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Toshiba NB550D netbook to feature AMD Ontario chip

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Toshiba has a new netbook called the NB550D which will be powered by a dual core 1GHz AMD C50 (Ontario) processor, along with a 10-inch display with AMD’s very own Radeon HD 6250M graphics chipset, Harman Kardon speakers, a 6-cell battery good for up to 9.5 hours of run time, HDMI ouput, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

It will be powered by Windows 7 Home Premium and will come in the odd colors of green, orange, or brown. Aside from the colors it sounds decent.

OnLive console teardown reveals Marvell Armada chip

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

You might remember the hype about the Armada processor a while ago, where it was said to be showing up in a new gaming platform. The speculation at the time was that it was linked to the Nintendo 3DS and now we learn that the chip was used in the OnLive Microconsole.

How do we know this? Well some brave individual has torn down their unit and discovered the Marvell Armada inside, along with 512MB of RAM and other networking chips. They also found 1080p video playback capabilities, which means that OnLive can update it’s console to deliver Full HD content.

New SandForce chip promises 500MB per second SSDs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2010

SandForce will be showing off their new SF-2000 range of SSD processors at the Storage Networking World Exhibition next week. The chip features a 6Gbps SATA interface and the industry’s first sustained, sequential read and write performance of 500MB/sec. Most drives only reach half of this figure.

The controller has a 60,000 sustained random read/write IOPS rating and it supports SAS interfaces, along with single-level, multi-level, and enterprise multi-level cell SSDs. It also supports 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption and can control current and future 30nm and 20nm flash drives with the right interfaces. We don’t know when the first SSDs running the SF-2000 controllers will be available for purchase on the market.

Chip Tablet PC concept is sexy

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

The Chip concept computer looks pretty hot. Sort of a desktop computer, notebook, and a tablet computer all together. This concept design has a removable display that can be converted into a tablet, while the hinged keyboard can be accessed when the display is docked.

It goes by the name“the Chip”. It’s a great design. Functional and futuristic. Women wouldn’t complain about ugly PCs at all if they all looked like this one.

New Xbox 360 “Valhalla” chip, power use detailed

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2010

A teardown provided a closer look at the Valhalla-powered slim Xbox 360 and the biggest change compared to the outgoing Jasper platform is what looks like the integration of the CPU, GPU and eDRAM onto a single chip. If this turns out to be true, this lets Microsoft use a single heatsink and fan for these components.

The new chip helps the new Xbox be more power efficient and it now requires a smaller, less powerful 135W adapter. Compared to the Jasper-powered predecessor, the new one is about 33 percent and 20 percent more efficient at idle and when playing Gears of War 2.

Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 chip to bring Flash, HD video to netbooks

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 chip to bring Flash, HD video to netbooksLooks like Creative will upgrade its ZMS-05 processor to a next-gen version called the ZMS-08. The new system-on-a-chip is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-8 processor, with support for 1080p H.264 video playback, OpenGL ES 2.0 and Flash acceleration.

It will find it’s way into portable media players and offers “low power, high performance” to devices like netbooks, web tablets, TVs, etc. The chip is supported by ZiiLABS’ version of Google Android and the company’s Plaszma operating system. Shipping is expected in early 2010.

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing fee

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

Apple confirms proprietary chip in shuffle headphones, licensing feeA bunch of news broke over the weekend regarding the proprietary headphones required by Apple’s new iPod shuffle. Now that it’s Monday some of the info is cleared up and we can let you in on it. Both Macworld and Boing Boing Gadgets have now confirmed with Apple and third-party vendors that the new shuffle headphones contain a proprietary control chip. And that headphone makers have to pay to license it from Apple.

It’s bad news for sure, but apparently the chip isn’t encrypted, so it’s easily cloned by companies who don’t want to play that game. But those products would be pretty doomed in the marketplace.