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Can't decide between a slate tablet and a thin and light notebook? Lenovo has just the solution. The new IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook offers the best of both worlds with a removable multitouch screen that has a separate ARM processor and runs on Lenovo's customized Skylight operating system. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell form, you'll have a full PC with an 11.6 inch HD LED screen running Windows 7. The two halves of the IdeaPad U1 can work together or independently thanks to Lenovo's Hybrid Switch technology. For example, you can surf the Web in laptop mode and then detach to tablet mode and continue surfing from the same point. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook will be... Read more...
NVIDIA invited members of the press to a briefing at the Las Vegas Hilton so that the company's fearless leader, Jen-Hsun Huang, could unveil their latest highly integrated mobile processor.  Dubbed only "the new Tegra processor," but known now as the Tegra 250, NVIDA's CEO spoke of their commitment to improving the mobile computing experience both functionally and visually.  With the connectivity of a smart phone but the portability and screen real-estate we all crave, NVIDIA's new frontier is unmistakably marked for the Tablet PC. Take a look...NVIDIA Next Gen Tegra Processor Unveiled At CES 2010 Behold, NVIDIA's future... HD and 3D capable in the palm of your hand.. well, Jen-Hsun's... Read more...
NVIDIA invited members of the press to a briefing at the Las Vegas Hilton so that the company's fearless leader, Jen-Hsun Huang, could unveil their latest highly integrated mobile processor.  Dubbed only "the new Tegra processor," but known now as the Tegra 250, NVIDA's CEO spoke of their commitment to improving the mobile computing experience both functionally and visually.  With the connectivity of a smart phone but the portability and screen real-estate we all crave, NVIDIA's new frontier is unmistakably marked for the Tablet PC.Behold, NVIDIA's future... HD and 3D capable in the palm of your hand.. well, Jen-Hsun's anyway.Above Jen-Hsun holds an entire Tegra platform in the palm... Read more...
If you wanted proof that Intel and ARM architecture licensees will soon be in direct competition with each other, there's plenty of ammo handy at this year's CES. A number of prominent companies have announced multimedia-centric products based around ARM CPUs, including NVIDIA, Marvell, ZiiLabs (a branch of Creative), and NXP Semiconductor. The devices themselves will target a range of customer needs and feature sets; this seems to indicate that an increasing number of manufacturers believe ARM-based products are capable of filling a variety of roles. When we spoke to ARM last fall, the company confirmed that it's long-term plan was to design a series of increasingly powerful Cortex-branded processors... Read more...
We won't be the ones to say we told you so, but hey, we kind of told you so! The Smartbook revolution looks to be upon us, with Freescale serving up its version of the product just as CES gets unofficially underway. At first glance, you may confused this device with something akin to an Apple tablet, but when you consider that most every tablet looks generally the same (rectangular, thin, a large panel, few buttons and maybe a camera at the top), you'll probably realize that one is just about as good as the other. This device won't actually be wholly produced by Freescale. Instead, this is more of a rendition/mockup of what Freescale hopes to see the smartbook tablet sector look like, and for... Read more...
When the FTC sued Intel last week over the company's alleged anti-competitive behaviors, we noted that NVIDIA could be one of the main proponents (and beneficiaries) of such a lawsuit, particularly given the price structure of Intel's Atom products. It's now been alleged that NVIDIA's interest in the FTC's investigation goes beyond Atom's chipset; The New York Times claims the GPU designer may have been working on an x86 processor since 2007. This particular rumor has been kicked around a time or ten before, but the FTC complaint does raise the question. (If you want to see the full FTC complaint, you can view it here.) According to the FTC, Intel's decision to sell Atom+chipset packages at a... Read more...
Business users who want instant-on access to productivity tools without having to boot into the operating system will be interested in Dell's latest Latitude ON | FLASH offering. This optional memory module can boot up a computer in seconds. As the latest addition to the Latitude ON family, Latitude ON | FLASH runs on a special flash memory module that snaps into an internal mini-card slot on supported systems. The original Latitude ON is an OMAP-based add-in card that delivers instant access and all day battery life for business users of select notebooks. This latest addition fits in the middle of the Latitude ON options, between the Latitude ON Reader and the full OMAP version. In a blog entry... Read more...
