09-08.

Mentions

  • 802.11ad
  • WiGig
  • 60GHz
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Intel
Deadlines
  • final order → 2017-09-29.
  • final shipment 2017-12-29.

References

The Intel product literature…

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch | The Register

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch; Thomas Claburn; In The Register; 2017-08-29.
Teaser: Researchers find undocumented accommodation for government customers

tl;dr → undocumented configuration setting that disables Intel Management Engine 11.
and → set the (undocumented) HAP bit to 1 in a configuration file.

Original Sources

Dmitry Sklyarov, Mark Ermolov, Maxim Goryachy (Positive Technologies), Disabling Intel ME; In Their Blog; 2017-08-28.
tl;dr → set the (undocumented) HAP bit to 1 in a configuration file.

Mentions

  • Positive Technologies
    • Moscow
    • Staff
      • Dmitry Sklyarov,
      • Mark Ermolov,
      • Maxim Goryachy
  • Products
    • Intel Management Engine (ME)
    • Intel Management Engine 11
    • Platform Controller Hub
    • Intel Active Management Technology
    • High Assurance Platform (HAP)
    • Intel Boot Guard, wiki tutorial, hosted at corna/me_cleaner
  • Government (U.S)
    • High Assurance Platform (HAP)
    • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • When compromised, it is a backdoor, giving anyone control over the affected device.
  • Intel’s ME consists of a microcontroller that works with the Platform Controller Hub
  • Intel Active Management Technology, a firmware application that runs on the Intel ME.
  • CVE-2017-5689
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    called it a security hazard, 2017-05.
  • ME Cleaner
    • centrally hosted at GitHub
    • is unofficial
    • but a workaround
    • only partially hobbles the feature
  • , Intel’s boot process verification system, remains unknown, though it hopes to answer that question soon.

Referenced

The Long Road to 64 Bits | John Mashey, ACM Queue, 2008-10

John R. Mashey (Techviser); The Long Road to 64 Bits; In ACM Queue, Volume 4, issue 8; 2008-10-10; 12 pages; pdf
Teaser: Double, double, toil and trouble—Shakespeare, Macbeth

John Mashey; The Long Road to 64 Bits; In Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 1, Pages 45-53; DOI:10.1145/1435417.1435431

Chronology

[as it appears in the work]

1964
IBM S/360: 32-bit, with 24-bit addressing (16 MB total) of real (core) memory.
1968
Algol 68: includes long long.
1970
DEC PDP-11/20: 16-bit, 16-bit addressing (64 KB total). IBM S/370 family: virtual memory, 24-bit addresses, but multiple user address spaces allowed.
1971
IBM 370/145: main memory no longer core, but DRAM, 1 Kbit/chip.
1973
DEC PDP-11/45: separate instruction+data (64 KI + 64 KD); 248 KB maximum real memory. Unix: PDP-11/45, operating system rewritten in C; IP16. C: integer data types: int, char; C on other machines (36-bit Honeywell 6000, IBM 370, others).
1975
Unix: sixth edition, 24-bit maximum file size (16 MB).
1976
DEC PDP-11/70: (64 KI + 64 KD), but larger physical memory (a huge 4 MB). C: short, long added (partly from doing C for XDS Sigma, although long was 64 bits there).
1977
Unix: ported to 32-bit Interdata 8/32. C: unsigned, typedef, union; 32-bit long used to replace int[2] in lseek, tell on 16-bit PDP-11; IP16L32. DEC VAX-11/780: 32-bit, 32-bit addressing (4 GB total, 2 GB per user process). C: PDP-11: I16LP32; VAX (other 32-bitters): ILP32.
1978
Unix: 32V for VAX-11/780; C is ILP32. C: The C Programming Language, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie (Prentice-Hall). Intel 8086: 16-bit, but with user-visible segmentation.
1979
Motorola MC68000: 32-bit ISA, but 24-bit addressing (e.g., S/360).
1982
C: I16LP32 on MC68000 in Bell Labs Blit terminal. Intel 80286: allows 16 MB of real memory, but restrictions keep most systems at 1 MB.
1983
IBM 370/XA: adds 31-bit mode for user programs; 24-bit mode still supported. C: Unix workstations generally use ILP32, following Unix on VAX systems.
1984
Motorola MC68020: 32-bit; 32- bit addressing. C: Amdahl UTS (32-bit S/370) uses long long, especially for large file pointers. C: Convex (64-bit vector mini-supercomputer) uses long long for 64-bit integers.
1986
Intel: 80386, 32-bit, with support for 8086 mode.
1987
Apple Mac II: MC68020’s 32-bit addressing causes trouble for some MC68000 software.
1988
IBM ESA/370: multiple 31-bit address spaces per user, although complex; 24-bit still there.
1989
ANSI C (“C89”): effort had started in 1983, ANSI X3J11.
1992
SGI: ships first 64-bit micro (MIPS R4000); still running 32-bit operating system. 64-bit C working group: discusses various models (LP64, ILP64, LLP64), with little agreement. DEC: ships 64-bit Alpha systems, running 64-bit operating system; LP64.
1994
SGI: ships IRIX 6 (64/32 operating system; ILP32LL + LP64) on Power Challenge; customers buy 4 GB+ memory, use it. DEC: ships 4 GB+ in DEC 7000 SMPs (may have been slightly earlier).
1995
Sun UltraSPARC: 64/32-bit hardware, 32-bit-only operating system. HAL Computer’s SPARC64: uses ILP64 model for C.
Large file summit: codifies 64-bit interface to files >2 GB, even in 32-bit systems (ILP32LL+LP64). Aspen group: supports LP64 model for C so that Unix vendors are consistent.
1996
HP: announces PA-RISC 2.0, 64-bit.
1997
HP: UP/UX 11.0 is 64/32-bit OS; ILP32LL + LP64. IBM: RS64 PowerPC, AIX 4.3; ILP32LL + LP64.
1998
Sun: 64/32 Solaris 7 released; ILP32LL + LP64.
1999
C: ISO/IEC C (WG14’s “C99”); includes long long, at least 64 bits.
2001
IBM: 64-bit zSeries (S/360 descendant); 24-bit addressing still supported. Intel: 64-bit Itanium.
2002
Microsoft: Windows 64-bit for Itanium.
2003
AMD: 64-bit X86 (now called AMD64).
2004
Intel: 64-bit X86 (called EMT64), compatible with AMD.
2005
Microsoft: Windows XP Professional x64 for X86; LLP64 (or IL32LLP64).

