Intel Tango Smartphone

On July 28th 2016, Agam Shah wrote an article for Computer World talking about how Intel is quietly closing down the Project Tango smartphone and refocusing their ideas towards augmented reality. During Intel’s Developer Forum in San Francisco last year, most of the audience was attracted towards the Real-sense 3D camera which used drones and robots to “see” the world around them.

The phone hit the market in January of 2016 which is priced at $399.00. This new phone allowed for developers to build augmented reality applications with the implementation of Real-sense.

However, the smartphone didn’t create enough hype to generate sales. The phone started slowly disappearing from the market. It seems as in the Real-sense is alive however, Intel might be taking an alternative route and looking to use augmented reality and virtual reality in different forms.

Here’s what Shah has to say about Intel’s next move.

Intel will lay out its current VR and AR strategy at this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco next month. While it's scaled back its development of Atom chips, it will describe plans for a pair of augmented-reality smart glasses for remote collaboration, based on another low-power chip-set.

Intel's best assets for VR and AR today are the powerful PC processors needed to drive headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Intel doesn't provide the graphics to drive those headsets, however, which come from Nvidia and AMD.

Intel a semiconductor company that is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It was founded in July 18th 1968.

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Microsoft is partnering up with IBM in to push Surface devices to enterprises. Microsoft whose Surface devices quarterly revenue total more than $1 billion USD, hopes to further increase that figure by putting said devices on more corporate desktop. Microsoft has sought out IBM who is one of the world’s largest software makers specifically in order to write the applications for the Surface devices with the explicit goal of tailoring the Surface devices to meet the everyday needs of consumer goods, financial and retail organizations. Microsoft wants to make Surface devices more appealing to enterprises with the IDC forecasting that enterprise PC upgrades will pick up more in the second of the year. Microsoft is hoping that by preemptively tailoring their Surface devices with software that caters to enterprises they will be able to increase their stranglehold on the Surface device market share.

Surface tablets are already incredibly prevalent in organizations such as the National Football League and Emirates airlines but has had more success with professional buyers and consumers than enterprises. IBM has been involved in similar deals in the past most notably one with Apple in 2014 in which IBM developed apps for the iPads and iPhones. For IBM this is a win/win as they will undoubtedly acquire more enterprise software customers yet they won’t have to worry about issues with supporting the hardware.

Microsoft believes that their unique Surface features will be able to fully utilize and take advantage of the IBM custom software with the applications revolving primarily around management, reporting, forecasting, employee productivity and analytics. Microsoft has also reached a similar partnership with Booz-Allen Hamilton in order to work on Surface tablets for the public sectors, health and government organizations. Although Microsoft sells pre-configured Surface tablets presently it would not divulge on whether or not it would customize the Surface hardware to meet the needs of enterprises. Currently Microsoft sells a Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 tablet as well as the Surface Hub which is a PC inside a large-screen display. With the Surface line being announced as a Service program, the Surface devices can be packaged with cloud services on a paid subscription basis. This will save customers from paying for the hard-ware upfront and will allow users to upgrade hardware faster.

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NVIDIA and AMD have an all-out war on graphics cards and things get more interesting in regards to custom cards. Although the GTX 1060 will be revealed soon, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS are already eyeing their own variants. With ASUS, teasing with the idea that they have multiple custom versions which include the Turbo, Dual, and ROG Strix.

While Gigabyte are steering their efforts towards its GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming graphics card. According to Gigabyte what makes their gaming graphics card different is “a combination of a "super Overclocked GPU and Gigabyte's signature Windforce cooling technology”.

The GeForce GTX 1060 G1 will use the Windforce 2X cooling system; this system is designed with dual 90-millimeter alternate spinning fans that have a unique blade design and two heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU. Overall. This should allow a more silent experience while the fans are working.  Gigabyte is confident that its G1 Gaming card will have the highest grade chokes and capacitors. The Gigabyte graphics card will be built with premium components that will add to the durability of a graphics card, which should lead to a longer lifespan.

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Advanced Micro Devices, the American multinational semiconductor company based in California, has recently launched their RX 480 graphics cards with AMD LiquidVR technology as well as Polaris Architecture in order to provide immersive and rich virtual reality experiences with advanced capabilities and compatibility. In engineered setups used to test the precise power offered from the video card itself, a couple of reviewers, specifically Tom’s Hardware and PC Perspective, found that the RX 480 slightly exceeds its target TDP. The card itself may also exceed the limits of the PCI Express specification.

“The RX 480, like most GPUs, pulls power from two different places. The first is through its own PCIe slot, which the PCIe specification rate at up to 75 watts. Some cards use less power than that, and don’t require any additional connections,” explained Brad Bourque from Digital Trends. “The RX 480 has a 150 watt total TDP, so it should theoretically pull the other 75 watts from its six-pin PCIe power connection. Both of those connections are specified for a maximum of 75 watts. Yet, in certain situations, the card’s power draw can exceed 150 watts — and thus the limits of one or both power connections.”

