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Millimetre-scale computing The University of Michigan has developed a prototype implantable eye-pressure monitor for glaucoma patients which is believed to contain the first complete millimetrescale computing system. In addition, they have also developed a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency. This could be a key enabler in organising millimetre-scale systems into wireless

sensor networks. These networks could one day track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable. Both developments are significant milestones in the march towards millimetrescale computing, believed to be the next electronics frontier and one step closer to computers that fit on a pen tip.

Breaking all barriers Last month, Nvidia unveiled its Tegra roadmap and gave people a glimpse of what the next processor would be capable of. Going by the name ‘Project Kal-El’ and demonstrated by running it in an Android tablet, the processor was capable of streaming 1,440p video content running on a 2,560×1,600 panel. Simply put, it will enable mobile devices to output to the highest resolution monitors or tablets equipped with a 10.1-inch display with 300dpi. It is the first mobile quadcore processor and also contains a new 12-core GeForce GPU that is capable of stereoscopic 3D. Production is planned for as early as August this year.

In addition to the new Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II, Samsung unveiled three more phones to join the Galaxy family. The GALAXY Ace, Gio and mini all offer a unique take on the smartphone experience. The Ace offers a premium experience on a 3.5-inch HVGA display and doesn’t lack in capability either, with a 800MHz processor, voice search and ThinkFree document viewer. The Gio, with its attractive design, 3.2-inch HVGA display and enhanced social networking capabilities is perfect for stylish young professionals who want to stay connected. The mini offers great productivity and performance in a compact design with a 3.14-inch QVGA display. It also offers Google voice actions and Quick Office document viewer and a 600MHz processor.

Fast growing family

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TECH Issue 12  
TECH Issue 12  

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