Daily Video: Intel to Integrate ASIC Into Xeon Server Chips

Today's topics include a new partnership for Intel, new cloud-service ecosystem providers from Qualcomm, a technology landscape report from Citrix and new virtual desktop infrastructure offerings from Dell.

Intel is partnering with eASIC to bring application-specific integrated circuits to custom Xeon processors that can be used in enterprise data centers and cloud environments.

The move is part of a larger push by the giant chip maker to expand its custom chip efforts by leveraging accelerators—such as field-programmable gate arrays and now ASICs—for particular workloads.

Intel officials have said the shift in IT and business toward the cloud and software-defined infrastructure is increasing the demand for customized chips that are optimized for particular applications, making those workloads run even faster.

Qualcomm made another move into the Internet of things development market May 14 when it announced that it is adding six new cloud service ecosystem providers to its QCA4002 WiFi platform and accompanying development platform.

The company said the addition of the services enables more efficient development of devices that use WiFi to connect to the Internet of things. The new services ostensibly will increase cloud-service flexibility to make the development platform and subsequent devices available to a global audience.

Featuring a built-in stylus pen, the new LG G Stylo smartphone, which runs Android 5.0, is available immediately to Boost Mobile prepaid customers. It will be available for Sprint prepaid customers on June 7 and Sprint contract customers on June 12.

Other LG G Stylo features include a large, 5.7-inch HD IPS touch-screen display that's covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a removable 3,000mAh battery that provides up to 24 hours of talk time.

The smartphone also has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with laser auto-focus, a 5-megapixel front camera that has special features to enhance selfies and a Knock Code feature that lets users set up a personalized knock sequence to easily wake and unlock their phones.

At the Citrix Synergy Conference, Dell announced new virtual desktop infrastructure offerings aimed at small and midsize businesses that have largely stayed on the thin-client sidelines due to cost and deployment concerns.

The server and PC maker's SMB VDI slate includes the new Dell Appliance for Wyse-Citrix. Set to be released this summer, Dell Appliance for Wyse-Citrix will be available in two configurations and two form factors, a rack-mounted unit or PC-like tower.

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