Qualcomm have come out swinging with their roadmap for their Snapdragon range of mobile processors during their Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul. We should be expecting their next-gen chips to be available at an astonishing 2.5GHz. The roadmap (as seen in the pic below) shows that there will be four new Snapdragon classes. S1 class will be for the mass market with speeds of 1GHz and Adreno 200 graphics. S2 will be for high-performance smartphones and tablets based on a 45nm process with 1.4GHz processing speeds and an Adreno 205 GPU.
Next up we have the multi-tasking and advanced gaming devices which will have 1.5GHz dual-core chips slapped inside, with Adreno 220 graphics, 3D and 3G HSPA+. Finally, there's the next-generation devices which will get the S4 polish which includes a 28nm-based manufacturing process, up to 2.5GHz CPUs which will be made available in single, dual and quad-core configurations, dual or quad-core next-gen Adreno graphics and 3G/4G LTE networking.
Still sitting down, or are you on the floor in a puddle of drool? These new Snapdragon parts should be sent to manufacturers by years' end and consumer-based products should launch in early 2012. This means we might see some mobile phones at CES 2012 at the earliest, if not, possibly the Mobile World Congress shortly after. Excited?? I am!
The latest happenings from around the web - September 15th, 2011
- Live blog: IDF 2011 Mooly Eden keynote @ Tech Report
- IDF 2011 Eden Keynote Coverage: Ultrabooks, Ivy Bridge and More @ Hot Hardware
- Intel Ivy Bridge: Microarchitecture Details from IDF 2011 @ XBit Labs
- IDF 2011: You Will Love Your PC! @ XBit Labs
- IDF 2011: Fundamental Tranformations @ XBit Labs
- IDF 2011: GIGABYTE Intel X79 Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
- IDF 2011: ASUS UX21 13-inch Ultrabook Hands-On Preview @ Legit Reviews
Canon has hit up the point-and-shoot market with a couple new additions today in the PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS, both of which use the DIGIC 5 image processor, promising excellent low-light performance and faster speeds.
The PowerShot SX40 HS sports a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. It boasts a 35x optical zoom and includes Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) and includes a 2.7-inch sized vari-angle LCD.
As for the PowerShot S100, this one also has a 12.1MP CMOS sensor with ISO 6400 sensitivity, GPS, 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch sized LCD. Both the S100 and SX40 HS are capable of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording.
Pricing and availability wise, both cameras will set you back $430 US. The PowerShot SX40 HS is scheduled for release later this month, while the S100 is slated for an early November release.
Uploading various odds and ends to YouTube often? You may like to know there's just been a bunch of new editing tools added in to make it easier than ever to tweak their clips directly from the site.
The new editing tools give the ability to do things like cutting out select frames, changing the soundtrack, stabilizing or rotating the video, modifying the contrast and colors and further influencing the video via a number of effects on offer. Once you have made your changes and are happy with the result it gives you, it's as simple as re-saving it with the same ID in which it then overwrites the older version of that video.
To locate the new editing tweaks, just click on the 'edit view' button as indicated in the above screenshot.
SanDisk is making an effort to keep the most paranoid folks at bay when it comes to the backing up of precious storage with the launch of its new "Memory Vault" which utilizes NAND Flash memory along with Chronolock technology to help ensure that all data on the device will be preserved for what they can somehow promise at this time to be up to 100 years.
The vault uses a somewhat ruggedized looking outer metallic casing, relying on typical USB 2.0 connectivty and is offered in two capacity sizes at this time; 8GB and 16GB, and priced at $49.99 and $89.99, respectively. SanDisk feels confident the Memory Vault will not let you down, giving it a lifetime warranty.
SanDisk already offers great image-capture products, and we've built upon that expertise to create a new category of image-preservation products," said Tim Sutton, senior product marketing manager, SanDisk. "The Memory Vault allows parents to preserve photos of their daughter's first steps alongside videos from her wedding and then pass those images down for generations to come.
While voice command tech is nothing new in this day and age, you have to admit this particular implementation has quite the cool factor associated with it.
Apparently MSI is aiming to role in a new technology called "Voice Activated Motherboard" for select models of their mobo lineup which instantly raises a number of questions about how it would work.
Imagine being able to simply look at your PC, then say a given word (or words) that would have it power on from a halted state, go into suspend, or power down. This is what MSI is looking at doing.
The tech works via a daughterboard comprising a mic/line input and taking up a PCI-E x1 slot; it then connects to a header on select motherboards, some boards of which are already on the market. That header is labelled "JDLED3".
Our Download of the Day today is Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta.
Soluto's goal is to bring an end to the frustrations PC users encounter. Soluto developed technology that tackles this problem from two different directions:
Frustration detection: Our patent-pending low level driver technology detects when you're frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it.
Power of the crowd: Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users. By using Soluto's software, you're putting a whole community of PC power-users at your desk to help you improve your PC experience.
Our Deal of the Day today is the OfficeMax - APC Back UPS 750VA for $69.99 with Free Shipping.
Offer: Protect your gear with this 750VA ACP unit. Even shipping is free for this heavy battery! Only $69.99 until 9/17/11.
This isn't the first time the Superman-named Kal-El tablet from NVIDIA has been seen, but it's the first time its been seen close up. NVIDIA just recently launched their Windows 8 developer program, in anticipation for the absolutely salvatingly beautiful Windows 8. Some interesting news did catch my eye though: NVIDIA expects to see significant battery life gains on Kal-El notebooks, as in days, not hours.
Yes, you read that right: days! Unfortunately, the tablet was not able to be tested... but I'm sure it won't be long until we see Kal-El.
I have waited so long for this day, as a huge fan of Max Payne 3, it's great to see the slow-mo man himself back in action. The trailer shows him a bit heavier, more facial hair, pissed off and hopefully still has the magical ability of slow-motion awesomeness. The trailer is [apparently] composed of in-engine footage and looks quite good so far. Take a look below:
The game looks different, it looks a bit darker and doomy than the previous titles. It almost feels like you're playing the cut scenes of some action movie with a cheesy, cliche plot. I wouldn't mind seeing some in-game gameplay footage, with them showing off the slow-mo and graphics, etc. But, an official trailer will do for now. Bring it on.