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Will A.I. Help nVidia And AMD Dethrone Intel?

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

The move to AI could be the one catalyst which could help AMD and Nvidia carve up Intel’s mighty kingdom.

Last year saw Microsoft, Apple, Google develop more software for ARM based chips. During the year AMD and Nvidia saw their stock prices rise as shareholders started to think that they might succeed in taking Intel’s crown.

On of the reasons for this is AI which is fast becoming a bigger buzz world than Interent of Things – which is the basket Intel is putting its eggs into.

AMD and Nvidia are both making perfect AI processors in their graphics cards and now that AMD has released Polaris it is properly in a game dominated by Nvidia. AMD’s Radeon Instinct is specifically designed for the market.
Intel is doing ok in the market but it is not growing as fast as AMD or Nvidia.

According to the Verge, investors are buying up AMD stock because they know the processing challenges of the future are practically tailored for the massively parallel architecture of a GPU.

Nvidia and IBM have revealed their own agreement to provide “the world’s fastest” deep learning enterprise solution.

AMD and Nvidia should do well in the growing consumer interest in virtual reality although that might be a bubble waiting to burst. On paper at least, the most popular HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, both require tons of GPU power. However it is a moot point if these machines are the ones that will make AR work or if it will be something much cheaper and require less spec.

But if AR does take off then it will be yet another thing that Intel missed out on.

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U.S. Defense Department Testing 3D Printed Drone Swarm

January 13, 2017 by  
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The Department of Defense has been testing low-cost, autonomous, micro-drones for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

The drones, dubbed Perdix, operate as a swarm and are not individually pre-programmed. Instead, they act as a collective organism with one distributed brain for decision-making, the DOD said in a statement on Monday.

“Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team,” says William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office of the DOD.

The drones are meant to be controlled in much the same manner as a coach would guide a sports team. The operator orders a broad objective, and the drones communally decide how best to execute the plan.

The latest test, initially documented on “60 Minutes,” took place at China Lake, California, in October. There were 103 mini remote-controlled vehicles launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Prior tests have also taken place in Alaska and Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.

The DOD says Perdix is in its sixth generation, with a seventh-generation model featuring more advanced autonomy in the works.

 

Instagram Stories To Get Advertising

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Facebook Inc’s Instagram is adding more than 30 advertising partners to one of its fastest-growing features, Instagram Stories, in a bid to boost advertising revenue.

The social media company will become a more important player in maintaining Facebook’s growth in advertising revenue in 2017. During the last two earnings calls, Facebook executives said they may soon reach a limit on the amount of ads they can place before users, one of the factors that had driven ad revenue growth.

Instagram is expected to generate $3.64 billion in worldwide ad revenue this year, nearly double that of 2016, according to eMarketer. That would represent 12.3 percent of Facebook’s global ad business, up from 8.4 percent in 2016. In the United States, eMarketer said it expects Instagram to account for more than 20 percent of Facebook’s ad revenue.

eMarketer also found that 74 percent of U.S. companies plan to use Instagram this year, up from 53 percent in 2016. This level of use would allow Instagram to surpass Twitter.

Media buyers are optimistic about Instagram’s ability to maintain Facebook’s place, second only to Alphabet Inc’s Google, in the digital ad marketplace. “Instagram could end up being as strong a revenue component for Facebook as YouTube has been for Google,” said Noah Mallin, head of social for ad agency MEC Wavemaker.

In Instagram Stories, users and businesses can post a string of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. It launched in August and now has 150 million daily active users, according to Jim Squires, director of market operations for Instagram.

The new ad product will show full-screen ads intermittently as users swipe through photos and videos on Instagram Stories. The company is testing it with major advertisers including General Motors Co, Nike Inc and Airbnb, which is using it to promote its product Trips on Airbnb.

Time Warner Inc’s Turner Sports will test ads for cable network TNT’s airing of the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Game in New Orleans next month.

Companies normally test new advertising products with a select group of advertisers before a wider roll out.

“It’s definitely gained importance,” said Ian Schafer, founder and chairman of ad agency Deep Focus, who said he plans to spend more money with Instagram.

Is Intel Worried About Qualcomm?

