Thecus Working Hard on ThecusOS 7.0 and Demo Available

Next to the hardware itself and the build quality, the operating system is the vital factor in a NAS and it is what gives it the features and functionality that it has. Thecus has been hard at work on a new version and the public beta demo is now available for everyone to test on Thecus’ own website.

Previously ThecusOS has been more traditional than others when it comes to the user interface design, but the new ThecusOS 7.0 mixes that up quite a bit with a modern and fresh user interface that resembles a desktop more than a web page. The new OS has been designed on a 64-bit architecture in order to get the most out of the hardware as well as offer the best possible features. The new ThecusOS 7.0 is also fully compliant with HTML5 which should ensure browser compatibility for a long time. It is also nice to see companies embracing the new standards and making a switch from old to new.

The new operating system doesn’t just provide improvements in design and user experience, it also speeds everything up with some extra performance. Thanks to Thecus, I’ve already had the pleasure to test the beta locally on the Thecus N5810pro NAS and despite not being done, it’s already pretty awesome.

One of the new features in ThecusOS 7.0 is the integration of the File Center feature that provides you with a centralized portal to manage your data. Sharing your files with friends has also been made a lot easier through URL and QR code usage that also can be password protected for limited sharing. The addition of SSD cache is also a welcome feature that provides an overall increased performance and efficiency to the system.

ThecusOS 7.0 also got a boost in the multimedia capabilities and will be able to stream to DLNA, Apple TV, Chromecast and similar devices next to the HDMI, VGA, and USB device options depending on NAS model. The new Photo Station will give users a convenient and centralized hub to upload, store, browse and share their images and photos.

Windows 10 64 Bit Usage Rises to 26.63% According to Latest Steam Survey

The monthly Steam Hardware Survey is fascinating and provides a wealth of data regarding popular system configurations. Valve’s latest figures show the increased adoption of Windows 10 64 bit to 26.63 percent. This marks a fairly notable change of 2.24 percent from the last survey. Looking at the data in more detail, we can see the majority of the new adoptions are from Windows 7 users. Although, there is a very slight change from Windows Vista, 8, and 8.1.

Linux figures remain virtually unchanged despite Valve’s attempt to push SteamOS. Perhaps, Windows 10 is an enticing prospect for PC gamers due to the possibilities of DirectX 12. Previously, this low-level API was only used on theoretical benchmarks, but games like Ashes of the Singularity and the upcoming Deus Ex title will use DirectX 12. Only time will tell, how much this impacts on performance though.

On another note, the majority of PC gamers are technologically minded and aware of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade programme. While there are some concerns regarding privacy, it seems this isn’t enough to deter people from using Microsoft’s latest operating system. It’s amazing to see how quickly Windows 10 has been adopted compared to Windows Vista, 8 and 8.1. Although, I do think many users love Windows 7 and it will take a lot of convincing to make them switch.

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Here’s How You Can Install Windows 10 Now!

I know, I know. There will be a lot of Windows 10 just started rolling out posts all day and people bragging about how they just started downloading the update. However, Microsoft did mention it will start rolling it out in waves, something that doesn’t sit quite right with everyone.

Well, I did some digging around and found some neat ways of getting past the waiting period. The first thing I saw is a little workaround found by someone over at VentureBeat. This involves deleting all your files in “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download” (or whatever windows drive letter you have) to refresh the Windows Update. Then, you have to start an elevated command prompt (if you do not know how to do this, Google is your friend). Type in the following command “wuauclt.exe /updatenow”, but do not hit enter! Next, open up your Windows Update and hit “Check for updates”.

While Windows is checking for updates as shown in the pic above, go to the command prompt and hit enter. This will force the update to check and start downloading the Windows 10 update. It supposedly worked for a lot of people, but I had no luck in making it run. However, if you just want Windows 10 installed and don’t really care if it’s through the Windows Update center, then the next approach might be more appealing to you.

I bet most of you don’t know, but you can actually download the final Windows 10 build straight from Microsoft’s website. It can be found in both 32-bit and 64-bit ISO and Microsoft even provides helpful tips and tools to make it USB bootable. So, if you are eager to get Windows 10 running on your machine right now, you best go to Microsoft’s website here and get downloading! Enjoy!

