Intel have announced their latest Xeon processor, the eight-core Nehalem-EX. Intended for servers, though providing an interesting insight into what the consumer Core i7 architecture might evolve into, Nehalem-EX can support up to sixteen threads with 24MB of shared cache, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost.
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Pre-day is a little over a week away, and if you're anything like some members of the SlashGear team you're wringing your hands in anticipation. Over at our Palm-loving sibling site My Pre they've got something that could keep you from tearing your hair out: the Getting Started Guide, Features Guide and full User Guide for the smartphone.
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Since spending a few hundred dollars of his own money on importing one of the first SmartQ 7 MIDs from China, Steve over at UMPC Portal has been promising a full review. That's now online, and it's a mixed bag; the SmartQ 7 ticks many ultraportable boxes - like decent battery life, solid 1mbps DivX playback and a browser that handles page formating well - but falls well short in other areas.
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If you've ever looked at your PND and thought "I could draw maps better than these" - usually when you've just driven the wrong way down a one-way street - then TwoNav's Aventura could be for you. Based around a 3.5-inch touchscreen and SiRFstar III GPS chipset, the Aventura does the usual automotive directions complete with Tele Atlas maps, but what makes it special is its flexibility to use custom or DIY mapping data.
According to TwoNav, the Aventura will "use any kind of map without problem of compatibility." That means you can load any number of vector maps or raster imagery, such as satellite photos, or digital elevation models, 3D landscapes, pretty much anything that can be scanned in and calibrated.
Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) have been showing off their latest AMOLED prototype, a 6.5-inch panel that's more flexible than any of their previous models. While this particular display is still more a proof of concept than anything else, SMD expect production panels based on the technology to find their way into watches, cellphones and flexible ebook readers.
HP are planning a range of ultra-thin notebooks based on Intel's CULV platform, for release in Q4 2009. The ultraportables will eventually take on Acer's Timeline range, but before the new models arrive HP is expected to recycle existing notebook chassis designs with new CULV hardware, possibly including the HP dv2.
Nintendo have registered a trademark in Japan for the Wii Fit Plus, expected to be the follow-up to the company's highly-successful Wii Fit game. While no specific details regarding Wii Fit Plus are known, the trademark application did include a logo design which suggests Nintendo are actively working on the project rather than just covering their legal bases.
iriver US have confirmed that the P35 touchscreen PMP is set to land on American shores this fall. Already on sale in Korea, complete with an integrated DMB digital TV tuner that's unlikely to make it to the US model, the P35 has a 4.3-inch WQVGA display and 8GB or 16GB of flash storage.
Viliv have added a new model to their S5 MID range, in the shape of the S5 Premium Air Ready. Unlike the existing Premium Air, the new model will not include a 3G modem, however it will have the required PCI-e slot and SIM card reader already in place; that will make adding the best HSDPA/EVDO modem card for your location straightforward.