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Archive for July, 2010

Intel wins court ruling in antitrust case

July 30, 2010

A special master appointed by a judge ruled that Intel's business practices, including giving OEMs discounts to limit their use of AMD products, did not harm consumers, and in some cases those discounts were passed onto consumers. He denied the request for class-action status for the lawsuit.

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Intel, Infineon negotiate over wireless business, reports say

July 30, 2010

Intel is negotiating to buy Infineon Technologies' wireless chip business for about $1.3 billion, according to published reports. At the same time, Samsung reportedly is making its own mobility play for Infineon's business.

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CompactPCI board takes on Core i7

July 30, 2010

Adlink Technology announced a 6U CompactPCI processor blade equipped with 32nm, dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU models ranging up to the 2.53GHz i7-610E. The cPCI-6510 Series incorporates two PMC sites and a PCIe site, and is available in a multitude of versions varying by processor model, I/O, storage options, and temperature range.

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Mobile Linux software pioneer goes all out for Android

July 30, 2010

Japanese mobile Linux software firm Access announced a major push toward Android, joining the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and releasing a free “Graffiti” handwriting recognition app for Android, among other developments. Meanwhile, Access' IP Infusion subsidiary has added MPLS-Transport Profile support to its ZebOS Network Platform software, says the company.

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Rugged box computer loads up on serial I/O

July 30, 2010

Axiomtek announced a fanless box computer notable for its extensive serial connectivity. The eBOX622-831-FL is equipped with an Intel 945GSE Express chipset, supports an Intel Atom N270 processor with up to 2GB DDR2 memory, and offers a front-accessible CompactFlash socket, SATA storage, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and six serial ports, says the company.

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Qseven module has onboard flash drive

July 30, 2010

MSC Vertriebs announced a Qseven COM (computer on module) that offers a choice of Intel Atom Z5xx processors plus an optional 4GB of flash storage. The MSC-Q7-US15W-FD offers up to 1GB of RAM, a PCI Express x1 interface, dual (CRT and LVDS) display support, and eight USB 2.0 ports, the company says.

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SoC has dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores

July 29, 2010

STMicroelectronics (ST) announced an SoC (system on chip) claimed to be the industry's first to combine two ARM Cortex-A9 cores with a DDR3 memory interface. The SPEAr1310 offers dual cores clocked at 600MHz, gigabit Ethernet, plus connectivity including USB, SATA, and PCI Express, the company says.

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IP-STB DVR transcodes video to and from mobile devices

July 29, 2010

Monsoon Multimedia announced a Linux-based IP set-top and DVR that supports streaming to and from remote PCs and Macs, plus the iPad as well as Android, BlackBerry, and iOS phones. The HD-ready Vulkano ranges in price from $259 to $379, starting with the Vulkano (8GB or 16GB storage) and advancing to the SATA-equipped Vulkano Pro (500GB or 1TB).

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New controller chip sets stage for color e-readers

July 29, 2010

While Amazon announced a smaller, lighter version of its Kindle e-reader today, the device still has a monochrome-only screen. Color E Ink displays are on the way, however, as today's announcement of a relevant controller chip — the Epson S1D13524 — made clear.

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Amazon downsizes Kindle, offers Wi-Fi-only version

July 29, 2010

Amazon announced a third generation of its Linux-based Kindle e-reader, featuring a lighter and smaller body, a screen claimed to have 50 percent better contrast, and a battery life of up to one month. Still available with 3G, the device is also offered in a Wi-Fi-only version that includes a WebKit-based browser, the company says.

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Hackable home media system features touchscreen controller

July 29, 2010

Berlin-based Raumfeld is shipping a Linux-based, UPnP and AV/DLNA-ready multi-room audio system claimed to be “hacker/DIY friendly.” The Raumfeld System comprises a handheld controller with a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, a 160GB music server and access point, and a “Connector” box that integrates existing A/V equipment, says the company.

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Google shores up Android Market with security, payment options

July 28, 2010

Google has upgraded Android Market with a security tool to prevent the illegal use of paid Android applications, says eWEEK. The move follows an announcement earlier this week that Google will add a new carrier billing option to Android Market, according to another eWEEK. report.

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Mini-ITX board uses Pineview Atoms

July 28, 2010

Ibase announced an embedded Mini-ITX motherboard built around Intel's single-core Atom N450 or dual-core Atom D510. The MI889 offers a PCI Express x 4 expansion slot, two gigabit Ethernet ports, CRT and LVDS video outputs, plus both SATA and IDE support, the company says.

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SBC offers both PCI-104 and Mini PCI Express expansion

July 28, 2010

Acrosser announced a single board computer (SBC) built around the Intel Atom N450 processor. The AR-B6050 offers up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, CompactFlash and SATA storage, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, plus PCI-104 and Mini PCI Express, says the company.

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Open source installer offered for Plug Computer

July 28, 2010

Marvell announced the availability of an open source installer, simplifying software deployment on its Linux-based Plug Computer reference design. The Easy Plug Computer Installer (EPI) is the first wizard-based installation tool for Marvell's Plug Computer, which is being supported by more than 20,000 developers worldwide, says Marvell.

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Capacitive touchscreens grow in size, market share

July 28, 2010

Synaptics announced a range of capacitive touchscreens that will range up to 10.1 inches in size and support 10 simultaneous finger touches. Meanwhile, Digitimes predicted that demand for glass-based capacitive panels will grow steadily, at the expense of resistive touchscreens.

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Secure phone builds on HTC Desire, while G1 bites the dust

July 28, 2010

Infrax Systems announced a version of the HTC Desire Android smartphone designed for encrypted voice and data communications. In other HTC-related news, HTC will sell Android phones under its own name in China, HTC's “Sense” skin will move to Android 3.0, T-Mobile posted a teaser page for what may be the HTC G1 Blaze, and the carrier has discontinued HTC's original G1.

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Compact POS devices run SUSE Linux

July 28, 2010

NCR announced two compact POS (point of sale) devices that run SUSE Linux for Point of Service, as well as a number of Windows operating systems. The RealPOS 40 and RealPOS 60 use Intel Atom and Celeron processors, respectively, offer enhanced energy efficiency, and provide both four powered serial ports and up to eight powered USB ports, the company says.

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32-core processor module claimed to rival 128-core SoC

July 27, 2010

NetLogic Microsystems announced a multi-core “solution” using its MIPS-based XLP processor architecture, and says it will soon introduce nine new XLP SoCs. Aimed at high-end networking applications, the Linux-ready XLP8128S integrates four eight-core XLP832 SoCs clocked at up to 2GHz and offers over 160 programmable processing engines, for up to 160Gbps throughput and 240 million packets-per-second (Mpps) processing, says NetLogic.

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Intel silicon to slash the price of optical links

July 27, 2010

Intel says it has developed a prototype silicon photonics link that moves data at 50Gbps, the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted every second. Unlike present-day versions, silicon-based optical technologies will be affordable enough to be integrated into PCs, embedded devices, and consumer electronics, the chipmaker says.

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