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Samsung says that next smartphones will feature 64-bit processors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 1:44 am

It's no secret that Samsung does not like being shown up by Apple, and is also no secret that Samsung wishes to be the largest mobile device manufacturer in the world. At the Apple iPhone unveiling earlier this week, it was announced that the new A7 processor was the first mobile CPU to feature 64-bit architecture.

 

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This has apparently ruffled some feathers at Samsung, as the company's mobile business chief JK Shin told the Korean Times that Samsung's next-generation smartphones will feature 64-bit processors. This means that Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S5 will most likely feature a 64-bit SoC. Unfortunately at the moment there's not much out in the mobile market that will utilize 64-bit coding, but I guess we have to start somewhere and now seems like as good a time as any.

G.Skill shares video of live demo of 3000MHz DDR3 RAM at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 13, 2013 12:45 am

Earlier this week I reported on new DDR4 memory from G.Skill, and in that report I included some photos and information on a kit of DDR3 that G.Skill overclocked to an outstanding 3000MHz. Today G.Skill has sent over a video showing further proof of the stability of their DDR3 DIMMs running at 3000MHz.

 

 

The video is not very long, but you can clearly see that the DIMMs are running at the reported speed, and that things appear to be stable. This is very exciting and with this new revelation, I bet we will see some new world records coming out of the G.Skill camp very soon!

 

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Q&A with Omate, and its Kickstarter-funded TrueSmart 'Smartwatch 2.0'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 11:43 pm

Omate seems to be doing quite well on Kickstarter for its TrueSmart smartwatch, requiring $100,000 of funding. But, Omate has hit a home run with its 'Smartwatch 2.0' pulling in (at the time of writing) $744,499 of funding with 7 days left to go.

 

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We thought we'd get in contact with them and ask them a few questions about its upcoming 3G-capable TrueSmart device.

 

Q: Who is Omate?

 

A: Omate stands for

 

  • Outdoor mate: Purposely designed to accompany you on outdoor activities - especially in wet environments like swimming, surfing or mountain biking - keeps you connected and gives access to calls, notifications and your favorite sporting apps.
  • Office mate: No need to pull your phone out during that office meeting to check if you got that email or call you were waiting for.

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Cisco will acquire Whiptail to strengthen Unified Computing Systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 11:19 pm

Today Cisco announced that it intends to acquire the solid state memory manufacturer WHIPTAIL for $415 million. Cisco says that this acquisition will strengthen the company's Unified Computing System strategy and enhance application performance by introducing scalable solid state memory into the UCS's fabric computing architecture.

 

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Our good friend, Jim Handy of Objective Analysis was kind enough to send over his take on the whole acquisition and I have posted the entire statement below. Jim says that he feels that this move by Cisco was a good decision and that the price seemed reasonable enough based on other recent acquisitions in the market.

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Crucial unveils new 64GB DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs for servers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 10:16 pm

Today, Crucial announced the launch of its all-new 64GB DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs for use in enterprise servers. Crucial says that the new LRDIMMs enable more DIMMs per channel which is able to double the memory capacity per server, and saves companies money by not having to purchase additional machines.

 

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These new 64GB Crucial DDR3L Load-Reduced DIMMs offer up to a 35-percent increase in memory bandwidth when compared to standard DIMMs, and are much more power efficient as they operate on 1.35V over the 1.5V standard found in other DIMMs. The company says that these new memory modules are also compatible with OEM servers and warranties which allows users to upgrade their existing infrastructures without having to shell out the cost for new systems.

 

"For memory-intensive server applications such as cloud computing, virtualization, and in-memory databases, optimizing the capabilities of new or existing hardware is by far a more cost-effective solution than purchasing additional servers," said Michael Moreland, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager, Crucial. "The new 64GB Crucial LRDIMMs allow servers to reach the maximum amount of installed memory possible, which can enable dramatic performance gains in memory bandwidth and overall server productivity, all while reducing power costs relative to adding additional servers."

Corsair launches its new Ultra-Quiet RM Series Power Supplies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 9:16 pm

Today Corsair announced that it has launched a new line of ultra-quiet power supplies. The new RM series is the direct replacement of Corsair's TX series and feature and 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating. The new RM PSUs feature whisper-quiet operation and a fully modular design that is sure to appease enthusiast everywhere.

 

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Corsair says that the RM series is built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and that the PSU features a Zero RPM fan mode which only activates the cooling fan under the heaviest of loads. This allows for near silent operation during everyday use. However the custom-designed fan is also extremely quiet at all speeds and allows the PSU to remain exceptionally quiet even during heavy load times.

 

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Optionally each of the new RM PSUs can be purchased with Corsair's Digital Bridge Cable (Standard on the 1000W model) which allows the power supply be connected to a PC motherboard or a Corsair Link hub to enable real-time monitoring of fan speeds and 12 V power delivery via the Corsair Link Software. The RM series begins at 450W and ranges up to 1000W in size and will retail from $89.99 up to $169.99. The RM series is available now for purchase at hardware retailers everywhere.

Intel's Haswell IGP capable of 4K encode/decode faster than realtime

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:16 pm

IDF 2013 - Shortly after his first stop at Intel's integrated graphics booth, Trace Hagan was able to stop by another Intel IGP demo where we were shown a Haswell processor transcoding 4K video faster than real-time speeds. The encoding process used less than 5-percent of the CPU and attributed this massive performance increase to Intel's Hardware Encode and Decode engine.

 

 

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Intel shows off integrated graphics, plenty powerful for businesses

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:18 pm

IDF 2013 - When you visit an Intel Sponsored conference, it only makes sense to stop by some of its demos and check out the companies new products and that is just what our own Trace Hagan did at the Intel Developer Forum this week. During a stop by one of Intel's booths, he was given a demo that debunks the long held rumor that most businesses need a high-end discrete GPU for their day to day work.

 

 

Intel showed off the performance that it is able to deliver with processor integrated graphics by playing 9 different video files at the same time while only using 30-percent of the CPU. This allows the user to process an extreme workload while still having enough resources available to perform other task. Intel also demoed a 3-minute 1080p HD video being transcoded in just 9-seconds using nothing but integrated graphics.

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DisplayLink demos Intel Merrifield-powered device USB to Touchscreen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:18 pm

IDF 2013 - While at the DisplayLink booth, Trace Hagan was able to check out a demo of a very early prototype of a mobile device running Intel's new Merrifield Processor which is one of the first USB 3.0 compatible mobile chipsets. The massive board seen in the middle is what your Android phone most likely looked like in the very early stages of its development.

 

 

The demo also shows off a Dell S2340 monitor which features DisplayLink's USB to Video connector in its base. The whole elaborate demo is designed to showcase DisplayLinks DL3700 product which enables touchscreen display technology over USB. Displaylink says that this now enables the smartphone to become a major productivity device.

 

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DisplayLink shows 4K Ultra HD over USB 3.0...and USB 2.0 at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 5:25 pm

IDF 2013 - DisplayLink has been amazing the tech world for quite awhile now with its video over USB devices, and they have continued that trend at this year's IDF 2013. Our own Trace Hagan stopped by the DisplayLink to check out their new 4K Ultra HD over USB proof of concept.

 

 

In the demo we can see that Displaylink has managed to pass 4K video to a Ultra HD TV from a PC using their Display Link Adapter and a USB 3.0 port. As you can see in the video, DisplayLink was also able to pass the 4K signal (slightly compressed) over a normal USB 2.0 connection as well with very little loss in quality.

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