With CES 2012 right around the corner, companies are scrambling to prepare demonstrations of next generation products and technologies. Continuing with last year's theme, we suspect 3D technology will emerge as a popular topic, and so might Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) technology. LG, which signed a strategic alliance with Intel to promote WiDi technology, is combining the two and plans show off its upcoming LG Cinema 3D Smart TV line with embedded WiDi.
MIT's Media Lab has taken slow motion video to a whole new level by building a system capable of capturing moving subjects at 1 trillions frames a second, fast enough to capture pulses of light parading through a 1-liter soda bottle. Light travels at about 671 million miles per hour, but it can't outrun MIT's custom camera setup, nor can anything else in the universe.
The joint collaboration between chip giants Intel and Micron has resulted in a new benchmark in NAND flash technology. Specifically, the two tech gurus announced the world's first 20nm (not just nanometer-class, but an actual 20nm process) 128Gb (gigabit) multilevel-cell (MLC) device they say is ideal for small form factor tablets, smartphones, solid state drives, and high-performance compute devices.
Fair warning: If you're a hypochondriac, germaphobe, or just hate gross things, stop reading right now and go wash your hands, your cell phone, your keyboard, and your light switches. Don't ask why, just do it, and when you're finished, go ahead and scrub your Wii Fit Balance Board, computer printer, and remote controls. Whatever you do, don't take a peek at KeepingItKleen.com's latest Tech Germs infographics, some of those stats you won't be able to flush from your mind.
Fancy yourself an artsy fartsy type? Well, we'll see your collection of Monet replicas and raise you (lower you?) The Royal Data Throne, a geeky storage container for all your crap. And by that we mean keys, loose change, pocket lint, receipts, Tic-Tacs, and whatever else you can fit in a PCB structure that measures 12 inches by 11 inches by 5 inches.
Lenovo has reason to crack open a bottle of bubbly heading into the holiday season. Reporting results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011, Lenovo said its net earnings shot up 87.9 percent. Gross profit jumped 59.8 percent year-over-year to $948 million, and the company's net cash reserves now sit at approximately $4 billion. But what's really remarkable is how Lenovo defied the so-called post PC era.
Surely SandForce must have had it's fair share of suitors that may have included Intel, Corsair, SanDisk, Western Digital, and others. But it wasn't any of these of solid state drive (SSD) players who rolled the dice on SandForce, and instead it was a company called LSI who scooped up the popular SSD chipset maker. Now the question is, what does the future hold for SandForce and its clients, and in particular OCZ?
If you're trained in IT and looking for a job, there's a good chance you'll find employment. Most of your peers are back in work. Citing third quarter numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, InformationWeek says there are now an estimated 4.14 million people employed in U.S. IT jobs, which is around the level of employment of Q2 2008 before the recession cut that number down.
It's not as if Maximum PC readers need any more convincing that the whole 'post PC era' theory is a bunch of hogwash, but just in case there remains any lingering doubt, Intel just reported yet another record quarter, for the sixth time in a row, as a matter of fact. Intel set new records for microprocessor units shipped, EPS, earnings, and revenue, which the chip maker reports was up 28 percent year-over-year.
A German website is reporting AMD is hard at work trying to deliver its first products using 28nm graphics chips by the end of the year. If everything goes to plan, AMD will have the parts ready in the second week of December, and perhaps even before the 9th of that month. It will be a slow rollout at first, with volume shipments expected to come a few weeks later, likely in early 2012.