Arm chip designs will speed up 2020 Android phones

first_img May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Share your voice Tags May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 See All May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Computex 2019 •center_img Rene Haas, head of Arm’s intellectual property group, speaking in 2018 Stephen Shankland/CNET For a preview of the top-shelf Android phones that’ll arrive in 2020, check out the Arm Cortex-A77 processor design — and the 20% speed boost it should bring to smartphone chips.UK-based Arm designs chips and licenses those designs to companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. Some companies, like Apple, license only the chip instruction set,  the interface that software uses to command a chip. Others license complete CPU designs, like the A77. Licensees combine those chip brains with other components, like Arm’s new Mali-G77 graphics processing unit, into a single package called a system on a chip.The A77’s performance boost over today’s chips, known as A76s, requires more power out of your phone’s battery, says Rene Haas, president of Arm’s intellectual property licensing group. Arm announced the new chip technology at the Computex show in Taiwan, along with plans by MediaTek to use it in chips coming early in 2020.Better performance is important for getting more out of our phones. We’re holding onto our phones longer, but when we do upgrade, speed lets us tap into new features, like useful speech-to-text transcription, video editing and gender-swapping Snapchat filters.What remains to be seen is whether Arm’s A77 will help Android phones close the performance gap with Apple’s iPhones. Apple’s iPhone XS scores 4,797 on the Geekbench speed test using Apple’s own processors, compared with 3,414 for the Samsung Galaxy S10 using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip — the phone version Samsung sells in the US.Different chipmakers can choose to boost performance with features such as better graphics, dedicated circuitry for AI and larger amounts of cache memory for high-speed data access. All that makes chips bigger and more expensive, though, so chipmakers make different decisions about the best choices for their products.Arm also says its G77 graphics processing unit design is 40 percent faster than the current G76. That’s chiefly useful for gaming, where players can get fancier imagery or smoother motion, but also for higher resolution displays that have to churn through more pixel data.”The game will never stutter,” Haas said. And the extra performance is also good for the larger displays of folding phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Though the A77 brain doesn’t come with dedicated circuitry for AI work the way higher-end processors from Apple and some others do, Arm offers an AI option through its Project Trillium designs. And even without that, lots of software uses the plain old CPU for AI. Arm’s optimization work gives a significant boost to AI software frameworks like Google TensorFlow, Haas said.Lots of mobile chipmakers employ other AI chip designs, but Haas thinks they’ll come into the Arm fold. “Unless it’s quite a bit higher performance, you have to ask yourself why you should build this when you can get it from Arm,” he said. 3 Comments Computex 2019 reading • Android phones due for 20% speed bump in 2020 with new Arm chip tech Mobile Qualcomm Processors ARM Samsung Applelast_img read more

Philippines ferry accident kills five

Philippines ferry accident kills five

first_imgClose-up map locating the area where a ferry capsized in the Philippines. AFPRescue teams in the Philippines resumed their search for survivors Friday after a ferry carrying more than 250 passengers capsized, with at least five confirmed dead.The accident occurred in rough waters off the main island of Luzon Thursday as the Mercraft 3 keeled over en route to a remote island.The 206-tonne vessel had been given the green light to sail as Tropical Storm Tembin gathered pace over the southern Philippines nearly a thousand kilometres away, as there were no storm alerts in the local area, the coastguard said.But a survivor told local radio that the ferry was forced to stop at sea due to large waves and strong winds, before it started taking in water from the bow and tipped over.Filipino ferries, which seasonally brave rough seas in the Pacific typhoon belt, are notorious for overloading.Some 252 people have so far been pulled to safety, with the death toll up to five.The coastguard had earlier said only 251 passengers and crew were on board, but confirmed the vessel had a 286-person capacity.Officials gave no explanation for the discrepancy but acknowledged the boat had carried more than the 251 people listed on its manifest.Rescuers are yet to determine how many are still missing, Efren Ritual, a rescue official in the town of Infanta, said.“The search will continue because there are still people here looking for their missing relatives,” he told AFP by telephone.Local fishing boats and the Philippine navy were assisting in the search, according to the coastguard office in Manila.The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, is plagued by poor sea transport, with its badly regulated boats and ships prone to overcrowding and accidents.The latest incident occurred 30 years after another Philippine ferry, the Dona Paz, collided with an oil tanker in a pre-Christmas accident south of Manila that claimed more than 4,000 lives in the world’s worst peacetime disaster at sea.last_img read more