Commodore Is Back and Targeting the Smartphone Market With New Android Phone

For those of you too young to know who Commodore is, you should know that it was a big tech company back in the ’80s who went into the Guinness record for selling thousands of Commodore 64 desktop units daily. The craze for the Commodore 64 was so big that it was named ‘the single biggest-selling computer ever’, selling around 17 millions worldwide.

But enough about what the company did in the past, let us focus on the present and the future. If you thought Commodore’s days are over, think again! There have been a bit of confusion when Commodore Amiga, a potential Apple Mac Mini rival, was announced back in 2012, but we haven’t heard anything about it since then and it also seems the Commodore USA website which delivered the latter information went offline.

However, the latest news from Commodore is that the company seems to shift its focus on the smartphone market. Besides the Commodore 64, their first desktop computer was named Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). Well, their first ever smartphone bears the same name, so say hello to Commodore’s new PET smartphone!

The new, improved and ‘miniaturized’ version of the PET seems to be running on Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution display. In terms of performance, it comes with a Mediatek 64-bit Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz and features the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Even the battery seems promising, coming with a huge 3,000 mAh pack.

Other features consist of a 13-megapixel back camera made by Sony, with a f/2.0 aperture, being able to snap pictures at a resolution of up to 4096×2304 pixels and record 1080p HD videos. There is also a 8-megapixel front camera with an 80° wide-angle, which can also be triggered by the side shutter button. You won’t be disappointed in terms of connectivity either, having the handset come with dual-sim support, 4G LTE compatibility.

To bring forth the nostalgia of old times, Commodore said to have built in a VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator and is working with some software developers to port its old ’80 Commodore games to the latest PET handset. So now that some, if not all of you are excited about the information, let’s move on to the most important bit… when will we see it on the market? You’ll be more hyped by that information.

The Commodore PET is said to launch later this week in two versions. The ‘light’ version is said to feature 2GB of RAM, 16 GB storage and be priced at around $300, while a higher-end version will be featuring 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a price tag of $365. In terms of storage space, you should know that the handset is said to already be fitted with a 32GB microSD card, but information states it can support microSD cards of up to 64GB. So, this means you can get your very one portable Commodore PET with a total of either 80 or 96 GB, depending on what model you fancy.

The initial launch will be in Europe with the first countries to see the handset named to be Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, but more are bound to be added to the list in the near future. Given the old Commodore fans are still out there, demands for the new PET smartphone is likely to build up really quick. Will you order one? Let us know!

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information

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MediaTek Wants to Get under the Hood of Chromebooks

MediaTek wants to take Intel’s place in Chromebooks and expand its reach beyond Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Up until now, MediaTek has been the leading chip manufacturer for Android devices.

Kevin Jou, vice president and chief technology officer at MediaTek, stated that MediaTek’s new high-performance chip, the Helio X10, already has support for Chromebook OS. Google’s low-cost alternative to Windows PCs seems to be growing a lot in popularity and since the Chromebooks require Internet connectivity for most of its applications, it would make sense for MediaTek to grab a piece of the pie.

At the moment, Chromebook applications do not require a lot of processing power to run its cloud-based applications. However, together with MediaTek’s eight-core Helio X10 solution, we could see a lot of potential in Chromebooks, including support for 4K videos and 64-bit architecture support for apps.

The Helio X10 comes with four Cortex-A57 cores set to handle a lot of demanding tasks in applications and four Cortex-A53 for the less demanding operations, such as audio playback. In terms of benchmarking, the Helio X10 is currently competing with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, considered to be one of the fastest mobile chips on the market.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

Samsung Started Mass Producing High-Density ePoP Memory

Samsung announced that they started the mass production of their ePoP (embedded package on package) memory – a single memory package consisting of 3GB LPDDR3 DRAM, 32GB eMMC Flash and a controller.

