Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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SMPTE Live Through the Internet

June 2016 – At the SMPTE ETCA event in Silicon Valley, they held a session talking about the disruption being caused by live broadcast. The panel consisted of YouTube,, Akamai and Media Melon. Currently in the broadcast arena, the dominant subjects for live content are sports and news. New content on the internet that goes out live is much more than sports and news, which brings new challenges... [Read more]

PCI-SIG Update

August 16, 2016, San Francisco—Al Yanes from the PCI-SIG provided an update on the organization its core standards. Although no new capabilities are ready for release, the underlying technologies and standards are showing robust growth. The organization continues to grow with over 730 member companies now involved. The primary focus is on creating specifications and mechanisms to support compliance... [Read more]

Infiniband and Open Fabric Alliance Updates

August 16, 2016, Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA) and Open Fabric Alliance (OFA), San Francisco—William Lee from the IBTA provided an update on the organizations' activities. The IBTA is an organization that develops and promotes standards for interconnect fabrics based on remote direct memory access (RDMA), and supports compliance and compatibility tests. The Open Fabrics Alliance supports and... [Read more]

Displaylink Exhibits 4x4K monitors over USB

August 16, 2016, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Displaylink showed a single USB 3.0 port driving four 4k p60 monitors. This setup greatly expands the possible screen real estate from a single computer and allows lower-end computers to perform tasks formerly restricted to workstations. The company produces ships and software for display expansion. Their chipsets for the interfaces go into other... [Read more]

Designing to Meet New Expectations for Audio

August 16, 2016, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—A group of experts talked about the changes in capabilities and characteristics that computer systems will need as consumer devices increasingly move to voice-activated interfaces. Users expect greater personal mobility when not tethered to their devices even if the user interface devices are wireless. Most audio interfaces to computers require... [Read more]

Production details of Captain America: Civil War reveal at Siggraph

Siggraph, July 2016 – Due to the complexities of scheduling a large cast of actors and crew it is difficult to move the production to locations around the world. Due to tax rebates and incentives many movies are often shot in just a few locations. What is the solution for a production that is supposed to span the world? That was the situation that was presented to the production of Captain America... [Read more]

SMPTE ETCA highlights creation and distribution

ETCA, June 2016 – This year SMPTE had a new venue for their Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age (ETCA) conference, relocating to Campbell CA in the center of Silicon Valley from their prior location at Stanford University. The event was opened by SMPTE President Robert Seidel, who is also the CTO of CBS. He started by emphasizing that for the past 100 years the group has focused not only... [Read more]

Linear programming in a time of online access

June 2016 – At the SMPTE ETCA event, a panel discussed the status of the linear programming and what it looks like now and in the future. Historically this has been the domain of the networks whose solution included full control of deciding which shows go on at what time. The single airing of the shows in a set day of the week and time slot has been the linear programming model of the past. SMPTE... [Read more]

HyperX Headset now available for Xbox One

June 2016 – At E3 2016 Kingston released their long awaited professional gaming headset for the Xbox One platform. Following the success of the HyperX Cloud II headphones for the PC, the new HyperX CloudX Headphones bring that performance and comfort to the Xbox One. The HyperX Cloud II is one of the mainstays of the professional gaming circuit and has become the reference headphone for the PC... [Read more]

An Interview with Raimund Genes CTO of Trend Micro by Dylan Chatterjee

At this year’s Black Hat I had the opportunity to sit with Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro. Mr. Genes has been a driving force in Trend’s growth as an innovator in the Information Security Space for several decades. As CTO he is responsible for introducing new methods to detect and eradicate threats, and to predict movements in the digital underground with his team of threat researchers. He manages... [Read more]