Qualcomm puts a Hex on the Snapdragon...

Qualcomm puts a Hex on the Snapdragon 820
The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 extended unveiling continues with the reveal of the Hexagon 680 DSP (Digital Signal Processor) at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. As with the other elements of the Snapdragon 820, the Hexagon DSP has also undergone significant upgrades from the previous generation of Qualcomm mobile SOC processors. Qualcom [...]

The Snapdragon 820 Brings Visual Comp...

At SIGGRAPH, the annual graphics conference, Qualcomm released more information about the company’s forthcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset. Unlike the Snapdragon 810, all of the major functional cores on the 820 were designed in-house at Qualcomm. Qualcomm released information on two of the three cores that make up the multimedia subsystem – the [...]

Paul Teich Joins Tirias Research

Technologist Paul Teich has joined Tirias Research as a Principal Analyst. Paul is an industry expert with over 30 years of experience and expertise in computing, servers, storage and networking. Prior to joining Tirias Research, Paul served as the CTO of another technology market research firm and was a key member of AMD’s technical and stra [...]

NVIDIA Shield Android TV – First impr...

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NVIDIA Shield with Game Controller NVIDIA has created a premium over-the-top (OTT) set-top box (STB) built with its highest performing Tegra SoC processor, wrapped in a sleek package. The Shield unit delivers top notch video with 4K display support and has NVIDIA’s leading GPU technology to support console grade gaming. I have had the unit fo [...]

Cool Tech: GoPro Meet Lily

GoPro forever changed the way we capture action shots for sports and other activities and it remains king of the hill when it comes to action video cameras. The only issue is the viewing angles are rather limited because the camera needs to be connected to the user or user’s equipment. So, if you really want to have a video of yourself doing [...]

Questions and (Some) Answers about Mi...

If you have been following the progress of Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset, you know the Internet was flush with reviews from Microsoft’s BUILD conference in early May. If not, here’s a short summary: Microsoft HoloLens is a stand-alone headset with special lenses that can project images in front of the wearer’s eye, giving the [...]

Google Project Fi Means More than Low...

The introduction of Google’s new wireless services has been critically compared against service offerings from the other wireless carriers, but the real value is not in what it offers today, but what likely changes it will bring in the future to the wireless industry. The US wireless industry is dominated by a select few carriers. While most [...]

MediaTek Lands First LTE US Design Wi...

Alcatel lands T-Mobile with the new POP Astro LTE phone, but it’s not the phone that is the big news. The big news is that this is the first LTE phone in the US using a MediaTek LTE chipset. Despite MediaTek’s success in emerging markets for both 3G and 4G phones, this is its first LTE phone in the US market. The Alcatel POP Astro uses the MT [...]

Microsoft Courts Developers with Wind...

Build Keynote
At the company’s annual Build developer’s conference, Microsoft continued its prolonged introduction to the Windows 10 operating System (OS). As previously reported, Microsoft plans to scale the operating system (OS) from the smallest embedded platforms, like the Raspberry Pi development platform, through PCs, essentially covering the entire [...]

NVIDIA Digs Deep in New Strategy

While NVIDIA’s business strategy continues to evolve, the company’s seemingly unrelated efforts in new markets and applications all appear to come together under “deep learning,” the dominant theme of this year’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC). As presented by NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the massive amounts of data available through a growi [...]