Broadcom’s new GPS chip to solve your indoor tracking and to increase battery life

Broadcom, the suppliers of fine mobile device guts has declared a new ‘location architecture’ chip, the BCM4752. Location architecture means marketing speak for the GPS chip. While the GPS chip is not considered as one of the sexiest part of a smartphone, Broadcom is to deliver various improvements in the current GPS chips. The first among this is the indoor navigation. The chip will be capable of making use of the low power Bluetooth standard only to geolocate which will be based on a signal that is received from 802.11ac beacons which is set at indoors. The new chip makes good use of the accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope etc of the phone for a modest job of indoor navigation without the new Bluetooth beacons. So we should navigate around the super mall or the local sports arena. Broadcom also claims to save battery usage up to 50%. Apart from using the Bluetooth of 4.0 standard, a major part of this gain is because of the offloading calculations that come from the CPU to the GPS chip and prevents those multi core CPUs to speed up only to track if one is near to a local geofence.

Finally it has added NFC to the GPS which would make it easy to swap in an aftermarket battery. It will also allow contactless sharing and payments at a low cost which signifies that it should speed up the number of the NFC smartphones that which are shipped. It is said that the new chips can be seen in the trendy handsets that would come up in the later half of 2012.

What is Lightscribe technology ?

Development of science over the last few decades; has in turn facilitated the birth of new technologies and gadgets based on the same. In fact, worldwide spurt in the popularity of electronic gadget has enhanced the scope of scientific enquiry; leading people to unravel fascinating avenues of operation. Lightscribe technology pertains to one such innovated area of operation.

As a technology pertaining to disc recording; lightscribe unfolds a procedure whereby recordable discs are labeled using the means of laser etching; different from commonplace printed labels or stickers. For its modus operandi; there are some basic prerequisites. First, and foremost; the process requires recordable compact discs or similar digital video drives. Secondly, the disc has to be specifically coated for the purpose. Most importantly, lightscribe technology hinges on the use of software especially designed for the same.

The hardware being subject to lightscribe comes under the influence of laser centric technology. So as one of the essential prerequisites; the hardware or the disc writer should be lightscribe capable. The laser based software facilitates the hardware to label itself by means of burning the same concurrently. Both the processes occur alongside of one another. The technology provides for the labeling of compact discs and video discs without involving the smudgy use of ink. The optical recording procedure results in the creation of image, graphical designs and tag on the disc. One can even add a textual content to the drive being written on by using the laser based software.

The software facilitating the use of lightscribe can be downloaded online; however the browser has to be appropriately attuned for the same. Preferably, the text chosen should be of the same curve as the drive. By virtue of lightscribe one can customize umpteen numbers of hard drives according to his choice. Self created designs & texts can be transferred using the same technology. All one needs to do is save the design or text meant for transfer in files following bitmap or TIFF format. Lightscribe discs can take data of various types. The software downloaded for lightscribing can again be disabled. The process is marked by speed and convenience.

Discs featuring inscriptions of lightscribe generally do not deteriorate or fade out in two years time. But one should take care to keep them from extremes of temperatures.

What is Intel Turbo Boost technology? how does it work

It was in November 2008, that Intel has published a new feature called Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This technology allows processors to run faster than base frequency by controlling clock rate under some constraints. When a processor is tugged without add-on hardware to run fast than its base configuration, the consequence is that instead of processing x instructions per second it can now produce x+n number of instructions per second. In other words, it will be capable of producing much more and as a result much faster than it was built for. The Turbo Boost Technology allows high performance by making an increased processor core frequency, some dependency conditions are met available. We shall discuss these dependencies in detail and will focus on the functioning of the Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

