Entries with tag mobile devices.

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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