The tiny package is only 15 x 15mm which allows it to be stacked right on top of the processor, returning space for other components in the ever slimming mobile devices. The mobile DRAM inside the ePoP operates at a data transfer rate of 1,866Mb/s and sports a 64-bit I/O bandwidth.

“By offering our new high-density ePoP memory for flagship smartphones, Samsung expects to provide its customers with significant design benefits, while enabling faster and longer operation of multi-tasking features,” Jeeho Baek, Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “We plan to expand our line-up of ePoP memory with packages involving enhancements in performance and density over the next few years, to further add to the growth of premium mobile market.”

In comparison, a dual chip solution would take up 374.5 square millimeters versus the ePoP’s 225, approximately a 40% reduction. The single-package configuration also meets the semiconductor package height ceiling of 1.4 millimeters (mm).

Thanks to Samsung for providing us with this information

Google Chrome Version 39 Releases with 64-bit OS X Support

We hope you Mac users are ready for some 64-bit software computations from Google! Google Chrome version 39 has released today, with the new update including a number of large features for desktop users across all major platforms. Mac OSX users will now have browser support for 64-bit, with Google Chrome now completely shifting to a 64-bit only variant on OSX.

On top of this, the 64-bit support includes a number of handy security and speed updates to the browser, with improved instruction sets, more registers and improved efficiency in function calling. Because most software already on the OSX platform is now already all 64-bit based, you should find that Chrome now boots faster on a Mac. Desktop users on Linux, Windows and OSX can download the new Google Chrome update through the browser’s built-in silent updater, or can head over to google.com/chrome to manually download the latest version. For a full list of updates that come apart of the Google Chrome 39, please see the full release available on Google’s update blog for the browser here.

 

Thanks to MacRumours for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Insider and Windows 10 Technical Preview Launched

It has been about 24 hours since we officially got introduced to Windows 10, the newest operating system instalment from Microsoft. A few lucky members of the press and other invited guest got the first experience when they could play with the demo systems after the conference. The rest of us had to wait until today to make our own impressions of the new system. Even though it wasn’t a long time we had to wait, it still felt that way.

I believe this to be a great OS and I like the new route Microsoft has taken on their development and feedback. Microsoft is no longer a sure winner when people pick their operating system, as more and more user-friendly alternatives pop up. With steam OS on the distant horizon, the gamers aren’t the secure customer group they used to be. Windows 8 didn’t get the warm welcome Microsoft had hoped for, and as they said during the press conference, “We know you’re a vocal bunch.” This time around, they want to use this their advantage.

The Microsoft Insider site is live and everyone can sign up to be part of it. If you already got a Microsoft account there isn’t much to do besides log in. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one. Then you agree to some terms and conditions after which you can download Windows 10 Technical Preview in either 32- or 64-bit versions. The download sizes are 3.8 and 2.93 GB, so that isn’t to bad. There are three languages available: English, American English, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese. I’m sure more will follow soon. You can sign up and download it right here.

System Requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

Important Notes:

  • Some PC processors and hardware configurations aren’t supported by Technical Preview.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.
  • After you install the preview, you won’t be able to play DVDs using Windows Media Player.
  • If you have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center and you install the preview, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • The preview won’t work on Windows RT 8.1 and Windows N editions.
  • The preview is not available for Windows Phone.
  • A small number of older, 64-bit CPUs might be blocked from installing the preview.
  • If you’re running Windows 7 without SP1, you can only upgrade to the preview by downloading an ISO file. If you install Windows 7 SP1, you can upgrade to the preview by using Windows Update or by downloading an ISO file.

There are a lot more disclaimers and warnings that this is an unfinished system. Expect bugs, crashes and more; but you can be among the first in the world to test the new functions.

The data-protective amongst our readers should be aware that the preview collect a lot data about the usage and system and sends this on to Microsoft. You should read the Privacy statement carefully before you download and install Windows 10 Preview, if that’s something that worries you. I doesn’t need to though, but some like to keep their secrets.

