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Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Remember Texas Instruments' OMAP4 development device, which we exclusively showed you earlier this month?  The company have gone OMAP4 crazy today at Mobile World Congress 2010 today, officially launching the HD-capable chipset together with confirming that it will support Flash player 10.1.  They've also officially named the dev-device, which will go on sale to particularly devoted coders as the Blaze.

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Texas Instruments unveils new nHD DLP Pico chipset at MWC

Texas Instruments unveils new nHD DLP Pico chipset at MWC

Of all the advancements in smartphones and feature phones over the last year or so, one of the most exciting is the integration of pico projectors inside mobile phones. Adding a projector inside a mobile phone opens a new world of viewing possibilities for mobile games and video.

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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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Texas Instruments offers DLP LightCommander and Pico Projector Dev Kit v2

Texas Instruments offers DLP LightCommander and Pico Projector Dev Kit v2

Texas Instruments is the company behind the massively successful DLP technology that is found in all sorts of TVs and projectors in the electronics world. Today TI has announced a new product aimed at developers that are incorporating DLP technology into light processing applications. The new dev kit is called the DLP LightCommander.

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Remote coded door opener uses TI hack-watch [Video]

Remote coded door opener uses TI hack-watch [Video]

Texas Instruments aren't perhaps a name you'd associate with watches, but the TI MSP430 is no regular timepiece.  The hack-friendly wristwatch has a 3-axis accelerometer, pressure sensor, temperature sensor and RF wireless, and in this latest DIY door security system it's used to remotely unlock a door using a sequence of taps.

Video demo after the cut

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TI-Nspire Navigator helps students learn math in classroom

TI-Nspire Navigator helps students learn math in classroom

Most of us have probably used those big and complicated looking TI graphics calculators at one time or another during our educational careers. TI has announced a new system for the classroom to help students learn math and make it easier for the teacher to track the students progress.

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Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea.  The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics.  The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand.  Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.

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Netronix Android ebook readers in 2010, plus 3.5G models

Netronix are developing Android-based ebook readers, working with Texas Instruments to push the e-readers out in 2010, according to company chairman Arthur Lu.  Full specifications on the devices are unknown, though Lu has also said the the devices will be “able to interoperate” with both Android smartphones and embedded devices; the executive didn’t go on to explain exactly what form that interoperation might take.  Meanwhile, there’s also 3G/3.5G WWAN integration coming.

While Lu didn’t say that the Android-based devices would necessarily be the e-readers to get wireless, he did confirm that Netronix expect to release models with integrated 3G connectivity in mid-2010.

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TI OMAP-DM5x coprocessor enables 20MP, 720p camcorder on mobile phone

TI OMAP-DM5x coprocessor enables 20MP, 720p camcorder on mobile phone

Texas Instruments has unveiled a new OMAP-DM5x coprocessor family for mobile phones that will bring much improved video recording capabilities to the devices. TI claims that the coprocessor will enable up to 20MP still imaging capability on mobile phones along with 720p HD video.

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Archos Android Internet Tablet event announced for September 15th

Archos Android Internet Tablet event announced for September 15th

As promised, Archos have announced that they will be holding a press conference on September 15th where star of the show will be their new Android Internet Tablet.  The company has also launched AppsLib, a new directory for developers and the Android apps they create for "high-end Android devices"; that site lists development guidelines for the touchscreen device as using a 5-inch WVGA display, with 720p video support, an HDMI output and native OpenGL libraries.

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Always Innovating Touch Book pre-orders now shipping

Having gone into production back in June, Always Innovating’s Touch Book netbook/tablet hybrid is now beginning to ship out to pre-order customers.  The 8.9-inch touchscreen notebook squeezes its processor, storage and connectivity into the detachable screen section, while the base – complete with keyboard and trackpad – has a second battery for extended runtime and easy text entry.

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