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Intel All Set to Acquire Smart Edge Platform from Pivot Technology

"Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot's core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel's advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform," said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot

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Intel on Wednesday unveiled eight additional 10th Gen Intel Core processors for modern laptop computing.
Intel on Wednesday unveiled eight additional 10th Gen Intel Core processors for modern laptop computing. Pixabay

In a bid to strengthen its position in 5G edge computing market, Intel is all set to acquire the Smart Edge platform from Canada’s Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., an IT infrastructure and service provider.

Edge computing is an opportunity that is accelerating with the rollout of 5G networks.

Smart Edge is a Cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC).

With Smart Edge, enterprises and communications service providers can enable Cloud-like services closer to the user on the customer-premise or network edge.

“This transaction enhances our ability to address the 5G network transformation with a leading position in edge computing,” Dan Rodriguez, Intel Vice President in the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Compute Division, said in a statement.

“We plan to take full advantage of our combined technologies and teams to accelerate the development of the edge computing market while creating a compelling solution for customers,” Rodriguez said.

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The lineup also includes Intel’s first 6-core processor in the U-series, faster CPU frequencies, faster memory interfaces and the industry-redefining connectivity with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and broader scaling of Thunderbolt. Pixabay

For enterprises and service providers, Smart Edge enables new opportunities and revenue streams while reducing the total cost of ownership for intelligent edge solutions.

For example, retailers could deploy new personalised and location-aware in-store experiences or factories could combine 5G, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) near the edge to drive greater operational efficiencies.

Approximately 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG) when the transaction closes, which is expected in the coming weeks, Intel said.

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Also, as a part of this acquisition, Intel and Pivot will sign a Preferred Partner Agreement, which identifies Pivot as an authorised Smart Edge reseller and Intel’s non-exclusive Preferred Systems Integrator for Smart Edge-based edge services solutions.

“Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot’s core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel’s advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform,” said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot. (IANS)

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Intel Showcases 1st Cryogenic Quantum Control Chip Called “Horse Ridge”

Intel labs unveils the details of its 1st cryogenic quantum computing chip

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Intel has unveiled details about its first cryogenic quantum control chip called "Horse Ridge." Pixabay

Intel Labs, in collaboration with QuTech which is an advanced research centre for quantum computing and quantum internet, has unveiled details about its first cryogenic quantum control chip called “Horse Ridge.”

The “Horse Ridge” chip addresses fundamental challenges in building a quantum system powerful enough to demonstrate quantum practicality: scalability, flexibility and fidelity, Intel said in a statement on Wednesday.

Today, quantum researchers work with just a small number of qubits, using smaller, custom-designed systems surrounded by complex control and interconnect mechanisms.

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The “Horse Ridge” chip by intel addresses fundamental challenges in building a quantum system. (Representational Image). Pixabay

“Intel’s Horse Ridge greatly minimizes this complexity. By systematically working to scale to thousands of qubits required for quantum practicality, we’re continuing to make steady progress toward making commercially viable quantum computing a reality in our future,” said Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware, Intel Labs.

The details were outlined in a research paper released at the “2020 International Solid-State Circuits Conference” (ISSCC) here.

The current bits in computers store information as either 1 or 0, thus limiting the potential to make sense when faced with gigantic volumes of data.

The computers of the future will not use classical bits but “qubits” which are not limited to binary and can have properties of 0 and 1 simultaneously, thus trying every possible number and sequence simultaneously to unlock vast amounts of data.

A quantum computer can solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve. This has massive implications for research in health care, energy, environmental systems, smart materials and more.

Intel’s “Horse Ridge’ greatly simplifies today’s complex control electronics required to operate such a quantum system by using a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) for faster setup time, improved qubit performance and efficient scaling to larger qubit counts required for quantum computing to solve practical, real-world applications.

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In developing ‘Horse Ridge’, Intel has optimized the multiplexing technology that enables the system to scale and reduce errors. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The integrated SoC design integrates four radio frequency (RF) channels into a single device.

Each channel is able to control up to 32 qubits leveraging “frequency multiplexing”.

Leveraging these four channels, Horse Ridge can potentially control up to 128 qubits with a single device, substantially reducing the number of cables and rack instrumentations previously required.

Increases in qubit count trigger other issues like decline in qubit fidelity and performance.

In developing ‘Horse Ridge’, Intel has optimized the multiplexing technology that enables the system to scale and reduce errors.

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Horse Ridge can cover a wide frequency range, enabling control of both superconducting qubits (known as transmons) and spin qubits, said the company.

QuTech is a partnership between TU Delft and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research). (IANS)