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Archive for August, 2010

Nanoresonators create ultra-high-res displays

August 25, 2010

Eat your heart out, “Retina display.” A new technology unveiled yesterday will allow creating pixels eight times smaller than the ones on Apple's iPhone 4, eliminate the need for polarizer layers, and allow screens to make much more efficient use of available light, say University of Michigan researchers.

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Mini-ITX spearheads growth in embedded motherboard market

August 25, 2010

Following a recession-caused contraction in 2008 and 2009, the embedded motherboards market is rebounding, with double-digit growth forecast for the next five year, according to VDC Research. Mini-ITX is the most popular form factor, but Nano-ITX, Pico-ITX, and Mobile-ITX will grow rapidly too, the research firm says.

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Multi-touch tablet will run Linux, Android

August 25, 2010

The Belgian company Point Net announced a ten-inch tablet that is available now with Linux, with an Android version promised for the future. The Dune has a resistive touchscreen, 1.67GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3G cellular modem, according to the company.

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Linux distro focuses on audio recording

August 24, 2010

Trinity Audio Group announced an upgrade to its Linux-based “audio operating system,” with an improved user interface, the real-time kernel 2.6.31, and a player that lets users change the speed of a song without altering pitch. “Transmission 4.0” is available as a download, on a USB stick, or preloaded on a netbook or ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), the company says.

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Network appliance offers Xeon CPU, security coprocessor

August 24, 2010

Win Enterprises announced a 2U rackmount networking appliance that supports Intel processors ranging from a dual-core Pentium on up to a quad-core Xeon. The PL-80160 supports up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, includes CompactFlash and 3.5-inch hard disk storage, offers eight to 32 gigabit Ethernet ports, and includes PCI and PCI Express expansion, the company says.

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Mini-ITX board has five video outputs

August 24, 2010

Ibase announced a Mini-ITX motherboard that supports Intel's 2.53GHz Core i7-610E or 2.13GHz Core i3-330E processors. Offering PCI Express x1, PCI, and Mini PCI Express expansion slots, the MI957 also delivers five different video outputs, the company says

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AMD unveils new x86 microarchitectures

August 24, 2010

Advanced Micro Devices is unveiling the technical details of two new microprocessors, “Bobcat” and “Bulldozer,” during the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University. The designs, addressing low-power netbooks and desktops on the one hand and high-performance PCs/servers on the other, are expected to begin sampling later this year.

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Intel and Nokia pick MeeGo for mobile 3D research

August 24, 2010

Nokia, Intel and the University of Oulu have opened the newest branch of Intel Labs Europe, which will be dedicated to researching compelling new mobile user experiences — particularly in 3D. The “Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center” will be “well aligned” with the MeeGo open source platform launched earlier this year, the companies said.

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New QorIQ SoCs feature datapath acceleration

August 24, 2010

Freescale Semiconductor announced three new Linux-ready, PowerPC-based QorIQ system-on-chips (SoCs) incorporating the company's Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) technology. The single-core 800MHz P1017, dual-core 800MHz P1023, and quad-core 1.2GHz P2040 processors all offer the DPAA programming model, which is said to accelerate packet parsing, classification, and distribution, says the company.

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Borders taking orders for two Android tablets

August 23, 2010

Borders is now taking pre-orders for two seven-inch Android tablets, the $200 Cruz Reader and the $300 Cruz Tablet, and says the first of the devices will ship by the end of this month. Both tablets offer conventional backlit color touchscreens, but the Reader is resistive while the Tablet is capacitive, the reseller says.

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FPGAs get tiny Linux, Red Hat-compatible IDE

August 23, 2010

Actel Corporation announced the addition of Red Hat Linux and Windows 7 support to its Libero IDE (integrated design environment) for FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). The SmartFusion FPGAs are also being treated to a tiny “Unison” Linux, capable of running in as little as 1KB of RAM, the company says.

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Tablet will dual-boot Android, Windows

August 23, 2010

ViewSonic says it will introduce two new tablet computers next week at a Berlin tradeshow. An unnamed ten-inch model will boot into either Android or Windows, while the seven-inch ViewPad 7 will offer Android, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, plus front- and rear-facing cameras, the company says.

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Dual-core Atom for netbooks finally breaks cover

August 23, 2010

Intel announced a dual-core Atom CPU for netbooks and says devices based on it will begin shipping this week. The 1.5GHz N550 will offer a “more responsive experience” in products from Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba, the chipmaker says.

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HP confirms WebOS tablet for 2011

August 23, 2010

Hewlett-Packard confirmed during its Aug. 19 earnings call that a device running its recently acquired Palm WebOS operating system will ship sometime in early 2011. Although the company executive who confirmed the “product” offered no other details, the general assumption is that HP will load WebOS onto a tablet-like device.

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Motorola details Android upgrade timelines

August 23, 2010

Just desserts? Motorola has posted a timeline for when users of its Android-running smartphones can expect an OS upgrade. While all eyes are on “Froyo,” or Android version 2.2, some users will have to be happy with 2.0 and 2.1 — also known as “Éclair.”

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Lyric takes aim at Intel, AMD with probability processing

August 20, 2010

MIT spinoff Lyric Semiconductor is introducing new processor circuitry that is claimed to calculate probabilities at a faster rate and at a fraction of the cost of x86 chips from Intel and AMD. The debut Lyric product — LEC (Lyric Error Correction) chip — is aimed at alleviating the ECC bottleneck in flash memory for smartphones, cameras, and other devices.

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NAND pricing projected to drop to $1 per GB by year’s end

August 20, 2010

After two years of inflated prices, NAND flash memory will return to $1-per-gigabyte pricing by the end of the year, giving SSDs a fighting chance against HDDs, says iSuppli. Meanwhile, the DRAM industry had its best quarter since 1995, with revenues rising 14.4 percent since the previous quarter to $10.8 billion, says another iSuppli report.

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Dell’s Mini 10 moves to DDR3-ready Atom

August 20, 2010

Dell shipped a lighter new Insipiron Mini 10 netbook in Europe on Aug. 19, and it may cross the pond this fall. The Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 is equipped with an Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, 802.11 b/g/n, and a webcam, and weighs under three pounds.

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Converged device market to reach 400 million units by 2014, says study

August 20, 2010

Strategy Analytics is projecting that the Connected Convergent Devices (CCDs) market, ranging from MIDs to netbooks, will achieve a global installed base of over 400 million units by 2014. In a separate report, firm estimates that consumer electronics devices with embedded Wi-Fi will reach 570 million units in 2010, representing 42 percent growth over 2009.

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Mini PC includes dual-core Atom, Ion 2 graphics

August 20, 2010

Shuttle says it's now shipping a mini PC that comes with a dual-core Intel Atom D510 CPU and is available with Nvidia Ion 2 graphics. The XS35 includes an Ethernet port, five USB ports, plus both HDMI and VGA video outputs, the company says.

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