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Microsoft Announces System on a Chip Architecture Support for Next Version of Windows

Microsoft Announces System on a Chip Architecture Support for Next Version of Windows

Microsoft has used the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 to confirm a pretty big rumor that cropped up a few weeks ago. With talk that Windows would be using a System on a Chip Architecture for its next version of Windows, there was plenty of speculation, and even more arguments breaking out whether or not Microsoft would go down this route. Turns out that they are.

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Texas Instruments Unveils New DLP Pico Technology at CES 2011

Texas Instruments Unveils New DLP Pico Technology at CES 2011

Texas Instruments has announced the company's brand new DLP Pico HD chipset, which is meant to usher in a new era of high definition entertainment. The chipset makes it possible to showcase video at WXGA resolution, no matter what the surface area is where the video is being displayed. Texas Instruments isn't announcing the new chipset on their own, though -- they've partnered with other companies to make it a more official unveiling, as well as to show off the adoption.

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TI OMAP4440 processor debuts: 1.5GHz dualcore, 3D 1080p and more

TI OMAP4440 processor debuts: 1.5GHz dualcore, 3D 1080p and more

Texas Instruments has announced its latest mobile processor, the TI OMAP4440, a SoC packaging a pair of 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPUs along with two ARM Cortex-M3 cores to power-efficiently offload time-critical and control tasks. Coupled with the POWERVR 3D graphics engine, that provides a quoted 1.25x increase in graphics performance (including 2x faster HD video playback, with support for 1080p60 and 3D stereoscopic 1080p) and a 30-percent cut in webpage loading times.

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PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

PandaBoard OMAP4 developer board on sale for $174 [Video]

The PandaBoard Cortex-A9 OMAP4 developer board we mentioned at the start of the month has gone on sale, priced at a reasonable $174.  Based around a dual-core 1GHz chip with 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, the PandaBoard supports 1080p 30fps output via HDMI and is intended to allow developers to whip up OMAP4-compatible apps in Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.

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Samsung Universal Flash Storage in Development, Ready by 2011

Samsung Universal Flash Storage in Development, Ready by 2011

Today, Samsung made it known that they are hard at work on a new flash memory format, one that will increase speeds, and more scalability. The new memory format, which is currently in development, should be ready to hit the market by some time in the first half of 2011. The new memory format will bring data transfer speeds up to 300Mbps, according to the new report from DigiTimes.

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TI tip multi-platform ARM Cortex A15 “Eagle” mobile devices

TI tip multi-platform ARM Cortex A15 “Eagle” mobile devices

In the aftermath of ARM's stonking new Cortex A15 "Eagle" chipset breaking cover yesterday, Texas Instruments are keen to play up their "lead Eagle licensee" role.  TI OMAP manager Brian Carlson has been detailing some of the advances Eagle brings over at the company's official blog, and one of the most interesting is the potential for "multiple, simultaneous operating environments": more than one OS running concurrently on the same mobile device.

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CUPP hybrid PC pairs always-on ARM chip with Core 2 Duo [Video]

CUPP hybrid PC pairs always-on ARM chip with Core 2 Duo [Video]

Instant-on OSes aren't unusual these days on laptop computers, generally offering a fast-booting Linux based environment for basic multimedia playback, internet browsing and email that's separate from the core OS.  However, CUPP Computing is taking a different approach; the Norwegian firm has created what it describes as a hybrid PC, the "Computicator", with a regular X86 processor for day-to-day tasks in Windows 7 together with a low-power ARM processor, both of which can access all the notebook's ports and peripherals.

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