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Last week at CES 2017 we noticed that Intel felt so unsecure about itself that it used a big curtain to hide the Qualcomm logo from the booth next door. This really happened and we were lucky to document it. 

Intel and Qualcomm had booths next to each other at CES 2017 and this has been going on for a few CES shows. The difference this year, was that Intel ordered a huge curtain to block the view to Qualcomm’s logo standing on the side of the booth. Qualcomm didn’t.

We are not sure how the CES 2017 organizers were OK with it, but it definitely felt at least a bit tasteless to do this to a company you are directly competing against. We took the picture from both Intel’s and Qualcomm’s booth. 

This of course has a big background and deserves a bit of an explantation. Intel won part of the iPhone 7 modem deal and clearly stated that it wants to compete even more on 5G, picking on Qualcomm’s core business more actively. Intel chose CES 2017 to announce its 5G modem, while Qualcomm had already announced the Snapdragon X50 5G SoC. Qualcomm is expected to deploy Snapdragon X50 for testing in the second half of 2017 and is expected to do 5G trials with AT&T, SK Telekom and Verizon.

At the same time, Microsoft shocked the IT world by confirming that the Snapdragon 800 series of chips have full support for Windows 10. We saw a demo of a Snapdragon 820 machine and there will definitely be Snapdragon 835 notebooks supporting Windows 10 coming to the market later this year. Needless to say, the companies developed a big rivalry in the last two years.

Last year, Intel let go some 12,000 employees in April  while Qualcomm let go off some 4,500 people in order to restructure the company. In the meantime Qualcomm has acquired an automotive SoC giant NXP for $47 billion preparing the company to be a big influence in the automotive industry.

Fudzilla also noticed that there have been quite a few people crossing over from Intel to Qualcomm and in the other direction, implying that Qualcomm can use some help in competing wotj Intel on the PC side of the industry.

Intel on the other hand has its hands full. Its big rival AMD is just weeks from releasing the Summit Ridge codenamed Zen-architecture based 14nm eight core Ryzen processor. The first impression is that the CPU looks really competitive to Intel’s high end Extreme Edition desktop line and AMD announced more than a dozen systems that are expected to launch in Q1 2017 and onward.

Later in 2017, both AMD and even Qualcomm are expected to announce their server solution and increase the pressure on Intel in this heavily profitable market. Back in 2013 Intel stated that for every 400 smartphones you need one server. Since the amount of traffic grew massively between 2013 and today and the fact that video is now 55 percent of all internet traffic, we believe that you need one server for a few hundred phones, definitely less than 400 these days.

Qualcomm was the first to announce and showcase the 10nm SoC, and we saw a live demo of the Snapdragon 835 based prototype of a phone. As a few executives mentioned the other day, there is a high expectation that Snapdragon 835 might end up being even more successful than Snapdragon 820, and we already pointed out that Snapdragon 820 had more than 200 design wins. The performance, footprint and 25 percent better battery life compared to Snapdragon 820 have every chance to make a three billion transistor Snapdragon 835 an instant success.

Intel has completely abandoned smartphones after billions of investments and a failure to make a dent in this huge market. Intel’s X86 based mobile SoCs simply failed to compete with ARM based chips.

So far, Intel has tried and failed to launch 10nm processors, and this is happening to a company that owns some of the world’s most advanced and biggest FABs in the world. After decade of tick-tock execution, the recent launch of Kaby Lake, the third generation 14nm processors for desktop and notebooks definitely confirmed there’s trouble in paradise. One can only hope that Intel can get the 10nm processors out before the end of 2017 but it has become increasingly hard to migrate from one to another manufacturing node.

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Does Origin Really Help Intel’s Kaby Lake Processors?

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

While we have said that Intel’s new Kaby Lake are a bit of snooze a high-end custom PC builder has taken advantage of the one thing it is good at – overclocking.

For $75 extra Origin will boost Kaby Lake desktops chips over the 5GHz barrier. Intel’s processors usually stop at about 4.5GHz. Origin can’t guarantee a set frequency as that depends on the chip Intel flogs them. But they do promise that “Origin PC’s award winning system integrators will overclock your processor and squeeze out every last megahertz” with every overclock “stringently tested and benchmarked for ensured stability.”

