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ARM had a few separate announcements this morning in Barcelona.  The first was that its partners had ramped up its Cortex A8 processor production and would have chips in production soon.  This class of chip  (TI OMAP3) is what the upcoming (TI OMAP3 series) Palm Pre, Archos, and Toshiba (Qualcomm Snapdragon) phones will have inside.   We’ll likely this type of chip in 2009 iPhones.

In addition, with the help of Sony Erricsson/Silicon Partners, ARM will be demonstrating multi-core processor Cortex A9 processor technology that will be used in 2010 running SymbianOS.

The company said it will show a low-power Cortex chip manufactured using IBM’s 32-nanometer process that could bring features like full 1080p high-definition video to smartphones while drawing less power.

The chip will be shown at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona from Monday to Thursday. Samples of the chip will appear in early 2010, while devices based on the chip could appear later that year, said James Bruce, manager of North American mobile solutions.

While everyone would like to see a multi-core iPhone this year, it doesn’t appear likely. But that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have big ARM plans…

ARM even took the wraps off of its 2011 processor technology, dubbed “Sparrow”

BARCELONA—ARM, the company that has designed most of the processors in mobile phones, on Monday announced a new, low-cost processor called “Sparrow” at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The company said it is aiming to conquer the netbook market with its multi-core Cortex A9 architecture.

Sparrow is a small, inexpensive chip which shares its instruction set with ARM’s top-of-the-line Cortex A8 product, the chip used by the Palm Pre. While one Sparrow chip has about the power of an existing ARM11 (the chip in Apple’s iPhone and other leading smartphones), Sparrow can also be used in a multi-core setup to multiply performance.

By the time Sparrow phones begin to appear in 2011, A8 and the even more powerful A9 chips will be widespread, said Laurence Bryant, mobile segment marketing manager for ARM. Sparrow lets software developers use their A8 and A9 software in a much smaller, lower-cost device.

“We are seeing companies out there like Adobe, On2, and Symbian who are all tuning their apps to run on the latest cores from ARM,” Bryant said.

And what of those “latest cores?” The Palm Pre is the first Cortex-A8 phone, though the Toshiba TG01 uses a similar chipset that Qualcomm designed to be compatible with the A8’s instruction set. Cortex-A9, announced last year, will introduce symmetric multiprocessing across multiple cores when it appears on phones in early 2010.

The Cortex-A9 can deliver around 1500 DMIPS of processing capability per core, with up to four cores, according to an ARM presentation. (DMIPS are a measure of processor performance based on repeated integer calculations.) That’s at least triple the computing power of the ARM11 processors found in the iPhone and T-Mobile G1. The first public Cortex-A9 demo is coming from Silicon Partners at this show, running a multiprocessing-capable version of the Symbian OS.

Along with the Cortex-A9, ARM is showing a processor built with a 32-nanometer manufacturing process at the show. The company has previously described a roadmap all the way down to 28 nm, but this is the first real 32-nm product the company shown to the public. Intel showed its first 32-nm “Westmere” PC processor last Tuesday. Chipmakers are currently moving from 45- to 32-nm processes; smaller processes let manufacturers pack more transistors into less space with more efficient energy use.

The power of Cortex-A8 and A9 also opens up the netbook space to ARM, Bryant said. So far, the netbook world has been dominated by processors compatible with Intel’s x86 instruction set. That’s in part because the most popular OS for netbooks is Microsoft Windows XP, which will not run on ARM chips.

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Apple’S Arm Mac Roadmap Leak Teases Supercharged Iphone Chips

Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple’s ARM-based Macs are coming in 2023, a new report claims, with the company intending to use a version of its homegrown iPhone and iPad processors to squeeze out Intel. The shift could be the biggest upheaval to Mac since the company migrated away from PowerPC to Intel x86 in 2006, though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force some massaging of the roadmap.

The strategy also paid off in terms of controlling the supply chain. Apple undoubtedly would not have been able to produce the new iPhone SE, for example – a $399 handset that uses the same flagship processor as its most expensive current iPhone – had it been forced to source the SoC from a third-party supplier. That leverage has long been expected to transition over to the company’s laptops and desktops.

