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AMD’s first generation of Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) have managed to make their way into quite an important number of netbooks and other mobile computing devices, and recent reports suggest that the company is now working on developing a new series of Fusion CPUs designed especially for tablets.

These will be released in the so-called T-series and feature the same architecture as the company’s current C and E APUs with a few modifications to allow for a lower power consumption.

As a result of these tweaks, the TDP of the APUs should fall somewhere around the 5W mark, which is still about 2W higher than that of Intel’s recently released Atom Oak Trail CPUs.

AMD’s processor should, however, provide better performance in most applications as well as more advanced graphics capabilities.

While AMD hasn’t made official any information regarding the T-series APUs, the company has already showcased, at the beginning of the year, a 5W version of its C-50 processor.

The APU demoed back then worked at the same frequency as its 9W counterpart and packed two processing cores as well as the Radeon HD 6250 GPU that comes standard with the Ontario APUs.

To achieve this feat, the company analyzed the hardware requirements of tablets and other low power computing devices and decided to use a simpler memory controller, that supported a limited number of frequencies and terminations, as well as fewer peripheral ports (such as USB), and video outputs.

The next major breakthrough in energy efficiency for AMD will come once the company moves to the 28nm production node with the Wichita and Krishna APUs.

According to some previous report, these have been already taped out by the company and the first batches of these chips are expected to ship to OEMs starting in the fourth quarter of 2011. (via SemiAccurate)AMD prepares new T-series APUs for tablet use


Mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility is expected to be among the first companies in the world to come to the market with quad-core application processors inside, some of the latest rumors around the Internet suggest.

According to the news, the new devices should arrive on shelves as Motorola Bullet and Jet, while being powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor.

The processor was already unveiled to the world, and the first devices to run under it might land on shelves sometime in the first quarter of the next year, which means that the two phones could be released at that time as well.

Before anything else, we should have a closer look at the two upcoming quad-core handsets, which emerged over at Droid-Life.

The Motorola Bullet is reportedly headed to the market with a 4.3-inch qHD screen, along with around 1GB DDR2 of RAM (most probably, 1.5GB), and 16GB of on-board storage.

Moreover, the upcoming mobile phone should also include NFC capabilities (Near Field Communication), as well as a 12-megapixel photo snapper.

As for the Motorola Jet, rumor has it that it should pack a 4-inch qHD screen, along with 1 or 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB on-board storage, and the same 12MP camera.

Basically, the two phones seem to sport about the same specs, only that Bullet would include a larger screen, while Jet would add a QWERTY keyboard into the mix.

For the time being the rest of the specs that the two would include was shrouded in mystery, and the actual existence of the two is also only a rumor.

However, it seems that there are great chances that the two would actually be included in Motorola’s roadmap at a certain point, though it remains to be seen when exactly they might arrive.

One other thing that remains to be seen is how well the handsets would perform in terms of battery life, since the quad-core processor would certain need a lot of juice.

Hopefully, more on the matter would emerge soon, especially since the first products to pack NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor are expected to become official before the end of the ongoing year.

Motorola to bring quad-core handsets to shelves in Q1 2012

Joshua Topolsky, the former editor-in-chief of the Engadget, is reporting that a source has leaked information about the iPhone 5 specifications and hardware styling. The article explains how the “design of the phone is set to radically change” and that his sources have revealed that the new handset will actually look more like an iPod touch rather than an iPhone. “The phone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, and may have a “teardrop” shape which goes from thick to thin (something along the lines of the MacBook Air profile),” Topolsky said.

Based on the information provided, which the image above is based on, the new phone will most likely have little to no bezel and will feature a 3.7 inch screen while “keeping the current resolution” but lowering “pixel density from 326 to 312” meaning a drop of 13ppi.

Last week Verizon’s Fran Shammo commented about the next iPhone while answering a question from an analyst over changes in the company’s margins. “The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market” said Shammo. Topolsky explains how this information falls “perfectly in line” with previous speculation and hints that the next iPhone may well be the first to properly utilise Qualcomm’s dual Gobi chipset.

Image credit: Thisismynext

Update: The source has added that “the taper is probably a little exaggerated in the mockup (that’s thanks to our so-so Photoshopping skills), and we’re not saying the backing will be metal, like the iPod touch. That’s simply the basis for this image.”

According to news agencies, Kaspersky Antivirus founder Eugene Kaspersky’s son has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom in Russia. Unconfirmed reports, including a bulletin from BBC News, state that 20-year-old Ivan Kaspersky was nabbed while on his way to work.

Eugene Kaspersky is the founder of Moscow-based security company Kaspersky Labs, a world leader in software designed to protect PCs from viruses and malware. The firm says its products are currently being used by more than 300 million people around the world, making it the third-largest security software company in the world.

Annual revenues for the firm grew 42 per cent over the last year, projecting Kaspersky Labs to a fifth-place ranking in terms of software revenues from sales of enterprise security software. (Source:

Kaspersky a Very Wealthy Man

Of course, all of this means that Kaspersky Labs’ founder, Eugene Kaspersky, is worth a heck of a lot of money.

His efforts in reducing malware and virus attacks in Russia and Asia have earned him various national accolades, including the Russian State Award and the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, both in 2009. It’s believed Kaspersky is worth an estimated $800 million. (Source:

Reports say that Ivan Kaspersky has been missing since at least Tuesday, and that both the Russian secret service and other law enforcement agencies are currently trying to find him. BBC says the kidnappers are demanding the senior Kaspersky pay a ransom of $4.3 million to secure his son’s return.

Kaspersky Keeping Quiet

Attempts by the media to elicit a comment from Kaspersky’s American operations have failed, with no one at the company willing to offer any information on the sensitive matter.

Not everyone is convinced something is wrong. Prominent security expert Graham Cluley, technology consultant for Sophos Labs, claims he recently spoke to a relaxed Eugene Kaspersky. “I spoke to Eugene last night and he was very chirpy,” Cluley told reporters.