• SuVolta’s transistor technology speed-power benefits are validated in ARM processor

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    July 22, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    The ARM Cortex-M series processor was manufactured with SuVolta’s Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology on a 65 nm bulk planar CMOS DDC process. With SuVolta’s transistor technology, designers are able to reduce power or improve performance, depending upon design requirements.

    “ARM’s heritage is based on low power, so technologies that can further improve power consumption, such as DDC technology from SuVolta, will always be welcomed by ARM and our Partners,” said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “SuVolta has shown that the DDC technology, when incorporated into an ARM processor, can provide additional power reductions or a significant performance boost. As the Internet of Things continues to expand, innovative ultra-low power technology for Sensors and other devices will be vital to ensure that ARM remains at the forefront of this opportunity.”

    When compared to an identical ARM Cortex-M0 processor manufactured in the conventional 65 nm process, with a 1.2 V supply voltage, the DDC transistor-based ARM implementation operating at 0.9 V demonstrates a 50 percent lower total power consumption at matched 350 MHz operating speed. There is also a 35 percent increased operating speed (performance) at matched power. In addition there is a 55 percent increased operating speed when operated at matched supply voltage.

    “We’ve now validated the benefits of the DDC technology in a complex SoC, by combining the ARM Cortex-M0 CPUs with SRAM instances and various analog components,” explained David Kidd, senior director, digital design at SuVolta. “The results speak for themselves – power-performance optimized CPU cores, with results that hold across process corners and temperature, plus, SRAMs with 150 mV lower minimum operating voltage, 50 percent less leakage power at matched SRAM read current, and more than 5x less leakage power in retention mode.”

    “Reducing power consumption and enhancing performance are key to providing next-generation capabilities for a variety of advanced digital products,” said Bruce McWilliams, president and CEO at SuVolta. “By validating the speed-power advantages of the DDC technology in a SoC that includes ARM processors, we’ve reached another significant milestone in demonstrating the value of our technology in a system.”

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  • Leap Motion Controller, Great Hardware in Search of Great Software

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    July 9, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware, Software

    By now, we all know what the future will be like; movies and TV shows have described it in detail. We know about the flying cars (thank you, “Blade Runner”), holograms (thank you, “Star Trek”) and robot butlers (thank you, “Jetsons”).

    The Leap Motion Controller is a solution in search of a problem: its hardware is simple, but it needs a killer app.

    So when will we really get those technologies? Probably on the 11th of “Don’t hold your breath.”

    There is, however, one exception. As of this week, you can buy your own little piece of “Minority Report” and “Iron Man”: controlling your computer by making hand motions in the air.

    The Internet has been buzzing about the much-delayed Leap Motion Controller ($80) since its first public demonstrations over a year ago. Imagine controlling on-screen objects just by reaching into empty space, just like Tom Cruise! Imagine gesture recognition just like Microsoft’s Kinect game controller, but on a much smaller, more precise scale! Imagine the future, plugged into a USB jack on the Mac or Windows PC you own today!

    The Leap Motion sensor is beautiful, tiny and self-contained. If Wrigley’s ever comes out with a Juicy Fruit Designer Pack, it might look like this: a sleek, glass-and-aluminum slab (1.2 by 3 by 0.5 inches), with nonskid rubber on the bottom. A single USB cable (both a long one and a short one come in the box) stretches away to your computer; a light comes on when it’s working.

    (Please note that Leap Motion has nothing to do with Leap Pad, the children’s toy. That gadget is educational in a completely different way.)

    If you have a desktop computer, you put the sensor between your screen and keyboard. If it’s a laptop, you park it on the desk just in front of the keyboard. Soon, Leap says, you’ll be able to buy a PC from H.P. or Asus that has the sensor built right in.You download the Leap software, and presto: a somewhat buggy tutorial instructs you to insert your hands into the space — an invisible two-foot cube — that’s monitored by the Leap’s cameras and infrared sensors.

    This device is like the Kinect in that it recognizes body parts in space. But not only is the Leap far smaller and less expensive, it’s also far more precise. According to the company, it can detect the precise positions of all 10 of your fingers simultaneously, with a spatial accuracy to a 100th of a millimeter — 200 times as accurate as the Kinect.

    And remember, the Leap adds gesture recognition not to your TV, but to your computer. A machine that can run millions of different programs for all different purposes. Games, sure, but also office work. Creative work. Communication. Entertainment. Surely this little wonder is a very big deal.

    Unfortunately, it’s not. The Leap’s hardware may be simple, attractive and coherent — but its software is scattershot, inconsistent and frustrating.

    The first crushing disappointment is that no software recognizes your hand motions unless it’s been specially written, or adapted, for use by the Leap.

    There are 75 such apps already on the Leap’s app store, Airspace; some are free, some cost a few dollars. Not all work on both Mac and Windows.

    Most are games. In the best of them, you control the action in 3-D space, just as with the Kinect but without having to stand up. For example, Boom Ball ($5) is the classic Breakout game, where you try to knock out bricks by bouncing a ball against them — but your paddle is attached to your finger in vertical space.

