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Microsoft brings support for Arm-based AI chips to Windows – TechCrunch

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Today at Build 2022, Microsoft unveiled Project Volterra, a device powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform that's designed to let developers explore "AI scenarios" via Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (SNPE) for Windows toolkit. The hardware arrives alongside support in Windows for neural processing units (NPUs), or dedicated chips tailored for AI- and machine learning-specific workloads. Dedicated AI chips, which speed up AI processing while reducing the impact on battery, have become common in mobile devices like smartphones. But as apps like AI-powered image upscalers come into wider use, manufacturers have been adding such chips to their laptop lineups. M1 Macs feature Apple's Neural Engine, for instance, and Microsoft's Surface Pro X has the SQ1 (which was co-developed with Qualcomm).


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn't flagship enough

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It's called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which just rolls off the tongue, and Qualcomm says it'll offer 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clocks, and -- get this -- use 15 percent less power for "nearly 1 hour" of extra gameplay or, say, 50 minutes of social media browsing. Technically, Qualcomm says it's achieved "up to 30 percent" better power efficiency from both the CPU and GPU, and 20 percent better AI performance per watt, but that doesn't necessarily all transfer into more battery life -- some of it's about performance, too. Qualcomm is particularly touting better sustained performance from the new chip too -- theoretically maintaining its clockspeed for longer as it heats up while gaming or tapping into 5G. Of course, that all depends on how phone manufacturers decide to cool the chip. The company's not breaking down where the extra performance and efficiencies are coming from, but you can see some of the chip's other features in the slide above, even though many of them (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10Gbps of theoretical 5G, and 8K HDR video capture) haven't changed from the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm says it'll live alongside that older chip, so you can probably expect a price premium. Qualcomm's also announcing a new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 today, suggesting to journalists that it's aimed at gamers with a 20 percent graphics performance boost over the prior gen and the trickle-down of features like its "Adreno Frame Motion Engine" to make games see smoother by interpolating frames.


Modern Computing: A Short History, 1945-2022

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Inspired by A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul E. Ceruzzi. But the selection of key events in the journey from ENIAC to Tesla, from Data Processing to Big Data, is mine. This was the first computer made by Apple Computers Inc, which became one of the fastest growing ... [ ] companies in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware and software products. Most home computer users in the 1970s were hobbyists who designed and assembled their own machines. The Apple I, devised in a bedroom by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. April 1945 John von Neumann's "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," often called the founding document of modern computing, defines "the stored program concept." July 1945 Vannevar Bush publishes "As We May Think," in which he envisions the "Memex," a memory extension device serving as a large personal repository of information that could be instantly retrieved through associative links.


How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive

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For practical purposes, the M1 Ultra acts like a single, impossibly large slice of silicon that does it all. Apple's most powerful chip to date has 114 billion transistors packed into over a hundred processing cores dedicated to logic, graphics, and artificial intelligence, all of it connected to 128 gigabytes of shared memory. But the M1 Ultra is in fact a Frankenstein's monster, consisting of two identical M1 Max chips bolted together using a silicon interface that serves as a bridge. This clever design makes it seem as if the conjoined chips are in fact just one larger whole. As it becomes more difficult to shrink transistors in size, and impractical to make individual chips much bigger, chipmakers are beginning to stitch components together to boost processing power.


OnePlus launches the affordable Nord CE 2 5G with fast charging and smarter cameras

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OnePlus has launched the successor to last year's budget Nord CE 5G -- called, logically enough, the Nord CE 2 5G. 'CE' stands for'Core Edition', signifying the Chinese company's desire to deliver the key elements of its smartphone experience at an affordable price point. Costing just £299 or €349 (the Nord CE series is not currently available in the US), the OnePlus Nord CE 2 boasts some high-end features, including a 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display, 65W fast charging, a 6nm 8-core 5G chipset and a triple AI-assisted rear camera array. At 7.8mm the Nord CE 2, which comes in Gray Mirror and Bahama Blue, is a tad thinner than last year's model, although it weighs a few grams more (173g). The 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display has a similar specification, with the addition of HDR10 certification.


These are the products from CES 2022 that I'd actually buy: Smart faucet, 93-inch OLED TV

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Granted, it wasn't a regular Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – the annual mecca to Las Vegas every January to kick the tires on new tech – as several exhibitors and journalists (including yours truly) decided to cover the show remotely because of the surge of omicron cases and related travel challenges. But the 55th CES still managed to impress with several hundred new products that debuted this past week – both in person (albeit to a significantly reduced turnout) and virtually, for those not in Sin City (like last year's online-only CES). CES, of course, serves as a glimpse into the near future of consumer electronics trends. The following are a few CES 2022 announcements that caught my eye. Here I'll focus on gadgets and gear, to be fast-followed with an article on automotive tech coming down the road.


Qualcomm Snapdragon rebrands: digits dismissed, generations are in

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KONA, HAWAII: Qualcomm has revealed the rebranding of the Snapdragon platform from digits to generations in an attempt to simplify and modernize the platform. The Snapdragon system on a chip (SoC) platform provides processing power and capabilities for mobile devices including smartphones, wearables, and Always On / Always Connected PCs. Various processor designs under the Snapdragon banner, ranging from premium to entry-level options for OEMs, include features for gaming, photography, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, streaming, and audio. The latest platform, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, was announced today. On Tuesday, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon told attendees of the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit that "when we think about designing Snapdragon, we think about the user at the very center [..] it's not just about meeting expectations but exceeding them."


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By continuing, you agree to their use. Learn more, including how to control cookies. A substantial number of technical bottlenecks in Micro LED development will still persist in 2022. While Micro LED manufacturing costs are expected to remain sky-high due to these bottlenecks, companies have not shown decreased willingness to participate in all segments of the Micro LED supply chain. On the contrary, these companies are actively expanding their respective production lines. Regarding the development of self-emitting Micro LED display products, TVs represent one of the major directions of mainstream Micro LED development, primarily because TVs, compared to IT products, have a relatively low technological barrier of entry.


Could 2021 be the year for technology? Here are some trends to watch out for

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The icing on the cake is that the action takes place in the PUBG universe. Some of the most exciting inventions in TV will be in 2021. LG has hinted at ditching the E-Series OLED and bringing in Gallery Series. On the other hand, Samsung might unveil a rotating Sero TV. This year will be bigger and mightier with TV screens measuring above 75-inch becoming mainstream.


Master the art of multi-tasking with these stylish Samsung tablets

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SAVE UP TO 22%: As of Feb. 12, Samsung A8 and A7 tablets are on sale for up to 22% off on Amazon. Smartphones are great for getting little jobs done online, and obviously, laptops and PCs can handle all of your most important tasks, but what about everything in between? For these sort of tasks, we recommend a tablet. Samsung A8 and A7 tablets are slim, stylish, and sophisticated, with the power to handle all of your multi-tasking and entertainment. Plus, these tablets are on sale for up to 22% off on Amazon as of Feb. 12.