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Amazon May Buy TI Chip Biz to Scratch Phone Itch
October 16, 2012
Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy the mobile chip division of Texas Instruments in a move that could push the online retailer further into the hardware business. The reports fit in with Texas Instruments' announcement last month that it would shift the focus of its chip business away from mobile products and toward larger, more stable and lucrative clients such as automobile makers.
A Bevy of Tablets Take Intel's Clover Trail
September 29, 2012
Since the arrival of Apple's iPad, tablet computers have primarily remained consumption devices targeting consumers. However, at Thursday's formal launch of its new Atom processor, formerly known by the code name "Clover Trail," Intel showed off eight new devices geared for the enterprise.
Twists and Turns for Linux on Intel's Slippery Clover Trail
September 24, 2012
Given the shock they've had to endure as a result of the ongoing Secure Boot saga over the past year or so, Linux geeks may perhaps be forgiven if they're a tad sensitive to apparent attempts to exclude Linux from other new technological developments as well. It was perhaps less-than-entirely surprising, then, that FOSS fans reacted so swiftly to the initial news about Intel's Clover Trail Atom chip.
Motorola Rolls Out Razr With Intel Inside
September 18, 2012
Motorola and Intel on Tuesday announced the Motorola Razr i, the first smartphone from the vendor that is built around an Intel processor. The Razr i, which runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, will be released in Europe and Latin America beginning in October, but there's no word as to when it might be available in the United States.
Researchers Demo All-Optical Nanowire Switching
September 12, 2012
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated the feasibility of using all-optical switches for possible use in computing. Their research, published in Nature Nanotechnology, demoed all-optical switching in individual cadmium sulfide nanowires. They also demoed a functional NAND gate built from multiple switches.
Intel Maps Out Touchy-Talky Ultrabook Future
September 12, 2012
Intel announced Tuesday the Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit, which will let devs bring gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, and augmented reality features to Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook systems and PCs. This will be released early next quarter.
Apple Taking Siri's Hearing Into Its Own Hands
September 11, 2012
Apple will not be using audio processing technology from Audience in the next iPhone, according to an investor note from Audience indicating Apple could be looking to further develop voice technology in-house. Audience provides a combination noise suppression processor and audio processing chip that improves signal recognition capabilities in Siri, the virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S.
Huawei Dickers With US Pols Over Appearance at Security Hearing
September 07, 2012
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications company at the center of a US House Intelligence Committee investigation, said it is negotiating conditions in order to take part in a US Congressional hearing, according to Reuters. The second-biggest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, Huawei is the focal point of the House investigation.
AMD Imagines a Future Steeped in Computing
August 29, 2012
AMD CTO Mark Papermaster outlined his vision of the future of computing at this year's Hot Chips semiconductor design conference, detailing his plans to build systems where natural human communication could allow greater interactivity between users and computing hardware, a concept he called "Surround Computing."
Chip Shipments Keep on Trucking Despite Apple/Samsung Verdict
August 27, 2012
Today in international tech news: Even after its $1 billion loss to Apple on Friday, Samsung will likely continue to supply key parts to for the iPad and iPhone. Also: More bad new for French telecom Orange, and Foxconn makes good on its promise to increase pay and decrease overtime -- the latter of which might actually drive away some workers.
ARM Reaches Out With Muscular 2nd-Gen GPUs
August 07, 2012
Mobile processor manufacturer ARM on Monday announced the second generation of its Mali T-600 family of graphics processor units, based on ARM's Midgard architecture. The new chips represent the second generation of Mali-T600 processors; the first was announced in November. "The graphics demands in smartphones, tablets and DTVs continue to accelerate," said Steve Steele, senior product manager at ARM.
Qualcomm Offers Devs Fastest, Priciest Android Tablet
July 26, 2012
Devs can now get their hands on the fastest, priciest tablet so far that runs the Android OS. Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the Mobile Development Platform/Tablet can be pre-ordered from Bsquare for $1,300. It is the first MDP in a tablet form factor, and the first to feature the quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro. The tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Dancing at the Edge of Technological Possibility
July 17, 2012
Overall, the deal between Intel and ASML is pretty straightforward: Intel agreed to commit about $1.0B to ASML R&D programs to accelerate deployment of new technologies for 450mm microprocessor wafers and extreme ultraviolet lithography by as much as two years.
Intel Pumps $4.1B Into Dutch Chip Tool Builder
July 10, 2012
Today in international news: Intel invests billions in a Dutch semiconductor equipment maker; Kickstarter heads to the UK; NBC Universal unveils its Olympic streaming package for subscribers only; and the extradition hearing for Megaupload's Kim Dotcom will have to wait.
Qualcomm Aims to Build a Patent Fortress
June 29, 2012
Qualcomm has taken the unusual step of restructuring its organization in order to better protect its patent portfolio. There are other reasons for the move as well, the company said Thursday, including the ability to more quickly deliver products to customers. However, it emphasized the patent protection element in particular.
Torvalds Drops F-Bomb on Nvidia
June 25, 2012
It's not often the "F-word" figures prominently in any major debate here in the Recently, however, it was catapulted into a starring role when it was uttered by none other than Linus Torvalds himself during a talk at the Aalto Centre for Entrepreneurship in Finland earlier this month. The topic was Nvidia, to be precise -- specifically, its longstanding lackluster approach to Linux.
HP Bets on Atom for Low-Power Server Moonshot
June 20, 2012
HP announced on Monday that it will use an Intel Atom chip code-named "Centerton" in the first production server in its Project Moonshot program. This server is code-named "Gemini." Moonshot is aimed at creating servers with low power requirements that will cut data-center energy and space requirements, as well as costs.
AMD Flexes ARM to Enhance Hardware Security
June 13, 2012
AMD on Wednesday announced it will develop a platform security processor based on the ARM Cortex-A5 processor. The company has entered a strategic partnership with ARM that will let it use ARM's TrustZone technology. AMD plans to provide development platforms with TrustZone security features on select APUs in 2013 and expand that to more products later.
Intel's New Xeon CPUs: The Next Stage in the x86 Revolution
May 22, 2012
The x86 data center revolution has been a tale of industry standard upward mobility pressuring and displacing traditional systems. In essence, continually evolving x86-based systems and complementary technologies -- particularly virtualization, memory and I/O -- have provided hardware vendors the means to develop systems capable of challenging and beating traditional enterprise server platforms.
In Search of the Next World-Changing Tech Company
May 21, 2012
With Facebook now public, the search is on for that next big-idea company that can excite the market. Coincidently, Nvidia has its Emerging Companies Summit about this time of year, where it has a series of sessions that allow each firm the opportunity to present what makes them unique and powerful. Since I sat on one of the panels tasked with asking the hard questions of these firms on stage, I got a unique view of each of the presenters.

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