What’s new? AMD grows in market share & Ryzen prices drop, publication of USB 4 and Intel’s AI processors

In the last months there was no scent of a silly season in the IT field at all. Also September had plenty to offer: The market shares of AMD are growing to a top level, whereas the prices of their AMD Ryzen processors drop. The competitor Intel releases special processors for Artificial Intelligence and furthermore, the USB 4 specification was adopted.

USB 4 and the compatibility to Thunderbolt 3

USB 4 was already announced by the USB Promoter Group in March 2019. Well over half a year later, the final specification was released on September 3rd. According to the press release of the USB-IF, the update complements the existing USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 and “delivers the next-generation USB architecture”.

Since USB 4 is based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol specification, on one hand the bandwidth is doubled up and 40 Gb/s are possible, and on the other hand multiple data and display protocols can be processed simultaneously. The USB Type C connector, which established as the external display port for host devices, also remains for USB 4.

So far, so good. Now the big disadvantage is: Manufacturers are not obligated to implement the Thunderbolt 3 functionality into their USB 4 specification. That means: USB 4 capable devices are not necessarily compatible with Thunderbolt 3. And since not every USB device can reach the promised 40 Gb/s, USB 4 devices may reduce their speed rate to fit the hardware. USB 4 will be available with 10, 20 and 40 Gb/s – which probably means that small and cheap devices will only be found with the lower rates.

More about the intelligent bandwidth of USB 4 can be found in this article.

The published specifications can already be downloaded on the website of the USB-IF. Until products with USB 4 will be released, it will probably take until the end of 2020.

Nervana NNP-T and NNP-I: Intel’s AI processors

The topic Artificial Intelligence is growing and growing, that’s no secret. To serve the demand for special chips in this sector Intel introduced their Nervana processors at the Hot Chips HC31 conference at the end of August. With these, the concern competes with Google’s Tensor processors, Nvidia’s NVDLA and Amazon’s AWL Inferentia chips.

The processor combination of the chips NNP-T and NNP-I is mostly made for Machine Learning. NNP stands for Nervana Neural Processor, but the chips are also known under their codenames “Spring Crest” and “Spring Hill”. In the use case they are coming into action complementarily: The NNP-T chip is used to train the AI model with Big Data, the NNP-I chip is responsible for the Inferencing, therefore to implement the training results into the AI workflow. The SoC are produced in Intel’s own 10-nm technique, NNP-T in the 16-nm technique.

With the introduction of Nervana, the Xeon CPUs which were responsible for AI tasks until now, are replaced. Although they still provide enough performance, they are less effective and efficient than Nervana.

Source: extremetech

AMD market share grows, Ryzen prices fall

Already in our last news we reported about the latest business numbers of AMD. In the second quarter of 2019, AMD as well as Nvidia noticed a lower turnover of graphics cards in desktop PCs, workstations and servers – Nvidia much more than AMD. That’s why AMD successfully increased their market share from 22.7 to 32.1 percent.

Looking at the whole GPU market, that includes integrated graphics cards, Intel still has the pole position with 66.9 percent market share. But AMD also scores here: In contrast to Intel and Nvidia, only AMD was able to increase the deliveries and thus, raise their market share to 17.2 percent.

Source: extremetech

One of the main reasons for AMD’s success are the thriving Ryzen APUs. The processors of the Ryzen 3000 series note drastic price cuts by now, only two months after sales launch. The models Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 5 3600X, whose value-for-money ratio was rated as bad until now, have made the biggest price cuts. The price development of the Ryzen 7 3800X can be found here.

Source: en24.news

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AMD Ryzen V1807 CPU for high end digital signage

As the name suggests, the KUMO Ryzen has an AMD Ryzen V1807B CPU with 4 x 3.35 GHz (up to 3.8 GHz) as its centerpiece. Because the special construction of this processor combines the CPU with the GPU power, a very high computing power is ensured. Thanks to this particular feature also the processing of multimedia content is not inferior to a dedicated graphics card. These features are combined with an up to 32 GB big DDR4-RAM and two up to 500 GB or 960 GB big HDDs respectively SSDs. Like this, challenging digital signage applications are possible.

4x 4K due to Display Port 1.4 and AMD® VEGA 11

With dimensions of only 180 x 210 x 55 mm (W x D x H) the housing of our KUMO offers a lot of different interfaces. The most important for the digital signage field are probably the four DisplayPort 1.4, which can be found on the back panel of the KUMO. In combination with the integrated graphics unit AMD® VEGA 11 content in a resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz can be played on up to four displays at the same time.

Theft-protection, optional WiFi and 6x USB

The interfaces of the KUMO Ryzen appear in the usual KUMO design. Next to the centered power button the front panel offers two of the four USB 2.0 ports. The other interfaces are located on the back panel. These include on one hand four other USB ports – two times 2.0, two times 3.1 – and on the other hand two audio and two LAN-ports can be found. In addition to this two COM ports are located on the back. The lateral placed Kensington Lock also guarantees theft protection. Thanks to the two integrated M.2 ports WiFi is optional.

From Windows 10, to IoT Enterprise to Linux Ubuntu

The options for the software of our KUMO Ryzen are also worth a look: The system can be equipped with the operating systems Windows 10 Home, Professional and Linux Ubuntu. Using Windows 10 IoT Enterprise even different adjustments – depending on the customer request – can be realized.

