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AMD Turbo Dock Temash tablet reference design hands-on

AMD Turbo Dock Temash tablet reference design hands-on

AMD may have been slow to join the tablet processor segment, but it isn't wasting any time now its onboard. Key to its strategy in 2013 is Turbo Dock, a new power management system expected to debut on this year's Temash SoC powered hardware, and which dynamically adjusts performance according to whether the computer is in slate-tablet or docked hybrid mode. We caught up with AMD at Mobile World Congress to find out whether it works.

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Nokia 10-inch Windows RT tablet due February 2013 tip sources

Nokia 10-inch Windows RT tablet due February 2013 tip sources

The persistent rumor of a Nokia Windows tablet has reignited, with claims that a 10-inch model running Windows RT is in the pipeline for a February 2013 reveal. According to the insiders, Nokia has been in talks with Qualcomm around using the Snapdragon S4 processor for the slate, with a previous 2012 launch schedule put on ice, DigiTimes reports, after Microsoft itself waded into the Windows tablet market.

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Google branded touchscreen Chromebook due 2012 tip insiders

Google branded touchscreen Chromebook due 2012 tip insiders

Google is reportedly planning a Chromebook of its own, pushing out a Google-branded touchscreen notebook to follow its Nexus-brand smartphones and tablets. The Chrome OS laptop would be made by Compal, according to the China Times, with the finished product apparently set to ship by the end of 2012.

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AMD Trinity Windows 8 hybrid hands-on

AMD Trinity Windows 8 hybrid hands-on

AMD brought along its latest 2nd-gen Trinity reference design along to Computex 2012 today, and we grabbed some hands-on time with the Compal-made tablet/notebook hybrid after the keynote. An 11.6-inch slate which docks into a well-spaced keyboard with trackpad and extra ports, the unnamed prototype is unlikely to reach the market in its current form, but AMD hopes will provide some inspiration to its OEM partners considering APUs.

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Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Compal is the latest Android user to sign a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, following Samsung and Quanta in agreeing to pay the software giant for its Android and Chrome devices. The news, Microsoft says, means that more than half of the world's ODMs (Original Design Manufacturing) producing Android and Chrome hardware are paying them for the privilege of doing so. Meanwhile, Microsoft also takes the opportunity to criticize rivals that aren't as forthcoming in protecting manufacturers who use their software.

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Acer exec demands Intel ultrabook chip cost cut

Acer exec demands Intel ultrabook chip cost cut

More controversy around Intel's Ultrabook segment today, with the chipmaker's OEM partners publicly calling for processor price cuts if the ultraportables are to succeed. Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin and Compal Electronics president Ray Chen both demanded CPU subsidies, DigiTimes reports, with thinly-veiled threats around continued ultrabook support.

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Android Oak Trail tablet benchmarks underwhelm: Intel still has work to do

Android Oak Trail tablet benchmarks underwhelm: Intel still has work to do

Intel came out fighting at Computex this week, with ambitious Atom plans to take on ARM in its low-power, long-battery Android stronghold. According to the latest, very early benchmarks, however, the chip company may still have some work to do. Tweakers managed to run some tests on a Compal prototype running Android Honeycomb on Intel's 1.5GHz Oak Trail dual-core, finding it to be underwhelming in comparison to existing Tegra 2 based slates.

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Broadcom Persona ICE SoC headed to Compal tablets

Broadcom Persona ICE SoC headed to Compal tablets

Last we heard of Broadcom's Persona platform, it was being billed as a DVR chipset. Now, the next generation has expanded its ambitions, and has found a home in Compal tablets. The two companies have announced that the Broadcom Person ICE will form the single- or dual-core 1GHz+ ARM Cortex A9 heart of future slates from the ODM.

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webOS torrent tipped as Palm plan 5-6 devices for 2011

webOS torrent tipped as Palm plan 5-6 devices for 2011

With the mildly-tweaked Palm Pre 2 leaving a less than pleasant taste in our collective mouths, the news that there are 5-6 new devices in the pipeline for 2011 is like a blast of cool, refreshing seltzer to the face.  According to CENS, Palm has inked contracts with Foxconn, who will provide four to five new devices, and Compal, who will provide one further device, in the coming year.  Among the line-up is the Foxconn-made PalmPad webOS tablet.

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Foxconn confirm handset price increases but deny deal poaching

Foxconn confirm handset price increases but deny deal poaching

Foxconn has seemingly confirmed that it is increasing manufacturing prices for clients such as Apple, Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, with a spokesperson telling DigiTimes that most of their clients have accepted the new quotes.  However, the company has also denied that rivals such as Compal are attempting to use the increase to poach deals, as is rumored by industry sources.

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Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

The spectre of Windows Mobile may haunt more than just consumers; Microsoft is apparently also facing apathy from handset manufacturers in Taiwan, reluctant to pay the company's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7.  According to DigiTimes, Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communications have all shifted their R&D investment to Android and are reluctant to move it back.

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OLED iPads coming late 2010 tip insiders; everyone else stays sceptical

OLED iPads coming late 2010 tip insiders; everyone else stays sceptical

When even DigiTimes themselves are casting doubt onto their own rumor reports, you have to suspect something might not be right in the speculation chain.  According to the latest Taipei mutterings, Apple is looking at 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels for second-gen iPads, together with working with OEMs on a tweaked version of the existing 9.7-inch LCD model.  As for a timescale, component manufacturers are apparently saying orders have been placed for Q4 2010.

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