However, the outfit does seem confident in mentioning the 5GHz number in its marketing bump.

It might breathe some life into Kaby Lake and make it workwhile. All it would take is a few PC makers in Europe to get on the bandwagon and there could be a good product out there. Of course you could wait until Zen arrives, but that is a bit like waiting for Godot.

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Kingston To Release Highest Capacity 2TB Thumb Drive

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

Kingston Technology has announced it will offer the world’s highest-capacity USB thumb drive starting in February– a 2TB model that can store up to 70 hours of 4K video.

The new DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte drive uses the USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) specification but not the new 24-pin fully reversible Type-C plug connector.

While Kingston released hardware specifications for the drive, it did not offer information about the retail price of the drive, its data transfer speeds, or where consumers will be able to purchase it.

In 2013, Kingston released its first 1TB USB drive, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator. That drive sells for more than $1,000 (Amazon price). A Kingston spokesman said the new DataTraveler Ultimate GT drive will sell for between 40 and 45 cents per gigabyte of capacity, meaning the 2TB drive would retail for $800 to $900.

 The new DataTraveler Ultimate GT sports a flashy design with a zinc-alloy metal casing, which the company claims improves shock resistance.

“With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor,” Jean Wong, Kingston’s Flash business manager, said in a news release. “This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013, and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily.”

Along with a 2TB model, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT also comes in a 1TB capacity. The flash drive is about 2-¾-in (72mm) x 1 1/16-in (26.94mm) x ¾-in (21mm) in size.

The thumb drive comes with a five-year warranty and is compatible with Windows 7 (SP1) and higher, Mac OS v.10.9.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, and Chrome OS.

 

Will Cars Go Intel Inside?

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Intel has decided to spend a heap of money it’s got by buying into a company called HERE, or Here as we call it.

The chip giant has only taken a 15 percent share into Here, at a price that no doubt it can afford.

Here specializes in digital maps and location services for the internet of things as well as autonomous – that is to say, self-driving vehicles. Here is a private company, so Intel doesn’t have to say what a 15 percent share means in terms of cash.

But the interesting thing is that the company is “indirectly” wholly owned by Audi, BMW, and Daimler.

It’s not indirectly “wholly owned” now, though.

It means that Intel is in cahoots with motorcar companies and that’s not really a surprise. It has to go somewhere, perhaps autonomously, where no motorcar or semiconductor company has gone before.

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Anti-drone Industry Sees Growth Potential

January 4, 2017 by  
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A hug uptick in consumer drone sales has given rise to a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn’t, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky.

Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques – from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka – to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces.

The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of government regulation for drones.

 In Australia, for example, different agencies regulate drones and counter-drone technologies. “There are potential privacy issues in operating remotely piloted aircraft, but the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s role is restricted to safety. Privacy is not in our remit,” the CASA told Reuters.

“There’s a bit of a fear factor here,” says Kyle Landry, an analyst at Lux Research. “The high volume of drones, plus regulations that can’t quite keep pace, equals a need for personal counter-drone technology.”

The consumer drone market is expected to be worth $5 billion by 2021, according to market researcher Tractica, with the average drone in the United States costing more than $500 and packing a range of features from high-definition cameras to built-in GPS, predicts NPD Group, a consultancy.

Australian authorities relaxed drone regulations in September, allowing anyone to fly drones weighing up to 2kg without training, insurance, registration or certification.

Elsewhere, millions of consumers can fly high-end devices – and so can drug traffickers, criminal gangs and insurgents.

Drones have been used to smuggle mobile phones, drugs and weapons into prisons, in one case triggering a riot. One U.S. prison governor has converted a bookshelf into an impromptu display of drones his officers have confiscated.

Armed groups in Iraq, Ukraine, Syria and Turkey are increasingly using off-the-shelf drones for reconnaissance or as improvised explosive devices, says Nic Jenzen-Jones, director of Armament Research Services, a consultancy on weapons.

A booby-trapped drone launched by Islamic State militants killed two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and wounded two French soldiers in October near Mosul.

