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It's only been two weeks since Apple and Samsung jointly sued each other for alleged patent infringement, but relations between the two companies have apparently already turned ice cold. Rumors in April suggested that Apple was discussing an arrangement with TSMC (there's been no official confirmation on either side). Gus Richard, an analyst at Piper Jaffray has since proposed that Intel itself may want a piece of this particular pie. It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing. Intel's manufacturing... 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 this last quarter, and 35 in Q4 2010. A total of 1.85 billion ARM processors were manufactured during Q1, even as the licensing firm signed agreements with the likes of Broadcom and LG Electronics. At present, 61 percent of all mobile device processors are based on ARM technology. "We've had a few quarters now where licensing has been extremely strong... Read more...
Intel is on record as talking about MIDs, netbooks, and the device ecosystem it envisioned in between long before much of the current tablet craze, but the company has been oddly quiescent in recent months. Talk of dual-core ARM-based products, from Tegra to the iPad 2, has dominated the industry, with scarcely a peep from Intel. As of now, that's changed. Intel has unveiled its first Atom explicitly aimed at the tablet market. It's the Atom Z670, and it's Intel's chosen SoC for reclaiming lost mindshare that's been snapped up by other solutions. That's netbooks on the left, tablets on the right Intel continues to foresee strong growth in tablets with moderate continued gain for netbooks. Note... Read more...
AMD's Fusion platform is easily one of our favorite silicon innovations, and compared to the Atom, we see lots of performance reasons to choose AMD. Now, MSI is issuing two new machines based on that very platform, one laptop and one desktop. First, the former. The CR650 media notebook is one of the few 15.6" notebooks out there shipping with Fusion, which proves that the dual-core Zacate E-350 APU is powerful enough to push machines that are larger than just the average netbook. The E-350 also includes AMD's Radeon HD 6310 discrete-class graphics, DirectX 11 support, MSI's own Turbo Battery+ power-saving technology (up to 6 hours of life), an HDMI output, a 720p HD webcam, and a 15.6" panel.... Read more...
Today, Intel formally announced a new class of low-power Xeon processors meant to fill the growing demand for cloud computing servers. Intel has dubbed such servers micro servers, and believes they'll be the major source of server market growth in the next four years. Micro servers are defined by the company as follows: "Micro servers are an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data center workloads where many low-power dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, more robust servers." Put in simple terms, a micro server is to a blade server what blades once were to traditional rackmounts. According to Intel's own Xeon predictions, product segmentation demand will... Read more...
It's been a few weeks since Intel first announced that it was temporarily halting Sandy Bridge shipments to repair a chipset issue. At the time, we speculated that Intel's problems could improve AMD's quarter; a new ad campaign from the smaller manufacturer is proof that Sunnyvale agrees. Industry sources tell us that Intel's shipping difficulties have resulted in demand for AMD products. The company isn't offering specific figures at this point but expects to see some opportunity as a result.  We can't comment on what that means for Q1 revenue but it should be a major plus, though when AMD gave guidance last month it indicated Q1 would generally follow seasonal trends. AMD's ad... Read more...
The Dell Inspiron Duo is an impressive sight. It's not often that we're this enamored by a device's physical design, but the Dell Inspiron Duo simply does it for us. The machine is a feat of engineering, and it really redefines the convertible laptop segment. This 10.1" machine is part netbook, part tablet, but unlike many rivals, it doesn't compromise much in terms or portability and form factor to be both. When you open up the package, it looks like a Mini 10 or any other 10" netbook. But once the lid is open, a simple press on the LCD allows it to swivel around and lock into place, in reverse. Close the lid back down atop the keyboard, and you're now looking at a tablet... Dell Inspiron Duo... Read more...
