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AnandTech 12/06/2019 16:20
Last year Qualcomm introduced its flagship Snapdragon 8cx platform for premium always-connected PCs (ACPCs) that packed the best technologies that the company had to offer at the time. Being a no-compromise solution, the Snapdragon 8cx was not meant for every ACPC out there, so this week the company expanded the lineup of its SoCs for laptops with the Snapdragon 7c for entry-level machines and the Snapdragon 8c for mainstream always-connected notebooks. Qualcomm aimed its Snapdragon 8cx primarily at flagship devices ACPCs and therefore maxed out its performance and capabilities, as well as offering the ability to add a 5G modem inside. To day the SoC has won only three designs: the Lenovo 5G laptop (which is yet to ship), the Microsoft Surf.
AnandTech 12/06/2019 16:06
For those more discerning laptop users out there who are on the market for a more exotic laptop design, HP has started sales of its Envy x360 13 Wood Edition convertibles. Featuring a wooden palm rest, the AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 3000-powered laptops are otherwise mainstream-focused laptops aiming for a good balance between size and power, but with some more eye-catching aesthetics. For now, what's arguably the most stylish AMD Ryzen-powered hybrid PCs are only available in Japan, but it is likely that they will start emerging in the US shortly. HP’s machines come in a sleek metallic chassis with a Nightfall Black or Natural Walnut wooden palm rest. The convertibles are 14.5 mm ~ 16 mm thick and weigh 1.28 kilograms, which makes them the sleekes.
AnandTech 12/06/2019 12:07
One of the critical elements to all these new server-class Arm processors is availability. We are not yet at the point where these chips are freely sold on the open market: anyone who wants to use them needs to buy a server (or a rack of servers), or rent a cloud instance. One of the benefits of x86 in this space is that users can write code for x86 servers on other easily accessible hardware, then port it up to the big server iron. Well now it seems that one of the Arm licencees playing in the server space has a workstation based product in the hands of distributors ready for software developers to cut their teeth on the hardware.
AnandTech 12/06/2019 10:05
Pushing the physical limits of hardware is always a fun story, but I was positively blown away when I saw this poster at Supercomputing. Preferred Networks, seemingly a spin-out from Tokyo University, is shoving several large chiplets into a single PCIe card for peak performance, peak power, and it looks like they’re ready to deploy over 4800 of these cards into a custom supercomputer.
AnandTech 12/06/2019 09:05
Cosemi has introduced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 active optical cables, which support full speed USB connections at distances of up to 100 meters. The cables are designed primarily for industrial applications. Cosemi’s USB 3.1 Gen 2 active optical cables feature a USB Type-A connector on one side as well as a USB Type-B connector with a screw locking mechanism on another side. The cables can enable data transfers at up to 10 Gbps speed, but they cannot power devices (which is what hybrid active optical cables are needed for), which somewhat limits applications they can address. USB 3.1 Gen 2 active optical cables like the ones offered by Cosemi are primarily used to connect industrial equipment, such as machine vision systems, to computers located o.
AnandTech 12/05/2019 16:06
In recent years, displays with an ultrawide aspect ratio have gained traction both among gamers and among prosumers. At first, monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio were released by a handful of manufacturers, but more recently, most of leading brands launched even wider LCDs featuring a 32:9 or 32:10 ratios. TPV Technology – which makes displays under AOC and Philips brands – was among the first manufacturers with professional-grade 32:9 monitors, so now it's following-up with the gamer-focused AOC Agon AG493UCX. The uses a 5120×1440 VA panel that features a 1800R curvature, which essentially means that the display offers the same number of pixels and screen real estate as two 27-inch QHD LCDs. Other specifications of the LCD include a max lum.
AnandTech 12/05/2019 15:06
Toshiba has introduced a new line of energy-efficient hard drives for surveillance applications. The new DT02-V series HDDs will support up to 32 HD streams and offer capacities of up to 6 TB. The company says that the key advantage that the new drives will provide over its direct predecessors is improved reliability. Toshiba’s family of 3.5-inch hard drives will include models with 2 TB, 4 TB, and 6 TB capacities featuring a 5400 RPM spindle speed, a 128 MB cache buffer, and a SATA 6 Gbps interface. Being aimed at digital video recorder (DVR) and network video recorder (NVR) platforms applications, the DT02-V HDDs support a variety of enhancements, such as ability to record data from up to 32 cameras simultaneously as well as being rated t.
AnandTech 12/05/2019 14:07
Western Digital has started sales of its WD_Black P50 SSDs that were announced earlier this year. The drives are aimed at the high-performance market and are among the first peripherals to support USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, which offers a full 20Gbps over a USB-C cable. The is an external storage device containing an internal NVMe SSD, with capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB. The device offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C interface via ASMedia’s USB-to-PCIe bridge, driving peak interface transfer rates of up to 20 Gbps (2.5 GB/s). As one of the fastest consumer-grade external SSDs available today and among the first 2x2 devices, the WD_Black P50 SSD is on the cutting edge for USB devices. However, as with the launch of any new USB standard, the market s.
AnandTech 12/05/2019 10:06
Aside from specific events relating to Xilinx or Altera/Intel, we don’t cover much FPGA news. FPGAs by their very nature are very focused pieces of hardware, and it’s usually a binary option if you need one. They can be difficult to build for without the right expertise as well, but if you have the right engineer and the product needs one, then sometimes it’s a very easy sell. In recent months the key noise on FPGAs has been around SmartNICs, 5G network accelerators, and simulation – both Intel and Xilinx announcing new hardware this year relating to the latter. In order to support FPGA developers, AIC was showing off one of its new server builds at Supercomputing. The key with FPGA simulation is often timing and/or accuracy, and accelerate.
