Silicon Graphics and LSI Logic have announced a new MIPS microprocessor that is small and inexpensive enough to be used in many new consumer electronics items, opening new markets for both firms.
Separately, Silicon Graphics’ MIPS Technologies unit announced a multimedia version of its MIPS chip which officials said could give Intel’s new MMX multimedia chip a run for its money. Its MIPS Digital Media Extensions bring video, graphics and sound processing onto the microprocessor.
LSI’s and Silicon’s MIPS 16 microprocessor shrinks the space taken up by software coding on the chip by 40 percent from traditional MIPS coding. That shrinkage means the chip requires memory and less power. The smaller requirements allow a lower priced chip for the same performance.
LSI announced the first commercialization of MIPS 16 technology, its “TinyRISC” microprocessor, saying it’s good for cellular phones, Internet appliances, and other items.
Analysts at Dataquest said neither announcement breaks new grounds in microprocessor technology but they are both important for the companies in either opening up — or preserving — markets for them.
The MIPS 16 “could give them an opportunity where they didn’t have one before,” for LSI and Silicon Graphics’ MIPS chip in supplying markets that want lower cost microprocessors said Dataquest microcontroller analyst Tom Starnes.
Similarly, the MIPS Multimedia Extensions opens a door to a market that already exists. The MIPS offering will provide competition to Intel’s MMX multimedia technology slated for introduction early next year, said Dataquest’s Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst for semiconductor applications.
But he added “They really need this just to stay in the ball game,” about Silicon Graphics. “They darn well better have this to compete with the Pentium Pro next year.”
Other workstation chip makers offer this capability — using digital signal processing to bring the tasks of video or graphics or sound processing into the central microprocessor.
At issue really is the viability of workstations at a time when Intel’s Pentium Pro is getting closer and closer in performance to what workstation chips can do – chips like Silicon Graphics’ MIPS or Sun Microsystems’s Sparc.
“Sun’s and HP’s and SGI’s challenge is to find users or applications that are so intensive that a Pentium Pro can’t supply them,” Brookwood said.
He said Sun already introduced multimedia extensions for its workstation chip. Silicon Graphics announced its multimedia extension along with announcing the next generation of its MIPS chip, the MIPS V. Together they do full multimedia processing, the company said, using digital signal processing.
With the MIPS 16, reducing the space and memory requirements of a MIPS chip is something that will prolong the attractiveness of RISC chips in the market, Starnes said. A drawback of RISC chips has been their big memory requirements.
The computer industry is split between RISC, or reduced instruction set computers, processing architecture used inside most workstations, and CISC, or complex instruction set computers, architecture used in most personal computers.
Intel’s microprocessors, for example, are built around a CISC architecture.
But both sides have been introducing features to make their chips more like the other, seeking the best of both.
LSI, Silicon Graphics as well as Intel plan to present details of their microprocessor technologies at the industry’s Microprocessor Forum event this week in San Jose. – – – – –
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Nokia 9 Official Announcement Check now: Price Specs, Latest news
The Nokia 9 PureView, unveiled on Sunday in Barcelona, tries to change that, recapturing some of the premium market.It’s an Android One phone – that’s the “stock” Android rigidly specified by Google – running Android 9.0 Pie, with five 12MP camera sensors.
HMD Global, the Finnish company which owns the rights to use the Nokia brand for mobile phones, has launched a smartphone with an array of five camera lenses designed to appeal to camera enthusiasts.
The Nokia 9 PureView heads a range of smartphones announced by HMD on Sunday, including an entry-level and two mid-level handsets, all designed to work with Google’s Android One, which guarantees two years’ of operating system upgrades.The company was showing it could innovate by delivering the world’s first five-camera array system in a smartphone, Chief Executive Florian Seiche said in an interview. It also refreshed its devices in the mid-market, where it already has a top-five ranking in many markets, and introduced a feature phone – the Nokia 210 – able to connect to the Internet using an Opera Mini browser, priced at an average $35.
For months we heard rumours. On Sunday evening Nokia officially launched the Nokia 9 Pureview phone at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Pureview moniker attached to the phone’s name says something: this is a phone that aims to further Nokia’s legacy of making smartphones with brilliant cameras. And to buttress this point, the Nokia 9 Pureview sports five rear cameras at the back, complete with the Zeiss branding.The Nokia 9 Pureview, apart from packing a fairly slick camera, also sports high-end hardware. But not top-end because it is not a phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which we expect in the top-end phones this year. Instead it comes with the Snapdragon 845.
