ARM processor

A group of ARM hardware enthusiasts gathered at Linaro Connect to conceptualize a powerful ARM PC. In the end the group settled on building a computer like the Intel NUC—a mini-desktop with a powerful board computer in it. The session that was held is available on Linaro’s site and highlighted issues involved in building and supporting an ARM-based PC. There were concerns about whether ARM risk chips would deliver performance adequate to run powerful applications. Also concerns about components and about providing a Linux user experience acceptable to users.

Yang Zhang, director of the technologies group at Linaro stated, “Based on a research and efforts today, building an ideal PC is going to be hard.” Attendees quickly agreed that the ARM PC would need an expandable x86-style board with DDR4 memory DIMM slot, and NVMe or SATA slots for plugging in SSDs or other drives. Other features would include gigabit slots and USB slots. Many ARM-based computer boards like Raspberry Pi 3 and Pine64 can be used as PCs. They do have limited expandability and components integrated on the board which are not ideal for PCs handling heavy workloads.

Zhang also pointed out that LPDDR4, which is used in such “mobile” chipsets, is slower than DDR4 memory. This is why the DIMM slots would be needed on the ARM PC. An interesting suggestion was Rockchip’s RK3399, which is being used in Samsung’s Chromebook Pro. It has PCI-Express and USB 3.0. Google and Samsung have been putting in a great deal of work for Linux support on the chip. But it still is a mobile chip, and not designed for full-powered ARM desktop.

“I have a 24-core Opteron right. To replace that I would need a 64-core Cortex A73 or something, which doesn’t exist,” said the attendee who suggested the RK3399.

The discussion later became a battle between server chips and mobile chips, which each had their issues. While the server chips have good software support, they are expensive. The mobile chips are cheap but have poor Linux OS support. Software support would need to be added by independent developers, and that can become an extensive amount of work. The initial PC might have a server chip with decent Linux kernel support, sufficient memory and standard interfaces. Decent graphics will matter more, as well as ensuring that standard components like heatsinks and memory DIMMs can be bought off the shelf. The initial reason for the meeting was to get the ideas started for the development of a real desktop based on ARM processor. The PC will likely be developed by 96boards, which implement specifications to build open-source development boards.


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toshiba-hard-disk

Digital Trends by Jayce Wagner that talks how Toshiba just launched a new hard disk that has a storage space of 8TB which is on a 3.5 inch format. Within this series, there are also other storage amounts such as the 6TB and the 4TB. All of these spin at a rate of 7200RPM. The storage is great for the heavy computer user as well as being a solution for small businesses as well. Here is what Scott Wright, the director of HDD marketing for Toshiba America, has to say about the new hard disk launch.

“Many customers with predominantly file-oriented and fixed-content sequential write and read workloads are looking for cost-effective capacities for moderate workload storage applications.”

In summation, this means that these hard disks are meant to be for long term back up storage but more so to be installed into desktop workstations or a family computer. These are for more day to day use despite the large amount or storage normally found for long term back up.

Toshiba hard disk Manufacturer plans to have these hard disks installed into standard desktop very easily so that people can use the storage for whatever they choose to decide.

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intel leading technology

Intel has announced the official Vulkan graphic API support for Skylake and Kaby Lake GPUs. Previously it was in beta for months. Other releases were also in different flavors of beta, but Intel’s 15.45.14.4590 driver is the first release added in full API support. The latest driver will only support Windows 10 on Kaby Lake, but the sixth-generation GPUs are supported in Windows 7,8.1, and 10. That points out the artificiality of the restriction. Kaby Lake and Skylake use identical GPUs. So, their graphic pipelines are alike.

Early test of DX12 showed increase for the leading technology company Intel in that mode and the company has allocated some tech demos showing significant boosts from the API, but there’s not much change in the way of benchmarks or performance comparisons with recent cards or drivers.

Even without the equitable performance data to examine, this kind of support does matter. Intel may not have much in the way of enthusiast GPU market share, but it still ships more CPUs with combined graphics than AMD or Nvidia ship discrete GPUs per year. For back up support on DirectX 12 and Vulkan means that game developers might like to target these APIs. Specifically, they can evaluate their performance on Intel hardware, rather than solely looking to Teams Red and Green.

Not much has been said by Intel about where they intend to take its GPU hardware in the future. Kaby Lake and Skylake use the same GPU core. They have been heard saying that Chipzilla might license AMD IP for future graphic cores. But, it is under great speculation of what kind of arrangement this would reflect. Intel did add Vulkan support is the best for the entire GPU ecosystem and could keep encourage developers to consider API alongside DirectX12 for future gaming projects. Intel’s current 128MB of EDRAM isn’t really common for 1080p gaming at acceptable detail levels, but a 256MB EDRAM cache could easily resolve that issue. Whether Intel would be able to get the pricing it wanted for the chip is an entirely different question.


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samsung note 7

Samsung had a two hour press conference on the design failure and manufacturing that caused the fires with their Note 7.

Koh Dong-jin, the president of mobile communications at Samsung, announced that the reason why the fires were caused in the Note 7 was because the battery (which was made by Samsung SDI) had electrodes that short circuited which was caused by the electrodes touching which in turn caused fires.

The batteries were bought from Amperex, a TDK company, which was also not perfect as well. Here is what Koh had announced that day.

“We provided the target for the battery specifications for the innovative Note 7, and we are taking responsibility for our failure to ultimately identify and verify the issues arising out of battery design and manufacturing. We have taken several corrective actions to make sure this never happens again.”

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toshiba chip

Toshiba corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate. Their headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan. They offer many services for people. some services include information technology, communications equipment, and systems. Electronic components and materials. Also, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems. Toshiba is known to be found in 1938. It is organized in a way to be able to have 4 groupings. Groups such as the Digital products group, the electronic devices, home appliances group and the social infrastructure group. It is considered the 7th largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world.

Toshiba recently planned to sell off a stake in their chip business mainly to raise cash. They mostly decided to do this to be able to raise cash due to the loss of their nuclear business. Their nuclear business could have been as big as 6 billion which a lot of money to be lost for them. Therefore, they needed to take their precautions and come up with a plan to sell off a stake in their chip business. But now it seems like this plan is not working out and they are facing a lot of negative net worth.

They are now thinking to sell 20-30% of their chip business and although this may seem like a high percentage. Toshiba will never sell a controlling interest which is a good thing for them because controlling interest is what matters the most for a company. For example, it was a good idea when Western Digital’s bought SanDisk’s share in the NAND partnership with Toshiba. They are willing to invest 5 billion in Toshiba’s chip business. This all seemed like it would be a good idea until it was thought out more and was found that such a huge investment could run into antitrust procedures which this in fact could affect and delay the deal in march which is by the time Toshiba needs the cash.

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