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 Monday, 27-March-2023  01:22:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gordon Moore, of Moore's Law fame, co-founder of Intel and a pioneer of the semiconductor industry, has died aged 94. In an article he wrote in 1965, Mr Moore observed that thanks to improvements in technology, the number of transistors on microchips had roughly doubled every year since integrated circuits were invented a few years before. His prediction that the trend would continue became known as Moore's Law and, later amended to every two years, helped push Intel and rival chipmakers to aggressively target their research and development resources to ensure that rule of thumb came true. "Integrated circuits will lead to such wonders as home computers — or at least terminals connected to a central computer — automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communications equipment," Mr Moore wrote in his paper.

Meanwhile the Xerox Alto has turned 50. He mentions two of the three defining features of the machine: it was the first single-user GUI-driven machine, but also, it was the first networked workstation. Before even the concept of the "personal computer" had been dreamed up, and at around the same time as Intel was building the first microprocessors, the giant brains at PARC were not only designing the personal GUI workstation, they were also building a local-area network to link them up.

HotHardware have been playing with a new NVIDIA Jetson kit. At this time last year the company gave us a chance to look at its flagship AI edge developer kit, the Jetson AGX Orin. That $2,000 AI and robotics platform was a truly impressive piece of kit, with tons of performance, a compact size, and manageable power profile. This year, the company is scaling down its high-end compute platform to fit an even smaller target with the Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit, which we're going to feature here today.

In a similar vein, they also looked at an AMD Xilinx Robotics Starter Kit. Last summer, we got to go hands-on with AMD Xilinx's KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit, which combined the company's K26 System-on-a-Module (SoM) with a daughterboard that had copious IO for image recognition AI. At the time, we found the experience to be a bit rough around the edges. However, it was easy to see that the setup had a lot of promise with a potent FPGA, a solid foundation of good development tools, and plenty of IO. At the time, the KR260 Robotics Starter Kit had also been freshly announced, but wouldn't be available until later. Well, that day has come.

Venerable photography site DPReview is shutting down, with people trying to archive it. “The site will be locked, with no further updates made after April 10, 2023. The site will be available in read-only mode for a limited period afterwards,” the publication explains. “You can request a download of all the photos and text you’ve uploaded to the site. This will be available until April 6th, after which we will not be able to complete the request.”

The winner of our recent contest with TheSizzle is timrut - congrats!



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