vivo just shared an inside look of their Tokyo mobile imaging R&D centre!
Find out how their Tokyo R&D centre helps vivo create smartphones with better photo and video capabilities!
vivo Tokyo Mobile Imaging R&D Centre : A Quick History
Back in 2017, the smartphone market was growing rapidly with intense competition amongst the many brands. It was then that vivo decided to differentiate itself from the pack by establishing a global R&D initiative.
The vision behind vivo’s strategy was to leverage valuable expert resources in different parts of the world to conduct different R&D work.
One of the steps they took was to establish the vivo Tokyo R&D centre to focus on mobile imaging technologies.
vivo chose Tokyo for its mobile imaging R&D centre because there is already a robust and mature imaging industry in Japan, with over 100 years of development history.
The first vivo Tokyo R&D centre was established in Shimbashi back in 2019, and when the team grew, they shifted to Gochome, Chuo-ku in the central area of Tokyo.
This new R&D centre not only works on mobile imaging technologies like the signature vivo gimbal smartphone camera, but also more niche areas like car cameras, sports cameras, and even industrial cameras.
vivo Tokyo Mobile Imaging R&D Centre : An Inside Look!
Coordinating R&D centres in different parts of the world has its challenges. For instance, prototypes need to fit into products manufactured in China during the transition from R&D to mass production.
This requires continuous testing and improvement during the R&D process, which is time-consuming because of the physical distance between Japan and China.
In addition, Japan and China follow different hardware specifications, which is why the vivo Tokyo centre uses locally unique resources for their R&D projects.
The geographical barrier also makes it hard for R&D centres in different parts of the world to gain the latest insights into consumer demand in different markets. Hence, vivo R&D teams across the world exchange valuable insights through online discussions.
The planning and product team in China will first analyse the future trends of smartphone imaging based on user feedback, before sharing their insights with the Tokyo R&D team.
Currently, the vivo team believes that “miniaturised and integrated” will be a major direction for imaging hardware development in the future.
Camera lenses now are generally assembled. In future, they might all be integrated into one piece, with sensors that are more sensitive and faster.
This is based on customer feedback that they favour high resolution imaging, but also prefer a smaller lens module.
If the vivo Tokyo R&D team can accomplish that contradictory goal, it will lead to a superior photography and videography experience in a more compact smartphone!
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Ever since the MySejahtera team launched the MySJ Trace feature, many questions were raised by people over its security, privacy, and usability.
So with help from Dr. Mahesh Appannan, the Head of Data at the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM), here are the answers to some of your frequently asked questions about MySJ Trace!
These answers supplement the original frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the MySJ Trace feature, which you can read in the next section.
Question #1 : Why Does MySJ Lists Interactions Even At Home?
The interactions refers to Bluetooth devices (with MySJ Trace enabled) that your MySejahtera app detected.
MySJ Trace can detect Bluetooth signals from as far as 10 metres away, but can be reduced by barriers (walls, your body, other electronics, etc.)
It will not only detect the smartphones of your family members (with MySJ Trace enabled), but also your neighbours, who can be in the floor above, below, or next to your home.
There is nothing to worry about these “interactions”. It just means you came within 10 metres of people who have MySJ Trace enabled.
Question #2 : Does Interactions Mean Casual / Close Contacts?
No, not all interactions are flagged as casual / close contacts, if you become COVID-19 positive.
The algorithm takes into account the signal strength (RSSI – Received Signal Strength Indicator) that your phone detects, and your exposure time.
The parameters used to classify casual or close contacts are refined over time for maximum accuracy. For example, if the Omicron variant becomes widespread, the exposure time will be shortened, and the distance extended, for someone to be considered a casual / close contact.
Question #3 : Why Do People In The Same Family Have Different Number Of Interactions?
Even if your family goes out together, you may all have different number of interactions, because it depends on a variety of facts :
your individual proximity to other people,
anything that blocks Bluetooth signals – their bodies, other electronics, electronic keys, etc.
whether you are holding the phone, or it is in your pocket, etc.
Question #4 : Does MySJ Trace Transmit My Data With Each Interaction?
No. There is no handshake or exchange of information with each interaction.
MySJ Trace detects the Bluetooth signal of other phones, and logs when that “interaction” occurred, and the signal strength.
