When it comes to smartphones running Android or any other OS as the components inside the phone get cheaper the price of the handset overall gets lower as well. Broadcom has announced a new baseband chip for Android devices that promises nice features and low cost.
IBM has released a short film that almost went directly under our radar. It was released relatively quietly a few days ago, and tells an engaging story about their history and how through the 100 years they've been active, they've achieved many things that have changed the world. This film tells the history of IBM with one hundred ladies and gentlemen who were born along IBM's timeline, each of them 1 year younger than the last. Behold 13 minutes of tale telling.
Miraculous. Qualcomm, the folks that bring you Snapdragon chips, the ones going in basically every big-name superphone coming out in the near future. In addition to their First Quarter Results showing a 39% increase in Net Income when compared to exactly one year ago, their Non-GAAP Revenues have gone up 25% as well over the past year, from $2.67 billion to $3.35 billion. Massive amounts of cash flying around here. Why have profits increased so much at this time when smartphones are taking over the mobile market? Why, that's both the question and the answer, of course!
So waaay back before 2008, Sony had control of a chip plant in Nagasaki, a semiconductor plant to be more precise, a plant which that year they sold to Toshiba Corp. Sony now plans to buy BACK that plant from Toshiba so that it might strengthen it's complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor business. All of this has been reported by the Nikkei business daily newspaper.
Researchers in Australia are working on helping those in the world who suffer from chronic back pain with a chip that'll block that pain from reaching the brain. They've yet to try the device on humans, but they're confident that it'll work. I should hope so! Also this sort of thing frightens me. What happens if you get a giant stick jabbed into your back and you can't feel it? What then, science? You'll have stick-back syndrome. But this device will be more precise than all that - blocking only the pains that are useless to the human brain, the kind that never go away.
Those people who make all kinds of chips, Intel, revealed today a configurable Atom processor series by the name of E600C. It was introduced back in September with the name Stellarton and can accommodate a range of memory interfaces, high-speed connections, and standard or user-defined I/O interfaces. The E600C will include an Altera Field Programmable Gare Array (FPGA) and will (hooray) allow for a bigger range of specific chips to be sold on the market without the need for giant hardware changes. Each chip includes an extended 7-year lifecycle manufacturers support. Let Douglas L. Davis tell you all about it!
First revealed back at Computex, Intel's dual-core Atom N550 processor for netbooks was a tease that many of us here couldn't wait to get our hands on. Unfortunately, while the processor has "ready-to-ship" tagged to it, it doesn't look like the processor is being included in any netbooks actually shipping at this very moment.
Broadcom have outed a number of new chips, including a new 1080p-capable multimedia processor and an IP platform intended to add 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities to DVRs and set-top boxes. The Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor is a 40nm chip that can process up to 20-megapixel images and 1-gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering, along with outputting Full HD 1080p via HDMI. Meanwhile the Broadcom Persona platform couples a BCM11211 comms processor and BCM11181 multimedia processor, and supports streaming content, complex GUIs and integration with the company's various wireless and wired networking components.
After ongoing rumors and speculation that Intel would miss their Q4 launch for Pine Trail, their next-gen Atom processor line-up, the company has again confirmed that the low-power netbook processors are on course to hit manufacturers in Q4 2009. However the company will not be drawn on how long those chips will then take to show up in commercially-available devices: estimates suggest that Pine Trail based netbooks won't actually be on shelves until Q1 2010 at the earliest.
The days of a universal laptop TV tuner are almost upon us, as CrestaTech begin sampling their CrestaTV "universal broadband receiver". Packing not only support for DVBT, ATSC, Cable QAM, NTSC and PAL TV standards, the CrestaTV also receives FM radio and features a GPS receiver, and could allow travellers to watch TV on their notebooks no matter where in the world they are.