Design

A simpler design for quantum computers

Today’s quantum computers are complicated to build, difficult to scale up, and require temperatures colder than interstellar space to operate. These challenges have led researchers to explore the possibility of building quantum computers that work using photons — particles of light. Photons can easily carry information from one place to another, and photonic quantum computers can operate at room temperature, so this approach is promising. However, although people have successfully created individual quantum “logic gates” for photons, it’s challenging to construct large numbers of gates and connect them in a reliable fashion to perform complex calculations.

Stanford graduate student Ben

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PS5 architect Mark Cerny on game developers influencing hardware design

The PlayStation 5 started with a simple brainstorm. Or at least, that’s how Mark Cerny, the console’s lead system architect, puts it.

In a new video from Wired, Cerny explains how Sony built the PS5 was built, and goes into detail on why each component was chosen and how they all help power the system. Beyond all the technical talk of graphics processing units (GPUs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and the computation behind real-time ray tracing, Cerny shines a light on the kinds of people who helped Sony prioritize what should (and shouldn’t) be included in the console.

Cerny begins

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Valve provides a deep dive into Steam Deck’s custom hardware design

Valve’s full, hours-long, developer-focused presentation.

Valve’s portable Steam Deck hardware may be delayed by a couple of months, but that didn’t stop Valve from discussing plenty of interesting details about the system during a wide-ranging developer-focused livestream Friday. That included a lot of nitty-gritty talk about hardware specs and software interpolation, but also design decisions surrounding how to balance hardware-power and battery-power concerns.
AMD’s custom-built Steam Deck APU, dubbed Aerith after the Final Fantasy VII character, is the core of the system and was a focus of the presentation. AMD says the system is the company’s first mobile chip to

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Engineers make critical advance in quantum computer design

Spin qubit device being connected to circuit board in preparation for measurement. Credit: Serwan Asaad

Quantum engineers from UNSW Sydney have removed a major obstacle that has stood in the way of quantum computers becoming a reality. They discovered a new technique they say will be capable of controlling millions of spin qubits—the basic units of information in a silicon quantum processor.

Until now, quantum computer engineers and scientists have worked with a proof-of-concept model of quantum processors by demonstrating the control of only a handful of qubits.

But with their latest research, published today in Science Advances, the

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Help! Android phones now copying Apple’s flat iPhone 12 design & MagSafe

Some “blast from the past” examples:
  • The headphone jack – It’s been five years since Apple ditched the 3.5mm audio port. Of course, as you know, other smartphones followed through, and now it’s a rarity to see a smartphone that has a dedicated AUX port.
  • Face ID – Secure 3D unlock was first introduced with the iPhone X. Then, a few Android manufacturers copied this feature, and that’s how we ended up with phones with huge notches when in reality, a fingerprint reader is a much more practical solution. Huawei even had both a UTS fingerprint sensor and 3D face
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Change by design: The new role of digital and software in organizational transformation

In 2021 and beyond, business and technology leaders should not settle for a “new normal,” nor frame the future as the “next normal.” If we really think about it, the business and operational models that powered yesterday’s companies were largely scaled and optimized from paper-based analog processes. Simply digitizing legacy systems, and mindsets, isn’t going to cut it in the new world. We no longer have generous multi-year timelines to transform. It’s time to reimagine the role of digital transformation in the future of work, create new value for digital-first customers, reskill employees for the new world, and explore

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One-Netbook teases the One Mix 4 with a compact design, a 16:10 display and a Tiger Lake processor

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumor roundup: display, design, camera, hardware and specs, and more

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to release in July or August, and since we’re so close to the launch date, rumors regarding the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are surfacing almost every other day. And while rumors will continue to surface until the launch of the foldable, we’re summing up all the rumors in one post so that our readers find it easy to track them all in one place.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaked marketing material

Galaxy Z Fold 3 display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to feature a 5.4-inch external display, unlike its predecessor the

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SNPS Stock News: Chip Design Software Firm Synopsys Trounces Earnings Targets

Chip design software maker Synopsys (SNPS) late Wednesday trounced Wall Street’s targets for its fiscal second quarter. It also guided higher for the current quarter and full year. SNPS stock rose in extended trading.




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The Mountain View, Calif.-based company earned an adjusted $1.70 a share on sales of $1.02 billion in the quarter ended April 30. Analysts expected Synopsys earnings of $1.52 a share on sales of $988.7 million. On a year-over-year basis, Synopsys earnings rose 39% while sales climbed 19%.

For the current quarter, Synopsys expects to earn an adjusted $1.78 a share on sales of

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