Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks keep getting more powerful… but that doesn’t mean they have to become more power hungry. There’s a race on to make chips that don’t just offer higher performance, but which are also more efficient than previous models.
Intel’s been making pretty big strides in reducing power consumption with its Bay Trail and Haswell chips, and now the company’s taking aim at graphics processors. Intel is demonstrating a new 22nm tri-gate GPU that it says is 40 percent more efficient.
That could lead to mobile devices with longer battery life… or products with the same battery life but significantly more powerful graphics performance.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Intel develops GPU tech that could offer 40-percent more efficient graphics chips
By better regulating voltage, going to sleep while not in use, and implementing a few other tweaks, Intel’s new graphics processor can use 40 percent less energy while offering the same performance as a similar chip. [PC World]
- Intel says mini desktops like the NUC went from almost 0 to over a million sold between 2012 and 2013
Apparently most of the mini PCs are being sold to businesses looking for something compact, but easier to upgrade and repair than an all-in-one PC. I suspect Liliputing readers, on the other hand, are probably more likely to pick one up for use as a home theater PC. [Ars Technica]
- “OK Google, Call my lawyer”
Google voice search for Android now lets you say “text my husband” or “call my mom” (with a little setup first). Basically you can set nicknames like “mom” for your contacts. [Google]
- Pipo Work W1 tablet features 10″ display, Bay Trail CPU, Windows software
It also looks an awful lot like a Microsoft Surface… and has the keyboard cover to match. [Padhz]
- Sony markets its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water… in a vending machine
Don’t expect to find your next MP3 player in a water bottle (unless you dunk it in there yourself), but as marketing goes, this move is pretty clever. [The Verge]
- Archos 64 Xenon phone/tablet with 6.4 inch display on the way?
A few unannounced Archos products are starting to show up online, including what appears to be a 6.4 inch phone with 4GB of storage. [ArcTablet]
- Shenzhen Ze Feng Skytop ZeePhone tablet could be one of first 8 inch Win8 Bay Trail tablets with 3G
It’s been a few months since the first Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom Bay Trail processors first hit the market. So far there haven’t been any models with mobile broadband support… but it looks like a Chinese tablet could be one of the first. I suspect it won’t be the last. [PadNews.cn]
- LG Chromebase all-in-one Chrome desktop hits Australia in April for $599 (about $540 US), likely cheaper in the US
It looks like LG’s first Chrome desktop will carry a pretty hefty price when it hits Australia… but most computers sold in Australia are pretty expensive. It’s likely the Chromebase will be cheaper when it hits other countries.[Channel News]