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Tagged: TrustZone, hsa, Cortex-A5, cortex, arm, APU, amd, AFDS

Last year after that particular AFDS, there was much speculation that AMD and ARM would get a whole lot closer.? Today we have confirmed that in two ways.? The first is that AMD and ARM are founding members of the HSA Foundation.? This endeavor is a rather ambitious project that looks to make it much easier for programmers to access the full computer power of a CPU/GPU combo, or as AMD likes to call them, the APU.? The second confirmation is one that has been theorized for quite some time, but few people have actually hit upon the actual implementation.? This second confirmation is that AMD is licensing ARM cores and actually integrating them into their x86 based APUs.

View Full Size?AMD and ARM are serious about working with each other. ?This is understandable as both of them are competing tooth and nail with Intel.?ARM has a security functionality that they have been working with for several years now.? This is called ARM TrustZone.? It is a set of hardware and software products that provide a greater amount of security in data transfer and transactions.? The hardware basis is built into the ARM licensed designs and is implemented in literally billions of devices (not all of them enabled).? The biggest needs that this technology addresses are that of secure transactions and password enabled logins.? Money is obviously quite important, but with identity theft and fraud on the rise, secure logins to personal information or even social sites are reaching the same level of importance as large monetary transactions.?AMD will actually be implementing a Cortex-A5 processor into AMD APUs that will handle the security aspects of ARM TrustZone.? The A5 is the smallest Cortex processor available, and that would make sense to use it in a full APU so it will not take up an extreme amount of die space.? When made on what I would assume to be a 28 nm process, a single A5 processor would likely take up as little as 10 to 15 mm squared of space on the die.?This is not exactly the licensing agreement that many analysts had expected from AMD.? It is a start though.? I would generally expect AMD to be more aggressive in the future with offerings based on ARM technologies.? If we remember some time ago Rory Read of AMD pronounced their GPU technology as “the crown jewel” of their IP lineup, it makes little sense for AMD to limit this technology just to standalone GPUs and x86 based APUs.? If AMD is serious about heterogeneous computing, I would expect them to eventually move into perhaps not the handheld ARM market initially, but certainly with more server level products based on 64 bit ARM technology.?View Full Size?Cortex-A5: coming to an AMD APU near you in 2013/2014. ?Though probably not in quad core fashion as shown above.?AMD made a mistake once by selling off their ultra-mobile graphics group, Imageon.? This was sold off to Qualcomm, who is now a major player in the ARM ecosystem with their Snapdragon products based on Adreno graphics (“Adreno” is an anagram of “Radeon”).? With the release of low powered processors in both the Brazos and Trinity line, AMD is again poised to deliver next generation graphics to the low power market.? Now the question is, what will that graphics unit be attached to??You can see the full AMD press release after the break!!?

AMD Strengthens Security Solutions through Technology Partnership with ARM

– Industry-first Collaboration to Extend ARM TrustZone Security Technology into x86-
based AMD Offerings, Enabling More Secure Computing Experiences and Significantly
Expanding the Security Ecosystem –

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 13, 2012 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced
it will integrate a new security solution into its future products to meet the increasing
need to provide consumers and businesses with secure access to their content and
worry-free online transactions. Through a strategic technology partnership with ARM,
AMD will integrate the established ARM? TrustZone? technology into future Accelerated
Processing Units (APUs) via a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology. This
industry-first collaboration will help accelerate broader ecosystem support by aligning
x86 hardware with the world’s most broadly-adopted mobile security ecosystem.

By adopting the industry-standard approach to security that TrustZone
technology embodies, AMD and ARM will provide a consistent approach to security
spanning billions of Internet-connected mobile devices, tablets, PCs and servers ?
whether they are powered by ARM processor-based solutions or AMD x86 APUs. AMD
plans to provide development platforms that have TrustZone security features on select
APUs in 2013, expanding further across its product portfolio in 2014. In a presentation
this week at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2012 (AFDS), AMD Senior Vice
President and Chief Information Officer Mike Wolfe described AMD’s vision to advance
computing security by enhancing AMD’s existing security technologies. This is expected
to include developing a platform security processor using an ARM Cortex?-A5 CPU that
features TrustZone technology, to monitor and help protect against malicious access to
sensitive data and operations at the hardware level.

