May 5 2010

Intel Releases Smartphone and Tablet Chip

Intel has announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a chip for smartphones and tablets that will hopefully open the door for Intel chips in the smartphone market. The chip, called Atom, has been primarily used in netbooks so far and has been a major hit.

The Atom chip differs from Intel’s PC processors in one major area: the Atom chip is not nearly as power-hungry. Standby time in phones with an Atom chip is supposed to be ten days, according to Intel.

The Atom chip also delivers impressive performance and is supposed to render web pages faster than other chips do. The Atom chip is also supposed to support different operating systems, including Intel’s Moblin, Nokia’s MeeGo, and Google’s Android. The first two operating systems mentioned are Linux-based.

If this new chip is as good as Intel’s other chips, the company should do very well indeed.

Via CNET, image via Intel.

Feb 8 2010

IBM Makes 100 GHz Graphene Transistor

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IBM might have fallen from the spotlight of  the computer world, but it remains an integral figure in its innovation.  And to prove this, behold: IBM has announced it successfully developed a graphene transistor that is clocked at an insanely fast 100 GHz.  Needless to say, this is the fastest transistor ever made and silicon might just have lost its spot as the number one semiconductor.

The best silicon transistors have only managed to make to 40 GHz, and it is becoming exceedingly difficult to continue down the current path without some sort of breakthrough.  It looks like graphene will be IBM’s answer to this dilemma and with good cause. Not only is it much faster, but IBM used the same silicon fabrication techniques in order to make it.  This removes a major hurdle to transitioning to graphene.

Still, this is only the early stages of the process. As with all technological breakthroughs, it will be some time before it trickles its way down to personal computing. Nevertheless, it has been a good week for technological breakthroughs.

Via Gizmodo

Oct 6 2009

Semiconductor Stock Boom Credited To Netbook Growth

Credit: Trident Security

Credit: Trident Security

As prices drop in the PC market due to competition by netbooks, the demand for netbooks has been a tremendous boon for the rest of the tech sector. Chip stocks seem to have felt the greatest effect so far.

Gartner recently reported that the worst of the recession may have passed for PC makers. With netbook projections initially set at 21 million, Gartner raised the number to 25 million for 2009.

Intel, ARM, and Nvidia stocks have already begun to rise along with the concurrent rise of netbooks’ popularity. Semiconductor sales, for example, rose 5% in August 2009, according to the SIA.

iSupply analyst Len Jelinek has corroborated Gartner’s findings in an email to TheStreet:

“Intel with its Atom processor is definitely increasing sales and is poised to continue growth as they drive technology and performance with their next generation technology.”

Jul 31 2009

Netbook Makers Say Farewell to Intel Atom Z-Series

Intel Atom Z-Series

The Intel Atom Z series has been all but replaced by burlier chips like the Intel Atom N270 and N280. It was efficient but sliggish, and as a result only a few netbooks still run it.

DigiTimes is saying that Intel will soon stop taking orders for the chip from netbook makers, so it’s time to say our goodbyes.

Or is it? According to some rumors, the chip could live on in MIDs and smartphones, rather than netbooks.

Via DigiTimes, image via TechTickerBlog.


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