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Top 10 smartphone innovations of 2011
12/30/2011   26 comments
As smartphones become ever more ubiquitous and the speed of mobile innovation increases exponentially month by month, keeping track of the big innovations over a full year can seem a futile task. The changes, once recorded seem almost incremental when looked at through the year’s rear view mirror.
Raspberry Pi foundation readies $25 PC for launch
News & Analysis  
12/28/2011   30 comments
British not-for-profit foundation Raspberry Pi has said its credit-card sized $25 PCs will become available for sale next month, once they emerge from final beta testing.
Intel's Medfield benchmarks leaked
News & Analysis  
12/27/2011   13 comments
Purported specifications and benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming 32nm Medfield platform have been leaked online, detailing performance figures set to rival if not beat current chip market leaders in the tablet space.
Invest in mobile, not PC in 2012 say financial analysts
News & Analysis  
12/27/2011   13 comments
Investment bank Canaccord Genuity has unveiled its top tech picks for 2012, with Qualcomm and Apple topping the list, while investors were warned to be wary of buying Intel stock in the coming months.
Self-diagnosing sensor to detect telecom equipment failure
News & Analysis  
12/16/2011   1 comment
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and PPC have developed a “Smart Connector” sensor to automatically detect equipment damage and pinpoint its exact location using self-diagnostics.
Qualcomm's Gobi to provide HP with 3G laptop connectivity
News & Analysis  
12/15/2011   3 comments
Qualcomm has announced that its Gobi 3000 embedded wireless product will be powering a new form of pay-as-you-go mobile broadband data service in HP laptops.
AMD hires former Freescale executive Lisa Su
News & Analysis  
12/15/2011   9 comments
AMD has hired former Freescale Semiconductor executive Lisa Su (shown) as senior vice president and general manager of its global business units with the aim of improving the firm’s execution.
Intel announces mobile and wireless reorganization
News & Analysis  
12/15/2011   13 comments
In a bid to tighten and hone its mobile technology focus, Intel Corp. has confirmed it has reorganized several business units to form a new mobile and communications group which will be responsible for all the firm’s smartphone, tablet and wireless communication efforts.
Globalfoundries announces 20-nm chip tape out
News & Analysis  
12/14/2011   4 comments
ARM and Globalfoundries have announced the tape out of a 20nm chip and have demoed a Cortex-A9 SoC operating at more than 2.5GHz on 28nm technology.
Qualcomm becomes Imagination Technologies licensee
News & Analysis  
12/14/2011   2 comments
Qualcomm has become a new Imagination Technologies licensee, along with MStar, Ricoh and Rockchip, joining existing partners like Sony, Intel, Mediatek, Renesas, Samsung, Sigma and Realtek.
Top 10 innovative USBs and peripherals
12/14/2011   22 comments
The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.
TI releases tiny power management ICs
News & Analysis  
12/13/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments has unveiled what it claims to be the smallest power management ICs (PMICs) for solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives and other Flash memory applications.
Workstation market sees Q3 growth, offers hope
News & Analysis  
12/13/2011   1 comment
The workstation market could be seeing a slow but meaningful comeback, according to recent analyst numbers.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip to be used in experimental moon rover
News & Analysis  
12/13/2011   2 comments
Nvidia’s mobile Tegra platform may be about to take one small step for man, and a giant leap for mankind, with news that team Synergy Moon plans to use the chip in its bid to win the $30 million Google Lunar X-Prize challenge.
Broadcom promotes new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard
News & Analysis  
12/12/2011   10 comments
Broadcom has declared its allegiance to the forthcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which it hopes will replace the current 802.11n standard in its consumer electronics hardware lines by the end of 2012.
Freescale makes product portfolio mobile
News & Analysis  
12/12/2011   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor has launched "Freescale Mobile" for selected handset browsers, the firm said on Monday.
