It’s pretty obvious by now that I’m not that that much of a fan of the iPad, given how much I criticize the damned thing over at Gadzooki. But honestly, I might not like the iPad, but I am a big fan of the concept. My dislike for the iPad stems from mostly hardware concerns, but for the most part Apple has got it right. Tablet computers, those that are optimized for full touch screen (read: stripped-down operating systems) – and not the ones with a full-blown desktop operating system crammed into it with half-baked touchscreen support created by OEMs – are the future. Sadly, the iPad’s hardware is a bit lacking. I still can’t believe that they didn’t even put a USB drive in there. [Read more…]
Finally, NVIDIA will unify its driver releases for laptops and desktop computers. This move, expected to be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks and months, will simplify the process of updating your graphics drivers. Instead of waiting for a driver from your computer’s manufacturer, all you need to do is to go to NVIDIA’s website and grab the latest drivers from there. One driver release for all computers, manufacturer-independent. [Read more…]
It looks like Nvidia is continuing to burn bridges with possible clients in its bid to continue its stiff competition with ATI.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has accused Intel of unfair chip pricing even though he also daid that his company will not be filing any antitrust lawsuits against the top chip maker.
Huangs pronouncements may be considered strange considering that the company is in a partnership with Intel in making graphics chips that are paired with the Atom. Huang said that Intel sells the Atom for $45 but a three-chip set is sold at $25 as a way of “luring business away.” Huang said that this practice is unfair and that companies like Nvidia should be able to compete and serve the market.
Although Huang has a point — Intel was recently ordered by the European Commission to pay a fine of 1.6 billion euros for its illegal competition practices against rival Advanced Micro Devices — saying something negative against a company you’re currently in business with would still raise eyebrows.
Via Technologies recently released its new Surfboard design, this is a reference design for low cost netbooks. Via’s design will run directly against Nvidia’s own Ion platform.
The Surfboard, though containing an older C7-M ULV microprocessor, is also built around the VX855 unified chipset that Via also introduced last week. The VX855 has capabilities to play 1080p videos while only consuming less than 40 percent of the CPU. This HD playback capability is also one of the features of Nvidia’s Ion. Surfboard is planned to be used for netbooks with displays between 10 to 12 inches. Surfboard will also have support for Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and 3G.
Transmeta has announced that it will license it LongRun technology to Nvidia corp.
The move will provide Nvidia with access to new technology that only requires low power.
Transmeta will be paid $25 million for a non exclusive license of Longrun. The agreement covers both LongRun and LongRun 2.
Nvidia will pay Transmeta $25 million for a non-exclusive license to the technology, which includes both the LongRun and LongRun2 technologies.
Transmeta has bowed out of the processor market and now exists solely to license its low-power technology to other companies.