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  • Android makers shift focus from under-display fingerprint readers to 3D sensing after iPho...

    Qualcomm, on August 15th 2017, announced that their next generation Spectra ISP was going to have depth sensing capabilities and was to be integrated into flagship Snapdragon chips in 2018. So I don't see this coming as a surprise given it will be in the majority of Android flagships next year (of course, the OEMs still need to implement the required hardware).
    Today we’re unveiling our 2nd generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP. It features a completely new architecture that is engineered to increase image quality and speed, but more importantly, it’s designed for depth sensing in high-resolution and high accuracy — at very low-power. 
    Source: Qualcomm

  • A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure e...

    hodar said:
    I have been hearing that same line "It appears that silicon is reaching limits, imposed by the laws of physics." since the mid-1990's. Yet, mysteriously year after year; we see performance improvements in the 30-50% range. Those improvements do not sound anything like hitting a limit, improvements in the 2-5% range sound like you are banging against a limit.
    Not in IPC for CPUs.

    Intel, for example, saw a ~40% increase in performance with Kaby Lake Refresh with about 25% coming just from adding 2 more cores while being able to operate in the same 15W package. The process remained the same and, for the most part, so did the architecture.


    Source: wccftech

    Apple hasn't seen 30%~50% increases in IPC, for the most part, they've just added more cores and moved to a smaller process.

  • A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure e...

    I'm curious for a deep dive into their GPU. Given they only have a 30% increase in performance, it would be nice if they took care of the heavy throttling seen in the A10 Fusion.

    Source: Anandtech

  • Alleged iPhone X benchmarks pop up, blows away the Samsung Galaxy S8 in every regard

    Repost (posted about this 20 minutes ago):

    Looks good, although, only a ~15% increase in single core performance is a bit disappointing.

    From my understanding Geekbench isn't the best to compare x86 and ARM, so don't go throwing out your Macbooks just yet. There's a reason websites like Anandtech don't use Geekbench.
  • Nest brings HVAC energy saving to the masses with $169 Thermostat E

    EngDev said:
    You're missing out on Samsung's SSDs.
    I’ve heard Intel’s are pretty good. Day comes that I can afford an SSD, I’ll probably go for theirs.
    For consumer SSDs (& non-Optane), Samsung's are going to be much better than Intel's.

    Ever so often Intel's SSDs go on sale for pretty low prices, I picked up a 512GB 600p for $130 a year or so back to use in a HTPC, it's decent, but despite being PCIe NVMe, it's not exactly fast.
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