Now, more details in that roadmap are emerging. Although there had been some reports that the first ARM-based Mac could arrive this year, the debut model is now not expected to launch until 2023, Bloomberg’s sources suggest. It’ll use one of at least three SoCs that Apple is apparently working on, based on the same Apple A14 chipset that is earmarked for the next iPhone.

Although similar in many ways, the change in form-factor from smartphone and tablet to something larger would allow for significant differentiation in Kalamata chips to the processors we’ve seen to-date. They’ll be much faster, for a start, the sources suggest; that’s probably in part down to Apple being able to install bigger batteries and more cooling, two factors which can limit how much a smartphone chip can be pushed.

Like in its phone chips, Apple is apparently using a combination of performance and efficiency cores. The SoC will be able to switch between them, using the more potent “Firestorm” cores for maximum processing grunt, and the more frugal “Icestorm” cores for prolonging battery life. The first chips could use eight Firestorm and at least four Icestorm cores, it’s claimed.

Even so, the performance is not expected to match the high-end Intel CPUs that Apple currently uses in its flagship MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models, at least for the moment. What seems more likely is a return of something akin to the 12-inch MacBook, the discontinued fanless ultraportable that Apple offered in several generations between 2024 and 2023. That would position portability and efficiency as the primary appeal, rather than outright performance.

It’s a strategy we’ve seen others attempt, with mixed success. Qualcomm, for example – which is expected to provide the 5G modems that Apple will use for its upcoming 2023 flagship iPhone 12 announcement – now offers a number of SoCs for laptops, based on the same technology as its phone chips but intended for Windows 10 instead. They have the benefit of 20+ hours of battery life, along with always-on connectivity through an integrated cellular modem. The latter is something many Apple fans have long requested from the Cupertino firm’s notebooks, and which would presumably be easier to implement with an Ax-based ARM SoC.

On the software side, meanwhile, Apple has already set the wheels in motion. In parallel with Kalamata, work on which apparently began several years ago, Apple’s software engineers have been developing macOS tools that will allow iOS and iPadOS apps to run on Macs. Known as Catalyst, it’s been widely interpreted as a further push to bright what’s traditionally been siloed mobile and computing software closer together.

Any broad transition will undoubtedly take time, however, and it’s not the immediate end of Intel in Apple machines. The insiders caution that the roadmap could alter again, too, since the teams responsible have been disrupted by work-from-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, when the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro get unveiled later this year, they’ll give us a glimmer of insight into the sort of technologies we could soon be experiencing in a new Mac come 2023.

Daily Authority: Samsung’S New Arm

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go should pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, with integrated LTE modem, with WinFuture tipping a 4GB RAM/128GB internal memory device.

That’s less RAM than most new smartphones, but it seems Samsung is aggressively targeting budget buyers.

There’s a fingerprint scanner, webcam and a microSD slot.

Battery life is said to be as long as 18 hours, though real-world testing may prove differently.

That $350 price looks aggressive for the US — the report lists European pricing at a comparatively higher €449., though that price includes sales taxes.

All in all, it’s probably not the device Samsung is expecting to blow our socks off at the Unpacked event on Wednesday. But affordability is key for many, especially in education, so I’ll be curious to see how well it reviews despite the modesty on show.

Official new Samsung keyboard:

Samsung

In official Samsung news, it announced a new Bluetooth keyboard called the Smart Keyboard Trio 500.

Aiming at multitasking, the new keyboard apes the simple Logitech K380 (for Windows or Mac) style of connecting to multiple devices with just a button press, and adds new setups for shortcuts to, for example, launch apps, and has a dedicated DeX button. (No dedicated Bixby button, though.)

Although it could’ve been part of Unpacked, Samsung went ahead and announced it via a press release, though left out the price.

The K380, which is compact size, goes for about $30-$40 so Samsung has a job to do to release something as similar, somehow better, and not more expensive.