Another note I’d like to add is that Automatic Updates are enabled and you can’t turn them off on the preview version. This is of course to bring everyone the newest fixes and improvements as they’re ready. And Microsoft doesn’t just want your feedback in form of anonymous data. They also want to hear your suggestions, ideas and discoveries. The Windows 10 preview has a Feedback app installed and there’s also the option of going directly to the forums.

Thank you Microsoft for providing us with this information

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Apple’s A8 Processor Rumoured To Hit the 2 GHz Clock Speed for The First Time

While Android devices have been passing the 2 GHz clock speeds for some time now, Apple’s gear and its latest 64-bit A7 has been steadily hanging at the 1.3 – 1.4 GHz speeds. Rumour now has it that the company’s latest SoC, the A8, will change all of this.

It is said that Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 featuring the A8 chips will be able to reach the 2 GHz speed for the first time in the franchise’s history. There has been word that the iPad Air 2 will be available with a processing speed of 2.6 GHz, but that is to be expected since the iPad devices are the company’s ‘heavy gear’ compared to the iPhone devices.

The A8 chipset series is said to sport two cores and a 64-bit architecture as the previous A7 SoC. People might say that three, four or even eight cores are the future, as found in the Android devices, but the truth is that the extra core support is not noticeable in terms of a mobile handset’s speed. In time, as developers continue to make more and more complex mobile application, we will see the need for more than two cores on a handset. Until then, the extra cores are said to be there for ‘bragging purposes’.

The chip is said to be made by TSMC, having Apple replacing its Samsung supplier. The SoC is rumoured to be based on a 20 nm architecture, which would indicate a visible increase in performance and a decrease in power consumption compared to the current 28 nm chips. Other than that, Apple is said to release the handsets powered by the A8 chip this fall.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Announced for Q3 2014, 801 Expected This Quarter

Qualcomm has revealed three new SoCs during MWC, the new Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615, both featuring the ARMv8 64-bit 28nm processing technology and the third generation LTE modem for 4G connectivity and dual-SIM support. The last, but not least, Snapdragon revealed is the high-end Snapdragon 801 having several enhancements compared to its Snapdragon 800 predecessor.

“One thing that’s going to be a hallmark of our Snapdragon story is that we’re going to be providing Snapdragon solutions that essentially maximise our user experience at every tier so smartphone can prevail,” said Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala at MWC in Barcelona today.

The main difference between the Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 is the number of cores, having the 610 coming in with dual-core technology and 615 providing quad-core technology. Besides that, both Snapdragon SoCs feature the same Andreno 405 GPU found on the Snapdragon 800, having support for DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES 3.0, with added support for hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation, which Qualcomm said will provide more detailed, realistic mobile games and user interfaces.

The Snapdragon 801 features higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing, as well as higher speed SD card memory support and dedicated dual SIM hardware support. As the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 801 includes 4G LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity , in addition to a quad-core Krait 400 processor for advanced performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics.

“The Snapdragon 801 is a key platform for us, key drivers are to improve user experiences, [include support for] h265 video, supporting more sophisticated camera solutions and dual SIM configurations,” said Renduchintala. “The camera performance is, from a sensor point of view, 45 percent faster, the graphics solutions have been improved by over 28 percent, [with a] 14 percent CPU capability improvement as well as 14 faster memory solutions.” he added.

While the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2014, the Snapdragon 801 is expected to be available in consumer handsets starting this quarter.

Thank you The Inquirer for providing us with this information

HP Announces Three New Tablets Dedicated To Business Solutions

HP has just announced three new tablets, two of which consist of the ElitePad 1000 G2 and ProPad 600 G1, and another as a POS solution, the TX1 POS. Given the continuous rise of IT demands for flexibility, mobility and lightweight devices, it would make sense for HP to provide such solutions.

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 has been presented at MWC where was dubbed as being the “total business solution”, having it set to be released in March for at a price tag of $739 / £444. It is said to be designed for flexibility, having full-sized HDMI ports suited for easily setting up presentations, as well as having it packed with accessories and features suited to replace a normal laptop. The key features of the tablet consist of having just 9.2 mm thickness, weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, all powered by a 64-bit Intel processor. Additional features consist of touch, voice or pen inputs, dual cameras perfect for video conferences and enterprise IT integration tools.