While playing Metro: Last Light in 4K, both Tom’s Hardware and PC Perspective found power readings which reached 160 watts. Both reviewers discovered consistent power draw over 150 watts and reported peaks of 200 watts.

“One vendor told me directly that while spikes as high as 95 watts of power draw through the PCIE connection are tolerated without issue, sustained power draw at that kind of level would likely cause damage,” said the owner of PC Perspective, Ryan Shrout.“We have extensive testing internally on our PCIE compliance and RX480 passed our testing. However we have received feedback from some of the reviewers on high current observed on PCIe in some cases, said Raja Koduri from Radeon. “We are looking into these scenarios as we speak to reproduce these scenarios internally. Our engineering team is fully engaged.”

At this moment, there has been no reports of a RX 480 frying a motherboard. Even if the RX 480 does technically exceed specifications under certain loads, it is very unlikely to harm your motherboard at stock clock speeds.


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HP Inc. officially rolled out its “Device as a Service” for all enterprises which is aimed exclusively to consolidate all of the device acquisition and management. This covers the entire sequence from when a customer purchases the devices throughout the entire lifecycle until the moment it is time to recycle them. Otherwise known as DaaS, this package will also include optimization and analytics services which will free up IT resources as well. This newest offering by HP Inc. allows more customized offerings in the form of packaged products and services which ensures that HP Inc.’s customers are guaranteed to get the most out of all of their equipment.

Bill Avey, the general manager and global head of HP’s Personal System Services believes that HP’s end users will be “absolutely delighted” along with their IT due to the increase in productivity. Being that the DaaS is extremely driven by customer demand, HP has actually already secured previous customers in 20 different countries without dropping a single dollar on advertisements. The contracts for DaaS are written on per seat or per device basis which allows for an extremely clean and transparent cost model and subscription would only start with selecting devices. This could mean anything from printers, PCs, point-of-sale devices or any HP product really. A contract can include configuration, installation, onsite support, technical services, data migration or even technology recycling.

Another advantage of the DaaS is that it’s a multi-vendor offering and with a DaaS contract, HP can offer their assistance to IT teams in order to doing things like monitor performance, battery life of devices, pre-emptively ship users new batteries when they sense it is almost at the end of its life cycle and even coordinate recycling of devices past their date of expiration. This will aid customers in addressing security vulnerabilities when old devices are left unattended. Avery believes that the true advantage of DaaS likes in the management and analytics portion of the service model. IT decision makers often times have no idea what devices they have, where it is, how it’s performing or even whether or not it is actually meeting the needs of customers/consumers. HP’s DaaS hopes to offer a comprehensive solution that is both affordable and efficient.

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On May 25th 2016, Natalie Gagliordi wrote an article for ZD Net that talks about how well Hewlett Packard is doing. Hewlett Packard Inc announced their second quarter financial results however the results show that the company is not doing so well in terms of the PC and printer market. By looking at the second quarter results from the balance sheet, segment revenues are considered down around the board.

In terms of numbers, the revenue fell around 10 percent in terms of personal systems. In terms of consumer sales, revenue dropped 16 percent. Not only are these numbers down, but also the commercial sales and printing revenue, dropping down 7 percent and 16 percent respectively.

Hewlett Packard has reported a $660 million net income or 38 cents per share. Wall Street was estimating earnings of 38 cents per share with an $11.72 billion in revenue.

Here is what Dion Weisler said about the earnings, despite the harsh market conditions that the company is currently experiencing. Weisler does not seem phased by this as their long term strategy is still in full effect. "I'm confident in our ability to execute and remain committed to our plan for growth."

Hewlett Packard a computer hardware and software company that also provides IT services and consulting. The company was founded 77 years ago in January 1939. The company’s headquarters is located in Palo Alto, California. There are over 300,000 employees that work for the company around the world. The name Hewlett Packard derives from its founders’ last names: William Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard.

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Computex-2016

This year’s annual Computex trade show featured the newest and most innovative technology to date. The PC industry manages to surpass even the highest expectations set each year. This year was no exception- showcasing the wildest and most exciting computer hardware from the world’s leading manufacturers.

Some of the products featured at the tech show included Intel’s anticipated Broadwell-E “Extreme Edition” family. The featured processors, including the Core i7-6950X, reached a whopping price tag of $1,723 USD. AMD seeks to tackle the obscure price by offering the Zen as a solution. A working model of the chip was introduced at the show, but it is still under development. The goal is for the processor to overshadow AMD’s current-generation processors with a 40% increase in IPC (Instruction per clock). AMD’s 7th generation APUs, designed for laptops, also showed AMD’s ability to create all-around efficient products. AMD did not stop there.

