Texas Instruments shows off Pico HD projector News & Analysis 1/21/2012 11 comments At CES, Texas Instruments was keeping its eye on the big picture, through its littlest chipsets. The firm was literally beaming as it showed off its latest generation of DLP projector chipset, the Pico HD, capable of HD WXGA resolution projections from up to 100 inches away.
Android 4.0 running on AMD Brazos platform spotted News & Analysis 1/21/2012 9 comments Despite Intel’s best efforts to cozy up to Google and focus the firm’s entire ultra-mobile strategy on Android, CPU rival AMD is showing it doesn’t need a partnership to run Google’s latest and greatest iteration on its own platform.
iRobot shows off tablet headed AVA bot at CES News & Analysis 1/19/2012 3 comments Even robots at CES were letting tablets get to their heads, especially iRobot’s AVA, whose swivel head, perched atop its articulating torso and holonomic base, was an iPad.
AVA, who tootles around on her set of semi-spherical wheels has six degrees of motion freedom, and is head and shoulders more advanced than her little brother --the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner—made by the same firm.
Sphero's robotic smart balls roll the CES showfloor News & Analysis 1/18/2012 5 comments Robots at CES came in a multitude of shapes and sizes, but one of the smaller, friendlier looking devices was Sphero, the world’s first smartphone controlled robotic ball.
Sphero, which weighs in at just 168 grams with a 74mm diameter is controlled using Bluetooth from either an Apple device or Android smartphone, with a range of up to 50 feet.
Pandora's Music Genome Project drives success at CES News & Analysis 1/18/2012 1 comment Pandora internet radio may seem like a rather recent phenomenon, a startup borne of the last couple of years, but the company has actually been working on its highly advanced music selection algorithm for 12 years. The company counts 125 million listeners in the U.S. and is rapidly expanding its reach.
Android will run better on our chips says Intel News & Analysis 1/17/2012 23 comments Intel may have missed the smartphone boat the first time around, but the chip maker is determined not to let the opportunity set sail without it again, making its first big moves in ultra-mobility at last week’s CES 2012.
Showing off a reference design smartphone and announcing partnerships with both Motorola and LG, Intel is determined to make its mark on mobile this coming year, starting with the Chinese market and then expanding out.
Kivic ONE brings AirPlay to cars at CES News & Analysis 1/15/2012 2 comments With the recent surge of smart devices, demand to play one’s media anywhere and everywhere is also on the rise. This demand has spawned companies like Kivic, which was showing off its range of wireless and AirPlay compatible products at CES in Las Vegas last week.
Pure's digital radios pump up the volume at CES News & Analysis 1/15/2012 3 comments Pure, a consumer facing subsidiary of graphics company Imagination Technologies, has made its name with a range of innovative, attractive Internet, FM and digital radios.
A British company, Pure made its debut in the UK with its Evoke-1 in 2002, which was so successful, it catapulted the firm to become the largest digital radio manufacturer in the world.
Ultrabooks expected to drive growth of cache SSDs News & Analysis 1/13/2012 13 comments Shipments of cache solid state drives—NAND flash drives that run alongside a separate hard drive—are projected to soar by more than 100-fold between now and the end of 2015, thanks in large part to Intel's Ultrabook initiative, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
CES Analysis: Mobile defines TV News & Analysis 1/12/2012 12 comments Brace yourself for the dawn of a new consumer electronics era, one in which TV no longer defines itself. Evident in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the notion that mobile devices are beginning to redefine what TV must do next – in terms of apps, services and connectivity that hardware will need to accommodate.
LaCie hits CES with its Thunderbolt products News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments Computer hardware maker LaCie was out to strike a home run at CES with new Thunderbolt interconnect technology products, including its 2big external hard drive, a follow up to the firm’s double SSD “little big disk.”
EE Times editorial wrap up of CES press day News & Analysis 1/11/2012 3 comments EE Times reporter Sylvie Barak and TechInsights analyst Allan Yogasingam discuss the news from CES press day. Highlights included Intel's Nikiski concept running on an Ultrabook, Haswell, DX11, Nvidia's Asus Transformer demo, and gadgets from Pepcom.
Body monitoring devices; a healthy trend at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 4 comments A particularly healthy trend at CES 2012 is to be found in body monitoring devices. These devices, typically running on low power ARM based chipsets can be strapped on to a person’s arm or chest, and monitor various bits of body activity, from calorie intake to sleep quality, daily exercise and much more besides.
Nest Thermostat keeps it cool at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments Smart home is a term which gets thrown around rather a lot at tech trade shows, but one device that really exemplifies what a modern smart home can be is the Nest Thermostat.
