CES 2021 trends

For decades, CES® has marked the start of a new year, setting the tone for the industry with inspirational innovations and influential insights.

This year CES 2021 was a digital venue showed newest innovation in consumer electronics. It had some 1900 virtual booths, several peripheral product showcase.

Here are some links to reports on the event.

CES 2021 products you can actually buy this year

CES 2021: My Top 3 Gadgets of the Show—and 3 of the Weirdest

CES 2021: What Is Mini-LED TV?

CES 2021: A Countertop Chocolate Factory Could Be This Year’s Best Kitchen Gadget

Intel has to be better than ‘lifestyle company’ Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO

AMD Opens Up Threadripper Pro: Three New WRX80 Motherboards

Taiwan’s silicon titan TSMC says three-nanometre tech is on track for 2021 debut and a 2022 flood of kit

CES 2021: Consumer Electronics Makers Pivot to Everything Covid

Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Faster gaming frame rates for free: Resizable BAR explained
    What is Resizable BAR, and what do you need to use it? We explain everything about the new technology that boosts graphics card performance…sometimes.
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3622009/faster-gaming-frame-rates-for-free-resizable-bar-explained.html

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Storage Scaler Adds Up to 16 M.2 SATA Drives to Your Desktop, Workstation, or NAS
    Designed for everything from disk caching to storage-based cryptocurrencies like Chia, the Storage Scaler packs 16 drives on one card.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/the-storage-scaler-adds-up-to-16-m-2-sata-drives-to-your-desktop-workstation-or-nas-2144e4396d89

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ASUS PN51 Mini PC review: This AMD-powered compact workstation is a beast
    AMD-powered super-compact mini PC.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/asus-pn51-mini-pc-review

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CNBC:
    The Pentagon has canceled the $10B JEDI cloud contract that was awarded to Microsoft but faced legal challenges from Amazon, announced new multivendor contract — – The Department of Defense said it’s calling off the $10 billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.

    Pentagon cancels $10 billion JEDI cloud contract that Amazon and Microsoft were fighting over
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/06/pentagon-cancels-10-billion-jedi-cloud-contract.html

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
    Amazon open sources its Lumberyard game engine; the project will be overseen by the Linux Foundation and now be called the Open 3D Engine — Where does your enterprise stand on the AI adoption curve? Take our AI survey to find out. — Amazon is contributing its Lumberyard game engine to open source …

    Amazon shifts Lumberyard to open source 3D game engine supported by 20 companies
    https://venturebeat.com/2021/07/06/amazons-lumberyard-becomes-an-open-source-3d-game-engine-with-support-from-20-companies/

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5 cool things you can do with your router’s USB port!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNyW0Agub-g

    Ever noticed that there is a USB port at the back of the router? Why is it there?
    Let me show you 5 cool things you can do with that USB port!

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Gartner:
    Q2 2021: global PC shipments totaled 71.6M, up 4.6% YoY, following Q1′s record 35.7% YoY growth; Lenovo holds 24.1% marketshare, followed by HP, Dell, and Apple — Growth Rate Slowed, Tempered by Impact of Ongoing Semiconductor Shortages — Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.6 million units …

    Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew 4.6% in Second Quarter of 2021
    Growth Rate Slowed, Tempered by Impact of Ongoing Semiconductor Shortages
    https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2021-07-12-gartner-says-worldwide-pc-shipments-grew-4-point-six-in-second-quarter-of-2021

    Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.6 million units in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 4.6% from the second quarter of 2020, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. While PC demand remained above pre-pandemic levels, this was a marked deceleration in growth compared to the record year over year growth of 35.7% in the first quarter of 2021, due in part to the impact of ongoing component shortages.

    “The global semiconductor shortage and subsequent component supply constraints have extended lead time for some enterprise mobile PC models to as long as 120 days,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. “This has led to prices increasing in the bill of materials, which vendors have passed on to end users. Moving forward, rising prices could continue to slow PC demand through the next 6 to 12 months.”

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck’s live-or-die Linux software, explained
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3625673/what-is-proton-the-steam-decks-live-or-die-software-explained.html

    The Steam Deck’s success will hinge on Proton, a Valve technology that lets Windows games run on Linux. Here’s what you need to know.

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Valve’s handheld gaming device Steam Deck announced, starts shipping in December
    https://www.vg247.com/2021/07/15/valves-handheld-gaming-device-steam-deck-announced-starts-shipping-december/

    Valve has unveiled a new handheld device called Stem Deck and reservations are available for it now in select regions.

