3D, Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, News, Samsung, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, Wearables

New Samsung GearVR 3 Arrives This Week

Samsung GearVR 2016 i.e. SM-R323

One of most widely used VR HMDs (Head Mounted Device) on the market is GearVR, a love child of collaboration between Facebook i.e. Oculus and Samsung. The device is growing in popularity as there are over 1.2 million active monthly users. Not to be outdone by swathes of competition – such as Chinese Baofeng Mojiong – Samsung is updating its GearVR with a third generation product. Targeting Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge users, GearVR brings USB-C connector as well as improved controller. Under the majestically simple name “SM-R323”, third generation GearVR will be bundled with Galaxy Note 7 in some markets, while the most

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AMD, Analysis, Apple, ARM, Breaking, Business, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia, Samsung, VR World

Intel to Buy Imagination Technologies or AMD’s RTG?

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This week started with a milestone announcement of Japanese SoftBank moving in to acquire ARM Holdings for a record $32 billion. Many analysts lamented that the takeover was a result of Brexit, even though everyone in their right minds should know that negotiations of this magnitude take years and typically are made in complete silence for 6-18 months (due dilligence and all that jazz). However, this might not be the only acquisition in the modest pool of British semiconductor players. As we reported on multiple occasions, Intel is reorganizing, i.e. restructuring the company. As a part of that reorganization, the company performed no less than three rounds

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, , Google, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, News, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Graphene Batteries Enable Future; Magic Leap and other AR/VR Players

Dongxu Optoelectronics G-King Graphene Battery Pack

Third week of July saw a major technology breakthrough that will probably affect the shape of the world we currently live in. While the previous attempts at creating a non-lithium based battery pack did not result in a major volume, the tide is turning. Turnigy Graphene brought the technology to market for DIY and enthusiast markets (battery packs for drones, model planes, RC cars etc.), and now Chinese company Dongxu Optoelectronics launched a consumer version of the graphene battery technology.  Named G-King Battery Pack, Dongxu is launching a battery pack for mobile phones and tablets promising record quick recharges. While the product has somewhat modest capacity of 4,800 mAh (Thermaltake’s

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Breaking, Entertainment, Event, News, Samsung, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

2016 Olympics Feature 85 hours of Virtual Reality Coverage

Team USA competing in the 2012 Olympics Volleyball. Credit: Sports Illustrated, CNN

August 5, 2016 is the opening date for the 31st Summer Olympic Games. Taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the “Rio Olympics” will mark a major technological breakthrough, by changing the number of channels offered to the broadcasters and ultimately, the global audience. The opening event will be broadcast in Full HD, 8K “Super-Hi Vision” and Virtual Reality (i.e. 360 degree stereoscopic video). Regardless of the format, the Olympics will be shot and reformatted using HDR (High Dynamic Range). Sadly, 8K Super-Hi Vision is only limited to Japan, while the regular TV viewers will only get 1080p, Full HD video. Owners of VR glasses will be able to watch

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, , Game Developer Conference (GDC), Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Samsung, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, Wearables

Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?

Seebright Ripple Augmented Reality Developer Kit

Augmented Reality, also called Mixed Reality (MR, MxR) is set to represent a very large part of our lives. Even today, if you own a car with a heads-up display (HUD), you are a user of Augmented Reality. Still, the development of AR applications is extremely difficult due to high barrier of entry. Unlike the VR, where you can purchase an Open Source VR Hacker 1.4 headset (OSVR) for just $299.99 –   AR headsets can set you back for thousands of dollars. Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. Osterhaut Design Group sells their R-7 glasses for $2799.99. Thus,

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Breaking, Business, News, Samsung

Samsung to Manufacture Ultra Violet 7nm Chips in 2017

Samsung Exynos 7490 ARM SoC, 14nm FinFET Wafer

Even though we continuously hear rumors and statements that the pace of Moore’s Law is slowing down or stopping (last one came from Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO Nvidia Corporation), the speed of progress in semiconductor industry isn’t slowing down. 14nm is getting traction not just by high-end chips from Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Apple, Samsung and other large players, but also by smaller companies which are moving to revolutionize the way how we build virtual reality glasses, cars, infotainment systems, TVs and many other. FinFET transistors are moving to replace Planar, resistive memory technologies such as ReRAM plan to succeed NAND Flash and SDRAM etc. Still, there is one major technology barrier we

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AMD, Apple, Breaking, Business, CPU, Hardware, Intel, News, Nvidia, Samsung

TSMC Tapes out 10nm A11 Processors for Apple

Memristors On Wafer

Ten years, even five years ago Intel was the undisputed process leader, and if you wanted to see how the new process node would look like, you would wait to see a new processor coming from Intel architecture. That was the unwritten law of the semiconductor industry, with an occasional blimp when TSMC would introduce a half-node step, beating Intel’s 90/65/45/32nm with 80nm, 55nm, 40nm and 28nm GPUs for ATI and Nvidia. Today, Intel’s missed approach to mobile resulted in company loosing the process node advantage, and ultimately being forced to cancel the most of Atom product family. And now, to add insult to injury, DigiTimes (also known

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Memory & Storage Space, News, press releases, Samsung

