Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Hardware

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit underlined the risks of relying on partners

From my perspective, attending this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit was all but mandatory for a journalist covering 5G: It offered the very first opportunity to go hands-on with low-band (600MHz) 5G, and the first looks at the chips that will power many of 2020’s most powerful 5G devices. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon XR2 5G, a chipset […]

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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 865 and 765, promises devices in Q1 2020

After yesterday’s announcement of names and bare concept outlines for its upcoming Snapdragon 865 and 765 mobile platforms, Qualcomm today detailed how the upcoming chipsets will perform, as well as how they’ll differ in 5G features. It also offered an expected on-sale date for the first consumer devices using both platforms: the first quarter of 2020. […]

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The DeanBeat: Black Friday lets us enjoy the low cost of computing and entertainment

I’ve done some conspicuous consumption already during the holiday season, even though Black Friday is barely upon us. A series of unfortunate incidents have befallen my electronic life, and I had to rectify the situation immediately. And all I have to say about that is thank heaven for Moore’s Law, the continuously falling price of […]

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Amazon’s cloud unit has designed a more powerful datacenter chip

(Reuters) — Amazon.com’s cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of datacenter processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest sign that the company is pouring money into custom silicon for its fastest-growing business. The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from SoftBank Group-owned Arm Holdings, the […]

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MediaTek’s first 5G SoC is the AI-heavy, power-sipping Dimensity 1000

It’s no surprise that MediaTek has been working on a 5G system-on-chip (SoC) for some time, with plans to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 alternative for higher-end 5G devices. Today, MediaTek officially named the chip Dimensity 1000 and provided specs for what it says will be the first in a family of 5G SoCs. The upshot […]

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Jeremy’s 2019 Apple holiday shopping guide

As the holiday shopping season is officially kicking off this week with major deals across the United States, it’s time to sort this year’s best Apple gifts from some of the company’s less-than-ideal alternatives. That’s where I come in. Apple released quite a few great products over the past year, and there are already some […]

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Black Friday 2019 gift guide: For Twitch and YouTube creators

Thanksgiving is fast approaching for those of us in the United States, and that means it’s almost time for shopping. The holiday gift-giving season begins on Black Friday, but you can’t go out into the cold without some idea of what to get. That’s where GamesBeat comes in. We have a handful of shopping guides […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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Nvidia and Microsoft launch Azure supercomputing instance

Nvidia is teaming with Microsoft’s Azure to introduce the NDv2 instance in preview for supercomputing in the cloud. The instance can supply up to 800 Nvidia Tesla V100 chips designed with deep learning in mind via the cloud. CEO Jensen Huang shared the news today onstage at SC19, a supercomputing conference in Denver. Nvidia also […]

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Dyndrite launches GPU-powered improvements for better 3D printing speed and quality

Decades ago, Adobe made the world safe for printing with software that made it less of a chore. Dyndrite believes it’s doing the same thing for 3D printing with its Additive Manufacturing software. Seattle-based Dyndrite believes its Additive Manufacturing toolkit and build processsor will make 3D printing much easier and faster. Tapping the power of […]

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Intel, Lenovo, and others launch Project Everyscale council to advance exascale computing

Lenovo, along with Intel and academic leaders in high performance computing, today jointly announced the launch of Project Everyscale, a council they say will work to drive broader adoption of high performance computing and so-called exascale technology. Their work is slated to kick off in early 2020. “Working with Intel we are now bringing together […]

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Samsung and Mediatek emerge as Qualcomm’s top 5G chip rivals in 2020

Throughout 2019, the 5G chip business has effectively been Qualcomm’s to lose — between its Snapdragon 855-series processors and its X50/X55 modems, Qualcomm won the business of almost every company interested in producing a 5G consumer device. But with 2020 just around the corner, rivals Samsung and Mediatek have emerged as top 5G chip alternatives […]

