Thursday, June 12, 2008

Latest Technology

Intel Atom Processor

To connect people to the internet at any time, mobile technology is making computing accessible in the mobile phones. The Intel Atom processor is a low power processor specially designed for mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The Intel Atom processor is based on an exclusively new micro-architecture designed particularly for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel Core 2 Duo instruction set compatibility to which consumers are habituated with when using a standard PC and the Internet. The devise also comprises support for multiple threads for better performance and improved system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that measures less than 25 mm². These new chips, previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufactured in Intel’s 45nm process with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have a thermal design power (TDP) specification in 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds depending on customer need. By comparison, today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors have a TDP in the 35-watt range. The Intel Centrino Atom processor technology, formerly codenamed “Menlow,” includes the Intel Atom processor, a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, and thinner and lighter designs. So now this processor will be in great demand for the convenience that will be gained from this device

Using Keypads to take snapshots

The story of technology of the modern world is essentially the story of convergence of different types of skills and equipments being rolled in to a singular unit. And pertaining to this, both the experts and users agree that there is perhaps no better example for this phenomenon that the camera phones that are currently so widely popular all across the globe. A camera phone is fundamentally a mobile phone with inbuilt accessories and technologies that will enable the user to capture still as well as moving images and store, transfer and exchange them in the form of digital data.

Though there are various patents dating back almost to five decades which can be considered relevant in the development of the camera phone technology, the CMOS active pixel image sensor which is all about ‘camera on a chip’, advanced by a team led by Dr. Eric Fossum in the early 1990s is actually the first step towards materialization of this idea. Though initially the camera phones marketed by Japanese corporate used CCD instead of CMOS sensors, the later has successfully captured the market at present. Among the advantages of CMOS technology over CCD are the scope for mass production and the low power consumption by the former. However the advent of camera phones has also given rise to a number of social issues that have currently called for execution of new regulatory laws.

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