Andy Patrizio

Andy Patrizio is a freelance journalist based in southern California who has covered the computer industry for 20 years and has built every x86 PC he’s ever owned, laptops not included.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, Network World, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.


Now Samsung is rumored to have AMD in its sights

Several weeks ago, an unknown in the U.S. Chinese firm BLX IC Design was rumored to be looking at purchasing struggling Advanced Micro Devices. Those rumors were quickly dismissed as just that and faded away. Now, a story from a...

An increase in flash memory density means cheap, high capacity storage

A new report says high density NAND flash will become to dominate the market, providing increased density and cheaper high-capacity storage for all devices, not just the very high end. New memory products from Samsung are bearing...

4 ways to beat the big data talent shortage

4 ways to beat the big data talent shortage

Big Data will continue to be hamstrung by a lack of talent for the coming years. IDC predicts that in the U.S. there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and five times that many positions requiring related skills in data...

Nvidia promises a 10-fold performance jump with next GPU tech

Nvidia held its annual GPU Technology Conference this week and the opening keynote made it clear that the leader in GPU technology isn't slowing down or remotely impacted by Moore's Law. The company introduced the Maxwell...

AMD reported to be licensing its Radeon GPU tech to MediaTek

A rumor out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show has AMD licensing its Radeon GPU technology to rising Taiwanese mobile chip vendor MediaTek.

Intel will reportedly land Apple as a modem chip customer

After so many years of spinning its wheels, Intel is about to make a big step into mobile by reportedly providing Apple with LTE modem chips for its hot-selling iPhone. The news comes courtesy of VentureBeat, which cites two...

Ryft claims extreme speed for analytics by shunning x86

The x86 architecture can do a lot of processing jobs, but there are some tasks where you would want a different processor architecture. For example, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are much better suited to perform search...

IBM expands IaaS cloud services to include OpenPower servers

SoftLayer, the cloud services provider IBM snapped up two years ago, was known for offering "bare metal" Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Rather than giving customers a provisioned service with an OS already installed, such as Azure...

Intel launches a Xeon-based SoC to push back on ARM

In case you missed it, and you likely did with the Apple Watch announcement sucking all the air out of the room, Intel just took a shot across the bow at ARM's data center ambitions with a new System-on-a-Chip based on the Xeon...

Top distributed computing projects still hard at work fighting the world's worst health issues

This past fall saw the worst Ebola outbreak ever ravage western Africa, and while medical researchers are trying to find a drug to treat or prevent the disease, the process is long and complicated. That's because you don't just...

SanDisk jumps into enterprise SSD market

SanDisk has finally jumped into the enterprise flash market, after many years on the consumer end of things, and it's doing so in a big way with a huge storage array at a competitive price. SanDisk's foray was inevitable, not just...

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