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Amazon tablet suppliers leak as E Ink flexes FFS display investment

Amazon tablet suppliers leak as E Ink flexes FFS display investment

The pieces of Amazon's Android tablet puzzle continue to coalesce, with the retailer's lengthy parts supplier lists leaking ahead of what's expected to be a commercial launch of two slates later in Q3 2011. As well as NVIDIA's processors, the slates will reportedly use CPT touch sensors, after existing Amazon supplier E Ink - which provides the epaper panels for the Kindle - helped get the display manufacturer's foot in the door.

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Qualcomm roadmap leaks; Rivals “haven’t mastered” power/performance balance says VP

Qualcomm roadmap leaks; Rivals “haven’t mastered” power/performance balance says VP

Details of Qualcomm's processor roadmap for 2012 and 2013 have emerged, with the company planning to leverage its "Krait" next-gen chips for up to 2.5GHz quadcore MSM8974 SoCs. According to a roadmap leaked to MobileTechWorld, the MSM8930 and MSM8230 will arrive first, in Q3 2012, with dualcore 1-1.2GHz Krait cores, Adreno 305 graphics and LTE/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA support. It's all part of what Qualcomm chipset VP Raj Tulluri described to SlashGear as a "measured" approach to the battery and performance balance, something the exec doesn't believe rivals NVIDIA or Texas Instrument can compete on.

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Amazon tablets using TI chips not NVIDIA; due Aug/Sept tip sources

Amazon tablets using TI chips not NVIDIA; due Aug/Sept tip sources

More Amazon tablet rumors this morning, though a change of processor from what we've heard so far. The retailer is planning to launch tablets as soon as August or September 2011, according to DigiTimes' sources at component manufacturers, though they're tipping Texas Instruments' OMAP chips being at the heart of the slates, rather than NVIDIA processors as has previously been suggested.

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Amazon 10-inch Hollywood tablet to offer Prime movie streaming tip analysts

Amazon 10-inch Hollywood tablet to offer Prime movie streaming tip analysts

Amazon's rumored Android tablet will support the retailer's video streaming system, currently offered free to Amazon Prime customers, according to analysts Detwiler Fenton. In a new research note, they claim that the 10-inch "Hollywood" tablet rumored earlier this year will be sold with a "promotional video service offering"; they also concur on the LCD display and "more robust applications process" than the smaller color Kindle - which we've heard codenamed as "Coyote" and as using a 7-inch panel - also believed to be in the works.

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Qualcomm: “We’re not worried about” NVIDIA Kal-El

Qualcomm: “We’re not worried about” NVIDIA Kal-El

Qualcomm is unconcerned with the imminent arrival of NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El chipset, telling SlashGear that its dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8660 chips - as found in 1.2GHz form in the HTC Sensation - will outperform the Tegra 2 sequel. "Our dual-core is better than a standard quad-core" Ben Timmons, senior director of marketing and business development for Qualcomm Europe told us at a post-Uplinq briefing today, when we asked about Kal-El's rapid approach. "We're not worried about that."

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TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

Texas Instruments has outed its latest OMAP4 platform processor, the OMAP4470, at Computex this week, a dual-core ARM A9 1.8GHz chip intended for smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin notebooks. Designed not only with Android and other Linux OS in mind, but with Windows on ARM - one of the incoming Windows 8 builds - the OMAP4470 takes on not only traditional TI rivals like NVIDIA's Tegra and Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but Intel's latest Atom and Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips too. SlashGear caught up with Mark Granger, OMAP platform marketing head, to find out how TI has delivered an 80-percent boost in browsing performance and 2.5x the graphics potency.

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TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

When it comes to the Android Honeycomb world the chip that is in many of the tablets running the OS is the NVIDIA Tegra 2. NVIDIA has been showing off its next generation processor for tablets and more at Computex called Kal-El. The processor is a quad core and has major gaming capabilities that will appeal to tablet buyers. Despite the new quad core offering, a rumor has surfaced that TI may be the chip builder that Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around.

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NVIDIA Kal-El gaming demo shows real-time dynamic lighting [Video]

NVIDIA Kal-El gaming demo shows real-time dynamic lighting [Video]

NVIDIA promised big things for their quad-core Kal-El chip, the next-gen Tegra processor that pairs a quartet of CPU cores with twelve GPU cores, and the company is demonstrating some of that goodness at Computex 2011 this week. First up is a gaming demo of a new, homegrown game, Glowball, running on a prototype Kal-El powered Android Honeycomb tablet. As you can see in the video after the cut, the quad-core chip allows for high-quality dynamic lighting effects with responsiveness you simply couldn't get from a dual-core like the Tegra 2.

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NVIDIA: Android will squash iPad in 3yrs; Kal-El scores 10 design wins

NVIDIA: Android will squash iPad in 3yrs; Kal-El scores 10 design wins

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has revealed that the company has already found 10 design wins for the upcoming quad-core "Kal-El" next-gen processor, leading the outspoken exec to predict that, within three years, Android tablets will be outselling Apple's iPad. Speaking at the Reuters summit, Huang pointed to the rapid progress of Android smartphones, suggesting that the same pattern would hold true in tablets.

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