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Panasonic Launches New Line Of Speakers

The new line-up of speakers are available online and at Panasonic retail stores.

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Panasonic also launches mobile computing devices in India. Flickr

Panasonic India on Wednesday launched its new line-up of speakers starting at Rs 6,890 under the “Home Entertainment” and “UA” speaker system series that come embedded with woofers and digital amplifiers.

“SC-HT30GW-K” is priced at Rs 6,890 and “SC-HT40GW-K” at Rs 8,590 under the “Home Entertainment” speaker system series.

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These speakers are capable of delivering ultra-strong bass and dynamic sound performance, the company said. IANS

These models deliver 80W of sound and feature wall-mounted speakers that play your favourite music and audio content in a powerful and pristine quality, the company said in a statement.

Extending its home “UA” Series line-up, the company launched three different models — SC-UA30GW-K, SC-UA7GW-K and SC-UA90GW-K — priced at Rs 21,990, Rs 38,990 and 44,990 respectively.

These speakers are capable of delivering ultra-strong bass and dynamic sound performance, the company said.

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These models deliver 80W of sound and feature wall-mounted speakers that play your favourite music and audio content. (IANS)

“With the introduction of this new line-up, we are offering a range that will cater to the needs of all our consumers with diversity in features and prices,” said Neeraj Bahl, Associate Director – Business Group Head, Consumer Electronic, Panasonic India.

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The new line-up of speakers are available online and at Panasonic retail stores. (IANS)

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Intel and Cray Collaborate With U.S. Government, Aims for Nation’s Fastest Computer

The world's current most powerful machine, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, contains chips from International Business Machines Corp. and Nvidia.

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This Jan. 1, 2018, file photo shows an Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh. VOA

A U.S. government-led group is working with chipmaker Intel and Cray to develop and build the nation’s fastest computer by 2021 for conducting nuclear weapons and other research, officials said Monday.

The Department of Energy and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago said they were working on a supercomputer dubbed Aurora with Intel, the world’s biggest supplier of data center chips, and Cray, which specializes in the ultra-fast machines.

The $500 million contract for the project calls on the companies to deliver a computer with so-called exaflop performance — that is, being able to perform 1 quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second.

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It also heightens the stakes in a race in which the United States, China, the European Union and Japan have all announced plans to build exaflop-capable supercomputers. VOA

If the project succeeds, Aurora would represent nearly an order of magnitude leap over existing machines that feature so-called petaflop performance, capable of doing 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) calculations a second.

It also heightens the stakes in a race in which the United States, China, the European Union and Japan have all announced plans to build exaflop-capable supercomputers.

One of Aurora’s primary functions would be simulating nuclear blasts, a pillar of weapons development since the ban of live detonation testings.

Aurora will be built with artificial intelligence capabilities for projects such as developing better battery materials and helping the Department of Veterans Affairs prevent suicides, Rick Stevens, an associate lab director with Argonne overseeing the exascale computing project, said during a news
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The project is a win for Intel, which will supply its Xeon CPU chips and Optane memory chips for Aurora.

FILE - The Nvidia booth is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 13, 2017.
The Nvidia booth is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 13, 2017. VOA

Intel has been fending off rival U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp.’s rise in the chip content of supercomputers as the machines take on more artificial intelligence work. Nvidia’s chips are found in five of the world’s current top 10 supercomputers, though the Nvidia chips are found alongside chips from its rivals, according to TOP500, which ranks the machines.

The world’s current most powerful machine, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, contains chips from International Business Machines Corp. and Nvidia.

The source of chips for supercomputers has become a factor in trade tensions between the United States and China. The world’s third-fastest supercomputer — the Sunway TaihuLight in China — has chips developed domestically in China.

Also Read: U.S. Tariffs on China Could Remain Same, Even After Reaching The Trade Deal

Chirag Dekate, an analyst with Gartner who studies the supercomputing market, said that despite the small contract size relative to Intel’s overall revenue, the work done on Aurora will eventually filter down to the company’s commercial customers.

“It’s not just a jingoistic race between the U.S. and China,” Dekate said. “The innovations that Intel is developing here will percolate down to other parts of its business.” (VOA)