PS5 vs Xbox Series X: what have we learned about the key differences

Sony | June 17, 2020

When comparing the PS5 vs Xbox Series X consoles, there's a lot of information to digest. We have an increasingly clear picture when it comes to internals and specs, the beginnings of each console's game library, and – most crucially – the currently on-target release window for late 2020, but the long list unknown variables make any discussion of the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox a difficult one. Thankfully, we're getting new information about the consoles everyday. Sony has finally revealed what the PS5 looks like, and it's rather striking to say the least. It adopts the two-tone color design of the DualSense PS5 controller, and can be placed vertically or horizontally. Sony is also releasing a Digital Edition PS5, which removes the 4K Blu-Ray drive and should be cheaper than the standard model. And while we know a lot more about upcoming PS5 games, we still haven't received a price or release date for either version of the console.

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Discover the new Timeline scrubbing feature and some additional functionalities added in VFX Graph to improve your workflow. This video shows you how to use VFX Graph with Timeline on Unity 2022.2 or higher.

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Discover the new Timeline scrubbing feature and some additional functionalities added in VFX Graph to improve your workflow. This video shows you how to use VFX Graph with Timeline on Unity 2022.2 or higher.

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Skyworks’ Timing Solutions Meet Next-Generation PCIe Requirements

Skyworks | December 16, 2022

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS), today announced the evolution of its Si5332 family of high-performance clock generators, supporting the industry transition to PCI Express Generation 6 (PCIe 6.0). According to PCI-SIG, new applications including artificial intelligence, machine learning and edge computing are driving the need for higher performance and increased bandwidth interconnects for compute, switching and storage platforms in data centers1. The Si5332 product family from Skyworks supports PCIe 6.0 while maintaining backwards compatibility with older PCIe standards. “PCIe 6.0 is the future of the data center, and Skyworks is helping IC suppliers design with confidence when they make the transition to the latest PCIe standard, Drawing from our decades of expertise in providing high-performance, low-jitter timing solutions for high-speed serial interconnect applications, we have qualified our Si5332 family to provide reference timing for the newest PCIe 6.0 applications.” -James Wilson, vice president and general manager of timing products at Skyworks. PCIe 6.0 increases data rates to 64GT/s and enables bandwidths as high as 256Gbps, effectively doubling the performance of PCIe 5.0. This latest upgrade to the PCIe standard ensures the high-speed interconnects used in data center applications do not become a bottleneck and complements the industry’s transition to 400G and 800G Ethernet. Unlike prior generations of the PCIe standard that used NRZ signalling, PCIe 6.0 uses PAM4 modulation to combine two bits into a single symbol with four amplitude levels. This approach doubles the transfer speed but degrades the eye diagram by replacing a single, large data eye with three smaller data eyes. Using a low jitter PCIe reference clock maximizes the PAM4 data eye opening and minimizes bit-error rate, which is necessary for faster transfer speeds. The Si5332’s any-frequency clock synthesis, low jitter operation and support for PCIe 6.0 makes it ideally suited to replace fixed function oscillators, clocks and buffers with a single IC. The device features Skyworks proprietary MultiSynthTM fractional divider technology, which provides any-frequency synthesis and excellent jitter performance. The Si5332 is available in 6, 8 and 12-output options, with support for integrated format/level translation, LVPECL, LVDS, HCSL and LVCMOS, and 1.8-3.3V VDDO operation. When combined with support for PCIe 6.0, the Si5332 is well suited to operate as a data center clock-tree-on-a-chip, replacing multiple timing components with a highly integrated, high-performance solution. Device samples are available now. In addition to this Si5332 product announcement, Skyworks is pleased to announce PCIe 6.0 support in its PCIe Jitter Tool. Long regarded as the industry standard for measuring PCIe clocks and evaluating compliance to PCIe jitter specs, the PCIe Jitter Tool now allows users to take accurate jitter measurements on PCIe 6.0 reference clocks. About Skyworks Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our highly innovative analog and mixed signal semiconductors are connecting people, places and things spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications within the aerospace, automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, defense, entertainment and gaming, industrial, military, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets.

