NVIDIA has opened up the pre-orders for the LTE-powered version of its Shield Tablet, with a $100 premium over the Wi-Fi only model available for $299. The $399 price does include 32GB of on-board storage, versus the 16GB of flash inside of the original model - as well as the LTE radio.
The company has taken the time to highlight some upcoming Android games to soon arrive on the Shield Tablet, games that all start with the letter 'B'. We have Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad, and Broadsword. The new LTE-capable Shield Tablet will sell for $399, a $100 premium over the Wi-Fi only model at $299, and will not include a SIM.
NVIDIA has said that the LTE-powered Shield Tablet is certified for AT&T's 4G LTE network, and if consumers activate it on a qualifying plan, they'll receive a $100 bill credit. The new LTE-powered Tegra K1-based Shield Tablet will be available on September 30 online, and at selected retailers.
IDF 2014 - At Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that enables designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system.
The EZ-USB FX3 is the industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400 Megabytes per second, while using lower power than alternative solutions. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit easily interfaces with external devices via three accessory boards that connect to Aptina image sensors, Altera FPGAs and Xilinx FPGAs, respectively. The kit also includes an integrated debugger with a standard USB interface to further simplify designs and speed time to market.
IDF 2014 - Supermicro Releases X10 Server Solutions Featuring New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600/1600 v3, DDR4 and NVMe at IDF 2014.
Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro said "Supermicro's X10 Green Computing solutions offer the most optimized DP/UP server and storage platforms on the market supporting advanced technologies and new Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 processors. Leading the wave is our new 1U/2U Ultra SuperServers which integrate hot-swap NVMe SSDs and SAS3 storage with high bandwidth 10G/40G networking in a new thermal optimized architecture that minimizes fan count and fan power consumption to provide exactly the best platform for enterprise-class virtualization and hyper-scale computing applications. Combined with our new X10 TwinPro, MicroBlade and FatTwin systems as well as the industry's widest range of server building blocks with Titanium level high efficiency power supplies, Supermicro is delivering total solutions to address the critical power, space and cost challenges facing today's data driven businesses."
Supermicro has many new products to offer up with this new release of X10 servers. At IDF 2014, we happened to catch up with Supermicro to check out the new products they have to offer.
We found out not too long ago that NVIDIA was suing Samsung and Qualcomm, without going after any other companies, even if those companies used chips and parts from Samsung and Qualcomm, but now we might have found out why: Samsung is rumored to be working on its own GPU.
The news is coming from Fudzilla, and is just a rumor right now, but the company has been reportedly hiring people from the likes of AMD, NVIDIA and Intel. If Samsung were to be building its own GPU, it would be competing directly against Qualcomm and NVIDIA, with the latter having a very capable SoC with its Tegra K1 processor.
If Samsung did build its own GPU, it would save itself from having to license one from another company, as it would have nearly all of the components it needs for a flagship device built-in-house, from the screen, right down to the GPU.
Today Micron announced the new M600 SSD with Micron's innovative 128Gb 16nm MLC NAND flash. Availability comes in three form factors, 2.5" SATA, mSATA and m.2 (NGFF).
The M600 product series was designed for system builders and OEMs for use in off-the-shelf or custom PCs like corporate notebooks, Ultrabooks, tablets, video production, workstation and even embedded systems that require predictable high performance, low power consumptions, data security and high reliability.
Micron claims sequential read performance at 560 MB/s and sequential write performance at 510 MB/s. Random performance is rated at 100K read and 88K write. The 4-corner numbers are impressive but just as impressive are the endurance ratings. Micron claims the 128GB models deliver a staggering 100TB enduarance. The 256GB takes that up to 200 TB, the 512GB model up to 300 TB and the large 1TB model can deliver 400 TB of write endurance.
When Apple announced the two new iPhone 6 smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they included NFC which most, myself included, presumed it would 'just work' with any other NFC-enabled devices. Well, we were all wrong - the NFC on the new iPhone is locked purely to Apple Pay.
Apple has confirmed the news directly with The Verge, with Apple's new mobile payments platform being the sole receiver of the NFC technology on the new iPhone. There are plenty of NFC-powered speakers and other devices that simply won't work with the new iPhone, with The Verge saying that "there's still hope for the future though".
I don't think we'll see support for NFC opened up to other devices, and even if we do, the question remains: why is Apple locking down NFC to Apply Pay, there's absolutely no reason for them to do this. What do you think?
NVIDIA is positioning itself to launch its new Maxwell-based GPUs within the next couple of days, with two new products to be launched: the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, but now we're hearing more details on pricing.
We should expect NVIDIA to start the price of its GeForce GTX 980 at $599, while the GTX 970 is rumored to be priced at a damn competitive price of just $399. At $399, NVIDIA could start cutting into its own GTX 780 pricing, which could be seriously good for consumers and gamers. We are expecting a slew of non-reference GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards to be made available, with varying cooling setups.
When it comes to the specifications of the new GeForce GTX 980, it will be a Maxwell-based card on the 28nm process, with 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The GTX 970 will feature 1,664 CUDA cores, and 104 TMUs. Both variants will feature a 256-bit memory bus with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM.
With Google's recent acquisition of Titan Aerospace, many have wondered what it would do in our skies - well, now we have somewhat of an idea what the Mountain View-based giant will do. Google has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to take to the skies with experimental drones that would provide Internet access to remote areas.
Google wrote to the FCC on Friday, asking it to keep most of the testing details under wraps, but it did write: "Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes in developing solar and electric unmanned aerial systems ('UAS') for high altitude, long endurance flights. These systems may eventually be used to provide Internet connections in remote areas or help monitor environmental damage, such as oil spills or deforestation. The STA [Special Temporary Authority] is needed for demonstration and testing of [REDACTED] in a carefully controlled environment".
Starting on October 6, 2014, Google wants to start testing out its drones for 180 days. We should see the site of these tests "in a square east of Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, centered roughly on the unincorporated community of Stanley", according to consulting engineer Steven Crowley. Google will transmit at frequencies between 910MHz and 927MHz, and from 2.4GHz to 2.414GHz. What will Google be transmitting at those frequencies? No one knows, as this information was redacted from the document, with the company refusing to comment on its application.
We know Windows 9 is coming, but it looks like Microsoft is going to unveil its next desktop operating system on September 30, at a "Windows event" in San Francisco.
Microsoft has started emailing out its invites, with Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson to lead the talks about the future of Windows. The event itself will also cover enterprise and power users, with a "Windows Technical Preview" expected to be unveiled shortly after, or hopefully even at the event itself.
We already know that Windows 9 will feature a new, new Start menu, virtual desktops, and a Notification Center. I'm sure we'll see some surprises in Windows 9, something we'll find out much more on in just a few days time.
DisplayMate has one of the first Galaxy Note 4 smartphones in its possession, calling it the best display on a smartphone, ever. Samsung sent the company a pre-production model of its upcoming 'phablet' to test out, with its new 2560x1440 display.
DisplayMate played with the pre-production Galaxy Note 4, where it said: "It provides lots of image detail - it can display four complete HD 1280x720 images at once. The display has Diamond Pixels and Sub-Pixel Rendering with 518 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 Vision at the typical viewing distances of 10 inches or more for Smartphones, so the display appears perfectly sharp".
By the end of its piece on the Galaxy Note 4, DisplayMate said that the display on the Note 4 "matches or breaks new records in Smartphone display performance".