Xiaomi s VP teased that the company would have a presence at Google I/O, and, true to his word, the Chinese firm has unveiled a new set-top box bound for U.S. shores.Voice commands, as on Android TV devices like Asus Nexus Player and Nvidia s Shield TV, are parsed by Google s dedicated search app, and the Mi Box s Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible video, photo, and music apps available on iOS and Android.The 4K Mi Box will also ship with the newest version of Android, tentatively named Android N. It features picture-in-picture support, APIs for live video recording, and playback of High Dynamic Range content.In terms of inputs, the 4K Mi Box sports an HDMI outport, a USB port, and an AV port.At an I/O developer session, Sony announced that Google s operating system will power its 2016 Bravia TV line.On the set-top box side of things, Sharp s releasing the Net Player.
The system can process 90 million instructions per second at less than 40 watts.That means the system uses less power than Nvidia s competing Drive PX2 computer, which consumes nearly 250 watts, according to CNET s Road Show blog.The system first started shipping in September of last year, and is now widely available to the whole automotive industry.Next level computers like the BlueBox and Nvidia s Drive PX2 provide far more computing power than ADAS processors, so they can process mountains of data from a large number of sensors in real time for instant decision-making.The introduction of this computer is a major step on the road to getting self-driving cars all over the road, which could happen sooner rather than later.John Greenough, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, has compiled a detailed report on self-driving cars that examines the major strides automakers and tech companies have made to overcome the barriers currently preventing fully autonomous cars from hitting the market.Further, the report examines global survey results showing where fully autonomous cars are highly desired.Here are some key takeaways from the report:Three barriers have been preventing fully autonomous cars from hitting the road: 1 high technological component prices; 2 varying degrees of consumer trust in the technology; and 3 relatively nonexistent regulations.California's regulations stipulate that a fully autonomous car must have a driver behind the wheel at all times, discouraging Google's and Uber's idea of a driverless taxi system.In full, the report:Examines consumer trust in fully autonomous vehiclesIdentifies technological advancements that have been made in the industryAnalyzes the cost of fully autonomous technology and identifies how cost is being reducedExplains the current regulations surrounding fully autonomous carsTo get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the emerging world of self-driving cars.
Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for four long years, but the GTX 1080 s Pascal GPU jumps two process generations, all the way down to 16nm transistors.Some enthusiasts were disappointed that the GTX 1080 didn t feature the revolutionary high-bandwidth memory that debuted in AMD s Fury series, but first-gen HBM is limited to 4GB capacities, and the next iteration isn t expected until roughly the end of the year.You can also create 360 bubble screenshots viewable inside VR headsets or Google Cardboad.The GTX 1080 also supports HDR and copy-protected 4K streams, and offers a new GPU Boost 3.0 system that lets overclockers create per-voltage clock frequency increases that match their individual GPU s capabilities, rather than applying a blanket clock speed increase across the board.Founders EditionWhile the GTX 1080 s prices will start at $599, the only model guaranteed to be available on the May 27 launch date is Nvidia s $699 Founders Edition.Don t buy it yetYes, the GTX 1080 is the most badass graphics card ever created, and a massive leap over what came before—but don t buy it yet.
Nvidia says its virtual desktop products will start at $2 per user, per monthNvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the GTC conference on April 5, 2016Nvidia is introducing a new graphics card option for its Grid virtual desktop system, promising to cut the costs of streaming graphics-intensive applications to employees.Customers buy the graphics hardware in Grid servers from partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Cisco Systems and Nutanix, along with virtualization software such as VMware Horizon, Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop.It can also make workers more mobile, because the streamed apps can be accessed from anywhere and on almost any client, including a tablet.With the new M10 cards, Nvidia wants to branch out into the broader market for office workers, or what it calls knowledge workers."Every marketing person I know uses Photoshop or Illustrator, so these apps are becoming more widely used," he said.That includes the price of the Tesla M10, but it doesn't include the rest of the server hardware.
We have had good success with our GPUs in high-performance computing, deep learning in hpc, deep learning, data analytics, remote work stations, said McHugh, a former Cisco executive who joined Nvidia six months ago.The Tesla M10 GPU has high user density when it comes to delivering apps such as Outlook, Office 2016, web browsers, Adobe Photoshop, and the Windows 10 operating system.Delivering business applications in a virtualized way is becoming more challenging because more businesses are using demanding graphics apps these days.The percentage of GPU-accelerated apps has more than doubled in the past five years, with half that growth coming in the first months of 2016 alone, according to a study by Lakeside Software.To provide the best user experience, these applications increasingly use OpenGL and DirectX APIs, as well as graphics technology from the data center.While the need for advanced GPU technology has commonly been associated with the usage of 3D applications, as enterprises make the move to software like Windows 10, Office 365, and other SaaS and web apps, IT departments will increasingly seek the benefits of GPU acceleration to provide everyday business tools to all of their users, said Robert Young, analyst for IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software at IDC, in a statement.Nvidia is teaming  up with virtualization software companies, such as Citrix and VMware, to deliver a high-end virtualized app that runs as if it were being processed on a user s personal machine.The cost of running such virtual apps or remote desktop sessions is now down to less than $2 a month per user and, for virtual PCs, is less than $6 a month per user.The new Nvidia Grid software is available worldwide today, and the Tesla M10 will be generally available in the fall.Virtualized apps can now be delivered at a subscription price of about $10 per concurrent user, McHugh said, on the Nvidia Grid service.
