Entries with tag mobile devices.

Nokia Surprises with New Tablet Launch

Nokia, which sold its handset division to Microsoft in April 2014, is introducing a new Android-based tablet. The 7.9-inch N1 Tablet, which is planned to retail at $249, will initially be sold in China in early 2015 and will then be available in other markets. It has an aluminum body and is powered with an Intel processor running Android Lollipop. The device will be made by Foxconn, which will also handle distribution and sales for Nokia. The announcement was made during the Slush technology conference in Helsinki on 18 November 2014. Some market watchers were surprised at the announcement as Nokia, under the terms of its handset division sale, was unable to license its brand for mobile device sales for 30 months and was prohibited from using the Nokia brand on its own mobile devices until the end of 2015. (Associated Press @ The Charlotte Observer)(The Sydney Morning Herald)

Intel Unveils 14-Nanometer Chips

Intel has launched its Core M processor, which has 14-nanometer features, much smaller than the 22-nanometer features on newer commercial microprocessors. Smaller feature sizes let manufacturers put more transistors on chips, making them more powerful than processors of similar size; or create smaller chips that are as powerful as other processors. The latter capability would let manufacturers create thinner and lighter devices. This could help Intel better compete with ARM, the leading maker of chips for mobile devices. In addition to having smaller feature sizes, the new chips are smaller than their predecessors in part because they contain less packaging and are so power efficient and produce so little heat that they do not need a fan for cooling. ARM makes chips that are fanless. Intel expects the first devices with the Core M chips to be available during the 2014 winter holiday season, with more to be released in the first half of 2015. Intel executives note that although the new chips are intended for initial use in portable devices, they eventually will be used in bigger products, including large servers and desktop PCs. (CNET)(The Wall Street Journal)

Mobile PCs Spur Demand for Thin Hard Drives

More interest in thinner and lighter personal computers is expected to drive demand for thinner storage devices. Mobile PC shipments, worldwide, should be 133 million units by 2017 according to a new analysis by IHS, which says 5.0- and 7.0-millimeter HDDs should displace 9.5-mm drives now found in mobile devices. Analysts forecast shipments of 9.5-mm HDDs will decline from 245 million units in 2012 to 79 million in 2017. In addition to thinner HDDs, analysts anticipate solid-state hybrid drives to be increasingly used in ultrathin PCs and tablet PCs. IHS also expects SSD shipments to grow by roughly 90 percent to 64.6 million units while HDD shipments should decline to 545.8 million units, a loss of 5 percent. The full details appear in a recent Storage Space Brief from IHS. (ZDNet)(IHS) 

Mozilla Announces New Firefox-Based Device

Mozilla and contract manufacturer Foxconn have announced they will launch a device designed to run on Mozilla’s new Firefox OS. The Focus Taiwan news service reported that the device scheduled to debut 3 June will most likely be a tablet. Mozilla already offers two Firefox smartphones via Spain’s Geeksphone. Mozilla is reportedly working with other firms on Firefox OS devices including América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, LG Electronics, and ZTE. (CNET)(Slash Gear)(Focus Taiwan)

Market Research Firm Expects Further Drop in PC, Laptop Shipments

Analysts at market research firm IDC have significantly revised its forecasts for computer shipments, now predicting that PC shipments will drop 7.8 percent in 2013 and that tablet sales will surpass laptop shipments this year, earlier than anticipated. IDC attributes the trends to consumer adoption of smart mobile devices. Analysts had originally forecast a 1.3 percent decrease in PC shipments in 2013. IDC said PC shipments will drop from 148.3 million in 2012 to 134.4 million this year to 123.9 million in 2017. Originally, the firm did not anticipate that tablet shipments would surpass laptop sales until 2014. The company now forecasts that 229.3 million tablets will sell in 2013, up nearly 59 percent from a year ago, while notebook shipments will total 187.4 million. (USA Today)(Bloomberg Businessweek)(IDC)

Korean Researchers Announce High-Speed, Low-Power RF Chip

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a low-power, 60-GHz RF chip that wirelessly transmits large amounts of data between devices. The integrated circuit reportedly can send data up to 10.7 Gbits per second. Bluetooth high speed technology, for comparison, has an average data transfer rate of 24 Mbps. Existing high-speed wireless chips require significant amounts of energy, which has delayed their development. The new chip uses as little as 67 mW of power: 31mW to send and 36mW to receive data. The compact device also has a single antenna and an integrated switch. The researchers say the chip can be installed on mobile devices or cameras.(EurekAlert)(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology @ EurekAlert)(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology @ YouTube)

New Display Uses Multiple Screens to Show Images, Video in 3D

A team of scientists, headed by University of Bristol researchers, have created a new display for mobile devices that moves and tilts to show terrain and buildings in 3D. Tilt Displays is a surface display about half the size of a conventional tablet computer. It has various smaller screens that tilt on various axes and move up and down on a vertical plane, which would enable users to utilize it for 3D video, terrain modeling, and gaming applications. The tilting and moving the smaller screens enables users to have a different viewing experience for 3D images and video based on the shifting screen, which imparts different sensations and information to them, say researchers. The researchers presented their work at the recent Mobile HCI 2012 conference in San Francisco. (PhysOrg)(University of Bristol)

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