Unlike over clocking which results in overheating of hardware and makes it prone to damage, this Intel Turbo Boost is a technology that is built in the design of the processor and supports it. The most important benefit of the design is fast performance without exceeding the thermal and electrical specification of the central part, resulting in conserving energy when not required. However, the core frequency is constrained by some factors like estimated power of the processor and current consumption, temperature of the processor and the number of active processor core. If the current application is not keeping all chores busy and pushing against the chip’s Thermal Design Power limit, Turbo Boost is capable of increasing the speed of the every individual core clock to get more performance from the chip. Under all these constraints, the processor can make an increment in the speed of the clock in steps of 133.33 MHz. All the cores that are active will have the same frequency. The power that the other cores would consume can be redirected to the active cores which enable them to run faster at high speed. When asked by the operating system, the highest performance state activates the Turbo Technology. The operating configuration, workload parameters and the platform design dictates how long the Turbo Boost state must be maintained. This technology influences both the single threaded and the multithreaded workloads under ideal conditions.

Intel Turbo Boost being a dynamic feature kicks in when certain conditions are met; the user does not know when the system switches to the turbo mode. However, this provides a solution as there is no compromise in choosing a dual core processor. The dual core processor have more clock speeds as the large number of cores in quad means an increase in power consumption and overheating. One has to make a choice between applications that favour quad or dual core. Any idle core will go into low power state and the active cores would dynamically overclock which will eliminate any compromise. A new Core i7 processor enables operation at clock speed when the system is powered by battery and when plugged in it switches to Turbo Boost while doubling its speed. However, the most important thing is the technology works on the some of the processor families. Those being the i7 mobile and desktop processor, i7 mobile processor extreme edition, i7 processor extreme edition and i5 mobile and desktop processor.

The Intel Turbo Boost technology is installed in these processors by default. However, a BIOS switch can disable it but is not recommended. An optimised version of the original, Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 is incorporated in the second generation core processors which give more performance. To view this one may download an Intel Turbo Boost Monitor. However, if the user is using the PC only for net surfing, working on word processor or spreadsheet application, this technology might not be that useful but for the one working with video intensive application, HD media or 3D gaming then the Intel Turbo Boost Technology is on high demands.

Google and Apple to Launch New Phone Call Tracking Technology

Google and Apple have been manufacturing different telecommunication accessories. Google’ Android smart phone with feather touch screen display unit looks brilliant. However, the latest technology which Google and Apple has applied to upgrade smart phones is very conducive to modern mobile phone users. With the help of this easy to care technology, a smart phone user will be able to track the persons who are giving miscalls to your mobile handsets. You will be happy to learn that this type of sophisticated technology comes handy to get lot of information and data regarding the unknown callers. Find out more about this bredband hastighet test

Google and Apple have shaken hands to sign up a MOU to start a new project which ensure the proper upgradation of the handset. By soft touches on the screens you can get information about the unknown callers who are disturbing you by giving your so many miscalls. The concerned authority of Google has told press journalists that future correspondence via smart phones will be more sophisticated with the introduction of this newly upgraded phone calling tapping technology.

However, save and except smart phones, tablet computers will have such miscall alert and tracking systems offered by Google and Apple. Therefore in future, you will have no necessity to crack the passwords of anonymous callers to get information indirectly. You can collect your relevant data regarding identity and whereabouts of unknown callers using new technology launched by Google and Apple.

Review of Crucial Ballistix 6GB DDR3 2133 MHz RAM Triple Channel Kit

One of the best ways to get most out of the high performance computer is with the high end over clocking RAM. In the recent times the cost of DDR3 has come down rapidly and has made it affordable to populate RAM slots. For some, 1800 MHz is not fast enough and for this they require to hold down the accelerator till it feels that their eyeballs are sinking in the back of the skull. It is due to this that Crucial has launched a triple channel kit with 2133 MHz Ballistix RAM. An enthusiast RAM has an XMP that allows RAM to set the voltage of the DIMM and also to set the timings. This works fantastically in almost every time. The most important thing here is multifaceted as the kit is a triple channel one and needs to be tested on 1366 i7 processor which has a memory controller in it. The memory controller in 920i7 was intended to run with 1066MHz DDR3. The issue with the high frequency Ram kit is the capacity of the IOH of x58 chipset over the motherboard to keep up without pumping much power into it and draining out the smoke. This was one of the major issues that were kept in mind while testing the product. They were unable to get it to the promoted 2133 MHz on x58 platform. The nearest to which they could arrive without breaking something was 1866 MHz and so all benchmarks are at that speed. The processor was over clocked to 3.2 GHz as to how the voltage could be raised in the system.

