Weekly hardware roundup

We covered a number of hardware-related topics this past week at TG Daily, including Seagate’s Pulsar SSD, the JooJoo Internet tablet, Acer’s Ferrari One notebook and D-Link’s Boxee Box.

D-Link builds a Boxee Box ??

D-Link and Boxee showcased a set-top box that streams online and stored digital media to a television set. According to Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, the device allows users to share playlists with friends on various social networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook.


Fusion Garage showcases JooJoo Internet tablet

Fusion Garage debuted its version of Michael Arrington’s aborted CrunchPad. According to Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekar “Chandra” Rathakrishnan, the redesigned $500 JooJoo Internet tablet is capable of booting up in just 9 seconds.

Meanwhile, Arrington filed a federal lawsuit against Fusion Garage – accusing the company of fraud and deceit, misappropriation of business ideas and unfair competition.

Intel cans Larrabee chip

The Intel “Larrabee” platform – set to be the company’s latest incursion into the graphics chip market – experienced a significant setback.

Intel had hope to launch a discrete Larrabee graphics chip, but according to representatives from the company, that project has been cancelled. That’s because both silicon and software plans are not far advanced – instead Intel will create a software development platform which it will use internally and offer externally.

?Seagate enters solid state drive market ?

Seagate officially entered the solid state drive (SSD) market with the introduction of a 200GB 2.5-inch device known as Pulsar.

Dell unveils Vostro V13 laptop

Dell unveiled a laptop designed specifically for mobile entrepreneurs. The 13.3-inch Vostro V13 – which is priced at $450 – weighs 3.5 pounds and is only 0.65 inches thin.

Toshiba spins new MOSFET ??T

Toshiba developed a MOSFET cell based on spin transport electronics, or spintronics, a semiconductor technology that makes use of the spin and magnetic moment inherent in electrons.

Acer races to 2010 with Ferrari One notebook

??Acer began selling its long-awaited 11.6-inch Ferrari One notebook in the US. The $600 machine features an Athlon 64 X2 L310 dual core chip (1.20GHz), Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB hard drive, a multi digital card reader, 802.11x wi-fi, a webcam, two stereo speakers, three USB 2.0 ports, and up to five hours of battery life.

Australia boots up GPU supercomputer ??

Australia’s national science agency fired up a massive GPU supercomputer capable of delivering 256 Teraflops of peak performance. ??The CSIRO supercomputer – which is powered by 64 Nvidia Tesla S1070 GPUs – includes 28 Dual Xeon E5462 compute nodes (or 1024 2.8GHz compute cores), 500 GB of SATA storage, a 144 port DDR InfiniBand Switch and an 80 Terabyte Hitachi NAS file system.??

Dipping paper in nanotube mixture creates instant battery ??

Stanford scientists created a unique battery by dipping an ordinary piece of paper into ink infused with carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires.


Apple eyes tamper-resistant hardware

Apple submitted a patent application for a “specialized label” that would allow the company to detect “unauthorized” tampering of various devices.

“Unfortunately, many users open their electronic devices to attempt to repair, reverse engineer or even hack various things within the device,” Club Cupertino stated in patent application.