Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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 [...]

May 24,2016, Society for Information Display, San Francisco—Hiroyuki Oshima from Japan Display presented a wide-ranging talk on displays, focusing on the next generation of mobile devices. This display category is primed with opportunities, yet faced with many technical challenges to achieve those opportunities. Displays have evolved from the early CRTs to flat panels, first as [...]

February 2016 – Innergie has created the LifeHub to address the shift in mobile devices, no longer does every device have it own power/charging cord and transformer, but most have been standardized to the microUSB connector or the Lightning connector on a cable that goes to a standard USB-typeA plug. The original thought was that [...]

November 11, 2015, ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, CA–Mike Assenti from Dolby Laboratories talked about the energy consumed in audio processing tasks. He provided definitions and basic techniques for taking power measurements in smaller devices. The growing number of apps for audio functions in mobile devices is a clear indicator of user desire for better audio. [...]

November 10, 2015, ARM Techcon, Santa Clara, CA—Charles Garcia-Tobin from ARM talked about thermal management and energy aware scheduling on Linux. The ability to change power based on workloads has been a part of ARM’s power allocation capabilities for some time. For many mobile devices, the workloads fall into three main categories, short bursts of [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Brad Saunders, architect/strategist, Bob Dunstan, principal engineer, and Rahman Issmail, USB senior architect at Intel presented design considerations and implementation details for the new Type C connector for the USB. The latest releases for USB enable greater connectivity to other protocols and provide power delivery. Currently, USB is [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Jason Ross described the design, architecture, and processing changes that enabled improved performance at lower power for the graphics engines in the latest Intel core processors. The changes reflect the changing environments for the commercial-grade parts. In the past, PCs and their graphics engines had the luxury of [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Hong Jiang from Intel talked about the improvements in the GPU functions that will enable a better user experience for 4k TV. The changes to the graphics engines and functionality are also important for the newest graphics APIs that have fine-grained and direct GPU access and control. The [...]

June 23, 2015, PCI-SIG Dev-Con, Santa Clara, CA—Al Yanes and Ramin Neshati updated the status of the latest revisions to the PCI specifications. The organization continues to work on low power and alternate form factors for their interface specifications. The PCI-SIG defines I/O bus specs and form factors with emphasis on compliance and interoperability. The [...]

June 2, 2015, Society for Information Display Symposium, San Jose, CA—Robert Li Kam Wa from Rice University talked about rethinking the imaging pipeline for energy-efficient, privacy-preserving continuous mobile vision. The always-on world has been adding more and higher resolution imaging capabilities, so the industry has to consider how to protect the information. The primary changes [...]