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Intel Rosepoint is close, sports dual-core Atom with built-in Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:23 am

Get ready, people. Intel are ready to unveil a breakthrough System-on-a-Chip (SoC), which is said to be a new dual-core Atom-based chip, that sports a digital 2.4GHz Wi-Fi receiver, get this, built into the same die.

 

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This new chip is dubbed "Rosepoint", and is built upon a 32nm architecture and will be shown off for the very first time as a research project at ISSCC 2012 in San Francisco. We should see devices sporting this technology to significantly improve power consumption and produce a more reliable Wi-Fi connection than current analogue-based receivers.

 

Intel Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, says:

 

With a digital approach to radio, you can bring the benefits of Moore's law to RF and radio circuits.

 

In order to achieve this, Intel needed to find a way of stopping the radio waves from interfering with the CPU. Rosepoint steps in and stops this by employing noise-cancelling and radiation-shielding methods to enable the concept to work. At the moment, Rosepoint is just a working prototype, but Intel believes that they can develop the technology into a shipping product by 2015.

Samsung announce Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 9:23 am

We teased of this last week, but ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, Samsung have just announced two new handsets to their mid- and low-end lineup: Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2. Both of the original phones were among Samsung's most successful phones in 2011, and now each phone gets an increased chunk in power.

 

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First up we have the Galaxy Ace 2, which is a mid-range Android phone sporting a 3.8-inch 800x480-pixel PLS display, which should be powered by an unspecified 800MHz dual-core processor. 4GB of internal storage is to be had, as well as expansion through a microSD slot, it also has 768MB of RAM. Filling the phone out is a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper, as well as a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, a 1500mAh battery, and weighs in at just 122 grams and is 10.5mm thin. Optional NFC support will be made available and it will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and possibly receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this year.

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Spotted: Samsung-contracted iPad 3 displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 8:20 am

Even though Samsung and Apple are duking it out in courts across the world when it comes to patents, it is still business as usual when it comes to contracts for displays. Samsung-contracted Apple iPad 3 displays have reportedly been caught on camera, with some shots below as proof.

 

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The shots are from a WePost.me forum contribution, where it shows photos from contractor Radiant Opto-Electronics' plant as it shipped a bunch of new screens. The plant is located in Wujiang, near Shanghai, with the displays labeled and boxed as Samsung displays, and are reportedly shipped to Samsung in Korea, before being sent to Apple.

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ZTE unleash Mimosa X, sports Tegra 2 chip, Ice Cream Sandwich, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 7:30 am

ZTE have just announced the Mimosa X smartphone, sporting a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960x540-pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera 4GB of internal storage, HSPA+, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (!), and an NVIDIA-made modem, the recently-acquired Icera, with their Icera 450 which is 21Mbps-capable.

 

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In the press release for the device, NVIDIA actually state this is the first time "a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market". There's no word on pricing, or where it'll arrive, so we're just discussing what's already known of the Mimosa X for now.

 

But, Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona next week, where I'm sure we'll receive a bunch of information on the newly-announced device. Until then, enjoy the specs.

Samsung and Blockbuster unite, will bring films to Samsung-branded Smart TVs, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 6:46 am

Samsung Australia have just inked a deal with Blockbuster, where they'll allow thousands of Blockbuster movies to their new range of Smart TVs, as well as Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets. Paul Uniacke, CEO of the Franchise Entertainment Group (who owns the rights to the Blockbuster brand in Australia) says that "the Samsung deal is a brilliant deal".

 

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This will allow Australians to have access to thousands of movies that can be streamed directly to Samsung-branded products such as Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, tablets, smartphones and more. The new deal will also allow Samsung to push Blockbuster movies onto Samsung-branded notebooks and Ultrabooks.

 

According to "Samsung sources", the content deal struck with Blockbuster will not be announced until the second half of 2012, where global Samsung plans to launch their Blockbuster offering in the USA, UK, and Europe in the first half of 2012, with Australians getting access to the content as early as September.

Alan Wake on PC was profitable within 48 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 5:29 am

Oh noes, piracy on PC is so strong, oh noes! Until, you release a worthy game and realise, in 48 hours it's a financial success. 48 hours. Not days, weeks or months. Alan Wake debuted as an Xbox 360-exclusive, and made its way to the PC late last week.

