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VIA made quite a splash early this year when they announced the Isaiah CPU architecture, which was developed at their Centaur design center.  At the time of the announcement, we spoke with VIA's Centaur design center president, Glenn Henry, to get a deeper insight into what VIA had in store with Isaiah, but we weren't given many hard details regarding final clock speeds and specifications, performance, branding, or availability.Today though, VIA is ready to disclose a few more details regarding the Isaiah CPU architecture.  First off, Isaiah-based processors now fall under the Nano brand.  Due to their low-power design, VIA's Nano processors will initially be used to power... Read more...
The University of Illinois  at Urbana Champaign is a hotbed of high-tech research these days. They've recently demonstrated a process for "growing" upright copper nanowires on surfaces made from a wide array of materials.  These nanowires could be used to make Field-Emission Displays, brighter and sharper than existing flat panel displays, by using the nanowires to shoot electrons at phosphor particles on a screen. The copper nanowires are suitable for use in FEDs because they are uniform and have a very pointed tip. "The smaller the tip size the stronger the electric field," Kim says. "That is why even with a very small voltage...they will become very efficient electron emitters."... Read more...
And we're not talking about "hot sales" either.Japan is investigating a possible defect in Apple Inc.'s iPod after one of the popular digital music players reportedly shot out sparks while recharging, a government official said Wednesday.An official at the trade and economy ministry, which oversees product problems, said a defect is suspected in the lithium-ion battery in the iPod Nano, model number MA099J/A. He spoke on customary condition of anonymity, saying he is reiterating a ministry position.The problem surfaced in January in Kanagawa Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, and Apple reported the problem to the ministry in March. No one was injured, the official said. Other details weren't available.These... Read more...
Some very clever people at Stanford University have devised away to modify lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowires to expand the capacity of the batteries and allow them to deliver electricity for ten times as long as they currently do before recharging. "It's not a small improvement," Cui said. "It's a revolutionary development."The breakthrough is described in a paper, "High-performance lithium battery anodes using silicon nanowires," published online Dec. 16 in Nature Nanotechnology, written by Cui, his graduate chemistry student Candace Chan and five others.The greatly expanded storage capacity could make Li-ion batteries attractive to electric car manufacturers. Cui suggested that they... Read more...
There have been plenty of recalls and stories about laptop and cell phone batteries (think Sony --- ouch, and Nokia, recently) either overheating or igniting, but we've never heard of an MP3 player doing this before.Danny Williams says his 1 1/2 year old iPod nano caught fire in his pocket. A local TV station caught the news, and posted a rather sensationalistic story.There's a full news video at the linked site. Hilariously, the news anchor calls the nano a "nana" (channeling her grandmother?).  The statement made by Williams' mother makes one wonder how long it will be before a lawsuit is filed.... Read more...
According to an iSuppli teardown of the new Apple iPod nano, despite new features and with the same $199 price for the 8GB model, Apple is making more money off of the product.  While the top-of-the-line 8 GB Apple iPod nano still retails for $199, the completely revised new model costs Apple about $7 less to build than the previous edition, based on a preliminary teardown analysis by iSuppli. With a bill-of-materials at $82.85 per unit, according to iSuppli's estimate, Apple enjoys a nearly 42% markup in retail price.Of course, that's not the company's wholesale margins for its resellers, though a great many units are sold through Apple Store outlets and through Apple.com - where... Read more...
It appears that the early 'leaked' images of the new iPod Nano might be the real deal, as the legal team from the Cupertino giant is launching law suits to have sites take down the image.This reaction is typical of Apple when an upcoming product has been leaked, as we all witnessed when Apple lashed out at ThinkSecret for revealing the existence of the Mac Mini & iPod Shuffle just prior to their official debut.  Apple doesn't (historically) sic their law team of mock-ups and wild news that isn't related to upcoming offerings, which would lead us to believe that this could very well be the genuine article.While the appearance might seem a tad odd at first, there are 2 points we'd like to make:... Read more...
Graphene is a one atom thick piece of carbon, and its very efficient conductive properties and nano-scale size would make it really useful as a replacement for copper connections on computer chips. The graphite in your pencil is made of lots and lots of graphene. The trick has been to make it in the one atom thickness.  Saroj Nayak and other researchers at Rensselaer Institute have now done the research to show that the process of making graphene nanostructures is at least feasible. The size of computer chips has shrunk dramatically over the past decade, but has recently hit a bottleneck, Nayak said. As copper interconnects get smaller, the copper’s resistance increases and... Read more...
New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard offers unrivalled storage and I/O flexibility and native dual LVDS support in a low profile, fanless package for highly tailored embedded systems Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems. Measuring just 12cm x 12cm , the VIA EPIA NR... Read more...
It is still a challenge for scientists to develop a good nano-scale battery, which is why nano-scale devices are still fueled by energy sources that are much bigger than the devices themselves. One of the key problems is how to build such a small battery, and NASA has been looking at biological molecules that have self-assembling properties in order to overcome this barrier. A group of researchers at NASA has been working on a protein called ferritin, which has the unique ability to carry either a positive or negative charge. The protein is also capable of self assembling into a uniform nanolayer form. NASA sees potential in the material, suggesting that it is relatively easy to create a layer... Read more...
