Phil McKinney, VP and CTO for HP’s Personal Systems Group, was at the MobileBeat 2010 conference on Monday showcasing some of HP’s innovative products. One product receiving a good amount of attention is a low-power, mylar-based flexible display capable of playing video. McKinney offered a tantalizing morsel for webOS diehards by stating that “these are the kinds of display technologies that will change what we think of in form factors, both in products from Palm with flexible displays, and with HP.” Good news for Palm and webOS supporters as these comments indicate again that HP is in for the long haul with webOS and is looking to integrate the mobile OS into products that are coming soon as well as those that are years away. More →
Processor manufacturers AMD and Intel are updating their desktop processor lineups, and they will be bringing 6-core number-smashing goodness, as well as a few low wattage options, to a CPU near you. DigiTimes has a source on record claiming: “Intel will soon launch its 32nm high-end dual-core Core i5-680 with price of US$284 and will replace the existing Core i5-670; and 45nm low-voltage Core i7-870s with a price of US$560 and a power consumption of 82W.” Their connect goes onto detail some of AMD’s future plans: “AMD will launch several six-core Phenom II processors in the second quarter including X6 1035T (2.6GHz/95W), X6 1055T (2.8GHz/95W) and X6 1075T (3.0GHz/125W).” No prices were leaked by the DigiTimes source for the AMD hardware, but they went on to list a plethora of Phenom and Athalon models and prospective release dates. More →
Are you one of those annoying people who constantly have a Bluetooth earpiece in your ear? Does it make you sad inside that the battery on your mobile device runs out so quickly? Well it looks like Texas Instrument may be looking to change things. TI recentley demoed its “Bluetooth low energy open standard” in Munich, and when they say “low powered” they mean low powered. The technology, based on the CC2540 single-mode system-on-chip, can operate a Bluetooth radio for “over a year” on a single button cell battery; similar to the ones used in watches and hearing aids. While TI insists this will open the doors for Bluetooth enabled kitchen tables, can-openers, and sofas, we’re more excited about the mobile implications. Would this low power option make you use Bluetooth more often?