Google today introduced the latest generation of Android TV partnerships.The connected television platform will be integrated into Sony s and Sharp s next product lines, specifically the 2016 Bravia and Sharp Net Player, continuing a long relationship between the companies.In addition, Google has struck a partnership with RCA, which will produce its first Android TV, and Xiaomi, which will make its 4K set-top box.In Europe, Android TV will be available on Beko, Grundig, and Vestel starting in June.Google also revealed that more apps are in the works, coming from media partners like CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, Starz, Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, ESPN, and others.Soon Android TV-enabled devices will receive some of the features within Android N, which Google also covered at this year s Google I/O developer conference.The platform will receive support for picture-in-picture, recording APIs, and high dynamic range so you can watch videos in 4K quality.Making its debut in 2014 at the Google I/O developer conference, the Android TV is the successor to the company s previous attempt at a smart TV offering: Google TV.It has garnered quite a bit of interest from manufacturers such as NVIDIA, and its technology has been incorporated into televisions made by Sony, Sharp, and Philips.Google most recently released a remote app for the Android TV that works on iOS devices and added support for channels like Showtime, HBO, CBS, WWE, UFC, and Twitch.
We thought Google I/O was all but wrapped for the day, but Xiaomi had one last surprise.The Mi Box, which has previously only shipped overseas, will finally be coming to the US for the first time—and it s bringing 60 FPS 4K support with it.That would make the Mi Box only the second Android TV box that streams in 4K, with the other being the Nvidia Shield.It s also Google Cast-ready.The remote can double as a game controller, but Xiaomi will be selling a second game-centric controller, much like Amazon does with the Fire TV.The Mi Box also has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via USB , but the rest of the details about the Mi Box are still sparse.
While much of today's Google IO keynote was spent on Google Home, the Mountain View company's answer to the Amazon Echo, there was a brief moment where they talked about the future of Android TV.Now entering its third year of life, Android TV will soon add picture-in-picture, live TV DVR and support for high dynamic range HDR content to its repertoire of tricks.The ability to multi-task has always been something Google products have excelled at, so it's perhaps somewhat unsurprising that it became a priority for its Android TV operating system.That news came by way of GPU giant, Nvidia.In a press release sent to techradar, Nvidia says that it has plans to leverage the technology in its Nvidia Shield and will be the first streaming video device to support the technology.Finally, Google announced that it would add several new channels to Android TV, including apps for CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, STARZ, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and ESPN.
Today NVIDIA has announced a collection of new apps for the SHIELD Android TV like VUDU and updates to apps enabling 4K60 content on YouTube and HDR on Netflix.Exclusive content for NVIDIA SHIELD includes GameStream HDR as well - this being a newly bright and colorful version of GameStream for this device enabled by the newest graphics processors shown by NVIDIA just this past week.A set of new games is coming to the console as well.GeForce NOW will be getting the games Shadwen and Homefront: The Revolution very soon.Android TV users of all sorts will find a new collection of apps coming to the platform very soon - we'll have to wait and see with exact dates, save Spotify, which has been confirmed for release today at 3PM Pacific Time.• WatchESPN• Watch ABC• ABC News• Freeform• Disney Channel• Disney Junior• Disney XD• CNN Go• NPR News• MTV• Comedy Central• DeezerWhile it's anyone's guess why the rest of the very few Android TV devices on the market today don't get access to the exclusive apps and updates listed at the head of this article, what we can be sure of is NVIDIA's continued dominance of this market for a variety of reasons - not least of all because of their continued success in grabbing exclusives like these.
