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CES 2013: Samsung's Stephen Woo live blog

Samsung president Dr. Stephen Woo talks at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:26:45 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:26:50 PM
    To be honest this is not buttery smooth, but graphically it's gorgeous.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:27:19 PM
    And that demo's over.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:27:45 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:28:02 PM
    Woo back up now, saying that was a demo of a completely new level of performance from a mobile device. Onto the battery life, the Octo chip has up to 70 percent savings on battery due to the new silicon, he says.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:28:43 PM
    This is a 28nm chip. This will eventually drop down to 20, 14 and 10nm, Woo promises. This is 5x thinner than a strand of human hair, he says.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:29:15 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:32:46 PM
    Internet just dropped out here. (Thanks Verizon!) East talking about the chip's Little Big tech which uses different cores for different tasks.
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    East still talking about chips and using all the processing units for greater system level efficiencies.
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    Other features of ARM tech: running different streams on something like a TV so that viewers can see their own content.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:35:49 PM
    East off the stage now and Woo carrying on. Now we're getting a demo of the companies Galaxy Camera.
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    Verizon appears to have completely imploded here by the way.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:37:23 PM
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    Woo going over basics of the Galaxy Camera, which he says created a whole new category. Now playing a video about data expansion.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:38:10 PM
    Video still playing, promoting a video for "cats." Lots of chuckles as kitty videos roll.
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:38:54 PM
    And the Internet's back. To recap, we're watching a video promoting image processor technology and data use with videos and pictures of cats.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:40:03 PM
    Lots of chuckles as cats continue. "Data isn't getting any wider, and cats are only getting cuter," the announcer says. Lots of applause for that video. Woo back up. "Capturing images is important, but processing is just as important."
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:40:35 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:40:44 PM
    We believe this explosion of data will accelerate, Woo says. "Where does it go? Where is the cloud?" he asks.
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    The answer: servers and data centers. These are not the most exciting part of our mobile devices, Woo says, "but it's a critical factor nonetheless." These data centers require a crazy amount of energy that's just going up. "At Samsung we decided to tackle this challenge," he says. That means specialty components for data centers.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:42:10 PM
    Woo says the company is replacing disk drives with solid-state drives. The new ones use the company's flash memory.
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    These are 6x faster and using 26% less power than current components. Woo says companies could save enough energy to light up New York City for six months.
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:43:40 PM
    To talk to us about this a bit longer, Hewlett-Packard's Trevor Schick is up on stage. He's in HP's component supplier industry group.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:44:07 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:44:29 PM
    Schick says the cloud, big data, and mobility are where all the innovation is happening.
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    Every day 20k servers are shipped to data centers to power all this stuff, meaning that any changes and improvements have a dramatic effect.
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:46:26 PM
    Schick says power efficiency improvements of anywhere from 50-80 percent can be had. That includes the company's "Project Moonshot," which came out of HP Labs with the aim to improve power consumption in server farms.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:47:10 PM
    Again, the short version of this: Our data needs are growing, and we need to make data centers faster and use less power. Schick leaves and Woo back up.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 5:47:30 PM
    We've gone through processors and memory, now onto the really fun stuff: displays.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 5:47:45 PM
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