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Monday, April 20, 2015

AMD’s First ARM CPU To Begin Shipping In The Second Half Of 2015

by Khalid Moammer 4/20/2015

AMD announced at its Q1 2015 earnings conference call that the company will be shipping its first ever ARM powered CPU this year. More specifically in the second half of 2015. The chip in question is the eight core A57 powered server processor code named Seattle. Seattle began sampling last year and according to AMD has so far managed to become the most used platform for ARM based sever development. Seattle is primarily targeted towards servers and the embedded market. It was in fact believed for a long time that this chip would be a perfect fit for dense servers. However AMD’s recent exit from that market indicates that this may not have been the case and that a shift in philosophy is taking place at the company.

AMD Seattle Features 8 ARM A57 Cores 12MB of Cache and Dual Channel Memory Interface:

Seattle is built on Globalfoundries 28nm process node. It features an eight core design based on the 64bit ARM A57 CPU cores. The chip features 1MB of L2 cache per core pair and 8MB of shared L3 cache accessible to all cores. The chip features support for ECC DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 1866Mhz running on a dual channel memory interface. Seattle also features an ARM security processor and a cryptographic coprocessor. The TrustZone technology enabled by the ARM security processor allow for sensitive tasks to be processed interdependently from the the A57 cores isolating them from any possible security risk.

Read more here --> wccftech.com


Android Wear update takes the fight to Apple Watch

A new software release for Android Wear brings a slew of new features designed to challenge the Apple Watch
By Sophie Curtis 20 Apr 2015

Google has released an update for its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, just days before Apple is due to start shipping its long-anticipated Apple Watch.
The update adds features such as hands-free actions, always-on apps, WiFi support and an emoji recogniser, all of which will help Android Wear devices like the LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360 compete with the Apple Watch.
  • For example, WiFi support allows users to leave their phone at home when they go to the gym or to a party, and still receive notifications, send messages and use apps on their Android Wear smartwatch – as long as it is connected to WiFi.
  • Unlike the Apple Watch, which can only connect to an iPhone over Wi-Fi if the two devices are on the same network, Android devices will be able to work together even if they are on different networks.
  • Meanwhile, the new Android Wear hands-free feature makes it easier to navigate the interface, allowing users to flick their wrist outward to advance to the "next card" in the stream, or inward to go to the "previous card".
  • Like the Apple Watch's "digital crown", this feature is designed to tackle the problem of scrolling through information on a tiny screen, where fingers are often too clumsy.
  • The always-on apps feature means that the user can make certain apps – like maps or shopping lists – remain visible on the smartwatch screen in a low-power mode, even when they are not actively looking at it.
Read more here --> www.telegraph.co.uk

Windows 10: Landing In July?

In a conference call, AMD's CEO let it slip that Microsoft will release Windows 10 at the end of July 2015.
By Kelly Sheridan  4/20/2015

Ever since Microsoft announced the impending release of Windows 10 at a press conference back in January, the tech community has been on the lookout for hints on a definite launch date.

Microsoft gave us some clarity in March, when it announced that the new OS would be released during the summer of 2015. This was a surprise, one that narrowed the launch timeframe to about three months -- a smaller window, but still vague.

Now we're looking at a specific month, thanks to a small slip-up from Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Su was on a conference call April 17 to discuss Q1 earnings when she mentioned that Windows 10 would affect the company's outlook for Q2. "What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up," Su said, according to a transcript posted by Seeking Alpha.

Read more here --> www.informationweek.com

Monday, April 13, 2015

Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut?

Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut?
By Jamie Hinks 4/13/2015

Just weeks after releasing the Surface 3, Microsoft could unveil its powerful Surface Pro 4 tablet-PC hybrid at the Build 2015 conference later on this month.

First reported by DigiTimes, the Redmond-based firm will out the Apple MacBook challenger for the first time later on this month before it will reportedly be released at some point in the second half of 2015. A source familiar with Microsoft's plans told the publication that Microsoft is planning to "unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet during the upcoming Build developer conference in April," before putting it into mass production at some point in June.

Read More Here --> Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut? | News | TechRadar

Sharp Unveils 5.5-Inch 4K Smartphone Display With Record 806ppi Pixel Density

Sharp Unveils 5.5-Inch 4K Smartphone Display With Record 806ppi Pixel Density 
by NDTV Correspondent, 13 April 2015

The popular Japanese display manufacturer Sharp has announced a new 5.5-inch 4K display for smartphones, featuring a record 806ppi pixel density.