Technical data at a glance:

•    CPU: AMD® Ryzen V1807B Quad Core SoC (3.35 – 3.8 GHz)
•    Graphics: AMD® VEGA 11
•    Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
•    4x DisplayPort  1.4: up to 4 independent displays
•    Dimensions (W x D x H): 180 x 210 x 55 mm
•    4x USB 2.0
•    2x USB 3.1
•    2x COM

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NEW: KUMO Ryzen – High end digital signage powered by AMD
With the KUMO Ryzen the spo-comm presents another AMD based Mini-PC. The AMD® Ryzen V1807 CPU and the integrated AMD® VEGA 11 GPU provide a graphics power that enables digital signage applications in the high end field.
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Waiting is over: Intel’s 10nm chips are coming

After years of delay, Intel has finally started the production of 10 nanometre processors. The first Ice Lake CPUs are going to be installed in notebooks and will go on sale in the fall of 2019. What are the new processors capable of? In contrast to chips from 14nm production, they are on the one hand more energy-efficient, but at the same time considerably more powerful. This includes better graphics, WiFi 6 support, the ability to connect four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a built-in AI. The CPUs that have already been produced belong to the U and Y series. But Intel makes it a bit more complicated and doesn’t name them clearly anymore. More about this can be found at Tom's Hardware. Incidentally, Intel is already planning 7nm chips, which should come out in 2021.

Sources:  wired.com, intel.de, heise.de.

Success for AMD Ryzen: Higher demand than expected

AMD’s current business figures are impressive. The Ryzen 3000 CPUs, which were launched in early July for the desktop segment, have started successfully. Not least thanks to their good performance and low power consumption. However, the demand for the processors Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3800X is so high that they currently have a limited availability. AMD stated that they did not expect such success. A subsequent delivery should be made shortly. Furthermore, AMD announced that a high-end graphics chip based on the RDNA architecture (this includes the current "Navi" chips) is currently being developed, and that mobile CPUs from 7 nanometre production will also be released soon.

Sources: PCWorld, PC Games Hardware, Gamestar.

Moon landing proved: Raytracing with Nvidia Turing

To show the possibilities of the new Turing graphics cards, Nvidia has come up with something special. The 2014 demo video of the moon landing, with which Nvidia already wanted to prove that the mission of the Apollo 11 really took place, was expanded with Raytracing and now also shows how the light conditions actually were at the time of the moon landing. The graphics card manufacturer has examined various details, such as the material of the spacesuits and the dust on the lunar surface. For the video, several millions of virtual solar rays, which are reflected by the moon and cast shadows, were calculated by Raytracing.

Sources: Techcrunch.com, golem.de, Computerbase.de.

More acceptance for the Internet of Things: The Microsoft IoT Signals Report

In their IoT Signals research Report, Microsoft gives us a large overview of the distribution of the Internet of Things. More than 3,000 decision makers around the world were interviewed and the results speak for themselves: Of the 85 percent of respondents who already carry out their own IoT projects, 88 percent consider them crucial to the success of their business. However, 97 percent of respondents expressed security concerns. Further challenges are the complexity of the technology, the shortage of skilled workers and sometimes too high costs. Nonetheless, market researchers at the IDC expect, that by 2015, 41.6 billion devices will be connected.

Source: blogs.microsoft.com, Computerwelt.

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What’s new? Intel’s 10nm chips, AMD’s success and Nvidia Turing
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Before we show the methods to protect a Mini-PC on the software-side, we quickly want to explain, which risks and threats there are.

What is Malware? Virus, Ransomware, Trojans

Malware is short for “Malicious Software” and stands for every form of programmed, harmful software which wants to access a device, such as a Mini-PCs, without the user knowing it. There are several different types of malware, such as Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware. In what they are different, for what malware is used and how it spreads, you can find here.

Protection against malware with anti-virus programs

To protect a device against attacks through malware, it is absolutely necessary to install an anti-virus software. It’s important to use only those programs that come from trustworthy companies, else it may also be disguised malware. Many companies also provide ransomware protection, which prevents the skimming of data and thus, being blackmailed for money.

Even when an anti-virus program is installed and can detect and remove viruses, everybody should mind some essential rules:

  • Don’t click on every link, that is send to you via social media – even if it’s from friends.
  • Don’t open Mail attachments, if you’re not 100% sure of what it is.
  • Don’t activate macros in Microsoft Office. Cybercriminals often try to get users to activate macros when receiving contagious mails.

Removal of viruses on PCs

There are different warning signs to recognize an infected PC. These include constantly recurring pop-up messages, computer programs that start by themselves or also a very slowly running computer.

A step by step guide on how to get rid of viruses and malware, can be found here.

Monitoring software for Mini-PCs

Next to software that protects against malware, there is also monitoring software that obtains the health of a Mini-PC.

If such a software is installed, many sensors are based on the components that should be supervised, such as the RAM or CPU. These sensors continuously measure, for instance the CPU temperature, and send out an alarm if the value is changing too much.

With this software it is also possible to personalize the limit values and therefore, being warned long before a component fails. That way, unpredictable system failures due to broken components won’t be the case any longer. Especially in areas where Mini-PCs have to run 24/7, this software comes in handy.

And the best part about it: We at spo-comm are working on this software at the moment. Soon, all of our Mini-PCs can be equipped with it. More information will be released shortly.

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Terms like computer virus, Trojans or malware are unfortunately known by a lot of people. Slowly running PCs, destroyed data or even no access to the own PC at all are just some of the consequences. So what can be done on a PCs software level to keep the device healthy?