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LG G3 Screen — новый планшетофон на собственном процессоре LG

Южнокорейская компания LG представила очередную новинку — смартфон LG G3 Screen. Аппарат стал первым смартфоном на базе собственного процессора LG NUCLUN. "Камушек" разработан на базе архитектуры ARM big.LITTLE и оснащен двумя наборами ядер.
LG G3 Screen — новый планшетофон на собственном процессоре LG

Proxama, ARM Partner For Joint NFC Venture

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NFC is picking up traction everywhere you look, and the latest news comes out of the UK’s Proxama. According to a release sent out this morning, the company is planning a partnership with ARM to create an NFC system.

Employing ARM TrustZone technology in conjunction with the Proxama Mobile Wallet, the venture aims to provide secure NFC contactless payments and mobile internet payments to more mobile devices.

“2012 will see an explosive growth in smartphones and tablets that have enhanced security based on TrustZone technology and Trusted Execution Environments,” said Ben Cade, general manager of the secure services division at ARM. “These devices will create a new market for trusted services and applications that will drive innovation and enhance user experiences.”

Considering the fact that this years Olympics are putting a large focus on NFC, the timing couldn’t be better.


Proxama, ARM Partner For Joint NFC Venture

Microsoft To ARM Win8 Tablet Makers: No Dual Boot For You

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This may seem a bit of inside baseball, but it’s a fairly interesting fact for folks looking forward to thin-and-light Win8 devices running ARM chips rather than Intel. According Computer World, devices running ARM versions of Win8 will not be able to run other OSes, like Android, thanks to something called Secure Boot.

A version of Secure Boot is built into many mobile devices – namely phones and tablets – in order to avoid bootloader mobile attacks and, obviously, to keep things locked down. Windows Phone, for example, prevents folks from installing anything into the bootloader nor can they run off-brand software. However, folks love them some Linux and for these devices to be completely locked down could disappoint the hacker contingent.

Microsoft says that you can disable Secure Boot on larger systems, however, noting in the design documents:

MANDATORY: Enable/Disable Secure Boot. On non-ARM systems, it is required to implement the ability to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup. A physically present user must be allowed to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup without possession of Pkpriv. Programmatic disabling of Secure Boot either during Boot Services or after exiting EFI Boot Services MUST NOT be possible. Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems.

It’s clear from this that Windows 8 is both a mobile and a desktop OS, depending on the install. The question, then, is what you lose in the move to ARM chips? More info as we get it.


Microsoft To ARM Win8 Tablet Makers: No Dual Boot For You

LG To Debut Second Intel-Powered Smartphone At CES 2012

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“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” It looks like LG and Intel have taken that old adage to heart, if a new report is to be believed. The Korea Times reports that LG will debut an Intel-powered smartphone at CES 2012, but the bigger question is whether or not the device will ever make it to market.

LG and Intel’s first mobile partnership yielded an Android smartphone running on Intel’s Moorestown chipset for CES 2011, but the device was ultimately scrapped. The reason for its premature demise? As the story goes, the device died because of it’s “lack of marketability.”

LG’s brass certainly thinks their Intel smartphone is viable — according to one of the Times’ executive sources, the device could be released as soon this March. Still, the original LG-Intel phone was pegged with a 2011 release date, so take those claims with a grain of salt for bow.

Hopefully LG’s second swing at an Intel-powered phone fares a little better — it’s said to run on Intel’s next-generation Medfield system-on-a-chip, and early tests have yielded some pretty impressive benchmarks when compared to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8260 SoCs.

Of course, the real competition is yet to come, as nearly every player in the mobile chipset market is hard at work on their next-generation platforms. Intel has a lot of brand recognition when it comes to PCs, but their lack of presence in the mobile market to date could mean that Medfield could drown in a sea of established ARM-based chipsets.

That’s why the partnership with LG is so critical — despite their handset division spending a few quarters in the red, LG is still the number two handset OEM in the U.S. Having a major hardware vendor taking a chance on their new platform could establish Intel as a real player in the mobile space, and right now Intel’s mobile efforts could use all the visibility they can get.


LG To Debut Second Intel-Powered Smartphone At CES 2012