Nokia 9 PureView specifications
As we mentioned above, the biggest feature of this smartphone is the 5 camera setup given in the back. With 5 cameras here LED flash and laser autofocus are given. These 5 cameras are 12MP f / 1.8 sensors and three of these are 12MP f / 1.8 sensors. Three out of 5 monochrome lenses, while there are two RGB lenses.
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This is a high end processor. However, Qualcomm has also launched the latest Snapdragon 855. But at present, smartphones like 70,000 rupees-Pixel 3 also come with Snapdragon 845 processors. So Nokia 9 PureView can also be considered as a powerful processor.
RAM – 6GB
Internal Storage – This smartphone has 128GB of storage. Since it has 5 cameras and this smartphone is specially designed for photography. In such a situation, the use of such a storage will definitely work for the users.
Screen – 5.99-inch OLED screen with 2K resolution is given. Gorilla Glass 5 is also available for protection here.
Rear camera – 5 cameras with 12 megapixel image sensors. There are three monochrome sensors and 2 RGB sensors.
Front camera – Here’s a 20-megapixel front camera. For Selfie, its screen can be used as a flash.
Software – Android 9 Pie.
Battery – 3320 mAh
“Today, with these new phones, we are taking a leap forward by delivering the very latest innovations from Google across our entire portfolio,” said Florian Seiche, Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global.Apart from the smartphones, Nokia also refreshed its accessories portfolio with ‘Nokia Wireless Charger” and “Nokia Portable Wireless Charger” — both of which support the universal Qi charging standard and would work with compatible wireless charging devices.”Nokia 4.2″, “Nokia 3.2”, “Nokia 1 Plus”, and “Nokia 210” would start being made available between March and April at the starting price of $169, $139, $99 and $35 respectively, the company added.
HMD Global unveiled Nokia 9 PureView smartphone during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The Nokia 9 PureView is world’s first penta-lens camera phone and features a notch-less design along with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone design and specifications were leaked several times before after its launch. Nokia 9 PureView has thin-bezels and a flat display. The phone also comes with a metal frame with glass panels covering the front and back sides.
The phone itself looks beautiful, though easily attracts fingerprint smudges given the glossy finish. We spent some time with the Nokia 9 PureView at the launch event and here is our first impressions.Nokia 9 PureView is all about its five cameras with the five lenses spaced out in a circle at the back of the device along with a time-of-flight depth sensor as well as flash unit. There is no camera bump, which is great, with the Zeiss optics lenses made to look like they are seamlessly blended in to the phone.
Nokia’s PureView camera will have five lenses from the company of Jesse. There will be 12 color sensors with 12 megapixels in the rear. Along with this, there will also be 3 monochrome sensors with 12 megapixels. The aperture of all the lenses will be f / 1.8. Apart from this, there will be a flash light in the rear panel with the camera lens and a time off flight sensor for the damp mapping. With the help of these photographs of 60-240 megapixel capacity can be converted into a photo of 12 megapixel capacity.
The company claims that better phones can be taken from this phone than other smartphones. Not only this, Bokeh mode will also focus on multiple points simultaneously. However, this phone will not get extra level optical zoom. The phone will also have a 20-megapixel selfie camera.
Wireless Charging Feature
This smartphone will run on the Snapdragon 845 processor. Apart from this, there will also be a dedicated light camera lux capacitors processor. Customers will get a 5.99 inch POLID display which will come with a screen fingerprint reader. The phone will support wireless charging. The initial price of this phone will be $ 699 (about 50,000 rupees). This phone will be available for customers from the month of March. This will be the Limited Edition phone and the company will not produce a large quantity of this model.
Entry level phones cost around Rs 2,500
Entry level smartphones will be launched in the name of Nokia 210. It will cost $ 35 (about Rs 2,500). Mid-range smartphones will be available in the name of Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. Their price will be $ 139 (about Rs 10,000) and $ 169 (about Rs 12,000) respectively. Both of these smartphones will be available for customers from April.
