The Xbox One features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Blu-Ray drive, Wi-Fi (802.11n) / Wi-Fi Direct, USB 3.0 and an HDMI port.
The Xbox One will come with a new Kinect sensor that supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second and offers a wider field of view due to its improved data throughput of 2GB per second. When used as a two-way communicator, such as through Skype calls, video can be captured at 60 frames per second. The next Kinect sensor also works in a dark room and is more precise as it is able to read the user’s balance, transfer of weight and even measure your heartbeat.
Since you’ll probably be doing a lot of gaming on the Xbox One, Microsoft is introducing a completely redesigned controller with the console that features 40 design changes. The Xbox One controller features a similar look to the Xbox 360 controller, but its analog sticks now have some noticeable texturing, it has a new dynamic impulse triggers, a newly-designed directional pad and an integrated battery. Communication between the controller and console has also been improved as it can now provide information 15% faster than the Xbox 360 controller.
Catherine McGeoch, a computer science professor at Amherst College, carried out the tests and will soon present her results in a peer reviewed paper at the International Conference on Computing Frontiers. Her verdict on D-Wave’s computer? “In some cases, really, really fast.”
The ability to effectively integrate the GPU and CPU, eliminating the bottlenecks of GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) computing is a bridge that only AMD has been able to cross. While Mark Cerny PlayStation 4’s lead architect Mark Cerny let out a few spoilers of the existence of such a heterogeneous architecture existing on AMD’s hardware a few weeks ago, it wasn’t until last week that AMD officially announced hUMA for this summer’s upcoming Kaveri core.
Considering market demands, growth is not necessarily going to be in high-power high-cost chips. Should hUMA work in the real-world as advertised, it will allow the company to attain some serious growth in the mobile and tablet marketplace.
Intel has announced Iris, its latest generation of graphics processing architecture that will be included in the Intel Core 4th generation processors (CPUs). We haven’t been able to run our own benchmarks with the new chip yet, but according to Intel’s own measurements, the new Intel Iris graphics architecture is 2X to 3X faster than Intel’s previous graphics architecture. This is a huge and unexpected jump, especially considering that in time (but not right now), every Intel CPUs will be equipped with a variant of Iris.
Samsung has announced the first production of 4GB DDR3 mobile RAM. This ultra high speed RAM promises to deliver PC like performance, transmitting up to 2,133 Mbps of data per pin, on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Its a 20 nanometer class produced low power mobile DRAM that can provide support for high performance demanding multimedia features on next generation devices. Samsung says that when compared to the previous low power DDR3 30 nanometer class RAM, this new chip decreases power consumption by up to 20% and boots up performance by 30%.
Logitech has just announced their latest device for unified communications and PC-based soft phones, calling it the Logitech H820e wireless headset, where it will merge enterprise-grade audio as well as innovative features, all crammed into an affordable package that makes wireless freedom something that is practical for just about everyone within the office, and you are able to work in all kinds of locations from traditional cubicles, not to mention open offices and heck, why not from home?
The Logitech H820e is said to be capable of delivering true-to-life sound, never mind if you so happen to be in a noisy work environment, where all of this is made possible thanks to a noise-cancelling microphone, acoustic echo cancellation and digital signal processing (DSP). The headset itself has been optimized for Microsoft Lync, and it will also play nice with all major unified communication and soft phone applications, and that would also include Cisco platforms. The Logitech H820e is also said to come with up to 10 hours of wideband talk time, and it will arrive in mono (one ear) and dual (both ears) models, where regardless of which model you pick, it will not cost more than $200.
SEOUL, KOREA – Samsung Display, which is pushing for the commercialization of its flexible display within this year, has caught on a technical snag – i.e. encapsulation technology.
Samsung Display has improved its plastic substrate technology, which had been regarded as the biggest technological obstacle, to a near-commercialization degree. Yet, it is having difficulty upgrading its encapsulation technology, the patent on which Samsung Display purchased from US company Vitex System at the end of 2011.
It was said that Samsung Display was turning its eyes to other technologies since the adoption of Vitex System’s encapsulation technology excessively lengthens the manufacturing time.
Since OLEDs are vulnerable to moisture and oxygen, encapsulation processes are crucial to the commercialization of flexible displays.
Samsung Display is reportedly reviewing various encapsulation technologies than can replace the encapsulation technology developed by Vitex System.
Samsung Display said, “As we have accumulated expertise in this field, progress is being made in substrates as well as encapsulation technology. We have developed a new technology than can shorten the encapsulation process to less than 2 minutes by using the Vitex System-developed encapsulation technology.”
