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Samsung Exynos 5250 Processor Ready; Gears Up for Q2 2012 Release

November 30, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sammy, as you would agree, is always busy with new products in their labs. The latest we get to see at the Samsung workshops is the Exynos 5250 processor that comes with a clocking speed of 2GHz. We hear the powerful Exynos system-on-chip will be released during the second quarter of 2012. Earlier, Samsung had […]

“Knights Corner” Puts Intel Back in the Co-Processor Driver’s Seat

November 17, 2011, By George Lang

Intel introduced its latest super co-processor, Knights Corner, this week at Seattle’s supercomputing SC11 conference. About the size of a credit card, it is more powerful than Intel’s original 1997 teraflop (a trillion calculations per second) supercomputer that filled the room with nearly 10,000 Pentium Pro processors! Until now, competitors Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and nVidia have led the […]

Amazon Kindle Fire Innards Ruled Over by TI

November 16, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Wonder what makes up the much spoken about Amazon Kindle Fire? The amazing tablet that is ruling headline space as of now seems to be a happy house for TI silicon, Samsung and Hynix. Performing a surgery on a brand new Kindle Fire, folks at iFixit have found that the slate houses a 1 gigahertz […]

Samsung Secu-NFC Tightens Mobile Payments Security

November 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you haven’t noticed as of yet, let’s tell you this piece of news. Samsung has toughened security! The South Korean company has introduced a new near-field communications (NFC) chip that raises the level of security higher for users paying their money through smartphones. The new technological security, called as Secu-NFC or also as SENHRN […]

Devices for Doctors: Ritalin Prescription Machine?

November 11, 2011, By George Lang

OK… so, despite the fact that I’m in the middle of my doctoral program, I can’t yet be labeled with anything more than the “Hey, you… Almost a Doctor” Bill Cosby tag; so I’m going to let you, the readers, decide the value of this unusual device for yourselves. I will try to stay away from my […]

ARM Mali-T658 GPU Announced; Promises 10x Leap in Graphical Performance [Video]

November 10, 2011, By Leo Xavier

ARM has unveiled their next-gen GPU, the Mali-T658, which promises better graphical performance than the Mali-T400 and the still-in-production Mali-T604. The new graphics core, which uses the company’s Midgard architecture, has been designed for mobile applications, working in conjunction with Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors. As you might already know, the performance of the Mali-T400 in […]

NVIDIA Quad-Core Tegra 3 Chip Officially Unveiled [Video]

November 10, 2011, By Leo Xavier

The chip was earlier announced to be coming in an upcoming tablet and there were also rumors about an HTC smartphone which will incorporate it. Now, that chip is official. NVIDIA has finally unveiled their quad-core ARM Cortex A9 Tegra 3 processor. The processor, which was previously codenamed “Kal-El”, is being claimed to be coming […]

Digital Memory: Molecular-Sized Switches

November 3, 2011, By George Lang

Computers and other digital devices (e.g., tablets and smartphones) use digital memory to operate and to store information. They depend on simple on/off switches to store bits of data that can then be manipulated by the processor to perform millions of productive tasks in very short periods of time. How much memory will fit on a given size chip […]

ST-Ericsson NovaThor Coming to Future Nokia Windows Phone Devices

November 2, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

By next year, Qualcomm will not be the only one to provide chips for the Windows Phone platform. Nokia has decided to use ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platform for at least some of their future Windows Phone devices. ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor family includes three dual-core chips at the moment, the U9500 flagship, as well as the U8500 and […]

Apple MacBook Pro to Arrive with Processor Bump in Late 2011

October 24, 2011, By Leo Xavier

It appears like Apple will focus on the processor speed for the late 2011 release of their MacBook Pro. The latest rumor suggests that the company’s 15 and 17 inch models would come with an upgrade of 200MHz to the refreshed Intel Core i7. According to 9to5mac, the company will bring out the entry 15 […]

Cheaper Chips Round the Bend as Thin Film and Xerox PARC Join Hands

October 22, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Thin Film Electronics ASA has entered into a partnership with Xerox PARC, which would enable them to add computing to Thin Film circuits. Thin Film is already well known for making disposable memory chips that are used in toys. With the partnership, the company will be able to provide thin and disposable tracking tags as […]

Samsung-Driven A5 Processor Sits Pretty Inside Apple iPhone 4S

October 19, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s a fact that Apple and Samsung are in constant battle – in different courts in different countries. But then, did you know the heart of the iPhone 4S – the A5 processor – has been made by Samsung? We know you find it hard to digest, but that’s the truth! Samsung’s technology drives the […]

Apple iPhone 4S Comes with Key Design and Component Changes

October 17, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Many Apple fans were not at all impressed with the newly unveiled iPhone 4S. Although the device does come with good hardware upgrades and new features, those who were waiting eagerly for an awesome iPhone 5 were disappointed. Some are saying that it will be hard for Apple to stay at the topmost position on […]

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