Shortly after rolling the first high-end gaming GPUs based on its new Turing architecture Nvidia has announced its next ultra-high-end Titan-series offering. The new Nvidia Titan RTX GPU is a somewhat beefier version of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, using the same TU102 GPU but without any of its hardware disabled. It will also feature a whopping 24GB of high-speed GDDR6 RAM. The primary target audience for Titan RTX graphics cards will be AI researchers, data scientists, and content creators. It will also be able to handle all the games that its GeForce RTX siblings can, with full support for Nvidia’s much-touted ray tracing and Deep Learning Supersampling (DLSS) algorithm.
According to Nvidia, a card like this is ideal for neural network training and inference. The large amount of RAM, plus support for the NVLink interconnect to combine the memory pools of two such cards, would help researchers work with enormous data sets. The powerful new graphics card is also being touted as a tool for studios that work on games and VR experiences built around ray tracing. The Titan RTX will be an alternative to Nvidia’s pro-grade Quadro RTX GPUs, bridging the workstation and gaming markets. The price in India will be Rs. 2,24,000 including taxes, which is lower than the Rs. 2,81,800 list price of the outgoing Titan V model, which was launched almost exactly a year ago.
The TU102 GPU is comprised of 4,608 programmable CUDA cores for 3D graphics, 576 Tensor cores for AI and deep learning, and 72 specially designed RT cores for real-time ray tracing. Using Nvidia’s own metrics, ray tracing performance is up to 11 Gigarays per second compared to 10 on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, while deep learning performance throughput is rated at 130 Teraflops compared to 57 Teraflops. The Titan RTX has the same 1350MHz base clock speed as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but a higher boost clock speed of 1770MHz instead of 1635MHz.
As for graphics memory, the 24GB of GDDR6 RAM has the same 14Gbps rating as before, but runs on a 384-bit bus for an effective throughput increase to 672GBps, up from 616GBps. The TU102 GPU has approximately 18.6 billion transistors and is fabricated using a 12nm process. Power consumption is rated at 280W. Details of availability in India aren’t certain, but the company has sold previous Titan as well as GeForce GTX graphics cards on its own website.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti buyers who might be feeling annoyed that their brand new graphics cards aren’t at the top of the performance charts anymore, as the faster, fully enabled GPU will deliver slightly higher scores and could prove to be more overclockable. However, very few gamers are likely to feel that the marginal increase in performance is worth the enormous price difference between the two cards.
Novel microscope can non-invasively diagnose, treat diseases:Study
Scientists have developed a specialised microscope that has the potential to diagnose diseases like skin cancer as well as perform precise surgery without making any incisions in the skin.
According to the study published in the journal Science Advances, the microscope allows medical professionals to pinpoint the exact location of an abnormality, diagnose it and treat it instantly.
“Our technology allows us to scan tissue quickly, and when we see a suspicious or abnormal cell structure, we can perform ultra-precise surgery and selectively treat the unwanted or diseased structure within the tissue – without cutting into the skin,” said Yimei Huang from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
It could be used to treat any structure of the body that can be reached by light and requires extremely precise treatment, including nerves or blood vessels in the skin, eye, brain or other vital structures, researchers said.
“For diagnosing and scanning diseases like skin cancer, this could be revolutionary,” said Harvey Lui, professor at the University of British Columbia.
The study shows that the device allows imaging of living tissue up to about one millimetre in depth using an ultrafast infrared laser beam.
Researchers said that this microscope, however, is different from previous technology due to its capability to not only digitally scan living tissue, but also treat the tissue by intensifying the heat produced by the laser.
“We can alter the pathway of blood vessels without impacting any of the surrounding vessels or tissues,” said Lui.
The researchers also said that their aim is to make multiphoton microscope technology more versatile while also increasing its precision.
“We wanted to be able to identify what was happening under the skin from many different angles and to have the capability of imaging different body sites,” said Haishan Zeng from the University of British Columbia.
Developments of a miniature version of the telescope that could be used to perform microscopic examinations and treatment during endoscopy are also underway, researchers said.
“We are not only the first to achieve fast video-rate imaging that enables clinical applications, but also the first to develop this technology for therapeutic uses,” said Zeng
Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone coming to India on May 27:Report
After Asus and Nubia, Black Shark is set to launch a high-end gaming smartphone in India. According to BGR India, Black Shark has already started sending invites for the launch of Black Shark 2. The gaming phone will reportedly launch in India on May 27.
Black Shark 2 was launched in March and is already available for sale in China. The phone is the second-generation gaming smartphone and a follow-up to the Black Shark Helo.
This will be the first ever gaming smartphone from Black Shark to launch in the country. In case you are not aware, Black Shark is a sub-brand of Xiaomi.
As expected, this is a premium smartphone with top-of-the-line specifications. The device boasts a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The entire display, according to the company, is pressure sensitive. This means gamers can map onto the display that reacts to different levels of pressure
Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with either 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage or 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s also a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support, a 48MP/12MP rear camera setup, and a 20MP front-facing camera.
It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10+. Black Shark 2 also comes with Liquid Cooling 3.0, a vapor cooling system similar to what the Razer Phone 2 uses. The company also plans to sell optional accessories with the Black Shark 2 in India.
The launch of Black Shark 2 comes at a time when the popularity of mobile games like PUBG and Fortnite at the all-time high in India. The gaming smartphone will take on the likes of the Asus ROG Phone and Nubia Red Magic. Interestingly, ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia is also expected to launch the Red Magic 3 in India in the coming days.
Tara Sutaria obsessed with makeup
Actress Tara Sutaria, who has wooed the audience with her stylish and glamorous looks in her debut film ‘Student of the Year 2’, says she loves to do makeup. “I am completely obsessed with makeup. I love to experiment different cosmetic products.
I even check social media to have a look at trending makeup and fashion styles…So that I don’t miss out anything,” Tara told IANS. She has also shared her own makeup style.
“During day time, I prefer to have a natural look…So I opt for minimal makeup. At night, I like to go a little bold,” added Tara, who has been appointed brand ambassador for the global brand, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, in India. Ater putting on makeup, the 23-year-old makes sure to keep herself hydrated as much as possible.
“The most important thing to do is to keep youself hydrated. So when I apply makeup, I make sure to drink ample amount of water. And it is very much important to take off your makeup from your skin completely before heading to sleep. Cleansing, toning and moisturising is my skin care ritual.” On the work front, Tara will next be seen in ‘Marjaavaan’.
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