AMD Announces Next Generation G-Series Embedded Chips

Submitted by lalit on April 24, 2013 - 7:19am.

AMD today announced the new AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on the AMD next-generation “Jaguar” CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. According to AMD, Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. Among the forces that are enabling this next-generation computing era are single-chip, SOC solutions that offer smaller size, higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

AMD claims Embedded G-Series SOC platform sets the new bar for SOC design, offering up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.2 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.

AMD will ship five new Embedded G-Series SOCs including:

  • GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics, Quad-core, 25W TDP, 2GHz CPU and 600MHz GPU.
  • GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics, Quad-core, 15W TDP, 1.50GHz CPU and 500MHz GPU.
  • GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics, Dual-core, 15W TDP, 1.65GHz CPU and 450MHz GPU.
  • GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics, Dual-core, 9W TDP, 1.0GHz CPU and 300MHz GPU.
  • GX-416RA SOC, Quad-Core, 15W, 1.6GHz CPU and no GPU.

The Embedded G-Series SOCs will have a price range of $40 - $75 and will be available to customers this quarter.


Apple Reports Record Revenue for Q2 2013, But Profit Down

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 3:51pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $39.2 billion and net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.5 percent compared to 47.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 35.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 19.5 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 11.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold just under 4 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter.

“We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.”


Western Digital Ships World’s First 5mm 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 2:47pm.

Western Digital today announced it is shipping the world’s first ultraslim 2.5-inch, 5mm hard drive, which is designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments. With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line helps to address the tradeoffs system designers often make between capacity, physical size and performance.

“With the launch of our new WD Blue 5 mm ultra slim hard drives and our WD Black SSHD products, currently shipping to OEMs, WD is delivering to our customers a variety of solutions that maximize storage capacity and volumetric efficiency, as well as performance and system responsiveness, for consumers,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client computing business unit. “Our engineering team took a clean-sheet approach with 5 mm to deliver an ultra-thin hard drive that enables a world of possibilities and applications for mobile computing and beyond.”

WD Blue 2.5-inch 5 mm hard drives, (model: WD5000MPCK) is priced $89.00 USD. WD Black SSHD versions are currently shipping to OEM’s and integrators with both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA I/O technology. You can get more information about WD Blue 2.5-inch 5mm hard drive on WD’s website.


Logitech Introduces Two New Folios for iPad

Submitted by lalit on April 23, 2013 - 11:55am.

Logitech today introduced two new Folios for iPad, Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad and Logitech Folio for iPad and iPad mini.

"We've combined design cues from the world of high fashion with the unbeatable typing experience you expect from Logitech to bring a new level of self-expression to iPad protection," said Mike Culver, vice president of brand development for tablet accessories at Logitech. "The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio and Logitech Folio give you more than just a protective case for your iPad, they add a distinctive accent to your iPad that reflects your personal style."

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio and Logitech Folio are offered in a range of colors from Electric Blue and Sunflower Yellow to Mars Red Orange, and in an array of on-trend fabrics from matte leather to finely woven cotton.

The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio features the first Bluetooth keyboard with its keys seamlessly fused into an interior fabric. Its full-size keys give you the tactile feedback you're used to in a traditional keyboard, but in a sleek new look. The keyboard folio's high-end fabrics are treated with a coating that is liquid repellent to help keep your folio looking new for longer. Hidden magnets hold your iPad in two convenient positions, snapping your tablet securely into typing mode and ensuring the folio stays shut when you're moving around.

Designed for the iPad or iPad mini, the Logitech Folio features the same sophisticated style and premium materials on the inside and outside to safeguard your tablet while you're on the go. Magnetic closures minimize the risk of damage to your tablet and its screen while in transit. For an extra measure of convenience, its four-way flip stand allows you to view your tablet from the stand without having to hold it.

The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $149.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Folio for iPad and iPad mini are expected to be available in the U.S. in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $69.99 and $59.99.

Leaked Photos Show iPad 5 Rear Shell and iPhone 5S SIM Tray

Submitted by lalit on April 22, 2013 - 9:43am.

Two separate photo leaks have revealed the parts of upcoming iOS devices that Apple will ship later this year. In the first leak, case company called Tactus have posted on their blog a photo, which they claim is rear shell of fifth generation iPad. And the shell in the photo indeed matches the rumored design of the upcoming iPad 5, which according to rumors will follow the iPad mini’s design. The rear shell in the photo looks completely finished, which would indicate that Apple is in final stages of product development and manufacturing.

In the second leak, Japanese parts shop Moumantai has posted photo of nano SIM trays that they claim are for next generation iPhone 5S. However, as the SIM trays are almost identical to current iPhone 5’s SIM tray, but in slightly different color we believe that they are just cheap iPhone 5 replacement parts advertised as iPhone 5S parts.


