Posts Tagged 'chip'

iPhone only costs $100 to make?

Apple is likely to reap significant profits despite slashing the cost of its updated iPhone in half, said analysts. Although details about the phone are still scarce, sources said they believe Infineon and Samsung have continued to snag the top chip designs in the handset.

The raw cost of materials to build the iPhone 3G could be nearly half that of the original model, according to Portelligent Inc. (Austin) that conducted a teardown analysis of the first handset. The first phone had a bill of materials estimated at $170 at launch, but the iPhone 3G could have a BOM as low as $100 when it debuts July 11, said David Carey, president of Portelligent, a division of TechInsights, the publisher of EE Times.

The cost cut is also strategic for a company seeking to extend its toehold in the massive cellular market. Apple has sold 6 million iPhones to date mainly in the U.S. in a market where nearly a billion handsets ship each year worldwide. (link)


Fight! Intel vs AMD & nVidia over USB 3.0

There’s a new public tussle brewing between AMD and Intel, though in this case, it probably won’t be settled in a courtroom. AMD and NVIDIA are both angry with the chip giant for allegedly withholding information on the USB 3.0 open host controller. Intel, for its part, insists that it has done nothing wrong and is following the exact same set of procedures that were used during the development of USB 2.0. It has been erroneously reported in some publications that AMD and NVIDIA are angry about unreleased information on the USB 3.0 specification itself (which promises speeds of up to 4.7Gbps), but this does not appear to be the case. The flash point on this issue is over access to all information concerning the open host controller, not the USB 3.0 specification itself. (link)

JVC develops new camera chip

Are you are tired of having to encode your HD videos in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format before uploading them on Youtube? Victor/JVC is here for you!

They’ve developed a new LSI chip for video cameras which allows them to simultaneously record video into two different codecs: MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. Now videos won’t have to be encoded to your HD in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format before converting them to MPEG-2 in order to broadcast them on Youtube, or anywhere else! (link)

Watercooling coming to a processor near you

Three-dimensional processors took a baby step towards commercial reality today, thanks to IBM’s water-cooling research. Big Blue and the Fraunhofer Institute have successfully tested a multistack CPU prototype that’s cooled by pumping water directly through the separate layers of the processor. If you aren’t used to thinking of processors in terms of layers, you may need to check Jon Stokes’ “Dagwood Sandwich” analogy before continuing on.

3-D chip stacking uses a technology referred to as “through silicon via” (TSV) to build processors vertically, rather than just horizontally. By using both dimensions, CPU engineers can reduce wire delay, improve CPU efficiency, and significantly reduce total power consumption. We’ve previously covered both Intel and IBM’s efforts in this area; readers should consult those articles for a more comprehensive treatment of the subject. (link)

Credit and debit cards to go high tech

Digital technology is putting the power of a computer onto credit and debit cards to help cut down on fraud.

Cards are being embedded with a microchip, or a tiny computer. That means the traditional swiping of a credit or debit card and signing a credit card slip won’t be necessary.

Visa Canada, MasterCard Canada Inc. and Interac Association are moving to bring Canada in line with card technology that’s already in use in much of Europe and parts of Asia and Latin America.

“The key driver for this is really on the security side,” said Michael Stephenson, Visa’s senior business manager of the chip initiative. (link)

Nvidia rolling out tiny graphics chips for tiny laptops

Nvidia Corp on Sunday announced a processor line-up it believes will power a new class of fast, small devices with long battery life that can surf the full Internet, play high-end games and display high-definition video.

The graphics chipmaker is calling the Tegra 600 and Tegra 650 processors “computers on a chip” for highly portable, visual devices, and it is aiming squarely at a market also targeted by No. 1 chipmaker Intel Corp.

Nvidia hopes the Tegra chips, which also include its previously announced application processor APX2500 used in smartphones and handsets, will go into a broad array of computing devices. But it’s aiming first for an emerging category called mobile Internet devices, or MIDs. (link)

Gadget: 2GB USB Poker chip

A real poker champ keeps account on all his million dollar wins.

Weather this is for later audits towards “tax-man” or just to keep track of it all to yourself, we don’t care. All we think is that is has to be done in style!

And for that we think you need a USB memorystick in the shape of a poker chip.

This blue version has 2.0GB of memory for the really big wins but we also have smaller red version that has 1.0GB. (link)

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