 

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Remedy have since come out and announced that Alan Wake on PC was profitable within just 48 hours of release. Remedy's Aki Järvilehto commented on their forums, saying:

 

We are very happy with the sales and hitting #1 on Steam at launch was nothing short of amazing. We recouped our development and marketing expenses during the first 48 hours. And yes, we're certainly very excited about PC.

 

Considering the game would've already made some bank on the Xbox 360, the PC side of it would just be a nice extra for the Finnish-based developer. Now, Remedy have said "we're certainly very excited about PC", what does that mean? Were they not excited before when they released the amazing Max Payne games? I'd love to see what Remedy could do if they had 3 years and PC-exclusivity.

AMD have added three new Bulldozer CPUs to Q1 2012 release lineup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 4:28 am

AMD have updated their Q1 2012 line-up to include three brand-spankin' new Bulldozer/Zambezi-based chips. This is all from a leaked roadmap that Donanimhaber published, which shows the there new chips as the FX-4150, FX-8140 and FX-6120.

 

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These chips are said to hit anytime between now and April. All of the new chips sport TDPs of just 95W. AMD also have plans to launch quad-core-based Trinity APU models with A10 and A8 processors in the following quarter (Q2), which is said to be followed by A6 and A4 dual-core versions in Q3. I've listed the chip details below:

 

FX-4150:

 

  • Cores: 4
  • Clock speed: 3.9GHz
  • Turbo speed: 4.1GHz
  • Cache: 12MB
  • TDP: 95W

 

FX-6120:

 

  • Cores: 6
  • Clock speed: 3.3GHz
  • Turbo speed: 3.9GHz
  • Cache: 14MB
  • TDP: 95W

 

FX-8140:

 

  • Cores: 8
  • Clock speed: 3.1GHz
  • Turbo speed: 4.0GHz
  • Cache: 16MB
  • TDP: 95W

RumorTT: NVIDIA Kepler GPU to launch mid-March

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 3:19 am

EXPreview have posted some interesting news/rumor/talk about the upcoming 28nm-based NVIDIA Kepler GPUs where forum friend of EXPreview "phk" posted an article saying:

 

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During the week of March 15th, there comes with spot goods, NVIDIA won't follow AMD in spite of tight schedule.

 

Although phk doesn't state which product/s will debut, it should be an NVIDIA Kepler-based product. Whether this will be a paper launch, or a proper launch, I guess we'll have to wait and see. NVIDIA will need to release something, because if they don't, AMD will have a near top-to-bottom release of their GCN-based cards before NVIDIA even drops a single Kepler GPU. Can Team Green do it?

Apple settles "Antennagate" class-action lawsuit, has to pay $15 to iPhone 4 owners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 2:21 am

You may remember the various antenna/reception-related issues that the iPhone 4 had at launch, and the whole "Antennagate" that surrounded it. Apple said it was the way users were holding it, then as more people were experiencing the issue, the more it became mainstream. Bumper cases were given out to sort out the obvious problem, and in the end, we now have a class-action lawsuit where iPhone 4 owners can get $15 back, or a free bumper case.

 

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The settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit which targeted the antenna performance in the iPhone 4. U.S. residents who purchased an iPhone 4 will be entitled to $15 in cash, or a free bumper case from Apple. There were 18 different lawsuits that were all consolidated into a class-action lawsuit, and all share the same claim that Apple was:

 

Misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4--particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.

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AMD "Pircairn" 7800-series specs are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:30 am

AMD have had their launch of their Radeon 7900-series, and now its time for the next Graphics CoreNext cards to be unveiled, the "Pitcairn" cards. The Pitcairn cards will slot into the Radeon HD 7800-series, where we'll see three SKUs from this series.

 

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First up we'll have the Radeon HD 7870, then a 2GB 7850 and a 1GB 7850. Spec-wise, we have:

 

Radeon HD 7870

 

  • 22 GCN CUs, 1408 stream processors
  • 88 TMUs, 24 ROPs (de-linked from memory bus)
  • 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB
  • Clock speeds of 950 MHz core, 1375 MHz (5.50 GHz effective) memory

 

Radeon HD 7850

 

  • 20 Graphics CoreNext Compute Units, 1280 stream processors
  • 80 TMUs, 24 ROPs (de-linked from the memory bus, of course)
  • 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB and 1 GB variants
  • Clock speeds of 900 MHz core, 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) memory

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