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Archive for December, 2011

Panel PCs offer ARM and Atom options, stackable expansion

December 19, 2011

Adlink Technology announced a new line of all-in-one panel PCs, including one ARM-based model measuring just 0.65 inches (16.5mm) thick. The eight-inch SP-860 runs on a Texas Instruments AM3517 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, while the SP803 adopts the Atom N455, and the 15.6-inch SP-15W03 comes with a dual-core Atom D525 and an optional Nvidia Ion 2 GPU.

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ATX board supports Sandy Bridge CPUs, 32GB of memory

December 16, 2011

Aaeon announced an ATX motherboard with an Intel Q67 chipset, supporting Intel's Core i7/i5/i3 processors. The IMBA-967 supports up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, offers dual display support with available VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI outputs, provides a variety of PCI and PCI Express slots, and offers I/O including gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0, and serial ports, says the company.

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Tiny SBC offers single- or dual-core G-Series chips

December 16, 2011

Axiomtek announced the upcoming availability of a 3.93 x 2.83-inch Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) powered by either a single-core AMD G-Series T40R or dual-core T40E, each clocked at 1GHz. The Pico100 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, features dual displays via an LVDS interface and either DisplayPort or VGA, and offers SATA, gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and serial connectivity.

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Dell pulls out of netbook market

December 16, 2011

Dell has discontinued making consumer netbooks, and appears to be ready to phase out its Latitude business netbooks in favor of larger ultrabooks, says an industry report. The netbook shutdown follows the discontinuance of Dell's Streak 7 Android tablet earlier this month.

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Via announces Android support for x86 SBC

December 15, 2011

Via Technologies demonstrated Android 2.2 on an Em-ITX single board computer (SBC) equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Nano X2 E processor. Running Android on an x86 platform offers increased I/O, performance, and cost-saving advantages for embedded applications such as in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and interactive kiosks, Via claims.

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AMD might create ARM-based CPUs, new CEO says

December 15, 2011

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is apparently mulling over licensing ARM architecture for forthcoming mobile-oriented processors. “Making sure that you're able to be ambidextrous is definitely a winning hand,” recently appointed CEO Rory Read has been quoted as saying with regard to the move.

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Qt 4.8 tackles threading and performance issues

December 15, 2011

The newly independent Qt Project announced a new release of its Linux-ready cross-platform development framework. Qt 4.8 adds Qt Platform Abstraction for easier porting of Qt to different windowing systems, threaded OpenGL support, multithreaded HTTP, optimized file system access, and a browser update to QtWebKit 2.2.1, says the project.

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ELC and OSCON seek conference submissions

December 15, 2011

The Linux Foundation's CE Linux Forum (CELF) workgroup announced a call for participation (CFP) for this year's Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), to be held Feb. 15-17, 2012, in Redwood Shores, California, with submissions due Jan. 6. O'Reilly Media, meanwhile, issued its own CFP, due Jan. 12, for its Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2012, scheduled for July 16-20, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

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Galaxy Nexus ships on Verizon, bringing ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ to U.S.

December 15, 2011

Verizon Wireless began selling Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone for $300 on contract Dec. 15, allowing those awaiting the coveted gadget to exhale. The Galaxy Nexus offers a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, 32GB of storage, dual cameras, and an NFC (near field communication) chip — but Verizon won't let the latter support the Google Wallet payment service.

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Intel puts single exec in charge of unified mobile efforts

December 14, 2011

Intel is ramping up its efforts to move into the tablet and smartphone spaces via a reorganization that is bringing together four divisions to create a mobile and communications unit. It will be headed by Mike Bell, an Intel executive who worked on iPhone development while at Apple, according to reports.

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DIN-rail PC supports x86 with 600MHz Atom E620

December 14, 2011

Nexcom announced an Intel Atom-powered PC designed for DIN-rail mounting. The NISE 90 includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, three serial ports, eight-channel digital I/O, three USB 2.0 ports, and CANbus support, according to the company.

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Atom-based box PC offers both PCI and PCI Express expansion

December 14, 2011

Axiomtek announced a four-slot, fanless PC equipped with a single-core D425 Intel Atom or dual-core D525, each clocked to 1.8GHz. The IPC924-212-FL supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, provides a choice of four PCI slots or two PCI slots, one PCI Express x16, and one PCI Express x1 slots, and offers CompactFlash, SATA, gigabit Ethernet, USB, and serial connectivity.

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Panel PC has capacitive multitouch, multiple expansion bays

December 14, 2011

IEI announced a 15.6-inch panel PC that offers a capacitive touchscreen, modular expansion capabilities, and a choice of Intel or AMD processors. The AFL2-W15A features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 or 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 Neo L325 CPU, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, hard disk or CompactFlash storage, a VGA port, and dual serial ports, the company says.

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Nine-inch Android tablet sells for $280

December 14, 2011

E-Fun announced a nine-inch Android 2.3 tablet for $280. The Nextbook Premium 9 is equipped with a 1GHz Rockchips RK2918 processor, 4GB of storage, a two-megapixel camera, and a 1280 x 800-pixel capacitive display, says the company.

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Pogoplug gains USB 3.0, SATA ports

December 14, 2011

Pogoplug announced a new version of its Linux-based file-sharing and backup device. The Pogoplug Series 4 adds more local storage options, including two USB 3.0 ports and a SATA port compatible with Universal Storage Module-compliant devices such as SeaGate GoFlex hard disk drives.

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Media player box runs Android

December 14, 2011

Nixeus Technology announced an Android 2.2-based multimedia player selling for as low as $160. Offering 1080p playback, web browsing, and third-party Android app downloads, the Nixeus Fusion XS Network Media Player includes a dual-core, 900MHz Marvell Armada 1000 system on chip (SoC), an Ethernet port, dual USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and audio I/O.

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Tiny modules use low-power Vortex processors

December 13, 2011

DSL (Datasound Laboratories) announced two little SOMs (system on modules) employing “under-two-Watt” DMP processors. The VDX-200RD-PCI-B combines an 800MHz Vortex86DX processor, PCI expansion, and up to 512MB of RAM, while the VDX-304-PI-B has a 300MHz Vortex86SX CPU, PCI/ISA expansion, and up to 256MB of memory, the company says.

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Mini-PC ships with G-Series CPUs, configurable I/O modules

December 13, 2011

AndersDX has begun distributing CompuLab's Linux-compatible fit-PC3 mini-PCs in Europe, two weeks after CompuLab started shipping them from its online store in Israel. The fanless devices offer dual-core AMD G-series processors, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, plus proprietary expansion modules, Mini PCI Express slots, and both HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs.

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Android-ready ARM mini-HTPC costs $130, uses just three Watts

December 13, 2011

Solid-Run is shipping an open source mini-PC platform for developing Android TV and media center apps. Measuring 2.17 x 2.17 x 1.65 inches and consuming less than three Watts, the CuBox runs Android 2.2 or Linux 2.6 on an 800MHz Marvell Armada 510 CPU, has 1GB of DDR3 memory and a microSD slot, and includes eSATA, USB, infrared, S/PDIF, HDMI, and gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

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Facebook, Google apps lead Android app popularity

December 13, 2011

Android Market, Facebook, and several Google applications are among the most popular apps accessed via Android smartphones, according to Nielsen. The research showed remarkable consistency among three age groups ranging from 18 to 44, although Pandora and YouTube did better among the younger users and Angry Birds was more popular among the oldies.

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