Those of you holding out to build a low cost system around Intel's Ivy Bridge platform will have to sit through an intial wave of quad-core processors before the dual-core variants are released. Intel is reportedly kicking off Ivy Bridge on or around April 8, 2012, with the launch of the core i7 3920XM, 3829M, and 3720QM, along with the HM77, UM77, HM76, and HM75 chipsets.
Samsung Korea today announced what it claims is the industry's first next-generation ARM Cortex-A15 equipped 2GHz dual-core system-on-chip (SoC). Dubbed 'Exynos 5250,' this dual-core part is built using a 32nm manufacturing process and offers roughly twice the performance as that of existing 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex A9 products, Samsung claims.
After several delays and months of anticipation, Verizon has finally gone official with the Motorola Droid Bionic. This is the first smartphone to bring both a dual-core 1GHz processor and 4G LTE support to Verizon's network, which are flanked by several other juicy specs that position the Bionic as Verizon's flagship Android handset.
Without giving anything away, we can say you won't find VIA's EPIA-M900 mini-ITX motherboard in this year's Dream Machine. Where it will end up is in small form factor (SFF) embedded devices like ATMs and home automation systems, to give just two examples. The main draw here, and one VIA is highly touting, is that the EPIA-M900 is the world's first motherboard to sport a 64-bit Nano X2 E-Series dual-core processor (clocked at 1.6GHz).
It's amazing how far smartphone technology has come. What started off as glorified dumb phones has evolved into bona fide mini-PCs that fit into your shirt pocket, and the hardware inside improves with each new generation. The next big upgrade is dual-core processors. AT&T's Atrix 4G from Motorola has a dual-core chip, but we're still very much living in a single-core smartphone world. That will change in 2012 as more smartphone makers jump on the multi-core bandwagon, including Samsung.
Anyone who's ever upgraded their desktop configuration to a multi-display setup inevitably ends up wondering how in the world they ever got by with but a single monitor. Well, we're about to find out if that same concept applies to smartphones, which are essentially little handheld computers that we jam into our pockets.
Apple declined Maximum Tech entry into its temporary ivory tower at the Yerba Buena Gardens for today's iPad 2 announcement. However, our own Susie Ochs from sister site Mac|Life scored a ticket to savor the sights and sounds of the latest "it" gadget.
We have all of her hands-on initial feelings by proxy after the jump.
If the Taiwan market is any indication, prices may soon come down on dual-core netbooks in the U.S. Netbook prices in Taiwan are on a downwards trend, recently falling to around $340, and some models have gone lower than that. Notebook players say it's a necessary adjustment in order to create some separation with the emerging tablet market, Digitimes reports.
My Korean language reading skills are more than a little rusty, understandalbe since I never learned Korean in the first place. But thanks to Google Translate, I get the gist of what Korea's IT Today is reporting. Meet LG's Optimus 2X, the world's first smartphone equipped with a dual-core processor.
Equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform, the Optimus 2X "superphone" purportedly cuts through 1080p recording like a battleaxe through butter. It's currently being sold in black trim, but will soon be shipping in a white shelled version, beating Apple to the punch.
Other features include a 4-inch touchscreen display, HDMI, and Android 2.2 (a Gingerbreak upgrade is in the works). No word on when LG will port this over to North American shores, but I imagine we'll be seeing dual-core smartphones en masse by the second half of 2011.
There's nothing sexy about single-core computing anymore, even if developers have yet to really fully embrace multi-core processors. We're already up to six-core processors on the consumer desktop, so why are we still stuck at single-core chips in the mainstream mobile market?
We won't be, not for long. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Texas Instruments is prepping its OMAP 4440 processor for a release in the second half of this year. This is a dual-core part clocked at 1.5GHz, which TI says is fast enough to handle 3D video in 1080p and support for 3D photos from 12MP cameras.
All indications point towards this being a powerful chip, at least compared to the current crop of mobile processors, including those 1GHz Snapdragon and Hummingbird parts. And of course TI isn't the only one working on dual-core chips. As the year goes on, look for both tablets and high-end smartphones to sport multi-core processors.