4TB desktop hard drives aren’t really anything new—Western Digital released one last November. Seagate’s new 4TB Desktop HDD.15 is a little different, however. It achieves that same capacity using four platters rather than five, and its platters spin at 5,900 RPM instead of 7,200 RPM like the 4TB WD Black.
Thanks to the reduced spindle speed and platter count, Seagate touts power savings of 35% over the competition. The company claims its drive delivers the “highest average data rate on the market today,” as well: 146MB/s. Other key specs—a 64MB cache, a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, and a 3.5″ form factor—are in line with the competition.
Now, given that WD quotes (PDF) a “sustained” transfer rate of 154MB/s for its 4TB Black drive, I’m not sure Seagate’s performance claim checks out. The Desktop HDD.15 does appear to have lower power draw, though: it draws only 7.5W during “typical operation” and 5W at idle, compared to 10.4W during read/write operations and 8.1W at idle for the Black.
The Seagate drive is also much cheaper. Amazon has it listed for only $189.99, well below the $302.87 price tag of the 4TB WD Black.
The Consortium recently published their HMC Specification 1.0, which basically enables companies to build platforms and RAM using 2GB, 4GB and 8GB chips, where these will also incorporate the stacked, power-efficient technology, without having to go through the headache of compatibility issues from different supporters. It seems that when equipped with eight links, a memory cube is capable of hitting a peak 320GB/s of aggregate bandwidth, now how about that? Consider how current DDR3 memory achieves approximately 11GB/s at this moment. The future is indeed bright.
ujitsu America said it has released 1Mbit and 2Mbit FRAM devices. The units will be sampled at the end of the month.
The FRAMs are intended for use in smart meters in medical devices, and industrial machinery and support an astonishing 10 trillion writing cycles.
Fujitsu claims that endurance cycle betters other non-volatile memory by at least a million times. FRAM memory devices consume 92 percent less power during writing compared to EEPROMs of the same capacity, and also write 920 times faster.
A FRAM chip lets data be retained when power is switched off, and so are ideal for devices in the case of power outages.
Fujitsu will also make the 1Mbit and 2Mbit devices available for consumer devices and tiny medical devices.
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Geomerics has posted two videos showcasing its next-gen real-time Enlighten global illumination tech for Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4).
According to Geomerics founder Chris Doran, the technology will allow the addition of “cinematographic film practices to dynamic immersive worlds,” with Sony’s PlayStation 4 its first supported next-gen platform.
“We are delighted to be working on PlayStation 4. The hardware is everything we were hoping for in a next generation console, and a huge step forward from the current generation,” said Doran.
“Real-time global illumination was a big deal for games running on the current generation of hardware, but it required developers to make some compromises. With PlayStation 4, those days are behind us. We can finally unleash the full power of Enlighten, and allow game developers working on PlayStation 4 games to bring far deeper levels of dynamism and quality to game lighting. We cannot wait to see what developers produce with Enlighten.”
In related PS4 news, Sony’s upcoming console has won praise from industry heavyweight Sega, with COO Toshihiro Nagoshi offering a ringing endorsement of the system’s “hi-def” specs.
“I’ve been in this industry for 23 years, but compared to the past, modern specs are like a dream come true,” he said.
“At the same time, though, there are lots of issues with getting those dreams to expand to their peak as much as we can, so there is some nervousness checking the excitement I feel. I definitely realize that gamers will want to see those dreams realized as much as possible.”
The PS4 is powered by an AMD CPU and GPU. According to reports, the console boasts 8 x86-64 CPU cores, while the GPU is based on the next-gen Radeon graphics engine, capable of 1.84 teraflops of performance power. Because it is an APU, both the CPU and GPU reside on the same physical die, sharing 8GB of GDDR5 memory.
The console is also packaged with a redesigned controller that features a touchpad on the front, a share button, a headphone jack, a light bar for player identification and tech to sense a player’s depth and 3D position.
The follow-up to the current Kepler microarchitecture is called Maxwell, and it’s due out in 2014. Maxwell will be Nvidia’s first GPU to employ unified virtual memory, which means the graphics chip will be able to see the contents of system memory, and vice versa. Huang says this capability will make programming the GPU easier, and I suspect it will be particularly welcomed by the Tesla crowd.
