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Samsung have announced their new 1GHz mobile processor, the Samsung Hummingbird, based on the 45nm ARM Cortex A8 architecture and developed jointly with Intrinsity.  The Hummingbird CPU promises not only high media and data crunching performance in mobile devices, but low power consumption and – thanks to some creative re-use of existing technology – relatively low chip prices.

Hummingbird comes with 32KB of both data and instruction cache, a variable-size L2 memory cache and the ARM NEON multimedia extension.  With NEON, Hummingbird can promise hardware video encoding and decoding, 2D/3D graphics, audio/voice/speech processing and sound synthesis that’s more than twice as powerful as previous ARM-based chips.

Samsung are now working on SoC (System-on-Chip) implementations of the Hummingbird, which will likely be positioned to take on Qualcomm’s similarly 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.  No word on how the two components compare in terms of pricing, however.

Press Release:


SEOUL, KOREA, AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 26, 2009 – Samsung and Intrinsity today jointly announced the industry’s fastest mobile processor core implementation of the dual-issue ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor architecture in 45 nanometer (nm) Low Power (LP), low leakage process technology. This Cortex-A8 implementation, code-named Hummingbird, delivers 2000DMIPS at 1GHz. The Hummingbird comes with 32KB each of data and instruction caches, an L2 Memory cache, the size of which can be customized, and an ARM® NEON™ multi-media extension. Performance and power consumption of the Hummingbird have been validated in silicon. SoC implementations using this core are under development.

A highly effective synthesis flow which creates static logic with optimal timing and power was employed to generate the gate-level view of the Hummingbird. With this flow, standard cell gates are placed to minimize wire delay and maximize speed. Highly automated Vt and cell selection flows choose the best gates for speed while balancing power. Finally, a high performance physical design integration flow which includes automated and optimized bus routing, driving, and re-buffering is used to generate the final design.

According to Bob Russo, Intrinsity CEO, “Not only is it the fastest available Cortex-A8 processor in an LP technology on the market, but we believe it has the lowest leakage and dynamic power consumption of any high-end mobile processor core out there. Mobile device end-users want smoother video, faster gaming, and a longer battery life. Meeting these conflicting demands typically means building a new processor implementation from scratch. That can take as long as two or more years and hundreds of engineers – a very expensive proposition. Intrinsity’s FastCore solution could be available in as quickly as four months at a fraction of the cost. Cycle behavior changes are not viable because they require that all software and test suites be largely re-designed and introduce an unacceptable high level of risk. Add another year or more to the development time for that. Intrinsity has solved this problem by applying a semi-custom design flow and Fast14 technology to enhance a great core and potentially double its performance.”

Intrinsity’s Cortex-A8 processor-based Fastcore embedded core is cycle-accurate and Boolean equivalent to the original Cortex-A8 RTL specification. While most ARM processor cores are implemented with synthesized static logic and compiled SRAMs, the Hummingbird achieves the exceptional 1GHz clock rate in Samsung’s 45nm LP process technology through the use of a semi-custom design flow which strategically applies Intrinsity’s proprietary Fast14 one-of-N domino logic (NDL) technology as macros in the timing-critical paths of the Cortex-A8 RTL core. NDL provides low latency conversion between domino logic and static logic which allows NDL to be seamlessly applied to a standard cell synthesized design. NDL provides gates which are 25 to 50 percent faster than static logic gates.

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Sega Takes After Burner Climax To The Skies On Ios

Originally released as an arcade machine way back in 1987, Sega’s high-adrenaline jet fighter action, After Burner Climax, has made a jump to the iPhone and iPad (it’s also coming soon to Android). The game puts you in the cockpit of the F-14D Super Tomcat, F-15E Strike Eagle or F/A-18E Super Hornet, each customizable with four paint jobs (standard paint, camouflage, special paint and low visibility).

Load your aircraft with a bunch of high-tech weapons, take off into the skies and barrel through twenty different landscapes – like volcanoes, jungles, ice caps and more. Of course, the game’s really just an excuse for a bunch of orange explosions and total mayhem.

Nevertheless, fans of some heart-pounding action (gee, I sound like a PR bunny) should consider giving After Burner Climax a try…

As a nice bonus, you can enjoy Retina action on a big screen TV as After Burner Climax supports both HDMI and AirPlay video.

The blurb:

The classic arcade game After Burner has now returned for a new generation of gamers. After Burner Climax is fast and frantic action, putting you in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter plane. Dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft.

