Archive for Feb 23, 2009

ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM have announced their latest processor, the ARM Cortex-M0, which the company is describing as their smallest, lowest power and most energy efficient processor to date.  The Cortex-M0 consumes as little as 85 microwatts/MHz (0.085 milliwatts) and is intended for ultra low-power MCU and SoC applications like gaming accessories, ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless devices, and smart-home products.

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ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

There's a lot of people eagerly anticipating the ASUS Eee PC T91 convertible netbook-tablet, and bit-tech's early hands-on with a pre-production prototype certainly won't do anything to staunch that interest.  The 8.9-inch touchscreen netbook will get a new, chiclet keyboard like the Eee PC 1000HE before it ships, and unfortunately has a non-removable battery, but there's still plenty of good news to tide us over.

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Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 compact eco-friendly server

Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 compact eco-friendly server

Fujitsu have announced a compact server that uses less energy than a desk lamp and offers a variety of RAID setups for home-office and small business users.  The Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 resembles a compact desktop PC, but uses Intel's latest power-saving Core 2 Duo processors paired with up to 16GB of RAM and remote ServerView Server Management control.

Both the P8400 (25W) or T9400 (35W) CPUs are available, using 25-percent less power than rival systems.  As for storage, the TX120 S2 can be fitted with either four 320GB SATA or 146GB 15,000rpm SAS hard-drives.  Nonetheless, according to Fujitsu it's still whisper-quiet at 27dB.

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Cambridge Soundworks MovieWorks HD X-Fi iPod dock

Cambridge Soundworks MovieWorks HD X-Fi iPod dock

Cambridge Soundworks - a subsidiary of Creative - have announced the MovieWorks HD, a docking station for the Apple iPod range that can output high-definition video and digital audio to a connected HDTV or audio system.  The MovieWorks HD also has an integrated X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity chip onboard, together with Creative's X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, and connects via HDMI.

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Arduino wristwatch plays Pong

Arduino wristwatch plays Pong

One of the reasons the Arduino is so successful is because of its flexibility - there's plenty of very complex ways you can implement the microprocessor board into a project - but that doesn't mean it can't do simple tasks just as well.  Psycholinguist Franklin Chang used his Arduino to make a fetchingly homespun wristwatch.

Video overview of the Arduino watch after the cut

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Huawei Android devices hitting T-Mobile in Q3 2009?

Huawei Android devices hitting T-Mobile in Q3 2009?

Huawei's "look but don't touch" Android handset at Mobile World Congress last week was quite the disappointment: if it wasn't for the display around it, you'd not know what OS the device was meant to be running.  We could be seeing production handsets a lot sooner than expected, though, with Huawei claiming to have signed a deal with T-Mobile that will see the Android-based smartphone shipping in Q3 2009.

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Cowon D2+ PMP tweaked: new GUI

Cowon D2+ PMP tweaked: new GUI

Cowon have announced an updated version of their D2 PMP, the Cowon D2+, with the same touchscreen control as the original but a newly tweaked OS.  The D2+ has an integrated DMB digital TV tuner, video and audio playback, together with an ebook reader, flash player and up to 52 hours battery life.

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