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Rockchip and Intel collaboration details revealed: XMM 6321 chipset

October 18, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Intel, Rockchip with No Comments.

In May we reported on the Rockchip and Intel collaboration and now full details of their first smartphone and tablet chipset have been announced. Presented at the Hong Kong HKTDC, Intel and Rockchip's first product is the XMM 6321 chipset, which features an XG632 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor and an AG620 wireless chip for 2G, 3G, WiFI, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. This first wave should slip into the desired budget space of cheap chipsets and the new partnership is looking to develop 64-bit processors that support 4G LTE in the future. Via liliputing

Xiaomi’s got game: Chinese company to launch Bluetooth game controller

September 23, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Xiaomi's pretty much got phones and tablets wrapped up, now it's got accessories in its sights with the announcement of its new Bluetooth game controller, which will cost a ridiculously cheap 1 yuan ($0.16) for the first 300 buyers. After that it'll go to the as yet unknown retail price. It should be compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices and depending on how well it performs, could be another notch on Xiaomi's digital bedpost. Via gizchina

Bowl-o-rama: Intel’s Smart Wireless Charging Bowl out by the end of the year

September 21, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The 10-inch diameter Intel Smart Charging Bowl should be with us by Christmas. The bowl uses resonant charging technology based on the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP) standard, which allows the charging of multiple devices at the same time. Price and regional availability TBA. Via liliputing

SanDisk ups portable storage to a whopping 512GB with the Extreme PRO SDXC

September 15, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

The SanDisk 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC memory card is the storage solution to end all others. Aimed at photography and film professionals, the new card is a hardy devil too, being able to withstand water and extreme temperatures. The write speed is 90MB/s and it transfers at 95MB/s. As with all new big developments in storage, the forerunners are the most expensive and this is no exception - it will be out in the near future at $799.99. Via slashgear

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 will bring LTE to all

September 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone, Qualcomm with No Comments.

Budget smartphones can experience the joys of LTE connectivity thanks to the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. Aimed at emerging markets, the Snapdragon 210 will have 1.1GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPUs, Adreno 304 GPU, Bluetooth, 802.11m WiFi, and support form 720p displays and 8-megapixel cameras. The 210s are expected to launch at the start of 2015, and will see Qualcomm trying to increase their 27% market share. Via engadget

Allwinner announces octacore A83T processor

September 5, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Allwinner doesn't hang about when it comes to octacore development - the company's second chip has been announced, titled Allwinner A83T. The processor features 8 ARM Cortex-A7 processor cores that can reach 2GHz, and features PowerVR graphics. Compared to the Allwinner A80 processor, the A83T is expected to offer faster peak performances while also being more energy efficient. The A83T processor should start appearing in devices by the end of the year. Via liliputing

Sound-powered smartphone battery invented

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Other, Phone with No Comments.

UK researchers have made a phone that charges using ambient sound in the atmosphere. It might not be much use in remote areas but for any city dwellers, the constant sound of cars, construction and chatter could finally - finally - have an upside. The technology utilises the piezoelectric effect, which uses nanogenerators created by the research team to harvest noise and transfer it into current. Zinc oxide forms the basis of the device coating - it transforms into tiny nanorods so sensitive they bend from sound wave pressure and it's this energy that produces the charge. Via pocket-lint  

Polaroid Cube – rugged 1080p mini video camera

August 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Polaroid's diversification from instant cameras continues as the brand name gets attached to a rugged mini video camera, capable of 1080p capture. The 2-inch square features a 124-degree wide-angle lens and is shock-proof and water-resistant, allowing more daring videos without fear of breakage. The camera is also magnetic, to allow for easy mounting on metal surfaces. If magnets aren't your thing, there are three custom-made mounts available for the Polaroid Cube: the Tripod Mount, the Bike Mount for handlebar action, and a Waterproof Case for extended aqua action. It also features a 6MP camera sensor for stills and the battery records for up to 90 minutes, directly to the 32GB capacity microSD port. The camera costs $100 and the mounts are $10-40. Via pocket-lint

NIVIDIA Tegra K1 processor – more to come with Project Denver

August 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, NVIDIA with No Comments.

The NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor has been wowing within the likes of the NVIDIA shield tablet, but its sister chip is also on the way. The current K1 has a 32-bit ARM Cortox-A15 quad-core processor with 192-core NVIDIA Kepler graphics. Coming up is a 64-bit version that shares the graphics tech but also features the company's "Project Denver" processor based on ARMv8 architecture. The K1 Denver model's processor is dual-core and clocked at up to 2.5GHz. The cores feature 7-way superscalar microarchitecture, 128KB four-way L1 instruction cache, 64K four-way data cache and 2MB 16-way L2 cache. It also has Dynamic Code Optimization, which uses a dedicated 128MB cache to improve the performance of frequently used operations. This optimization, NVIDIA says, will see the Denver out

uBeam wireless charging has range

August 8, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Most wireless charging options require a device to be placed onto a charging mat or similar to work, so while you're putting it down, you may as well be plugging in cable in. However, wireless charging from uBeam promises the kind of ranged charging that makes the technology worthwhile. uBeam uses ultrasound to transmit electricity - at 5mm-thick transmission plates, power is turned into soundwaves to reach the device and is then converted back when it hits the device. 25-year-old astrobiology graduate Meredith Perry is behind the new useful tech. She envisions wireless charging around the home for everything, including kettles and radios, to make wires a thing of the past. Expect to see uBeam power plates in coffee shops, restaurants and hotels soon. Via pocket-lint

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