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Archive for July, 2011

Is Apple muscle squashing Intel’s Ultrabook format?

July 29, 2011

Intel's “Ultrabook” format for portable computers is faltering, with pioneering vendor Asus failing to meet desired price points, and others choosing to wait it out, according to Taiwanese sources. DigiTimes reports claim that selling the devices for under $1,000 will be “practically infeasible.”

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Rugged in-vehicle PC features Wi-Fi, touchscreen

July 29, 2011

Portwell announced an all-in-one, Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen computer for in-vehicle fleet applications. The PARD-S071TW is equipped with an aluminum, IP65-protected front panel, a resistive touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, and a 1GHz Celeron M ULV processor, says the company.

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Dell’s Honeycomb tablet launches in China

July 29, 2011

Dell launched its long awaited 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet — but only in China, with no date yet given for a U.S. appearance. The Dell Streak 10 Pro runs Android 3.1, offers the usual Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and other Honeycomb features, measures 0.51 inches (12.95mm) thick, and weighs 1.6 pounds, says the company.

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Android hits 46 percent global smartphone share, says study

July 29, 2011

Android represented a whopping 46.4 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2011, with 34 percent of Android's total coming from Samsung, putting it a close second behind Apple, says ABI Research. The research firm also released a teardown analysis of the HTC Sensation and its highly integrated smartphone processor — the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260.

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Server uses PICMG SBC, delivers twelve expansion slots

July 29, 2011

Kontron added to its range of rackmount Kontron Industrial Silent Server (KISS) devices with a model offering a PICMG 1.3 backplane and system host board. The KISS 4U PCI761 supports Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors running at up to 3.06GHz, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, five external drive bays and one internal bay, and up to 12 expansion slots, according to the company.

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Nielsen reports more Android phone growth, but are returns a growing problem?

July 28, 2011

Nielsen released its U.S. smartphone subscriber numbers for June, showing Android inching up to 39 percent share ahead of Apple's iPhone with 28 percent. Meanwhile, some Android smartphone devices are being returned at a rate of 30 to 40 percent, claims an industry report.

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Phones and tablets will take over from single-purpose gadgets, iSuppli says

July 28, 2011

Who wants to buy a PMP (portable media player), PND (portable navigation device), or digital camera when their smartphone can already handle all those functions? Fewer and fewer people, according to findings released July 28 by research firm IHS iSuppli.

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Fanless PC taps new Atom N455-based Mini-ITX board

July 28, 2011

Ibase announced a fanless industrial PC with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor. Based on a recently announced MI890 Mini-ITX board, the CMI300-890 computer supports up to 2GB DDR3 RAM, offers a 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) bay, and sports I/O including includes six USB ports, says the company.

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Asus spins three low-priced netbooks

July 28, 2011

Asus is taking the netbook back to its roots, with two devices intended to sell for as little as $200. The low-cost EeePC R011PX and EeePC X101 come with the Ubuntu and MeeGo operating systems, respectively — but will also run Windows if you insist.

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Informa, Retrevo studies add to mixed signals on Android tablet sales

July 28, 2011

Informa projects that Android tablets will rival Apple's iPad by 2015 and surpass them in 2016, and a survey by online store Retrevo shows high consumer interest in Amazon.com's rumored Android tablets. Yet, Google's own statistics appear to reveal slow Android tablet sales to date.

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ARM9 SBC features Linux 2.6.38, high-res touchscreen support

July 27, 2011

Artila Electronics announced a Linux 2.6.38-ready 3.5-inch ARM9 industrial single board computer (SBC), notable for its support for up to 1280 x 860-pixel touchscreens. The M-505 is equipped with a 400MHz Atmel AT91SAM9G45 processor, 128MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 128MB NAND flash, plus Ethernet, USB, and serial I/O.

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cPCI SBC offers embedded alternative to commercial servers

July 27, 2011
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Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) announced a 3U CompactPCI single board computer (SBC) powered by a Intel Core i7 processor. The XPedite7332 is equipped with a DVI port and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as USB, serial, SATA, and PCI Express connections, and also features extended temperature and ruggedization support, the company says.

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Signage PC has 31-inch display, optional touchscreen

July 27, 2011

Axiomtek announced a digital signage computer that includes a 42-inch display and a choice of Celeron or Core 2 Duo processors. The DSA-132 features a removable CPU board, an available infrared touchscreen, a PCI Express x4 expansion slot, up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, two speakers, and room for a SATA hard disk drive, the company says.

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Embedded database gains replication and distributed transactions

July 27, 2011

ITTIA has updated its lightweight, Linux-compatible SQL R-DBMS (relational database management system) with High Availability (HA) and replication features aimed at embedded applications. ITTIA DB SQL 4.1 has added support for two-phase commit, synchronous replication on commit, table snapshots, and distributed transactions, says the company.

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Verizon’s 4G version of Galaxy Tab 10.1 on sale July 28

July 27, 2011

Verizon Wireless will begin shipping the first 4G version of the Android 3.1-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 July 28. Meanwhile, Samsung says its Galaxy S II phone has now sold five million units in 85 days, and a slider version heading for AT&T has peeked out.

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ARM reports healthy results, but shaky consumer demand casts shadow

July 26, 2011

ARM Holdings has reported a 27 percent increase in year-over-year revenue, an 25 percent increase in pre-tax profit, and the signing of 29 processor licensees — nine of them new. But both ARM and key licensee Texas Instruments have added a cautionary note about the rest of the year, given the shaky state of consumer confidence.

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Dell unveils OpenStack cloud solution

July 26, 2011

Dell is rolling out an open-source cloud-computing IaaS (infrastructure as a service) offering built around the Linux-based OpenStack cloud software and its own PowerEdge C servers. The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution also leans heavily on Dell's open source Crowbar technology, said to simplify OpenStack deployments and management.

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Linux/Android dev tools gain services program

July 26, 2011

Mentor Graphics has repackaged its embedded Linux and Android development platforms and services into an “integrated enablement program” for hardware companies. The Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program provides services and training for embedded Android and Linux platforms, as well as Sourcery open source tools, Inflexion UI creation tools, and vertical market solutions, says the company.

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SanDisk spins new SSDs, while Intel’s do mysterious shrinking act

July 26, 2011

SanDisk announced a 2.5-inch SSD (solid state drive) aimed at the retail market, with capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB. Meanwhile, Intel reported a rare problem with its similar SSD320 devices, some of which have been erroneously claiming they have only 8MB of capacity.

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Android testing platform mimics human UI interaction

July 26, 2011

Wind River announced the Wind River UX Test Development Kit, an Eclipse-based Android software testing platform that aims to reproduce human interaction with user interfaces. Wind River also updated the related Wind River Framework for Automated Software Testing (FAST) for Android to version 1.6, adding a benchmarking index, and new configuration, monitoring, and testing tools.

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