“With AMD’s support for, and inclusion in, the expanding TrustZone ecosystem,
consumers and businesses can rest assured their data and content are secured by an
industry-standard security solution that spans a multitude of devices and operating
systems,” said Wolfe. “This example of AMD’s ambidextrous strategy, which leverages
our history of x86 and graphics innovation while also embracing other technologies and
intellectual property, will help drive a more secure computing experience for our
consumer and businesses customers.”

“As technology becomes more important to our everyday lives, security needs to
be present in every single device. The challenge that the industry faces is how to make
this a reality,” said Ian Drew, executive vice president, strategy, ARM. “Through this
technology partnership with AMD, and the broadening of the ARM TrustZone technology
ecosystem, we’re making another important step towards a solution. The aim is to make
security accessible and consistent for consumers and business users across all
computing devices.”

Industry Support Demonstrates Market Need

In recognition of the first time hardware will be aligned to an industry-standard
security solution between multiple processor architectures, the technology partnership
has garnered wide support from industry leaders and influencers.
“At Alipay, we strive to provide safe and reliable online payment services to
hundreds of millions of registered users for the tens of millions of transactions they make
every day,” said Stephen Zhu, senior director, Alipay. “By incorporating security at the
hardware level, AMD and ARM are providing an added level of protection and taking us
one step closer to achieving this goal.”

“Hardly a week goes by without the emergence of another scary story regarding
stolen identities or some other computer-related security breach – such as last week’s
hack of social career networking website LinkedIn that resulted in millions of stolen
passwords,” observed Nathan Brookwood, Research Fellow at Insight 64. “The bad guys
have figured out that it’s easier to steal money from a bank’s computers than from the
bank itself. AMD’s move to integrate ARM’s TrustZone technology into future APUs will
allow systems containing those APUs to attain the same level of hardware-enforced
security as today’s most advanced devices, and will allow the users of those systems to
sleep more soundly at night.

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Kensington SecureBack Security Case

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 Kensington SecureBack Security Case

Kensington is well known for creating laptop locks that can anchor your portable PC to something sturdy to keep it from getting lost or nicked. Its locks have been so successful, in fact, that if you own a laptop it’s very likely that it has a small rectangular slot for attaching a Kensington lock to it.

This level of success is certainly impressive – after all not every company has provisions for its products built into most computers. However, this success hasn’t translated to the popular tablet, the Apple iPad 2.

Apple’s uncompromising focus on streamlining features on its flagship tablet has meant there’s no room for a Kensington lock slot. With tablets being just as easy to lose or steal – if not more so – than laptops, Kensington has been keen to come up with a solution. Of course, it also wants to capitalise on the iPad’s popularity.

Its solution, the Kensington SecureBack Security Case, isn’t that great, unfortunately. It involves a rather unattractive case that clips on to your iPad. With it installed, the once sleek and attractive Apple tablet looks bulky and a bit ugly. Who knows, maybe making the iPad a less attractive gadget is part of Kensington’s plan to deter thieves.

But if it keeps your iPad safe, who cares about looks? Well, how well it keeps your iPad protected is a concern. The case itself is rather flimsy and a tiny bit cheap feeling. A determined enough thief wouldn’t have much trouble breaking the iPad free.


We wouldn’t feel completely safe leaving an iPad in a busy caf

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Carl Zeiss is celebrating 120 years in the production of lenses

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Carl Zeiss is celebrating 120 years in the production of lenses

Officially born November 17, 1846 in the small German city of Jena, a small idea of the name Carl Zeiss optics, the eponymous company celebrates 120 years in these days the construction of the first lens dedicated to photography.

Was in fact in 1890 when the now-businessman Carl decided to expand the horizons of the company, looking intently at that time seemed to be a world without a doubt the “Wonderland”: photography.

This form of art, which from the beginning of 1800 had begun to take root in the Old World, Carl Zeiss convinced to invest time and money on building new camera lens and today, some 120 years later, we can safely say that there was a perfect fit.

The Zeiss lenses were mounted on machines that accompanied man in his first trip to the moon, in the following years the company was able to build very light lenses (f/0.7, f/0.85 ef/1.0), as Today also happens to have been used to record important art film.

Well, happy birthday to Carl Zeiss!

Samsung Galaxy S is with Google?

The picture is quite clear and leaves no doubts about the apparently written “with Google,” a sign that distinguishes all the Google Mobile Experience. There is no information at the time certain but if it is not a cover of “prototype” and then set to change, the written word could have very positive implications for the future owners of this terminal.

With the writing, Google should provide continuous updates of the system in coming months. Past experience, however, not certain bases. If we think of Magic HTC, Google Experience another terminal, we see how that has received the update Donut 1.6 last year but still has not been updated to version Eclair. Sign so that this “famous” written really does not warrant immediate updates of the system.

We’ll see if there will be news. Meanwhile, we announce another new video and pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S.

New entries to “confirm” the Nokia N8

After the first pictures and basic information on the characteristics of the alleged Nokia N8, Eldar Murtazin, noted journalist and editor of, has confirmed the existence of this new device and has added new information about asrialbaker E7-00 and N8 -00.

Through twitter, Eldar, has confirmed both n8-00 and features:

Symbian * ^ 3
* Screen AMOLED capacitive
* 12megapixel camera and Xenon flash

While asrialbaker, added that both E7 and N8-00-00, will not removable 1200mAh battery.

Slated for September so it’ll probably announce within the next month.

The prize is an iPhone 3Gs for those who guess the exact date and time in which Opera Mini is approved in the App Store (Video)

To increase the wait on the approval (hopefully) Opera Mini application in the App Store, developers have created a fun and innovative contest. The winner will receive an iPhone 3G as a gift. To win you will not have to do is to guess the exact date and time where you think the application is approved by Apple App Store.

If no one had guessed the future approval of the exact time and date, the prize will go to the one who came up most. To participate please go to the official page dedicated. Below we also present anew the video of Opera Mini for iPhone in action.

Garofalo for iPhone and iPod Touch, the recipes at your fingertips

A selection of recipes from the web created by the major “food blogger” of the Italian scenario, a recipe book with pictures, ingredients, preparation methods and culinary curiosity, this is the new application Garofalo iPhone and iPod Touch.

The app works in a very nice, in fact putting the ingredients we have at our disposal will be automatically searched for the recipe that appealed to us. Successful application, so for foodies and fans who have chosen to reinterpret traditional dishes a modern twist.

Garofalo is available free of charge and weighs 0.4 MB. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch, requires firmware 3.1.3 or later.

Garofalo can download directly from iTunes.

IPhone interface on Windows Mobile. iPhonetoday 1.5.0

Here is an update of the iPhone Today, Free Interface for Windows Mobile that allows you to have the same UI of ‘iPhone on our devices. We reach the 1.5 version and, although the latest version 1.4.5 was shown, the change log is very long to follow. We present anew and even a video of the author, even if its an old release (0.9.5), for those unfamiliar with the program.

WiMax in Italy, Mandarin is already a reality and with the Nauta

These days you are taking the Nauta, the Boat Show 2010 which will end March 28. Among the many new features to navigate, one has caught our attention. Do not talk about boats, but Web browsing through Wi-Max technology offered by Mandarin, a partner at Nauta pemetterà 2010 that all connect to internet with broadband.

We have often spoken of Wi-Max, especially in recent days after the HTC EVO, top range Android’s first handset with this technology. But what exactly is this technology and what it offers?

WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is the last frontier in terms of wireless data transmissions and is the standard that guarantees the best performance ever with regard to the broadband market.

The ease of installation and distribution make it the ideal technology for use not only in urban but also rural areas.

Access to frequencies exclusively licensed WiMAX technology already makes it extremely safe. Add to this the implementation of various encryption techniques, authentication and security against intrusion.

With 802.16e, WiMAX allows a connection with nomadic. Therefore guarantees within the network coverage, the ability to move with their WiMax equipment.

insights / wiki / WiMAX

Given the lack of ADSL coverage in suburban areas, we hope that this technology may soon take hold to a greater extent.

We followed each other directly WiMax for years and unfortunately we can say that things are slow in our country. More than all the other countries had to wait for the Ministry of Defence to vacate the frequencies. It ‘was made then a notice to pay, and some major companies have been awarded frequencies.

After that nothing. Retelit as listed companies, which owns most of the frequencies for the North ‘s Italy and after over 2 years ago a television program in collaboration with CFN CNBC successful, has not yet presented anything concrete.

One of the most active companies was ariadsl, services advertised shortly and unfortunately not very widespread. We hope something concrete is done and that we can finally have real internet anywhere!

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