The Ultra-HD (4K) Sharp IGZO screen with 2160x3840 pixels resolution is scheduled for mass production in 2016 and may first ship in the smartphones manufactured by Chinese manufactures, reported Techblog (via Phonearena) on Monday.

While it has become relatively common amongst flagship smartphones to sport QHD (2K, or 1440x2560 pixel) displays, 4K displays are the next step. To remind you, Samsung may also start mass-producing 5.9-inch Ultra-HD (4K) Super AMOLED display boasting of a pixel density of 700ppi in August this year. In November, a report had indicated the South Korean giant was planning a 5.9-inch UHD (2160x3840 pixels) display for the Galaxy Note 4 successor.

Read More Here --> Sharp Unveils 5.5-Inch 4K Smartphone Display With Record 806ppi Pixel Density | NDTV Gadgets

Details of AMD Zen 16-core x86 APU emerge

Details of AMD Zen 16-core x86 APU emerge 
by Mark Tyson on 13 April 2015

A slide purporting to outline the key specifications of the AMD Zen APU has been published by Fudzilla. AMD's Zen will be an x86 APU aimed at enterprise, server and high performance computing systems offering up to 16 cores and 32 threads, support for DDR4 memory up to 256GB/channel and 'Greenland' graphics with up to 16GB of HBM.

The slide from Fudzilla, as reproduced above, is rather blurry and of unknown origin. However it outlines a very interesting chip from AMD, if it turns out to provide legitimate details and specs.

Starting by looking at the compute component of the APU, it says a Zen chip can consist of up to 16 cores and 32 threads via SMT. This is a departure from AMD's previous module core design as each core will have dedicated resources like 512KB of L2 cache per core, only the L3 cache will be shared, heterogeneously, between cores. Importantly for corporate and business customers the APU will support secure boot and AMD's crypto coprocessor.

The graphic component of the APU is also impressive in its scalability and use of new tech. 'Greenland' stream processors are on board and capable of addressing up to 16GB of HBM (high bandwidth memory). This GPU offers half rate double precision compute capability enhanced ECC and RAS and HSA support.

AMD's Zen APU offers system memory support for DDR4 with four channels up to 3200MHz. Memory capacity can be as high as 256GB per channel. Fudzilla says that the APU has 64 PCI express Gen 3 lanes, where 16 lanes are switchable with 2 lanes or SATA Express and 14 lanes of regular SATA. Combining the components, the general purpose Zen processor cores and Greenland stream processors interface via Global Memory Interconnect (GMI) technology.

Read More Here -->
Details of AMD Zen 16-core x86 APU emerge - CPU - News - HEXUS.net

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

VLC media player to support Chromecast soon

By Michael Brown Feb 17, 2015 



It’s easy to see why VLC is the go-to media player for millions: It’s free, it’s available on nearly every operating system, it can play just about any type of media file, and it offers features that other media players doesn’t. Now the open-source software is about to come to a whole new platform: Google’s Chromecast media dongle.



This news came to our attention by way of Engadget, although the information was contained in a VLC project changelog dated early last week. When VLC 3.0 becomes available, users will be able to stream nearly any type of media from computers, tablets, and smartphones running the Windows, OS X, Android, Linux, and several other operating systems (the iOS version is temporarily unavailable) to a Chromecast dongle plugged into their TV.



VLC media player to support Chromecast soon

Acer unveils 2560*1440 display with 144Hz refresh and AMD FreeSync | KitGuru

February 18th, 2015 at 3:36 am - AuthorAnton Shilov



Acer Group has introduced one of the world’s first displays featuring AMD FreeSync technology that supports 144Hz refresh rate. The new monitor could become a good choice for gamers looking for AMD FreeSync tech and extreme refresh rates. The Acer XG270HU uses 27” TN+film panel with 2560*1440 resolution with up to 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. The monitor has one HDMI 2.0, one dual-link DVI and one DisplayPort 1.2a connectors as well as two 2W speakers. The display features very thin bezel and therefore will also become a good choice for those, who plan to build multi-monitor configurations.

Since the XG207HU uses a TN panel, do not expect truly good viewing angles or the best possible colours; however, low response time and up to 144Hz refresh rates should be excellent for gaming.

The new display from Acer is the first 120Hz/144Hz monitor to support AMD’s FreeSync technology, which dynamically synchronizes refresh rates of displays to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics adapters to reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming or video playback.





Acer unveils 2560*1440 display with 144Hz refresh and AMD FreeSync | KitGuru

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