    Previously known as SteamPal, which was probably the working name, Steam Deck is slated to start shipping in December.

    For Steam Deck, Valve partnered with AMD to create the handheld’s custom APU, which is being called “Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse,” promising more than enough performance to run the latest triple-A games in a “very efficient power envelope.”

    With the handheld, you can take your Steam library on the go just like you would with a PC or laptop.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel’s 14-Core Alder Lake-P CPU Falls to 8-Core AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in Early Benchmarks
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intels-14-core-alder-lake-p-cpu-falls-to-8-core-amd-ryzen-7-5800h-in-early-benchmarks

    It looks like the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H doesn’t have much to worry about yet. Based on early benchmarks spotted by hardware leaker Tum_Apisak, Intel’s upcoming 12th Generation Alder Lake processors will have a strong rival in AMD’s current mobile Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) chips.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PlaticARM is a functional, natively-flexible 32-bit ARM chipset
    https://www.gsmarena.com/platicarm_is_a_functional_nativelyflexible_32bit_arm_chipset-news-50218.php

    Wearable tech is nothing new, though definitely trendy and currently on the rise. Same goes for the broad Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Even things like smart patches, meant to go on your skin kind of exists, though current implementations tend to use traditional crystalline silicon as their base or substrate for the actual chips. In contrast, natively flexible electronic devices use substrates such as paper, metal foil or as is the case with PlasticARM – plastic. Thin-film transistors (TFTs) are grafted on top of that substrate, resulting in truly flexible chips. The benefits of this technology stretch beyond flexibility, as well. TFTs can be fabricated on flexible substrates at much lower cost that metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) fabricated on crystalline silicon wafers. The end products also tend to be thinner and comfortable to wear or fit on various surfaces.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Despite shortages, AMD is absolutely killing Intel in the workstation market.

    Puget Systems: AMD-based Workstations Achieve 60% of Total Sales
    By Francisco Pires 3 days ago
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/puget-systems-amd-based-workstations-achieve-60-of-total-sales?utm_medium=social&utm_content=tomsguide&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com

    In two years, AMD skyrocketed from under 5% of systems sold to a commanding 60% share.

    Puget Systems, one of the best-established players in the workstation assembly and delivery market, has just released a “State of the CPU” report on the distribution of its AMD and Intel systems for June 2021, and it looks very good for AMD.

    The last report, released in February of this year, had AMD at an already leading 59% of total systems sold, compared to Intel’s 41% share. This June, AMD has reached the 60% share.

    That deeper significance pertains to system and CPU availability. AMD has been placed between a rock and a hard place in the supply vs demand equation, with supply shortages affecting everything from its graphics cards to CPUs. Part of this is the fault of the pandemic, as it stretched supply chains to the breaking point. Another part pertains to TSMC’s 7nm output and the need to supply not only AMD, but other customers as well. The final piece of the puzzle lays with AMD itself, who moved virtually all of its portfolio to TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process.

    This means that AMD has had to provide for entire markets on a constrained, single node while sharing capacity with other customers. This includes current-gen consoles (with Xbox, for instance, achieving historic sales records last month), as well as system integrators across the supercomputing, workstation, business and personal computing fields.

    Compare that to Intel, who haven’t faced any supply issues during this year due to its incredibly mature 14nm process over which it has full control, undercutting AMD and selling a CPU anywhere there’s an AMD shortage.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Leaks suggest AMD’s new GPU has 3x the core count of an RX 6900 XT
    By Dave James about 20 hours ago
    https://www.pcgamer.com/amd-navi-31-rdna-3-rumours-multi-chip-design/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

    The Ryzen-like GPU chiplets of Navi 31 could see the AMD vs Nvidia battle end up the same as the AMD vs Intel fight.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Teases 14th-Gen Meteor Lake CPUs With Tile Design and 192 EUs
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-teases-14th-gen-meteor-lake-cpus-tile-design-192-eus

    During the Intel Accelerated webcast, Intel dropped a couple of bombs. In addition to sharing its product roadmap through 2025 and a new naming scheme for nodes, the chipmaker also unveiled the designs for its future Alder Lake, Meteor Lake, Sapphire Rapids and Granite Rapids processors.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dell is cancelling Alienware gaming PC shipments to several US states
    By Paul Lilly 2 days ago
    https://www.pcgamer.com/dell-is-cancelling-alienware-gaming-pc-shipments-to-several-us-states/?utm_campaign=socialflow
    Orders placed in California, Hawaii, and four other states will not be honored because of power consumption regulations.

