Qualcomm’s ARM server chip inches forward, while AppliedMicro forges ahead

Qualcomm’s long-awaited server chips may start going into systems in the second half of next year, judging from comments by the company’s president.

In answer to an analyst’s question on Qualcomm’s quarterly earnings call Wednesday, president Derek Aberle gave the most specific forecast yet for the chips, which will mark Qualcomm’s entry into server processors.

“Our assumption is that we will be shipping samples toward the end of the year, and revenue would be something that would flow through mid- to late next year,” Aberle said.

But Thursday brought some bad news for Qualcomm if it hopes to become an early winner in the fledgling ARM server chip market. Research company Linley Group released a white paper that rated AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3 ARM chip favorably against Intel’s Xeon E5.

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VR hardware sales set to skyrocket

Shipments of virtual reality hardware will begin to “skyrocket” this year and keep climbing through 2020, market analyst IDC said.

An estimated 9.6 million VR devices will ship in 2016, IDC predicts. That’s up from about 350,000 units, mostly developer kits, shipped in 2015.

It’s not a shock that VR systems will see huge growth this year, after several VR devices, including the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition VR headset, all debuted in recent weeks.

But those shipments will continue to balloon through 2020, when IDC expects 64.8 million units to be sold. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 183.8 percent, or almost a tripling each year.

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Chemists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge

All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen’s ultra-strong bonds to allow conversion to a form humans, animals and plants can consume. One is a natural, bacterial process on which farmers have relied since the dawn of agriculture. The other is the century-old Haber-Bösch process, which revolutionized fertilizer production and spurred unprecedented growth of the global food supply.

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