General and News http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/general/feed.rss Sat, 19 Aug 17 16:15:53 -0600 General and News en-CA 60 Hour Film Challenge 2017 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17565/60-hour-film-challenge-2017- Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:44:50 -0600 colfilmfest 17565@/talks/discussions The annual '60 Hour Film Challenge' begins from 1st – 4th of September 2017.

Filmmakers from across the world are challenged to write, shoot and edit a film no longer than 5 minutes in length in just 60 hours. The challenge is free to enter and teams can register online (www.60hourfilmchallenge.com) until the 31st August.

The challenge begins on Friday 1st September at 9pm (UK Time). Teams will receive an e-mail containing a title, line of dialogue and prop/action they must include in their films. Each team has to make their films over the weekend (1st-4th September) and upload their final films to our Vimeo group no later than Monday 4th 9am (UK Time). The shortlisted films will be screened and the winners announced at Colchester Film Festival on Saturday 4th November.

The challenge will be judged by our expert panel, directors Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch), Tom Geens (Couple in a Hole), The Blaine Brothers (Nina Forever) and producer Jennifer Handorf (Prevenge).

Entering the challenge is a great way to get noticed, films from the challenge have gone on to feature at festivals around the world. Rob McLellan’s 2012 entry ‘Love and All That’ went onto inspire MGM’s feature film ‘Abe’, which is currently in pre-production.

Winning teams will receive over £10,000 worth of prizes which have kindly been donated from: Adobe, AKM Music, Beachtek, BlueStarProducts, Boris FX, Boxx TV Ltd, Cartoni, Cinedeck, Contour Design, Daz 3D, EditShare, FilmConvert, Filmstro, FXGuide, IndieFlix, Lenspen, Logickeyboard, Loopmasters, MindShift Gear, Musicbed, Peli, PowerProduction Software, ProMediaGear, RØDE Microphones, Snapperstuff, Spiffy Gear, Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Toon Boom Animation, Vid-Atlantic and Vocas Systems.

60hrFilm

Website: http://www.60hourfilmchallenge.com
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/60hrFilm
Facebook : @colchesterfilmfestival
Twitter: @ColFilmFestival
Instagram: @colfilmfest

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Shocker: B&H are also capitalists http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13928/shocker-bh-are-also-capitalists Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:58:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13928@/talks/discussions

The workers described shocking conditions at B&H Photo warehouses. Employees are told to unload or carry extremely heavy loads, without sufficient help or safety training. Pallets are often stacked more than 15 feet high, and workers operating the heavy machinery to unload the pallets are rarely trained. Other workers are forced to carry heavy loads alone and suffer back injuries. Dust is constantly in the air, and the rooms are extremely hot and dirty. “My nose bleeds two or three times a day sometimes,” said B&H worker Silverio Cano. “I went to the doctor, and she told me that the nosebleeds were caused by the dust in the warehouse.”

Workers say they are not permitted to use emergency exits. During a recent fire at the warehouse, “there was a ton of smoke, but we continued working, even when the room filled with smoke,” recalled B&H Photo worker Baltizar Martinez. “When we were finally allowed to leave, we had to go through the metal detectors. This process lasted for a half hour. When we got outside, there were 50 firefighters and a helicopter, and imagine! We had been inside, working, this whole time.” After the fire, nothing changed. “The alarm goes off from time to time, but no one pays it any attention,” said Martinez.

http://lwcu.org/campaigns/bhexposed/

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Qualcomm Spectra depth sensing system http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17530/qualcomm-spectra-depth-sensing-system Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17530@/talks/discussions image

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., announced an expansion to the Qualcomm® Spectra™ Module Program, capable of improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing, designed to meet growing demands of photo and video for a broad range of mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD). This module program is built on the cutting-edge technology behind the Qualcomm® SpectraTM embedded image signal processors (ISP) family. Engineered by Qualcomm Technologies from the ground up, Qualcomm Spectra paves the way for future image quality and computer vision innovations in upcoming Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM Mobile Platforms.

"Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it's clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences," said Tim Leland, vice president of product management, Qualcomm TechnologiesInc. "Our breakthrough advancements in visual quality and computer vision, combined with our family of integrated Spectra ISPs for Snapdragon, are designed to support an ecosystem of cutting edge mobile applications for our customers."

Together, the new ISPs and camera modules are engineered to support superior image quality and new computer vision use cases that utilize deep learning techniques and bokeh quality image experiences with a faster time to market for smartphone and HMD devices. The next-generation ISPs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency for the next Snapdragon mobile and VR platforms. The camera module program additions consist of a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing module and an active depth sensing module.

