Intel sub-$400 notebooks for emerging markets to ship in Q1 2007

At the ongoing fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 "Classmate PC" notebook model for the company's "Intel World Ahead Program" that targets emerging markets.

LG.Philips LCD develops slim handset-use LCD panel

LG.Philips LCD announced that it has developed the world's slimmest TFT LCD panel, measuring only 1.3 mm in thickness (including the module), for mobile phones.

Hynix and Samsung speed up MLC NAND flash migration, spur SLC flash prices up

The migration to multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash at both Hynix Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics is speeding up, with both companies about to have at least half of their NAND flash produced on an MLC architecture in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to a Korean-language Digital Times report.

GPS to drive 3G: 315 million GPS-based LBS subscribers expected in five years

In 2011, the total population of GPS-enabled location-based services (LBS) subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Intel proposes new power efficiency focused CPU benchmark

San Francisco (CA) - Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's digital enterprise group, formally launched the Xeon 5300 quad-core series as well as the Xeon 5300 series during his keynote at IDF. Gelsinger also mentioned that Intel is working on a new benchmark that will focus on the power efficiency of a processor.

Intel's race for the cores

San Francisco (CA) - CPUs are accelerating their gain of processing power and, in the near future, Intel believes that a single chip could perform a trillion instructions per second and replace dozens of servers. At the IDF, the firm gave a sneak peek of an upcoming 80-core processor for the "mega data-center."

Intel CEO announces Core 2 Quad

San Francisco (CA) - It wasn't much of a surprise anymore, but at least its official now: Intel will ship the first quad-core enthusiast processors as well as 2-way quad-core processors in November. The first mainstream quad-core will be introduced in Q1 of next year under the "Core 2 Quad" brand.

Car-use semiconductor market estimated to pass $18 billion in 2008

The semiconductor market for car-use applications will total $18.14 billion in 2008, up from $15.14 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%, according to statistics from Strategy Analytics.

Multi-core processors may replace physics cards, says Intel

San Francisco (CA) - In what promises to be one of the main themes of the Intel Developer Forum, Intel touted the virtues of quad-core gaming to members of the press, during a pre-show, "extreme multi-threaded" benchmarking session. Despite current programming challenges, quad-core CPUs will accelerate games and even enable physics effects without the need of an add-in card, Intel promises.

Internet's future in 2020 debated

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.

Cyber attacks getting more serious for home users

Home users have become the main target of blended security threats. According to report released by Symantec, the first six months of 2006 brought more than 2200 individual threats that increasingly show financial motivation and aim to extract personal and financial data, while using more elaborate techniques to evade detection.

McDonald's launches online content service

McDonald's, along with the digital content company Akoo, today announced that its flagship store in Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall has rolled out "M-Venue," a wireless service that allows customers to stream music and videos while eating a Big Mac.

PDP makers eying larger-size segments to counter LCD trends

PDP (plasma display panel) makers are now betting on larger-size segments to counter the LCD technology, according to PDP TV makers.

Cambridge researchers developing rollable displays

Culver City (CA) - Univeristy of Cambridge researchers are developing new structures that can roll up without hinges or locks. The morphing structures could be used in future laptop screens, keyboards or even for reusable packaging. According to Dr. Keith Seffen of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, the structures will not require any advanced manufacturing processes or special materials.

Caterpillar envisions robotic bulldozers

Robotic bulldozers and other construction equipment could autonomously mine for precious metals or help build future houses. Caterpillar, the famous maker of heavy construction equipment, is developing robotic and remotely-controlled construction vehicles that take advantage of GPS navigation.

Wii, not Xbox 360, may have prompted PS3 price cut in Japan

Chicago (IL) - Sony's unexpected price cut of the base PS3 comes just two days after Microsoft's announcement to offer a bargain priced HD DVD price for the Xbox 360. But Sony may not be worried about Microsoft, but rather about a strong Nintendo Wii in Japan, Chris Crotty of market research firm Isuppli suggests. And there may little reason for Sony to extend the price cut to the U.S.

MRC shows more powerful solar cells

Today, solar cells are not a very efficient way to produce electricity, even if the source of energy is free. They can be manufactured from thick crystalline silicon wafers (300 microns thick) or thinner non-crystalline ones (about 2 microns thick). But 'thin' cells built are less efficient than 'thick' ones, even if they're cheaper to produce.

Microsoft to consider free versions of Works apps

Redmond (WA) - Reuters this morning reported that Microsoft could soon be offering free online versions of its word processing and spreadsheet applications from its "Works" suite of applications. The online would be supported by ads embedded into software - much like Google Spreadsheets and Writely.

EA preps in-flight video games

Electronic Arts, together with in-flight entertainment company DTI Software, today announced a plan to provide multiple airline companies with in-flight versions of their software, largely headlined by The Sims 2. Software from EA's will make up the rest of the initial list of available games.

Virtual bees help robots see in 3D

Copying the humble honeybee's foraging methods could give robots better 3D vision, researchers say. Robot explorers could identify points of interest by mimicking the way bees alert others of promising foraging spots.