SoftBank Group said on Monday it has agreed to sell chip designer Arm to Nvidia for as much as $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,93,572 crores) in a deal set to reshape the semiconductor landscape. The deal puts a vital supplier to Apple and others across the industry under the control of a single player and will face potential pushback from regulators and Nvidia rivals.Nvidia will pay SoftBank $21.5 billion in shares and $12 billion in cash, including $2 billion on signing. The deal will see SoftBank and the $100 billion (roughly Rs. 7,33,930 crores) Vision Fund, which has a 25 percent stake in Arm, take a stake in Nvidia of between 6.7 percent and 8.1 percent.SoftBank could also be paid an additional $5 billion (roughly Rs. 36,696 crores) in cash or shares depending on the chip designer’s business performance, with Arm employees to be paid $1.5 billion (roughly Rs. 11,008 crores) in Nvidia shares.The sale marks an early exit for SoftBank, four years after the $32 billion acquisition of the British chip technology firm. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son has lionised the potential of Arm but is slashing his stakes in major assets to raise cash.SoftBank executives, frustrated at the group’s share performance, have held early stage talks about taking the Japanese technology group private, a source told Reuters. Those talks could gain momentum following the Arm sale.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals including in Britain, the United States and China and is expected to close in March 2022.With potential pushback looming, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasised he will retain Arm’s neutral licensing model and expand it by licensing out Nvidia intellectual property for the first time.Nvidia said it will licence its flagship graphical processor unit through Arm’s network of silicon partners. It will build chips for devices like self-driving cars but also make its technology available for others.The companies did not discuss the deal with the British government until shortly before the announcement because the talks were secret, Huang said. A new artificial intelligence research center will be built at Arm’s Cambridge headquarters.”Cambridge is going to be a site of growth,” Huang said.China scrutinyArm will not become subject to US export controls under the deal, Huang said. The purchase is likely to come under close scrutiny in China, where thousands of companies from Huawei to small startups use Arm technology.Nvidia will take control of the minority stake in joint venture Arm China. Arm is in dispute with the venture, which licenses chip architecture to local companies, over its management.Nvidia began as a graphics chip designer and has expanded into products for areas including artificial intelligence and data centers.The Arm acquisition will put Nvidia into even more intense competition with rivals in the data center chip market such as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices because Arm has been developing technology to compete with their chips.In what would amount to a direct challenge to those rivals, Huang said it is “possible” Nvidia will build its own server chips based on Arm designs.Nvidia is buying up technologies in parts of the booming data centre business where it does not currently play.In April it completed the purchase of Israel-based Mellanox, which makes high-speed networking technology that is used in data centers and supercomputers.Arm does not make chips but instead has created an instruction set architecture – the most fundamental intellectual property that underpins computing chips – on which it bases designs for computing cores.Arm licenses its chip designs and technology to companies like Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung Electronics, which in turn use the technology in their chips for smartphones and other devices.Apple’s forthcoming Mac computers will use Arm-based chips.© Thomson Reuters 2020Is iPhone SE the ultimate ‘affordable’ iPhone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Lenovo Yoga 13s Series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c Laptops With 11th Gen Intel Processors Launched
Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of…
Lenovo Yoga 13s series, Lenovo Yoga 14s, and Lenovo Yoga 14c laptops have been launched in China. The Yoga 13s series includes the Lenovo Yoga 13s and the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon. The Lenovo Yoga 14s is offered in both Intel and AMD configurations, while the Lenovo Yoga 14c only has Intel. All of these laptops are running Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors and come with impressive specifications. The company is calling these its 2021 lineup of laptops.Lenovo Yoga 13s, Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, Lenovo Yoga 14s, Lenovo Yoga 14c: PriceThe Lenovo Yoga 13s price starts at CNY 5,499 (roughly Rs. 60,800) while the Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon is priced at CNY 6,299 (roughly Rs. 70,000). The Yoga 14s starts at CNY 5,699 (roughly Rs. 63,000) for the Intel configuration and CNY 5,899 (roughly Rs. 65,300) for the AMD Ryzen configuration. Lastly, the Lenovo Yoga 14c starts at CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 66,400) for the Core-i5 model and CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 77,400) for the Core-i7 model.Pre-orders for all these laptops, except for the Lenovo Yoga 14s Intel version, will start from November 1 and shipping will start from November 11. The Yoga 14s Intel version pre-orders are live and will start shipping from November 1.As of now, there is no information on international availability.Lenovo Yoga 13s series specificationsThe Lenovo Yoga 13s comes with a 13-inch 2.5K display with 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The Lenovo Yoga Pro 13s Carbon shared the same specifications but features a carbon fibre body. Both the models have