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Take a peek at Fujitsu's forum

Posted: 13 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:K computer? supercomputer? tablet? software?

It is quite understandable if you overlook Fujitsu in Silicon Valley, since its 1,500-person U.S. research lab sits in the shadows between the corporate campuses of Apple and Google.

Back in Japan, Fujitsu employs most of its 160,000 people and makes most of its $46 billion in annual revenues. So once a year it hosts an event to remind those who may not be giving the company its due that it too is a tech giant.

This year the sprawling company that makes everything from semiconductors to tablets, network switches and more held its event at the still brand new Levi's Stadium. It hosted talks, panels and demos that covered advances ranging from realistic models of the human heart to the future of the Internet of Things. Most of the presentations focused on software innovations.

Fujitsu Forum

Hideyuki Saso (above), the president of Fujitsu Labs Ltd, kicked off the event. Saso-san led Fujitsu's team that worked on the K Computer, a Japan national project that back in 2011 was the world's most powerful supercomputer.

In his talk, Saso held up of one his lab's prototypes, a near-field communications ring that lets users communicate by making gestures in the air. "Now even this is a computer," he said, indicating the ring (below), which also contains seven motion sensors.

The future holds other big computer projects, too. An exascale-class system could debut by 2020, driven in part by emerging 3D chip stacks that contain processors, memory and interconnects, he predicted.

Fujitsu Forum

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