The use of drones by such groups is likely to spread, says Jenzen-Jones. “There’s an understanding that the threat can migrate beyond existing conflict zones,” he told Reuters.

 

Lenovo’s Miix 720 Tablet To Take On Microsoft’s Surface

January 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

While the world waits for Microsoft’s next Surface tablet, consumers can opt for h Lenovo’s new Miix 720, a 12-inch Windows tablet loaded with cutting-edge features.

The Miix 720 and will ship in April with a starting price of $999. That’s about $100 more than the starting price of the Surface Pro 4, but the Miix 720 has superior features.

But the Surface could catch up with the Miix 720 soon. A new Surface Pro 5 could be out early this year and could have features like faster processors and a higher resolution screen that could be on par or better than the Miix 720. That’s when the competition will get interesting.

But for now, it’s Miix 720 versus the Surface Pro 4. The Lenovo tablet runs on an Intel Core processor based on the latest Kaby Lake architecture and has an integrated graphics processor capable of supporting 4K video. Surface Pro 4 is a generation behind with Skylake chips, but the next Surface tablet will likely get Kaby Lake.

Lenovo has borrowed some ideas from the Surface with a kickstand at the back of the Miix 720, which helps the tablet sit upright on a desk or tabletop.

A difference-maker in the Miix 720 is the USB-C port, which is also a high-speed Thunderbolt 3 port to connect external peripherals like displays and storage devices. Surface Pro 4 only has one full-sized USB 3.0 port. Additionally, the Miix 720 has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The Lenovo tablet supports up to 16GB of faster DDR4 DRAM. The Surface Pro 4 supports up to 16GB of the older and slower DDR3 memory. Data moves faster with DDR4 memory, and that means faster computer performance.

The Lenovo’s 12-inch screen is smaller than the 12.3-inch screen on the Surface Pro 4 but displays images at a higher resolution. The Miix 720 displays images at a 2880 x 1920-pixel resolution, which is better than the 2736 x 1824-pixel resolution of the Surface Pro 4.

The Miix 720 has storage capacity up to 1TB, and a keyboard attachment turns the tablet into a laptop. Those capabilities are available on the Surface Pro 4. Lenovo will separately sell a stylus allowing users to take notes and draw on the tablet.

Lenovo’s tablet weighs about 780 grams, or 1.1 kilograms with the keyboard attachment. It has a 1-megapixel front camera with infrared, allowing users to log into Windows PCs via face recognition.The tablet also has a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Will Intel Go 10nm Next Year

January 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel is starting to talk up its new, 10-nanometer chip-manufacturing technology and claims that it is going to prop up Moore’s Law.
According to IEEE Spectrum claims its new 10nm transistors will be cheaper than those that came before.

This contradicts talk that transistor­-production costs have already sunk as low as they will go. Intel plans to make further improvements to the design of these transistors and optimise its manufacturing technology to accommodate other companies that wish to use Intel’s facilities to produce chips based on ARM architecture.

Intel senior fellow Mark Bohr said that transistors on Intel’s 10-nm generation will still be denser than those on today’s 14-nm chips—as well as other companies’ 10-nm offerings.

The minimum gate pitch will go from 70 nm to 54 nm. And logic cells will be less than 46 percent the size of those built on 14-nm technology.

Bohr said that this is a more aggressive level of miniaturisation than before.
“One important message is that this node, and the products that we’ll be making on it, will hopefully dispute some of the concerns of the industry that Moore’s Law is slowing down,” Bohr says.

While the cost of producing a 10nm wafer will be higher at 10 nm than at 14, Intel says the cost per transistor will be lower.

The 10-nm chips are also expected to deliver improvements to switching speed and energy consumption. As has been the case for years already, clock speed isn’t liable to increase, though. “It’s really power reduction or energy efficiency that’s the primary goal on these new generations, besides or in addition to transistor cost reduction,” Bohr says.

Improved compactness and efficiency will make it more attractive to add more cores to server chips and more execution units onto GPUs, he says.

