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Texas Instruments sidelines phone and tablet chip business

Texas Instruments sidelines phone and tablet chip business

Texas Instruments has announced it will scale back its mobile processor business, no longer targeting smartphones and tablets, but instead eyeing the embedded systems market. The surprise news follows further contractions in TI's business, most recently seeing long-standing customer Motorola pick up Intel's Medfield for the RAZR i, though TI says it will continue to support its existing clients, Reuters reports.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

Amazon Kindle Fire full event video and wrap-up

This week the folks at Amazon introduced a set of new Kindle tablets including a refresh of the Kindle Fire, two new Kindle Fire HD tablets, and a reader called Paperwhite. This last entry in the list of new items might be the most overlooked to the biggest news seekers, but it's set to overtake a still massive ereader market with technology that's set to dash standard E-Ink's brains out - and it's relatively inexpensive, too! The original Kindle Fire was refreshed with a lower price, and both the Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 were introduced with pre-orders starting today.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 hands-on

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 hands-on

Though we wont be able to have a peek at AT&T's 4G LTE version of the tablet until later this year, Amazon has allowed us a quick touchy-feely experience with the 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD before its software is finalized. What we're seeing here is the slightly larger version of the Kindle Fire HD 7, that being essentially the same size as the standard Kindle Fire which also got a refresh this week. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the company's new flagship device, we would say, with an 8.9-inch display made to compete directly with Apple's iPad.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 hands-on

Kindle Fire HD 7 hands-on

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at the next generation of media tablets by the name of Amazon Kindle Fire HD. There are two new devices, one of them being a 7-inch tablet, the other a 8.9-inch tablet, and both of them will be released alongside a slight upgrade to the original Kindle Fire which has also had a price cut to compete with the Google Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire HD in its 8.9-inch display edition has a 1920 x 1200 display (or 254 ppi) display while the smaller device has not yet had its entire set of specifications released - rest assured though, they'll be a bit of a bump over the refreshed standard edition.

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MotionEngine Lite revealed with Smart TV intentions

MotionEngine Lite revealed with Smart TV intentions

The folks at Hillcrest Labs have revealed a brand new addition to their Freespace MotionEngine software family: MotionEngine Lite - made specifically for in-air cursor control with Smart TVs. Systems with this software will be able to bring on Smart TV motion control action with lower cost and simpler implementation than the larger cross-section of solutions on today's market. This little magic wand-waving solution will be working with Texas Instruments ZigBee RF4CE and Bluetooth connected devices starting this week.

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Naked scanners zoom on your teeth in TI research

Naked scanners zoom on your teeth in TI research

The same technology that allows airport staff to laugh at your genitals could soon allow dentists to check your wisdom teeth without first irradiating you with X-rays. Silicon-based terahertz range emitters and detectors, however, could shrink the airport scanner tech down to 45nm CMOS scale, according to research at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence at the University of Dallas, EETimes reports. In collaboration with Texas Instruments, they've come up with an on-chip antenna that could eventually find its way into a compact X-ray alternative machine suitable for medical professionals.

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TI’s world’s smallest IR temp sensor hands-on

TI’s world’s smallest IR temp sensor hands-on

This week we got the chance to speak with Daniel Mar from Texas Instruments Product Marketing who showed off what TI notes is the TMP006, the world's smallest digital infrared temperature sensor. This little component is a 1.6 x 1.6 mm fully-integrated temperature sensor and was shown off working inside a Dell laptop as well as in a modified smartphone which shows the temperature of any item with an outward-facing sensor at its back. Behold the power of tiny, tiny sensors.

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OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

This week we've gotten the opportunity to see in a very basic way how powerful the next generation of Texas Instruments device processors will be. Graphics are the name of the game here, Texas Instruments' Curt Moore showing off how an OMAP 5-toting developer platform tablet works with Android - which, incidentally, is running a bit of software called SBP Shell 3D (see our hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewphone 4S smartphone to see more SPB action). This software displays an array of homescreens all at once, allowing you access to each as they spin on a carousel: prime real-estate for showing off graphics power on OMAP 5 architecture.

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