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Apple ‘s new microprocessor

Apple it seems wants to build it’s own microprocessors

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/11/new-hire-will-d.html

This is a death sentence to psystar…

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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Hardware | , | 2 Comments

ARM Cortex-based netbooks due soon

Technologically it’s great but the only thing is who will buy a linux netbook ( am assuming linux is the only OS that will run on this ) , I don;t see winXP for ARM coming soon…

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000000091,39527261,00.htm

Maybe a good alternate for the Loongson processor based notebooks as the ARM cortex will be more powerful.

November 1, 2008 Posted by | embedded systems, Hardware | , , | 2 Comments

The De’Longhi Perfecta Living Room limited edition – Coffee-making moves to the living room

No geek will disagree that a coffee machine is essential hardware …:)

http://www.gizmag.com/the-delonghi-perfecta-living-room-limited-edition-coffee-making-moves-to-the-living-room/9873/

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Hardware | , | Leave a comment

ASUS releases enthusiast level ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard

I drool over this motherboard.

http://www.gizmag.com/asus-rog-rampage-ii-extreme-motherboard/10297/

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Hardware | , | Leave a comment

Mobile Phone Apparel

Today almost everyone, even in the third world has access to mobile phones. The latest trend is to pack a Media Player coupled with “assisted” GPS into your mobile phone. If you really are interested in how this works, you could read this article. Navigation assistance has become an added function to Mobile Phone/PIM/Media Player combos we are using.

The big question is, whether the increasing appeal and usage of mobile phones sometimes referred to as handphones is actually killing the telecom market for fixed desktop landline or wireless phones. Korea and Japan (NTT DoCoMo) started out with Video conferencing (albeit at very low quality) at least 3 years back after an almost failed trial 5 years back. There are no doubts as to the direction Japan and Korea are heading.

The new buzzword in the mobile world is 3G. This of course, is to signal the start of Triple Play on Mobile Phones. The strange part about mobile phones is that instead of subverting the entire POTS , they actually added value to the existing POTS networks. Some services were directed at lowering overseas or long distance calls, while others were starting to offer Business Solutions. As a contrasting reminder, Radio did not complement Telegraph, but replaced it instead. Telephony and Telephone networks replaced Telegraph, they did not complement it. So the advent of Mobile phone technology as a rider on existing telephony networks is one place they have shown difference.

While Mobile phones were becoming ubiquitous, there were strong concerns about health safety as mobile phones are all radio equipment used at close proximity. If you do compare them to the H.A.M. radios and earlier radios, the transceiver (antenna) and the voice/data encoder were not directly coupled in such a small case. Field Military Radios were also similarly designed. But putting them altogether, thanks to the benefits of high density integration, several health groups raised alarms. These continue to be serious as Microwave radiation does pose health hazards that have been researched.

Today most of the phones which offer high-end business user or multimedia user or combined services are bulky (irrespective of what the ads claim.) While clamshell designs, slider designs for phones are quite common today, they will most likely be replaced by equipment that can fit with the apparel we wear. Wearable computing was taking the concept of Personal computing to insane heights. Having a communicator embedded in our apparel would be a welcome initiative (provided we could turn it off.)

There have been some early trials. The first are easy to guess, they were wristwatches. The second set are wearable around the neck (like a necklace.) The third is to have a wearable exoskeleton. The huge drive is to make them lighter to carry, less easier to forget and increase their “personal” factor.

Mobile phones (as they are still referred to today) could be the first level of intrusion into the field of bio-cybernetics.

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Business, Hardware | , , , | 2 Comments

Crossloop

Hi Guys,

This seems like a great solution for techsupport and also making a business out of this .

http://www.crossloop.com , i am signing up maybe you guys should too ..

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Business, Hardware, Software | , , , | 4 Comments

Intel and AMD killed the Alpha

Hi Guys,

I did some research regarding various processors in the market to some processors that have died out because of commercial interests , and the thing is it seems like the alpha which was based on superior technology for the time and a pure RISC 64 bit processor was a winner which due to market forces became the loser , but thats not all now it seems like AMD and intel ( both of them seem to share intellectual property so i am not sure they are competing in the true sense of the word ) are completely in the X86 domain and RISC has been harboured into the embedded systems domain as it’s extremely fast and less complicated than x86 based embedded processors ( consumes less power too )

Okay so if i am a embedded engineer and i specialize on the MIPS based processors wouldn’t i like to have a compatible desktop environment to compile and test compilers and programs before i can reduce the size to suit embedded needs , what about building native compilers and running them on a cluster based system so that your programs are compiled faster and we don’t have to wait for hours … to see the results and change them … now thats productivity …

I leave my thoughts to the members of this forum.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Hardware, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment