Broadcom has announced an industry first at Computex. The announcement is of the first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip. The chip is called the BCM43142 InConcert combo chip. It is aimed at the notebook and netbook market where the reduced size and power consumption are of the most benefit. Smaller size means that the machines can potentially be made smaller and less power consumption leads to longer battery life.
The summer is here in many areas of the US with temperatures already reaching into the mid to upper 90 range or more. That means in many places around the country the AC is on and people are already looking at ways to keep cool. A green pavement coating called Emerald Cities Celadon Green solar reflective permanent cooling coating has been demonstrated in Phoenix, Arizona. This coating is designed to reduce the temperature of the asphalt in parking lots and on streets on hot days.
Companies that make video cards like to lay claim to the title of world's fastest when they can. AMD and NVIDIA like to do the same thing trading the title back and forth. MSI has unveiled a new video card at Computex 2011 called the N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. This isn’t the first video card from MSI packing in the NVIDIA 580GTX GPU. The N580GTX Twin Frozr II surfaced form MSI back in January. The latest card gets a new fan and sensor design.
MSI has offered up several new notebooks at Computex 2011 today that include the new G Series machines aimed at the mobile gamer. The series includes the GT780, GT683, and GE620 models. They all use the Intel second gen Core i7 processors. The GT780 and GT683 both have 16GB of DDR3 RAM and use the newly announced GTX 560M GPU from NVIDIA. The 780 and 683 are also both RAID capable and have lots more features like backlit keyboards.
Samsung has been working on building up its new production line for AMOLED screens for a while now. These high-end screens have been in short supply and the lack of supply has at times been the reason why some popular and high-end smartphones weren't available in the numbers the maker would have liked. Samsung has announced that its new 5.5 generation AMOLED plant is now ready to start production ahead of schedule.
Pixel Qi had promised some new screen technology at Computex this week, and the company has delivered, with a fresh 10.1-inch super-thin panel. Unlike the existing 10.1-inch screen, as used in the Notion Ink Adam, the new panel runs at 1280 x 800 making it ideal for Android Honeycomb slates; meanwhile, as ARMdevices' video demo shows, it's far more sunlight-visible than the iPad.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the coolest and most desirable tablets on the market. We put up our review of the Transformer not too long ago and came away feeling pretty good about the Asus offering. We also mentioned last week that the tablet was getting an OTA update to Android 3.1 this week. Tablets with the new update will support something new that Android gamers will really appreciate.
Qualcomm's own Uplinq conference may be starting later today in San Diego, but that hasn't stopped the chip company from turning up at Computex with some hardware to play with. Quanta had prepared a 10-inch tablet running on Qualcomm's latest dual-core Snapdragon, NetbookNews reports, running Android 3.0.
Nielsen tracks all sorts of things for people that are interested in various markets. One of the markets that the analytics firm tracks that geeks tend to be really interested in its the market share for various smartphone operating systems. The latest figures are in from Nielsen and it looks like the growth of the major smartphone operating systems may be leveling out. Android is still the most popular OS on the market, but its lead over iOS may have stopped growing.
ASUS' glasses-free 3D gaming notebook will likely get most of the attention, but the Republic of Gamers team has also brought along plenty of kit for the DIY enthusiast. In addition to the ROG Crosshair V Formula series motherboard shown yesterday there are the ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z and ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z motherboards, plus the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 based ROG MATRIX GTX 580 and ROG MARS II graphics cards.
You didn't think ASUS was going to leave it at a single Republic of Gamers motherboard and a clutch of tablets did you? The company's computing arm has brought a whole bevy of ROG-branded kit to Computex this week, including everything from video cards, gaming notebooks and desktops, 3D displays and more. Top of the tree is probably the ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook, with a glasses-free 3D display paired with Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics.