Category: Computex

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Cavium ThunderX2 Desktop PC made by GIGABYTE for ARM Server development

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

GIGABYTE shows their Cavium ThunderX2 Workstation, an upcoming product for ARM software developmers to optimize their code for the ARM server market. It will feature dual Cavium ThunderX2 processors with 4 channels of RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4 2666/2400Mhz memory per socket, and total capacity of 16 x DIMMS. Networking will include a dedicated MLAN port. Other specifications are still under adjustment for the final product which is something that GIGABYTE and Cavium are discussing with potential customers to satisfy a demand.

HDMI 2.1 features coming to Xbox One X (VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode)

Posted by Charbax – June 28, 2018

HDMI 2.1 brings auto low latency mode (ALLM) and variable refresh rate (VRR) gaming here demonstrated on a Samsung QLED TV with a new firmware update to add that functionality support to the Microsoft Xbox One X. For more information about HDMI 2.1 features for gaming see my other video. That VRR functionality of HDMI 2.1 can be considered similar to dynamic refresh rate technologies like AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync which are now popular for gamers buying new gaming PC monitors and new graphics cards, but the target market here for the HDMI 2.1 is also for gamers to be able to enjoy those features on the 4K TVs in the future. So expect upcoming 4K TVs to support it, if not it even being added to the firmware of existing 4K TVs on the market (like possibly as part of an evt firmware update for this Samsung QLED 4K TV), and here also updated with the firmware of gaming consoles like the Xbox One X.

Analogix 10Gbit/s ANX7440 Re-timer USB Type-C DisplayPort for PC Mode phones, laptops, monitors

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2018

Analogix shows their latest ANX7440 solution for 8.1Gbit/s DisplayPort 1.4 for video output and 10Gbit/s USB3 Gen2 data transfer. Now ready for mass production, its ANX74xx family of USB-C re-timer solutions are for laptops, 2-in-1 convertible laptops, desktop PCs, monitors, and USB-C accessories, the Analogix ANX7440 is the first protocol aware re-timing mux bridging DisplayPort and USB 3.1 interfaces for ARM Powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 laptops like the HP Envy x2, Intel, AMD, and Nvidia CPUs/GPUs to the USB-C connector, is the first USB-C re-timer to pass interoperability at USB-IF and VESA plug-test. They are pure USB-C re-timers using Separate Reference Clock Independent of SSC (SRIS) and Bit-Level Re-timer (BLR) architectures, guaranteeing a loss compensation to recover up to 23dB channel loss for USB 3.1 Gen2 10 Gbps; They are fully compliant to the latest USB 3.2 Appendix E requirements supporting 4-re-timer connectivity, with seamless daisy-chaining of four re-timers, meeting the USB 3.2 CTS requirements; They are complete DisplayPort re-timers with Link Training Tunable PHY Repeater (LTTPR) mode and transparent mode with AUX snooper, guaranteeing a loss compensation to recover up to 20dB channel loss for DisplayPort HBR3 8.1 Gbps.

The ANX74xx product family includes:

ANX7440 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer and USB-C switch for DisplayPort over USB-C ports;
ANX7430 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer and USB-C switch for USB 3.1 Gen2 USB-C ports;
ANX7490 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer for USB 3.1 Gen2 USB Type-A, Type-B, and USB Type-C ports;
ANX7496 – integrated 8.1 Gbps DisplayPort re-timer for mini-DP, standard DisplayPort, and USB-C ports.

19GB/s SSD by Western Digital (Black NVMe), WD MyPassport SSD, portable SSD and more

Posted by Charbax – June 26, 2018

Western Digital shows their up to 1TB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD storage that can combine 8 of them through two PCI-e splitters to reach up to 19 Gigabytes per second storage speed. Sandisk and WD and Sandisk branded portable SSDs at up to 550MB/s bandwidth. Thunderbolt based portable SSD with up to 2.8GB/s bandwidth. Up to 2TB WD MyPassport SSD to backup SD cards remotely to the built-in SSD with up to 390MB/s bandwidth. Up to 7.8TB desktop SSD drive. WD Black hard drives can do somewhere around up to 250MB/s bandwidth and SSDs can go 10x faster or more. For their UHS-2 SD card at 300MB/s they still only have up to 128GB capacity only. Rockchip RK3188-T on a Beagleboard.

Socionext camera/video AI, IoT, Linaro, processing, low light, security cameras and more

Posted by Charbax – June 25, 2018

Socionext and partners show their newest solutions featuring the Linaro Edge Box and other of their solutions for camera and video processing, AI, IoT including their Image Signal Processor demonstrations for High-accuracy license plate recognition, High-performance under ultra-low-light conditions, Multi-camera UHD panorama view (four cameras), AR / VR / MR / XR, Video – Hybrid Codec Solution Demos, Socionext's High-density video transcoding for Cost-saving IP video distribution, Intelligent edge computing, AI / IoT – Edge Computing and High-performance AI inference system for High-efficiency video management systems (VMS) and Power-saving edge.