The Radeon RX 480 delivers performance on par with FinFET Polaris GPU, with expert graphic capabilities at the low price of $200. With a price that low, the affordable processor could reach the masses in a short time, especially those in the gaming world. Nvidia reached universal praise with its new DTX 1070. The graphic card delivers the performance achieved with the Titan X, but at a fraction of the cost. MSI also introduced a prototype of its Backpack PC. The portable PC enables a virtual reality experience. HP also offered an insight on its similar-in-innovation backpack PC with its Omen X. Samsung introduced their revamped SSD, the PM971-NVMe, with a 512GB of NAND flash, a controller, and RAM all packed into a small chip that is meant for large storage on portable devices. Most of the devices presented delivered an increase in power and greater capabilities than previous hardware- something expected every year.

One of the stranger items in the multitude of new products included the Asus Zenbo- a charming little companion bot that responds to voice commands, general questions like Siri or Echo, reads stories, and comes with a touchscreen face.

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Digital Manufacturing - 3D R Printing

On May 17th 2016, Lucas Mearian wrote an article for Computer World that talks about how digital manufacturing could possibly eliminate warehouses with the potential on demand production capabilities.

With the rise of 3D printing, there is less need for producing items to anticipate orders that are demanded. Before 3D printers and computers, there were many blue prints and paperwork that was required for build plans. But with the digital age progressing, digital files can replace the paperwork.

Now, engineers and designers are working to fully understand 3D printing to decrease lead times.

Here is what John Vickers, principal technologist for NASA’s space technology mission directorate has to say about this topic.

"What we need in our design organizations is someone who doesn't have those cultural biases [and who says] when we go to design a new part for our spacecraft or rocket engine..., how do we build this with new technology?"

Vickers goes on to saying how it would cost tens of millions of dollars and take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to build parts using conventional methods. With 3D printer, the time can be slashed effectively to up to 3 months.

Vickers adds a little bit more to this topic.

"Our aerospace and space products really cost too much and take too long today. We're really interested in affordability and performance. We like to say we're interested in half the weight, at half the cost, at twice the speed."


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Intel

Intel, the renowned chipmaker is looking into cutting more products from their esteemed line as part of a reshuffling effort as the company looks towards a post-PC world. There have been many product ideas throughout the years that Intel have deemed a colossal failure and axed from their product line such as the WiMax, OnCue TV streaming service and the smartphone chips. Last month, Intel has promised to review and cut more products from their line as part of a company-wide plan to restructure which includes laying off an estimated 12,000 employees. This initiative was introduced to cease production on things like the Atom smartphone chips in order to redirect its resources to making more profitable products in areas like servers, hybrid devices, gaming PCs, and 5G connectivity.

The 5 most likely products to get the boots are as follows: Itanium chips, education tablets and PCs, Maker boards, Wi-Di, and Atom chips for servers. The Itanium server chips user base is dwindling and with most moving on to better and more powerful alternatives, Intel is openly wooing customers to move on to the x86 Xeon chips. Education tablets and PCs were all the rage back in the 2000s as part of a collective to compete with upstart One Laptop Per Child which offered a low-cost XO laptop, with tablets and laptops being mass produced and cheap yet sophisticated nowadays to replace these specialized PCs the time to move on has arrived.

Maker boards are definitely in style with the do-it-yourself maker community but CEO Brian Krzanich’s vision hasn’t resonated with the maker community and lags behind other products such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. This could lead to products like Intel’s Edison and Galileo to eventually get the boot. Intel’s Wi-Di is rendered irrelevant by Google’s Chromecast and with it not being able to work in living rooms and with emerging wireless technologies like WiGig which is much faster than Wi-Fi, Wi-Di may already be dead.

Finally Atom chips by Intel hasn’t been updated since 2013. The chips aren’t being updated anymore for smartphones and tablets and were originally intended for microservers but the low-end Xeon E3 and Xeon-D series of chips are much more powerful and as such are now the preferred alternatives. However if ARM who designs chips based on competing architecture poses a serious server threat in the near future, Atom could make a comeback and be reintroduced in data centers.

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Intel

On April 29th 2016, Agam Shah released an article on Computer World that talks about how Intel could potentially be leaving the smartphone and tablet. It seems as if billions of dollars are being wasted.

According to an Intel spokeswoman, Intel is in the works of canceling Atom chips (also known as Sofia and Broxton) that were supposedly planned to be in mobile devices. The first time this news was reported was in an article by analyst Patrick Moord head at Forbes.

This is the very beginning of what is happening at Intel. On top of this, Intel has announced plans to cut back on approximately 12,000 jobs.

The cancellation of the Sofia and Broxton chips created a problem due to the fact that Intel products were in big need of an upgrade. The Sofia and Broxton chips would be ideal however the without these chips and no major replacements, Intel users may suffer.

There are some Sofia and Broxton chips that have been pushed out into the marketplace however these chips have already been delayed.

In addition to the cancellation of the Sofia and Broxton chips, Intel is also stopping production of the Cherry Trail. Cherry Trail is the tablet chips from the Atom X5 line, which is now currently being replaced by the Pentium and Celeron chips. These Pentium and Celeron chips are called Apollo Lake.

Intel is a semiconductor manufacturing company that is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. The company was founded in July 18, 1958 in Mountain View California. There are over 100,000 employees that work for Intel.

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