Would you rather have a power-hungry cellphone that could software-decode hundreds of video codecs, or a hyper-efficient system-on-chip that only processes H.264? These are the tough decisions mobile designers have to make, but perhaps not for much longer. MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a solution that could spell the end for inefficient devices.
What comes after Fermi, Kepler andMaxwell? Pascal, according to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. That's the name of the company's next-generation GPU, and Huang says it'll be smaller, faster and more efficient, naturally. "As we compute more, we have to move more data around," he said, speaking at NVIDIA's GPU technology conference in San Jose today. "It's the data bottleneck.
Researchers at MIT think that we should make computers of the future faster by letting them make more mistakes. The reason? Quantum physics.Historically, making the transistors that make up the processors in our computers smaller has been one of the most reliable ways to make our devices faster and use less power.
A decade ago, AMD brought us the first dual-core x86 processor. Then, starting in 2008, the company came out with tri-core and quad-core designs in quick succession, leading up to octa-core chips in 2011'sFX rangeas well as in the latest AMD-poweredgame consoles.
The newMac Pro'shighly customized design may look like it's a pain to fix, but don't be fooled -- it's friendlier than you think. An iFixitteardownof the workstation has revealed that it's easy to take apart, and that several components can be replaced without going through Apple. It's also more upgradeable than you'd expect.
What's the safest place to put anuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept fromMITenvisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making it virtually immune to earthquakes,tsunamisand meltdowns.
It's 2014, and while some of you have already upgraded to an IntelHaswelllaptop, many still have to carry a bulky power adapter for the more demanding machines. Luckily, MIT spin-off FINsix has come up with a breakthrough technology that dramatically reduces both the size and weight of laptop adapters.
The Wikimedia Foundation is considering the use of H.264 video, in spite of its patent and license encumbrances, in an attempt to increase the amount of free educational video content it can offer. The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to "collect and develop the world's knowledge and to make it available to everyone for free, for any purpose.
Robot fishare typically pale imitations at best -- even when they move quickly, they don't move all that gracefully. MIT's newsoft robotic fishshould be much closer to the real animal, however. Instead of relying on rigid joints and motors to swim, the new fish wiggles its tail fin by inflating a channel with carbon dioxide.
It's tough to buildsolar cellsthat capture both heat and light -- most of these multi-talented devices can't trap more than one percent of the energy they receive. However, MIT has just blown past that limitation with aprototype chipthat absorbs warmth through an outer layer ofcarbon nanotubes.
Transparent screens just aren't very practical these days -- bigger models are frequentlyexpensive and bulky, while smallerheads-up displaystend to have very narrow viewing angles. However, MIT may have solved all those problems at once with its prototypenanoparticle display.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip is still pretty dang new, but the company's already churned out a follow-up: theSnapdragon 805, a so-called Ultra HD processor. Like the 800, this version is a Krait-based, quad-core chip, and its biggest selling point is support for 4K video playback on your mobile devices as well as your smart TV.
A near handful of years ago, some students from MIT revealed a bicycle attachment that converts a bike into a hybrid with electric rear-wheel power, something that is now known as the Copenhagen Wheel.
At $800, the price of Bitcoin is now so great that it threatens to shut out some mainstream users.You may be wondering whether there were ever any mainstream users in the first place. But Charlie Lee, a former Googler and MIT grad, recognized such an audience did exist. In 2011, two years after the birth of Bitcoin, the former Googler and MIT grad decided to create a version of Bitcoin that would make it more accessible."I think Satoshi [Nakamoto, Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator] is great, and Bitcoin is awesome," Lee said in a recent interview with BI. "I didn't fix Bitcoin.
Following the Fukushima disaster back in 2011, MIT has developed a floating nuclear plant that would avoid several of the issues with present-day plants, including being essentially immune to tsunamis and being able to use sea water to cool down in the event of a catastrophe of some sort.
Qualcomm announced and offered some details on their next-generation Snapdragon, the 805 and it looks like MediaTek has some news of their own. In the case of MediaTek, they have unveiled the MT6592 which they are touting as the “world’s first true octa-core mobile platform.
Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of theGS4.