It’s like listening to the radio – the broadcaster does not receive anything in return.
Question #5 : Does MySJ Trace Transmit My Data?
No. MySJ Trace stores all of the recorded data in your phone, and does not automatically upload it.
Only if you are COVID-19 positive, are you asked to upload your contact history for the last 14 days, so that people who were your close contact can be notified.
MySJ Trace requires your explicit consent to transmit your data to the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).
Question #6 : How Long Does MySJ Trace Store Data?
MySJ Trace only stores data for the last 14 days, on a First-In, First-Out basis.
All data older than the most recent 14 days are automatically purged.
Question #7 : Why Do You Still Need To Check In Using QR Code?
First – not everyone is using MySJ Trace, so there still needs to be an alternative contact tracing method.
The QR code check-in function also gives KKM data to undertake faster contact tracing, especially involving a major cluster.
Question #8 : What’s The Difference Between MySJ Trace And QR Code Check-In?
MySJ Trace allows for automatic contact tracing, while QR code check-in gives KKM critical data. In addition :
MySJ Trace algorithm is based on time and distance (Bluetooth signal strength), while
Check-In algorithm is based only on time
Question #9 : Does MySJ Trace Use A Lot Of Battery Power?
MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which consumes significantly lower power than standard Bluetooth wireless communications. The impact on battery life is minimal.
Question #10 : Why Does MySJ Trace Not Use Exposure Notification By Google / Apple?
By Google and Apple standards, an Exposure Notification (EN) app must maintain user anonymity, and record proximity data anonymously. It cannot contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
The MySejahtera app necessarily contains your identity, vaccination status and certificates, and so on. Therefore, it cannot comply with Google and Apple’s requirements for an Exposure Notification app.
MySJ Trace : Official Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the official answers to the MySJ Trace frequently-asked questions (FAQ):
1. What is MySJ Trace?
MySJ Trace is a contact tracing application developed by the Government of Malaysia.
It adopts a community-driven approach where participating devices exchange proximity information whenever an app detects another device with MySJ Trace app installed.
This application allows the identification of people who were in close proximity to COVID-19 infected individual
2. What is the difference between MySJ Trace and MySejahtera?
MySejahtera & MySJ Trace are used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
MySejahtera allows users to perform quick health-self assessment and for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health condition and take immediate actions in providing treatments.
Meanwhile, MySJ Trace further complements MySejahtera by detecting and tracing the individuals who are in close contact with the COVID-19 positive patients.
MySJ Trace was developed through a strategic cooperation between government agencies of Malaysia :
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
Ministry of Health (KKM)
Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS)
4. Who are the users of MySJ Trace?
All Malaysian citizens and residents of Malaysia.
5. Where can I download MySJ Trace?
Users only need to update the MySejahtera application to the latest version.
6. How does MySJ Trace function?
MySJ Trace enables participating devices to exchange proximity information whenever the app detects another device with the same app installed. Data collected will be stored and processed only by the MOH officers.
When a user is identified to be COVID-19 positive, the user will initiate a process to upload the data from the user’s smartphone to a secured database managed by the MOH.
7. What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is an identification process of individuals who may have come into close contact with an infected COVID-19 patient.
It enables the MOH to further trace and contact the individuals and organize a follow-up action.
8. If I have been identified as a close contact, how will I be contacted?
The user will receive an SMS, and a notification in the MySejahtera app.
9. What data are collected by MySJ Trace?
Only these data are collected :
Unique User ID (UUID) that is created by the MySejahtera app.
Operating system version (Android or iOS)
Time of contact
Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)
10. Are my personal information that is stored in the app safe?
MySejahtera and MySJ Trace are owned and operated entirely by the Malaysian government. The government guarantees that all information collected and used in the app comply with the information security standards of the government of Malaysia.
11. Does MySJ Trace require Internet connectivity after activation?
Yes, Internet connectivity is required when you first update the MySejahtera app, and during the data uploading process.
12. What devices support MySJ Trace?
MySJ Trace is supported by smartphones that use the Android or iOS operating systems :
Android : Version 8.0 and above – Non-sleep mode must be set, so MySJ Trace will remain active in both foreground and background modes.
iOS : Version 10 and above
– The phone must be active at all times while the app needs to be in the foreground mode.
