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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to use resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor to push its Piledriver processor line to 4GHz and beyond, the company announced at the International Solid State Circuits Conferences (ISSCC) in San Francisco. Cyclos is the only supplier of resonant clock mesh... Read more...
Kids today know nothing of dragging a sagging pants pocket full of quarters or tokens to the local arcade, which means they also missed out on some gaming classics, like Rampage, Defender, Joust, and Spy Hunter. Sure, they're a little lame by today's standards, but if you have a nostalgic itch to scratch, $0.99 and a... Read more...
Fraunhofer IIS may not be a super familiar name in the consumer realm, but in the world of research, there's hardly a company that comes up with crazier things than these guys and girls. The company has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE... Read more...
Small chips can mean big things, you know? VIA's one of the kings of small chips, and the company is this week introducing their COMe-8X90 module, featuring a 1.2GHz VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual core processor and the VIA VX900H media system processor (MSP). The ruggedized VIA COMe-8X90 module targets industrial PC and... Read more...
Texas Instruments has posted a new video at YouTube that claims to show a dual-core OMAP5-based Cortex-A15 at 800MHz beating the snot out of an unspecified "commercially available" 1.3GHz quad-core device. Given that the only quad-core Tegra 3 tablet available is Asus Transformer Prime, it's not exactly hard to put... Read more...
When AMD held its Analyst Day a few weeks ago, the company focused on how it was fundamentally changing its approach to semiconductor research and product development. Years of attempting to compete with Intel drained company coffers and exposed it to tremendous competitive pressure. Consumers unquestionably profited... Read more...
It’s been downright painful to write about Nokia for many months; the company made missteps, suffered ugly losses, slashed thousands of jobs, and made some eyebrow-raising decisions, the most notable of which was going all in on Windows Phone 7. Nokia’s recent smartphone market share freefall was mostly... Read more...
How many times growing up did you hear a teacher tell you to get your head out of the clouds and pay attention? She wouldn't have spouted such foolishness if she knew there was 50GB of free storage space sitting in the cloud, just waiting for you to pluck it with your Android device. That's exactly what's up there, courtesy of Box, which is... Read more...
Should tablets be including when tallying the number of mobile PC shipments? If the answer is yes, then Apple is dominating the competition with nearly three times the number of mobile PC shipments than its nearest competitor, according to data provided by DisplaySearch. According to DisplaySearch, Apple shipped close... Read more...
Severe floods in Thailand in late 2011 left the hard drive industry in a bad spot. It's the place where manufacturers and component suppliers come together, and when flooding occurred, HDD manufacturing came to a near halt. As a result, there was a subsequent shortage of hard drives, which itself led to higher prices that still linger today.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the latest announcements from Intel for their Near Threshold Voltage processor technology and full digital radios, AMD's new Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 mainstream GPUs, reports that Flash scaling issues could torpedo its... Read more...
What does Asus have planned for MWC next week? It's hard to say, but from the looks of a new teaser video, at least one new device (we're guessing a tablet) will have a higher resolution display. In a short, 17-second video clip, Asus teases us with a clip that says, "Twice the Detail, Twice the Fun." If you head on over to Asus' Facebook... Read more...
OnLive is on quite a tear. Emerging out of beta less than two years ago with a cloud gaming service, OnLive has already far exceeded its original scope. The initial service rollout was followed by gaming hardware for the TV, mobile capabilities, integration with a number of different types of devices, and even rumors of a Netflix rival movie Read more...
Look, not everyone needs a sizable motherboard with eighteen PCI slots. And for those in that camp, there's VIA. The company has just launched he world's first quad core Mini-ITX boards featuring the latest VIA QuadCore E-Series processor. The VIA EPIA-M900 and VIA EPIA-M910 are the first two Mini-ITX boards to feature the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore... Read more...
Well, someone has to be the 1%, right? And for those, there's this insanely amazing television -- one that we hope will become affordable in time, thanks to some "trickle down" effect we heard about once. Bang & Olufsen is a name closely linked with luxury goods, and their consumer electronics are certainly... Read more...
The hard drive shortage, Oracle's assault on Itanium, and highly competitive scenarios in its ink-and-printer business combined to kneecap HP's earnings this last quarter. The company's net revenue fell seven percent, to $30 billion, while overall margins dropped to just 6.8 percent -- a decline of 3.7 percentage points. The steep decline... Read more...
For as long as WiFi hotspots have been around, you’d think they would have run their course by now. Instead, they’re shaping up to be the next big thing in mobile wireless. Wireless carriers have been using WiFi deployments to offload data usage from their 3G and 4G networks when customers are in range... Read more...
It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest and greatest tech without updating something every few months, but MSI is throwing us a bone by making sure its Z68 and H61 series motherboards will support Intel’s next-generation 22nm chips via a simple BIOS update. Users just need to use MSI’s LiveUpdate tool to get the... Read more...
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition kicks off next week, but some companies are rushing out announcements ahead of the conference. That includes LG, which just couldn't wait to unveil its first quad-core processor smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. It's powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 '4-Plus-1' chip clocked at 1.5GHZ and boasts a 4.7-inch... Read more...
Samsung announced the Samsung Rugby Smart. This smartphone is made to withstand extreme conditions. In fact, the smartphone is dustproof, waterproof (it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes), and shock resistant. The Rugby Smart runs on Android 2.3 and features a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen... Read more...
Google announced an update to Google Docs for Android that enables real-time collaboration. With this update, you'll now be able to collaborate using Google Docs for Android just as you would with Google Docs on your PC. Google also updated the interface for Google Docs for Android so it's easier to work on documents from a mobile device while... Read more...
There are several interesting takeaways from the latest graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR). The first one is that Intel continues to dominate the field with a demanding 59.1 percent share of the market, down from 60.4 percent sequentially but up from 52.5 percent one year prior. Intel's... Read more...
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