Built for all skill levels, everyone will be able to take to the air and blaze through a branching storyline and over 20 stages. Unlock achievements along the way to unlock exclusive Avatar Awards using your experience and expertise.

And your full features list:

Select your aircraft from the F-14D Super Tomcat by Northrop Grumman to the F-15E Strike Eagle and F/A-18E Super Hornet by Boeing. Personalize your plane with a selection of 4 different paint jobs including: standard paint, camouflage, special paint and Low Visibility

Play through each stage at blazing speed with your personalized fighter aircraft.

Keep your head under pressure with limited time to make adrenaline-fuelled decisions, and experience different paths through the game based on

Build up your skill in Training Mode and then take flight in Arcade mode. Play through Score Attack to see how you rank on the Online Leaderboards.

Enjoy the exhilarating flight in overwhelmingly superior condition and take down multiple enemies at a time.

When your Climax Gauge is full, time will slow down and your lock-on cursor will expand. This is your chance to lock on to enemies en masse and take them all down at once!

Blast away close range enemies with the gun with access to unlimited ammo. Shoot missiles that lock on to enemy aircraft.

Your skills will be tested to unlock exclusive Avatar Awards that are made available to the expert player.

And a screenie.

If you don’t mind pretty basic and simple controls, raw arcade feel and the asking price of three bucks, we’ll forgive you for killing time with a mindless shooter that blazes fast.

Yes, it’s a universal binary supporting all form factor iDevices natively.

While it’s been a long time since I played a quality jet fighter shooter, I’m gonna stick with Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy.

As you might have figured out, I’m not a big fan of the 1980-style arcade shooters.

Spywall Takes Top Security Honors

Edging out its closest competitor, Trlokom, Inc.’s SpyWall took top honors in the Enterprise Security category of Datamation’s Product of the Year 2006 awards.

SpyWall, the newly anointed flagship product for the five-year-old company, outdistanced the second-place finisher, eSoft, Inc.’s ThreatWall. Digital Defense, Inc.’s Frontline V3.2 came in third, with eIQnetworks, Inc. coming in a close fourth with its Enterprise Security Analyzer. Rounding out the top five was Pointsec for PC 6.0 from Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.

SpyWall is designed to protect client-side applications. This first version of the security product is focused on protecting the browser, but an upcoming version, expected late this year, will be designed to add in protection for email and instant messaging software, according to Jayant Shukla, founder of Trlokom, which is based in Monrovia, Calif.

”There are so many security companies out there doing the same things,” said Shukla, who adds that the young company is building on about 20 customers right now. ”There are maybe 70 companies trying for an anti-spyware solution. We said forget about spyware. Let’s focus on the attack vector, and that’s application access. You need protection against all those types of attacks.”

Shukla said they decided to focus on protecting the browser first because it’s such a highly targeted attack vector.

”Most attacks come in through the browser,” he added, citing a recent TrendMicro survey that showed 85 percent of attacks use the browser. ”It’s the big source of problems. We knew we needed to get to that first, and then move on to email and IM.”

And that was a good call, according to Joe Wilcox, a senior analyst for JupiterResearch.

While Wilcox says the application security space is heating up, he’s also surprised at how few companies are working in this area today.

”It’s hugely needed,” he adds. ”If you look at the trend over the last five years or so, as companies fortified the perimeter with firewalls and other security, the hackers moved on to the application layer. In the earlier days of application attacks, we saw the Outlook viruses, like Melissa. Now, the larger concern is what I call the big tunnel into every business, which is Port 80 — Web browser access… With businesses connected to the Internet and many applications directly connecting to the Internet, the risk profile increases.”

The network manager of a San Francisco-based investment real estate company says they started using SpyWall back when it was in beta to better battle these new risks to the client… and to the network.

The manager, who asked that he and his company not be named in this story, said he went with SpyWall — over LavaSoft’s Ad-Aware and Spybot by Safer-Networking Ltd. — because it gives him the ability to centrally manage the security on his client machines — inside and outside of the main office.

”I thought this looked better than all the bits and pieces we had been buying before,” he said. ”We want to help end users by setting up trusted websites and pushing updates out to everybody. I like a one-stop-shop kind of product.”

And the network manager says SpyWall is keeping the company’s desktops and laptops much cleaner than they used to be.

”Before we were cleaning up maybe four or five machines a week, and we got a lot of repeat customers… People would surf a website and we’d have to clean out spyware and whatever weird little things had been loaded on their machines,” he added. ”Since we installed SpyWall, it’s really dropped off a lot.

