IBM says it has produced 90-nanometer-size processors that can store multiple bits of data per cell over time without the data becoming corrupted. The multi-level phase-change memory (PCM) technology should lead to solid-state chips that can match NAND flash disks' 1TB capacities, but are about 100 times faster and feature a much longer lifespan, claims the company.
Archive for June, 2011
Directly following Android-related patent agreements with General Dynamics Itronix and Velocity Micro this week, Microsoft announced a similar agreement with Onkyo regarding Android tablets. In other Android-related legal news, Oracle announced it is demanding $2.6 billion in payments from Google in its Android patent lawsuit, but the total amount could swell to over $6 billion if Oracle wins triple damages.
Adlink announced an entry-level COM Express module based on recent Intel Atom processors, including the 1.8GHz, dual-core Intel Atom D525. The Express-LPC offers up to 4GB DDR3 memory, as well as: PCIe, PCI, and LPC bus expansion; SATA and IDE storage; plus gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 I/O, says the company.
As Hewlett-Packard prepares to ship the WebOS-based Touchpad tablet July 1, CEO Leo Apotheker dropped further hints his company will license the Linux-based mobile operating system to other vendors. The company is apparently negotiating over licensing WebOS to several manufacturers, including Samsung, according to a new report.
Kontron announced its first AdvancedMC (AMC) processor module equipped with Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ processors. The single-width, Linux-ready AM4120 module incorporates: a dual-core, 1.2GHz QorIQ P2020 processor with extended longevity support; up to 4GB soldered DDR3 SDRAM; four SERDES lines; three gigabit Ethernet channels; flexible boot options; and under 17-Watt power consumption, says the company.
Microsoft has entered into its second Android-related patent agreement this week, with tablet maker Velocity Micro. The deal, involving unspecified royalties, follows others with General Dynamics Itronix and HTC.
White space networking received a vote of confidence June 29 in the form of a $12.8 million investment in Cambridge, U.K.-based Neul. The company — which is participating with Microsoft and others in ongoing tests — also announced “NeulNET,” said to be the world's first production white space radio system.
Ibase announced a half-size CPU card that combines Intel's popular Atom N270 processor with seldom-seen PISA connectors. The IB825 includes up to 2GB of RAM, two SATA ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, and a Mini PCI Express slot, the company says.
iRiver has reportedly unveiled a seven-inch MX100 Android tablet in China, sporting a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, and is expected to soon ship its six-inch, Cortex-A8-based, 1024 x 768 resolution “Story HD” e-reader. Meanwhile, the Android-based Entourage PocketEdge e-reader has been heavily discounted to $120 as the unique, dual-screen device glimpses the white light of oblivion.
The 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now available for pre-order on Verizon, but won't ship for four to six weeks. Meanwhile, hackers have loaded a version of Ubuntu Linux they call “Tabuntu” onto the Tab 10.1, enabling users to access both this and Android simultaneously.
Cisco Systems has announced an app ecosystem for its Android-based Cius tablet. Marking the company's entry into a crowded landscape, “AppHQ” will focus on IT managers and professionals, according to the company.
HTC's Evo View 4G is now available on Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, and it's a dandy device for taking notes, says this eWEEK review. The Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” tablet is only seven inches, but it's fueled by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon, offers zippy 4G, and features a versatile stylus interface that's nicely integrated throughout the tablet.
Google launched its long-anticipated foray into the social networking world with a Facebook alternative that focuses on more nuanced social sharing. Available initially as an app on Android Market, Google+ offers features that lets users sort friends into separate “Circles,” set up “Sparks” discussion forums, and “Huddle” to quickly set up a group date.
Google's Andy Rubin says Android is now being activated on 500,000 smartphones and tablets each day, with 4.4 percent week-to-week growth. Meanwhile, new rumors claim Google's next Samsung-built Nexus device will run “Ice Cream Sandwich” on a TI OMAP4 processor and be called Google Nexus Prime.
Phoronix has identified the Linux power regression problems it previously noted in Linux 2.6.38 as being related to Active-State Power Management (ASPM) code for PCI Express — and has published a workaround. The problem, which can result in low battery life with Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15, have been confirmed by Tom's Hardware Guide.
In its upcoming “Interlagos” and “Valencia” Opteron chips for servers, AMD will offer a feature called TDP Power Cap. The technology, designed to let users reduce power usage while minimizing the performance consequences, could find a home in future AMD-powered embedded devices too.
The Thunderbolt technology created by Intel and Apple received a stamp of approval from Sony, whose svelte new Vaio Z notebook uses it to add discrete graphics externally. Meanwhile, Apple has begun selling a six-bay RAID system manufactured by Promise, along with a $49 Thunderbolt cable.
Acer began accepting pre-orders for its Wi-Fi only AC700 Chromebook for $350 on Amazon.com. Following Samsung's $430 Series 5 Chromebook — and again based on Google's Chrome OS — the AC700 notebook offers the same dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, a slightly smaller 11.6-inch display, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB solid-state disk, a multi-card reader, and a webcam.
T-Mobile unveiled an Android 2.3-based 4G slider phone with an advanced camera. HTC's MyTouch 4G Slide is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch, WVGA touchscreen, and an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, “zero” shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, and a wide aperture f/2.2 lens, says the carrier.
Microsoft says it has joined nine other partners in a U.K.-based consortium that will test “white space” networking in and around Cambridge. The wireless broadband technology will initially be trialed by streaming audio and video content to mobile devices in a variety of locations, the company says.