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At IDF in San Francisco last week, Intel provided us with lots of insights into Skylake, the microarchitecture behind the 6th generation Core series processors. Skylake marks the introduction of the Gen9 Intel HD Graphics technology. In advance of our full Skylake architecture analysis (coming soon), I wanted to get a head start and explain the media side (including Quick Sync and the image processing pipeline) of Skylake in a separate piece. Media Capabilities and Quick Sync in Intel HD Graphics - A Brief History Quick Sync has evolved through the last five years, starting with limited hardware acceleration and usage of the programmable EU array in Sandy Bridge. The second generation engine in Ivy Bridge moved to a hybrid hardware / software solution with rate...

Unlocked Socketed 65W Broadwell Iris Pro Desktop CPU Demoed by Intel at GDC15

The next twelve months are set to be exciting times for the desktop space for Intel. While the current fifth generation mobile processors are coming to market, and the...

78 by Ian Cutress on 3/5/2015

Testing the HTC (Re) Vive with Steam VR: Better than Oculus…?

One of the big announcements to come out of Mobile World Congress this week is regarding HTC’s new VR headset, called the Vive or ‘Re’ Vive, depending on where...

24 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2015

Broadcom at MWC 2015: BCM4359 and BCM43455 Wifi Combo Chips Announced

Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for...

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/2/2015

Intel at MWC 2015: SoFIA, Rockchip, Low Cost Integrated LTE, Atom Renaming and 14nm Cherry Trail

After day zero at Mobile World Congress already boasting some impressive releases, Intel tackles their platform on day one on several different fronts. As part of a pre-briefing, we...

37 by Ian Cutress on 3/2/2015

Lenovo at MWC 2015: VIBE Shot SmartPhone/Camera Crossover Announced

As part of our booth tour at Lenovo during Mobile World Congress, on display was the recently announced Lenovo VIBE Shot and we managed to get some hands-on time...

16 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm @ MWC 2015: Cat 11 LTE, Cat 6 Dual-Sim LTE, & LTE/Wi-Fi Link Aggregation

Not to be outdone by Qualcomm’s SoC group, Qualcomm’s communication groups are busy at MWC 2015 as well. Though Qualcomm Technologies and Qualcomm Atheros are not announcing any major...

8 by Ryan Smith on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform

Today, Qualcomm is announcing the new Zeroth Platform, which is enabled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC. While Qualcomm is avoiding any real disclosure of the SoC at this point, we...

36 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Sense ID Fingerprint Scanning

In addition to a new SoC, Qualcomm is announcing a new fingerprint sensing technology for Snapdragon-based devices. While most fingerprint sensors currently use high-resolution capacitive sensors, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID...

7 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Sony Announces the Xperia Z4 Tablet

Although much of the focus on Sony's work in the mobile space is on their smartphones, they have been a player in the tablet segment of the market for...

29 by Brandon Chester on 3/2/2015

SanDisk Announces iNAND 7132: SLC/TLC Hybrid eMMC

In general, storage performance has been an area that is only discussed when it becomes a bottleneck. There was very little focus on storage performance in general before devices...

11 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Samsung Unpacked: MWC 2015 Live Blog

Here we are at Samsung Unpacked at MWC 2015. Ian on Photos, Andrei on text. Everyone is getting seated, seems to be almost 5000 people here

42 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 3/1/2015

HTC Announces VIVE, a Valve VR Headset, and Grip, a Fitness Band

In addition to the HTC One M9, HTC is also launching the VIVE, a VR headset. While it may seem a bit strange that HTC is doing this, it...

3 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

HTC Launches One M9: Hands-On

Around the end of 2012, HTC was in dire straits. The HTC One X, S, and V were supposed to be a big change in HTC’s product lineup, and...

43 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

Valve to Showcase SteamVR Hardware, Steam Machines, & More at GDC 2015

Typically we don’t do announcements of announcements. However in Valve’s case it’s not entirely clear if there’s actually going to be an announcement at GDC, so let's take a...

8 by Ryan Smith on 2/23/2015

Interview at CES 2015: Eric Kuo and Sam Chern from MSI Notebooks

As part of a series of getting into the minds of those who run our industry, we were able to take the time at CES to interview two key...

7 by Ian Cutress on 1/23/2015

Toshiba CES 2015 Booth Tour: Encore 2 Write, Portege Z20t, and More

Much like Samsung and Sony, touring the Toshiba booth turned up plenty of devices but not too many laptops – though I’d say out of the big consumer electronics...

7 by Jarred Walton on 1/20/2015

Samsung CES Booth Tour: Tablets, Phones, and Core M ATIV Book 9

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Samsung’s booth is what they weren’t showing: laptops. They had exactly one laptop on display, the new ATIV Book 9 with Core M-5Y10c...

45 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2015

Netgear Launches ARM Cortex-A15-based ReadyNAS 200 Series

Netgear's major announcement at CES 2015 was the ReadyNAS 200 series of NAS units targeting the SOHO market and power users. This lineup has two members, a 2-bay RN202...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2015

TRENDnet's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

We made our annual customary visit to TRENDnet's suite at CES 2015. Just like last year, TRENDnet has put faith in the latest chipsets from Qualcomm Atheros, be it...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

SteelSeries CES: APEX M800 QS1 Mechanical Switch and Sentry Eye Tracker

SteelSeries is best known for their keyboards, with MSI using SteelSeries designed keyboards in their gaming laptops for quite a few years now. They have a variety of other...

9 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2015

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