13. Must Bluetooth be activated at all times?
Yes, Bluetooth must be activated at all times for MySJ Trace to work properly.
14. Will Bluetooth usage cause high battery usage?
Unlike using Bluetooth to stream music or to a wireless headphone continuously, MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth to only transmit its presence periodically. As such, it uses significantly less power.
15. Will the app use significant battery power if MySJ Trace is left running all the time?
MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to minimise battery usage. Therefore, the app does not use significant amounts of battery power to collect persistent contact tracing information.
16. Will MySJ Trace Bluetooth usage affect my other Bluetooth accessories?
MySJ Trace does not affect the use or performance of other Bluetooth accessories like wireless speakers, wireless earphones or headphones, or smartwatches.
17. Why must I allow location permission for the Android version?
Android requires location permission to be granted for any app to access Bluetooth features. However, geolocation data will not be collected.
For iOS, only the Bluetooth function needs to be enabled.
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The new MySejahtera with support for MySJ Trace is now available for all Android and iOS devices!
Here is what you need to know!
MySJ Trace : A New MySejahtera Feature!
MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing using Bluetooth technology. It also removes the need to manually check out from the locations you checked in earlier.
Once enabled, your phone will automatically communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled as well, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.
This allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to more accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.
Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so its effectiveness will depend greatly on how many people activate it.
People have been sharing different messages on WhatsApp and Facebook, claiming that BeiDou will give every HUAWEI phone unlimited calls and Internet without a SIM card!
If u r able to change/ upgrade ur hp then u may want to consider Huawei devices.
Please buy Huawei hp because after the End of June 2020. All Huawei hp will be equipped with Huawei Own Satellite BEIDOU Chipset which will allow you to make Phone Calls and Internet DATA usages without any Charges for Life and No Sim Card is required. Save a lot of money in the long run??
Baidu is do much more powerful than old uncle Google. Baidu is the major driver for 5G, free satellite calls, wider coverage, higher speed, etc. Anyway no one can stop u fr using uncle Google if u so loved him using any type of hp (iOS, Android, Symbian of others)!! U can also VPN to tunnel into many networks & firewalls….!!
The most exciting thing is that Huawei’s mobile phones will be implanted with Beidou chips before June 2020.
No need to pay phone and data charges for life. After installing the chip, no card is required.
Since the chip is based on satellite communications, satellite signals can be received anywhere, which is beyond imagination!
We support products made in China! Realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as soon as possible! To reduce the arrogance of the United States, this is the most critical!
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The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is really, REALLY AWESOME!
Find out why every home should have a little ROIDMI Eve Plus running around!
Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Is So Awesome!
One of the hottest gadgets for homeowners is a robot vacuum, which can be incredibly useful or a real pain in the ass.
What most homeowners in the market for a robot vacuum don’t understand is that many models don’t clean well, and are a hassle to maintain.
That’s why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is so awesome – it is not only a cleaning powerhouse, it does away with almost all of the maintenance hassle!
One of the biggest hassle in maintaining a robot vacuum is the constant need to empty the dust box.
This limitation prevents ordinary robot vacuums from automatically and continuously cleaning your house for days on end.
This is not a problem for the ROIDMI Eve Plus. When it returns to its base station to recharge its battery, its dust box is automatically emptied into the base station!
This allows the Eve Plus to continuously recharge and empty its dust box, and clean your house for weeks on end!
The base station’s large 3L dust bag can hold enough dust for 60 days, before you need to clear it.
The ROIDMI Eve Plus not only comes with a HEPA filter – a common feature in robot vacuums, it boasts a pioneering Deodorizing Particle Generator in the base station.
The Deodorizing Particle Generator uses Active Oxygen technology to sterilise the collected dust, eliminating dust mites as well as microbes and mold like E. coli, Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus.
It can also eliminate toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and TVOC, as well as remove the smell of cigarettes and perfume.
4th Generation Super-Sensing LDS Sensor
The ROIDMI Eve Plus comes with their 4th generation laser distance sensor, which allows for highly-precise scanning of its environment.
It is constantly scanning for obstacles, so it will quickly detect people or pets nearby and avoid them.
AI Smart Room Mapping
The ROIDMI Eve Plus can precisely map and later remember every room in your house, across multiple levels!
