Conexant introduces USB Type-C Digital Audio chips
Published in Mobiles

Aims to replace 3.5mm audio jack in smartphones and tablets

Last month at Intel’s 2016 Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China, the chip giant proposed a broad market transition to remove all 3.5mm audio jacks from the phone and tablet industry and gradually replace them with USB-based audio solutions and Conexant has become the first partner company to embrace the standard with its announcement of two new audio chips, the CX20985 and the CX20899.

Apple's next iPhone will include 256GB storage option
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16GB, 64GB and 256GB SanDisk NAND flash options

On Monday, some new images surfaced of the dual-lens rear camera and various NAND flash storage modules that Apple intends to use in its tenth-generation iPhone lineup. Previous rumors have suggested that the company would be migrating to a 256GB storage option on its flagship iPhone 7, and the new images now appear to confirm this transition.

Google's Chromebook platform will not be "online-only" anymore
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Android app support comes to Chrome OS

On Thursday, Google announced that its Play Store will now be integrated into Chrome OS, giving all of Google’s Chromebook users instant access to the entire catalog of 1.5 million Android apps. This is a strategic horizontal decision that could potentially give much more value to the company’s cloud-centered OS for students, developers, low-income users and anyone interested in a lightweight, affordable computing option.

Google makes major leap forward with new Tensor Processing Unit
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Accelerator will move Moore’s Law forward by seven years

On Wednesday at Google’s annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, the company went forward and announced a revolutionary new processing accelerator unit for machine learning that is now expected to move a recently-slowing Moore’s Law forward by at least three chip generations, or seven years.

Microsoft's second-gen Surface Book reportedly delayed
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Surface Book 2 will include 4K display, Thunderbolt 3 port


On Thursday, sources within Microsoft’s upstream supply chain have reported that the second-generation refresh to the company’s Surface Book is expected to be delayed. The sources cited “design issues” for the launch setback, indicating that the company could be preparing to redesign some critical areas to the final consumer product before launch.

Nvidia 8-inch Tegra X1 Shield tablet appears in FCC filing
Published in Mobiles


Scores 134,000 in AnTuTu benchmark, over 3x higher than Tegra K1


On Wednesday, a new Nvidia filing with the FCC surfaced online that shows a new 8-inch device closely resembling the current Shield and Shield K1 tablets based on Kepler GK20A GPUs. The tablet was filed as an application for “SHIELD Tablet” and is expected to feature Nvidia’s newer Maxwell-based GM20B GPU and is based on the Tegra X1 chip, complete with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

ASUS announces new ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboard
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ROG Strix is a new series: “The art of expression”

On Tuesday, ASUS announced a new lineup called “ROG Strix,” beginning with the ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboard. With this series in its ROG brand, the company is focusing heavily on dynamic lighting customization and network priority traffic control, two features that will provide gamers and enthusiasts with color-matching RGB lighting effects to inspire PC design creativity, as well as ultra-low latency multiplayer experiences.

ASUS announces new and refreshed X99 Signature series lineup
Published in Motherboards


Fully compatible with Haswell-E and Broadwell-E


On Tuesday, ASUS and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division jointly announced three new Signature series motherboards built for Socket LGA 2011-v3, featuring ASUS exclusive technologies such as “OC Socket,” “Aura” onboard RGB lighting, ThunderboltEX 3, and SafeSlot PCI-Express designs with fortified metal and superior bracket retention mechanisms.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies gets passive magnetic levitation system
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Aims to keep construction costs low, safety a top priority


On Monday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT) announced the addition of a new “passive magnetic levitation” system for use with its custom version of the 760-mile per hour high-speed transportation system originally envisioned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Nvidia Founders Edition GPUs run at stock frequencies
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Founders Edition means "reference clockspeeds with an upgraded heatsink"


With the launch of Nvidia’s Geforce Pascal lineup this week beginning with Geforce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, some members of the press and enthusiast PC community have been silently unsure about the actual differences between Nvidia’s reference card designs and the alternative Founders Edition models that will cost an extra $70 and $100, respectively.