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It's pretty amazing what you can cram into a USB flash drive these days. FXI Technologies, a hardware and software startup based in Trondheim Norway, demonstrated this week the world's first any screen, connected computing USB device. Codenamed "Cotton Candy", this sweet little device serves as a technology bridge... Read more...
Wondering if ARM-based chips are powerful enough for the real world? Here's your answer. NVIDIA has just unveiled a new prototype system with Tegra ARM CPUs and CUDA GPUs, and that system just so happens to be a supercomputer. The company has announced that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is developing a new... Read more...
ARM, which continues to flex its muscle in the mobile market, just announced its new Mali-T658 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), the latest member of the Midgard architecture-based GPU family for high performance devices, including fast smartphones and superphones, tablets, and smart TVs. The Mali-T658 is a mulit-core... Read more...
ARM's breakout might be just a step ahead. While ARM chips have always been vital, they've become even more so with the proliferation of mobile products. And now that Microsoft has committed to making Windows on ARM a reality, the sky's the limit. Now, ARM's detailing and disclosing the inner specs behind the next version of the ARM architecture.... Read more...
Move over, Cortex-A8; the Cortex-A7 is here, and it makes you look fat and slow by comparison. The ARM Cortex A-7 purports to be five times as efficient and one-fifth the size of the Cortex-A8. It’s also built on the 28nm process and should deliver better performance than the A8. ARM is taking an interesting approach with this chip.... Read more...
Over the past seven months or so, NVIDIA has revealed a number of details regarding its upcoming mobile wonder-chip, codenamed Kal-El. According to information provided by NVIDIA dating all the way back to February, Kal-El was to be the world’s first mobile quad-core SoC, sporting an integrated 12-core GeForce GPU, with support... Read more...
Intel's got a bright future, and if you're planning to buy an Intel-based notebook in 2013 or beyond, that bright future will include you. Of course, Intel's been talking the talk with regard to power savings for years, but it's always a challenge to integrate more functionality and increase performance, while keep... Read more...
Microsoft's Build conference kicks off tomorrow and is expected to present world+dog with our first panoramic view of Windows 8, including details on the OS's embedded virtualization technology (baked into all versions), its improved boot times, native USB 3 support, and a host of other technologies. Several companies... Read more...
Admittedly, small form factor machines have seemingly vanished from the spotlight in recent years, but there are still a handful of companies out there working at them. CompuLab is one of them, and this week they've introduced the Trim-Slice. The Trim-Slice H is an ARM Cortex A9-powered desktop that runs on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The... Read more...
Windows 8's primary feature (at least thus far) is its ability to run on ARM processors and, by extension, its tablet-centric UI. According to analyst firm IHS-iSuppli, official Windows support will give the ARM architecture the ability to do what no other CPU design has ever done: break the x86 monopoly. "Starting in... Read more...
It used to be that a new notebook would pop up every so often, and these days, those new notebook releases are separated by something else: new tablet releases. The G9 series of tablets was just unveiled by Archos, bringing a new 8" and 10" slate into the crowded marketplace. The Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 are on deck, with the both of them offering... Read more...
We've discussed ARM's plans to enter both the netbook and server markets, but a new interview with Tudor Brown, the company's CEO, suggests the CPU designer's plans are more ambitious than some have realized. Speaking to DigiTimes, Brown claims that the company will snatch a huge chunk of the notebook market by 2015, while simultaneously gripping... Read more...
ARM made good on its announced intention to introduce server products today through a partnership with Calxeda (formerly Smooth-Stone). The CPU developer has been planning to introduce server products for quite some time. ARM, in this case, isn't alone--Intel is planning to launch Atom-flavored Xeon processors, while... Read more...
It's been 10 years since Microsoft and Nvidia colaborated on a console development project, but a clause in the agreement between the two companies could still have ramifications for the GPU manufacturer. The company's recent FY 2011 report with the SEC states: On March 5, 2000, we entered into an agreement... Read more...
If Intel's impending march into the mobile space is supposed to intimidate ARM, it isn't working, at least not publicly. Just a day before Computex 2011 kicked off, the current leader in mobile processors for handheld devices like smartphones and tablets declared that it intends to grab half of the mobile PC market by 2015. According to ARM... Read more...
The nascent tablet market segment has already strained the Wintel alliance; both Microsoft and Intel have made marketing/strategic decisions that the other isn't fond of. Intel's recent financial analyst day has only made things worse; Microsoft is quite unhappy with the CPU manufacturer's remarks regarding Windows 8... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company... Read more...
If we're going by market share numbers alone, then Intel rules the desktop world, and all but owns the netbook and nettop landscapes. But when it comes to mobile handheld devices like smartphones and tablets, well, ARM is the one flexing its muscle. It's no secret that Intel wants to make its presence known in this space, but how can it compete... Read more...
Computex was heavily focused on tablet introductions last year, and it looks like some things actually don't change with time. This year, the June event will be home to over 10 new tablets that run on Intel chips; that's according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. The show, which is held annually in Taiwan, could be a major launch... Read more...
Heather Mackey of Nvdia has written a new blog post discussing the company's hardware emulation equipment, thus affording us an opportunity to discuss a little-mentioned aspect of microprocessor development.  Although we'll be discussing Nvidia products in particular, both software tools (aka, simulation) and hardware emulation are vital... Read more...
One of the features that AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and ARM have all pushed in the last six years is the evolution of their various power saving technologies. This allows chips to draw much less power, but it leaves increasingly large amounts of the processor unpowered the majority of the time. As process technologies shrink, this so-called 'dark... Read more...
ARM Semiconductor, the company whose IP drives a lot of the world's smartphone and tablet devices today, posted excellent Q1 results for the past quarter. Revenue was up 26 percent to $185.5 million and the company's growth significantly outpaced the overall growth of the semiconductor industry. It signed a total of 39 licensees for its technology... Read more...
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