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

first_imgNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 18, 2019–BET News presents “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien, this critical and timely primetime special brings together some of the most influential voices in Congress to explore the future of criminal justice reform in America. The panel of political heavyweights includes presidential candidates Senator Cory Bookerand Senator Kamala Harris, and other key members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) including Rep. Karen Bass (CBC Chair), andRep. Val Demings.This one-hour special speaks to the stark racial disparities that plague America’s criminal justice system and offers solutions. The town hall event airs Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on BET.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien. L-R: (host) Soledad O’Brien, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Val Demings, Senator Cory Booker, Representative Karen Bass. (Bennett Raglin, GETTY Images via AP)“BET Networks is committed to bringing conversations and stories of systemic issues of race and justice across our nation to light through platforms like our powerful ‘Finding Justice’ series, our upcoming leadership symposium and this important ‘American Injustice’ town hall conversation in partnership with members of the Congressional Black Caucus,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “We are taking this on in a way no other brand and network can. We look forward to taking the conversation beyond our screens and into action as we work towards addressing and telling the untold stories of transgressions to Black Americans.”In America there are currently over 2 million people locked up in jail or prison and more than 4 million under correctional supervision, and America’s crisis of mass incarceration disproportionately impacts black and brown communities. In December, President Trump signed into law the “First Step Act” aimed at reforming some of the sentencing disparities in America’s Criminal justice system. While the bill is a “first step” toward reform, there is still much more work to be done.In addition to the “First Step Act,” this BET Town Hall examines several other issues in the Criminal Justice system still in urgent need of reform including juvenile justice and the school-to-prison pipeline, the cash bail system that too often preys on low-income minorities and a probation/parole system that in too many cases works as a system to re-incarcerate offenders. This BET News special addresses these issues and offers tools to empower people to advocate for criminal justice reform at the local level, in their communities. To drive audience engagement and give context to the issues discussed, clips of BET’s original docuseries “ Finding Justice ” will be included throughout the special.Tune in Sunday, March 24 starting at 8:00 PMET to a new episode of “ Finding Justice ” focusing on voter suppression, followed by “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL,” at 9:00 PM ET/PT and be part of this crucial conversation by socializing your thoughts with the hashtag #FindingJusticeBETView source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/last_img read more

Suvendu to meet govt employees union lend ear to grievances

Suvendu to meet govt employees union lend ear to grievances

first_imgKolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhkari will hold a meeting with the state government employees’ union at Trinamool Bhavan on Monday, to give a hearing to the demands and problems faced by them. Adhikari has recently been given the responsibility to look after the welfare of the government employees in the state, by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.It may be mentioned that BJP had taken a lead in 39 among the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, when it came to postal ballot voting. Trinamool managed a lead in two seats, while the Left Front had a lead in a solitary seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTrinamool was ahead in the Kolkata South and Raiganj parliamentary constituencies, while the Left lead was in the Jadavpur seat. The Jadavpur seat, however, was won by Trinamool candidate Mimi Chakraborty, while Left Front’s Bikash Bhattacharjee bagged the third spot. In the Lok Sabha results, Trinamool managed to win 22 seats against 18 won by the saffron party. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress secretary general and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has been looking after the welfare of the government employees till date. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The meeting has been called to apprise Suvendu Babu (Suvendu Adhikari) about various issues regarding the government employees,” said Soumya Biswas, convener of West Bengal Government Employees Federation. Chatterjee will also be present at the meeting. In a number of seats, BJP candidates were found to take huge leads in postal ballot results. Raju Bista from Darjeeling took a lead of 4,679 votes in postal ballot, in comparison to Trinamool candidate Amar Singh Rai. Bista got 5,410 votes against Rai’s 831. In Barrackpore, BJP’s Arjun Singh got 1,504 postal votes, against a meagre 267 managed by Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool. Sources in the state secretariat Nabanna said that resentment of state government employees over dearness allowance and dragging feet on effective implementation of the sixth pay commission in the state could have been “a factor”, as their votes comprise a part of the overall postal votes in each constituency.last_img read more