Last week, Google open-sourced its Chromium OS project, more than a year before the operating system is scheduled for release. In doing so, Google hopes a variety of developers and companies will become involved in the project, and has pledged to release regular updates as well as a comprehensive log of bug reports and fixes. We've spent a few days playing with Chromium and exploring its design and come away impressed—but not without questions. This article should not be considered a review of Chromium in any way—at most, it's a very early preview. We won't be discussing performance or spending too much time on the operating system's "look and feel." Google has stated up front that a number of... Read more...
Earlier this month, we covered news that the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) issued a press release confirming that it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chartered Semiconductor. Chartered's business will be rolled into GlobalFoundries, with Doug Grose serving as CEO of the combined entities. Chartered released its financial report for the third quarter of 2009 this week and shed some light on what role the GlobalFoundries partner might play in the months and years ahead. Normally we run the numbers before examining other data, but since we've not written much about the company to date, we'll start with some additional information. Unlike AMD or Intel, Chartered currently... Read more...
Historically, ARM isn't a company we talk about much. The company's processor designs power a huge number of devices worldwide, but its architectures have focused on the embedded, ultra-low power, ultra-low cost markets where high-end performance simply wasn't a requirement. ARM's target market hasn't changed all that much in the past 18 months, but the fact that Intel intends to push future iterations of its Atom architecture into the MID/high-end smartphone market changes the entire competitive landscape. Intel and ARM probably won't go head-to-head architecturally speaking until the former is at the 22nm node, but ARM isn't planning to wait that long. The company launched its new Cortex-A5... Read more...
NVIDIA has built its brand and reputation as a GPU designer since the company was founded in 1993, but recent comments by the company have implied that it believes platforms like Tegra and ION will be key revenue generators in the future. We've previously discussed NVIDIA's ongoing emphasis on the GPU as a massively parallel processor capable of handling workloads and programs far outside the realm of video games, but to date, reviewers and analysts alike have treated Tegra as more of a side project than a future core competency.   The two core components of NVIDIA's mobile strategy: ION and Tegra  Given how difficult the last twelve months have been for NVIDIA, it's easy to wonder... Read more...
When we've discussed Atom and Intel's long-term plans regarding MIDs and handheld devices, we've typically focused on the consumer experience. Intel has made no secret that it envisions a future in which next-generation Atom processors and SoCs power a diverse range of products in both consumer and business markets. What we haven't discussed, save for an occasional nod towards the competition Intel might face from ARM, is the impact Intel's push into the embedded market might have on the integrated device manufacturers (IDMs). Tech-On recently sat down with James Hogan, who helped found Tela Innovations and works in electronic design automation (EDA). The interview gives a different perspective... Read more...
Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks companies like Acer, Foxconn, and Pegatron all intend to back. The name is a portmaneau between "smart phone" and "netbook;" the devices themselves are meant to echo the various feature sets common on today's cell phones. Smartbooks were unveiled for the first time at Computex last June, but we'll reportedly see an array of these devices on the market by... Read more...
Mediatek, a long standing partner of ARM, has licensed the company's Mali-400 GPU and will be using it in upcoming handheld and portable devices such as media players and personal navigation devices.  This might not really sound like much, but this is the first major Mali-400 licensing announcement since the technology was launched back in June 2008.  Mali-400 traces its ancestry back to Falanx, a Norwegian graphics IP company that originally came up with the whole Mali series, which was – obviously – acquired by ARM. The company boasts its low power consumption and high performance – claiming it can provide HD video decode (1080p) for a fraction of the power.The Mali-400 GPU measures... Read more...
Intel already holds a strong position in the personal computer and server market. But, like other companies, Intel wants more. Moving forward, Intel’s executives believe there’s a good potential to increase Atom's traction in adjacent markets by targeting these low-cost, energy-efficient chips at various multifunctional consumer gadgets including smartphones and other portable devices that access the Internet. “Atom is Intel's growth engine,” said Intel spokesman Bill Calder.Breaking into the smartphone market won’t be easy, however. The market is currently owned by companies such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, MediaTek, and Infineon Technologies. All of these companies use... Read more...