Its built-in AI mapping and path planning algorithms allow it to better and faster clean the rooms, and resume its cleaning duties after charging or emptying its dust box.
The room maps it generates also allows you to demarcate forbidden areas, or schedule more frequent cleaning for certain rooms.
Separate maps can be saved for each floor, and the settings are automatically matched and switched, when switching floors.
4+ Hours Of Vacuum + Mopping!
The ROIDMI Eve Plus has a powerful digital brushless vacuum with 2,700 Pa of suction power, with side brushes and a flexible inlet that adjusts to the floor condition.
And thanks to its large 5,200 mAh battery, it can keep on cleaning for over 4 hours (250 minutes) before it needs to return to the base station!
If you like squeaky clean floors, the Eve Plus has a mopping module and a 250 ml water tank, to give you just that.
It simulates hand-mopping with its 3-stage Y-route (not available in the US) or U-route mopping
The ROIDMI Eve Plus will never get stuck under your bed, sofa or cabinets, because it can automatically sense their height.
It is also smart enough to detect low obstacles like door strips or cables (up to 2 cm in height) and crawl over them.
It can also sense and climb up ramps with slopes of up to 20°, which lesser robot vacuums will balk at.
Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : What’s Inside The Box?
The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus comes in two separate boxes – one for the robot vacuum cleaner, and the other for its base station.
In this video, we take a look at what’s inside both boxes!
Was the US nuclear submarine, USS Connecticut, attacked and damaged by Chinese planes?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Nuclear Submarine Was Damaged By Chinese Planes!
There have been several blogs claiming that the US nuclear submarine, USS Connecticut, was actually attacked and damaged by Chinese planes.
Here is an example that is being eagerly shared on WhatsApp. It’s really long, so just skip to next section for the facts…
Dear Good People, (MP) This is the real story behind USA nuclear submarine incidence near to China’s Paracel Islands. The nuclear sub was tracked and China jammed all its electronic system. The submarine moved aimlessly and hit by China’s submarine trap wall. The nuclear submarine was damaged and know no direction. It has to emerge to China satisfaction. China of course, knew USA has learned a lesson. Next time, in a real war, the nuclear sub would be sunk….
Only a handful of geopolitical gbstrategic analysts have fully understood the significance of the damage and humiliation suffered by the Pentagon, the US Navy and the British Empire Dreamers, when it was belatedly reported by the Pentagon that the USS NUCLEAR ATTACK SUBMARINE, USS Connecticut limped home, and rendered totally useless, after the disastrous attempt to provoke China into a War.
Every news report by global MSM, including RT, got it wrong for reasons which I will explain later.
1) War Games may not be war games per se. China was deploying intensified war games since the British War mongering bastards sent aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth II to the South China Sea. War Games continued. China did not fell for the diversion, for in the event of an open warfare, that big tinpot junk would have been rendered unfit and useless when her entire battle systems would be destroyed by electronic measures etc.
Beneath the seas, the Yankee bastards were using attack submarines for the real stuff, inter-alia to destroy and or hamper the strategic naval base of China’s nuclear submarines in the Hainan Island.
But, it was not the Pearl Harbour that could be destroyed by Japanese war machine. US got it all wrong.
The US submarine did not, repeat did not hit any objects (ridiculously announced as hitting fallen cargo containers etc). Only ARSEHOLES would believe such a tale).
It was attacked! The submarine tried to avoid detection by remaining submerged. China sent out waves of attack aircraft to hunt for the submarine (but portrayed by the West as a simulated war game for an invasion of Taiwan). Utter rubbish. In all, and over several days, more than a hundred planes dominated the sky over the “specific area/theatre” of the South China Sea.
It would have been a naval suicide if the submarine remained submerged. There was a mutiny and it resulted in injury,to at least 15 naval personnel. Finally, the submarine was forced to surface in total humiliation and “limped Home” when nuclear submarines can remained submerged for months, if not damaged. Read that sentence again. That Yankee bastard submarine had to surface which means the entire battle systems were screwed, rendered unfit for battle.A major disaster. USA war machine Kow Towed.
Digression. BIDEN is not suffering dementia, alzheimers etc and or incoherent. Only idiots believe that crap. Biden is very sane and is merely acting, to adopt the posture of a disorientated leader to confuse and mislead US enemies to surrender because Biden is mad enough to start a nuclear war.
