Touchscreens are a kludge. For the most part they consist of a touchscreen laid over a display. It works, but it adds an extra layer of complexity and weight to any device that uses one. Samsung says it will begin mass producing a 3.3-inch AMOLED WVGA panel for mobile devices this March, which effectively merges the touchscreen into a single device.
An AMOLED is an incredibly thin LED screen, with brightness nearing that of LEDs, and which has no need for backlighting. What Samsung has done is place the touch sensor onto the display, making them one in the same. (The touch sensor is 0.001 mm thick.) This single-piece device is not only less complex, it’s lighter and thinner.
According to Samsung, “Through mass production, we want to make this touch embedded AMOLED panel number one in the LCD and AMOLED market. Also, we want to mass produce touch screens and construct a system so that we can expand the display market.
Samsung on Monday announced what it claims is the industry's first 30nm class DRAM to successfully complete customer evaluations in 2Gb (gigabit) densities.
"Our accelerated development of next generation 30nm-class DRAM should keep us in the most competitive position in the memory market," said Soo-In Cho, president, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics. "Our 30nm-class process technology will provide the most advanced low-power DDR3 available today and therein the most efficient DRAM solutions anywhere for the introduction of consumer electronics and server systems."
According to Samsung, shrinking down to a 30nm manufacturing process allows the company to raise production by 60 percent over 40nm-class DDR3. And as far as consumers are concerned, the company's Green DRAM lowers power consumption by up to 30 percent over 50nm-class DRAM. To give a real world example, Samsung says a 4GB, 30nm module will consume only 3W per hour in a new generation notebook.
If at first you don't succeed, sue, sue again. The reason? You might score a $900 million settlement, just as sue-happy Rambus did after years of litigation over memory patents. And this could be just the beginning, but more on that in a moment.
Under terms of the agreement, Samsung will pay Rambus $200 million upfront, followed by quarterly payments in the neighborhood of $25 million over five years. Samsung also agreed to purchase $200 million worth of Rambus stock, bringing the final tally to $900 million.
The settlement puts to rest a long-standing dispute over DRAM technology licenses, and going forward, the two companies have agreed to collaborate on a new generation of memory technologies, including graphics and mobile memory, and potentially server and high-speed NAND flash chips, CNet reports.
While this represents a major payday for Rambus, there could be more to come. The company is still going after Micron, Hynix, and Nanya.
Consider Kodak both a lover and a fighter, because the company loves to receive royalty payments, and is willing to fight for them in court. Such was the case last month when Kodak made arrangements with LG, who has already cut its first royalty check.
Now it's Samsung's turn, who Kodak accused of infringing on two of its patents. But rather than duke it out in court, the two companies have agreed to cross-license each other's patent portfolios, while Samsung, like LG, will pay royalties to Kodak.
"We are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of Kodak and Samsung and which validates the strength of Kodak's intellectual property portfolio," said Kodak's chief intellectual property officer, Laura G. Quatela.
Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
If you thought Eyefinity with 3 monitor's was overkill, how about 6? If that caught your attention then you'll be pleased to know that an update to ATI's Eyefinity technology is going to enable gamers to take advantage of up to 6 display's.
Given the complexities involved in laying out that many monitors, ATI has teamed up with Samsung to offer an out of the box solution they plan to ship early this year called the SyncMaster MD230. The package can be ordered as either a six or three panel design, with a price of $3,099 and $1,899 respectively. The six monitor setup is capable of displaying a jaw dropping 6x 1080p, with each panel sporting a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080.
In an era when PC gaming seems to be under constant attack on all fronts, its pretty satisfying to be able to claim your rig is spitting out a resolution equivalent to over 12 Xbox 360's. Of course you may need to re-mortgage your house to be able to afford any of this, but hey, our hobby is all about sacrifice is it not? Either way its great to see out of the box three and six monitor packages that make getting Eyefinity up and running that much easier.