Samsung Galaxy S IV Press Event Live Coverage (Video Link Added)

Submitted by lalit on March 14, 2013 - 6:14pm.

Samsung is launching the next generation Galaxy S IV smartphone today at an event in New York. You can watch the live coverage of the event above.


Apple Working on 2TB SSDs for Next Generation Mac Pro

Submitted by lalit on March 5, 2013 - 12:06am.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already confirmed that we will be seeing next generation Mac Pros this year with completely new design that will amaze us. And it looks like Apple is indeed planning something big for the next generation Mac Pro. Blog Bright Side of News is reporting that during their recent visit to factories in the Far East they came across 2TB Solid State Drives bearing Apple logo. Theo Valich posted:

While touring the facility on a completely unrelated subject, we encountered something very interesting – an initial run of Solid State drives bearing a logo which is very recognizable in the West - Apple Inc. The fruity company from Cupertino remained silent on the strategy with their professional line of products, Mac Pro. They also keep on making the iMac as thin as humanly possible, using the same components as on their notebooks.

But seeing a 2TB Solid State Drive with an Apple logo on it opens very large ground for speculation. Given that we were not able to learn more about the parts in question, we have to leave it at that. But from the looks of it, the 2TB drives used industry standard 3.5” form factor, full height (just like your regular 3.5” spinning drive) and a SATA connector (not SAS or some proprietary port).

The 3.5” form factor leaves only one possibility; if the drives are real, Apple will be using them in the next Mac Pro. As other Apple desktops iMac and Mac mini use smaller 2.5-inch hard drive. Development of 3.5” 2TB SSD by Apple clearly shows that they are pulling out all the stops in development of the next generation Mac Pro. And it won’t be combination of generic parts just to make the Mac Pro fans happy by releasing an updated model.


Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumors

Submitted by lalit on March 1, 2013 - 9:13pm.

Samsung has already announced the March 14th Galaxy S IV launch event in Times Square, New York at 7PM. And with that announcement the floodgates of Galaxy S IV rumors have been opened. Below are some of the more credible rumors about Galaxy S IV that are likely to come true.

  • Galaxy S IV will feature a 5-inch full HD 1080p Display (we have also heard that it might be a 4.8-inch 1080p display). One thing we know for sure is that it will be a Full HD display. Quad Core processors will power the S IV.
  • We have heard that like Galaxy S III, the new IV will also have multiple processor options depending on the region. It is likely that US version will use quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the international version will use Samsung’s own Exynos 5 quad core processor. The rumors that it will use the next generation octa-core processor from Samsung won’t come true this time.
  • It will come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a full HD front camera.
  • Galaxy S IV will offer 16GB, 32GB or 64GB onboard storage with microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB.
  • Initially, it will be available in two colors black and white. Like Galaxy S III, Samsung will add more color options later this year.

Few things that you won’t be hearing at this announcement: First, Samsung will not use some revolutionary material to make the Galaxy S IV, for competing with iPhone 5’s fit and finish. Also, it won’t be much thinner and lighter than current Galaxy S III, the difference will be less than 15%.

It will be interesting to see what Samsung comes up with, as Galaxy S IV will be the lead device for Android platform in 2013.


Apple Updates Mac mini with Third Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 Processors

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2012 - 8:07pm.

Apple updated the Mac mini with third generation dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors that are up to twice as fast and have integrated graphics that are up to 65 percent faster. Mac mini comes standard with 4GB of 1600 MHz memory with support for up to 16GB. Retaining its amazingly compact aluminum design, the new Mac mini now includes four USB 3.0 ports in addition to its Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.

The new Mac mini retains its status as the world’s most energy efficient desktop computer, using only 11W when idle. It meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating.

The Mac mini is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $599; a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $799; and a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, OS X Server, 4GB of memory and two 1TB hard drives for a suggested retail price of $999. The Mac mini is available today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.


Apple Reveals Fourth Generation iPad featuring A6X Chip

Submitted by lalit on October 23, 2012 - 6:25pm.

Along with the iPad mini, Apple also announced today the fourth generation iPad featuring a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance.

The new fourth generation iPad features the amazing 9.7-inch Retina display and includes a new Apple-designed A6X chip that delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip, all while delivering an incredible 10 hours of battery life in the same thin and light iPad design. Other new features include a FaceTime HD camera, twice the Wi-Fi performance when compared to previous iPad models and support for additional LTE carriers worldwide. The iPad features new Lightning connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the 30-pin connector.

The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, November 2, in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. Fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will be offered for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model, and it will ship couple of weeks later.