The HP ProPad 600 G1 is a light version of its ElitePad big brother and lacks its aluminium finish. A variety of accessories has been removed compared to the ElitePad, having just expandable storage ports and micro-HDMI support, all being powered by an Intel Atom processor. The lack of features and performance can be felt in its price, where HP will be selling it at a lower price tag. An official pricing has yet to be revealed for this particular tablet, although HP is said to be releasing it somewhere this April.

Moving to the HP TX1 POS, the tablet is designed to be a point-of-sale terminal which can either act as stationary or portable. The tablet is designed for small businesses tgat beed to connect to front and back office applications. To keep it simple, the TX1 POS Solution provided by HP is similar to the ProPad tablet, having it connect to POS accessories and ports. The TX1 POS is said to be available starting this May.

Thank you ZDNet for providing us with this information
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Rumor: Nexus 6 To Feature 64-bit 8-core Processor

Whether or not it is true, rumors still remain and they point to the next (Google) Nexus 6 handset having a high-end 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. It is still too early to make presumptions at this time, though Digitimes cites an article from China’s Economic Daily News.

Reports say that Qualcomm is planning to launch its high-end Snapdragon 810 with a 64-bit architecture somewhere in the second half this year, boasting eight cores and said to run on an ARM big.LITTLE configuration which boosts its speeds and battery performance simultaneously.

Making a quick recap of what was specs were released for the Snapdragon 810, it is said to have four cores made out of ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and the remaining being made out of ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs. All of them combined powering a Nexus handset, not to mention the upcoming Nexus 6, would definitely be something worth seeing.

However, take the information with a grain of salt since the Nexus 6 handset is bound to be released at the end of 2014, somewhere in early Q4 at the very least. New rumors are bound to change and make this recent rumor redundant, or could add up and consolidate it into something concrete. Time will tell.

Thank you Ubergizmo and Digitimes for providing us with this information

Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-Bit SoC Rumored To Be In The Works, Should We Expect 4K Too?

Earlier reports point to Qualcomm wanting to see 4K capable handsets this year, and they went on working on them no matter what. They also mentioned that this they would also release the first 64-bit capable processors. But recent news tends to combine them all, having Qualcomm now rumored to be working on an Octa-Core processor.

The new SoC is said to feature eight Krait64 general-purpose cores designed in-house at Qualcomm, and would be compatible with ARMv8 architecture with up to 4MB of cache and a 2.5GHz clock speed. Adreno 430 graphics (up from the 330 series) with a 500MHz frequency is also expected to be present in the SoC, along with LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various special purpose hardware/accelerators. But does the new specs also include 4K? We have been hearing a lot of news, rumors and official, about what Qualcomm wants to bring this year. Yet it is not clear upon what to expect as a final deliverable.

The SoC should be manufactured on the 20nm architecture and it is possible to arrive as the Snapdragon 810 series in two models. The MSM8994 which is said to be integrated with baseband, and the APQ8094 which is said to require the external telecom chip. However, more information from Qualcomm should shed some light on this SoC in the near future.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Samsung Announces 4GB Ram On Smartphones With 8GB LPDDR4

Samsung has announced the industry’s first 8-gigabit low-profile double-data-rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM chip, offering 1GB on a single die. The new LPDDR4 memory is said to provide 50 percent higher performance than current LPDDR3 offerings, with improved energy efficiency resulting in the chips using 40 percent less power than the previous generation, at 1.1 volts.

The chips are fabricated using “20nm-class” process, and combining four of these into a single package could offer up to 4GB of RAM on mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Mass production will begin sometime in early 2014, though Samsung hasn’t given an official time frame.

The announcement comes at an interesting time – Samsung has said that its next flagship, the Galaxy S5, will sport a 64-bit processor, and the inclusion of 4GB of RAM would put the 64-bit CPU to good use. The Galaxy Note 3 came with 3GB of RAM just two months after Samsung announced its 3GB LPDDR3 chip, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think that 2014 will see smartphones encroaching personal computer territory even further with 4 gigabytes of memory, with the Galaxy S5 kicking off the trend.

