Posted inFeaturedNews

Reports: SmartQ U7 tablet with built-in projector is a surprisingly decent video player

Smart Devices introduced a 7 inch Android tablet with a built-in projector last year, and now that the SmartQ U7 is available in the US, a handful of reviews are starting to pop up. While the basic tablet specs are nothing to write home about, GigaOm’s Kevin Tofel and TIME’s Jared Newman both seem moderately […]

Posted inFeaturedNews

Texas Instruments to eliminate 1700 jobs in shift away from smartphone chips

Texas Instruments officials have already said the company would be moving away from smartphone and tablet chips, instead focusing on the embedded markets including industrial devices and automotive computers. Now the company is taking a major step in that direction by eliminating 1700 jobs. Reuters reports that’s about 5 percent of the company’s workforce. The […]

Posted inFeaturedNews

6 new TI OMAP 5 ARM Cortex-A15 system-on-a-module designs coming soon

Texas Instruments may be scaling back its efforts to get its chips into consumer products. But the company isn’t sitting on its hands. Instead TI is aiming its next-gen chips at industrial development. Today TI unveiled 6 new system-on-a-module designs that will be available in early 2013. They’re all basically computer boards with TI OMAP […]

Posted inFeaturedNews

Is Amazon planning to buy TI’s OMAP chip business?

Texas Instruments is reportedly looking to scale back its investment in the OMAP processors for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Those happen to be the processors that power every Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that’s been released to date, so the move would leave Amazon with a few choices. The company could look for a […]

Posted inFeaturedNews

TI to scale back smartphone, tablet chip development, focus on cars

Facing tough competition in the mobile chip space from Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung, Apple, and others, Texas Instruments has announced plans to shift its focus a bit. While the company will continue to support existing tablets including the Amazon Kindle Fire line of tablets and the recently announced B&N NOOK HD tablets, Reuters reports that TI […]

Posted inFeaturedNews

Texas Instruments shows off a Windows RT notebook prototype

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows RT operating system is designed to run on devices with ARM-based processors including iPad-like tablets. But while most of the prototypes we’ve seen so far are tablets, Windows RT should be able to run on any device with a supported ARM-based chip. Texas Instruments has started showing off a Windows RT notebook prototype from […]

Posted inNews

Texas Instruments unveils plans for OMAP 5 2GHz dual core chips

Remember when words like gigahertz were used for computer chips and you really didn’t know that much about the chip powering your phone? That’s all changed in recent years, with low power ARM-based chips strutting their stuff with clock speeds of 1 GHz and above, multi-core chip designs, and ARM based chips showing up in […]

Posted inNews

ARM and TI to challenge VIA and Intel in low-cost computer chip market

In desktop and laptop PCs, there’s been an arms race for the last few years between Intel and AMD. But when it comes to low cost ultraportables like the Asus Eee PC and HP Mini-Note, the two-way race has been between Intel and VIA. While the current crop of these computers feature older chips like […]