Qualcomm Spectra Module Program

Launched last year, the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program was designed to help customers accelerate time to market for devices with stunning image quality and advanced camera technology. Last year's offerings provided customers with optimized, dual-camera module solutions that make it easy for manufacturers to produce smartphone cameras with improved low light photography and video recording with smooth zoom. Now, the camera module program is being expanded to include new camera modules capable of utilizing active sensing for superior biometric authentication, and structured light for a variety of computer vision applications that require real-time, dense depth map generation and segmentation.

Second-generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP

The second-generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP is the next family of integrated ISPs that utilizes new hardware and software architecture designed specifically for advancements in computer vision, image quality, and power efficiency in future Snapdragon platforms. It features multiframe noise reduction for superior photographic quality, along with hardware-accelerated motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF), and inline electronic image stabilization (EIS) for superior camcorder-like video quality.

The low-power, high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, in addition to optimized simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, are designed to support new extended reality (XR) use cases for virtual and augmented reality applications that require SLAM.

The Qualcomm Spectra family of ISPs and new Qualcomm Spectra camera modules are expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform.

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EISA 2017-2018 Winners, Lenses http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17526/eisa-2017-2018-winners-lenses Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:08:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17526@/talks/discussions DSLR LENS 2017-2018 - Sigma 135 mm f/1,8 DG HSM ART

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DSLR ZOOM LENS 2017-2018 - Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6,3 Di VC USD G2

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PROFESSIONAL DSLR LENS 2017-2018 - Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2,8L III USM

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COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2017-2018 - Sony FE 100 mm f/2,8 STF GM OSS

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PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2017-2018 - Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2,8 GM OSS

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COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2017-2018 - Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 mm f/4,0 IS PRO

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PHOTO INNOVATION 2017-2018 - Tamron 18-400 mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC HLD

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EISA 2017-2018 Winners, Cameras, Sony Triumth http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17524/eisa-2017-2018-winners-cameras-sony-triumth Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:38:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17524@/talks/discussions CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018 - Canon EOS 77D

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PROSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018 - Nikon D7500

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PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2017-2018 - Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2017-2018 - Fujifilm X-T20

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PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2017-2018 - Sony α6500

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BEST CAMERA 2017-2018 - Sony α9

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COMPACT CAMERA 2017-2018 - Sony RX100 V

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SUPERZOOM CAMERA 2017-2018 - Sony RX10 Mark III

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PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2017-2018 - Panasonic GH5

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INSTANT CAMERA 2017-2018 - Fujifilm Instant Square SQ10

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Solid modelling: Autodesk 123D, 3DVia Shape and Creo http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/865/solid-modelling-autodesk-123d-3dvia-shape-and-creo Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:45:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 865@/talks/discussions http://www.123dapp.com/downloads )







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Small Sony HDR 1080p60 sensors http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17502/small-sony-hdr-1080p60-sensors Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:36:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17502@/talks/discussions image

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http://www.sony-semicon.co.jp/products_en/IS/sensor0/img/product/cmos/IMX307LQD_LQR_Flyer.pdf

http://www.sony-semicon.co.jp/products_en/IS/sensor0/img/product/cmos/IMX327LQR_LQR1_Flyer.pdf

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Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other companies interviews http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12024/canon-nikon-sony-olympus-and-other-companies-interviews Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:28:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12024@/talks/discussions In Japanese (use google to translate)

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Things can happen if you rely on one sensor manufacturer http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14999/things-can-happen-if-you-rely-on-one-sensor-manufacturer Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:17:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14999@/talks/discussions

Due to the earthquake of April 14, 2016 and subsequent earthquakes in the Kumamoto region, Sony Corporation ("Sony") expects that it will be unable to formulate the forecast for its consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 in the usual timeframe.

The survey of damage to the Kumamoto Technology Center conducted so far has revealed damage to certain parts of the building, clean rooms and production equipment. The timeframe for resuming operations has yet to be determined. The Kumamoto Technology Center is the primary manufacturing site for image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras as well as for micro-display devices.

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201604/16-043E/index.html

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Sigma abberation correction bug http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17488/sigma-abberation-correction-bug Thu, 10 Aug 2017 01:09:40 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17488@/talks/discussions

We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2.

When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.

Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.

In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.

[Phenomenon]

When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.

[Products concerned]

  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

[Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras]

When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.

If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.

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SMPTE Sydney 2017 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17319/smpte-sydney-2017 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 01:35:22 -0600 alcomposer 17319@/talks/discussions Vitaliy has asked me to attend SMPTE Sydney to gather interviews and industry news for PV.