TechNexion shows worldwide pre-certified IoT modules at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 13, 2018

TechNexion shows off their new products at Computex 2018: pre-certified IoT modules, Android Things development kits, IP69K embedded systems and more. The booth tour starts with Android Things development kit PICO-PI-IMX7 live demo, based on NXP i.MX7 Dual applications processor and ARM Cortex-A7 architecture has been the go-to development kit since the official Android Things launch at Google I/O in May. The company also demonstrates PICO-IMX8M SoM based on NXP i.MX8M processor and Cortex-A53 + M4 architectures that delivers a whooping 4K UltraHD video performance with HDR and pro audio fidelity for multimedia applications. TechNexion is also launching CE, ETSI, FCC, IC, RCM and TELEC pre-certified IoT wireless communication modules and development kits: PIXI-9377 based on Qualcomm QCA9377, PIXI-6174 based on Qualcomm QCA6174 that deliver high transmission rates, low latency and improved range in noisy industrial environments. The company is showcasing a fully waterproof TWP-1010-IMX6 HMI based on NXP i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 processor that was specially designed to withstand extreme environments and cleaning with a jet spray. TWP series likewise includes models based on Intel Braswell architecture. TEK5-APL box PC based on Intel Atom x5-E3930, x5-E3940, x7-E3950 and Apollo Lake architecture, enclosed in a fully ruggedized enclosure for use in a vehicle.

GIGABYTE shows Cavium ThunderX2 ARM Server Portfolio

Posted by Charbax – June 13, 2018

The R181-T90 is a 1U height dual socket general purpose ThunderX2 rack server with 8 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, 24 x DIMM slots, 1 x 25GbE SFP28 LAN port, 1 x 10GbE SFP+ LAN port (optional), 12 x 2.5” hot-swap HDD bays, 2 x OCP mezzanine slots (PCIe 3.0 x16), Aspeed AST2500 management controller, and 1+1 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU. The R281-T91 is a 2U height dual socket general purpose ThunderX2 rack server with 8 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, 24 x DIMM slots, 1 x 25GbE SFP28 LAN port, 1 x 10GbE SFP+ LAN port (optional), 24 x 2.5” hot-swap HDD bays, 8 x PCIe 3.0 expansion slots, Aspeed AST2500 management controller, and 1+1 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU. The R181-T90 and R281-T91 will be available to order from July 2018. The H261-T60 is a 2U height 4 node density optimized ThunderX2 server with dual ThunderX2 CN9975 sockets for each node (8 x sockets in total) and rear access to the node trays. The sockets will support a CPU up to 195W TDP. Each node supports 4 channels RDIMM / ECC UDIMM DDR4 memory, with 64 x DIMM slots for the system in total. The system contains in total 8 x SFP28 10G/25G LAN ports, 4 dedicated management ports, 12 x 3.5” SATA/SAS hot-swap HDD/SSD bays, 8 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots, 4 x OCP Gen3 mezzanine slots, and the system includes Aspeed AST2500 remote management controller and 1 + 1 2200W 80 PLUS Platinum redundant PSU. The H261-T60 will be available for shipping in late September or early October 2018. Find more information on GIGABYTE’s server products at http://b2b.gigabyte.com

QNAP TS-328, affordable 3-bay RAID5 NAS

Posted by Charbax – June 8, 2018

QNAP TS-328 ($249 at Amazon.com) is the World's first maybe most cost-effective 3-bay NAS with dual Gigabit LAN that can be used to do a RAID 5 array with the fewest disks for the lowest cost RAID 5 NAS system, powered by Realtek RTD1296 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, with multimedia support such as H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and transcoding, cross-device file backup, synchronization, storage, backup, file management, sharing and more using the Linux based QNAP QTS 4.3.4 operating system with all sorts of apps that can be used on a NAS you can read more about QTS here Read more about QNAP TS-328 here.

Qualcomm Press Conference at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2018

Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10, with representatives of Microsoft and Samsung participating in the keynote too. You can see my extensive video interview about Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 Laptops here.

Nvidia Press Conference at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2018

Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of Nvidia, Announces Jetson Xavier which I have filmed a separate interview about here, he does not launch the rumored GTX2080 or GTX1180 next-gen graphics cards yet, provides update on Max-Q thinner full GPU gaming laptops, talks DGX-2 supercomputer "The World's Largest GPU" (an update on the DGX which I filmed here) with 2 petaflops of performance in one node, 512GB frame buffer which has set 5 world records: fastest single chip, fastest single node, fastest at scale, fastest inference, and highest inference throughput.