Availability is set for May. 

Bonus: While we’re here… Celebrate your achievements with the absolute audacity of a Samsung washing machine (Twitter).

Roundup

🔋 Samsung Galaxy S21 FE might stick with a 4,500mAh battery, no upgrade over S20 FE (Android Authority).

🆕 Motorola G20: Moto’s latest budget phone packs a 90Hz display, 5,000mAh battery (Android Authority).

⚡ Just how fast is modern wireless charging? (Android Authority).

👉 OnePlus 9T: 5 features we hope to see (Android Authority).

🥇 Video game industry wins first Oscar with documentary short Colette — it featured in the Oculus VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (The Verge).

🍎 Interview: Apple execs talk 2023 iPad Pro, stunting with the M1 and creating headroom (TechCrunch).

🔑 Apple should release iOS 14.5 today or tomorrow, which will also bring the long-awaiting App Tracking Transparency to apps, which is what Facebook has been viciously attacking for months. How it plays out should be interesting for Android users, too (9to5Mac).

🍏 Apple sued over iPhone warranty issues and water resistance claims. The lawsuit notes claimed water resistance is “insufficiently qualified by fine print disclaimers” (Apple Insider).

📶 The Pentagon gave a company control of 175 million previously military-reserved IPv4 addresses. Why now? Security testing, apparently (AP).

🔊 There’s a new podcast from Bloombergfocusing on telling the story of Tiktok: it’s part of the second season of Foundering (which initially covered WeWork). First two episodes are live via your usual podcast app of choice.

🤷‍♂️ For some reason, Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live on May 8th (Engadget).

🚁 NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flew faster and farther on successful third flight, zipping across about half a football field and back, and snapping full-color images mid-flight too (NASA).

🚀 NASA’s bold bet on Starship for the Moon may change spaceflight forever: “”It is transformational to degrees no one today can understand.” (Ars Technica).

Monday Meme

Probably the most fun a certain section of the internet has had in real life happened on Saturday, April 24, when The Josh Fight finally went down. If those words don’t make any sense, here’s the TL;DR:

A Facebook group message was sent in April last year where a number of people named “Josh Swain” were told to prepare for a battle in which the victor keeps the name, and everyone else has to change it.

The date was set for April 24th, 2023 at 12:00pm.

The battle coordinates were set in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska, but later revised to 40.858689, -96.784136, a park, by the original Josh Swain.

The battle was also opened up to anyone called Josh, with everyone invited to bring pool noodles to fight with.

It all gained a lot of attention with dedicated subreddits, TikToks, and so on.

The good news, via KnowYourMeme:

“In the end, a five-year-old boy, quickly nicknamed “Little Josh,” was declared ‘King Josh,’ and crowned with a cardboard Burger King crown in front of the cheering crowd of participants.”

Here’s the post-event appreciation post from the original Josh, too (r/joshswainebattle).

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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Netbooks: Hackers Private Data Gateway

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Netbook web surfers beware. That low-cost netbook you’re using could be a high-speed gateway into your life, bank accounts, passwords and other personal data.

Netbooks have made headlines since their 2007 launch, making PCs accessible to millions of non-traditional users. But their cheap cost could also carry a steep price tag due to lax security that makes them easier prey for viruses and hackers.

Since their introduction less than two years ago by Taiwan’s Asustek, nearly all major PC makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Lenovo, have jumped on the netbook bandwagon.

But their no frills nature, combined with low computing power and relative lack of sophistication among their users could combine to create the perfect storm for hackers and virus creators looking for easy targets, analysts say.

“The Internet is full of dangers, regardless of what computer you are using,” said Sam Yen, greater China marketing manager at anti-virus software maker Symantec.

“But keeping in mind that the netbook is primarily used to surf the Internet, those dangers are possibly multiplied many-fold, especially if there is no anti-virus software installed in the machine.”

Price tags as low as $300 mean that netbooks often lack such standard gear as firewalls and other anti-virus software typically found in other computers, leaving them highly vulnerable to attacks.

