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Intel Ultrabook performance explained

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

Intel is pushing the Ultrabook concept, thinner, lighter, lower power x86 laptops, yet the performance might stay as high as their maximum. I interview an Intel representative about the performance and power consumption of the Ultrabook platform.

Texas Instruments to showcase OMAP4470 Powered Tablet running Windows 8 at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

Check back here for videos comming up of the 1.8Ghz OMAP4470 in a Tablet running a preview version of Windows 8. Here's the press release:

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) hosts an OMAP4470 processor-based tablet running on a pre-release version of Windows 8 at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating how the latest OMAP™ 4 platform distinctly supports Microsoft's new computing experience, Windows 8, that reimagines Windows. Designed specifically to enable the ultimate tablet experience, the OMAP4470 processor's rich multimedia, end-to-end security and powerful multitasking capabilities prove the ideal match for Windows 8 key features including a fast & fluid touch-first user interface, a rich user experience with hardware accelerated graphics, an always-on-always-connected experience, and multiple security enhancements.

Secure, visually-immersive computing in HD

The OMAP4470 platform's smart multicore architecture pairs its main CPUs with several differentiated features including programmable accelerators, hardware composition engines and a dedicated ISP. Imagination Technologies' super-fast PowerVR SGX544 GPU and enhanced memory architecture add still more functionality while an OMAP-specific distributed composition architecture enables advanced image and video layering for crisp, HD visuals. These elements and more are the force behind the OMAP4470 processor's ability to enable fast and fluid multitasking in Windows 8 while maintaining ultra-low power consumption.

As tablets become more prominent in household and enterprise environments, the increased need for rich graphics and imaging is mirrored by the increased need for complete security. Tablets used for cloud-based applications, access to work documents or streaming premium content benefit from the TI's system-level M-Shield™ mobile security technology—providing the highest level of terminal and content security available today. The M-Shield solution also operates a hardware-protected, trusted execution environment (TEE), which does not require a dedicated chip or extra CPU cycles, freeing the CPUs for critical Windows 8 computing functions.

"The always on, always connected experience requires the sophistication of a processing architecture best offered by OMAP technology," said Deepu Talla, general manager, OMAP mobile computing, wireless business unit, TI. "The OMAP4470 processor makes expert use of its smart multicore architecture to enable enhanced PC and mobile computing experiences. Combining the OMAP 4 platform's unique capabilities with Microsoft's seamless interaction of touch, mouse and keyboard via Windows 8 will deliver a streamlined, fast and fluid experience."

"Reimagined, Windows 8 is a fast and fluid, touch-first OS that brings a new range of capabilities without compromise," said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marketing & Ecosystem, Microsoft Corp. "Our partnership with platform leaders such as TI help take full advantage of ARM architecture, with new capabilities that enable compelling new PCs and user scenarios."

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Etón Corporation launches Rukus, the solar-powered Sound system

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

It has a large solar panel, an e Ink display, Bluetooth support. Basically, if you want to party in the sun on the beach, in the park, bring this, you don't need to charge it, it might last the whole day blasting out loud music, all run on solar power and with an E Ink display to navigate through songs, tune into different web radios and do other functionality. I'll try to film this during CES.

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OLPC XO-3 unveiled at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

The One Laptop Per Child foundation presents the final design for the OLPC sub-$100 Tablet with a 8" 1024x768 capacitive LCD touch screen, a touch screen optimized version of Sugar Linux. The thin screen protector doubles as a solar charger. Once countries order millions of these, the price can definitely be below $100.

Acer Iconia Tab A700, 1920×1200 10.1″ ICS Tegra3 Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

Acer shows this prototype of the Tegra3 Powered Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with an insane 1920x1200 10.1" capacitive screen, wow resolutions are increasing fast and the new high-end ARM Processors like Tegra3 can run ICS on it smoothly.

Marvell Armada 1500, ARM Powered Google TV

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

This is the new ARM Powered Google TV solution ready to ship in full production early Q2 2012 in set-top-boxes and built-in into HDTVs by all manufacturers wanting to build and sell cheap ARM Powered Google TV solutions. The performance is faster than Intel’s discontinued Google TV solution, this one lowers the cost, lowers the power consumption, makes it more compact all the while including all the HDMI input/output and IR blaster features of a full Google TV.

ST Ericsson U8500 runs Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

ST Ericsson is showing this development platform for their U8500 ARM Cortex-A9 processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

ST Ericsson U8500 in Smartphones shipping in China

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

ST Ericsson U8500 1Ghz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 is shipping in a version of the HTC Sensation selling in China with an integrated CDMA modem. Now also Via Mobile is shipping the U8500 in a 4.3" capacitive HSPA+ smartphone. The price may be quite a lot lower than other high-end dual-core smartphones, to be confirmed.

Lenovo Hybrid X1 combines ARM and x86 in a $1599 ThinkPad Laptop

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

The battery life is doubled when instantly switched into the ARM mode that provides basic functionalities in a customized version of Android. With the extended battery it lasts 20 hours in ARM Powered laptop mode.

Acer S5 Ultrabook, thinnest 13.3″ laptop using Intel for $1000 or more

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2012

Here's Acer's latest thin Intel Laptop. The price might start below $1000 when they start selling in the first half of the year, to be confirmed.