Samsung First to 10nm, Launches New DDR4 Memory

Samsung Electronics, world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer (according to SIA) just won the race to 10 nanometer (10nm-class) process by launching DDR4 SDRAM memory chips which utilize the new process node. However, this ’10nm-class’ is not exactly precise 10nm, as the distance between the cells / transistors can vary between 10-19nm. If you’re in the semiconductor industry, this will not be surprising as Intel’s famous 22nm process was considered 26-28nm process. The new DDR4 memory chips come in 8Gbit (1GB) capacity, supporting the frequency of up to 3.2 GHz (1.6 GHz in DDR mode). At the same time, power consumption is reduced by 10% when compared to

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Breaking, Entertainment, News, Samsung, Virtual Reality (VR)

Watch how Virtual Reality Transforms Roller Coasters

Six Flags Fighter Pilot VR Experience

Running and building new roller coasters is a daunting experience, requiring tens of millions of dollars of investment. In the case of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the roller coaster they built there achieves equal speed to a Formula 1 car… just for 16 people accelerating 0-241 kph (150 mph) in less than 5 seconds. Once you experience that, you want to experience more and more. In a bid to get Virtual Reality Experience (#VRex) to the mainstream market, American theme park operator Six Flags is literally re-inventing the wheel. The company is creating VR content for its roller coasters, and has recently rolled not one, but

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Breaking, Graphics, Mobile, Mobile World Congress, News, Samsung, VR World

Unreal Engine 4 Drives Insane Mobile Graphics

ProtoStar, Unreal Engine 4 demo for Samsung Galaxy S7.

Recently, Nizar Romdan (Director, Developer Ecosystem ARM) made a somewhat spectacular, yet expected claim that graphics processor on mobile phones will overtake the current generation of consoles by 2017. He’s not the first – Jen-Hsun Huang often claims that NVIDIA Tegra processors rival desktop processors or graphics on gaming consoles. While theoretical statements based on numbers are all nice and dandy, realities are that we haven’t seen ‘console-level’ or ‘desktop-level’ performance on mobile parts. Coming to the fore is Tim Sweeney (CEO and Founder, Epic Games), whose code wizards created the ProtoStar demo for Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone. ProtoStar is a demo based on Unreal Engine 4.10, and

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Analysis, Breaking, Business, News, Samsung, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR)

Samsung’s New Strategy: VR First

Samsung Milk VR

Over the past decade, we’ve heard ‘Mobile First’ mentioned by all major CEOs, with companies shifting their focus to ‘Mobile First’, a strategy where development of solutions for mobile devices takes precedence over everything else. Mobile First saw the rise of ‘client lite’ computing, but not in a way IBM and Oracle have hoped, with the major benefactor being Intel – its x86 servers powered almost every cat video you saw on your favorite social network. The dawn of mixed reality will require completely different focus. While delivering content on a small surface screen was nothing more than shifting the desktop and communication from the workplace, the advent

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Samsung Invests $2.51 Billion into Car Battery Business

Samsung_SDI_Car_Battery

Over the past couple of months, we’re seeing a lot of corporate movements inside Samsung Group. First, Samsung Display announced it plans to completely offload its LCD manufacturing business, starting with a sale of L.5 factory to China’s Truly. Second, Samsung SDI decided to sell its whole chemical business sector and focus solely on improving the chemistry for its car battery business. The size of investment is nothing to be sneezed at. Over the next three years, newly established ‘Samsung SDI Chemical’ will be sold off, while Samsung’s SDI will invest at least $2.51 billion into development of car batteries. This is not all, as all

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CPU, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Qualcomm, Samsung, Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7 to Feature Gen2 14nm Exynos 8890, 5.1″ Display

Samsung_Exynos_8

As Mobile World Congress draws near, more information is coming out about all the new phones from key players in the industry. One such hotly expected family of smartphones will be 7th generation of Galaxy phones, more commonly known as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung Galaxy S7, codenamed SM-G930F (the international version of S7) is expected to use a ‘Exynos 8890 version 7.0’ processor. From the information we managed to obtain, it will use Gen2 14nm FinFET process, designed and manufactured in Austin, TX. Given that 14nm is starting to look like a long node for Intel as well, as we reported yesterday

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AMD, Graphics, Hardware, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, VR World

Samsung Enables 16GB to 32GB HBM2 Graphics Memory

Samsung HBM vs. HBM2 - 4Gbit on the left, 8Gbit on the right.

Samsung Semiconductor is on a roll of late. The company introduced FinFET transistors with the 14nm process last year for logic, beating Intel for the first time in history to to a new manufacturing node. 14nm process expanded from in-house Exynos SoC processors to customers such as Apple, Qualcomm and others, while Intel was trying to get Broadwell architecture out the door. This process was followed by the announcement of ultra-dense 15nm NAND Flash memory, and now the company announced mass-production of next-gen memory standard – HBM2. The company announced that it started mass production of High-Bandwidth Memory 2 chips using its 20nm process, which just got

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Companies, Mobile, Samsung, Smartphones

Samsung Brings The Goods With Note 5 In Gold Platinum

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Platinum

Gold is awesome. Gold Platinum, hell, that’s even better. Samsung decided to refresh the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lineup (probably for the upcoming holidays) with a new exterior finish option available for their smartphones. The Note 5 is an excellent phone. It features nice specifications and a large sized screen, giving the business people plenty to cheer for. The phone comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560×1440 resolution, Exynos 7420 Octa-Core SoC, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of built-in storage, 5MP front shooter, 16MP rear camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, and a capacious 3,000 mAh battery. On the other

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