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 No, it makes sense. It was all but inevitable. There was only one thing left in my mind, but it is at best a compromised measure, and I wasn't sure 20 nm would get them there. All the low hanging fruit for CPU performance have been implemented. ARM marched up the path that server/desktop processors took. They did it in 6 years versus about 2 decades. Superscalar, deep pipelining, SIMD, OOOE, branch prediction, multi-core, 64-bit, etc. It took close to 20 years for the PC...
 You are talking about far-field wireless power transmission, right? That sort of thing just isn't going to work as long as the device has a display to power. You are talking micro watts and pico watts with incredibly bad efficiency rates. I can't imagine this thing working in any scenario whatsoever. If Apple has a secret sauce, it's going to be a super low power display, super low power wireless radios and super low power sensors and SoCs.
 Pebble uses an e-Ink or e-paper display, right? That means anything involving color or animation is out not possible on the Pebble? Most of the Android Wear watches use LCDs or OLEDs which require a lot of power and therefore have runtime performance like cell phones, or devices that use those types of displays. As for Apple's iWatch. Wait and see. I could see them delivering a device that needs to be charged every night to one that can last a month. It all depends on...
 Not much mystery to it. People like round watches because traditional watches use dials to express the time, and a circle is a fundamental shape to our eyes. So, in the watch-as-jewelry world, especially on the male side, round watches are viewed as beautiful. A smart watch is like a convergence of stars for watch fans who are computing fans, and they absolutely love round watch faces. The digital or smart aspects are not really the attraction right now other than the...
 David Kantar says that direct ARM instructions are 2-issue wide. So, on some code, it could be the same IPC as a Cortex-A8 or Cortex-A9. Ok, I joke.   Yes. Great for multimedia, not so great for web browsing or productivity style applications.  I wouldn't be surprised if Nvidia has a lot of Transmeta folks and this is their 3rd crack at the architecture. Wait and see. Anyways, you can get the Hot Chips presentation...
I couldn't wait anymore. Bought an iMac 27" with 3 TB Fusion drive. My old PC was falling apart, so had to buy now. Was holding out hope that Apple would ship a Mac mini update with a 3 TB Fusion drive, but alas no.     So, maybe 5 years down the road, I can update to what I think Apple wants the iMac to be: a high DPI display, all SSD, no fan, and only about 0.5" thick.   So the usual advice applies. Buy now if you have to, other wise wait. Broadwell in of itself...
 That someone is wrong at times or often times and sensationalistic doesn't mean they are wrong all the time. You interpret information from all sources as fairly as possible, apply common sense with the proper filters. Turning a blind eye on someone who is wrong at times or is sensationalistic pretty much means you are ignoring any and all people you meet. Nobody bats a 1000. (I would be ignoring Mark Gurman if I took his prima donna attitude into account.) Like, would...
64 bit Tegra K1 is supposedly a dual core VLIW arch CPU with a Kepler arch GPU. AI is saying that 128 Mbyte of main memory will be used to store profiled ARM instructions. There likely needs to be a code interpreter that does the code morphing and profiling, etc. So, similar to Transmeta's Crusoe and Efficeon.I said that Demerjian is gossiping that this arch is dead. But the PR here is saying it's still there. So, Nvidia is going full steam ahead here. We'll see how it...
Yes. I know of his reputation as well as his history. He's a drama queen and has a sensationalist style wherever he works all the way back to the Inquirer.But he's been in the tech hardware gossip rag business for over a decade, especially for CPUs, and knows the fundentals of EE and processors. He does have moles in East Asia in regards to foundries and stuff like that.His negativity towards Tegra has been right for 4 or 5 years now. Maybe he was lucky, but for that long?...
For the record, Charlie Demerjian (semiaccurate.com) thinks Denver is dead, or will never ship. When he says this, he is thinking of the Denver (aka 64 bit Tegra K1) project using something like Transmeta's VLIW Efficeon architecture. One of the rumors was that Nvidia revectored the arch from x64 to ARM. Anyways, Demerjian has been gossiping that Denver was a long ways away from meeting perf/watt targets, and may never ship in a handheld, and thusly, is likely dead. It...
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