References

  1. Mashey, J. 2004-05. Languages, levels, libraries, longevity. ACM Queue 2 (9): 32-38.
  2. Mashey, J. 1991. 64-bit computing. BYTE (September): 135-142. The complete text can be found by searching Google Groups comp.arch: Mashey BYTE 1991.
  3. Bell, C. G., Mudge, J. C. 1978. The evolution of the PDP-11. In Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Computer System Design, ed. C. Gordon Bell, J. Craig Mudge, and John E. McNamara. Bedford, MA: Digital Press.
  4. Strecker, W. D. 1978. VAX-11/780: A virtual address extension to the DEC PDP-11 family. In Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Computer System Design, ed. C. Gordon Bell, J. Craig Mudge, and John E. McNamara. Bedford, MA: Digital Press.
  5. n897 (or other sites) – Rationale for International Standard—Programming Languages—C.
  6. Aspen Data Model Committee. 1997-1998. 64-bit programming models: Why LP64?.
  7. Josey, A. 1997. Data size neutrality and 64-bit support
  8. unix.org (The Open Group UNIX Portal). 1996-03-20. Adding support for arbitrary file sizes to the single Unix specification.

Intel IoT Developer Kit

<sad>Probably abandonware at this point…</sad>

intel-iot-devkit @ GitHub

Unclear

what remains of the product line.

  • Grove?
  • NUC
  • IoT Gateway

Outreach

 

Intel: Joule’s burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more | The Register

Intel: Joule’s burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more; Shaun Nichols; In The Register; 2017-06-20.
Teaser: Chipzilla takes axe to IoT and embedded compute lines

