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WyreStorm Launches Modular H2XC Series at ISE

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WyreStorm announces the ISE 2018 reveal of the H2XC Series modular HDBaseT 5Play 4K with integrated audio DSP matrix switchers, featuring a selection of customisable multi-format, multi-platform transmission cards.

WyreStorm H2XCAn evolution of the H2X series, the H2XC offers more pro AV and large residential options for the distribution of multi-source 4K UHD with HDR and legacy video formats. It also handles multi-source audio matrix switching to multiple zones, including SmartTV function and audio on-demand products.

Like the parent model, the H2XC includes proprietary SmartEDID technology to dynamically remove conflicts when combining 1080p and 4K screens within the same installation. An integrated audio matrix with powerful DSP routes up to 3 separate audio signals per transmission card (depending on card), including ARC, HDMI de-embed from video and separate line-level audio only sources.

Spectre and Meltdown Fixes Cause PC Slowdowns?

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As the industry figures out how to fix Spectre and Meltdown-- the two security issues affecting the processors powering just about every PC, server and mobile device-- news emerges on how the fixes might negatively hit the performance of said devices.

Meltdown SpectreIn case anyone is in need of background, the ominously named Spectre (dubbed so because of the root cause, speculative execution) and Meltdown (since it melts security boundaries normally enforced by hardware) were discovered by security researchers in the early days of 2018. The discovery brought about a flurry of patches and updates, but soon afterwards reports emerged of performance taking a hit as a result of said updates. Initially the industry was hesitant to confirm the reports, but now both Microsoft and Intel admit that, yes, the Spectre and Meltdown fixes affect the performance of at least some machines.

Samsung Debuts Flip Digital Flipchart

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Samsung unveils the Flip digital flipchart display (WM55H) at a First Look event-- a 55-inch portrait-based LCD touchscreen allowing for sharing, annotation, movement and even sharing.

Samsung FlipStanding on a portable, wheel-based stand, the Flip transforms any location into a huddle room, making it ideal for customers with limited conference space. It allows up to 4 different participants to show content or annotate directly on screen at the same time, using either fingers or dual-sided pen.

Compatibility with a variety of devices is included via wireless and USB, PC and mobile connectivity. Integrated screen-sharing makes Flip content available on connected PCs, smartphones and tablets, without interruption or reduced visual quality, and users can likewise export content from their devices to the Flip display.

Gartner: "Moderate" Decline for Q4 EMEA PCs

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According to Gartner EMEA PC shipments total 21.8 million in Q4 2017-- a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, with the market hit by ailing demand in the UK and weaker-than-expected German shipments.

Gartner q4 2017 PC market

The analyst expects a Y-o-Y increase in W. European PC revenues for the quarter, while a combination of currency fluctuations, rising component costs and a product-mix shift towards higher-value products (such as gaming systems and high-performance notebooks) brings an increase in ASPs.

On a global basis, Q4 2017 PC shipments are down by -2% Y-o-Y to 71.6m units, making a 13th consecutive quarter of falling global PC shipments. Meanwhile full-year 2017 is the 6th year of annual PC declines, as shipments total 262.5m, a fall of -2.8% decline.

EU Considers Spend €1 Billion on Supercomputers

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The European Commission has plans for a big joint investment with EU member states-- the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, a proposal for €1 billion in spending on "world-class European supercomputer infrastructure."

SupercomputersAccording to the EC, the acquisition of high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure is "crucial" for the competitiveness and Independence of the continent's data economy. After all, the current lack of necessary infrastructure forces European scientists and industry to process data outside the EU, bringing potential threats to privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets and data ownership, particularly in sensitive applications.

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