Finally [OPPO K1] Launched in India:Features, Specs All essential info Oppo K1
Smartphone maker Oppo has launched the Oppo K1 smartphone in India with its in-display fingerprint sensor . It has been launched exclusively on Flipkart. The company launched this handset in China in October last year. This smartphone has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Let’s say, the Oppo K1 has a 25 megapixel selfie camera. This smartphone is coming up to 4GB of RAM variants. Its launch price has been kept at Rs 16,990 on Flipkart.
Speaking of specifications, Oppo K1 smartphone with dual SIM runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. This phone has a 6.4 inch full HD + display, whose resolution is 1080×2340 pixels. This smartphone is powered by the Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. If you talk about cameras in this smartphone, then there is a dual camera setup in the rear. This phone is available in Van Gogh Blue and Mocha Red Color Variants.
Oppo launched its new smartphone Oppo K1 during an event in New Delhi. This smartphone was launched in China in October last year. The special feature of this smartphone is that it has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Talking about the other features in the smartphone, it has a 6.4-inch display, a snapdragon 660 processor and a 25-megapixel selfie camera. The company has only introduced it in 4GB RAM variants.
Digital posts $66 million loss -BOSTON – full report
Digital Equipment Corp. said Tuesday it posted a deeper-than-expected loss of $66 million in its fiscal first quarter after a difficult worldwide realignment of its sales force hurt its business.
The Maynard, Mass.-based computer manufacturer said it lost $65.9 million, or 48 cents a share, for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of $48.2 million, or 26 cents a share, in the same period a year ago.
The per-share loss was more than three times the 14 cents that Wall Street was expecting, according to First Call, which tracks analysts’ estimates.
Digital’s stock plunged $5.75 to $28.625 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
“The sales force changes took longer, and were more difficult to implement and more distracting to the sales force then were planned,” Chairman Robert Palmer told reporters during a conference call.
“As a result, our selling ability was temporarily reduced, and product revenues were significantly affected,” he said.
The sales realignment resulted in new management and sales representatives taking new accounts, but the changes began to show positive results toward the end of the quarter, he said.
“We expect as a result that we will return to profitability in the December (second) quarter as the sales pick up and we get this thing behind us,” Palmer said.
The second consecutive quarterly loss, following six quarters of profits, was a clear blow to Digital’s turnaround hopes and called into question Palmer’s future.
Analysts said that, if Digitial failed to turn a profit for the fiscal second quarter, Palmer, who is also president and chief executive officer, may be out.
“If that (profit) does not happen, I think the level of support that Mr. Palmer currenly enjoys from the board of directors is going to evaporate,” said Terry Shannon, editor of the Ashland, Mass.-based newsletter “Shannon Knows DEC.”
Palmer said he has the continued support of the board and the company has a capable management team.
Since Palmer restructured the company into business units, Digital’s profitability excluding restructuring charges has improved by more than $1 billion and the balance sheet has strengthened, he said.
“This is a difficult turnaround,” he said. “We’ve been working through a lot of previous problems, but we remain committed.”
Chief Financial Officer Vincent Mullarkey said fluctuations in the dollar resulted in a loss of more than $70 million for the first quarter.
“Had the currency impact year-over-year not occurred, we would essentially have been break even for the quarter,” Mullarkey said.
During the fiscal first quarter sales of Digital’s fast-performing Alpha computer systems grew at only 4 percent as a direct result of the changes and realignments in its sales organization.
“I’m pretty confident that as we get stable with the sales force, we’ll see the Alpha revenues continue to grow again,” Palmer said.
Mullarkey said the company made solid progress in the management of gross margins and operating expenses, despite its revenue shortfall. Total operating expenses were essentially unchanged at $900 million in the quarter.
Digital said the performance of its personal computer business continued to improve and the unit made good progress toward breaking even or turning a profit by the end of the second quarter.
Industry-wide price cuts in personal computers earlier this year and an inventory build-up hurt Digital’s personal computer unit in its fourth quarter.
Enrico Pesatori, head of the personal computer unit and heir apparent to Palmer, resigned suddenly in early July, citing distribution problems.
The company said it ended the quarter with about 57,000 employees, a reduction of 2,100 from the end of fiscal 1996. Personnel levels are expected to fall further to 53,000 at the end of the fiscal year, Palmer said.
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