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Tech News Round-up - Software and hardware editionBy Hanleigh Daniels 23 September 2010 | Categories: news
Nokia Mobile chief isn’t an Android fan
Nokia’s current Mobile Solutions unit head might be on his way out, but that doesn’t mean that Anssi Vanjoki has lost his competitive spirit. Vanjoki, who is also the Finnish company’s executive vice president and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board, had some fighting words for Nokia’s Android-adopting competitors.
According to the Financial Times, Vanjoki stated that smartphone makers that adopt Google’s mobile operating system software is like Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” in order to keep warm during the cold of winter. Meaning that these companies seek temporary relief, but will inevitably be worse off in the end.
Some analyst agree with Vanjoki stating that while the adoption of Android might do wonders for sales in the short run, it would lead to low profitability in the long term. This is because there would be little to distinguish the user’s experience among the different Android-powered brands and thus little motivation to purchase one over the other.
New AMD CPUs to invigorate its range
According to TechSpot, AMD has plans to introduce five new CPUs, which includes a reasonably priced dual-core model and a moderately priced hexa-core central processor.
The company’s Phenom II X6 1055T running at 2.80 GHz and 1090T Black Edition running at 3.20 GHz, will be joined by the new 1075T that will fit in between these two, operating at a frequency of 3 GHz.
Besides this new six core processor, the company will also introduce the Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition, Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition, Athlon II X4 645 as well as the Athlon II X2 265.
No local release dates and prices are available yet.
Fermi to hand over baton to Kepler and Maxwell in Nvidia GPU relay
According to Engadget, Nvidia has revealed its GPU roadmap this week indicating the replacement of its current Fermi-based architecture with the one the company currently has “hundreds of engineers” working on codenamed Kepler.
Kepler is expected to go into production in 2010, with the first chips shipping in 2011. It is based on a 28 nm process, enabling it to produce approximate three to four times the performance per watt compared to Fermi.
Following Kepler-based GPUs, Maxwell-based cards will drop in 2013 and will apparently a whopping sixteen-fold increase in parallel graphics-based computing. It will also boast other advanced features such as the ability to process some content independently of the CPU.
Zuckerberg tops Steve Jobs
Although Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost his title as the world’s youngest billionaire last year thanks to the global recession, he has bounced back this year and has even surpassed Apple’s co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in the US.
Zuckerberg, with a value of approximately $6.9 billion, is ranked at number 35, whilst Jobs with his $6.1 billion is at number 42. Steve Jobs along with Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, which is eight years before Zuckerberg was born.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tops the list with his estimated fortune of $54 billion.
Marvellous mobile CPU on the way coming from Marvell
According to the Wall Street Journal, semiconductor company Marvell Technology, whose CPUs can be found in most of RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, is going to release a new processor for mobile devices.
This new CPU will be a tri-core chip called Armada 628 and it could become available within devices as early as Q1 of 2010. It will be competing against a range of new mobile CPUs including the likes of Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon, the Cortex A8 Hummingbird as used in the Samsung Galaxy tablet, as well as Nvidia’s Tegra CPU as used in Toshiba’s AC100 Android smartbook.
Microsoft releases its latest OS
Microsoft has announced immediate availability this week of its range topping Windows Server OS, Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008 R2.
“This release of Windows HPC server is a key step in our long-term goal to make the power of technical computing accessible to a broader set of customers, with capabilities across the desktop, servers and the cloud,” said Bill Hilf, general manager, Microsoft Technical Computing Group.
“Customers in all industries can use Windows HPC Server as a foundation for building and running simulations that model the world around us, speeding discovery and helping to make better decisions.”
No local pricing is available yet.
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