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Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

Intel has announced a "chipset design error" affecting its 6 Series Cougar Point chipsets, found accompanying Sandy Bridge processors, which could see an ongoing degradation of the SATA ports and an ensuring impact on HDD and optical drive performance. The solution, unfortunately for Intel, is a silicon fix that will require newly manufactured versions of the chip that should begin arriving with customers in late February.

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Intel Photonics Link Brings 50Gbps Data Transfers to Reality

Intel Photonics Link Brings 50Gbps Data Transfers to Reality

Yes, that says 50Gbps. But, that's not all the good news. Today, Intel unveiled their brand new module that will revolutionize, if not completely blow our minds in regard to how we transfer data, and how quickly it can be done. Sadly, and as much as we wish we could see it become one, the Photonics Link isn't quite yet a product that we can go out and install in our computers. In fact, there's no word on when this will actually see the light of day. But, it is a perfect method to show us what's coming down the pipe.

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AMD 890GX chipset with onboard 1080p-capable HD 4290 GPU confirmed

AMD 890GX chipset with onboard 1080p-capable HD 4290 GPU confirmed

AMD have officially announced their latest chipset, the AMD 890GX, which incorporates integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics as well as paving the way for the company's upcoming AMD Phenom II X6 hexacore processor.  Out of the box the 890GX chipset will support 1080p HD Blu-ray playback, including picture-in-picture support, in addition to SATA 3.0 6Gbps interface and USB 3.0 support.

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Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Even before you leave an event like Mobile World Congress 2010 you get used to people asking you what the most interesting or exciting thing you've seen at the show has been. This year, while there was no shortage of impressive hardware imminent to the market, the real promise for me was in next-gen chipsets. Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, Freescale, Marvell, Qualcomm and others had all brought their wares along to demo, and the promises - not to mention the step up from existing platforms - were flowing thick and fast. So, what sort of devices can we expect using these new chipsets?

Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Remember Marvell's ARMADA 618 chipset from last Friday, the 1GHz low-power smartphone processor good for three separate, independent displays and Full HD 1080p quality?  The company have brought along a few demo devices to MobileFocus 2010 this week, and they've been showing off just what the ARMADA 618 is capable of.  Two demo stations were set up, one with a compact PMP-style device plugged, via HDMI, into a full-sized 1080p plasma TV, and another running a second, compact LCD panel.

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TI WiLink 7.0 packs WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, FM & GPS onto single chip

TI WiLink 7.0 packs WiFi-N, Bluetooth 3.0, FM & GPS onto single chip

While we focused more on Texas Instruments' eye-catching OMAP4 development device when we visited the company a few weeks ago, we also had a chance to talk to their wireless chipset team.  TI's combo chipsets - which pack various mixtures of WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and GPS onto a single component - get a new sibling today, in the shape of the WiLink 7.0, an integrated chip that combines all four of those wireless technologies.

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Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2010 is fast approaching, but here at SlashGear we thought we'd grab a head start on our coverage. We caught up with Texas Instruments at their Dallas office to take a look at their latest OMAP3 and OMAP4 chipsets and some of the development hardware they've been producing. Most interesting, perhaps, is the OMAP4-based device you see here, capable of simultaneously driving three independent displays and packing a pico-projector module.

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Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 8X72 chipset due by end of 2010

Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 8X72 chipset due by end of 2010

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset may only now be turning up in any real number of mobile devices - you'll find its 1GHz thrumming away in the HTD HD2, Google Nexus One and various Smartbooks announced at CES 2010 this week - but that doesn't mean the company are resting on their laurels.  In fact the company's SVP of product management, Luis Pineda, has just revealed that there are at least two more versions of Snapdragon to come in 2010, running at up to 1.5GHz.

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Marvell ARMADA 610 app processor: 1080p, HDMI, 3D graphics, more

Marvell ARMADA 610 app processor: 1080p, HDMI, 3D graphics, more

Along with the new Plug Computer 3.0, Marvell have also announced a new HD-capable chipset - the ARMADA 610 Application Processor - which promises a gigahertz-class CPU, Open GL ES 2.0 and 1.1 and Open VG support, full 1080p encode/decode and 3D graphics.  Marvell reckon the ARMADA 610 will find its way into future MIDs, e-readers and other always-on portable devices, which will take advantage of the application processor's various connectivity options including HDMI and USB 2.0.

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