Maxwell will be succeeded by Volta, which includes more memory innovations. Instead of relying solely on off-chip memory, the Volta GPU will share its silicon substrate with DRAM. This on-chip memory will be stacked vertically, and it will purportedly offer substantially higher bandwidth than what’s available via an external interface. Huang says the integrated memory will boast a whopping 1TB/s of bandwidth—more than three times what’s offered by the GeForce Titan.
Huang didn’t provide a timeline for Volta’s release, but I wouldn’t expect it before 2016. Nvidia has a history of debuting new GPU architectures every two years, with Fermi arriving in 2010, Kepler coming last year, and Maxwell scheduled for next year.
With today’s advanced display technology transitioning toward ever higher and sharper resolutions, the Exynos 5 Octa is powerful enough to drive WQXGA (2560×1600) display, the best crystal-clear resolution currently available for mobile devices, enabling users to enjoy crisper video images on their premium smartphones and tablets,” said the rep.
“And by adopting e-MMC (embedded multimedia card) 5.0 and USB 3.0 interfaces, the new Exynos application processor boasts fast data transfer speed, a feature that [facilitates] faster booting, web browsing and 3D game loading.”
Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa also incorporates a full HD 60fps (frame per second) video hardware codec engine for 1080p video recording and play-back, an embedded 13 mega-pixel 30fps image signal processor interface for high-quality camera functionality and 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth interface that enables full HD Wifi display.
Mini SSDs based on the mSATA form factor tend to be no faster than their 2.5″ Serial ATA counterparts. However, mSATA is due to be replaced by a next-generation form factor dubbed, er, the Next Generation Form Factor, or NGFF. This new format can tap multiple PCI Express lanes to offer more bandwidth than a 6Gbps SATA link, and Plextor has a new drive that will take advantage.
Hardware.Info spotted the SSD at last week’s CeBIT conference. The unnamed NGFF drive pairs a two-lane PCIe interface with Marvell’s 88SS9189 controller silicon. 128 and 256GB capacities are listed, as are some impressive performance specifications. The drive is projected to hit sequential read and write speeds of 700MB/s and 550MB/s, respectively. It’s also rated for 100k/90k read/write IOps.
A fresh rumor holds that Apple may be producing self-branded large capacity solid state drives for use in the next Mac Pro, the company’s professional level tower that is said to be getting a refresh later this year.
Confirming the rumors that have been swirling for quite some time, Sony finally revealed today that its next-generation console is basically a PC. At a press event this afternoon, the PlayStation maker said the fourth incarnation of its iconic console will use a “supercharged PC architecture” built around an AMD processor with eight x86-compatible CPU cores and an “enhanced PC GPU.” According to Ars Technica, the CPU and GPU components will share the same die and will be linked with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory. Storage will be handled by a mechanical hard drive.
NVIDIA has just announced Tegra 4i, a new member in the Tegra 4 family of mobile processors. Tegra 4i features NVIDIA’s first integrated 4G LTE modem and it has been designed for smartphones that require both high-performance and very tight chip integration. The goal is to allow handset makers to build powerful designs at a lower cost and a smaller power envelope. The Tegra 4i chip won’t be as fast as Tegra 4 in an absolute sense but it offers a better performance per square millimeter, which is a very potent measure of overall efficiency. This is a potential game changer for NVIDIA which could alter the wireless industry landscape in years to come.
Read more: NVIDIA Tegra 4i LTE Processor | Ubergizmo
The Surface Pro is out and our complete review is ready. Like it or not, the Surface Pro is one of the most anticipated tablet of this first quarter of 2013 and it’s easy to understand why: it is the reference tablet that is supposed to prove that a full Windows 8 Pro tablet is functional and viable and it is Microsoft’s way to set the bar for the rest of the industry.
We have used it for nearly a week, and this is the complete Microsoft Surface Pro Review. We are going to take a closer look at the tablet both from a PC user and a tablet user perspectives since the device has been designed to support both modes. We tested some of the best tablet apps for Windows 8 “Modern UI” and we looked at the real-world performance of the Surface Pro as a genuine PC. Here are our findings…
Read more: Microsoft Surface Pro Review | Ubergizmo
Dupa ce a facut valuri cu un gadget care combina un smartphone cu o tableta, ASUS a reusit sa combine o tableta cu un sistem all-in-one in Transformer AiO.
It has already been revealed both officially and unofficially that Intel Corp.’s next-generation Atom system-on-chip code-named Valleyview will be substantially faster and more capable than chips available today. But according to slides, which resemble those from Intel Corp.’s roadmaps, the Atom “Valleyview” system-on-chip due in late 2013 will be a rather revolutionary product.
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