Raspberry Pi single board computers have always stood out for their modest dimensions and low price. But the new Raspberry Pi Pico model can be considered the best for these indicators.
To begin with, such a PC costs only $ 4! This is not some kind of promotional price – this is really the case when you can say “buy yourself a PC for the price of a cup of coffee.”
Of course, everything is relative. And it’s not about coffee, which can be much cheaper. The Raspberry Pi Pico certainly isn’t a full-fledged PC, but that goes for all of the company’s products.
The secret of the very low price lies in a number of factors. Firstly, the heart is a self-developed RP2040 single-chip Raspberry Pi system. It includes two Cortex-M0 + cores with a frequency of 133 MHz, 264 KB of its own memory, and a number of controllers. In addition, the solution supports up to 16MB of external flash memory via the QSPI bus. The PC itself contains 2MB of flash memory.
The board has a micro-USB port, which is used for both power supply and control. There are no wireless adapters, but there is a set of GPIO pins. There are 30 of them, and four of them can be used as analog inputs. Also worth highlighting is a UART pair, an SPI pair, and two I2C controllers.
The Raspberry Pi puts a lot of emphasis on its microprocessor in its press release. For example, it is indicated that its body has dimensions of 7 x 7 mm. The dimensions of the PC itself are 21 x 55 mm.
The company also clarifies that since the Cortex-M0 + cores lack a floating point module, the developers ordered the optimized floating point functions from Mark Owen, the author of the popular Qfplib libraries. They are significantly faster than their GCC equivalents and are licensed for use with any RP2040 based product.
Named the best apps and games for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch
Apple has announced the winners of the annual App Store Awards, naming the 16 best apps and games presented in the App Store in 2022.
This year’s winners represent a diverse community of developers from around the world whose apps and games have been selected by the Apple App Store editorial team for “exceptional experiences and deep cultural impact.”
This year’s App Store Award winners have reimagined our app experience with a fresh and thoughtful perspective. From self-taught soloists to international teams operating around the world, these entrepreneurs make a significant impact and represent how apps and games affect our communities and lives.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
iPhone App of the Year is BeReal, which lets you share photos and chat with friends. It does not have filters and masks, so the pictures are as vivid as possible, close to reality. Apex Legends Mobile was named the best game for iPhone.
The iPad App of the Year was GoodNotes 5 by Time Base Technology Limited, which “takes digital note-taking to the next level with best-in-class Apple Pencil support.”
For Mac computers, MacFamilyTree 10 was the best app, which will be appreciated by genealogists, and for Apple Watch smartwatches, the Gentler Streak app was chosen.
You can see the full list of applications, including eight games, on the Apple website.
Recall that the former top manager criticized the App Store in a recent article.
ECSIPC Unveils LEET Z790H7-A Motherboard and LEET B660 Barebone Computer
ECS Industrial Computer, also known as ECSIPC, is a subsidiary of leading motherboard and computer manufacturer Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS). ECSIPC has joined forces with Intel with the introduction of the LEET Z790H7-A motherboard and the LEET B660 barebones gaming computer.
The Z790H7-A motherboard provides excellent performance for gamers and professionals. It is compatible with 12th and 13th generation Intel Core processors (Raptor Lake-S and Alder Lake-S) and also supports Windows 11 64-bit.
The Intel Z790 chipset has improved the overclocking function, it also supports DDR5 and PCIe5 RAM. DDR5 delivers 50% higher throughput than DDR4, while PCIe 5.0 increases TPS from 16 GT/s (with PCIe 4.0) to 32 GT/s.
The Z790H7-A is equipped with 4 M.2 SSD slots. The motherboard is equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C (20 Gb / s) port, in particular, for external storage devices. The Z790H7-A motherboard is equipped with an 18-phase digital power supply. In terms of Internet support, the motherboard is equipped with an Intel 2.5G LAN connector and supports M.2 2230 802.11ax wireless communication.
The Z790H7-A motherboard uses one-click BIOS update, which makes it easy for ordinary users. The Z790H7-A motherboard boasts individual adjustable LEDs and an 8-channel ALC1220 audio chip with Japanese capacitors.
The LEET B660 barebone computer supports 12th generation Intel processors (Core i3, i5, i7 and i9). LEET B660 can be equipped with two graphics cards. In particular, the manufacturer offers versions with NVIDIA Nvidia RTX 3070/3060 Ti video cards, as well as AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT.
The computer received an ECS B660H7-M20 motherboard based on the Intel B660 chipset. It supports up to 64 GB of RAM, and the power supply has a power of 550 or 650 W, depending on the version.
LEET B660 is equipped with clear tempered glass side panels that can be easily opened without tools. The LEET B660 has plenty of room for airflow with large air intakes.
The PC itself is equipped with hard drive slots and supports up to three 2.5″ drives or one 3.5″ hard drive. In addition, the LEET B660 has multiple lighting modes including static, breathing and color cycle.
Former president of Neuralink launched a startup to develop a brain-computer interface without implants
A startup Hodak Science has been launched in the United States, where they are developing a brain-computer interface. At the same time, the Hodak Science version does not require implants. Its creator is the former president of Neuralink, Max Hodak.
For work, it is proposed to use not electronics, but photonics; for manipulations with the brain, it is proposed to use light. The startup has already received funding of $160 million. At the moment, the company has already developed the Science Eye prosthesis, which is being tested on rabbits, and will move to human trials in the coming years. It should help with the treatment of certain diseases of the central and peripheral vision.
Hodak Science also wants to create an operating system that will output data directly to the retina, which will allow you to show hints, instructions, and so on. So far, it has not been reported when it is worth waiting for ready-made solutions, but the operation itself has already been worked out. True, this requires stimulating the cells of the optic nerve, for this they are injected with an artificial protein.
At the same time, Hodak remains a shareholder of Neuralink, as well as a holder of securities in a competing startup, Synchron. These companies are developing implantable chips.
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