This the “Madman Leader” strategy made famous by former President Nixon.
Two giveaways. 1) Putin after Summit with Biden says Biden is not what has been portrayed by MSM. 2) General Milley, Chairman of Joint Chiefs’ statement about Trump. It’s all propaganda. In this type of theatrics, Biden is worst than Trump, but General Miley was cool as cucumber.
This is all part of the Fog of War propaganda.
China cleverly did not humiliate USA by exposing the truth. The seas surrounding Hainan Island are so heavily protected and secured, that only the Chinese military knows how to navigate the secured sea lanes, as commercial ships sail along in well known international sea routes. They cannot deviate. Same with commercial airlines flying all over the world. Deviate, and the planes get shot down. Period!
The high security areas are heavily mined with assortment of weapons etc. A nuclear attack submarine has the most sophisticated radars and tracking systems yet, you are told that it hit a container of cargo. BULLSHIT!
USS Connecticut got f… kED because all its system was jammed and rendered useless. It was sailing blind. The crew were scared SHIT once they discovered they were stark naked and would be buried alive in a Nuclear submarine coffin. Only way is to surface. The Commander refused. Mutiny started. No choice but to surface in total humiliation.
End of the summary of my analysis of a major naval defeat of USA in South China Seas.
Here is a quick summary of the facts, which prove that the writer is a liar and the “article” is simply FAKE NEWS.
It is incredibly difficult to detect and track USS Connecticut.
It is not possible to jam a submarine’s electronics system.
China does not have a submarine trap wall.
The USS Connecticut was not crippled, and did not require assistance to return to Guam.
China was not holding any war games at that time of the collision.
China did not attack the USS Connecticut.
China did not know about the collision until 5 days later.
There is no evidence of any mutiny aboard the USS Connecticut
Only 11 sailors were injured, not 15
Submarines do not have radar, they only have sonar.
There are no fixed sea or air lanes over international waters.
For those who want the details, here are the reasons why this is just Chinese propaganda / fake news.
Fact #1 : USS Connecticut Is Super Hard To Detect
The USS Connecticut is a Seawolf-class submarine, which is noted for being extremely quiet and hard to detect.
Thanks to a slew of advanced noise suppression design features and technologies, including pump jet propulsion, it has an operational noise level of only 95 decibels – just 5 decibels above the background ocean noise.
That’s why the United States uses one of the Seawolf submarines – the USS Jimmy Carter – to conduct clandestine missions.
It would be a major feat to detect the USS Connecticut underwater, much less track it. Unless the writer can back up his/her claim, it is hogwash.
Fact #2 : China Did Not Jam Its Electronics System
With only a few exceptions, submarines like the USS Connecticut are made of high-tensile steel.
The strong steel hull not only protects the submarine from the crushing pressure when it dives, it literally works as a Faraday cage – protecting the submarine against electromagnetic fields.
Therefore, it is not possible to jam the electronics system of any submarine. That is complete and utter nonsense.
Fact #3 : China Does Not Have A Submarine Trap Wall
The writer appears to believe that it would be possible to build some kind of underwater Great Wall of China.
There is no such thing as a submarine trap wall. What does that even mean???
Fact #4 : USS Connecticut Was Seaworthy
The crew of the USS Connecticut did not lose their sense of direction. Neither was the submarine crippled.
They surfaced after the collision, because it was their standard operating procedure after any non-combat collision.
According to the US Pacific Fleet, the submarine was in a “safe and stable condition” :
The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational. The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated.
It should be noted that the USS Connecticut sailed to Guam for 6 days, without assistance.
Fact #5 : China Was Not Holding Any War Games At That Time
When the USS Connecticut collision happened on 2 October 2021, China was in between two naval war games :
23-27 August : Seaborne assault war game in Vladivostok, Russia
14-17 October : Russia and China held naval drills in the Sea of Japan.
So the writer’s claim that China was conducting naval war games at that time is completely false.
The only war game being conducted around that time involved the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson carrier groups in the Philippine Sea on 4 October 2021.
Fact #6 : China Did Not Attack USS Connecticut
The claim that China sent out waves of over a hundred attack aircraft to hunt for the submarine is false.