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TSN and Genius Sports Team up to Deliver NFL Playoff and Super Bowl Feeds on TSN+

TSN & Genius Sports | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, TSN, a popular sports network in Canada, and Genius Sports Limited announced signing an agreement to broadcast cutting-edge NFL games on TSN+. Genius Sports, the NFL's official data partner, will power groundbreaking, augmented broadcasts during the upcoming NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl LVII. It will provide NFL fans with a revolutionary experience on TSN+. TSN+ broadcasts will feature Genius Sports' award-winning augmentation tools, including live feeds from NFL, EPL, NBA, March Madness, and more. Bell Media's largest Canadian sports network, TSN, brings viewers these unique, improved NFL feeds exclusively through TSN+. TSN+ NFL will include play-by-play data-driven insights, graphic overlays, visualizations, and more. NFL NGS data will be integrated into the live broadcast to display key player statistics such as passes completed, rushing, passing, and receiving yards, along with route trails, radar maps, and other on-field enhancements. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service, TSN+, is available on the TSN App and TSN.ca, offering fans of Canadian sports a way to enjoy more world-class games, matches, races, and events than ever before. The enhanced feeds on TSN+ are in addition to the live game coverage on CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS, which delivers games all over the country during all of the league's broadcast windows. Bell Media is the only company in Canada that can show NFL games on TV. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, expressed, "In partnership with TSN, we're thrilled to be powering the most advanced NFL broadcasts available through a unique marriage between our state-of-the-art technology with an innovative new platform to deliver a football first for Canadian NFL fans." He added, "The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are world-renowned and we're proud to be providing our full suite of broadcast augmentation tools to help bring fans closer to the action, transforming the way every play is experienced on TSN+." (Source- Business Wire) About Genius Sports The global ecosystem connecting betting, sports, and media is powered by Genius Sports' data, technology, and broadcast partnerships. Its technology in over 150 countries provides immersive solutions that enhance fan experiences for the entire sports sector. Over 400 sporting organizations trust the brand, including FIBA, NFL, EPL NCAA, NASCAR, AFA, and Liga MX. Its partners benefit from Genius Sports' cutting-edge technology, scale, and worldwide reach. About TSN With five national television feeds, TSN+, TSN.ca, TSN Radio stations, and a 5G-enabled app, TSN is Canada's Sports Leader, delivering world-class content across industry-leading platforms. The company's network has a deep and diverse roster of live sports programming. It is a part of Bell Media, a leading television, radio, digital, and out-of-home multimedia company in Canada.

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Velocity Offers Managed Solution for End-to-End Control of Hotel TV and Wi-Fi Operations

Velocity | November 09, 2022

Velocity, a rapidly growing managed solutions provider with a blue chip customer base, has rolled out a package of hospitality services designed to offer hotels a single source partner for delivering the highest quality internet and streaming tv in-room experiences to guests. The managed solution, the Velocity Hospitality Guest Experience, includes the following services: Fully managed network, data and voice services NOC and Call Center Support, 24/7 and 100% U.S.-based Wireless 4G/5G failover IoT (internet of things) Integration with Guest Wi-Fi, including door locks, fire sensors, panic buttons and more. On-site Field Technicians with nationwide coverage V-SELECT® Client Portal, a state-of-the-art tool offering a 'single pane of glass' view of all these services. Telecom/Technology Expense Management (TEM) services. Security Camera installation and ongoing monitoring and replacement. Digital Signage and Advertising, from the hardware to content to the content management system (CMS). "With this unique portfolio of managed solutions and service for hotels, Velocity is seeking to become the vendor of choice for delivery of the highest quality television and network experience, With one vendor, Velocity, hotels can now power every room, allow guests to customize their entertainment, and simplify their operations all while reducing operational costs." -Mark Walker, President and COO of Velocity A typical Velocity customer could be a large hotel, retail, or restaurant chain or any entity with numerous branch locations that can number into the hundreds of sites. Velocity delivers end-to-end management services by leveraging a network backbone of 13 redundant data centers and 5,500+ certified technicians across the nation, along with 450 carrier agreements supporting its status as a CLEC in all 50 states. About Velocity MSC Velocity delivers customized IT managed services such as IT support, network management, voice and data connectivity, multinational data networking, on-site repairs and service, field project rollouts and implementations, free-to-guest TV and Wi-Fi solutions, digital signage and DOOH media solutions, and more in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, and entertainment industries. Velocity is a privately held company with approximately 550 employees, 13 redundant data centers, 5,500+ certified technicians throughout the U.S., and 450 carrier agreements and is a CLEC in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.velocitymsc.com.

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