Google has begun to use computer processors its engineers designed to increase the performance of the company s artificial intelligence software, potentially threatening the businesses of traditional chip suppliers such as Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp.During the past year, Google has deployed thousands of these specialized artificial intelligence chips, called TensorFlow Processing Units, in servers within its data centers, Urs Holzle, the company s senior vice president of infrastructure, told reporters Wednesday at the company s developer conference.Google declined to specify precisely how many of the chips it s using, but stressed the company continues to use many typical central processing units and graphics processing units made by other companies.It s been in pretty widespread use for about a year.Google has no plans to sell the specialized chips to third-parties, said Diane Greene, Google s senior vice president of cloud.Google and other big data-center operators are the largest consumers of server processors, the main engine of growth and profit for Intel, the world s biggest semiconductor maker.Graphics maker Nvidia is also pinning much of its future growth ambitions on the bet that its chips will have a larger role to play in data processing, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.Google s chip connects to computer servers via a protocol called PCI-E, which means it can be slotted into the company s computers, rapidly augmenting them with faster artificial-intelligence capabilities.As the field matures, Google might very well build more specialized processors for specific AI tasks, he said.Over time, Google expects to design more system-level components, Holzle said.Even Nvidia, which makes traditional graphics processing units that have been adopted for machine learning, is beginning to add more custom elements to its hardware.
The first day of Google's I/O conference might have been heavier on software than hardware, but that doesn't mean gadget-lovers will be left out in the cold.Caught up in the deluge of other news was the announcement of new partners coming to Android TV - particularly Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi, which is developing its own set-top box for the platform.The Mi Box packs a lot of power inside its small casing, with 8GB of flash memory, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz processor, and output of up to 60 frames per second in glorious 4K resolution.The Mi Box also features voice commands, Google Cast support, and comes with a Bluetooth-enabled wireless remote similar in design to the Nvidia Shield - another 4K Android TV device currently on the market.Just like the Shield, the Mi Box will also have a special gaming controller for those who wish to play Android's selection of games with two hands instead of one.While pricing and release details are still unknown, the device is planning on coming to the US - a first for Xiaomi's line of set-tops.
Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi will further expand in the US market — in cooperation with Google — when it releases a new TV set-top box in the country, according to the company.It also makes Xiaomi a closer partner with Google as the Mi box will be the second set-top box that supports Google s own TV operating system — Android TV — after the SHIELD from graphic processor giant NVIDIA.According to research firm IDC, vendors shipped 334.9 million units during the first quarter this year which represents 0.18 per cent growth from the same period in 2015 and Xiaomi, the fifth largest global player last year, was bettered by domestic rivals OPPO and vivo.Xiaomi said it has sold over 10 million smart TVs and set-top boxes in China since 2013.Xiaomi is less known in the US and the collaboration with Google can quickly raise its profile in this market, said Alex Ng, an analyst from China Merchant Securities.The domestically-sold box cost 299 yuan HK$355 .
But at Google I/O 2016, the Chinese hardware maker had a surprise for the American market: a 4K-ready Android TV-based set-top box for all your video streaming and gaming needs.Xiaomi says its Mi Box will be capable of running 4K UHD video at 60fps and supporting HDR10, a standard for high dynamic range playback that promises better contrast and color.YouTube, Netflix and Amazon have already announced that their streaming platforms will support it soon.The company has been known to deliver high-quality products at reasonable prices in markets like India and China.In China, its set-top boxes work with the company s own streaming service that offers a range of locally produced shows and movies.At present, it doesn t have a lot of competition to worry about – only a handful of brands like Google s own Nexus label, Sony, Sharp, Razer and Nvidia currently offer Android TV-based devices.
As Nvidia closes in on the first birthday of the Shield media streamer, the company is promising 4K and HDR updates as part of its version 3.2 software upgrade: Netflix and YouTube, specifically.Nvidia said the next update will support Netflix HDR, offering a wider dynamic luminosity range for any Netflix content that supports it.Software Upgrade 3.2 is coming soon, Nvidia said, without specifying a specific date.There s more on the app front: As an Android TV device, Nvidia will be able to tap into the new wave of apps arriving for all Android TVs, including CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, and more.At some point in the future, a version of GameStream using HDR will become available once gamers start buying Nvidia's new Pascal-based GPUs: the Nvidia GTX 1080 and 1070 cards.Why this matters: At up to $300, the Shield streamer is a pricey alternative to more traditional boxes like the Roku line.
