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The Nintendo 3DS

In an industry obsessed with polygon counts and frame rates, Nintendo's Wii console and DS handheld were the proverbial knives at a gunfight. They were grossly underpowered compared to the competition, meaning Nintendo could sell them at a profit from day one. Their innovative control methods ensured they still sold like hotcakes. An animated GIF of Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata holding a DS that printed money became the go to picture to run alongside quarterly announcements of Nintendo's gargantuan profits. If a disheveled man emerged from a time-traveling DeLorean with tales of a near-future Nintendo struggling to sell its latest handheld, I'd have been more surprised about the Nintendo thing. So what on earth happened?  Read More

NVIDIA Tegra Roadmap Revealed: Next Chip to be World’s First Quad-Core Mobile Processor

Not only did NVIDIA announce its new quad core technology at Mobile World Congress, it showed it working and announced immediate sampling of the chip for its customers with an aim of having the new processor available in tablets in August and phones by Christmas 2011. This was after Qualcomm announced its quad-core processor wouldn’t ship samples until 2012. NVIDIA showed demos from web browsing to games and even a Coremark benchmark test (pictured).  Read More

The HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook was one of the Snapdragon-equipped devices on show at ...

In what is turning into an annual occurrence, Qualcomm has unveiled a bunch of devices based on its Snapdragon platform at Computex 2010. Products on show include smartphones, pocket tablets, and smartbooks in both tablet and clamshell form factors, from companies such as Acer, Dell, HP, HTC, Huawei and Lenovo. The new devices pack first and second-generation Snapdragon chipsets and the company also revealed it has shipped its third-generation Snapdragon chipsets featuring two cores running up to 1.2 GHz designed for even more advanced smartphones.  Read More

Qualcomm's Mirasol technology mimics the structure of a butterfly's wing to provide a low-...

As eReaders such as the Kindle and the Nook establish themselves with consumers, manufacturers are already looking ahead to the next generation of devices. Moving beyond e-ink, tomorrow’s eReaders will feature color displays and the ability to show video as well. To meet the needs of the most demanding users, eReaders will also need to feature long battery life and displays that are bright enough to read even in direct sunlight. Qualcomm’s Mirasol displays, which will begin shipping this year, address these needs using technology that mimics the coloration of a butterfly’s wings.  Read More

Qualcomm planning dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 8X72 CPU

Qualcomm has revealed what's in store for the Snapdragon platform, which powers Google's Nexus One smartphone, among other things. By the end of January, the 45nm 1.3GHz Snapdragon 8X50A will be available to manufacturers, and should be appearing in products by the end of 2010 - but where things get really exciting is the move to dual-core.  Read More

Acer Liquid

There's already one smartphone running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset, the Toshiba TG-01, but being Windows Mobile-based, it's a little harder to get excited about than the Acer Liquid - Acer's first Android-based phone running on Android 1.6 (aka Donut).  Read More

A concept rendering of the FLO TV Personal TV

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new portable digital TV called the FLO TV Personal Television, or PTV. The iPhone-sized device will be used to tune into broadcasts on Qualcomm’s FLO TV terrestrial digital TV service and could mark a departure for a company that rarely introduces hardware itself.  Read More

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