The Dell Inspiron Duo is an impressive sight. It's not often that we're this enamored by a device's physical design, but the Dell Inspiron Duo simply does it for us. The machine is a feat of engineering, and it really redefines the convertible laptop segment. This 10.1" machine is part netbook, part tablet, but unlike many rivals, it doesn't compromise much in terms or portability and form factor to be both. When you open up the package, it looks like a Mini 10 or any other 10" netbook. But once the lid is open, a simple press on the LCD allows it to swivel around and lock into place, in reverse. Close the lid back down atop the keyboard, and you're now looking at a tablet.... Read more...
We've heard plenty from tablet and smartphone manufacturers at CES about their upcoming 2011 products. Apple has remained nearly silent about its own plans, but Taiwanese sources have surreptitiously reported that the next-generation iPhone 5 will pose a threat to the best-laid plans of everyone else. According to the Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily, the iPhone 5 will incorporate several new technologies. Apple is expected to ditch the penta-band UMTS antenna currently within the iPhone 4 for a Qualcomm dual-mode chip that supports both CDMA and GSM technologies. This would remove the need to manufacture separate phones for Verizon and AT&T and theoretically allow the company to negotiate... Read more...
Intel and Nvidia announced today that they've resolved their legal problems thanks to a new, six-year cross-licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Intel will pay Nvidia $1.5 billion dollars in five annual installments beginning on January 18. As part of the agreement, the two companies have renounced all previous legal claims, including claims related to possible breaches of the previous five year contract. "This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design," said Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel. "It also enables the companies to focus their... Read more...
Microsoft's demonstration of Windows 8 running on ARM processors may have been one of the major events of CES, but the OS's 2012/2013 release date has been criticized as a day late and a dollar short. One of the tidbits that slipped out of CES is that IT analysts aren't the only ones frustrated with Redmond's timetable. Intel Senior VP and general manager of the sales and marketing group, Tom Kilroy, revealed at CES for a long time. Us, and others like Dell...We’re very bullish on the tablets segment. It’s very good for the industry as a whole." It was Microsoft, ironically, that put a major push behind tablets back in 2001, but the resultant market flop and the need to focus on other... Read more...
One of the common concerns among users of AMD’s previous-generation mobile platforms is that they tend to run relatively hot in comparison to many of Intel’s offerings. And we’re not necessarily talking just about chip temperatures either, but rather the heat that radiated out to the notebook’s or netbook’s keyboard and chassis that could be felt by end users on their laps, hands, etc. Throughout the design phase of their next-gen Fusion-based mobile platforms, though, AMD was very mindful of power consumption—and hence thermal output—and at CES they are running an interesting demo that shows just how cool a trio of Brazos-based notebooks and netbooks... Read more...
VIA Technologies formally announced that its new dual-core, 40nm Nano X2 processors have been released. At present, processors are available to motherboards and OEMs, with systems available in Q1 of 2011. VIA will most likely have at least a few motherboards and notebooks/netbooks on display at CES, but the company has yet to name any major partners for these products. "The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy... Read more...
At CES today, AMD will both launch its first Fusion Application Processors (APUs) and discuss the new platform's design wins. According to the CPU manufacturers press release, desktop, notebook, and netbook systems should be available now, with tablets and embedded options launching before the end of Q1 2011. "We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. "In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that... Read more...
Asus is out to prove that big things really do come in small packages with its EeeBox PC EB1501P. This nettop offers an array of I/O ports as well as a slot-load optical disc drive and the ability to play content from your own media library in Full HD. Thanks to USB 3.0, the EeeBox PC EB1501P also supports fast transfers of high definition content as well as other large files from external storage... Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P Review... Read more...
Asus is out to prove that big things really do come in small packages with its EeeBox PC EB1501P. This nettop offers an array of I/O ports as well as a slot-load optical disc drive and the ability to play content from your own media library in Full HD. Thanks to USB 3.0, the EeeBox PC EB1501P also supports fast transfers of high definition content as well as other large files from external storage. Powered by Intel's energy efficient Atom processor, the EeeBox PC EB1501P uses up to 70 percent less energy than a traditional desktop PC. To ensure you're not trading too much performance for power savings though, Asus' Super Hybrid Engine enhances the system's performance and also tailors the nettop's... Read more...