Android 4.0 ported to HP TouchPad
News & Analysis  
12/10/2011   11 comments
Developers attempting to port the latest version of Android to Hewlett Packard’s discontinued TouchPad tablet appear to have made a breakthrough, with one team member posting a photo of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on his personal device.
3-D ultrasonic camera for non-destructive testing of aircraft
News & Analysis  
12/10/2011   3 comments
EADS Innovation Works, a research and technology unit belonging to aerospace and defense group EADS, parent company of Airbus and Eurocopter, has teamed up with Norwegian firm DolphiTech to develop a new form of non-destructive testing based on ultrasonic camera inspections.
Spreadtrum releases platforms for $40 smartphones
News & Analysis  
12/9/2011   11 comments
Chinese fabless semiconductor firm Spreadtrum Communications has released two new low-cost, 600MHz Android smartphone platforms, made on a 40-nm process, aimed at ultra-cheap smartphones in the $40-50 range.
Developer hits back at Intel's Android fragmentation claims
News & Analysis  
12/8/2011   5 comments
In response to Intel’s claims that he was fragmenting the Android operating system, Chih-Wei Huang has hit back at what he calls “prejudiced” PR tactics to discredit his work.
TI engineers elected as IEEE Fellows
News & Analysis  
12/7/2011   2 comments
Three engineers from Texas Instruments have been elected as IEEE Fellows for “extraordinary accomplishments” in the semiconductor space and their contributions to the electrical engineering community.
RIM's PlayBook hacked, patched, hacked again
News & Analysis  
12/7/2011   11 comments
Last week, security researchers posted a video showing a successful BlackBerry PlayBook hack, exploiting a security hole in Research in Motion’s enterprise level security encryption and granting users root access to the system.
Video: Challenges on the path to Exascale computing
News & Analysis  
12/6/2011   1 comment
Like the race to put man on the moon back in the 1960’s, the race to achieve exascale computing is becoming a pressing, global ambition.
Nvidia: ARM supercomputer to be more efficient than x86
News & Analysis  
12/6/2011   39 comments
An ARM CPU is inherently more efficient than an x86 CPU and therefore best suited toward the high performance computing needs of the future, according to Nvidia.
AMD offers Fusion APUs as alternative accelerators for supercomputing
News & Analysis  
12/6/2011   3 comments
While Intel and Nvidia engage in a war of words over which architecture best suits high performance computing –graphics cards or many integrated cores—rival chip designer AMD is offering up its own Fusion architecture for consideration, and some vendors are already taking the bait.
Qualcomm unveils health subsidiary, cloud hub
News & Analysis  
12/5/2011   5 comments
Qualcomm has announced the spin-off of its wireless health division into a wholly owned subsidiary called Qualcomm Life. The firm said Qualcomm Life would be in charge of a $100 million fund, managed by Qualcomm Ventures, to invest in wireless health technologies.
Intel, Google don't support Android to PC port
News & Analysis  
12/3/2011   26 comments
A developer in Taiwan has been making internet waves with his new but unauthorized release of a Google Android Ice Cream source code for x86 devices, aimed specifically at PCs.
NASA supercomputer searches for sister planets
News & Analysis  
12/1/2011   7 comments
NASA’s Kepler program has been scouring the skies with the aim of exploring the structure and diversity of planetary systems and search for other life-supporting planets in our galaxy.
3D printing meets robot design
News & Analysis  
12/1/2011   17 comments
Though 3-D printing has generated a lot of buzz and interest in the industry, the lack of widely available equipment has made the process inaccessible to most regular would-be consumers. My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios, however, could be changing that, bringing out printable 3D robots just in time for the holidays.
Amazon attempts to block Kindle Fire hack
News & Analysis  
12/1/2011   10 comments
No sooner had the Kindle Fire tablet been hacked to allow access to the Google Android market, Amazon has released required software updates for the device which effectively block the root file, dismantling the hack, and which also force the device to update over Wifi only.


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