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Intel “Medfield” Atom Coming in 2010

Intel has completed its preparation for 32nm manufacturing process and it is on track to start production of the new chip in fourth quarter of 2009. With this, Intel’s “Medfield” Atom CPU is expected to be available in 2010. Tom’s reported that Intel will be making two flavor of Medfield; one for mobile Internet devices and the other one for netbooks.

Features on Medfield includes the integration of graphics core and I/O controller hub. It is rumored that the the netbook version will be using better graphics core based on Intel’s own design while the MID version will use PowerVR graphics core.

Nikon D3x Sensor is Manufactured by Sony

Nikon has officially responded to the question many have asked about who manufactured its Nikon D3x CMOS sensor. It is indeed manufactured by Sony; however Nikon clarified that they design the CMOS sensor. Here is the official statement from Nikon:

The Nikon D3X’s 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor was developed expressly for the D3X in accordance with Nikon’s stringent engineering requirements and performance standards, with final production executed by Sony. Featuring refined low-noise characteristics, 12 and 14 bit output, Live View capability and more, the D3X’s unique sensor design was carefully blueprinted to perform in perfect concert with proprietary Nikon technologies including EXPEED Image Processing and the Scene Recognition System. Meticulous efforts allowed the sensor to become one of the many essential components and technologies which contribute to the D3X’s superior image fidelity.

Sony Plans Cost Cutting Strategies – More layoffs

The economy has not gotten any break at all and more companies are cutting down on their overhead to stay above the water. Sony has announced it will be reducing its workforce by 16,000 workers within the next two years and to slow down their investment throttle at the same time. Sony operates 57 manufacturing plants around the world and as part of the cost cutting measure; it will also be suspending roughly ten percent of its plants. This move will save Sony about 100 billion Yen (US$1.1 billion) per year.

The ripple effect caused by US economic state, which resulted in Yen’s higher value against US, and Euro puts many Japanese goods pricing higher than it used to be. Many companies that play in the global market are on the same boat as Sony; that includes major players such as Canon, Samsung, and etc. There aren’t any sign of economy upturn yet and market confidence is not getting any better.

AMD is gearing up for a new chip to rival Intel’s Atom

Atom has been making its way into the majority of netbook systems and Intel’s success with Atom has triggered AMD to work on its own chip to compete with Atom. AMD has not publicly discussed the upcoming chip much but has shown some indication that the CPU is in the works for quite sometime now.

Leaked information shows that AMD’s UVC (Ultra Value Client) chip will be announced as early as November and will be sold directly to OEM.

The new chips will be paired with 740G platform that AMD recently announced. The 740G features Radeon 2100 GPU with full support for HD decoding and uses SB700 southbridge. The report did not reveal power consumption of the chip and platform.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review

T-Mobile's Sidekick is one of the heavyweights in the text-messaging realm for young and socially connected consumers. Today T-Mobile introduces its latest Sidekick, the Sidekick 2008. Previously dubbed the Sidekick Gekko, the new messaging-focused handset kicks off a new naming convention. But how does the new Sidekick fare compared to its predecessors and rivals?

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AT&T WiFi is now available for iPhone users [update: No, it’s not]

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AT&T has started offering free WiFi to its iPhone customers, again! The WiFi service was previously available for iPhone users in on and off fashion. AT&T provides more than 17,000 WiFi hotspots in the country and many of them are in StarBucks locations. While it's great news, it might not be all that to iPhone 3G users that have fast wireless data connectivity already.

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