Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 7nm Processor is Designed for Always-Connected PCs

Snapdragon 8cx

The first day of Qualcomm Tech Summit focused on 5G technology, the second day revealed details about Snapdragon 855 mobile processor, and the third and last day was about Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, a 7nm processor specifically designed for always-on always-connected PCs that performs as well as some 15W processor(s) from Intel, but at much lower power consumption. Snapdragon 8cx specifications: CPU – 8x Qualcomm Kryo 495 64-bit cores (dual cluster) with a total of 10MB cache; 7nm Process Technology Visual Subsystem – Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU with DX12 support, 128-bit memory interface Memory – LPDDR4x, 8 Channels Storage – NVME SSD, UFS3.0 Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology AI features 4th Generation Qualcomm AI Engine Enhanced voice assistant experiences for Alexa and Cortana with Qualcomm Aqstic technology Display Maximum On-Device Display Support: 4K Dual 4K external displays support Audio Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology Qualcomm TrueWireless technology Qualcomm Broadcast Audio technology Qualcomm aptX audio …

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Microsoft now Supports ARM64 Apps in Visual Studio 15.9, Microsoft Store

Visual Studio ARM64

The first “proper” Windows Arm laptops became available earlier this year, but they disappointed most people due to their high price and relatively poor performance. They only really make sense for people who need LTE connectivity and very long battery life (over 20 hours). Price will likely stay elevated for the foreseeable future, but at least performance will increase thanks to faster processors such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor found in Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS Laptop ($849.99 and up once available), and the rumored sm8180 laptop processor that may be, or not, announced on December 4-6 during Snapdragon Tech Summit. Hardware is one thing, but software is also important. As far as I understand, while UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps already supported native 32-ARM compilation , legacy Win32 apps relied on x86 “emulation” / binary translation, which may slowdown performance. But Windows users may also get some software optimization soon, as Microsoft has recently released Visual Studio 15.9 with the …

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One Mix 2S Yoga Amber Lake “Pocket” Laptop Up for pre-order for $720 and up

One Mix 2S Yoga

One Mix 2 Yoga mini Laptop powered by a Kaby Lake Core-m3 processor may have launched just about 10 days ago, but the company is now already taking pre-orders for One Mix 2S Yoga mini portable computer with a faster Intel Core M3-8100Y Amber Lake Y-Series processor. Otherwise, the new model has very much the same look and feel as the earlier models. One Mix 2S Yoga specifications: SoC – Intel Core M3-8100Y dual core / quad thread Amber Lake-Y processor @ 1.1 GHz (base) / 3.4 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB cache, 24EU Intel HD graphics 615 @ 300 MHz / 900 MHz (Turbo); 5W TDP System Memory – 8GB DDR3 RAM Storage – 256GB PCIe SSD, micro SD slot up to 128 GB Display – 7″ 1920×1200 IPS panel with touchscreen, 360° hinge Video Output – micro HDMI Audio – Built-in speakers and microphone, 3.5mm headphone & mic jack Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n WiFi (WiFi 5), Bluetooth …

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ODROID-H2 Intel Celeron J4105 Single Board Computer to Launch in November

ODROID-H2

There were talks about Hardkernel working on an ODROID x86 board since last year, as the CEO expected to launch such board later in 2017 in an interview published in ODROID magazine. Finally, it took them several iterations and processors considerations before being ready for launch, and ODROID-H2 should become available next month as the first ODROID x86 board. ODROID-H2 will feature an Intel Celeron J4105 Gemini Lake processor, two SO-DIMM slots for memory, two SATA ports and M.2 NVMe slot for storage, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a mix of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and more. ODROID-H2 board specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron J4105 quad core processor @ up to 2.3 GHz (real frequency) with 12EU Intel UHD Graphics 600 System Memory – Dual-channel Memory DDR4-PC19200 (2400MT/s) supporting up to 32GiB RAM in total Storage – M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 slot for one NVMe storage, 2x SATA 3.0 ports, eMMC flash support Video Output HDMI 2.0 up to 4K …