ZigBee may still be foreign to many consumers, but it's a growing wireless transmission technology that has especially taken hold in the home automation realm. To that end, ARM has decided to hitch its wagon to one Ember in order to delve gently into what could be a promising partnership.Announced today, Ember will rely on ARM's own Cortex M3 processor for its next generation ZigBee semiconductors, and considering the goals of each company, the match truly is one that's made in heaven. ZigBee needs a low-power chip, and ARM has low-power chips to provide. No, the Cortex M3 is no powerhouse, but ZigBee isn't a technology that requires gobs of computational abilities.  As it stands, Embed... Read more...
Hot on the heels of ARM's ground-breaking Mali announcement at the Game Developers Conference comes a new pair of introductions from the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California. First and foremost, the company has revealed two new models for the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor and for the Cortex-M3 processor. According to ARM, these newcomers are engineered to enable:Product Benefits: Develop and optimize software applications, middleware and drivers for platforms based on new ARM CPUs - ahead of hardware availabilityModel functionality is validated by ARM for true-to-hardware performanceRoadmap to future ARM architecture technology and CPU availabilityModels can be used within... Read more...
While ARM's latest onslaught of announcements have been quite remarkable, we'd say that all of them combined can't measure up to the magnitude of this one. Today, the company famous for its Cortex processors has announced the Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) technology while simultaneously laying out its vision to "shape the future of next generation of graphics processing and mobile gaming." Interested? Read on.The company is making its proclamation from the 22nd annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, where it has described that this Mali system has the potential to bring 1080p playback to cellphones and other portable players. In fact, the Mali GPU family scales from Mali-55... Read more...
While we would expect a barrage of new CPU announcements from someone like Intel or AMD, it's been ARM of late pushing out the new silicon. Just days after showcasing its first 32 nanometer chip, the company responsible for the Cortex line has announced the smallest, lowest power and most energy-efficient ARM processor available. The Cortex-M0 is capable of consuming as little as 85 microwatts/MHz (0.085 milliwatts) in an area of under 12K gates when using the ARM 180ULL cell library, and if ARM is to be believed, the "exceptional low power, small gate count and code footprint of the processor enables MCU developers to achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point." Additionally, the ultra... Read more...
Just a week ago, Intel made waves by talking up its forthcoming 32 nanometer Westmere family of processors, and now ARM is vying for a little bit of that 32nm attention with an all new Cortex. The company has just announced the world's very first ARM processor produced on 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology, and it will be showing it off at this year's Mobile World Congress. Obviously, this also marks the first-ever 32nm Cortex chip, and it has been built on a test chip from the IBM Common Platform in its 32nm High-K metal gate (HKMG) process.In most regards, ARM's remaining fairly quiet on the specifics, only noting that the development required nine months of collaboration between... Read more...
There's been talk recently over private browsing features in upcoming browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.1 (Safari already has this feature).  Privacy, of course, is an important subject for many end users (despite the somewhat pejorative term "porn mode" frequently used for it).  Well, a new browser has been recently released that --- rather than making this feature an afterthought, focuses directly on privacy as the base of its capabilities. Level 9 Technology, Inc. has launched the ArmorSurf Private Browser - a free web browser & downloader that lets users surf in complete privacy while keeping their files secure. In addition to privacy features, the software... Read more...
Id Software has had minimal success developing games for cell phones. It ported its popular Doom title over to the cell phone platform with Doom RPG, as well as developing two original Orcs and Elves games for phones. Ultimately, the three titles sold only a combined two million copies. The problem, at least up to now, is that cell phones have been less than ideal gaming platforms. They typically have small screens, limited processing power and memory, and awkward controls. But according to an article on Forbes.com, Id's co-founder, John Carmack is eyeing the iPhone as the mobile platform that can successfully address at least some of these issues:"One of the biggest appeals of the iPhone, says... Read more...
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