Let me know here which exhibitors you would be interested in me interviewing, and any specific questions. I will try to gauge community interest here.

http://smpte.com.au/2017/exhibitor-list-2017/

  • 2WCOM
  • ABonAir
  • Adeal
  • Adept Turnkey Pty Ltd
  • Advantech Wireless
  • Agile Broadcast

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  • Viz Mosart
  • VIZRT AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • vMix
  • Weather Metrics
  • Wireless Components Pty Ltd
  • XICOM
  • Yamaha Music Australia
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The Many Types of Photographers :-) http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17462/the-many-types-of-photographers- Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:50:09 -0600 Azo 17462@/talks/discussions Good read!

https://photographylife.com/types-of-photographers

I am probably 5 out of the 40 listed... LOL

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Capitalism: TITAN Xp new drivers up performance 300% http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17452/capitalism-titan-xp-new-drivers-up-performance-300 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:13:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17452@/talks/discussions

TITAN Xp is the most powerful GPU you can put in your PC, and now we’re enabling even better performance with our latest TITAN drivers.

We built TITAN Xp for people who design and create — and, of course, play games. And it’s always getting better.

Our latest driver — available today — delivers 3x more performance in applications like Maya to help you create and design faster than ever.

You can now also use TITAN Xp with more PCs, including thin & light laptops, than ever before, and with external GPU chassis from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, HP, Powercolor and Razer

Nvidea removed some artificial limits existing in driver.

Nvidia also mentioned premiere Pro among apps gaining big boost.

http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/121776/en-us

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IBM tape storage can store 330TB per cartridge http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17443/ibm-tape-storage-can-store-330tb-per-cartridge Wed, 02 Aug 2017 02:07:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17443@/talks/discussions

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Smartphone Destroyed a Generation? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17461/smartphone-destroyed-a-generation Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:49:49 -0600 SeanL78 17461@/talks/discussions https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

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GoPro sales fall http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14428/gopro-sales-fall Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:00:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14428@/talks/discussions

GoPro has laid off 7 percent of its workforce, and warned investors of poor sales of the company's action cameras. The news comes just a few weeks before GoPro is set to officially announce its fourth quarter earnings for 2015.

The company is also downgrading its guidance for the fourth quarter from about $500-$550 million in revenue to $435 million. GoPro blames that drop on what it's calling "lower than anticipated sales of its capture devices" in the final quarter of 2015. That would represent about a 70 percent drop in sales from the company's big fourth quarter in 2014, when it brought in $633.9 million in revenue. Industry analysts were originally projecting that GoPro's Q4 revenue in 2015 would be somewhere closer to $690 million.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/13/10763952/gopro-lays-off-seven-percent-of-its-staff-warns-of-poor-sales

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Bowens International is gone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17387/bowens-international-is-gone Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:04:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17387@/talks/discussions

Established in 1923, the company grew into one of the major brands for studio lighting, producing flashes, softboxes, reflectors, lights, and other lighting accessories. Problems surfaced in early 2016, when the company unexpectedly pulled out of a major UK trade show. Then in June 2016, Bowens Lighting was acquired by the European investment firm Aurelius, along with Calumet Photographic.

AURELIUS said the decision was due to the "the far-reaching changes affecting its market, including new, considerably less expensive products by Chinese manufacturers, product innovations by competitors, and the changed buying behavior of professional photographers, who are now only willing to invest in new equipment if the investment guarantees additional income."

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Klipsch catching new trends http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17445/klipsch-catching-new-trends Wed, 02 Aug 2017 03:12:51 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17445@/talks/discussions image

Dolby Atmos compatible speakers :-)

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Nikon 1 system cameras are no longer made http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17437/nikon-1-system-cameras-are-no-longer-made Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:27:40 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17437@/talks/discussions All of the current Nikon 1 models are wither out of stock or old stock shipped to dealers.
Both bodies and lenses are no longer produced and will be out of sale completely in coming months.

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Canon - cry from the dying beast http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13675/canon-cry-from-the-dying-beast Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:26:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13675@/talks/discussions

Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

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Help anybody has Panasonic HDC-SD7 for sale? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17392/help-anybody-has-panasonic-hdc-sd7-for-sale Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:22:50 -0600 Mysteryman3 17392@/talks/discussions Help anybody want to sell Panasonic HDC-SD7? Looking for this specific model and not anything else that comes close to this model.

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USB 3.2 with 20Gbps speed coming soon http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17422/usb-3.2-with-20gbps-speed-coming-soon Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:39:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17422@/talks/discussions

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the pending release of the USB 3.2 specification, an incremental update that defines multi-lane operation for new USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Developer Days 2017 will include detailed technical training covering USB 3.2, fast charging advancements in USB Power Delivery, and other exciting topics.

While USB hosts and devices were originally designed as single-lane solutions, USB TypeC™ cables were designed to support multi-lane operation to ensure a path for scalable performance. New USB 3.2 hosts and devices can now be designed as multi-lane solutions, allowing for up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. This enables platform developers to continue advancing USB products to fit their customers’ needs by effectively doubling the performance across existing cables. For example, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realizing over 2 GB/sec data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C™ cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps.

“When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance.”

“With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world.”