So many flights would have raised concerns by surrounding countries, and unless they are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, they would be useless in the hunt for a submarine.
China certainly would not be so stupid as to attack the USS Connecticut, which would have been considered an act of war against the United States.
Fact #7 : China Did Not Know Until 5 Days Later…
China was not even aware of the collision until the United States Naval Institute (USNI) reported on the accident FIVE days later on 7 October 2021.
By then, the USS Connecticut was just a day away from reaching Guam for inspection and repairs.
The Chinese think tank SCSPI only located the USS Connecticut on 8 October – in a 5 day-old satellite photo that showed it sailing on the surface.
At that time, the USS Connecticut was about 43 nautical miles (79 km) southeast from the Paracel Islands, and about 454 km away from Hainan Island.
Fact #8 : No Evidence Of Mutiny
The writer claimed that there was a mutiny onboard the USS Connecticut because the Commander refused to surface the submarine.
How does he know that? What evidence has he proffered? None at all. It’s all one big fantasy.
It doesn’t even make sense – why would the sailors mutiny? Why would the submarine commander or his XO (Executive Officer) refuse to surface a submarine in trouble?
The SOP for any submarine in trouble is to surface, and that’s what the USS Connecticut did. That very fact proves that there was no mutiny, and the writer lied.
Fact #9 : Only 11 Sailors Injured
The writer even made up the claim that 15 sailors were injured in the mutiny. That’s nonsense.
11 sailors aboard the USS Connecticut suffered mild to moderate injuries, none life-threatening.
If the writer can lie about a simple fact like that, you have to ask yourself – what else is he lying about?
Fact #10 : Nuclear Submarines Do Not Use Radar Underwater
The writer falsely claimed that a nuclear attack submarine like the USS Connecticut would be able to avoid obstacles because it would have the most sophisticated radars.
The truth is – submarines do not use radar systems underwater, they use sonar systems. Even then, military submarines rarely use active sonar, as it exposes their positions.
It is not possible for USS Connecticut to “see” undersea structures using its passive sonar system. Instead, the crew relies on underwater charts and inertial navigation systems to avoid underwater obstacles.
But unless they regularly fix their position using GPS, small errors in their position will compound over time, potentially placing the submarine hundreds of metres out of position. This could be the reason for the collision.
It is shocking that the writer is unaware of such basic military / scientific facts.
Fact #11 : No Fixed Sea / Air Lanes Over International Waters
The writer falsely claimed that commercial ships and airliners have to strictly travel in fixed international lanes.
In reality, commercial ships and planes use routes that are best for fuel economy and/or safety over international waters. Ships and planes are also free to adjust their bearings to avoid bad weather, for example.
Countries can only control movement of ships and planes within their territorial waters and airspace.
It is therefore false for the writer to claim that ships or planes that deviate from fixed international sea / air lanes will be shot down or sunk.
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2021 Samsung TV First Look : MicroLED or QD Display?
Although Samsung isn’t telling us what they will showcase in the 7 January 2021 First Look, we believe it will be their MicroLED TV technology.
It first debuted in the 2019 The Wall – which won the 2019 Display of the Year Award. But this is a freaking expensive TV that is virtually a technology demo with a very niche market.
We believe that Samsung will “unveil” MicroLED as the new mainstream display technology for home entertainment enthusiasts to aspire to.
Unlike current LED TVs, a MicroLED TV will have a panel that uses microscopic LEDs as display pixels. This would allow for phenomenally high brightness and infinite contrast, with very wide colour gamut.
Samsung also claims that their new MicroLED technology can last for up to 100,000 hours.
They actually launched a new 110-inch MicroLED TV in South Korean on 10 December 2020, which they plan to launch globally in Q1 2021.
Priced at KRW 170 million (about US$157,000 / £115,000 / RM629,000), it has a 4K resolution with a built-in Majestic Sound System and a 5.1-channel speaker system.
On the other hand, Samsung may be unveiling their QD-OLED display – a hybrid of OLED and Quantum Dots, which they plan to start producing this year.
Samsung Display will invest 13.1 trillion won by 2025 to build “Q1 Line,” the world’s first QD display mass production line at Asan Campus. The new line is scheduled to start production in 2021 with an initial 30,000 sheets (8.5 generations) and will produce a huge QD display of 65 inches or larger.