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    I live in a state where it’s legal to buy weed, but not high-end gaming PCs
    It’s a strange, strange new world, boys and girls!
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/i-live-in-a-state-where-its-legal-to-buy-weed-but-not-high-end-gaming-pcs/

    No, I’m talking about Dell Alienware PCs.

    You see, there’s a new law in effect in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. According to Dell, via The Register:

    “This was driven by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Tier 2 implementation that defined a mandatory energy efficiency standard for PCs – including desktops, AIOs and mobile gaming systems. This was put into effect on July 1, 2021. Select configurations of the Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 were the only impacted systems across Dell and Alienware.”

    So, yeah, you’re now (effective July 1) not allowed to buy some high-end machines in these states.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ORBITER IS NOW OPEN SOURCE
    https://hackaday.com/2021/07/29/orbiter-is-now-open-source/

    We always have it on our list to learn more about Orbiter. If you haven’t seen it, it is a hyperrealistic space simulator. Granted, you can put it in an easy mode, but its real strength is you can very accurately model spacecraft like the Space Shuttle and have very realistic controls. In order to spur development, the program is now open source.

    https://www.orbiter-forum.com/threads/orbiter-is-now-open-source.40023/

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    China’s new Loongson CPU is almost as fast as the first Ryzen
    And it doesn’t rely on any foreign licenses
    https://www.techspot.com/news/90544-china-new-loongson-cpu-almost-fast-first-ryzen.html

    The new Loongson 3A5000 is a quad-core processor clocked at around 2.3 – 2.5 GHz. It uses Loongson’s 64-bit GS464V microarchitecture, which features four ALUs (arithmetic logic units) and two 256-bit vector units per core, which is mostly marketing fluff without the necessary context. Loongson is marketing it for laptops, industrial environments, and even some server applications.

    Chinese chipmaker Loongson announced a new processor on Friday. In terms of features, the Loongson 3A5000 comes equipped with two DDR4-3200 memory controllers and a dedicated encryption module. It also has four HyperTransport 3.0 SMP controllers that allow multiple 3A5000s to operate in unison inside a single system, like Intel’s Xeons and AMD’s Epycs.

    what makes the 3A5000 special isn’t specs: it’s the novel ISA (instruction set architecture) it uses, called LoongArch. It’s broadly similar to x86 and Arm, according to Loongson, but was built from the ground-up to avoid using foreign licenses.

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Not-a-Linux distro review: SerenityOS is a Unix-y love letter to the ’90s
    Although it’s nowhere near ready for prime time, there’s a lot to love here.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/08/not-a-linux-distro-review-serenityos-is-a-unix-y-love-letter-to-the-90s/

    Today, I test-drove an in-development operating system project that seems almost disturbingly tailored to me specifically: SerenityOS. I cannot possibly introduce SerenityOS more accurately than its own website does:

    SerenityOS is a love letter to ’90s user interfaces with a custom Unix-like core. It flatters with sincerity by stealing beautiful ideas from various other systems. Roughly speaking, the goal is a marriage between the aesthetic of late-1990s productivity software and the power-user accessibility of late-2000s *nix. This is a system by us, for us, based on the things we like.

    You might think that SerenityOS is just a Linux distro with an unusually ambitious vaporwave aesthetic, but it’s actually an entire operating system built from the ground up. That means custom-built kernel, display manager, shell… everything.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How It’s Actually Made – Solid State Drives
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoXJ0ki94fI

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
    State media says China is restricting online gaming time of minors to 3 hours most weeks of the year, from 8pm to 9pm on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays — – The country is imposing its strictest limits yet on play time — Beijing is waging a campaign to groom productive youths

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-30/china-limits-minors-to-just-three-hours-of-online-gaming-a-week

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft announces an online-only Surface hardware event for September 22, where an updated Surface Duo and Laptop are expected

    Microsoft announces Surface event for September 22nd
    New Surface hardware is on the way
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/1/22651859/microsoft-surface-event-date?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Arc Alchemist: Release Date, Specs, Everything We Know
    By Jarred Walton 3 days ago
    Can Intel’s Arc Alchemist compete with AMD and Nvidia GPUs?
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-arc-alchemist-release-date-specs-pricing-all-we-know

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    LTO-9 tapes hit the shelves with a supposed 45TB compressed capacity. After significant delays, the next generation of Linear Tape Open (LTO) magnetic tape has now landed, with marked improvements across both capacity and performance. The LTO Program, which oversees the technology, has announced that both Fujifilm and Sony have successfully manufactured tape that complies with the LTO Ultrium 9 format. This means LTO-9 products from these firms – as well as official LTO providers HPE, IBM and Quantum – can now be taken to market.