Memcpy and memset are some functions from the C programming language which are used to set the block memory contents and copy the contents from one block to another. This is somewhat good on Crucial’s part. What is disappointing is that RAM has much to give but the system is unable to grasp it.

XQD Memory Card Format with 125+ MB/s Speeds released

A brand new memory card format of the Compact Flash Association is here. The new card named as XQD makes use of a PCI-Express interface which is 2.5 Gbps for beginners, 5 Gbps for the future and features with a durable casing which measures 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8 mm and aims at delivering write speed of 125 MB/s and much higher in future. The size is smaller than the CF cards presently used but is still larger than the SD cards. While a Compact Flash card measures 43 x 36 x 5 mm and an SD card is of measurement 32 x 24 x 2.1 mm. The extra bulk however, is advantageous as it brings write speed of 125MB/s in reality. As the new standard is based on PCI express, both the read and write speeds would have high theoretical maximums. The CFA is looking forward to gain some ground from the SD cards with this new format that is designed for high-end cameras.

According to Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, the chairman of the board, the XQD format will enable hardware evolution and imaging applications in future and will widen the options of memory card that is available with Compact Flash users like the professional photographers. These memory cards are set to be showcased at CP+ trade show on 9th February 2012 in Japan but is still not sure when they will be seen in the stores. This new format will begin it’s licensing from early next year while the products supporting it are expected to come up later next year. The details on the capacity of the camera or which of the camera makers will be supporting the standard one are not yet disclosed. However, it seems that Canon and Nikon at some point of time are likely to come on board.

128 GB NAND Flash memory storage chip developed by Intel and Micron

NAND is a kind of flash memory that is used in the devices like the USB flash drives, solid-state drives and the like. It comes in handy in when one needs to store data or transfer it by some means. What the developers are trying now, of course, is to make sure these flash memories can been used in other products, in order to make it more convenient for us.

A significant breakthrough has been brought about by the joint efforts of Intel and Micron, in terms of the NAND density. This is the first 128 Gb (16 GB) MLC NAND memory chip. This chip has been made on 20 nm process of technology, and the 128 Gb chip is complied with the ONFI 3.0 specification. It enables the speeds of up to333 mega transfers per second. This can be used for new, high-capacity solid state drives. And this would be handy for the next-generation’s tablets, smart phones and other portable devices.

Intel and Micron has been quoted to say, that they were only able to reach this milestone because of the new, innovative cell structure which, “breaks the scaling constraints of the standard NAND floating gate cell by integrating the first Hi-K/metal gate stack on NAND production.”

“It is gratifying to see the continued NAND leadership from the Intel-Micron joint development with yet more firsts as our manufacturing teams deliver these high-density, low-cost, compute-quality 20 nm NAND devices,” the Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Robert Crooke has been quoted to say.

“Through the utilization of planar cell structure and Hi-K/Metal gate stack, IMFT continues to advance the technological capabilities of our NAND flash memory solutions to enable exciting new products, services and form factors.” He signs off.

The NAND joint venture of Intel and Micron, the IM Flash Technologies, is going to have samples of the 128 Gb MLC chip, in January. Mass production is expected to begin in the first half of next year. JV has increased the mass production of its 64 Gb 20 nm NAND memory, in the mean time.

What are Lighthouse? Mode of operation of light house

Since time immemorial, dating back into the thirteenth century; lighthouse came into existence to offer protection to sailors at sea. Hazardous features including sandbars, rocky coastline and shoals invisible at night or hours of high tide; were cautioned by means of lighthouses. The concept came into being with the lighting of bonfires atop mountains situated alongside of coastlines. The purpose was to safeguard ships from likely hazards.

