Saturday, April 23, 2011

Read: The Future of Microprocessors: moores law scaling over, programming challenge begins

The Future of Microprocessors

Energy efficiency is the new fundamental limiter of processor performance, way beyond numbers of processors.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Find: ARM predicts dual-core Cortex-A15 devices in late 2012, quad-core variants 'later on'

Still exponential. Wow. 
Smartphones and tablets, the two hottest categories of consumer devices right now, are dominated by ARM processor designs, so when the company speaks up about its product roadmap, we're inclined to listen in close. The next generation of ARM system-on-chip has been dubbed Cortex-A15 and was expected to ship in 2013, but that's now been accelerated slightly to late 2012, which is when we're told to expect actual devices on sale with A15 silicon on board. Single- and dual-core variants will get us started, before quad-core options start filtering through in 2013. ARM promises a stunning fivefold improvement in performance over current Cortex-A9 SOCs and already has NVIDIA, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments signed up as licensees for that new hotness. So now even Samsung's "desktop-class" 2GHz dual-core chip that's slated for 2012 has a reason to look over its shoulder. Happy times!
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Find: iPhoneTracker Maps Everywhere You've Been with Your iPhone

Alarming and intriguing. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Find: HP, here’s how you can win in mobile

Good points, cloud is a frontier for mobile, apple is behind there, hp and others would do well to differentiate that way. 

But as I always say: cloud but localfy.  Syncing is a pain, but so is connectivity. 

Other frontiers: developing markets, integration into new categories, pull entertainment, web apps, prosumer mobiles, pay as you go, VoIP only, semantic web, social first. 

Hp could be good in many of these, as could Microsoft. Not optimistic about rim. 

Find: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

This hcomb tab has a keyboard dock, and reviews well. 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (UK edition) review

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lecture: menus


We will be talking about menus on Thursday. Here are my notes, and corresponding images.

In preparation, please read the following papers: