Intel looking into fundamental change of chips

Intel is getting ready to change the way they have made their chips, with a redesign focusing more on energy saving than speed.

The largest chipmaker in the world is ready to try out alternative ways of manufacturing chips after using their current method for over half a century. In order to keep improving their technologies, company leader William Holt says they must start using new manufacturing methods. The change is going to come in about four to five years, they estimate. The exact method they will adopt is still unknown at the moment, but they are in the process of narrowing down their options.

The two most likely options look to be technological devices called tunneling transistors and spintronics. Either option would call for a completely new designing process to be put into place, and both would surely be used with silicon transistors.

“We’re going to see major transitions,” said Holt at the San Francisco International Solid State Circuits Conference. “The new technology will be fundamentally different.”

Holt would go on to add that the new method would give any speed upgrades. Instead, they would be more energy efficient. The way the chip industry is going, it is becoming harder and harder to create faster chips. There have been so many upgrades in speed over the years that developers cannot make such drastic improvements like they once did. Now they are looking for a different way of improving the chips, and getting them to use less energy is the route they are taking. This is especially helpful for uses like cloud computing, mobile devices, and robotics.

Intel is focused on reducing the carbon footprint of what they manufacture. Using as little power as possible in regards to their products will be their goal for the coming years.

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Apple Watch 2

Apple Inc. is getting ready to debut their second edition of the Apple Watch, with rumors swirling that it will be debuted at an event in March 2016. Nothing is confirmed at this moment, as it has only been reported by an anonymous source who has “knowledge of the plans”. The potential date would mark nearly one calendar year since the first Apple Watch went on sale.

Added benefits of the new model would be a FaceTime camera installed in the device, better Wi-Fi capabilities, and health-tracking software that can measure heart rate with built in sensors.

Apple watches currently are available in a dozen models, and are typically priced between $350 and $400. Configurations to choose from include Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Hermès, and Apple Watch Edition. Displays can come on a 38mm or 42mm screen. Each watch has eight gigabytes of storage and 512 megabytes of RAM.

Also on the horizon is a smaller, four-inch iPhone. The miniature iPhone would have the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in a smaller, metal body. The 5S is the only current model available in the smaller size. This information was first reported by KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also cited sources close to Apple.

With brands such as Samsung opting to go bigger with their mobile phones, Apple has gone the other way to appeal to a different type of user. Some customers have expressed desire for a smaller phone because it is easier to use with one hand. Whether that is for texting while driving or otherwise is completely up to the person using it. It is not surprising from Apple to go this route, as they have been making their products more compact and more efficient at every turn.

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In an effort to increase economies of scale, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Vaio are looking to combine PC divisions. Each of these divisions have experienced decreased profitability in recent years, and each company hopes this merger will return them to success. Toshiba is just coming off of an accounting scandal, Fujitsu has seen it production costs skyrocket due to the decreased value of the yen, and Vaio intends to increase its market share. However, the merger is still in its beginning stages and could potential fall through if it only produces minimal benefits.

The combined resources of Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Vaio would create a Japanese conglomerate that would capture roughly 30% of the Japanese PC market, which would unseat NEC Lenovo Japan as the market leader. However, the combined output of these three companies only accounts for 6% of global PC output.

Each company admits that it will be nearly impossible to return to previous levels of profitability, but each hopes that the merger will bring them back to profitability via economies of scale. In fact, this deal even has the potential to disrupt the market share of smaller Japanese PC companies such as Asus and Acer. After the merger, the Vaio brand name would survive while the Toshiba and Fujitsu brand names would be dissolved (at least in the PC world).

Although a triple merger may seem like an odd move to outsiders, it is actually quite common place in Japan. For example, 2012 saw a state-sponsored merger between the ailing screen display divisions of Sony, Hitachi LTD, and Toshiba to create a single company called Japan Display Inc. If all goes well, this new PC conglomerate can have similar success. Look for the new Vaio company to make its debut by mid-2016.

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Nokia Ozo Cam

Nokia has released a price and availability date for their new Ozo camera, designed for recording 3D movies and games that can be seen through a virtual-reality headset. Nokia has been itching to get back into the game of being a technological leader ever since they stepped away from producing cell phones.

Nokia President Ramzi Haidamus felt this was the best opportunity to make that leap, as he was impressed by the capabilities of the camera from the very beginning. Virtual reality presentations are primed to take off in the near future – car dealerships such as Volvo are experimenting with the idea of virtual showrooms for their products.

Ozo can record stereoscopic 3D video and spatial audio through eight synchronized shutters and integrated microphones. The camera can operate wirelessly and is able to record video with all the data stored into a single file. It can also be used for live streams and broadcasts. Ozo’s design incorporates a removable digital cartridge at the back, which supports around 45 minutes of footage. It also houses the rechargeable battery pack.