“Frankly, netbook security is not there yet,” said Pranab Sarmah, an analyst at the Daiwa Institute of Research.

“The positioning of the netbook means PC brands are going to do whatever it takes to make the price point attractive to consumers, which means keeping costs low.”

Many netbook users are relative Internet newcomers, and may not be aware of precautions they can take to protect themselves. Low computing power also means savvy netbook users may shut down critical security programs to boost speed.

“It’s a Catch-22 situation,” said Gartner analyst Lillian Tay. “If you’re running too many security programs at the same time, it slows the computer down. Don’t run any, and you are at risk.”

GROWTH CEILING?

Netbooks were a glimmer of light in the tech sector last year, and IDC research firm says they could dramatically outperform the overall PC market in 2009. It forecasts netbook shipments will more than double to nearly 21 million units this year, compared with about 4 percent growth to 305 million units for all PCs.

Netbook pioneer Asustek believes its models already include built-in security features and other options that are sufficient for the typical user, said Samson Hu, who runs the company’s netbook operations.

“We’ve got a tie-up with Symantec where users who want to can pay a little more for that additional security,” he said.

“We’ve received lots of good feedback from users, but of course, everyone should be aware of Internet security issues when they are connected to any network.”

Some experts say netbooks’ inability to run effective security could crimp future growth, scaring away lucrative corporate users who regularly deal with sensitive data. Corporate buyers now account for more than half of all PC sales.

“For most companies, they’ll still choose conventional laptops that allow them to run software that protects the information hidden inside it,” said Eric Ashdown, senior director for security strategy and risk management at Accenture.

“If I’m somebody doing corporate IT work, I wouldn’t be looking at netbooks as a viable option. I would need more security, which they can’t offer right now.”

But Ashdown also pointed out that netbooks could be protected by the types of customers that buy them, casual users who tend to store less valuable information on their computers.

“Most attacks go to where the data is, where the economic value is,” said Accenture’s Ashdown. “If I were a hacker, I’m not sure I would go for netbooks. What would I find there? Family photos?”

Amd’ S 2010 Roadmap: Aggressive

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – AMD laid out an ambitious roadmap for 2010 and 2011 today, involving its much-hyped Fusion products as well as a slew of new processor technologies.

Specifically, Bergman talked up Fusion. Fusion is the combination of a GPU and CPU on one die. The graphics processor is now referred to as an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). AMD expects to make the first silicon next year and ship by 2011.

Normally GPU releases come every two years, a much longer lead time than CPUs, as they have become considerably more complex than CPUs, but Bergman said that will change and APUs will come out as quickly as CPUs.

“I see no reason to do new GPUs every two years. We can do a new APU every year. It won’t necessarily be speeds with every release, but it will be something to give users the best visual experience possible,” he said.

The first product from AMD will be the “Maranello” server platform in the first half of 2010. It will consist of the new “Magny-Cours” Opteron 6100 processor, which will be a 12-core processor, and a new chipset.

For low-end solutions, there will be “San Marino,” which consists of a four- and six-core “Lisbon” Opteron 4100 processor with a new chipset and single- or dual-socket designs. These will be for low-end servers, some running at just six watts.

Bulldozer and Bobcat

In 2011 comes “Bulldozer,” an entirely new processor core for AMD. These will be 32nm processors using high-k metal gate technology, which runs much cooler than existing technologies. On the high end, they will be the Opteron 6200 line, codenamed “Interlagos,” with 12 or 16 cores. The 4200 series will have six or eight cores.

There will also be a low-end “Bulldozer” line, called “Bobcat.” It will be used in ultrathin and netbook form factors and is designed to be extremely small, highly flexible and single-threaded. It will run on as little as one watt of power.

There will be two new desktop platforms in the first half of 2010, “Leo” and “Dorado.” Leo will introduce the six-core Athlon, likely the “Thuban,” although AMD did not say it by name, while Dorado is a dual-, triple- and quad-core line with integrated graphics.

