Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) will introduce “combination chips” containing a microprocessor and a graphics engine at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The integration of microprocessors and graphics processing units (GPUs) on a single piece of silicon “is going to change the way people build PCs and buy PCs,” noted Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, in a Wall Street Journal story today.
The so-called “superchip” will boost computing speeds because it reduces the distance a signal must travel when GPUs and microprocessors are communicating with one another. It also lowers the number of components that manufacturers must buy, which cuts production costs and reduces the thickness of laptop and tablet models.
In its story, The Wall Street Journal said the integrated chips will enable low-priced computers to carry out tasks that currently add hundreds of dollars to the price of a PC.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
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