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Xiaomi announced a new, relatively inexpensive Android tablet yesterday called the MiPad, and NVIDIA has made sure to bang the drum for the new device as it has the company’s Tegra K1 SoC inside, and NVIDIA talked up Xiaomi as a company, too. “Fast. Xiaomi does everything fast,” wrote NVIDIA’s Will Park in a company blog post. “Its Tegra 4-powered Mi3 was the world’s fastest phone at launch. They’re growing fast, too: Xiaomi is now one of the world’s largest smartphone vendors. And now, they’re the first to build a tablet with our out-of-this-world... Read more...
You have to love these financials reports; they treat every bit of data with roughly equal weight, even though there are parts that are uninteresting and parts that make you do a double-take. Case in point, buried halfway down the page on AMD’s press release about its Q1 results is the tidbit that its Graphics and Visual Solutions revenue jumped a whopping 118% year-over-year. Unsurprisingly, that’s largely due to the company’s semi-custom APUs which are found in, for example, both the Xbox One and the PS4. That number was also nudged upward a bit by sales of AMD’s Radeon... Read more...
Intel’s first quarter earnings report shows some uneven results across the company’s market segments and vast product portfolio, with a particular drop on the mobile side. Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group had a revenue of $156 million, but that was 52% from last quarter and down 61% year-over-year. In fact, sequentially, Intel’s revenue was down in most areas: its PC Client group was down 8%; the Data Center group was down 5%; the Internet of Things group was down 10%; and software and services dropped 6%. However, year-over-year the numbers are much rosier. With... Read more...
AMD’s socketed “Kabini” Athlon and Sempron APUs, designed for the new AM1 platform, have arrived in the form of the AMD Athlon 5150/5350 and the AMD Sempron 2650/3850. These chips are designed for the mainstream market and promise superb affordability and the kind of performance most users will be happy to have, with Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Jaguar CPU cores. “With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our... Read more...
The Internet of Things is coming, and there are increasing numbers of products designed to make the IoT reality more feasible and easier to build for. Enter The HIO Project, which offers an open hardware platform that features a tiny mainboard rocking Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex A9 processor technology. The premier portion of the project is the HIO-EMB-1200 mainboard which Habey USA describes as “a Post-it sized, Lego-like ARM based open modular platform for rapid prototyping, quick application module development, and fast time to market”. The board is just 72mm x 80mm and includes the... Read more...
Intel used the backdrop of the Game Developers Conference currently taking place in San Francisco to make a handful of interesting announcements that run the gamut from low-power technologies to ultra-high-end desktop chips. In addition to outing a number of upcoming processors—from an Anniversary Edition Pentium to a monster 8-core Haswell-E—Intel also announced a new technology dubbed Ready Mode. Intel described Ready Mode as a “capability that takes advantage of new power-saving states in Intel’s 4th gen Core desktop processor, combined with software and board level optimizations,... Read more...
AMD announced its new AM1 platform, which consists of dual- and quad-core Kabini APUs that slot into motherboards using the FS1b socket. The idea is that AM1 gives users a powerful but compact and affordable--not to mention upgradable--system. Designed for the mainstream market, Kabini APUs come equipped with Jaguar core architecture and Graphics Core Next (GCN), as well as support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and are destined to land on microATX and miniITX motherboards from all the usual manufacturers, including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and more. MSI AM1 motherboard “AMD continues our... Read more...
There’s a lot that goes on inside that petite mobile device of yours, and Audience is looking to overhaul the process to deliver a much better end user experience with its multisensory processors. The Audience eS700 series of mobile processors use multiple smart technologies to offer always-on voice sensing, motion detection, a smart audio codec, and Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) assist. VoiceQ voice sensing technology is, in a nutshell, designed to severely cut down on the number of times you reach for your phone every day. Instead of picking it up, pressing a button, entering a passcode,... Read more...
AMD has released its annual earnings report, and the news for the chipmaker is mixed but looking up. For the year, AMD saw revenue drop 2% from 2012 (from $5.42 billion to $5.3 billion), but the company had a solid fourth quarter in 2013 with $1.59 billion revenue which marked a 38% year-over-year jump from 2012. Much of that revenue came from sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. (Lest anyone forget that both of those very popular consoles run on AMD semi-custom hardware, that was a big win for the company.) AMD says that altogether, the Microsoft and Sony sold 7... Read more...
Intel may seem like an unmovable juggernaut, but the company is actually in the midst of major changes. The PC industry is shifting, and the old Wintel paradigm isn’t what it used to be. The company has a new CEO in Brian Krzanich, and the new boss is tasked with captaining the turning ship; unfortunately, he’s doing so in part by cutting a lot of jobs. Intel announced that it’s cutting 5% of its workforce, which is more than 5,000 jobs. The casualties are coming as Intel realigns some of its business segments, moving more resources to focus on data center tech (which is a big... Read more...
Qualcomm is developing NPUs, or “neural processing units”, which would present a different and powerful way for machines to handle information by more closely mimicking the way that the human brain works. Essentially, Qualcomm and its partners are trying to artificially create neurons, and NPUs are designed for parallel processing and high efficiency. The company has apparently been successful enough in that endeavor that it’s ready to start designing and manufacturing these NPUs commercially. In fact, IT News says that Qualcomm has developed prototypes in conjunction with a powerful... Read more...
Although Intel is Chipzilla, the company can’t help but extend its reach just a bit into the exciting and growing world of DIY makers and hobbyists. Intel announced its Galileo development board, a microcontroller that’s compatible with Arduino software and uses the new Quark X1000 SoC processor (400MHz, 32-bit, Pentium-class, single- core and thread) that Intel announced at the IDF 2013 keynote. The board makes use of Intel’s architecture to make it easy to develop for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but it’s also completely open hardware. If this sounds similar to the low-cost... Read more...
You’re going to want a 4K monitor for this: NVIDIA is shouldering its way further into the gaming PC market with its Battlebox program in which it partners with boutique system builders to develop scorchingly powerful gaming systems. The Battlebox systems are built to play all the newest blockbuster games at high resolutions and with all the settings jacked to the proverbial 11. NVIDIA’s graphics cards will be front and center, of course, and all the systems will feature GeForce GTX 780 or Titan cards 2- or 3-way SLI configurations. NVIDIA’s numerous graphics technologies are... Read more...
It appears that Intel, long an enabler of overclocking processors, wants to overclock everything, starting with SSDs. At September’s Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel scheduled a session that covers a number of overclocking topics, including “Demonstrating overclocking SSD technology”. There’s virtually no information available as to what exactly that means, but Alan Frost, marketing communications manager for Intel told ComputerWorld that “"This is a product we're looking into but we have not released yet. So I'm not able to go into great detail... Read more...
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