Different types of RAM may not be as exciting or glossy as different ultraportables, say, or the latest CULV netbook, but it can have a whole lot of impact on how enjoyable the end result turns out to be. Micron have announced a new high-performance, low-power DDR3 memory, which the company claims uses the industry's lowest 1.35V one-gigabit DDR3 components.
Apple have been coy about the definitive hardware specifications for their new iPhone 3G S, refusing to confirm exactly how much more RAM and what exact processor jump the smartphone has over the previous-gen iPhone 3G. However nobody obviously told T-Mobile Netherlands about the veil of silence: they've outed the processor as a 600MHz chip, paired with 256MB of RAM.
Samsung have announced the release of the first 32GB 30-nm moviNAND memory, built from eight Samsung 30nm-class 32Gb NAND chips, a multimedia card (MMC) controller and firmware. The size reduction means that chip density is doubled, allowing manufacturers - such as Apple with their iPod touch and iPhone - to fit twice as much storage into the same amount of space.
Eye-Fi's latest Explore Video 4GB card has come in for examination over at GeekTonic, and if you've ever wished you could get on with sharing video clips rather than going through the hassle of retrieving them from your digital camera, this could be the SDHC card for you. Reviewer Brent was impressed by how straightforward the system is, though battery life on your device will take a hit from powering the WiFi radio.
Yesterday's review of the Acer AspireRevo nettop might have cast some doubt over its Atom processor while simultaneously praising NVIDIA's Ion GPU chipset, but it didn't really touch on upgrade potential. Small-form-factor (SFF) computers are usually no-go areas when it comes to most modifications, but bit-tech have discovered there's a surprising amount of room inside the AspireRevo's casing.
Nokia have released hardware specifications for their N97 smartphone, and it makes for disappointing reading for anyone hoping the QWERTY handset would pack the same CPU and GPU grunt as recent rivals. According to Nokia, the N97 uses an ARM11 434MHz processor and 128MB of RAM; that's actually less than the Nokia XpressMusic 5630, which musters up a 600MHz CPU.
Just two months ago we were talking about Toshiba and their new 32 nm NAND flash memory, and though it was supposed to not see consumers' hands until the fall, it's now available in a limited capacity.
The flash memory will be available for mass consumption by July. The new process employed here uses a 32-gigabit chip, which is 4GB, and when stacked 8 tall, you end up with 32GB of total memory in one tiny space.
While we don't know who will receive the larger flash memory first, it does seem likely that Toshiba will be providing the memory for the iPhone 3.0. The company also notes that USB storage with the new memory capacity will be their first products to carry the 32 nm chip.
The netbook market used to be simple. Small screen, Atom N270 under the hood, slap on a budget tag and cross your fingers. Now, things are getting far more complex: more processor options from different manufacturers, plus more screen sizes than ever expected. According to DRAMeXchange, components and parts supplies for netbooks are sufficient to only meet 50 to 70-percent of market demand, leading vendors to consider pushing up prices.
After the cut: is Atom overstocked, or in short-supply?