First ARM v9 cores announced
- At the beginning of 2021, the ARM v9 processor architecture was presented, which acquired blocks and instructions for artificial intelligence; now, computing cores based on the new architecture have been announced. The Cortex-X2 core belongs to the “performance” category, the Cortex-A710 to the “large” ones, and the Cortex-A510 to the “small” ones. Cortex-X2 is 16% faster than its predecessor and 2x faster in machine learning tasks. New items are intended for smartphones, laptops, and wearable electronics, depending on their category. In addition, there are four graphics cores: Mali-G710, Mali-G610, Mali-G510, and Mali-G310.
Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip introduced for Windows laptops.
- Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processors are aimed at low-cost, thin, fanless PCs with Windows 10. These systems need to be self-contained and have constant access to LTE networks. The chip includes eight Kryo 468 cores with a frequency of up to 2.55 GHz. The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is up to 10% faster than the older processor, and the fifth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine can handle AI tasks quickly. Devices based on the new chip are expected this summer.
Google released the Fuchsia operating system.
- The company has officially announced the release of the new Fuchsia OS. The first device with the system will be the first generation Google Nest Hub smart display. Fuchsia will replace the Linux-based Cast OS, but the functionality will be the same. Upgrading to Fuchsia will take several months as this is a major change.
Amazon bought out Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio.
- The companies reached such a merger agreement this week. The entire MGM Studios cost Amazon $ 8.45 billion. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will become part of Amazon Studios’ film and television division. Such a move should strengthen the company’s position in the entertainment industry. Amazon got a library of 4,000 films and 17,000 TV shows, among which there are popular projects: “The Pink Panther,” “Fargo,” a series of films about James Bond.
New USB Type-C 2.1 standard: 240W and charging without adapter
- The USB-IF organization showed an improved USB Type-C 2.1 standard. Instead of 100 watts, it can now transmit up to 240 watts. This means that monitors, smartphones, tablets, and laptops can be charged with a cable without adapters. All certified cables of the new standard will be marked with EPR, which stands for Extended Power Range.
Microsoft taught the GPT-3 neural network to create applications without programming skills.
- Users will create applications using regular dialogues because the company has implemented the GPT-3 neural network in its own Power Apps development platform. The neural network can create ready-made formulas in the low-level Power Fx language through a regular query in a real language. Such a query will be similar to what is used in search engines: the user can choose several available formulas. GPT-3 was additionally trained by the proprietary Azure Machine Learning service. Currently, there is support for English only. Access to the neural network for developers will open at the end of June 2021 as part of public testing.