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Qualcomm Technologies Releases Snapdragon 675

Qualcomm said that consumers can expect mobile devices powered by Snapdragon 675 from the first quarter of 2019.

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 US-based chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies on Tuesday unveiled here the Snapdragon 675 system-on-chip (SoC) to boost gaming and camera experience in mobile devices.

The latest addition to the mid-range Snapdragon 600 series, released at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, supports a triple camera configuration in the front or back.

It supports features such as telephoto, wide angle, and super-wide image capture, as well as enhanced portrait mode (Bokeh), “3D face unlock” and high-quality selfies, the company said.

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Snapdragon by qualcomm. Flickr

Snapdragon 675 provides new architectures and performance improvements over the previous generation Snapdragon 670 in Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities as well.

With a multi-core AI Engine, Snapdragon 675 is engineered to deliver up to 50 per cent overall improvements in AI applications, Qualcomm said.

“Packed with advanced gaming abilities, remarkable camera performance and a multi-core AI Engine, Snapdragon 675-based smartphones will bring new experiences to consumers globally,” said Kedar Kondap, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

The premium features in the new chipset are enabled by the Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra 250L ISP, Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 612 GPU.

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The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octacore processor and fuelled by a 4230mAh battery.

“The Snapdragon 675 plays a primary role in allowing OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to design next generation features with incredible performance into their upcoming smartphones,” Kondap added.

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Additionally, it provides limitless slo-mo — capable of recording extended slow-motion video clips in HD, not limited to one second or shorter bursts.

While making the chipset available for smartphone makers on Tuesday, Qualcomm said that consumers can expect mobile devices powered by Snapdragon 675 from the first quarter of 2019. (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.

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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)