”It’s saving me a lot of time in terms of having to go out to these machines,” he says, noting that he’s looking forward to the upcoming version that will add email protection.

Samsung Rant On Sprint Slashgear Review

Samsung Rant on Sprint SlashGear Review

Sprint recently sent us their newest text based phone, the Rant by Samsung. One of the latest additions to the Sprint line up, this phone has a full QWERTY keyboard that makes sending text messages and email incredibly straightforward. The real question is, will it hold up to the heavy use that power users with the need for a keyboard will inevitably dish out?

The Rant comes with a standard 2 -megapixel camera with vanity mirror, 172 x 220 pixel screen supporting 262,144 colors, MP3 player and 2.0 Stereo Bluetooth for wirelessly listening to music. The music player supports MP3, AAC, and AAC+ file formats, while video supports MPEG4 and 3GPP media files. The device itself is pretty small with dimensions being only 4.5″ x 2.1″ x 0.7″ and weighing in at 4.58 oz. The Rant also includes a microSD card slot and USB for data transfers. This device is dual band (800/1900 MHz ) with a 960mAh Li–Ion battery, for up to 5.6 hours of constant talk time. With moderate use we still had just under half the battery remaining at the end of the day.

The Rant is built like a rock, very sturdy and durable. The phone can handle being dropped several times without breaking apart, and in no way feels cheaply made. The slide out keyboard is very sturdy with two tracks supporting the slide. The camera button could not be in a better position for taking landscape photos. It’s not all good news, however; the issues we did see were the soft keys, talk and end buttons were a little hard to press. The numeric keys on the face of the device are so close to the bottom of the device that it is extremely hard to dial with one hand and not drop the phone. The keyboard’s keys were nicely laid out but a little too hard to press for our liking.

Navigating the menus is straightforward on the Rant, the main menu is displayed at the bottom of the screen with sections listed in a line. As you press left and right to flip through the options the contents of a section will pop up when you stop, displaying everything in a quick, easy to read list. A convenient shortcut menu completes the GUI, making quick navigation even easier for the user.

The Rant is made for messaging, and included on the slide out keyboard is a designated text key to jump straight into the SMS editor. Email is very easy to read and reply to, the application does not have a lot of extras that can end up bloating the program. The downside to the seemingly light email application is that Sprint left out the ability to add a signature any of the email accounts.

Browsing the internet was like pulling teeth. The browser tends to render the pages the way they are supposed to look, but the speed is on a par with dial-up. I was unable to get a single page other than chúng tôi to load completely. The phone apparently does not have the memory to render a full webpage; other Sprint phones had no trouble with signal in the same location, leading us to think that it’s not a connection speed problem.

The media player handles audio files well, with the ability to create playlists of music on the go. While playing a song the cover art is displayed, with decent image quality, and you’re able to select another song without ending the current one playing. Video is played with surprising quality given the screen size and resolution, though the video player seemed to lag when going into a video and exiting playback.

On a single charge the phone lasted very well, not enough to hold out two full days but we did not need to charge during the day once. Neither did we experience any dropped calls during our entire time with the Rant. Basic navigation quickly became second nature, and with all of the programmable shortcuts we rarely had to look at what we were doing.

The Samsung Rant is available from Sprint now, priced at $49.99 after a mail-in rebate and with a new two-year service agreement.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Revealed As 5G Flagship

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

Qualcomm has revealed its first 5G solution for next-gen smartphones and more, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. The new flagship at the top of the chip-maker’s processor range, it’s not just a chip, Qualcomm insists, but a full architecture for making the most of 5G.

As Qualcomm sees it, that means paving the way for more immersive extended reality (XR) experiences – that’s virtual reality and augmented reality to you and I – along with new artificial intelligence (AI) products. Multi-gigabit 5G, meanwhile, will help cut data transfer times and latency considerably over 4G LTE networks, assuming you have the 5G network to deliver it.

Key will be a new, 4th generation multi-core AI Engine, drawing together the Adreno, Kryo, and Hexagon components of the SoC. Qualcomm says it’ll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, currently found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time. The focus there is on-device AI processing rather than having to rely on the cloud, whether that means delivering portrait mode photos with a single camera, scene detection, or analyzing photos and videos for visual search.

Snapdragon 855 will also include a Computer Vision (CV) ISP, which Qualcomm says it’s a world’s first. That will pave the way to new computational photography and video capture features, the chip-maker suggests. Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon’s potential in mobile games.

