Trade Shows

In the back of my mind I guess I had always assumed Sharp made some sort of smart device, but I was still taken aback at their booth at IFA, where the Sharp Aquos D10 smartphone was on display. This device is very much an attempt at a focused mid-range product, but it was the display panel that was attracting the most attention. Aquos. Ak-wos? A-cue-os? Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the Aquos name. I’m not even sure I pronounce it correctly. However Sharp has built the Aquos brand through its displays, and now has a good opportunity to bring innovate display technology to the smartphone industry, either through its own devices or through other OEMs. With a large part of IFA focused...

Acer Launches Lightest Ever 15-inch Notebook: Swift 5 at 990 grams / 2.2 lbs

Everyone loves the lack of weight. Carting around a trade show, at least for me, helps the less I’m carrying, and so my work device has transitioned from a...

12 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2018

IFA 2018: Next@Acer Live Blog (10:30am CEST, 8:30am UTC)

The first official press event this year at IFA 2018 is Acer. We're expecting a glut of Whiskey Lake notebooks, plus a few extras about Predator.

0 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2018

Dell Refreshes XPS 13 2-in-1: Amber Lake 5W CPUs with Thunderbolt 3

Dell on Wednesday upgraded its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible laptops with Intel’s latest codenamed Amber Lake-Y processors. The new systems retained chassis and displays used on the previous-generation XPS...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/29/2018

Dell Announces Ultrathin S2719DC LCD: FreeSync USB-C with HDR600

Dell has introduced its new Ultrathin 27-inch display that features a USB Type-C interface for modern PCs. The S2719DC is aimed primarily at space-constrained business environments, but in addition...

12 by Anton Shilov on 8/29/2018

Dell Unveils Precision 2-in-1 5530 Workstation: 15.6-inch Kaby Lake-G with Pro WX

Dell on Wednesday introduced its first convertible mobile workstation, the Precision 2-in-1 5530. The new system is based on Intel’s newly introduced Kaby Lake-G processors with Radeon Pro WX...

3 by Anton Shilov on 8/29/2018

Hot Chips 2018: NEC Vector Processor Live Blog

We saw this at Supercomputing last year: NEC's new Vector PCIe co-processor. I've wanted to write about it for a while, so I'm glad it's being presented here at...

9 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Fujitsu's A64FX Arm Core Live Blog

Remember back when Arm announced Scalable Vector Extensions? Well Fujitsu has made an Arm CPU that uses it with a 512-bit width. The presentation looks super interesting, so follow...

8 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: IBM Power9 Scale Up CPU Live Blog

The biggest part of the show are the server talks in the last session of the last day. All four talks are worth covering, and the first talk is...

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Xilinx DNN Processors Live Blog

Xilinx has several talks this year at Hot Chips, and aside from the ACAP earlier in the day, the talk about their Deep Neural Network processor also looks interesting...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Tachyum Prodigy CPU Live Blog

One of the more interesting talks is from Tachyum, who have a deep presentation about their new hyperscale Prodigy processors with up to 64 cores and eight channel memory...

15 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Arm's Machine Learning Core Live Blog

Arm officially announced Project Trillium earlier this year, as a way to bring machine learning to the Arm ecosystem. As part of the trade show today, we have a...

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Nanotubes as DRAM from Nantero, a Live Blog

Lots of different types of 'RAM' have been in the news, most noticably Intel's Optane memory and a couple of weeks ago at Flash Memory Summit we had the...

16 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Xilinx 7nm ACAP Live Blog

We've covered the initial announcement of Xilinx's Project Everest before, which will be coming to market as an 'ACAP' built on 7nm. Xilinx believes that the ACAP is the...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Going Deep on NVSwitch Live Blog (8:45am PT, 3:45pm UTC)

The first talk on Day 2 of Hot Chips is from NVIDIA, going into more detail about how the NVSwitch works with a lot more detail than from previous...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

AnandTech at Hot Chips 30: Our 2018 Show Coverage

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of coverage at two key events: Hot Chips, the semiconductor industry conference regarding new product designs, and some minor thing...

6 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Google Titan Live Blog (6pm PT, 1am UTC)

The second talk on security is on Google's Titan Root-of-Trust silicon that sits between the BIOS and the processor on its custom systems.

5 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Microsoft Azure Sphere Live Blog (5:30pm PT, 12:30am UTC)

For the security section of Hot Chips, the first talk is from Microsoft on their Azure Sphere, which is an end-to-end solution for securing microcontroller powered devices with the cloud.

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

Hot Chips 2018: NVIDIA Xavier SoC Live Blog (5pm PT, Midnight UTC)

NVIDIA has a couple of talks during Hot Chips, with this first one going into the Xavier SoC.

5 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

Hot Chips 2018: SMIV DNN SoC for IoT Live Blog (4pm PT, 11pm UTC)

A slightly different talk from Hot Chips this time: here's a neural network processor aimed at IoT devices based in 16nm. The slides look interesting, so we're covering this...

4 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

Hot Chips 2018: AMD APU Optimization Live Blog (Noon PT, 7pm UTC)

AMD is also at Hot Chips, speaking about Raven Ridge and its APUs. The key elements to this talk will be the optimizations made for Raven Ridge, specifically around...

9 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

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