BETWEEN THE LINES
By John Klossner
In a survey of 1,480
people who use
smartphones for work,
said they can’t print from
their device but want to.
SOURCE: U. S. SURVE Y B Y IDC, MA Y 2011
Leads to More
3D Chips May Help Intel Go Mobile
INTEL’S NEW 3D transistor technology could position the chip maker to grab a piece of a burgeoning business that it’s been missing out on: the tablet market.
On May 4, Intel announced a major leap
in chip technology: 3D transistors that could
make PCs, smartphones and tablets faster and
more power-efficient. The 3D transistors are
slated to make their first appearance when
Intel moves to 22-nanometer chips next year.
Instead of building traditional, flat, 2D
transistors, Intel will build the new transistors
upward, making it possible to squeeze in more
transistors while maintaining density and a
small chip size.
That means new chips using the 3D transistors, which use less than half the power of 2D
transistors, will be as much as 37% faster than
Intel’s current 32nm chips.
The development represents a huge boost
to the company’s efforts to keep up with
Moore’s Law, Gordon Moore’s 1965 prediction
that the number of transistors on a chip will
double about every two years.
More large companies are turning
to collocation providers to relieve
capacity constraints in their data
centers and avoid the high cost of
building their own brick-and-mortar
facilities, according to two studies
released this month.
The Uptime Institute reported
that 36% of the 525 large companies it surveyed expect to run out of
capacity in at least one of their data
centers over the next 18 months.
Consolidating servers and
upgrading power and cooling
equipment are the primary ways
the companies surveyed said they
would boost their capacity. But 29%
said they plan to lease collocation
space, while 20% will move workloads to the cloud.
A separate study commissioned
by Digital Realty Trust, which builds
and operates data centers, showed
a similar shift toward data center
managers leasing space from third
parties rather than building their
own data centers. That study surveyed 300 IT executives.
“Increasingly, enterprises appear
to be favoring the lease model, as
fewer companies are choosing to go
it alone on these capital-intensive
projects,” Michael Foust, Digital
Realty’s CEO, said in a statement.
— JAMES NICCOLAI,
IDG NEWS SERVICE