On π day, Raspberry Pi Foundation launch the Pi 3 Model B+

Today is Pi Day, so called because the date, written in the backwards fashion favoured by our American cousins, as 3 14 is a close approximation to the constant that defines the difference in size between a circumference of a circle, and it’s diameter, π or 3.14(15926535897…) So it is apt that the Raspberry Pi Foundation…

Qualcomm doesn’t like Broadcom’s bid

Qualcomm has firmly rebuffed Broadcom‘s bid for them. (Broadcom plans $103bn takeover of Qualcomm.) In a strongly worded press-release Qualcomm’s Board of Directors have rejected Broadcom’s unsolicited bid, and stood behind CEO Steve Mollenkopf, and his plans for the future of Qualcomm. “The Board and Management are singularly focused on driving value for Qualcomm’s shareholders.…

Expressif IoT platforms made safe from KRACK

The recent KRACK exploit has led to fears that this will allow further exploitation of IoT platforms, many of which use WiFi for their internet connection. One of the most successful recent IoT platforms is the Espressif ESP8266 chip. It is very cheap which doesn’t require a lot of support circuitry, and provides a robust CPU…

6Wind announces support for ARM to add to MIPS and x86

6Wind support for ARM devices as well as traditional x86 and MIPS processors with their press-release (6WIND Announces Arm® Processor Support for High Performance Networking). This expands the reach of their 6WINDGate platform. It supports either ARM-based devices, or network cards that use ARM processors to off-load processing from the main processor. This announcement is…

Cisco joins Hyperledger Blockchain as Premier Member

The Hyperledger project managed by the Linux Foundation announced that Cisco is joining as a Premier Member of the project. Thier press-release (Hyperledger Adds Cisco as a Premier Member) states that Cisco’s Ram Jagadeesan will join the Hyperledger board. This follows the recent announcement that they will join the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. As is typical with…

IBM adds four datacentres to bluemix cloud.

IBM has announced that it is adding 4 new datacenters to its IBM bluemix infrastructure. Two new datacentres are in London, United Kingdom, one in San Jose, United States, and one in Sydney, Australia. This brings the total to 59 sites across 19 countries. Applications within the datacentres can take advantage of the over 160…

Cisco’s intentions now clearer – intent-based networking

A blog entry by Chuck Robbins clarifies Cisco‘s intentions for the future. They want to deliver intent-based networking to make the lives of network engineers simpler. Intent-based networking has been around for a while. Their APIC and APIC-EM platforms provide an intent-based capability already. But they are not happy with just these. The challenge that…