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Broadcom BCM4329 chip brings cellphones Wi-Fi without power drain

Broadcom BCM4329 chip brings cellphones Wi-Fi without power drain

Now cell phone WiFi access will get a lot more efficient, thanks to a new chip from Broadcom. The BCM4329 chip will be used in cellphones that have 802.11n WiFi in order to decrease the amount of power required to maintain that wireless connection.

Normally, WiFi on cellphones takes up a lot of energy. In fact, it's often thought of as a serious battery drainer. But this new chip makes it so a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band connection can occur without using as much power. It uses less power than earlier chips that could only manage the 802.11g standard and no higher.

This chip also offers up Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner and a feature called space time block coding, which makes connections on the outskirts of a network more stable. The Broadcom BCM4329 chip is expected sometime in 2009, though no customers for it have been named yet.

New writing tech could bring 10x smaller processor chips

New writing tech could bring 10x smaller processor chips

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.

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Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

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.

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AMD is breaking up

AMD is breaking up

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.

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Apple in Mobile Chip Technology licence rumor

Apple in Mobile Chip Technology licence rumor

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.

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