Top 20 Tech Stories of 2010: The Good, the Bad, and Some Ugly


*+-It’s list making time. And here is my list for the biggest stories in 2010. There are 20 stories here, some good, some bad, and some ugly. But these are the stories that I think 2010 will be remembered for, or rather those behind the stories will be remembered for. Later this week, I’ll have […]

TI OMAP 4440 CPU Joins Mobile Processor Arms Race


*+-The Texas Instruments OMAP 4440 chipset is a dual-core 1.5 GHz mobile processor that is based on the ARM Cortex A9 reference design, which is also found on chips such as the Samsung Orion and dual-core Snapdragon among others. In the past, single-core TI OMAP processors have been used by Motorola on smartphones such as […]

For now, PC vendors reaching for ARM over Intel Atom


*+-A report from Digitimes notes that, despite aggressive promotion from Intel, PC vendors aren’t going to sit on their hands waiting for Intel’s Oak Trail system to arrive. At least until then, they’ll be focusing on ARM and Android. Availability of ARM CPUs, lack of availability of the more efficient Oak Trail platform for Intel […]

Microsoft Licenses ARM


*+-Follow the leader? Or smack the one you’re dancing with? Either way you look at it, Microsoft is raising a few eyebrows by announcing that is licensing ARM technology to further its aims in the mobile sector. Certainly, Microsoft isn’t giving up on Intel with this move, but it just points out how volatile the […]

Apple rumored to buy bigger share of ARM


*+-Lot of people have jumped on the rumor that Apple is pondering a buyout of ARM Holdings, the company that licenses out the ARM architecture that powers the majority of our handheld gadgets. Not as many people talking about why that’s dumb.

ARM Mali 3D Demo

*+-Our friends from NetbookNews sent over a demo of the graphics that upcoming ARM Cortex A8 and Cortex A9 devices can pump out. The demo is on a jumbo touchscreen, but these ARM components will find their ways into smaller devices and mobile phones.

ARM Yourself: 50+ ARM-based tablets coming this year


*+-Word out of Computerworld is this should be a good year for ARM thanks to a deluge of new tablet devices, not to mention the eReaders, smartbooks and other devices that prompted them to reserve more space than usual at this year’s Computex trade show in Taipei. They also share details on a couple of […]

Freescale unveils their $199 tablet design


*+-Good news, everyone: Freescale has announced a new tablet reference design for the burgeoning (and I use that term lightly) smartbook market. It is, being a design from Freescale, an ARM-based unit, boasting instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all-day battery life. Priced at $199, which presumably is for the base design; better features and vendor […]

Google Android, ARM Processors Coming to HP Netbooks?


*+-HP may begin selling netbooks with Google’s Android operating system according to the Wall Street Journal. HP’s engineers are evaluating Android as a low-cost option, but there are no firm plans quite yet. This makes me wonder if HP is planning to release a netbook with an   ARM processor. We’re expecting to see several […]