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Archive for January, 2010

Android-ready media chip targets video-editing phones

January 29, 2010

Movidius announced an Android version of a new “Myriad” multimedia coprocessor designed for real-time video editing on mobile phones. The MA1110 offers eight proprietary “Shave” processing cores delivering up to 20GFLOPS of processing power, says the company.

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Motorola and Google to offer Android phone

January 29, 2010

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha announced during a fourth-quarter earnings call that Motorola is planning to offer “at least one” Android smartphone directly to consumers through Google, says an eWEEK report. The as-yet-unnamed device — to appear later this year — will be a follow-on to HTC's Nexus One, the first phone to carry the search giant's brand.

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Rugged UMPC wins patent for FPGA-centric design

January 29, 2010

Black Diamond announced it has been awarded a patent for FPGA-related technology found in its rugged, Linux-ready SwitchBack UMPC (ultra mobile PC). In the patented SwitchBack architecture, a Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGA controls the Celeron CPU via a PCI-Express channel, enabling the device to be easily reprogrammed, says the company.

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Eight ways Android and Linux tablets can beat Apple’s iPad

January 28, 2010

[Updated, Jan. 29] — Apple's newly announced iPad has been touted as “magical,” “amazing,” and “revolutionary” by company officials. But, key deficiencies in the device provide opportunities for competitors, who can craft better tablets that run Linux or Android.

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Kontron launches Core i7-based AMC card, VPX blade

January 28, 2010

Kontron announced an “AM4020” AMC module and a VPX format “VX6060” computing blade, both equipped with Intel's 32nm-fabricated Core i7 processor. The Linux-ready products are the first of many Core i7 systems Kontron plans to introduce this year in formats including AMC, CompactPCI, and COM Express, says the company.

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ATX mobo includes USB 3.0 and SATA III

January 28, 2010

MSI announced an ATX-format motherboard based on Intel's P55 chipset that supports LGA1156-socketed Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The “P55-GD85” offers connections including USB 3.0, SATA II, SATA III ports, RAID , PCI Express, PCI, and FireWire, and offers a Linux-based fast-boot OS called “Winki.”

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Signage computer sports 46-inch display

January 27, 2010

Axiomtek announced a digital signage computer that includes a 46-inch display and a choice of Celeron or Core 2 Duo processors. The DSA-146 features a removable CPU board, an optional motion detection sensor, a Mini PCI Express expansion slot, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, an 80GB hard disk drive, and two speakers, the company says.

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Android angling toward multi-touch

January 27, 2010

Cypress Semiconductor announced a touchscreen device driver for Android and Linux that supports Cypress' TrueTouch touchscreen controllers, complete with “all-points” multi-touch signaling support. Meanwhile, “Cyanogen” has hacked a multi-touch interface for Google's Nexus One phone, and Google is upgrading the Android-based phone's spotty 3G support, says eWEEK.

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High-end NAS device runs Linux

January 27, 2010

Enhance Technology announced an eight-disk, Linux-based network-attached storage (NAS) device, offering up to 16TB of SATA storage. The UltraShare NAS8000-P4 incorporates an Intel Xeon (Nehalem) CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, four gigabit Ethernet ports, and an optional gateway for expanding to up to 176TB.

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Kontron revs COM Express modules

January 27, 2010

Kontron has updated its ETXexpress computer-on-module (COM) family with three high-end models. The ETXexpress-PC PP (“Performance Package”) modules move up to the Intel GM45 Express and Intel GL40 Express chipsets, accept 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and support CPUs up to a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400.

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Open source nettop designed from survey requests

January 26, 2010

The Open-PC project, which developed an open source Linux PC based on community survey requests, says its KDE-flavored nettop will ship next month. The Open-PC is equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom 330 with 3GB RAM and 160GB storage, but its high $500 price has stirred some controversy.

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ETX module sticks with Atom N270

January 26, 2010

Aaeon announced an ETX-format module that uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and sports two SATA interfaces. The ETX-945GSE accepts up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, supports LVDS, CRT, or SDVO displays, and has four USB 2.0 ports, the company says.

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Mini-ITX signage board boasts 1080p video

January 26, 2010

IEI announced a 1080p-ready, Mini-ITX digital signage and surveillance board that supports Intel's Core i7 and i5 processors. IEI's Kino-QM57A is equipped with an Intel QM57 Express chipset with Intel Active Management Technology 6.0, and offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports and dual HDMI ports, among other I/O.

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Nvidia boards target high-performance computing

January 26, 2010

Nvidia announced parallel processors for the high performance computing (HPC) market, based on its GPU (graphics processing unit) architecture. The Tesla C2070 and C2050 are PCI Express x16 cards touted as “transforming a [Windows or Linux] workstation to perform like a small cluster,” with up to 640 Gigaflops of performance.

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Free training webinars feature Linux luminaries

January 26, 2010

The Linux Foundation announced a free webinar series on topics ranging from Linux administration to performance tuning. The Linux Training Webinar Series will launch with a webinar on Linux contributions on March 1 by Jon Corbet, while future sessions feature Linux Foundation technical advisory board (TAB) members and leading community developers.

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Rugged car computer touted for smart power controls

January 25, 2010

Axiomtek announced a fanless, Intel Core 2 Duo-ready in-vehicle box computer that supports Linux. The eBOX310-830-FL resists vibration, can be switched on and off by a car's ignition switch, and complies with E-Mark E13 and ISO-7637 standards for vehicle manufacturers, says the company.

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4G SoC offers 26 processors and Linux BSP

January 25, 2010

Mindspeed announced a system-on-chip family designed for mobile broadband 3G/4G basestations, including femtocells and macrocells. Mindspeed's Transcede SoCs, starting with the 600MHz T4000 and 750MHz T4020, integrate dual ARM Cortex-A9 processors, 10 DSPs from Ceva, plus 10 DSP accelerators, and come with Linux BSPs, says the company.

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Android will soon trail only Symbian, says IDC

January 25, 2010

Android will trail only Symbian in mobile phone market share by 2013, according to IDC. Android phones such as the pictured Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which is now heading for NTT DoCoMo, will grow 150.4 percent to 68.0 million units by 2013, but other Linux-based phones will struggle, says IDC.

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Major turnaround in processor market predicted

January 22, 2010

ABI Research has forecast a major turnaround in the processor market for ultra-mobile devices (UMDs). Intel has 90 percent of that market today, but ARM Holdings and its licensees will garner the majority by 2013, the research firm says.

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Android rocks out on Fender phone

January 22, 2010

T-Mobile launched an Eric Clapton-backed Fender Limited Edition of its Android-based MyTouch 3G phone. Meanwhile, China-based Hisense announced an HS-E90 Android phone, Motorola is launching an Android app store in China, and Taiwan's Gigabyte is rumored to be releasing an Android handset in Russia, say reports.

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