Acting off a hunch, a patent, and some reliable inside information, Kevin Chang of JP Morgan believes that the iPhone Apple plans to release in Q4 of this year could be based on the iPod Nano. The iPhone has done well thus far, but the price tag of $500 to $600 depending on storage size is keeping Apple's first cell phone out of the hands of those who can't afford one. It is currently speculated that the Q4 iPhone will cost somewhere around $300, half of the price of its bigger brothers.  Apple filed a patent application document dated July 5 that refers to a multifunctional handheld device with a circular touch pad control, similar to the Nano's scroll wheel.Apple spokeswoman... Read more...
VIA to Define Mobility 2.0 with Revolutionary New VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design Provides rich computing, Internet, and multimedia experience in a light, ultra portable notebook delivering up to five hours of battery life Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions, will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.  Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook PC into a sleek and light... Read more...
IBM has really been on a roll this year. They've been working on ways to improve thermal efficiency of microchips, ways for blind users to have better control of online content, and now InformationWeek claims IBM is going to announce a type of MRI device that can actually see nanoscale objects. "Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center have found a way to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to see nanoscale objects.  Dan Rugar, manager of nanoscale studies at the research center, said the discovery represents "a milestone that has shown that the principles of MRI can be married with scanning microscopy." While the eventual goal -- building a microscope than can see individual... Read more...
It's easy to get caught up in announcements of breakthroughs in chip technology. But the only announcement that's of any use, really, is that they're being manufactured somewhere. Samsung announced today that 60-nanometer DRAM chips are coming off their line -- right now. The new process can increase production efficiency by 40 percent over the 80-nanometer technology which has been deployed in dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip manufacturing since last year, the world's largest memory chipmaker said. The firm anticipates that improved productivity will cut costs and help 60-nano 1 gigabit DRAM chips become a mainstream item in 2008. Smaller faster cheaper, please.... Read more...
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a process for printing all sorts of components right on a substrate, one right over another, that could be used to fabricate electronic and optical devices inexpensively. And it works on flexible or curved surfaces, too. The method could have an impact on various aspects of the display industry. Today's flat-screen LCD televisions are made in enormous, expensive chambers in which the electronics that control individual pixels in the display are formed on large slabs of glass. Rogers says his technique could make it possible to form these electronics in smaller batches in less expensive... Read more...
In the immortal words of the world-famous Popeye The Sailor, I-yam-what-I-yam... No, wait, not yams, spinach, that's what made Pops all cut-up and beefy right?  It seems Pops wasn't too far off the mark either.  Spinach, the high-tech food product? "The work has immediate implications for basic science research, as the configuration of molecules and proteins impacts biological functions. The study also suggests a novel route for creating nanoscale logic circuits or mechanical switches for future medical, computer technology or green energy applications, said Hla, an associate professor of physics. It's important to understand something about the chlorophyll-a molecule for origin... Read more...
Intel and Micron Sample Industry's First 50 Nanometer NAND Flash Memory Devices BOISE, Idaho, and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 25, 2006 - Demonstrating their commitment to move quickly up the technology leadership curve, Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corporation today announced they are sampling the industry's first NAND flash memory built on industry-leading 50 nanometer (nm) process technology. The samples were manufactured through IM Flash Technologies, a joint development and manufacturing venture from Micron and Intel. Both companies are sampling 4 gigabit (Gb) devices now, with plans to mass produce a range of densities on the 50nm node in 2007. This move to 50nm process technology... Read more...
The first computer circuit to be built on a single molecule has been unveiled by researchers in the US. It was assembled on a single carbon nanotube; a standard component of any nanotechnologist's toolkit. The circuit is less than a fifth of the width of a human hair and can only be seen through electron microscope.... Read more...
Do previous iPod nano's have more space than you need, and cost more than you want to pay? To help those of you out, Apple is releasing a 1GB version of their popular iPod nano. As Digital Lifestyle Magazine reports, they're 1GB model should hold around 240 songs, and cost $150. "Depending on the size and length, the 1GB nano will be able to squeeze around 240 songs, while the 2GB and 4GB can hold 500 and a 1000 respectively. Aside from all that, the greatest feature of them all is the size. The nano while think as a pencil, is super light, kind of like jogging with a whole CD collection around you neck."... Read more...
Well folks, it didn't take long for Call of Duty 2 to be benchmarked. AMDZone has thrown mid range to high end cards at the new demo, and found some interesting results... is 512MB now useful? Those of you who bought a 512MB X800XL and felt a little disappointed with the small(if any) performance gains over it's 256MB cousin might want to check out the link. Anyway, enjoy the news! MSI P4N Diamond Motherboard @ nV News "The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list of features; NVIDIA's feature-rich nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, two Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, onboard SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit audio, and a BIOS with many options including an exhaustive menu of overclocking options.... Read more...
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