"We're at the dawn of an exciting new medium that will transform the way people connect to stories, events, and the world around them. OZO is a powerful tool designed for the professional creators who will answer the most exciting and intriguing questions about the possibilities for virtual reality," Haidamus said in a statement.

Technical specifications of Ozo include a video sensor of eight 2k x 2k sensors, each with a 195° field of view, yielding a full 360° x 180° video coverage area and recording at 30 fps. It can be mounted on standard video camera tripod kit and is battery-powered for wireless operation.

Samsung and Google are also looking to create similar cameras. Samsung with the Bulbcam and Google with the Odyssey (backed by GoPro).

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Titan HP Smartwatches

HP has partnered with watchmaker heavyweight Titan to unveil a new smartwatch deal. This comes on the heels of HP reviving its smartwatch partnership with another watchmaker superpower, Movado. Early teases by the two company reveal that the new wristwatch will be responsive but not intrusive and has full support for both Android and iOS.

With HP being the technology maven, it’s safe to say that they will be in charge of all the technical hardware and software while Titan will be focusing on the design and manufacturing aspect of the deal.

"As a brand we are known for our design, manufacturing capabilities, innovation and quality. Moreover, our endeavor has been to always provide our consumers with something new. Our entry into the smartwatch market is another step in this direction,"

said S. Ravi Kant, CEO Watches and Accessories Division, Titan Company Limited.
"Engineered by HP and Titan make a formidable duo with each lending the other a new dimension, resulting in smart timepieces designed with today's discerning consumer in mind."

Building upon successful fashion and design relationships with Movado and Michael Bastian, Engineered by HP provides brands custom-crafted innovation, enabling them to create styles that offer a new era of access and connectivity for their customers. HP developed the hardware modules, software and user interface, and is providing HP cloud services, for all of the brand smartwatches under the Engineered by HP program. Compatible with both Android (4.4+) and iOS (8+) devices, HP smart accessories will complement the styling of the world's top brands and offer a versatile range of design and functionality.

An HP spokesperson suggested that we may have to wait a while before the final product goes on sale:

"The announcement today was to unveil the relationship between HP and Titan only, and that a watch is on its way to official availability."

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Volvo

Volvo could be putting their vehicles on display in an entirely different way, using Microsoft’s hologram technology to create a virtual reality showroom. The two companies have collaborated to use Microsoft’s HoloLens to give potential buyers the most unique view at a new car. The lenses have not been released yet, but the idea of a virtual world of car buying opens up an interesting new way of shopping for cars. A demonstration of the product was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, WA, for curious users.

With just a swipe of a finger, an observer can get a 3D look of the model of their choosing. They can go through the features and options of the car with a simple, user-friendly interface. The virtual car can be deconstructed down to its skeleton, giving the customer a look at the vehicle that most have never seen before.

HoloLens offers the freedom to create a bespoke experience which customers can steer themselves. Imagine using mixed reality to choose the type of car you want – to explore the colors, rims, or get a better understanding of the features, services and options available,

said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Cars.

If this product were to take off, it could change car-buying forever. The traditional method of having a sales rep tour you around the car might be a thing of the past. Dealerships could be minimized to booths at a shopping mall if all you needed was a pair of glasses to see everything you needed.

There’s no date set in stone for when the virtual reality goggles will be available at dealerships. Volvo and Microsoft have both said to keep an ear out for any future announcements regarding the subject. Possible future projects for the two companies include autonomous driving technologies and the utilization of data generated from connected cars to create new services.

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Samsung Gear VR

This Friday, Samsung will release its new “Gear VR” headset in what will be the first large scale consumer test for virtual reality. Retailing for a mere $100.00, the Oculus powered headset will offer consumers an imperfect but effective example of VR technology. The headset functionality is unique in that it is more of a Samsung Galaxy attachment as opposed to a stand-alone product. Users will attach their Samsung Galaxy devices to the headset, and then the Gear VR will use the power of the device to run games and apps.

Facebook (The parent company of Oculus) and Samsung have even enlisted the help of several tech industry giants to help give consumers more incentives to purchase the Gear VR. Companies like Netflix and VRSE have created apps specifically for the Gear VR, and a number of video game companies have already developed VR games for the moderately priced headset.

Although the Gear VR only offers a glimpse into the future of commercially available VR technology, it is none-the-less an important milestone in gauging the market for virtual reality eyewear. If this initial release is a success, than this paves the way for the Oculus Rift among other VR options releasing next year.

“People talk about VR and think it’s isolating,”

Max Cohen, vice president of mobile at Oculus, told me about VR in social contexts.

