This really isn't much of a surprise as the SoC is expected to hit the market in early 2011. The intial product will feature an Atom Z670 processor and SM35 chipset. The tablet-centric SoC will support MeeGo, Android and Windows 7. But as you'd expect, vendors opting for Windows will end up paying a lot more compared to those opting for MeeGo or Android. As per the report, the Oak Trail-MeeGo combo will cost $25.
ARM Holdings’ server ambitions have become more pronounced lately. The company recently announced the server-friendly Cortex A15 processor, which it claims is the “highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.” Now there are murmurs of the company getting ready to hurl 64-bit processor cores at the server market. According to a report, the British chip designer could announce its first 64-bit processor in the next few weeks, and possibly as early as next week. But the company isn’t willing to comment on its future plans.
ARM CEO Warren East recently told the New York Times that the British chip designer will never be a “$100 billion outfit” like Intel. That humility is no pretense when one takes into account the vast gulf between the two. Moreover, ARM’s business model of licensing chip designs to others is unlikely to help it bridge that gap. The few cents it earns as royalty on every chip based on its design gives it an air of largesse of the kind associated with nonprofits. That said, the threat to Intel rises each time an ARM-based chip makes it into a new device or market.
Are you getting sick and tired of the same old Call of Duty formula year-in and year-out? Are you ready to visit new places and violently murder new people? Well then, try this one on for size: space marines. You know, like normal marines, but in the future and, well, space. Still not ringing a bell? Think Master Chief from Halo. He's pretty much the king (or outer-space equivalent) of space marines. However, if Activision has its way, that may not be the case for too much longer.
According to sources that spoke with Gamasutra, the Sledgehammer-developed Call of Duty spin-off will exit the bounds of the past or present and – with them – the realm of pseudo-possibility. (Granted, one could argue that Modern Warfare 2's plot already put the whole “possibility” thing out to pasture – and probably set it on fire for good measure.) They went on to say that the game will feature, “for lack of a better term, space marines.”
Granted, the “for lack of a better term” bit could mean that we're not necessarily dealing with Master Chief's long lost cousins here, but only time will tell. While we're waiting, though, what's your take? Does Call of Duty need to start pitching curveballs? And if so, is the far-flung future its best bet? Or do you think it should stick with something a little closer to home?
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 videocard is going to launch in November, probably before AMD's Cayman architecture. If true, look for the GTX 580 to show up around the middle of November.
Of course none of this is confirmed, but according to reports, Nvidia will likely target a $500 price point for its upcoming GPU, depending on how AMD's Cayman cards perform and how AMD chooses to price them.
In related news, a forum member on Chinese-language site PCInLife.com posted a couple of pics of what he claims is the reference design for Nvidia's GTX 580 part. You can check them out here.
An interesting rumor is coming out of Android and Me today. According to the site, the upcoming Samsung event is going to be the unveiling of the Google Nexus Two. This phone will supposedly be running stock Android Gingerbread (3.0 or 2.3, version number unclear). We've been expecting an announcement regarding the next version of Android, but a new Nexus seemed unlikely.
The Nexus One, while generally positively regarded, didn't sell very well. Carriers were nervous about supporting the stock Android phone and users could only buy it online. The Nexus One online store was closed, and even the support forums are going read-only soon. The Nexus One was made by long time Google partner HTC, but would Google contract Samsung to create a new Nexus?
This could end up just another situation like the Droid. Google officially backs a handset with a new version of Android, but the phone itself is managed by the manufacturer. What's your take?
Spotify wants to the set the record straight. No matter what you've read, the streaming music service isn't about to become another notch in Apple's acquisition belt, a Spotify spokesman said.
The rumor first began when TechCrunch reported an anonymous tip that Apple was in discussions with Spotify about a take-over deal.
"Apple and Spotify are in on-again, off-again discussions about an acquisition, but at best it's very early in the process," TechCrunch reported. "No firm price has been offered, no term sheet tabled."
And apparently no talks have taken place either.
"We wouldn't normally comment on this kind of speculation, but we wanted to make it clear that we have absolutely no intention of selling Spotify," said Jim Butcher, a spokesman for Spotify.
Spotify is only available in certain parts of Europe but is trying to break into the U.S. market.
There's been plenty of chatter about AMD's upcoming HD 6000 series, but not much in the way of what Nvidia's been up to. Will Nvidia have anything to counter AMD's new graphics cards?
According to the latest water cooler talk, Nvidia is getting close to announcing its GeForce GTX 580. This card will use the GF110 GPU and supplant the GTX 480 as Nvidia's flagship videocard.
The GTX 580 will come with 512 CUDA cores, 128 texture units, and probably 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory bus. German site 3dcenter.org also lists other GF110 GPUs with as many as 768 CUDA cores. Depending on the GPU, performance is expected to be anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent faster than the GTX 480.
Valve kept it short and to the point when addressing a rumor that Steam is getting ready to dabble in used game trade-ins. We'll get to Valve's succinct statement in just a minute, but let's first take a look at the rumor that's been going around.
"Steam gives gamers enough other stuff so that they don't resent the fact they can't trade in their games," Michael Pacter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan, explained in a recent interview with NowGamer. "And you know, name all the Steam games that you've purchased that you've traded back in to somebody else for credit. Steam's about to let you do that supposedly, you know like trade and exchange, but they're going to take a fee from it."
Game publishers haven't exactly kept it a secret that they vehemently oppose the used game business, and we have a hard time envisioning Valve going this route. So does Valve, as it turns out.
"Untrue. We've never met with Mr. Pachter," Valve's Doug Lombardi told BluesNews.
We're holding out for Nintendo's 3DS console to see if it can live up to the hype, but in the meantime, it looks like Sony will try to convince handheld gamers not to wait by slashing the price of its PSP Go system.
A leaked memo shows that the PSP Go will receive a $50 price drop in the North American market this Friday, though Sony has yet to confirm the report. Oddly enough, Sony didn't offer up the usual "no comment" associated with speculation and rumors when Joystiq.com reach out for confirmation.
Should the price cut happen, that puts the PSP Go at $200. Would you consider buying one at that price point?
Boy Genius Report said one of its Sprint sources just let it be known that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab will ship on or around November 14, 2010. Obviously this one qualifies as rumor status, but we don't care, we're tickled pink to hear any kind of release date associated with upcoming slates beyond the typical "before the end of 2010" or "sometime in 2011" that we normally hear.
As for pricing, BGR's same source said it will run $399, provided you sign up for a two-year service agreement. That's $100 less than Apple's iPad, but if you don't want to get locked down to a wireless plan, the cost jumps to $599, which is $100 more than Apple's entry-level (16GB w/ Wi-Fi) tablet.
Take these price points with a fist full of salt. Like the Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy Tab will also be available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, each with their own pricing and availability.