Oracle Unveils Sparc M7 Processor for Better Security, Efficiency

Not just being a leader in providing integrated cloud platforms and new-age Java, global software major Oracle has launched what is described as the world’s first microprocessor with enhanced security and better efficiency while running databases.

At the OpenWorld 2015 conference here, Oracle introduced Sparc M7 processor which incorporates unique hard-wired security and performance functions using a technique known as “software in silicon”.

“The future data centre is completely encrypted, and this is the first processor that enables that,” said John Fowler, Oracle’s executive vice president for systems.

“We’re providing very highly integrated and co-engineered products that include hardware and software,” he added.

The Sparc M7 processor is the result of five-and-a-half years of co-development by engineers fromOracle and Sun Microsystems which Oracle acquired in 2010.

The goal was to incorporate certain functions normally found in software directly into the microprocessor itself.

“It’s the product of a very disciplined, empirical, and engineering-driven activity,” Fowler noted, adding: “I see the Sparc M7 as a silicon expression of Oracle’s strategy.”

The Sparc M7 incorporates silicon-embedded advancements primarily in two areas: security and performance.

Another advanced security capability hard-wired into the Sparc M7 involves memory protection.

Known as “Silicon Secured Memory”, this feature recognises an illegal memory reference “when an application attempts to access memory that’s dedicated to another application” and stops it.

Illegal memory references cause vulnerabilities like buffer overflows that hackers can exploit.

Because “Silicon Secured Memory” works at the processor level, it has minimal performance overhead, unlike software, which affects processing significantly.

“It is not only a security feature – it is a programming best-practices tool which, when added to the processor, and enabled for all applications, can eliminate a pretty broad class of compromises,” Fowler explained.

In terms of performance, the Sparc M7 chip speeds up in-memory database operations by dispatching duties – scanning data and joining rows – normally performed in SQL (structured query language) processing.

Two new standalone servers, Sparc T7 and Sparc M7, that were also launched provide entry points that take advantage of the new processor’s unique embedded performance and security functions.

The new version of Oracle Solaris, 11.3, contributes to end-to-end security by supporting network encryption as well as “live” transfers of encrypted virtual machines from one server to another.

Arduino Genuino Zero And Micro Development Boards Now Available

Arduino Genuino Zero And Micro Now Available

Following on from the availability of the Genuino Uno, Genuino Starter Kit and Genuino Mega last week. Arduino has today announced the at the newly branded Genuino Micro and Zero boards are now available to purchase from their European online Arduino store.

To recap the Genuino brand is now required to be used outside of the US, after Arduino lost a trademark dispute to use the Arduino name worldwide.

The Arduino ZERO or Genuino ZERO in Europe and outside of the US been created to provide makers and developers with a simple yet powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by the UNO. Can be used to create a variety of different projects including Internet of Things and more.

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While the Arduino Micro or Genuino Micro are the smallest of the Arduino family and has been designed to be easily integrated into everyday objects to make them interactive. The Micro is based on the ATmega32U4microcontroller featuring a built-in USB which makes the Micro recognisable as a mouse or keyboard.

For more information on the new arrivals in the Arduino store jump over to the official Arduino website for details via the links below.

Lenovo Yoga 700 Convertible Laptops With Windows 10 Launched

Lenovo on Friday launched its affordable hybrid laptop series with the new Yoga 700. The 2-in-1 laptop is available in 11-inch and 14-inch screen sizes with starting prices of $649 (roughly Rs. 42,400) and $799 (roughly Rs. 52,200) respectively in the US. The India pricing and availability details are not yet known.

The Yoga 700 can be used in four different modes – laptop, tablet, tent, and stand. The audio on bothWindows 10 (64-bit) laptops is powered by Dolby DS1.0 Home Theatre tech.

The Lenovo Yoga 700 (14-inch) features a full-HD 10-point multi-touch IPS display with 700:1 contrast ratio and runs up to sixth generation Intel Core i7 processors with Intel HD Graphics 520 and 8GB DDR3L RAM. Users also have the option to include Nvidia GeForce GT 940M discrete GPU as well. It comes with up to 256GB SSD inbuilt storageĀ  and features a HD (720p) webcam as well. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (dual band), Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Card reader, and HDMI-out. Measuring 334.9×229.5×18.3mm, the base model weighs 1.6kg and is backed by a 45Whr Li-Polymer battery. Details can be found in the company’s US website listing.

lenovo_yoga_700_14.jpgAlthough the company has not fully revealed the specifications of the Lenovo Yoga 700 (11-inch), the company’s Australian website has listed the device with all the specifications. As per the listing, the base model features a 11.6-inch full-HD IPS display size with 10-point touch screen, OGS coating, and 800:1 contrast ratio. The laptop comes powered by a 64-bit Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor (2 cores, 4 threads, 900MHz base frequency, 2.2GHz burst frequency) with Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU and up to 8GB RAM. It houses 128GB SSD storage. It weighs 1.1kg, measures 290x197x15.8mm, and features a 40Whr Li-polymer battery that’s rated to deliver up to 7 hours of running time.

“We know fast performance, easy portability, and rich sound and display are features consumers expect in a laptop today,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president, PC Business Group, Lenovo. “That’s why we made the new Yoga 700 thinner and more powerful than ever with Windows 10 and Intel’s latest processor. We also added a Full HD IPS display and Dolby stereo speakers as part of its standard features so that consumers can get a premium quality convertible laptop for work and travel, at the price of a standard laptop.”