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LTE and 64-bit Support Brought Forth In Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 410

It was only a matter of time before Qualcomm would try to enter the market with its own chipset capable of supporting 64-bit, though the processor does not appear to be of the high-end range. The Snapdragon 410, however, is a 28nm SoC that seems to be focused more on lower-end devices and emerging markets instead. The new Snapdragon is expected to arrive at manufacturers in the first half of 2014, with it reaching consumer devices somewhere in Q2 2014.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, though not as high-end as we would have hoped, does come with plenty of extra feature support. One of the main features is the LTE, which Qualcomm says is a feature it wants to bring to all of its products. In particular, this next-gen connectivity comes with multimode and multiband support, ensuring that many devices carrying the chip will work on LTE networks around the globe. Another feature of the Snapdragon 410 will be an Adreno 306 GPU, which will offer support for dual and triple-SIM devices. Other features consist of having 1080p video playback capability, a 13-megapixels camera range, Along with GPS/GLONASS, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC and Bluetooth.

Qualcomm wants to dominate the smartphone and tablet market in terms of processor manufacturer, therefore the new Qualcomm Snapdragon will have a compatibility table spanning from Android to Windows Phone and even Firefox OS, all the way to “high-volume” devices in emerging markets which sell for under $150.

Although this is just a low-end processor that Qualcomm announced, it would not make sense if they did not release any high-end version in the near future. Especially when CES and MWC are not too far away.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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64-bit Smartphones To Be Released By Samsung Next Year

It appears that a senior ARM official has confirmed for Korean Herald that the chip architecture developer has been working with Samsung to bring a 64-bit processor to its smartphones and tablets next year.

The CPU should belong to Samsung’s Exynos family, and is likely planned as a direct response to the 64-bit Apple A7 chipset, as found in the iPhone 5s and the new iPads. This does not come as a surprise since competitors need to keep pace with the newest tech in order to attract customers, and competition will most likely be in the customers’ advantage.

“Executives from Samsung and ARM had a meeting today. They discussed the ARM 64-bit chip, which is expected to be used in Samsung’s smartphone next year,” the senior manager stated.

Also, Cortex-M processors have been discussed during the meeting for devices such as a smart home system, where ARM’s executive vice president of commercial and global development, Antonio Viana, has allegedly been present. There is also word that 128-bit processors are being discussed at ARM as a possibility, but not for at least two years.

“As technology moves from, for example, shifting to face recognition on smartphones from the fingerprint scanner to unlock an iPhone, it requires more powerful memory capacity,” he added

Thank you Phone Arena and Korean Herald
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Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra 6 To Power The First 64-bit Android Devices

Thanks to a report from ExtremeTech, NVIDIA may have bumped up their release roadmap by sucking Tegra 6 aka “Parker” from 2015. Instead, Parker will see the light of day in late 2014 itself, and will also be the first 64-bit NVIDIA chipset. The report is based on new findings which indicate NVIDIA licensed and began working on ARMv8 64-bit architecture back in late 2010/early 2011 itself. 64-bit “Denver” cores should be ready for sampling in early 2014 itself.

No one can deny that Tegra 4 is a much more competitive chip than the Tegra 3 was last year, but Qualcomm’s custom Krait cores and quick design iteration have allowed it to nearly take over the Android device ecosystem. There are only a handful of devices announced with Tegra 4 chips, and one of them is Nvidia’s own Shield console. Meanwhile Snapdragon 600 and 800 power almost every high-end smartphone and tablet from 2013.

Over the last few years, Nvidia has no doubt poured many millions of dollars into Project Denver and the Parker SoC. Qualcomm is surely working toward a 64-bit chip down the road, but the company has been tight-lipped about future plans. The last thing Nvidia wants is for the market leader to beat it to ARMv8 with 64-bit. Whether or not 64-bit has real utility on mobile devices running 32-bit software, getting this right could set up Tegra for undeniable success, a distinction that has so far eluded it.

Thank you NextPowerUp and ExtremeTech for providing us with this information.

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