“But you can travel to places you don’t have the means to go to. Photos and videos are social. At Oculus we talk about experiencing anything, anywhere with anyone.”

The Gear VR has been met with a few critiques including its inability to work with other types of smart phones and occasionally choppy video quality, but overall it is an excellent first foray into the capabilities of commercially available VR tech. Look for the gear VR online and in stores this holiday season.

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Huawei

Battery life has always been a huge problem in the mobile industry. Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has recently unveiled a battery prototype that has the capability of being charged at incredibly fast speeds. Huawei can take a completely dead battery and charge it to 48 percent in a span of 5 minutes.

This type of battery is a lithium-ion battery that comes in two sizes: the 3,000mAh prototype (which is used in the above example) and the 600mAh prototype, which can be charged from a completely dead battery to 68 percent in 2 minutes. The 68 percent charge allows for 10 hours of calls on the Huawei phone. Lithium batteries can charge up to 10 times faster than normal batteries, Huawei says. Because the battery consisted of a graphite-coated anode, it is able to be charged without altering the lifespan, capacity, or long-term longevity.

A Watt Lab representative talks about how revolutionary this battery will be:

"Huawei is confident that this breakthrough in quick-charging batteries will lead to a new revolution in electronic devices, especially with regard to mobile phones, electric vehicles, wearable devices, and mobile power supplies.

Watt Lab is part of the Central Research Institute at China’s Huawei Technology Corporation.

However, this battery requires a special type of charger in order to work. Unfortunately, this charger is not readily available and not small enough to be a household item. With this being a problem, the battery most likely will not hit the markets anytime soon.

To get an idea of how actual batteries are doing on the market, Samsung said that its new Galaxy S6 battery could power up to nearly 4 hours of battery life after a single 10 minute charge. Not only had this, but Quick Charge 3 also announced that it could charge its phones (using the Snapdragon 820 processor technology) from 0 to 80 percent in 35 minutes.

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Microsoft’s never-ending battle with Apple added a new chapter this week, as the company announced the arrival of the Surface Book.

Surface Book is a laptop made to be in direct competition with Apple’s MacBook. The device has three different configurations, each providing a unique way to work. The first is, expectedly, as a normal laptop with a well-lit screen. It can also be used as a portable clipboard once the display portion is detached. In this sense, it essentially works as a tablet. Finally, it can be used as a canvas, by flipping the monitor around 180 degrees and closing it on top of the keyboard. Plenty of creative possibilities arise once it is put into pen first mode.

The most amazing fact about this unveiling is that this is the first laptop Microsoft has ever created. After decades and decades of Microsoft computers, we can finally have one that fits on our lap. The device itself is essentially a Surface Pro 4 with a more polished look, but it’s better late than never to be able to get your hands on the Microsoft laptop.

The Surface Book is priced around $1,500. It was built with power and speed in mind, using a 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory and an optional discrete graphics chip.

Specifications of the base model include:

  • SCREEN: 3000×2000 13.5" (267 PPI)
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • CPU: Intel 6th generation Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • SSD: 128GB
  • SIZE: 12.30×9.14×0.51-0.90" (312×232×13-23 mm)
  • WEIGHT: 3.34 lb (1.515 kg)

So no matter what you use Microsoft’s new device for, they can now say they are in the game for laptop sales and will continue to feud with Apple till the end of time.

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Intel Corporation, the American multinational technology company based in Santa Clara, California, initially revealed their new chip module in January 2015 at the International CES. This new chip module, which is being referred to as Curie, is about a centimeter across and features a 32-bit microcontroller, a small amount of Flash and RAM, Bluetooth Low Energy for connectivity, as well as a six-axis sensor with an accelerometer and a gyrometer. This chip was designed and built in order to be utilized in wearable devices such as a smart bracelet or a smart pendant. Realistically, this chip can be used in a wide variety of small gadgets that do not require a lot of local processing power, like in a small remote-controlled car.

Early next year, Intel’s small Curie chip will be available to the public in the form of an Arduino development board. In the United States, Arduino’s Curie board will be sold as Arduino 101. Overseas, Arduino’s Curie board will be sold as Genuino 101. They will both be available starting the first quarter of next year, and will be sold for $30, or around 27 euros. The board, while is not really compact enough to build a wearable gadget, will be ideal for building prototypes and will allow its users to get familiar with Curie’s capabilities.

This product was made primarily for the maker community, which has been utilizing Arduino boards in order to build a wide range of products. The Arduino board was also aimed towards the classroom, where students can get involved and interested in electronics and programming.

If you compare it to other entry-level boards at that price point, the big thing it brings is connectivity,

said Jay Melican, who is known as the “maker czar” at Intel.

Young folks who are building things are used to interacting with robots and cars through their cell phone, and this lets them do that.

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