AMD is raising its performance claims for the notebook market. It launched “Puma,” AMD’s answer to Intel’s popular Centrino mobile platform last year. Puma launched with four hours of battery life under regular use. When “Tigris” came out earlier this year, it was raised to five hours.

The next generation of the platform, called “Danube,” comes out in the first half of next year and offers battery performance of up to seven hours of battery life. Also coming in the first half of 2010 is the ultra-thin platform Nile, which will feature a dual-core, 45nm processor and seven hours of battery life.

Here come Fusion notebooks

In 2011, the first Fusion notebooks hit. “Sabine” is the mainstream notebook platform with a quad-core CPU and the “Llano” APU. “Brazos” is AMD’s ultra-thin notebook platform slated for 2011 using a dual-core Bobcat processor.

On the GPU side, AMD will launch three new graphics cards codenamed “Cedar,” “Hemlock,” and “Redwood” in the first half of 2010, offering high definition, high performance graphics for both desktops and notebooks.

All of these will be based on the new 5800 generation of ATI Radeon HD chips. AMD will support the previous generation, the 4800, with three new parts for desktop and mobility called “Broadway,” “Madison” and “Park.”

So all told, in 2010, AMD plans to sample Bulldozer, Bobcat, and 32nm Fusion products to customers, while launching six new platforms and six new GPU products.

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Qualcomm Details Plans For Windows 10 Pcs With Snapdragon 835 Chips

The company is already working with major PC makers for using Windows 10 with Snapdragon 835, its latest chip introduced in Sony’s Xperia XZ smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The response to Windows 10 with Snapdragon 835 has been positive, and the grim memories of Windows RT—a colossal failure in bringing ARM to PCs—have remained in the past, said Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.

“The goal is to get something credible out, show people why it’s different from RT. Show that it’s Windows 10—there isn’t a second version of Windows 10,” Kressin said.

Late last year, Microsoft and Qualcomm introduced the concept of cellular PCs, which are thin-and-light laptops with LTE connectivity. The Snapdragon 835 will be installed in those PCs. The chip offers the latest technologies like Bluetooth 5 and a gigabit modem.

The devices are being made with smartphones as models. The devices will have long battery life and remain always connected to the Internet.

The first Windows 10 PCs with Snapdragon 835 will come later this year. The cellular PCs will be priced at a “sweet spot,” Kressin said. They won’t be extremely low-cost, but they also won’t be too expensive, he said.

The Snapdragon 835 chip will go into high-end smartphones, which can be expensive. But prices of cellular PCs, in the end, will mostly depend on the PC makers and the configuration, Kressin said.

The release of cellular PCs will be gradual, not like the roll-out of hundreds of PCs with new x86 chips. The goal is to make sure people understand the purpose of cellular PCs, Kressin said.

“It’ll start, and you’ll see more headed into 2023 and 2023. It’s a patient move into the market, and establishing a new value proposition,” Kressin said.

Dell and HP are among companies that expressed interest in the concept of Windows 10 PCs with ARM processors. But there’s a big hurdle—Windows on ARM was tried before with Windows RT and failed. Windows RT didn’t support conventional x86 applications used on PCs, and sales of devices were slow.

Users instead stuck with x86 PCs and tablets, and PC makers quickly discontinued the Windows RT tablets and PCs.

But with Snapdragon 835, users will be able to run all applications on Windows 10. It’ll be done via an emulator, which Microsoft and Qualcomm are working on. The devices will be most relevant to web browsing and productivity applications and may not provide the level of performance needed for gaming PCs or workstation-class applications.

“There’s nothing that would prohibit it from a hardware standpoint. I just think it’s a function of time,” Kressin said.

The Snapdragon 835 chips are ready for PCs; they support the common PC interfaces including USB and other common port technologies. The chip may not support high-end connectors like Thunderbolt, which are targeted more at high-end users.

Intel dominates the PC chip market but is getting squeezed from several directions. AMD has released new x86 chips called Ryzen for high-end PCs, which has opened to impressive reviews. Qualcomm is bringing ARM chips to low-power PCs, which should keep Intel on its feet.

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