AnandTech 12/05/2019 08:06
When speaking about Arm in the enterprise space, the main angle for discussion is on the CPU side. Having a high-performance SoC at the heart of the server has been a key goal for many years, and we have had players such as Amazon, Ampere, Marvell, Qualcomm, Huawei, and others play for the server market. The other angle to attack is for co-processors and accelerators. Here we have one main participant: Fujitsu. We covered the A64FX when the design was disclosed at Hot Chips last year, with its super high cache bandwidth, and it will be available on a simple PCIe card. The main end-point for a lot of these cards will be the Fugaku / Post-K supercomputer in Japan, where we expect it to hit a one of the top numbers on the TOP500 supercomputer
AnandTech 12/04/2019 17:07
While AMD's Ryzen Embedded APUs aren't new, the rate of adoption for them is. AMD unveiled this week that four more manufacturers are now offering ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs powered by their embedded Ryzen APUs. With systems shipping from ASRock, EEPD, OnLogic, and SimplyNUC, the small form factor boxes can be used for a wide variety of use cases, ranging from home entertainment to business and industrial applications. ASRock’s 4X4 BOX R1000V UCFF PCs Finally Available. Originally earlier this year, ASRock’s and systems come in black Intel NUC-like chassis that packs a motherboard with soldered down AMD’s dual-core Ryzen Embedded R1505G APU with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics or dual-core Ryzen Embedded R1606G APU with Radeon Vega 3 Graphi.
AnandTech 12/04/2019 12:06
The first guest company to present at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit this year was Motorola. For readers who haven’t been keeping up, Motorola is now owned by Lenovo, and its focus is still very much on the smartphone market. Even recently they announced their first foldable smartphone, – a modern take on the classic clamshell ‘razr’ phone, but this time putting a foldable OLED display on the inside. A number of press and analysts are calling it one of the more ‘sensible’ flexible display technology deployments in the market today, although at $1500 it is still a lot to invest in an old style clamshell device. That being said, Motorola had some words about its future. Before the future, the past – as the Motorola Mobility company was spl.
AnandTech 12/04/2019 11:06
I wanted to cover a quick comment that Qualcomm made yesterday at its Snapdragon Tech Summit event. We’re currently in 2019, with the first wave of 5G devices currently rolling out. The devices are here, and the networks on a global scale are taking their time to add 5G in different stages – some are starting with mmWave, some are starting with Sub-6 GHz, and then eventually everyone everywhere should support both. There is always a question about what the level of adoption is like, and Qualcomm gave a very clear figure about where the market is headed. Now it’s fairly obvious that as time goes on, as 5G gets cheaper and the operators actually give data plans that make sense, that more and more users will invest in 5G enabled devices. That
AnandTech 12/04/2019 10:06
In preparation to kick off sales of its NUC Element modular computers, Intel has disclosed some additional details about the product family. As expected, Intel will offer NUC Element boards, chassis, and pre-assembled modules designed to fit into both Intel and third-party enclosures. Intel’s is the company’s new modular PC initiative aimed to simplify system-level design while enabling OEMs to build ultra-compact desktop computers. NUC Elements modules are based on Intel’s U-series Core, Celeron, or Pentium Gold processors with TDPs up to 15 Watts. The modules come with 4 GB or 8 GB of soldered-down dual-channel DRAM, up to 64 GB of eMMC solid-state storage on select SKUs, and Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0 via Intel's Wireless-AC 9560 radio. Eac.
AnandTech 12/04/2019 09:07
One of the key elements of any new wireless coverage standard is how to carve up the frequency spectrum. We’ve covered in previous articles that 5G will operate in different frequency ranges in different countries, due to different regulations, but one of the other key areas to discuss is where the intended frequency ranges for 5G overlap with spectrum already allocated for the 4G market. When this sort of thing has occurred with new wireless technologies, each part of the spectrum was ringfenced for obvious reasons. However Qualcomm is looking to solve some of those teething issues by enabling Dynamic Spectrum Sharing across a number (if not all) of its 5G modems being launched in 2020. When the spectrum has to be carved and ringfenced, th.
AnandTech 12/04/2019 08:18
Despite cuts in wafer starts by almost all NAND producers, and even disruptions in Kioxia (former Toshiba Memory) and Western Digital's fab operations, analysts estimate that bit shipments of NAND increased in the third quarter. Luckily for manufacturers, so did demand, which helped to keep the actual average selling price of NAND between between flat and -10%, depending on the manufacturer. Avid readers know that as flash manufacturers transition to higher-density 3D NAND flash architectures with more layers and/or more bits per cell, they inevitably increase the total number of bits shipped. This in turn creates memory oversupply (in terms of bits) and intense price declines. To avoid those price declines, manufacturers have been cutting
AnandTech 12/03/2019 20:21
The first day of Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit is often the teaser day: a slow entry into the rest of the event where the technical aspects of the announcements are disclosed. What the teaser day does is often give us the names of Qualcomm’s future products, and today we have that – one of the announcements was the name of the Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips, with an integrated 5G modem on the silicon. We’ll get more details about the hardware tomorrow, but there’s a few things today that have been disclosed and are worth covering. Qualcomm’s 700-series chips are often targeted more at the mid-upper smartphone market: where the 800-series goes into the flagships, the 700 covers the slightly cheaper devices that are more price sensi.

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