Key characteristics of the USB 3.2 solution include:

  • Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C™ cables
  • Continued use of existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques
  • Minor update to hub specification to address increased performance and assure seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation

For users to obtain the full benefit of this performance increase, a new USB 3.2 host must be used with a new USB 3.2 device and the appropriate certified USB Type-C™ cable. This update is part of the USB performance roadmap and is specifically targeted to developers at this time. Branding and marketing guidelines will be established after the final specification is published. The USB 3.2 specification is now in a final draft review phase with a planned formal release in time for the USB Developer Days North America event in September 2017.

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Samsung manager who closed NX division executed by feeding him to hungry dogs http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17412/samsung-manager-who-closed-nx-division-executed-by-feeding-him-to-hungry-dogs Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:51:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17412@/talks/discussions Sorry, could not resist to use South Korea style news about North Korea.
Just as I close my eyes see whole detailed moving picture of it. And I constantly smile.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said a memory chip boom that propelled it to record profit in the second quarter is likely to continue in the third, just as revenue is widely expected to benefit from sales of OLED screens to Apple Inc.

The world's biggest maker of memory chips, smartphones and TVs is set to smash its annual profit record after better-than-forecast performance in its mobile business lifted April-June profit slightly above its early-July guidance, analysts said.

Samsung in a filing said operating profit rose 72.7 percent to 14.1 trillion won in the second quarter, versus 14 trillion won estimated in July. Revenue rose 19.8 percent to 61 trillion won, also in line with its earlier estimate.

Yes, and they closed NX division to get few engineers and save tiny money.

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HDD industry is in trouble http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17413/hdd-industry-is-in-trouble Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:05:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17413@/talks/discussions image

Average capacity started to fall. And the only area with good non dropping shipments is the cloud providers and government datacenters.

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From Seagate report.

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Nikon’s 100th anniversary http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16313/nikons-100th-anniversary Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:29:23 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16313@/talks/discussions

http://www.nikon.com/100th/

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Canon: Some good news http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17398/canon-some-good-news Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:38:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17398@/talks/discussions

Canon's consolidated operating profit for the year ending in December is expected to jump 40% to 330 billion yen ($2.94 billion).

Sales are also expected to top the company's 4.02 trillion yen forecast, climbing 20% to nearly 4.1 trillion yen.

Laser printer sales have grown in China and emerging countries in Southeast Asia. New high speed models have been popular. Sales of toner and other highly profitable consumables have also risen with the increase in printer sales.

Earnings at a medical device subsidiary purchased from Toshiba last year are healthy.

Canon is also cutting costs through automation. The introduction of robots to the company's single-lens reflex camera factory in Oita Prefecture has helped reduce the number of necessary workers for certain tasks from some 40 to just three or four. Automation at printer and other factories has also contributed to earnings growth by improving productivity.

The digital camera business is bouncing back. Sales of expensive interchangeable-lens cameras are recovering in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Group operating profit for the January-June half likely jumped 60% to around 170 billion yen. Profitability improved thanks to greater sales of printer consumables. Sales appear to have grown 20% to about 2 trillion yen.

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4K TVs are growing fast http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17393/4k-tvs-are-growing-fast Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:50:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17393@/talks/discussions

The CTA’s “U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts” said this week that HDR features are continuing to resonate with consumers. The report said that 4K UHD TVs are one of the industry’s fastest growing segments, far outpacing the transition to HDTV, with unit sales forecast to hit 16.7 million units. The CTA said that would represent a 59 percent increase, and generate $14.6 billion in wholesale dollar revenue, up 45 percent from 2016.

Not bad.

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Photokina - revival since 2018 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16995/photokina-revival-since-2018 Tue, 23 May 2017 11:29:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16995@/talks/discussions

Photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of "Imaging Unlimited", Photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry.

The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make Photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.

The imaging ecosystem today also includes, in addition to the core areas from the imaging workflow, trend areas like virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, as well as image recognition and holography. The growing flood of images and videos must be processed and administered, so that archiving and content management, social media and communities are coming increasingly into focus. Apps and software solutions have become indispensable both for professional use and for the end consumer. Smart home applications and computer-generated imaging are once again increasing in importance. Photokina should in future serve as an important international innovation platform.

Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, has a positive perspective on the future of the trade fair: “Photokina 2016 has shown us that this traditional brand in our portfolio has lost nothing of its attraction worldwide and in the region. The new concept has been a complete success. photokina has continued to develop further over time, as have the products, services and the market environment presented there. Now we are taking the next logical step by offering a digitally powered product environment an attractive annual platform for presenting the latest innovations and for entering into discussion with traders, specialist users and end customers."

For the 2018 event, only the series of days is changing: it will take place from Wednesday, 26.09. to Saturday, 29.09, and thus enables a more compact, more intensive trade fair experience.

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Cameras and lenses cut in half http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/429/cameras-and-lenses-cut-in-half Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:08:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 429@/talks/discussions

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