One of the big announcements at CES this year will be from Microsoft; the company plans to announce (and possibly demonstrate) a consumer-centric version of  Windows running on ARM processors. The company's decision is a powerful endorsement. Other Microsoft products like Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile support ARM products but the software giant has never released a non-x86 mainstream version of Windows.* It'll be quite awhile before we see an actual shipping OS. Microsoft has already sunk months of work into the endeavor, but vendor driver support is expected to take quite some time. There's also the question of software support—one reason the non-x86 versions of Windows NT ultimately... Read more...
If you blink, you'll probably miss out on another tablet announcement. IN Media is releasing one this week, but unlike the bulk of them, this one is using Windows 7. Few Win7 tablets have been released on the market, and there definitely needs to be increased competition in that area. The company's Windows 7 Tablet PC has a 1.66GHz Atom processor, a 160GB hard drive, an HDMI output, a forward-facing camera, 10" LCD touch screen, a headphone jack, a couple of USB ports and an SD card slot. All that for $399, which definitely undercuts some of the bigger names out there. Have a look below for a video of the device in use. IN Media Announces Windows 7 Tablet PC   One of the world's first tablets... Read more...
2010 wasn't Tegra's banner year the way we thought it might be after seeing the Tegra 250 platform demo'd at last year's CES. There are signs, however, that 2011 may turn out differently. According to DigiTimes, multiple PC OEMs are warming up to Tegra after watching consumers ardently embrace the iPad. The success of Apple's tablet, according to some, has actually helped Android+ARM by demonstrating that non-Wintel systems can offer compelling user experiences. It's difficult to underestimate how important Tegra is to Nvidia's long-term future; the company has bet that Tesla and Tegra will become its primary sources of revenue over the next few years. When we spoke to the company in August,... Read more...
MSI announced a new mini-ITX motherboard, the IM-PV-C. This motherboard is designed to meet the requirements of a low power platform with support for Intel Atom processors and the Intel ICH8M chipset. The motherboard offers two DDR3 800 MHz So-DIMM sockets and supports up to 4GB of memory depending on the processor used. The board also offers five COM ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and multiple video output (DVI, VGA and LVDS). MSI IM-PV-C with Intel® Atom Pineview for Low Power and High Performance Taipei, Taiwan -- MSI, the global leading brand in motherboard, announces the latest mini-ITX motherboard, IM-PV-C, to IPC market. IM-PV-C is designed the latest Intel® Atom processors N455/... Read more...
Habey USA is a company best known for producing small, quiet, fanless machines that are easily hidden. These desktops have grown progressively more powerful over the years, and the newest model steps things up with a lot of expansion options. The new WIT-1800 is an Atom-based unit (embedded PC) with four mini-PCIe slots, dual SIM slots for 3G support and an ICH8M chipset. The Atom N450 is at the core, and with two SIM slots, this little desktop can get online nearly anywhere. It's designed for use in the field, where Wi-Fi may not readily be available. It also supports SSDs and has a VGA output, a serial port, two USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, one CF slot and two SMA sockets for 3G... Read more...
Keeping the nettop segment going, Zotac today unveiled its new ZBOX HD-ID40 series, a new mini-PC built around Intel's Atom platform and sporting Nvidia Ion graphics.There are two versions available, including a barebones setup for anyone who likes to roll their own rig. Both the HD-ID40 and HD-ID40 Plus come with an Intel Atom D525 processor (1.8GHz, dual-core), Nvida Ion graphics with 512MB of DDR3 memory, Wi-Fi, combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, HDMI, DVI-I, VGA, 7.1 channel audio, and six USB 2.0 ports. The Plus version comes pre-configured with 2GB of DDR2-800 memory and a 250GB SATA hard drive, while the barebones setup lets you add your own RAM and HDD or SSD. No word yet on price or availability.... Read more...
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