AMD is reportedly on the verge of releasing a tablet-specific implementation of its C-50 Fusion APU (“accelerated processing unit”). By relying on a simplified I/O controller, the device — set for a debut in a new Acer tablet — will offer accelerated HD graphics and consume just five Watts, according to the PC Watch website.
Archive for January, 2011
Japanese telecom supplier Nakayo Telecommunications is preparing a videoconferencing-enabled IP phone that includes a removable seven-inch Android 2.2 tablet. The unnamed device features an 800 x 600 touchscreen, a camera, Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, and a USB port, according to the company.
Intel has announced a recall of the “Cougar Point” chipset designed to work with its “second generation” Core processors, warning that functionality of the devices' SATA ports could degrade over time. New versions of Cougar Point chipsets, such as the Q67 and QM67, are being manufactured now and will be delivered later this month, but “full volume recovery” isn't expected until April, the chipmaker says.
Acrosser announced two Linux-ready AMD-powered motherboards designed for slot machines and other gaming devices. The ACE-B8700 includes a 1.5GHz C7 processor plus battery-backed static RAM for intrusion logging, while the ACE-B7300 accepts various Athlon CPUs, has a smart card reader, and includes a PCI Express x16 expansion slot, according to the company.
At the Linux.conf.au conference, an Australian-based “Lunar Numbat” project presented its plan for a Linux-based flight control computer for a lunar spacecraft. The open source flight computer will be part of the “White Label Space” entry in Google's $20 million Lunar X-Prize, to be awarded to a team that can send a working rover to the Moon and transmit back images.
GE Intelligent Platforms announced a 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) that can accept a quad-core, 2.1GHz Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i7 processor. The “VPXcel3 SBC324” joins another Sandy Bridge-based SBC announced earlier this month, the 6U OpenVPX “VPXcel6 SBC624,” which is similarly suited for use in advanced signal processing intensive systems such as unmanned vehicles.
Hectronic has provided details of a Qseven module that sports one of three Intel Atom E6xx processors, plus up to 1GB of soldered-down DDR2 memory and a SSD (solid state disk) ranging from 2GB to 16GB in size. The H6055 features operating ranges as wide as -40 to 185 deg. F, eight USB 2.0 ports, four PCI Express x1 lanes, CAN bus, plus LVDS and SDVO video outputs, the company says.
Microsoft has asked Intel and AMD to create 16-core versions of their low-end x86 CPUs. The new designs would be intended to head off ARM's entry into the server market, according to accounts of a keynote by Dileep Bhandarkar, the executive responsible for running Redmond's data centers worldwide.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted at a possible switch to Android in the course of announcing a 21 percent year-to-year drop in net earnings in the fourth quarter, and In-Stat projected Android will eclipse Symbian worldwide by 2015. Meanwhile, Research in Motion is rumored to be considering implementing a Dalvik virtual machine on BlackBerry devices to enable Android compatibility.
Sony announced a “PlayStation Suite” framework, licensing program, and app store for playing PlayStation titles on Android, plus an “NGP” version of the PlayStation Portable. Meanwhile, a compatible Sony Ericsson Xperia Play phone is rumored, and Sony is fighting back against hackers who jailbroke the PS3 with a 3.56 PS3 firmware update and a temporary restraining order.
Lanner announced a fanless industrial SCADA communications computer with extended temperature support and the ability to rotate on its DIN-rail attachment for easier access. The LEC-3010 is equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 with up to 2GB of memory, features four gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and six configurable serial ports, according to the company.
Motorola Mobility reaffirmed launch timing for three upcoming Android-based devices: the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix 4G and Droid Bionic smartphones. Meanwhile, the company's Q4 smartphone shipments missed expectations, despite overall positive results, including 4Q revenues of $3.4 billion, up 21 percent from 4Q 2009.
Samsung has announced four new Galaxy-branded, mid-range Android 2.2 smartphones, heading first to Russia. The new line-up includes the 3.5-inch, 800MHz Ace, the 3.3-inch, 600MHz Fit, the 3.2-inch, 800MHz Gio, and the 3.1-inch 600MHz Mini, says the company.
An attacker stole the account credentials of a contributor to the Fedora Linux project and accessed Fedora servers on Jan. 22. The attack follows other recent cyber-invasions of open source projects, including hacks reported on the Free Software Foundation and ProFTPD.
Toshiba announced three new 1.8-inch hard disk drives intended to save space in embedded applications. Featuring special connectors and a footprint that's ten percent smaller than before, the three MK2x39GSL drives are available in capacities of 160GB, 200GB, and 220GB, according to the company.
The Google-sponsored Android project has released a preview software developers kit (SDK) for the tablet-oriented Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”). In the process, it has revealed many more details about Android 3.0, including a revamped “holographic” UI, redesigned keyboard, a new animation framework and graphics engines, and enhanced Bluetooth support — among many other changes.
CSR plc announced a “major licensing agreement” with ARM that will result in the former's GPS receivers being integrated with the latter's IP (intellectual property). The “location-aware” SoC (system on chip) platforms will include application processors with Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A9 cores, according to the companies.
OK Labs announced the availability of a verified, “bug-free secure microkernel” version of its Linux-compatible OKL4 hypervisor. Currently downloadable free for non-commercial evaluation on embedded ARM11 or x86 platforms, the “OKL4 Verified” microkernel is designed for business-critical and mission-critical applications in mobile/wireless devices, says the company.
CompuLab announced a 5.1 x 3.7 x 0.6-inch computer built around the dual-core, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, designed as an open platform for ARM software development, among other uses. Claimed to run on only three Watts, the “Trim-Slice” features 1GB RAM, dual SDHC slots, a SATA SSD, dual-head HDMI/DVI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, plus gigabit Ethernet, USB, and serial connectivity.
Wind River and automotive component manufacturer Magneti Marelli announced they're collaborating on the first in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solution based on the open source Genivi Alliance spec. Based on Linux (and MeeGo, most likely), the system will first be brought to market by BMW, says Wind River.