09/14/2011, We attended the Intel Developer Forum’s (IDF) second keynote this morning (did you follow the live blog?), and the most important thing that you need to know is that Intel is making “low-power” its priority. Low-power is not a new theme: ever since the Pentium 4 got shelved, power efficiency has become increasingly important. However, the pressure from mobile platforms, the rise of non-Intel tablets and the arrival of Windows […]
10/02/2010, We’re all looking forward to low-power color displays that are capable of looking good in direct sunlight, and thus most folks were waiting for the arrival of the Mirasol displays from Qualcomm, slated to arrive in 2010. There is a spot of bad news, though, as word is out that Qualcomm has pushed back the arrival date of its Mirasol displays to early 2011. These displays were designed to be […]
09/19/2010, Pixel Qi fans should be quite happy to hear that the founder Mary Lou Jepsen has announced that the company is busy working on a 7-inch version of its low-power, dual-mode displays. While the shipping date for these displays is expected to be in the first half of 2011, samples could be available for companies looking to integrate the technology by the end of 2010. Pixel Qi’s existing 10-inch display […]
01/05/2010, [CES 2010] Marvell has just launched its Computer 3.0 platform based on the Armada 300 processor. New the system still uses an ultra-low power and thermal envelope, but manages to reach 2Ghz and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and built-in 1.8″ hard drive. The overall package is also much smaller (and sexier) than previous generations. Once again the semi-conductor mantra “smaller, better, cheaper” is beautifully applied by Marvell to these tiny computers. […]
10/19/2009, Bluetooth technology hasn’t really progressed that much since it debuted many years ago, and most of the time these days it is used more for hands-free devices instead of other more creative uses, though we can’t really blame the technology for that due to its inherent limitations. While much better than IR, it does place a strain on the battery, but that could very well change in the future with […]
07/28/2009, You remember that Viewsonic had launched a bunch of Atom-based computers? Well, here’s a hands-on video of the VOT130, courtesy of netbooknews.com. This particular Nettop should be capable of playing HD content… that’s certainly smaller than my current living room PC, but can it record TV? No.
05/12/2009, We talked about Pixel Qi a couple of times in the past to mention their work on low-power displays or cheap computers. This time again Pixel Qi wants to shake things up by creating a display that is low-power (like e-ink) but that can reproduce colors and use current manufacturing technology, dominated by LCD. This doesn’t sound like a bad plan: e-Ink is clearly not good enough and customers want […]
05/04/2009, SuperMicro is building Atom-based server to make an energy efficient class of servers. Obviously this might not be suitable for a computing cloud datacenter, but it might work just perfectly for some form of data storage server, which does manage a file system rather than compute more complex requests. an Atom CPU consumes between 4W and 8W while their desktop counterparts can consume anywhere between 40 and 130W. [Press release]