Socle Technology has announced the first 1GHz ARM11 platform, paving the way for faster MIDs, PMPs and digital home products. A self-developed System on Chip (SoC), the chipset uses 65nm technology and is the fastest ARM11-based design available to date. It's predicted to find its way into products from ASUS, Inventec and Dell.
Intel and AMD are both set to reveal details of their latest technologies at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, which begins on December 15 in San Francisco. Their major focus will be on new chip technologies, and interestingly enough, their sizes.
Technology keeps getting smaller and smaller and now researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have happened onto a new way to write data that could result in chips that are 10 times smaller than what's currently available.
It works by using a writing arm that's incredibly small. This arm would use lenses with plasmons to write data in a very compact fashion. With all of the data much more closely spaced together, more data can fit on a single chip, meaning chip size can be reduced dramatically.
American security forces are facing a mass examination of their hardware, as an ongoing investigation discovers that counterfeit computer chips and other devices have been sold to the US government. According to a BusinessWeek report, recycled and fake microchips from Chinese vendors are being used - mistakenly or otherwise - in hardware distributed in America and bought, off the shelf, by the US military.
Two separate incidents involving fighter jet malfunction are being unofficially blamed on fake chips billed as Maxim and Xicor products; the two manufacturers have denied any involvement with the shipments. Yet another incident describes how fake routers, branded Cisco, were used by various military agencies, heedless to the fact that each could have a covert "back door" through which their makers could access classified information.
Last night some rumors were going around about whether or not AMD would be breaking up today, but it seems now the rumor is confirmed. The company will be splitting up and the news will be officially announced today.
A press release last night indicated that AMD would be making an important announcement today. It would involve the CEO and president of the company, Dirk Meyer and was said to be a "significant corporate announcement." This set the blogs abuzz and reinvigorated the rumors about AMD breaking up.
Industry analysts are claiming that Apple has signed a major deal with Imagination Technology, which could see PowerVR graphics and video IP products feature in upcoming mobile devices. While the Imagination press release does not mention Apple by name, the fact that Apple are believed to have previously licenced their fourth-generation PowerVR chipset for the iPhone and iPod Touch has led to the assumption that they are the "international electronics systems company" referred to.