This QD-OLED hybrid display would deliver higher brightness and wider colour gamuts, with incredible contrast ratios.
Best of all – it will be easier to manufacture, which means lower production costs, and lower prices for consumers.
On the other hand, Samsung is only kicking off QD-OLED manufacturing this year… which means this may not be ready for primetime yet.
So what do YOU think? Will Samsung be unveiling MicroLED or QD-OLED on 7 January 2021?
RDNA 2 introduces a new Ray Accelerator – one for each Compute Unit.
The Ray Accelerator is a fixed-function ray tracing acceleration engine to deliver real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing (DXR).
It will calculate the intersections of the rays with the scene geometry as represented in a Bounding Volume Hierarchy, sort them, and return the information to the shaders for further scene traversal or result shading.
Each Ray Accelerator can calculate up to 4 rays per box intersections or 1 ray per triangle intersection per clock cycle.
Variable Rate Shading
Variable rate shading allows the GPU to better use its limited processing capability by focusing on the most important parts of the frame.
AMD RDNA 2 has variable rate shading built throughout the entire pixel pipeline, with 1 x 1, 2 x 1, 1 x 2 and 2x 2 shading rates.
RDNA 2 also allows for very fine granularity – a different shading rate can to be selected for every 8 x 8 pixels region.
Hardware Decoding + Encoding
RDNA. 2 also introduces support for hardware 8K and AV1 decoding, allowing you to stream and watch video with virtually no performance impact.
In addition to the gaming-centric RDNA architecture, AMD just introduced a new CDNA architecture that is optimised for compute workloads.
Here are some key tech highlights of the new AMD CDNA architecture!
AMD CDNA Architecture : What Is It?
Unlike the fixed-function graphics accelerators of the past, GPUs are now fully-programmable accelerators using what’s called the GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) Architecture.
GPGPU allowed the industry to leverage their tremendous processing power for machine learning and scientific computing purposes.
Instead of continuing down the GPGPU path, AMD has decided to introduce two architectures :
AMD RDNA : optimised for gaming to maximise frames per second
AMD CDNA : optimised for compute workloads to maximise FLOPS per second.
Designed to accelerate compute workloads, AMD CDNA augments scalar and vector processing with new Matrix Core Engines, and adds Infinity Fabric technology for scale-up capability.
This allows the first CDNA-based accelerator – AMD Instinct MI100 – to break the 10 TFLOPS per second (FP64) barrier.
The GPU is connected to its host processor using a PCI Express 4.0 interface, that delivers up to 32 GB/s of bandwidth in both directions.
AMD CDNA Architecture : Compute Units
The command processor and scheduling logic receives API-level commands and translates them into compute tasks.
These compute tasks are implemented as compute arrays and managed by the four Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE), which maintain their independent stream of commands to the compute units.
Its 120 compute units (CUs) are derived from the earlier GCN architecture, and organised into four compute engines that execute wavefronts that contain 64 work-items.
The CUs are, however, enhanced with new Matrix Core Engines, that are optimised for matrix data processing.
Here is the block diagram of the AMD Instinct MI100 accelerator, showing how its main blocks are all tied together with the on-die Infinity Fabric.
Unlike the RDNA architecture, CDNA removes all of the fixed-function graphics hardware for tasks like rasterisation, tessellation, graphics caches, blending and even the display engine.
CDNA retains the dedicated logic for HEVC, H.264 and VP9 decoding that is sometimes used for compute workloads that operate on multimedia data.
The new Matrix Core Engines add a new family of wavefront-level instructions – the Matrix Fused Multiply-Add (MFMA). The MFMA instructions perform mixed-precision arithmetic and operates on KxN matrices using four different types of input data :
INT8 – 8-bit integers
FP16 – 16-bit half-precision
bf16 – 16-bit brain FP
FP32 – 32-bit single-precision
The new Matrix Core Engines has several advantages over the traditional vector pipelines in GCN :
the execution unit reduces the number of register file reads, since many input values are reused in a matrix multiplication
narrower datatypes create opportunity for workloads that do not require full FP32 precision, e.g. machine learning – saving energy.
AMD CDNA Architecture : L2 Cache + Memory
Most scientific and machine learning data sets are gigabytes or even terabytes in size. Therefore L2 cache and memory performance is critical.
In CDNA, the L2 cache is shared across the entire chip, and physically partitioned into multiple slices.
The MI100, specifically, has an 8 MB cache that is 16-way set-associative and made up of 32 slices. Each slice can sustain 128 bytes for an aggregate bandwidth of over 6 TB/s across the GPU.
The CDNA memory controller can drive 4- or 8-stacks high of HBM2 memory at 2.4 GT/s for a maximum throughput of 1.23 TB/s.
The memory contents are also protected by hardware ECC.
AMD CDNA Architecture : Communication + Scaling
CDNA is also designed for scaling up, using the high-speed Infinity Fabric technology to connect multiple GPUs.
AMD Infinity Fabric links are 16-bits wide, and operate at 23 GT/s, with three links in CDNA to allow for full connectivity in a quad-GPU configuration.
While the last generation Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU only uses a ring topology, the new fully-connected Infinity Fabric topology boosts performance for common communication patterns like all-reduce and scatter / gather.
Unlike PCI Express, Infinity Fabric links support coherent GPU memory, which lets multiple GPUs share an address space and tightly work on a single task.
The ultra-high resolution photos they take allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!
Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.
Note20 Ultra 5G
12 MP resolution 1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution 1/1.76-inch sensor
108 MP resolution 1/1.33-inch sensor
16 MP resolution 1/3.1-inch sensor
12 MP resolution 1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution 1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution 1/3.6-inch sensor
64 MP resolution 1/1.72-inch sensor
12 MP resolution 1/3.6-inch sensor
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Camera : Nonacell Technology
The 108MP Samsung HM1 image sensor in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with Nonacell technology, which combines groups of nine pixels into much larger 2.4μm pixels.
This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of an 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!
In addition, Nonacell uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus technology to dramatically reduce crosstalk, optical loss and light reflection that happens when pixels are combined.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Space Zoom Technology
The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their improved Hybrid Optic Zoom (Note20) or Optical Zoom (Note20 Ultra 5G), with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.
The Galaxy Note20 offers 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom, with 30X Space Zoom.
Xiaomi just unveiled their 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, which is being put into mass production!
Here’s a quick primer on what will soon be coming to a Xiaomi smartphone near you!
Xiaomi Under-Display Camera Technology!
Xiaomi has been working on their Under-Display Camera technology for quite some time. Their first generation effort did not go far – it didn’t even leave their lab.
Their second generation Under-Display Camera technology was good enough to showcase to the public, but never made it to production.
That changes with their new 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology!
Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!
In the 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the “full-screen effect” through better pixel arrangement, and optimisation of their camera algorithm.
The new pixel arrangement of the display allows light to pass through the gaps between the sub-pixels. This allows each pixel to retain a complete RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.
Xiaomi claims that their unique pixel arrangement doubles the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, compared to competing solutions – delivering the same pixel density over the camera, as the rest of the display.
According to Xiaomi, the display area over the camera will have the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.
The Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase light transmittance to the camera below.
Xiaomi claims that these improvements allow the new under-display camera to deliver the same performance as conventional front cameras.
That’s why they are confident enough to put it into mass production, with plans to introduce these under-display cameras in their smartphones next year.
Dell Technologies just revealed their moonshot goals for 2030, that they hope will propel their worldwide social impact.
Find out what are Dell Technologies’ moonshot goals in their 2030 Progress Made Real plan!
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : What Is It?
The Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan is their moonshot plan for the future, by which they hope to create a positive social impact through these 3 areas :
Transforming Lives With Technology
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Goals Revealed!
Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will aim to use their global scale, and broad technology portfolio and expertise to achieve these goals.
Advance Sustainability Goals
We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities.
It is a core part of Dell Technologies business to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that they do, being accountable for their actions while driving improvements wherever and whenever possible.
Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys
Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material
Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging
Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain
Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of their products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030
Dell Technologies believes that closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs. They view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative that will enable them to build and empower our future workforce, while also doing our part to address societal challenges.
Acquire, develop and retain women so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers
Acquire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers
Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege
Transform Lives Through Technology
Dell aims to leverage their scale, portfolio and partners to harness the power of technology in creating a future that is capable of fully realizing human potential.
Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people