Sony Ericsson Idou revealed

Sony Ericsson have announced their newest Symbian powered smart phone. The Idou will feature a  3.5-inch panel 640 x 320 resolution16:9 touchscreen, a 12.1 megapixel camera with a xenon flash. It will also pack "full media consumption” which I can only assume means it will play all the files you throw at it and access … Read more

Intel Clarkdale: CPU with integrated GPU

We have already posted about Intel unveilings its 32nm fabrication process technology as part of the press announcement of the 32nm Westmere CPUs Intel demoed the first CPU with an integrated GPU, codenamed Clarkdale. Unfortunately there have been no specifics about the GPU but Intel told us that we could expect it to offer an … Read more

Intel unveils 32nm process technology codenamed Westmere

It has not been very long since Intel launched processors based on the 45nm fabrication process, Intel are now demonstrating the world’s first 32nm processors and announced massive plans for the technology.

Intel are planning on spending a massive $7 billion US over the next two years on building the four 32nm fabrication plants, creating 7,000 high-skill jobs in the US. One is already up and running in Oregon, where another plant is scheduled to be running by the end of 2009. Meanwhile, two further fabs will be built in Arizona and New Mexico in 2010.

When Intel released the 45nm chips they started to use a high-k gate dielectric and a metal gate, as opposed to the Silicon Oxide dielectric and polysilicon gate used in Intel’s previous 65nm chips. This change was due to the fact that when transistor gate sizes get to small tunnelling will begin to occur, where electrons will simply pass through the channel(gate) on their own due to the source (where electrons come from) and the drain (where they go) will be extremely close.

The high-k and metal gate material Intel uses is believed to be based on hafnium compounds (e.g. hafnium oxide or hafnium silicate).

The new 32nm process technology will use the same materials as the 45nm technology however Intel are keen to point out that this technology is now more refined and in its second generation

Intel also says that the 32nm chips will be made using immersion lithography on ‘critical layers’, meaning that a refractive fluid will fill the gap between the lens and the wafer during the fabrication process. AMD is already using immersion lithography to make its 45nm CPUs, but Intel has so far used dry lithography on its 45nm CPUs.

The new line of processors has been codenamed Westmere and Intel is reporting at least a 22 percent performance increase clock for clock over their 45nm process, and there are still many steppings to go before they go to market.

The first Westmere chips will be codenamed Clarkdale, featuring two 32nm logical processors paired with a graphics core and an integrated memory controller built on a 45nm line. By using “Multi-Chip Packaging”, Intel will be able to minimize their losses from defective chips on a maturing manufacturing line. Arrandale is the mobile variant, with additional power saving technology for laptops.

Gulftown is the successor to the Nehalem-based Core i7 and is due in the middle of 2010. Gulftown has six cores, but is capable of efficiently handling twelve threads at once, thanks to its next generation Hyper-Threading. It will use the X58 chipset due to the LGA-1366 socket, but there are rumors of a newer version coming in 2010 that will feature support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.

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After the jump is a summery of the product roadmap news at the briefing in San Francisco.

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Palm Pre Official Specs

Over at our Palm Pre blog we just posted about Sprint releasing some official information regarding the Palm Pre. Ok well we know most of the Palm Pre’s specification anyway but print just updated their site with the Palm Pre’s specs and it does include some nice bits of information. The 2 main features to … Read more

Official Nokia E75 specification thanks to Expansys + release date

Companies like Expansys and Play like to list products as soon as possible, partly for publicity, partly to get the search engine rankings and partly for the pre-orders.

Expansys are now listing the Nokia E75 allowing people to pre-order it for its expected release date of 13 Mar 09.

The features include:

  • Quad-band GSM / EDGE, dual-band HSDPA (900/2100) at 3.6Mbps
  • 2.4″ 240×320 QVGA display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, digital zoom, LED flash
  • 30FPS QVGA video recording
  • aGPS
  • WiFi
  • FM radio
  • microSDHC
  • 3.5mm headset, Bluetooth 2.0, microUSB
  • Nokia Maps, PDF Document Viewer, ZIP File Manager
  • Dual home screen (work/personal)
  • 1000 mAh battery
  • 630 mins talk, 408 hrs stand-by time

To be honest the specification seems a little weak especially if you compare it to the forthcoming Nokia N97, however it is an E-Series so it will no doubt be bought up by plenty of business users, also the 1000 mAh looks a little poor especially if you compare it to the excellent Nokia E71’s 1500 mAh battery.

nokia-e75Full specification from Expansys after the jump.