slim bezels and while the Lenovo Yoga 13s comes in a grey variant, the Carbon model comes in white.Lenovo Yoga 14sThe Lenovo Yoga 14s can be equipped with either an Intel 11th Gen Core-i5 1135G7 processor or the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor. It features a 14-inch display with 2,880×1,800 pixels resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. It comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage. The batter is 61Wh and connectivity options include a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port and two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports. The Intel variant weighs about 1.38kg.Lenovo Yoga 14cThe Lenovo Yoga 14c is offered in two configurations, one with the Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, and the other with a 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU with the same amount of RAM and storage. You also get a webcam above the display, which has slim bezels. It comes in a grey colour option.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealed
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has…
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC system requirements have been revealed by Ubisoft with less than a month to its release. Valhalla, the next entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, offers an alternate take on the Viking invasion of Britain in late 9th century. While most publishers give us two configurations (minimum and recommended), Ubisoft has gone all out for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, telling you what PC components you’ll need to run the game on different graphics settings (low / high / very high / ultra high), resolutions (1080p / 4K), and frame rates (30fps / 60fps).Common specifications across the board include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended). Without further ado, here are the PC system requirements for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, via Ubisoft —Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirementsCPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2Ghz GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirementsRecommended for 1080p at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 1080p at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0Ghz / Intel i7-6700 3.4Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 64 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB RAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1080p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: HighRecommended for 2K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7Ghz / Intel i7-7700 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD Vega 56 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB RAM: 16GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 2K at 60fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8Ghz / Intel i7-8700K 3.7Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 1440p Targeted frame-rate: 60fps Video preset: Very HighRecommended for 4K at 30fpsCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6Ghz / Intel i7 9700K 3.6Ghz GPU: AMD RX 5700XT 8GB / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel mode) Resolution: 2160p Targeted frame-rate: 30fps Video preset: Ultra HighAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is out November 10 on PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and November 12 (US/AU) and 19 (EU) on the PS5. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Akhil Arora
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Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards…
Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards have been unveiled. The durable SD cards are aimed at content creators, photo enthusiasts, and general consumers. The Pro Plus cards offer sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MBps and 90MBps respectively, while the Evo Plus offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps. The SD cards are offered in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 264GB storage variants. Both Pro Plus and the Evo Plus will be available from this month.Samsung Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards are water-proof, temperature-proof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shock-proof, drop-proof, and wearout-proof. They can withstand drops of up to five metres as well as up to 10,000 swipes, as per Samsung. They come with a 10-year limited warranty.The Pro Plus SD card enables 4K UHD video recording and burst shots. According to Samsung, this makes it an ideal product for professional photographers, cinematographers, and YouTubers. The Evo Plus, meanwhile, promises smooth playback even while editing 4K videos.The SD cards can be used across a wide range of devices including DSLR cameras, mirrorless and compact cameras, camcorders, and PCs. Samsung said that the SD cards have been designed with maximum durability in mind. Both the SD cards have UHS-I interface and a class 10 rating.“For years, consumers around the world have trusted Samsung to deliver high-performance memory cards in a variety of capacities that meet their unique needs,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Samsung’s memory brand product biz team, in a prepared statement. “Samsung has gone beyond that with the Pro Plus and Evo Plus SD cards, providing additional layers of protective measures to withstand intensive usage and the most rugged conditions.”While Samsung hasn’t announced any pricing details, a report by Engadget says that the 32GB Evo Plus will be priced at $7 (roughly Rs. 513) and the 256GB model at $40 (roughly Rs. 2,931). The Pro Plus, meanwhile, will be available for $10 (roughly Rs. 733) for the 32GB variant and $50 (roughly Rs. 3,665) for the 256GB variant.Flipkart, Amazon have excellent iPhone 11, Galaxy S20+ sale offers, but will they have enough stock? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.