We don't know when it's going to happen or who's going to do it, but someone's going to kill the Kindle. Or at the very least, many will try. That includes Samsung, who at CES announced two new e-book readers, the 6-inch E6 and 10-inch E10.
"We've used our expertise to create a high-quality e-book with today's on-the-go consumer in mind," said Young Bae, director of display marketing, Samsung Information Technology Division. "Samsung is addressing a common frustration that users experience with many of today's digital readers with a stylus that allows them to annotate their favorite works or take notes. Coupled with wireless functionality that enables sharing of content, this is a truly multi-faceted device."
The challenge for Samsung (and everyone else) is that just about everywhere you turn, someone is releasing an e-book reader. To stand out from the crowd, both of Samsung's upcoming units will come with handwriting capabilities, allowing users to write directly on the display with the built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen.
Other features include low power consumption (Samsung claims just four hours of charge time is enough to last up to two weeks of use), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
The E6 and E10 will be available in "early 2010" for $400 and $700 (yikes!), respectively.
Purchased a netbook within the last six months or so? Brace yourself, because the sad reality is that your Atom N270/N280 netbook is now obsolete, old news, and playing second fiddle to the crop of Atom N450 models starting to pop up (don't worry though, these won't run Crysis either). The latest to litter the landscape with next-gen Atom-based netbooks is Samsung, who today launched four new models: Samsung N210, N220, N150, and NB30.
Hopping out in front are the N210 and N220, both of which claim "up to 12 hours of secure connected mobility." The NB30 comes close with a rated battery life of up to 11 hours, and the NB150 keeps things respectable with up to 8.5 hours, according to Samsung.
All four new models share the same 10.1-inch LED anti-reflective display which, when used with the integrated Easy Resolution Manager tool, allows end-users to quickly adjust the screen resolution when the need arises.
Other specs remain scarce, and pricing details non-existent, at least until the new models go on sale "early in January."
The FTC was investigating the world’s four largest manufacturers of NAND flash memory: two in South Korea, one in Japan, and one in the United States. The four companies investigated are unnamed in the report, leaving us to wonder who they are. The report, however, does tell us the world’s four largest NAND flash memory manufacturers are Samsung and Hynix (in South Korea), Toshiba (in Japan), and SanDisk (in the United States). Perhaps it’s not such a mystery after all.
NAND flash memory, which is cheap to produce, is used in digital music players, digital campers, USB memory sticks, and the like. An over-production in the latter part of the decade lead to a downward spiral in prices, which some manufacturers are alleged to have perpetrated to gain market share. Manufacturers claim that pricing was more a factor of oversupply and technological advances, which the FTC seems to agree with, finding no evidence of price-fixing on the international level, and limited evidence of price-fixing on the domestic level.
Touchscreen digital cameras are all the rage (just ask any teenage girl who's seen Ashton Kutcher pimping a Nikon Coolpix), and while that isn't new territory for Samsung, the company's upcoming CL80 boasts a few new tricks.
Electronista describes the CL80 as "Samusng's first real connected camera," which points to the model's Wi-Fi connectivity to upload photos to Facebook, Flickr, Photobox, and Picasa without having to sync up with a PC.
The CL80 will also sport a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with haptic feedback, a 14MP sensor, a 7X wide-angle lens, and hardware image stabilization. And of course it will come ready to take H.264 videos at up to 720p.
No word yet on price or a projected release date, both of which are likely to be revealed during CES next month.
Citing anonymous sources from component makers, news and rumor site DigiTimes says Samsung has a fighting chance at leapfrogging over Asus in the ever-popular netbook market, at least in terms of shipments.
There seems to be a bit of mixed opinion over how active Samsung looks to be in 2010. Some of Samsung's component partners expect the company to ship about seven million notebooks in 2010, while others say the company will surpass 10 million units, with between 7-8 million of those being netbooks.
And what about Asus? The Eee PC manufacturer is targeting just six million netbooks in 2010. That would leave the door open for Samsung to sneak into the second spot behind Acer, who is forecast to ship some 12 million netbooks in 2010.