    LTO-9 cartridges offer 50% more capacity than LTO-8 tapes, with 18TB native capacity per cartridge, supposedly rising to a whopping 45TB compressed (at a 2.5:1 ratio). Fujifilm says these gains were achieved using barium ferrite (BaFe) particles, which are carefully distributed across the surface of the tape, creating a smooth magnetic layer. The next generation tape is also faster than its predecessor, reaching transfer rates of up to 1,000MB/sec compressed (and 440MB/sec native), as compared with 750MB/sec (360MB/sec native) on offer with LTO-8.

    Watch out HDDs, the next generation of tape is here
    By Joel Khalili about 16 hours ago
    https://www.techradar.com/news/the-next-generation-of-tape-storage-is-finally-here-with-a-whopping-45tb-capacity

    LTO-9 tapes hit the shelves with a supposed 45TB compressed capacity

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alex Heath / The Verge:
    Facebook launches $299 Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses in six countries including the US; users can capture photo and video, listen to music, or take phone calls — Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first pair of smart glasses — Starting Thursday, the first pair of smart glasses …

    Facebook on your face
    Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first pair of smart glasses
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/9/22662809/facebook-ray-ban-stories-camera-smart-glasses-hands-on?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4

    Starting Thursday, the first pair of smart glasses made by Facebook and Ray-Ban are going on sale for $299. They’re called Ray-Ban Stories, and you’ll be able to find them pretty much anywhere Ray-Bans are sold, including LensCrafters and Sunglasses Hut stores.

    The frames feature two-front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with a companion camera roll app called Facebook View, where clips can be edited and shared to other apps on your phone (not just Facebook’s own). There’s a physical button on the glasses for recording, or you can say “Hey Facebook, take a video” to control them hands-free.

    And, perhaps most importantly, they look and feel like regular glasses.

    With their core ability of taking photos and videos, Ray-Ban Stories are essentially a sleeker version of Snapchat’s Spectacles, which first debuted in 2016 to a lot of hype that quickly fizzled. These Ray-Bans don’t have displays in the lenses, like the latest Spectacles that were unveiled earlier this year. However, speakers on both sides of the frame can play sound from your phone over Bluetooth, allowing you to take a call or listen to a podcast without pulling your phone out. A touchpad built into the side of the frame lets you change the volume or play and pause what you’re hearing.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Primrose Riordan / Financial Times:
    Experts say China’s gaming regulations for young players will hurt esports development in the country and hand a big advantage to rivals in other countries
    https://t.co/j7bb7FxnqY

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intelin Optane ohittaa DRAM-muistit?
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/12557-intelin-optane-ohittaa-dram-muistit

    Eri tallennustekniikoista NAND-flash on ylivoimaisen suosittu. Tänä vuonna NAND-piirejä myydään markkinoille lähes miljoonan petatavun verran. DRAM on selkeä kakkonen, mutta usean analyytikon mukaan Intelin kehittämä Optane eli XPoint-muisti voisi ohittaa DRAM-piirit toimitusmäärissä vuoteen 2030 mennessä.

    Näin näkee esimerkiksi Objective Analysis, joka on tutkinut uusien muistitekniikoiden suosion kasvua. XPointin lisäksi arvio kattaa MRAM-, FeRAM- ja ReRAM-muistit. Ennusteen mukaan näiden tekniikoiden yhteenlaskettu myynti voisi kasvaa 44 miljardiin dollariin vuonna 2031.

    Iso osa tästä kakusta menisi Intelin ja Micronin yhdessä kehittämälle XPointilla. Objective Analysis arvioi, että vuonna 2031 Intelin Optane-tuotemerkilllä myytäisiin moduuleja jo 20 miljardilla dollarilla.

    Tänä vuonna Optane-moduuleja myydään 1000 petatavun verran. Vuonna 2028 puhutaan jo satakertaisesta määrästä eli sadastatuhannesta petatavusta.

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5 weird motherboards that shouldn’t exist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWOCCuL6maE

    Motherboards are the heart of any PC build, but while we take certain features and form factors for granted, specialty use and just plain bizarre system design means we get a few oddballs…

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