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Intel Shipping XMM 6260 HSPA+ modem, Introduces LTE XMM 7060

Intel Shipping XMM 6260 HSPA+ modem, Introduces LTE XMM 7060

Intel announced on Monday that it will begin shipping the XMM 6260 platform to key partners. The plaform supports HSPA+ networks with download speeds up to 21Mbps and upload speeds up to 11.5Mbps. The platform is said to use less power than competitor's products (especially ARM). XMM 6260 is built with the 40nm manufacturing process, and is based on the X-GOLD 626 baseband processor and the SMARTi UE2 RF transceiver.

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AMD’s Radeon HD 6700 Series Specs Leak Into the Wild, Offer Twice the Power

AMD’s Radeon HD 6700 Series Specs Leak Into the Wild, Offer Twice the Power

On a Chinese-based website called Chiphell, details on AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 6700 Series graphics cards broke cover, offering up pretty much every bit of detail that people would be interested in, all in an organized fashion. The new series is set to replace the Radeon 5700 series, and AMD (at least on the leaked image) says that the new series will offer up "twice the horsepower" compared to the previous chips.

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SanDisk’s 64GB SSD is Smaller Than a Postage Stamp

SanDisk’s 64GB SSD is Smaller Than a Postage Stamp

Even as devices get smaller and thinner, one of the things keeping them from getting too small or thin are the components inside. For example, memory. Despite the fact hard drives (HD) and solid state drives (SSD) are already pretty small, we need them to get smaller if we want even smaller gadgets and toys. We just didn't expect it to get this small. SanDisk has officially unveiled their new 64GB SSD, which is smaller than a postage stamp.

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GlobalFoundries building 28nm processor chip factory

GlobalFoundries building 28nm processor chip factory

GlobalFoundries is taking their goal to make more advanced processors very seriously and have started building a new factory dubbed Fab 2 in Saratoga County, New York.

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AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched with 1GHz speed

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched with 1GHz speed

AMD did something a bit surprising today. They've announced a new version of their ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics chipset that will be factory-overclocked to bump up the standard speed from 850MHz to 1GHz.

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AMD receives WHQL certification on first day of Windows 7 program

AMD receives WHQL certification on first day of Windows 7 program

AMD announced today that their Windows 7 graphics driver has been certified by Microsoft on the very first day of the latter company's program that tests compatibility with the new operating system. The certification was given for the Windows Hardware Quality Lab or WHQL and is meant to indicate a driver is compatible with both Windows Vista and Windows 7.

This is good timing, considering AMD will be releasing their ATI Catalyst 9.5 by the end of the month. So, people that use ATI Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series graphics cards can rest assured the new software will make them work completely with Windows 7.

Apparently, this also allows ATI Stream technology. The WHQL certification comes on the very first day of Microsoft opening their certification program. Nice way to jump in there with your graphics driver first, AMD!

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition announced

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition announced

AMD has just announced another processor option. It's called the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition and this 2.8GHz processor packs in some power for its relatively small size, including 65nm dual-core chips.

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Toshiba shipping 32 nm NAND flash already

Toshiba shipping 32 nm NAND flash already

Just two months ago we were talking about Toshiba and their new 32 nm NAND flash memory, and though it was supposed to not see consumers' hands until the fall, it's now available in a limited capacity.

The flash memory will be available for mass consumption by July. The new process employed here uses a 32-gigabit chip, which is 4GB, and when stacked 8 tall, you end up with 32GB of total memory in one tiny space.

While we don't know who will receive the larger flash memory first, it does seem likely that Toshiba will be providing the memory for the iPhone 3.0. The company also notes that USB storage with the new memory capacity will be their first products to carry the 32 nm chip.

[via Engadget]

Qualcomm agrees to pay Broadcom $891 mil in settlement

Qualcomm agrees to pay Broadcom $891 mil in settlement

Qualcomm and Broadcom have been fighting it out in court for some time now, but it seems the chip makers have finally come to an agreement of sorts, with Qualcomm agreeing to pay $891 million to Broadcom as a part of a settlement.

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IBM and partners show off 28nm chip

IBM and partners show off 28nm chip

IBM and several of their partners such as Infineon, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Chartered Semiconductor are working together to create a 28-nm chip that requires less power and features a high-k metal gate bulk complementary metal oxide, so says an announcement released yesterday.

This new chip would be mostly used in portable devices like MIDs. What's really great about these new chips is that they will use 20% less power yet gain 40% in performance when compared to the current 45nm chips.

What's particularly useful about this is that those using 32nm chips will be able to transition to the 28nm ones easily, without a complete overhaul of the system. Production is expected to begin sometime next year.

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene might be the next material of choice for making processor chips, according to an MIT report. In fact, Graphene, a substance discovered in 2004 that consists of pure carbon, could allow for faster speeds than ever thought possible.

The current research shows that a frequency multiplier could be created, which works to double a signal and likewise doubles a processor's clocking speed. Color me impressed! This idea is not new, but it is certainly new when applied to Graphene, which possesses only an atom's thickness.

So, what's so exciting about this? Well, Graphene chips could make for processors that run between 500GHz and 1,000GHz. That's quite a leap from the current 5GHz chips, wouldn't you say? We should see a commercial version of this technology within two years, according to MIT.

[via PC Pro]

LG develops LTE 4G chip

LG develops LTE 4G chip

According to an announcement made by LG this morning, the company has developed the very first LTE-standard 4G chip. This is a pretty big deal, considering how many people anticipate LTE to be the standard in the coming years.

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