Ready for the next-generation of smartphones? NVIDIA, in tandem with long-time partner Microsoft, introduced the NVIDIA APX 2500, an applications processor they say will deliver video power for a new era of Windows Mobile-enabled smartphones.
• The industry’s first HD (720p) playback and capture capability for handheld devices;
• An ultra-low power (ULP) GeForce core that is fully compliant with OpenGL ES 2.0 and Microsoft Direct3D Mobile, providing a low-power 3D solution for acceleration of 3D user interfaces;
• NVIDIA nPower technology, which minimizes power consumption in active mode, enabling over 10 hours of high-definition video playback and up to 100 hours of audio—a benchmark NVIDIA claims is more than four times the audio playback of the latest tough-screen phones;
• Support for connectivity and media acceleration technologies to enable the latest Web 2.0 applications.
The APX 2500 application processor is sampling now with key customers and will enter full production by Q2 2008.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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