Designed by members of a team who worked on Apple’s iPod, the Nest is a sleek looking digital thermostat which can actually “learn” its owners’ schedule and then continue to regulate temperature to suit the user’s preferences and patterns.
Connected TVs still a holy grail at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments While technology pundits forecast the possibilities of futuristic televisions, George Haber of silicon tuner vendor Cresta Tech believes TVs first have to overcome their regional limitations.
3-D TV or Myspace TV? News & Analysis 1/10/2012 13 comments Consumers have been lukewarm toward 3-D TVs in the past two years. Even some of us in the media who used to be hungry for 3-D are no longer drooling. But never mind that. All the major TV companies, ranging from Samsung and Panasonic to Sharp and Sony, announced a host of new 3-D products at press conferences Monday. Meanwhile 3-D TV pitch took a back seat, compared to Samsung’s new “enjoy and share” connectivity strategy, or Panasonic’s announcement on a partnership deal with Myspace TV.
Ballmer foretells new era in computing, entertainment and smartphones in final Microsoft CES keynote News & Analysis 1/10/2012 6 comments Steve Ballmer’s delivery of the last Microsoft CES keynote, 17 years after Bill Gates first took to the stage in 1995 with a CES workshop, signified the end of an era, and the beginning of a new stage in Microsoft’s story, a stage in which it emerges fully from behind the WinTel duopoly and competes toe to toe in the smartphone, entertainment and mobile computing arenas, a competition defined as much by ecosystems as it is by technology.
Samsung: Free the TV challenge News & Analysis 1/10/2012 7 comments Nowadays, every TV manufacturer dreads being categorized as just another TV company. Samsung has a plan to combat the problem. And it might not be a bad plan.
The Korean giant is determined to leverage its current position as the world’s number one TV brand, the number one smartphone vendor, and one of the strongest semiconductor manufacturers. If the company plays its cards right, Samsung could be the latest company to rewrite the history of consumer electronics, which is traditionally plagued
LG shows off VMWare virtualization on Android 4G smartphone News & Analysis 1/9/2012 2 comments With more and more personal devices making their way into the workplace, IT departments world over are having a difficult time managing employee data.
LG and VMWare have come up with a fix to solve the problem, however, showing off a demo at CES which would allow people to merge both their work and personal device into one phone, simply by partitioning the phone and sandboxing off the work part using virtualization software.
iHome shows off wacky docking stations for iDevices News & Analysis 1/9/2012 Post a comment With Apple opening up its AirPlay technology up for use by third parties, a plethora of vendors have been showing off products which take advantage of the wireless streaming technology.
At CES Unveiled in Las Vegas on Sunday, iHome was just one such vendor, showing off its audible wares, including its new iW1 speaker system which boasts wo three-inch woofers and two one-inch tweeters complete with Bongiovi audio processing.
Wi-Spi surveillance 'toys' shown at CES News & Analysis 1/9/2012 10 comments Interactive Toy Concepts was showing off its new "Wi-Spi" line of remote control video surveillance devices at CES Unveiled 2012. The firm was demoing two models, a helicopter and a race car, which can be remote controlled through a phone application to fly or drive around shooting live stream videos, which show up directly back on the users phone and can be quickly uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and other social networks.
Bigger, thinner, smarter 3-D screens define the future for LG News & Analysis 1/9/2012 9 comments By introducing, at the Consumer Electronics Show here Monday, a new line of cinema 3-D television sets with higher-resolution, bigger screens and a "smart TV ecosystem" designed to turn TV more and more into an Internet platform, LG Electronics committed a major piece of its future -- and to some extent, the whole consumer electronics industry -- to 3-D TV.
TI scores another OMAP design win News & Analysis 1/9/2012 4 comments Texas Instruments has scored another major Android smartphone design win, with Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei announcing that its Ascend P1 S device would run on a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 CPU.
Atmel to launch new MCUs for next-gen touchscreens News & Analysis 1/9/2012 Post a comment Touchscreens have arguably become a dominant user interface for smartphones and tablets in recent years. In 2012 and beyond, touchscreens are becoming larger, thinner, faster, brighter and even stylus-enabled. And of course, mobile device developers expect to design in all these advancements without paying for a potential increase in power consumption.
Gadgets and faces at CES Unveiled News & Analysis 1/9/2012 2 comments In "CES Unveiled" on Sunday (Jan. 8th), more than a thousand members from the media were unleashed on a group of companies with innovations that represent the spirit of CES.
NXP validates MEMS timing market News & Analysis 1/9/2012 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors legitimized the silicon oscillator market by demonstrating a resonator it claims is higher-frequency, lower noise and more stable than conventional MEMS resonators.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...