Impressive Tegra K1 Benchmarks Hit the Web, Running Through Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K Display

Early benchmarks for the Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA are hitting the web this week, apparently running on a Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K smart display which features the Android OS. The thing is, NVIDIA would state that these are just preliminary benchmarks, as the processor has unlikely been optimized for such testing, and these numbers shouldn’t be taken to heart quite yet. The new SoC is still unavailable to the public, so NVIDIA still has time to make these already-impressive numbers go up from here.  (more…)

Qualcomm Automatically Transcribes the Written Word with Ultra Sound NotePad

As an avid user of pencils, I’ve long wished for a viable way to quickly digitize my handwritten work. Sure, styli-compatible smartphones and tablets are one answer, but far as digital note-making has come, it still hasn’t advanced sufficiently enough to supplant my trusty graphite.

Qualcomm thinks it might have a solution to my and like-minded others’ problem: pen-monitoring devices that automatically copy written work. The company’s approach uses microphones embedded within a tablet or smartphone to pick up ultrasonic vibrations emitted from a digital pen. The recordings are then processed by the tablet/smartphone CPU and interpreted as onscreen movement, so that whatever is drawn on paper is mirrored on the device. The technology appears to be one of many new features that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 can take advantage of.

This demo isn’t new, exactly – Qualcomm first previewed the technique in 2011. Still, it’s an undeniably easier way to copy paper than using a Xerox machine, so I’m for it.  (more…)

Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 805 “Ultra HD” Processor and Adreno 420 GPU

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This morning, Qualcomm introduced the world to the Snapdragon 805, the next generation in its S800 tier of processors. The new S805 is specifically designed to deliver image and graphics experiences at Ultra HD (4K) resolutions, both on your smartphone and while connected to your HDTV at home. Built inside of the S805 is the all new Adreno 420 GPU, which delivers up to 40% more graphics processing power than its predecessor.  (more…)