“It’s really power reduction or energy efficiency that’s the primary goal on these new generations”

Intel used to upgrade its transistors once every couple of years, with the introduction of a new manufacturing generation. At 14 nm it just issued another improvement before 10 nm appeared. At 10 nm, the company will to introduce two 10 nm+ and 10 nm++ before it moves to 7 nm.

Bohr said that if it is going to take longer to get to 10-nm or to the 7-nm generation, then the next best thing to do is to find ways to enhance what you have today and have new products annually.
Intel says the first 10-nm chip to ship will be one of its own processors, with chips for others to follow, but perhaps not until 2018.

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Will Twitter Be Around For All Of 2017?

December 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Around The Net

It has taken a while, but we are finally getting analysts to describe situations in the way we do. Trip Chowdhry, the managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research shocked the market when he described Twitter as being “toast.”

We would have liked it better had he added Twitter was now the Norwegian Blue of the tech world but we can’t have everything.

Chowdhry’s comment followed chief technology officer, Adam Messinger, tweeted that he would leave the company and “take some time off.” Meanwhile Josh McFarland, vice president of product at Twitter, also said he was exiting the company. Both exits were announced on the same day.

Last month, Adam Bain stepped down as chief operating officer last month to be replaced by chief financial officer Anthony Noto, who has yet to be replaced. Twitter has also lost leaders from business development, media and commerce, media partnerships, human resources, and engineering this year.

Chowdhry said that many Twitter investors were foolishly building an investment thesis based on complete stupidity. The company was toast and not worth $10 a share, he added.

A $10 price tag would represent a more than 44 percent decline in the U.S. technology company’s shares on Tuesday’s closing price.

He said Twitter’s data quality was “horrible.” Many pollsters used Twitter data to predict a Hillary Clinton win in the US election but the fact that Donald Trump won shows that data quality is poor. This was because Twitter allowed too many fake users on the platform, Chowdhry claims.

“If data quality is bad, ad targeting is bad, and if ad targeting is bad, advertisers are not happy, and hence monetisation will remain challenging for Twitter,” Chowdhry said.

Twitter’s average monthly active users for the third quarter increased to 317 million, up 4 million from its second quarter, while earnings beat market expectations. The US social media giant also announced plans to lay off about 350 people, or 9 percent of its global workforce.

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Do The Apple Airbuds Have a Design Flaw?

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

air-budsApple’s overpriced Airbuds might have shipped before Christmas after all but they are proving to be a disaster for users and the environment.

Users have been complaining that the design of the earbuds – like two tiny devices hanging from your ear, do not appear to sit well in the human ear, which was what most Apple fanboys were equipped with. As a result, they tend to fall out, which means either finding them, or shelling out a lot of dosh to get a replacement.

The Tame Apple Press has been doing its best. The reviewer at the Verge blamed his ears for the problem. I guess it is easier to blame your parents, or God for your ears than it is to blame your favourite technology company for letting you down. At no point, did Sean O’Kane think “hang on, other headphone designs manage to stay in my ears, but something about Apple doesn’t.” Given the amount of cash you pay for the things you would think that having the ability to stay in your ear would be a key design feature, before the Apple fanboy’s wade in below and say “but Apple makes huge profits, so what do you know?” that statement does not nullify the argument, it just proves you think it is OK to be a victim and are proud of the company doing it to you.

We think we got where O’Kane was coming from when he wrote: “I’ve tested a lot of wireless earbuds so far and my biggest takeaway is that they’re only as good as the case they come with.” Yeah right, if you have a $55,000 Sennheiser Orpheus headphones you often find their sound quality is totally dictated by the box they arrived in.

Meanwhile iFixit has said that if you buy a pair of Airpads you are lowering the standards of the world and helping to kill off polar bears.

That is because Apple made sure that it was practically impossible to recycle the AirPods. Apple decided, in its wisdom to glue the tiny lithium batteries to the casing of the headphones. This means that if you recycle them in the traditional way by meshing them you will get a fire at your recycling factory.

Apple insists that the $159 AirPods can be returned to the company for recycling but what happens to them next is unclear. It is too expensive for them to be broken down by hand so it is pretty obvious they are going to end up in a landfill somewhere, probably China, where they will contribute to the generally running down of the environment and ultimately the extinction of fluffy baby polar bears.

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Twitter Suffers Another Loss

December 22, 2016 by  
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twitter-logo-4-150x150Twitter Inc’s Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger announced via a tweet on Tuesday he would be leaving the company, the latest in a string of high-profile executive departures.

Messinger had been working with Twitter for five years and became the CTO in March 2013. Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, he was vice president of development at Oracle Corp.

Engineering Vice President Ed Ho will now take over all product and engineering and report directly to Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, Recode reported, citing people familiar with the restructuring.

“We’re taking steps to streamline and flatten the organization by elevating our engineering, product and design functions, with each area now reporting directly to Jack,” a company spokesperson said in an email.

As chief technology officer, Messinger was responsible for engineering, product development, and design at the microblogging company, amid efforts to find new products and features to grow its user numbers.

San Francisco-based Twitter has faced a string of departures, including in its product team, which has had three heads in less than a year.

No one individual was essential, but the fact that they all left should be concerning, especially since Dorsey is splitting his time between Square Inc and Twitter, Wedbush Securities Inc analyst Michael Pachter said.

Twitter’s Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain left the company last month, handing over the reins to Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto.

Josh McFarland, vice president of product at Twitter, also said on Tuesday that he would leave the company to join Silicon Valley venture firm Greylock Partners.

Twitter said in October it would lay off 9 percent of its employees and shut down video app Vine to keep its costs down.

Will Intel Debut New NUCs At CES?

December 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Computing

neuWhile PC demand remains weak, Intel’s NUCs have been doing rather well and it is set to release a new wave of the bare bone products at CES.

Intel will unveil its new Baby Canyon NUC platform in the first quarter of 2017 to succeed its existing Rock Canyon and Swift Canyon platforms, using Kaby Lake or entry-level Apollo Lake based processors.

A Core i3 version of the Baby Canyon platform will arrive in January, followed by a Core i5 version in February and a Core i7 in March. This means that Intel will offer five CPUs for its new NUC systems including Core i7-7567U, Core i5-7200U and Core i3-7100U.

The company’s existing Skull Canyon platform with Core i7 processors for the gaming market is expected to die off in the first half of 2018.

Intel does have competition in the NUC market from Gigabyte, Elitegroup and ASRock, Asustek, Zotac and Shuttle. Gigabyte and ECS have also been promoting their NUC devices for enterprises.

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Samsung First Adds 64-bit Chip To Gear S3 Smartwatch

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Mobile

samsung-gear-3-smartwatch-150x150Samsung  can celebrate being among the first to bring 64-bit chip technology to smartwatches.

The recently launched Samsung Gear S3 has some of the most advanced circuitry found in wearables, according to a teardown of the device by Linley Group.

Inside, engineers found a dual-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor running at 1.0GHz combined with high-definition graphics, memory, power management and LTE connectivity. That makes it roughly equivalent to a low-cost smartphone.

That’s notable because engineers typically fit much lower performance components into phones to keep power consumption down and battery life long.

Even with these components, the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic models offer a battery life of up to 3 days.

But what does this mean for consumers?

One advantage comes in image processing, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. Paired with a good graphics processor, a 64-bit chip can get more processing done within fewer clock cycles, which means longer battery life.

The chip will also allow a more modern operating system to run, and that opens the way to new uses and applications that weren’t possible in the past. The Gear S3 has Tizen OS, which can now work with ARM-based 64-bit chips.

The teardown also found the Gear S3 has a Mali-T720 graphics processor, which is an interesting choice. The chip can handle high-definition video far beyond what’s required on the small 1.3-inch circular AMOLED display on Gear S3.

“Watching a movie on one’s wrist seems unlikely,” said Linley Gwennap, an analyst at Linley Group, but he noted the display processing in the watch could conceivably support higher resolution displays.

Additionally, the smartwatch has separate chips for LTE Cat 4 mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. It has a satellite navigation chip that works with the U.S. GPS, Russian Glonass, and Chinese Beidou systems.

Samsung used the 14-nm process to make the chipset for the Gear S3. It achieved high levels of integration that allowed it to shrink a 64-bit processor and 720p-capable GPU into a smartwatch.

 

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