    In Disney’s clever Sugar Rush ($2), a spin off from the “Wreck-It Ralph” movie, you bake yourself a racing car shaped like a wedge of cake, and then steer it by holding both sides of an invisible steering wheel. When you play Dropchord ($3), you hold two index fingers out in space; you’re defining a line between them that you use to slice dots and avoid X’s. Cut the Rope is here, too (free).

    There are some interesting music-making programs, which makes sense, since hand motions are generally associated with playing instruments. Air Harp ($1) is just what it sounds like. Chordion Conductor is a sweet-sounding arpeggiator (generates music from chords you select).

    A few simple educational apps are available, like Molecules (rotate molecules on the screen; free), Cyber Science 3D (pull apart a skull; free) and Frog Dissection (you guessed it; $4).

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  • Google’s Chromecast could throw your mobile and browser games onto your TV

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    Google was announced The Chromecast, a small WiFi-enabled HDMI dongle that may well prove big news for bringing mobile and browser games to your living room.

    The Chromecast plugs into your television’s HDMI slot, and allows you to send content from Android and iOS devices to the TV screen via Wi-Fi, while also supporting Chromebooks, and the Chrome web browser for Mac and Windows.

    The device that is connected to the Chromecast then controls everything you see on the TV. The one caveat is that mobile apps need to integrate the Googlecast SDK to be able to send content across (apps in a Chrome web browser will work via “Chrome tab projection.”)

    The device costs $35, and is already available to purchase directly from the Google Play Store. Notably, the possibility of projecting mobile and browser games via the device is not mentioned on the official website, which focuses on the video and music capabilities of the device.

    As such, there’s no word as-of-yet regarding whether games will be fully supported, or whether input lag will cause issues for this particular line of fire.

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  • Microsoft Will Release Various Xbox & PC Game For iOS & Android Mobile Platform

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    June 30, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Undeniably kepopularan iOS and Android mobile platforms on the market today has made Microsoft reportedly plans to bring even more variety of games specifically designed for both platforms.

    Meanwhile, according to a report compiled by the Nikkei recently, Microsoft will most likely be a third party to bring even more variety Xbox and PC games that can be run through iOS and Android mobile platforms. And even one Japanese company named clubs reportedly have obtained permission from Microsoft to release a variety of Xbox games and PC specifically intended for both the mobile platform in the near future.

    Related to that, a game called “Age of Empires” is said to be the first game to be released exclusively for both the popular mobile platforms.

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  • Sisco will buy software maker Sourcefire

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    June 27, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Sisco System said it will buy software company Sourcefire Inc. for about $ 2.7 billion to improve the network security services.

    Sisco will pay 76 dollars for each share of Sourcefire, 28.6 percent higher than the closing market price premium 59.08 dollars Monday, Reuters said in a report on Tuesday.

    The networking equipment company said the deal would likely close the second quarter of 2013 and estimates that there will be a dilution thin on non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2014.

    Sisco has been losing market share in network security last year, lower than the more innovative rivals such as Networks Inc., Check Point Software Technologies, and Palo Alto Networks Inc..

    Sisco compete in Web applications, social media and video streaming that require security protection is more complex than traditional firewalls.

    RBC Capital Markets analyst Robert Breza said the deal would eliminate a key competitor in the market for Check Point, Fortinet, and Palo Alto, but also strengthen the position of Sisco in the industry.

    It would also create a major competitor in the network security industry, he said, adding that Sourcefire will bring the technology of real-time network awareness (RNA) and intrusion prevention system (IPS) to Sisco.

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  • Intel Releases Low-Powered Atom Chips for Servers

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    June 27, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Now that Intel Corp. (INTC) has released new chips for the smartphone market, where it has been squeezed out by competitors like ARM Holdings PLC (ARMH) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), it has elected to restart its initiatives in the server business as well. Intel has three-quarters of that market, by most estimates. Although the opportunities in the corporate server market are not as great as those among consumers, it needs to keep its hold on one of its major franchises.

    As it struggles to keep server share, it announced:

    Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel Atom processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”). This second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.

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    The new products are expected to deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.

    The market probably will not need to wait long to see if the initiative works. Chip companies are fond of release data sales on new products, if they are successful. By the firm’s next earnings call, Wall Street will know if the new Atom product and the servers it runs will replace older ones in which systems were less efficient.

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  • Graphics Card Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5

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    June 24, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Approaching the Upper Class

    Asus GTX660 graphics card-DC2T-2GD5 comes with a specification that is faster than the reference. Asus set a speed accelerator graphics card Nvidia GK106 based graphics core is at 1072MHz. Speed ​​is higher than the reference GeForce GTX 660 has a 980MHz speed accelerator. Not only that, the speed of the accelerator can still u7-435-1137MHz Asusmeningkat longer automatically when needed. In addition, the speed of local memory is also pegged slightly higher, at 3050MHz (6100MHz effective) than the reference 3000MHz (6000 MHz effective). Unfortunately, while trying to overclock, he refused. It seems, the default value used is the maximum value.