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One Mix 2 Yoga Intel Core m3-7Y30 mini Laptop is up for Pre-order for $650

Intel Core m3 mini laptop

GPD Pocket 2 Kaby lake mini laptop is getting some competition with One Mix 2 Yoga pocket laptop featuring the same Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor, but coupled with 8GB RAM, and a 256 SSD, and equipped with the usual 7″ touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard. The product is an upgrade to the company’s One Mix Yoga powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor, and contrary top GPD Pocket 2 and the upcoming Topjoy Falcon which relied/will rely on Crowdfunding for their launch, One Mix 2 Yoga can be pre-ordered directly  for $649.99 on GeekBuying with shipping planned for next month. [Update: GearBest has it too for the same price] One Mix 2 Yoga specifications: SoC – Intel Core M3-7Y30 dual core / quad thread Kaby Lake processor @ 1.00 GHz / 2.60 GHz (Turbo boost) with 4MB cache, 24EU Intel HD graphics 615 @ 300 MHz / 900 MHz (Turbo boost); 4.5W TDP System Memory – 8GB DDR RAM Storage …

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TopJoy Falcon Review – A Windows 10 Mini Laptop (Prototype)

The Topjoy Falcon is a mini laptop reminiscent of netbooks and similar to the recent GPD Pocket 2 or One Mix Yoga devices. Marketed as an 8 inch (203mm) pocket-sized computer with the following specification: Intel Pentium Silver N5000 CPU 8G RAM 256G SSD disk 1920*1200 FHD IPS touch screen 6000 mAh battery for up to 8 hours working time 1 x USB A 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack 1 x Mini HDMI port Active cooling 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Backlit keyboard Windows 10 Home Weight 550g (1lb 3oz) Fits easily in your pocket Although you would need a large pocket as whilst It is physically small consisting of an approximately 8″ by 5.2” and about 0.7” thick (203mm x 132mm x 18mm) when closed it is in reality too big for the average pocket. It will soon be available on Kickstarter with an early bird price of $399 and an expected retail price of $699. I’ve received an early prototype which I’ll review below. …

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Beelink X55 Review – Part 2, Take 2: New Drivers and BIOS

Beelink-X55-UEFI

When I reviewed the Beelink X55 earlier, I encountered poor graphics performance when testing the device with its ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ configuration. As a quick reminder the Beelink X55 is a NUC-style mini PC powered with an Intel Pentium Silver J5005 processor and comes with a 128GB mSATA SSD with pre-installed Windows 10 Home together with 8GB DDR4 RAM (soldered and is non-expandable) and space plus a connector for an SSD. In an attempt to address the poor graphics performance I reinstalled Windows using Microsoft’s ISO however I then found I had missing drivers: Having contacted Beelink through the support email enclosed with the device they replied with a link to a full driver pack. So having downloaded and unzipped the file I updated the first driver: followed by the second: resulting in additional entries to the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (DPTF). Having fixed the driver issue I then reran the 3DMark benchmark for testing the GPU: I then compared …

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AAEON UPC-GWS01 is Tiny IoT Gateway Powered by UP Core Board

Tiny IoT Gateway

AAEON’s UP Core is an affordable and compact Intel Atom x5-Z8350 based board that was launched last year on Kickstarter for 69 Euros and up. The company has now integrated the board into at least one of their product with UPC-GWS01, a tiny IoT gateway with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as support for optional 3G/4G LTE connectivity via a mini PCIe slot. A carrier board for UP Core also added Ethernet and a DB9 serial port to the setup. AAEON UPC-GWS01 specifications: SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core Cherry Trail processor with Intel HD 400 graphics System Memory – 1GB/ 2GB/ 4GB onboard DDR3L-1600 Storage – 16GB/32GB/64GB eMMC Video and Audio Output – 1x HDMI port Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek 8111G WIFI 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz (WiFi 4) and Bluetooth 4.0 Optional 3G/4G cellular connectivity via mPCIe socket USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port Serial Port – 1x COM port (DB9 connector) Power Supply …

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