Lighthouse- a modern perspective

  • The essential objective- that of protection remains same. But of late, there has been an evolution in respect of its design.
  • Risk or hazard prone coastal areas generally house lighthouse. They may also find existence amid high seas or on the way to a port.
  • They are put across as a large and conspicuous source of mechanized light.
  • The light features on the top of a tower.
  • Climatic as well as the topographical features determine their respective heights and shapes.
  • Irrespective of wide variations in heights as well as shapes, steps are taken to give it a requisite build which can counter the onslaughts of salinity and that of sea winds.
  • Particularly its access is so designed as to ensure thorough defense from the infringement of saline water.
  • While previously, lighthouses were primarily of stone make; nowadays there has been a changeover to concrete in addition to steel.
  • The structure generally includes twining stair well and rooms meant for maintenance. The keeper in charge of its maintenance also has a room allocated for him.

Process of operation

  • The keeper in charge of its function and maintenance is supposed to be in close touch with functionaries of coastguard.
  • The structure inclusive of boathouse, signaling room and fuelling room is looked after by its keeper.
  • The scientific phenomena guiding its functionality, dwells on the reflection of vertical beam on a flat surface.
  • Frenzel lenses which are huge in size, generally serve as horizontal base making for the reflection of light.
  • While previously, the lens was manually operated, nowadays the process is more or less automatic.

Interestingly, awe inspiring structures are looked upon as highpoints of national heritage.


Cloud Services to Ensure Proper Safe Keeping of Backup Files

As people are using computers for doing professional works so competently, it has become an urgent task to keep the files and digital data in safe. It doesn’t matter to what extent you are capable of storing data in an external drive. You will be much benefited if you opt for back up file storage service providers. Cloud backup file and data storage service is well known to computer wizards who show their keen interests for ensuring better safekeeping of data and backup files in the powerful cloud data storage drive.

Salient Features with Facilities

To be frank, many compute operators keep their data in hard drive for future purpose. This hard drive is stuffed with junkies and old distorted back files. Therefore, the hard disc can be damaged and corrupted due to the continuous storage of junk files. On the other hand, if you use any external CD or drives for garnering backup files and data, you will have to face some shortcomings which happen frequently. Suppose if you like to store data in external drives/discs, maybe your drives and systems can be damaged due to weather roughness or any destructive fire. In that case, there is no chance to retrieve back files which are important to you.

Few Important Facts

However, in the event of the selection of cloud service, there is complete assurance for the protection of junk and backup files in their online database. If your system is destructed or smashed, there is anxiety for the retrieval of digital data. Online data protection program is well taken care of by the experts of cloud agents. You will be able to pull up information from the online archive at any point of time. Your information locked in back files will be out of danger. Spam, virus or any other cookie will not do any damage to your secured data.

Types of Cloud Services

There are many types of cloud service providers. You will have to start searching for the most cost effective and competent agents/companies/ service providers which are well acquainted with the data protection systems. Dropbox is such a powerful online data storage center which helps browsers and computer operators to save backup files in a strong and easy to operate database. Dropbox has a sophisticated flash drive which is active and efficient to keep data with protection. up to 2 GB data storage space is provided for the safekeeping of digital data and backup files.

However, you will have to bear monthly rental charges for the activation of Dropbox service for protecting your backup files and data. There are different rental charges options. You will have to go through the updates in the sites. For instance, if you like to get 100 gb storage space in Dropbox, you will have to pay more than 19 dollars on monthly basis. On the other hand 50 GB requires around 9 dollars as a part of monthly rental fees. Whatsoever, you will have to discuss the matter with your experts, and online consultancy firms and advisory committee members for getting effective feedbacks.

Backblaze is another recognized cloud service provider. You will have to take a decision which will be in your favor in the long run. You should do proper comparison studies and analytical overviews to have authentic information in this regard.

The ultra-modern cloud services have helped computer operators to protect their numerous back files and junk data without squandering the hard earned money. There is the least chance of loss of data and digital files. If anything goes wrong, you can contact the concerned authority of the company. Check online reviews and feedbacks of experts to know more competently about the multi-functional features of Dropbox and Backblaze cloud services.


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