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Archos to launch ultra-thin, 5-inch, Android-based Internet Media Tablet

Archos has announced it is to launch an “ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet combined with a mobile phone” based on both its own and Google’s Android operating system. The Internet Media Tablet will receive all the “functionalities of a premium smartphone” plus its applications whilst Archos’ multimedia framework will offer entertainment and web-browsing. The 5 inch … Read more

Samsung Acme i8910 revealed

Samsung have been releasing some impressively spec’d phones recently including the WM 6.1 powered Omnia with 8GB of internal memory and the S60 3rd Edition powered INNOV8 (i8510) with 8 megapixel camera and 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.

Unfortunately the INNOV8 (i8510) didn't seem to see much love in the UK, I don’t recall any of the main carriers stocking it on their website, and they certainly don’t seem to now. It is available from 3rd party companies such as mobiles.co.uk but in general only the 8GB version is available, it is also available Sim free from other online retailers but it can be pushing on £500 to buy.

However a follow up to the i8510 has now been revealed which is the Samsung Acme i8910. Hopefully this phone will get a little more love compared to the i8510 as it seems to of retained the excellent specification with some nice little improvements.

The Acme i8910 will run Symbian S60 5th Edition OS, it will have a glass Glass AMOLED touch screen display, 8 GB or16 GB internal memory, HD video recording, DLNA and DivX support HDMI output, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

So it certainly looks like a beast of a phone, and will definitely act as competition to Nokia’s N97.

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More photos and a comparison to its predecessor after the jump.

Original story via BGR via Daily Mobile

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Nokia E75 Spy Photos

Crave – Cnet have managed to get their paws on some spy shots of the new E75. The Nokia E75 is an ultra-slim dual-keypad slider with a standard 0-9 pad beneath the display and a landscape QWERTY exposed by the slide.

  • 2.4″ 240 x 320 pixel display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • microSDHC support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • S60 3rd Edition FP2

While this does look considerably smaller than the E90 I think I would miss my nice large internal screen which has a resolution of 800 x 352 pixels.

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More photos after the jump

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Handsets due September. WM 7.0 in April 2010

ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley has been hearing from her sources that manufacturers will have access to Windows Mobile 6.5 code from April with the first devices arriving around September. She also reported that the beta Windows Mobile 7 code will be available November of this year with the first handsets following on in April of 2010.

Toshiba TG01 with 1GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm CPU!

Toshiba have just announced what sounds like one hell of a phone that will be on display at the GSMA Mobile World Congress this February.

The TG01 will be the first mobile handset to incorporate the 1GHz snapdragon processor from Qualcomm which I imagine will make it one of the most powerful phones available today.

It also comes with 4.1″ WVGA resistive touchscreen with on-screen trackpad, HSDPA, aGPS, G-sensor, microSDHC support and DivX support.

It will also be 9.9mm thick which means it will be thinner than the iPhone and have a larger screen.

It is reported to run on Windows Mobile 6.1 and will have Internet Explorer Mobile 6 and be able to offer full flash support.

Toshiba have stated that:

We’ve taken all the technology from our TVs and put that into the screen

Looking at this device this is a clear competitor for everybody's favourite iPhone. The hardware certainly sounds like it could offer considerably more than the iPhone however it is not unlikely that Windows Mobile 6.1 will let it down. They could of at least gone with WM 6.5! Toshiba have tried to counter the issues with WM 6.1 by implementing their own interface over the OS.

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More pictures after the jump.

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IBM’s Sequoia will be 20x faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer

IBM’s Roadrunner is currently classed as the worlds fastest Supercomputer with 1.105 petaflops however IBM think this is a little feeble and have just announced the Sequoia supercomputer due for delivery in 2012. This badboy will offer nearly 20 times the calculations per second than the previous Supercomputers which is a ridiculous 20 petaflops. Sequoia … Read more

Intel rumoured prepping eight-core Xeon for launch next month

Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company’s first eight-core chip. Apparently Intel will discuss an eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer fabrication process. The processor in question is likely to … Read more

Philips’ Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV Video’s

Philips recently showed off their new Ultra-Widescreen Cinema 21:9 TV in London that we previously blogged about.

The TV is reported to be 56", 5 HDMI sockets and is likely to be launch in spring at a cost of £3,000. I think that is a pretty decent price considering it is a highly niche market and quite a big screen, I would certainly take it over Sony's XEL-1 OLED which retails at £3,489.

Video via Pocket Lint and A YouTube video of the Demo Film after the jump

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