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Untether AI raises $20 million to develop machine learning inferencing hardware

Untether AI, a Toronto-based startup that’s developing high-efficiency, high-performance chips for AI inferencing workloads, this morning announced that it has raised a $20 million series A round, following a small seed investment. Radical Ventures joined Intel Capital and other investors in the round, with Radical Ventures partner Tomi Poutanen joining as a board member. Newly […]

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Apple’s iPad Pro is only an iPadOS update away from replacing a laptop

Over the past decade, smartphones may have become the primary computing devices for most users, but they haven’t replaced the need for laptop or desktop computers — at least, for certain critical purposes, such as content creation. Tablets have instead emerged as the heir apparent to laptops, but that transition has been happening slowly enough […]

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Nvidia launches Shield set-top boxes with Tegra X1+ processor, Dolby tech, and AI upscaling

Nvidia unveiled its new generation of Shield TV set-top boxes which stream media and enable cloud-based gaming. The new boxes, which retailers inadvertently leaked in recent weeks, will debut for $150 and $200. One of the devices looks like a plastic tube. Nvidia can pack a lot of technology into that little space. And it […]

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Western Digital’s WD Black is a life saver when it comes to storing games and videos

Western Digital‘s WD Black is one of those lifesavers in the modern age of gaming, where we all suffer from a lack of hard drive space. Unless you’ve bought a new machine recently, you are probably torn every time you get a new game. You want to play it, but something like Call of Duty: […]

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Strong data center rebound drives Intel’s Q3 revenues to $19.2 billion

Intel reported its third-quarter earnings on Thursday, hitting/missing Wall Street’s targets for financial performance. The results come amid a variety of challenges, including rising competition from rival Advanced Micro Devices and concerns about how the poor U.S.-China trade relations will impact revenues for cross-border industries such as computers. Intel reported on third-quarter revenues of $19.2 […]

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Samsung debuts Galaxy S11-ready 5G Exynos Modem 5123 and Exynos 990 SoC

Just last month, Samsung introduced the Exynos 980 system-on-chip (SoC), combining a CPU, GPU, and 5G modem onto a single energy-efficient die for midrange-premium phones. Now the company is announcing a “premium” alternative named Exynos 990, alongside a separate new modem called the 5G Exynos Modem 5123 — components that could wind up in some […]

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Google’s Coral AI edge hardware launches out of beta

Last March, Google took the wraps off of Coral, a collection of hardware development kits and accessories intended to bolster the development of machine learning models at the edge. It launched in select regions in beta, but the tech giant today announced that it’s graduating to a “wider” and global release. All Coral products — […]

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro leaks on Amazon with improved Tegra X1 chip

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favorite devices. It’s an Android-powered set-top box that is great for streaming media from Netflix, Amazon, and Plex. It’s also a great device for emulating classic games and streaming games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud service. But the original Shield TV came out in 2015, so it […]

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PC shipments grew in Q3 2019 thanks to Windows 10 refresh

The PC market grew between 1% and 3% in Q3 2019, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. After six years of quarterly PC shipment declines, 2018 was mixed, with negative, flat, and positive quarters. 2019 is doing slightly better: Q1 was negative but Q2 and Q3 were positive. Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to […]

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Arm enables custom instructions for embedded CPUs

Arm has enabled custom instructions for embedded centralized processing units (CPUs) to give chip makers more flexibility in a changing world. The new custom instructions will enable partners — who license the Arm architecture and design their own chips — to differentiate their system-on-chip (SoC) products from other chip makers for embedded and internet of […]

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How Falcon Northwest keeps making custom gaming PCs one at a time

Custom gaming PCs have always seemed like toys of the rich or geeky hobbyists. But you’d be surprised at the kind of people who talk to Kelt Reeves, CEO of Falcon Northwest, about creating the ultimate gaming machine. Reeves has been running Falcon Northwest in Medford, Oregon, since before he got out of college in […]

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