Tag Archives: silicon

Engineer Guy shows how a phone accelerometer works, knows what’s up and sideways (video)

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We love finding out how things work, and arguably one of the most important parts of the smartphones and tablets we thrive on is the accelerometer gauging our device's orientation. Imagine our delight, then, when we see the University of Illinois' Bill Hammack (i.e. The Engineer Guy) giving a visual rundown of how ...

Scientists use metal and silicon to create invisibility cloak (no, you can’t wear it)

Scientists use metal and silicon to create invisibility cloak (no, you can

In the quest to achieve that much-desired invisibility cloak, scientists have redirected light, used heat monitoring and even gone underwater -- with varying degrees of success. The latest attempt at this optical illusion is from engineers at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania, who have developed a device that can detect light without ...

NVIDIA outs budget GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630, no Kepler in any of ‘em

NVIDIA outs budget GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630, no Kepler in any of

Look out, savvy graphics card buyer: just because it's labelled 'GeForce' and starts with a '6' doesn't necessarily mean it benefits from NVIDIA's premium 28nm Kepler architecture. We've already seen rebadged mobile chips with last-gen 40nm silicon, and now entry-level desktop cards are arriving on shelves that will stretch Fermi's expiry date even ...

Samsung pushes graphene one step closer to silicon supremacy

Samsung pushes graphene one step closer to silicon-supremacy

Graphene has long-held notions of grandeur over its current silicon overlord, but a few practical issues have always kept its takeover bid grounded. Samsung, however, thinks it's cracked at least one of those -- graphene's inability to switch off current. Previous attempts to use graphene as a transistor have involved converting it to ...

Silicon Micro Display rolls out $799 ST1080 wearable display

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It may still be some time before you can take Google's ambitious wearable computing project for a spin, but there's certainly no shortage of head-mounted displays out there for those looking to blaze a trail of their own. You can now add Silicon Micro Display's new ST1080 glasses to that list, a full ...

Samsung pushes graphene one step closer to silicon supremecy

Samsung pushes graphene one step closer to silicon-supremecy

Graphene has long-held notions of grandeur over its current silicon overlord, but a few practical issues have always kept its takeover bid grounded. Samsung, however, thinks it's cracked at least one of those -- graphene's inability to switch off current. Previous attempts to use graphene as a transistor have involved converting it to ...

Brookstone fuel cell USB charger to keep phones powered for two weeks, Engadget editors happy

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If there's a pain that Engadget writers know all too well, it's running out of battery life for a smartphone when we need it most. Say, at a major trade show. That's why we're enthused to hear of an upcoming fuel cell USB charger that Lilliputian Systems is developing for Brookstone. The lighter ...

Dell to upgrade unshipped Alienware orders to Ivy Bridge CPUs for free

Dell to upgrade unshipped Alienware orders to Ivy Bridge CPUs for free

Are you among the Alienware buyers who plunked down cold, hard cash for a new M14X, M17X, or M18X preceding the launch of Ivy Bridge, but can't stomach the thought of being stuck with Intel's second gen CPUs? Good news, gaming friends, because if your laptop was ordered, but hasn't yet shipped, Dell's ...

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. rival flagships: iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Lumia 900

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. rival flagships: iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Lumia 900

Oh yes, it's a good time to go shopping for a smartphone, particularly if you've acquired a taste for an abundance of pixels and silicon cores. But which phones ought to be considered flagships worthy of comparison with the shiny new GS III? Yes, we're including the Lumia 900 in this context, for ...