BackBlaze details new 4U storage pods with a massive 480TB of space

BackBlaze’s business is selling online backup solutions, but it has also been so kind as to release data on hard drive failure rates and the design/specs of its storage hardware. Today is a big day for BackBlaze as it’s announcing a new version of its 4U rack-mounted storage pods. The Storage Pod 5.0 crams an…

Samsung: Full speed ahead for 10nm, EUV deploys at the 7nm node

For the past 12 months, Samsung’s foundry division has occupied a leadership position at the 14nm node. The company recently revealed some of its plans for future nodes, including an aggressive rollout of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), a technology that’s been promised, hyped, and slowly developed for nearly twenty years at this point. The image…

New microcontroller runs on radio waves, can be reprogrammed in the field

A new research initiative between a University of Washington team and TU-Delft in the Netherlands has created a microprocessor that can power itself through stray radio waves and receive programmable updates in the same fashion. While the CPU in question is exceedingly weak by modern standards (it’s a RISC-derived 16-bit microcontroller clocked at just 16MHz),…

Apple just posted its first quarterly sales decline in 13 years

Apple’s results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 are just in, and the company’s reign as a near-invincible titan of Wall Street is, in the words of Nathan Fillion, “certainly coming to a middle.” On the one hand, the company just posted its first year-on-year quarterly decline in 13 years (meaning Q2 2016…

Seagate now shipping seven-platter, helium-filled 10TB hard drive

Seagate is now shipping its 10TB helium-filled hard drive in volume, and it’s hit this target without using performance-penalizing technologies like SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording). While early high-capacity drives used SMR (a technology in which part of each track is overlaid atop the other, resembling shingles), it penalizes drive writes compared with non-shingled perpendicular recording….

SoFIA later: Intel kills upcoming smartphone and tablet hardware

Two and a half years ago, Intel dropped a bombshell. The company’s products were struggling to find their footing in the mobile market and Intel’s smartphone and tablet division wasn’t performing as desired. To address this, Intel would partner with rival TSMC to build smartphone and tablet chips on the latter’s 28nm process technology. Initially,…

Can DNA become the future of digital storage? Microsoft is betting on it

It’s popular these days to decry the superiority of machines over biology. Each time some AI-infused algorithm defeats a human at a board game, people gasp and wring their hands in despair. But these are really straw-man contests. Evolution has never felt pressed to optimize her creations to be fabulously good GO players. It’s really not so strange an…