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Market leaders lost out in the supply of silicon wafers

Market leaders lost out in the supply of silicon wafers to chip makers in recession-hit 2009, according to market research company Gartner Inc (Stamford, Conn.). Worldwide silicon wafer demand in 2009 was $7.23 billion, down 38.5 percent in comparison with 2008, the company said.

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Freescale Cortex-A8 SoC advances to 1080p video

Freescale announced an heir to its i.MX51 family of ARM Cortex-A8 SoCs that boosts video decode performance to 1080p HD. The i.MX535 processor offers 720p video encode, up to 2GB of external memory, and improved peripheral support including new DDR3, SATA, and LVDS, and is compatible with Android, Linux, Windows Embedded CE, and Chromium. via […]

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OpenClovis Open Source High Av…

OpenClovis Open Source High Availability (HA) Middleware and Tools, recently signed a contract with Telecom Malaysia http://j.mp/8Y62NU

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Ubuntu 10.4 optimized for the ARM Processor

Ubuntu has been working over these past couple of years with ARM and ARM partners such as Freescale to optimize the Ubuntu OS for ARM Processors. Here’s a demonstration of the latest version of Ubuntu 10.4 running on a Freescale i.MX51 development board. In theory this Ubuntu desktop could be sold for below $100 without […]

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3-axis accelerometer cuts power, add features

STMicroelectronics NV claims its new three-axis accelerometer lowers the power requirements and shrinks the size of micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) motion detection. The new MEMS chip is aimed at extending battery life in consumer applications and includes special circuitry for integration with gyroscopes to create a complete inertial measurement unit (IMU) for mobile handsets, remote controls, gaming […]

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New OLPC tablet built on Marvell reference design

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Marvell have agreed to develop next-generation OLPC XO-3 tablets based on the Marvell Moby reference design and the Armada 610 SoC. Aimed at the worldwide educational market, the Moby-based XO devices will support 1080p video encode and decode, 3D graphics, Flash 10-enabled web access, and teleconferencing, and consume only […]

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Foxconn to raise workers’ wages by 20%, says FT

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which trades as Foxconn and makes electronic products for high-profile brands such as Apple and Sony, is planning to raise the wages of its Chinese workers by about 20 percent, according to a Financial Times report. The proposed pay rise comes after a series of suicides at Foxconn's enormous […]

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ARM9-based $100 Android tablets to light up Computex

Next week at Computex, Via Technologies' WonderMedia Technologies subsidiary will demonstrate low-cost Android-based tablets based on the ARM9-based, 600MHz WonderMedia Prizm processor and related “SmartTouch” reference designs. The tablets will be manufactured by a variety of Chinese manufacturers, and sold for as low as $100 in the U.S. later this year, says Bloomberg via ARM9-based […]

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PKI security for embedded systems

Given the growing number of Internet-connected embedded devices, an important question arises: How will these devices provide a reliable and safe service when they are left unsupervised and connected to the Web? Unless devices incorporate strong security capabilities, they are highly exposed and vulnerable to misuse and hacks. via PKI security for embedded systems – […]

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Open source robot is all eyes

A startup called TheCorpora is readying an open source Linux robot based on a Mini-ITX board with an Intel Atom and an Nvidia Ion GPU. The foot-and-a-half tall Qbo lacks arms or legs, but is mobile, can be controlled via WiFi, and offers stereoscopic face, object, and gesture recognition, plus speech synthesis and voice recognition. […]

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