Archive for the 'chips' Category

Intel’s top 11 tech predictions for 2011

December 17, 2010

Industry analysts often end the year with predictions of future trends. Bill Kircos, Intel’s director of product- and technology-related public relations efforts, has rounded out the year with 11 technology trend predictions for 2011. Although Kircos admits his list is “a bit slanted toward Intel,” this guest post offers a glimpse of what’s in the trend-setting chipmaker’s near-term crystal ball.

Web-centric gaming handheld runs Windows 7 on Oak Trail

September 15, 2010

Ocosmos unveiled a pocket-sized, multifunction, multimedia handheld running Windows 7 at an Intel Developer Forum keynote Tuesday in San Francisco. Among the first demonstrated handhelds to incorporate Intel’s new “Oak Trail” SoC (system-on-chip processor), the OCS1 boasts a 4.8-inch touch-screen, slide-out keyboard, WiFi, 3G, GPS, speaker, camera, web browsing, and PC-compatible peer-to-peer gaming.

SuperSpeed USB promises 5 Gbps

December 3, 2008

The USB Implementers Forum has completed its development of USB 3.0, aka “SuperSpeed USB.” The new specification, offering a maximum data transfer rate ten times that of USB 2.0, is now available for download.

Ubuntu-on-ARM to target handhelds

November 12, 2008

Canonical Ltd., commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, says it’s porting Ubuntu to the ARM RISC processor architecture. Ubuntu on ARM will target netbooks and other emerging device categories requiring a “rich, always-connected, mobile computing experience, without compromising battery life.”

Z80 inventor Zilog embraces ARM9, Linux

October 1, 2008

Zilog, creator of the Z80 microprocessors that powered numerous circa-1980 microcomputers including the Osborne and Kaypro, has just introduced its first general purpose 32-bit microcontroller family. The “Encore! 32” microcontrollers integrate ARM9 processor cores, are offered with Linux support, and target embedded devices.