    In terms of design, graphics card with 960 CUDA cores and 2GB of memory GDDR5 192bit local has a design that resembles the Asus graphics cards in general. Him, Asus DirectCU cooler pair which is typical Asus cooler. Overall the Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 have a pretty long card size. Therefore, make sure your case has enough space. DirectCU cooling that is used is quite stocky with two large fans and also comes with a copper heatpipe to help remove heat. However, this is quite slim DirectCU cooling that makes the graphics card is not too thick. Asus device is “only” requires two slots in your chassis

    Oh yes, the GeForce GTX 660 graphics card is theoretically requires about 140W, therefore, at the end there is a power port PCI-Express 6pin to meet its needs. Also make sure you use a power supply that has enough power.

    Regarding the output options, Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 provides output options that are complete: two DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort. For those of you who want to use dual graphics card configuration, it also supports SLI.

    About its performance, the Asus graphics card performance is quite good for the middle class. Its performance is very adequate for running a variety of the latest 3D games at high resolution with high detail anyway. In fact, its performance can approach the graphics card that was in it, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7950. DirectCU cooling that uses the performance was quite good for being able to keep the temperature remained normal without producing noise.

    Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 is a middle class graphics card that can deliver performance-class graphics card like a top. The price is quite high, but it is balanced with a price performance that is able to produce.

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  • Galaxy Note III, “Gadget” First Use 3 GB of RAM?

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    June 19, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Phablet news about Samsung Galaxy Note III from re-emerge. This time in the form of hardware specifications that will be used.

    Obtained from the leaked tech site Slashgear, Friday (07/05/2013), one of the popular series of Samsung’s devices will use large-capacity RAM, amounting to 3 GB.

    If true, the Galaxy Note III will be the first mobile device that is equipped with 3 GB RAM capacity.

    Just for the record, smart phone devices and premium phablet circulating lately generally use 2 GB of RAM.

    Galaxy Note screen measuring 5.99 inches allegedly III with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and a Super AMOLED display panel types. The size of a half-inch larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.5-inch landscape display. As for the Galaxy Note to be launched in 2011 and carries the 5.3-inch screen.

    Bodi Galaxy Note III allegedly bit slimmer than its predecessor. If the Galaxy Note II has a weight of 182 grams, the Galaxy Note III a little lighter by 180 grams with a thickness of 8 mm.

    At the time of its release later, the Galaxy Note III will run on the latest Android operating system, 4.3 Jelly Bean. He will also support 4G LTE technology-Advanced network.

    Just like the Galaxy S4, there will be two versions of the Galaxy Note III, which was launched to the market. In a particular market, this device will be armed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 800. As in other markets will be using processors made by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 “Octa” SoC.

    Same as before, Samsung is rumored to be introducing a new model of the series Galaxy Note at this year’s IFA to be held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2013.

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  • Google Maps Can Detect Traffic Accidents

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    Jakarta – Google has just updated the Google Maps application with new features. This feature comes reports of traffic accidents and the number of ways to access the various facilities.
    Google Maps with accident information can be used on Android and iOS based devices. Overall, this application displays maps and their reliable navigation and traffic information.
    Warning about the accident will appear on the map showing traffic flow and road construction. This information is also recommended that these options are not stuck in traffic around the accident site.
    Last June, Google bought Waze, the creator of popular apps that inform traffic flow. But Google has not confirmed whether Waze’s data associated with this application or not.
    The new application also allows users to find out if the place you want to target viable or not. Features »Explore” display greeting cards enjoy a meal and good night.
    Through these features, users can be helped with a variety of information about the place in detail. There is also a rating system that allows users to find somewhere assessment.
    Google Maps with navigation devices had previously been released for the Android and iOS platform. Product Manager for Google Maps, Nobuhiro Makida, said the superior feature of this application is the My Location, search, and referrals.
    “Through My Location, users can know of its existence through the map, even if the device does not have GPS,” said Makida.
    Next is a local search to find a business category. While referrals are the best route to a destination, even if the user is driving, walking, or taking public transportation.
    Features can indicate the distance and direction of travel time to get to the destination. The Google Maps Navigation can be run via voice commands.

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  • IDF San Francisco 2013: Intel to unveil new product optimizations

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    June 10, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Intel is set to host Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2013 in San Francisco, the US from September 10-12 to further discuss its 2-in-1 device plans as well as its latest progress in Android smartphone and tablet development, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    With new CEO Brian Krzanich and president Renee James coming on-board to adjust Intel’s business strategy, the sources believe the CPU giant is likely to unveil new optimizations for products as well as several interactive technologies such as voice recognition and gesture control at the forum.

    Intel may also unveil product designs for its new quad-core SoC Bay Trail-T, which is set to be launched in December, at the forum and prepare related marketing projects.

    Intel is expected to showcase smartphones developed with Lenovo, ZTE, Acer and Asustek Computer and may even display its 22nm Merrifield-based smartphones, which are set to be released in the first half of 2014, the sources said.

    Since wearable devices have become a focus of IT players, Intel may also announce plans for related developments.

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