It's a crucial component in any laptop or desktop computer, but very few computer owners actually know what a motherboard is or what it does. There's a motherboard (often called a logic board in smaller more mobile devices) sitting in every computer system: the processor, RAM, hard drives, graphics card, and other bits and pieces all plug straight into it.
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This year, I bought myself an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. It was time to upgrade. And I was pleasantly surprised to find I could buy a mini version of one of the best cards ever made. Now, I can potentially fit my beefy gaming PC into a console-sized case. But a new card from AMD is about to do small and powerful even better.
It takes a lot of different materials to make a modern-day phone, and a fair number of them are of the rare earth metal variety. But a new study by researchers at Yale shows that there's another troubling detail about the supply of pre-phone components. Many of these metals aren't just rare; they're irreplaceable.
65 years ago, December 16th 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain operated the first ever working point-contact transistor, almost known as the iotatron. Now, so many years later, we rely on the decedents of that transistor as a part of practically all of the high tech electronic devices we use every day.
It's been just over 30 years since IBM released its first PC and shook the whole world up. Hoping to do some more world-shaking, they've now built two chips that function more similarly to our brains than normal chips do.
This is all hypothetical, but what would happen to the iPhone 4 if Apple's vigorous legal campaign against Samsung caused an irreparable rift between the two companies?
Some mad flexi-OLED prototypes have been shown off by other companies before, but HP's getting in on the act with screens that could be used for a multitude of purposes, and hopefully as soon as 2013.
A team of scientists at Chungbuk National University in South Korea have created a transistor that's only 2nm in size, which happens to be the smallest in the world. By comparison, the current generation of Intel processors use 32nm transistors.
Sure enough, there have been several displays edging out Apple's potent Retina Display. Toshiba's 4-incher is the latest, with the mobile phone LCD having 367 pixels per inch (as opposed to the iPhone's 326.)
When asked the inevitable questions about the impact of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy on Apple's business, acting COO Tim Cook made clear that what matters, more than anything else, is the human impact. That being said: as it turns out, Apple's supply chain has remarkably remained largely intact.
A Samsung rep has been caught claiming that they are "planning to release a 2GHz dual-core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year", adding that "this product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC". Not only does Samsung plan on using these chips in their own smartphones, they're also hoping to sell the components to other manufacturers as well.
AMD couldn't have expected Intel wouldn't be snapping at its heels soon after announcing yesterday they'd be supporting USB 3.0 in two upcoming chipsets. Though AMD didn't specify a timeframe, Intel has said their Ivy Bridge silicon would debut in 2012 - and told developers to work on both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0
You may've noticed there are many laptops and PCs out there that support USB 3.0 now, but unfortunately both AMD and Intel haven't added support for the latest version in their chipsets before. This is set to change with AMD's A75 and A70M chipsets, which will be the first to be branded "Superspeed USB". Previously, PC builders have had to use third-party controllers if they wanted to include the much-faster USB 3.0.
Digitimes says Apple could avoid facing iPad and iPhone shortages by using their sizable supply of cash to outbid competitors for touch panels. Even before the Japan earthquake caused concern about Asian manufacturing capabilities, there had been worries about availability.