If you ve got an Android TV device including Sony s Bravia range and NVIDIA shield you ll see a new app pop up — Spotify.It s pretty easy to get started.You ll need the current version of Android TV 5.0 and above — then you can download Spotify from the Google Play Store on your TV and instantly begin browsing your albums, songs, and playlists using your Android TV remote, or by using the Spotify mobile app to control your music via Spotify Connect.It ll show off your album artwork, too.Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
With a slated release date of June 10 for the GTX 1070 — both the $US499 Founder s Edition and the $US379 that's around £341 and £259 respectively, sans VAT, but localised pricing is TBA third-party cards are expected on this date — the new card gives the flagship GTX 1080 at least a couple of weeks to make its way into the hands of hardcore enthusiasts and early adopters.The reason is clear: early reviews are extremely positive, but plenty of people are waiting for a more affordable card that still uses the newest-generation Pascal GPU.Here s a table demonstrating the difference between the two:SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 1070Core Clock1607MHz1506MHzBoost Clock1733MHz1683MHzCUDA Cores25601920Texture Units160120ROPs6464Memory Clock/Type10Gbps, GDDR5X8Gbps, GDDR5Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bitMemory Capacity8GB8GBTeraflops rated 8.9 TFLOPS6.5 TFLOPSTDP Watts 180W150WFrom the broad, paper-only specs available — there are only Nvidia s numbers to work from, not even the very top-line benchmark numbers we saw at the 1080 launch — it s looking like the GeForce GTX 1070 will be around 70 to 75 per cent as powerful in raw number-crunching as the GTX 1080 is.In a very simple benchmark — Nvidia loves to talk about relative performance versus previous generation cards — the GTX 1070 returns around 1.7x the performance of last year s GTX 970 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and 1.8x in Rise Of The Tomb Raider, as well as blowing it away by around 2.5x in VR.The new GTX 1070 uses regular GDDR5 RAM versus the 1080 s newer and faster GDDR5X, and that should mean it has slightly less overall memory bandwidth.That s still significantly lower than the $US699 £619 in the UK price of the Founder s Edition GTX 1080, though, and in terms of performance per dollar we re expecting the 1070 to be the card of choice from Nvidia s camp for this generation.
If you ve got an Android TV device including Sony s Bravia range and NVIDIA shield you ll see a new app pop up — Spotify.It s pretty easy to get started.You ll need the current version of Android TV 5.0 and above — then you can download Spotify from the Google Play Store on your TV and instantly begin browsing your albums, songs, and playlists using your Android TV remote, or by using the Spotify mobile app to control your music via Spotify Connect.It ll show off your album artwork, too.Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
As we reported earlier, Zhejiang University captured the Highest LINPACK Award and prize money of 10,000 RMB.I can t get complete scores from the ASC organization, so my analysis is going to be limited and somewhat speculative.Team Hong Kong and our buddy Freeman grabbed second place, narrowly edging out Team Nanyang.All three of these teams were sporting small four node clusters with a double brace eight NVIDIA K80 GPUs.Team Nanyang took second place with 421.54, with Team Dalian and Team Hong Kong pulling third and honorable mention respectively.Notice that the eventual overall champion, Team HUST, isn t mentioned in the above results.
With a slated release date of June 10 for the GTX 1070 — both the $US499 Founder s Edition and the $US379 that's around £341 and £259 respectively, sans VAT, but localised pricing is TBA third-party cards are expected on this date — the new card gives the flagship GTX 1080 at least a couple of weeks to make its way into the hands of hardcore enthusiasts and early adopters.The reason is clear: early reviews are extremely positive, but plenty of people are waiting for a more affordable card that still uses the newest-generation Pascal GPU.Here s a table demonstrating the difference between the two:SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 1070Core Clock1607MHz1506MHzBoost Clock1733MHz1683MHzCUDA Cores25601920Texture Units160120ROPs6464Memory Clock/Type10Gbps, GDDR5X8Gbps, GDDR5Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bitMemory Capacity8GB8GBTeraflops rated 8.9 TFLOPS6.5 TFLOPSTDP Watts 180W150WFrom the broad, paper-only specs available — there are only Nvidia s numbers to work from, not even the very top-line benchmark numbers we saw at the 1080 launch — it s looking like the GeForce GTX 1070 will be around 70 to 75 per cent as powerful in raw number-crunching as the GTX 1080 is.In a very simple benchmark — Nvidia loves to talk about relative performance versus previous generation cards — the GTX 1070 returns around 1.7x the performance of last year s GTX 970 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and 1.8x in Rise Of The Tomb Raider, as well as blowing it away by around 2.5x in VR.The new GTX 1070 uses regular GDDR5 RAM versus the 1080 s newer and faster GDDR5X, and that should mean it has slightly less overall memory bandwidth.That s still significantly lower than the $US699 £619 in the UK price of the Founder s Edition GTX 1080, though, and in terms of performance per dollar we re expecting the 1070 to be the card of choice from Nvidia s camp for this generation.
Best of Swiss Web/obs via AP ImagesGoogle has built its own computer chip.It threatens the future of commercial chip makers like Intel and nVidia—particularly when you consider Google s vision for the future.According to Urs Hölzle, the man most responsible for the global data center network that underpins the Google empire, this new custom chip is just the first of many.Hölzle declined to go into specifics on how exactly Google was using its TPUs, except to say that they handles part of the computation needed to drive voice recognition on Android phones.Moorhead wonders if the new Google TPU is overkill, pointing out that such a chip takes at least six months to build—a long time in the incredibly competitive marketplace in which the biggest Internet companies compete.Asked why Google built its chip from scratch rather than using an FPGA, Hölzle said: It s just much faster.
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