Mentions


PCN Number Publish Date PCN Title Key Characteristics Product Categories Abstract
115599-00 2017-06-16
Intel(R) Server System E1208WTTGCNC, Intel(R) Server System E2224WTTGCS, and Intel(R) Server System E2312WTTGCS, , PCN 115599-00, Label, Update regulatory label to include BSMI RoHS text logo
Label
Server Boards and Platforms
Server Boards and Platforms, Label, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
115395-01 2017-06-16
Intel(R) Omni-Path Edge Switch 100 Series 24 Port Managed Forward 2 PSU 100SWE24QF2, Intel(R) Omni-Path Edge Switch 100 Series 24 Port Forward 2 PSU 100SWE24UF2, Intel(R) Omni-Path Edge Switch 100 Series 24 Port Forward 1 PSU 100SWE24UF1, Intel(R) Omni-Path
Label
Networking Products
Networking Products, Label, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
115583-00 2017-06-16
Recon Jet¬ Pro Plus, Recon Jet¬ Pro and Recon Jet¬ Spare Lens Products , PCN 115583-00, Product Discontinuance, End of Life
Product Discontinuance
Consumer Electronics
Consumer Electronics, Product Discontinuance, Please determine your remaining demand for these products and place your last product discontinuance orders in accordance with the key milestones in the PCN.
115581-00 2017-06-16
Intel(R) Galileo Board and Intel(R) Galileo Gen2 Board Products, PCN 115581-00, Product Discontinuance, End of Life
Product Discontinuance
Compute Module
Compute Module, Product Discontinuance, Please determine your remaining demand for these products and place your last product discontinuance orders in accordance with the key milestones in the PCN.
115580-00 2017-06-16
Intel(R) Joule¬ 570x Compute Module, Intel(R) Joule¬ 550x Compute Module, Intel(R) Joule¬ 570x Developer Kit and Intel(R) Joule¬ 550x Developer Kit Products, PCN 115580-00, Product Discontinuance, End of Life
Product Discontinuance
Compute Module
Compute Module, Product Discontinuance, Please determine your remaining demand for these products and place your last product discontinuance orders in accordance with the key milestones in the PCN.
115579-00 2017-06-16
Select Intel(R) Edison Compute Module, Intel(R) Edison Breakout Board, Intel(R) Edison Kit for Arduino*, and Intel(R) Edison Breakout Board Kit Products , PCN 115579-00, Product Discontinuance, End of Life
Product Discontinuance
Compute Module
Compute Module, Product Discontinuance, Please determine your remaining demand for these products and place your last product discontinuance orders in accordance with the key milestones in the PCN.
115591-00 2017-06-15
Intel(R) NUC Kit w/ 16GB Intel(R) Optane¬ memory, NUC7i3BNHX1, Intel(R) NUC Kit w/ 16GB Intel(R) Optane¬ memory, NUC7i5BNHX1, Intel(R) NUC Kit w/ 16GB Intel(R) Optane¬ memory, NUC7i7BNHX1, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC7i3BNH, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC7i3BNK, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC7
Product Design
Desktop Boards, Consumer Electronics, Compute Module
Compute Module, Consumer Electronics, Desktop Boards, Product Design, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
115589-00 2017-06-15
Select Intel(R) Optane¬ Memory Series Products, PCN 115589-00, Label, Caution and Regulatory Label Update
Label
Flash Memory Products
Flash Memory Products, Label, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
115585-00 2017-06-15
Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC6i3SYH, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC6i3SYK, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC6i5SYH, Intel(R) NUC Kit, NUC6i5SYK, PCN 115585-00, Product Design, Product Material, BIOS Update and alternate vendor addition
Product Design
Desktop Boards, Consumer Electronics, Compute Module
Compute Module, Consumer Electronics, Desktop Boards, Product Design, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
115569-00 06/14/2017
Intel(R) Thermal Solution BXTS13X, PCN 115569-00, Product Design, Documentation, Replace (TIM) Thermal Interface Material Packets with Pre-Applied Thermal Material
Product Design
Desktop – Thermal Solutions, Server – Thermal Solutions
Desktop – Thermal Solutions, Server – Thermal Solutions, Product Design, Intel anticipates no impact to customers, see PCN detail for further information.
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Intel’s Compute Card, a credit card-sized PC, will ship in August | The Verge

Intel’s Compute Card, a credit card-sized PC, will ship in August; Ashley Carman; In The Verge; 2017-05-30.

Mentions

  • 2017-01 → Intel, at CES, a pre-announcement (demonstrators were shown)
  • 2017-08 → Intel, an announcement
  • Partners
    • Ready
      • Sharp
      • Seneca
      • Foxconn
      • LG
      • Nexdock
    • Not Ready
      • Lenovo
      • HP
      • Dell

Specifications

Core i5 Core i3 Pentium Celeron
Processor 7td Gen Intel Core i5 VPro i5-7Y57 7td Gen Intel Core i3 m3-7Y30 Pentium N4200 Celeron N3450
Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Storage 128GB Intel SSD 128GB Intel SSD 64GB eMMC 64GB eMMC
Connectivity Intel Wireless AC 8265
2×2.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2
Intel Wireless AC 8265
2×2.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2
Intel Wireless AC 7265
2×2.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2
Intel Wireless AC 7265
2×2.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2

Actualities

Image: Intel

Internet of Things Could Be a Security Nightmare | WSJ

Here’s Why the Internet of Things Could Be a Security Nightmare; Robert Plant; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2016-02-23.

Mentions

  • Michael Porter
    • smart adaptive devices
  • Gartner
    a promotional conference
  • Thread
    • Google
  • AllJoyn
    • Qualcomm
  • AllSeen Alliance
    • Cisco
    • Microsoft
  • Open Internet Consortium
    • Dell,
    • Intel,
    • Samsung.
  • <quote>Finally, it may be worth considering that the device firms themselves may have created “backdoors” to their systems, pre-empting the need for future Supreme Court clarifications on their need.</quote>

Why More Black Engineers Aren’t Being Hired In Silicon Valley | International Business Times

Why More Black Engineers Aren’t Being Hired In Silicon Valley; Michael Learmonth; In International Business Times; 2015-11-30.
tl;dr → because Silicon Valley people don’t recruit in the Old South; they recruit “their own” from offshore or nearby in Berkeley or Stanford.

What a Toilet Hoax Can Tell Us About the Future of Surveillance | The Atlantic

What a Toilet Hoax Can Tell Us About the Future of Surveillance; ; In The Atlantic; 2014-04-29.
Teaser: A made-up toilet company raises legitimate questions about government data-tracking.

Mentions