Of course for those to be practical, they need more than just a 5G modem inside. For a start there are battery and power management questions to be addressed: your 5G smartphone is no use if it only lasts an hour before you need to charge it, but neither will consumers settle for thicker, heavier devices that add extra-large batteries. Beyond that, though, are questions around coverage and use-case.

Even with the various carriers talking up their 5G roadmaps, getting service will be the exception not the rule for some time to come. That means any 5G device will also need to deliver top-notch 4G LTE to fall back to, too. Qualcomm is also pitching its talents in multi-gigabit WiFi, as part of a combined 5G, 4G LTE, and WiFi connectivity solution that, if all goes to plan, operates seamlessly from the perspective of the user.

That’s vital since the focus has to be on how you benefit from 5G and multi-gigabit, not just how technologically impressive it is. Qualcomm, of course, doesn’t make the devices itself, only the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, but it has a vested interest in making sure that there’s more than just fast download speeds to tempt consumers into upgrading.

“A new technology phase has begun,” Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Incorporated said during the company’s opening keynote at the Snapdragon Summit. “Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent.”

With device-makers like Samsung, OnePlus, Motorola, and more expected to bring 5G smartphones to market in 2023 – and Apple after that, with an iPhone 5G probably not arriving until 2023 at the earliest according to the latest leaks – there’s really not much time to set out those must-have use-cases.

“”Everything we can do with the smartphones we have now, it is not going to be that different with 5G,” Amon argues. Still, he’s predicting a significant evolution ahead. “This transition is different to transition we had with 3G and 4G … 5G will be bigger than 3G and 4G,” he insisted. “It has the potential to be one of the largest industry transitions we have in wireless.”

Qualcomm is playing most of the Snapdragon 855 details relatively close to its chest, at least for today. It’s promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2023. We’re out at the Summit as guests of Qualcomm, and will be bringing you all the news this week.

Route1’S Michael Seiler On Secure Dod Mobile Productivity

Earlier this summer, Samsung joined forces with Route1 to bring a new mobile productivity solution to market that combines the power of Samsung Dex with MobiKEY. Together, they enable Department of Defense (DoD) personnel to gain mutually authenticated and secure remote access to any government computer, and initiate secure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) sessions — so they can get work done wherever the mission takes them.

To share some additional insights into how the solution is addressing a critical market need, I sat down with Michael Seiler, Program Director, Navy/USMC at Route1, Inc.

Q: What are the most significant trends impacting today’s federal workforce today?

Michael Seiler: Mobility and security are the two driving trends in government today. It is critical to have access to data at all times; however, workers need the flexibility to be outside the four walls. The ability to connect to federal computers and network resources from any device on any network safely and securely enables true workforce mobility.

Q: What does the future of work look like for DoD personnel?

Seiler: Mobility is fundamentally changing how agencies operate, and we see it as a key enabler for empowering personnel to get work done in new ways. The DoD, in particular, has a need for their users to be able to leverage the ability to work from anywhere, using any type of computing device and securely connect to their DoD enterprise network.

Q: How did the Route1 MobiKEY secure remote access solution come to be?

Seiler: There was a need for DoD users to utilize their government IDs and personal assets to gain access to DoD resources. MobiKEY first started in the commercial world, but was quickly adapted by the DoD to fit their remote access needs. The challenge was providing the capability to access data without the security risks involved in data leaving the DoD enclave, as well as controlling personal access levels to DoD resources by using CAC/PIV cards.

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Q: How does MobiKEY work together with Samsung DeX?

Seiler: MobiKEY leverages Samsung DeX and its ability to provide a desktop-like experience by connecting the latest Galaxy smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. This combination provides DoD users a unique productivity solution while also enabling full and secure access to the DoD computer and all network resources.

Q: What is so unique about Route1’s partnership with Samsung?

Seiler: The combined MobiKEY and DeX solution is the only solution on the market today that converts a mobile phone into a PC-like experience so users can gain full remote access to their government computers and networks. Not only does this enhance productivity, but it also allows DoD to benefit from cost savings by reducing the infrastructure and number of devices to manage per employee.

Q: What can DoD do now that they could not before thanks to the joint solution?

Seiler: Users can now securely maximize their mobility options by facilitating a BYOD model that doesn’t require them to juggle numerous devices. Security is key, and DoD personnel can use CAC or PIV cards to initiate AES and TLS-encrypted, 256-bit, mutually-authenticated connection using the joint solution.

Q: Where can readers find more information about the solution?

Watch this video to see how DoD personnel can work remotely and connect securely with their mobile devices.

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