September 2012

Intel unveils Atom Z2760, Windows 8 tablets that use it
Intel announced the dual-core/four-thread 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor which, the company says, was designed specifically for Windows 8 tablets and tablet convertibles. The Z2760 uses 32nm process technology like the recent "Cedarview" processors, but unlike all older Atoms that used the 45nm process. For graphics, there's the Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX545 core, package size is 14 x 14 mm, and there's complex power management that extends battery life. Intel also announced a number of Windows 8 tablets that will use the new Z2760, such as the Acer ICONIA W510, the Asus Vivo Tab, the Dell Latitude 10, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702, the HP ENVY x2, the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, the Samsung Smart PC, and the ZTE 98. [See Intel Z2760 fact sheet and list of Z2760 tablets] -- Posted Thursday, September 27, 2012 by chb

Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 Incorporates N-trig active pen and multi-touch
N-trig announced that Fujitsu's new STYLISTIC Q702 11.6-inch business hybrid tablet (sort of like a larger version of the Asus Transformer) incorporates the new DuoSense fourth gen product line. Designed for enterprise use, and really with Windows 8, the device can be used as a tablet, but also has an attachable keyboard docking station so it can be used as a traditional notebook computer. The STYLISTIC Q702 is first in using the G4 DuoSense solution featuring active pen and multi-touch capabilities on the same touch sensor. [See n-Trig press release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by chb

iOS 6 available for download
On September 19, 2012, Apple made iOS 6 available for download. The new version of the OS coincides with the release of the iPhone 5 which will be shipping as of September 21, 2012. Among major changes and new features are a new Apple-made Maps application, an improved Siri that is now also available on the iPad, Facebook integration, shared Photo Streams, a Passbook app for boarding passes and other cards, and numerous improvements in FaceTime, Mail, Safari, and throughout the OS. [See Apple's iOS 6 page] -- Posted Thursday, September 20, 2012 by chb

Review: Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet
Barnes & Noble's NOOK is in a tough position, what with having to fight the iPad and the Kindles and everyone else. But the elegant little tablet has been hanging in there, and we see quite a lot of them out there. Dan Rasmus examined the NOOK Tablet in detail, and talks about what it is, what it isn't, who it's for, and how it fits in. [Read the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet review] -- Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by chb

Added: Unitech TB100 rugged Android tablet
While there is a growing selection of consumer media tablets, there are far fewer durable and ruggedized tablets for the business and vertical markets. That's why rugged handheld maker Unitech entered the tablet market with the TB-100. It's an Android 3.2 7-inch tablet with 1280 x 800 resolution, Gorilla glass, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a wide -4 to 140F operating temperature range, 4-foot drop and IP65 sealing. [See description and specs of the Unitech TB100] -- Posted Monday, September 10, 2012 by chb

Added: NORCO PPC-3308 rugged Atom-powered tablet for fleet management
NORCO recently introduced the PPC-3308 rugged Tablet PC. The device has a SVGA sunlight-readable 8.4-inch with a resistive digitizer, is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, runs Windows 7 or Linux, and weighs just under three pounds. Robust construction, solid state storage (up to 64GB), and those prominent protective corner bumpers help the PPC-3308 survive 4-foot drops. Sealing is at the IP64 level, and the device is configurable with numerous options (3G/4G/LTE WWAN, GPS, 1D/2D barcode, RFID, MSR, etc.). [See description and specs of the NORCO PPC-3308 rugged tablet] -- Posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 by chb

Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 offers multi-touch even with gloves
Synaptics announced that the new Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 will be the first smartphones in the world to use a new multi-touch experience based on the Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 capacitive touchscreen sensing technology that supports use with gloves and fingernails. [See Synaptics ClearPad Series 3] -- Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by chb

Getac introduces rugged 7-inch Android tablet
Getac officially announced the Z710 rugged Android tablet designed for use in extreme work environments. The 1.8-pound Z710's sunlight-readable 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multi-touch display can also be used with gloves and a stylus, making it suitable for outdoors work and in the rain. The device has a 6-foot drop spec, a wide operating temperature range (-4 to 122F), and carries IP65 sealing. It can be equipped with WWAN, barcode reader, dual cams and RFID. [See Getac Z710 description and specs] -- Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by chb

Intel Atom processors face uncertain future in PCs
DigiTimes says that Intel may be forced to adjust its roadmap for Atom processors in PCs. That's because netbooks, which were largely responsible for the Atom's success, are going away. Asus is phasing out its Eee PC netbook line, Acer may also drop out, and almost everyone else is concentrating on tablets instead. In addition, Windows 8 licensing fees and the move to high-res displays and touch screens also doom inexpensive netbooks. That's unfortunate for the Atom line, especially since the latest Atom N2600 and N2800 performed very well in benchmark testing. It should be interesting too see how the Atom's future affects vertical market and embedded devices where Atoms are quite popular. -- Posted Monday, September 3, 2012 by chb