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Qualcomm ban supported
The International Trade Commission has refused pleas by Qualcomm to suspend a ban on the import of chips and phones using its technology. IDG News reports that the ITC has issued an eight-page ruling, noting that Qualcomm has not met a "four-prong" test: likelihood of appeal success, the threat of irreparable harm, a lack of harm to others, and public interest.
Hours before the ruling's distribution, the cellular industry organization CTIA had actually delivered a letter to US President George Bush, urging him to intervene in face of an innovation "freeze" on wireless and emergency phone services. Qualcomm may also attempt to seek help from the US Court of Appeals.
Linux PC in a USB key
The French company Calao Systems has developed the equivalent of a full Linux computer able to fit into a USB key, measuring 3.3 by 1.4 inches. Inside the USB-9260 is an ARM926EJ-S processor clocked at 190MHz, and memory comes in the form of 64MB of SDRAM, with permanent files being kept on 256MB of NAND flash.
Aside from the obvious USB 2.0 main port, the 9260 also has hidden secondary connections: two USB 2.0 host ports, and a 10/100 Ethernet port, enabling local or Internet connections where they might otherwise be difficult. The Atmel chipset used in the key is aimed mainly at GPS functions; there is an increasing demand, however, for compact Linux systems. [via MobileRead]
EXO gaming PC prototype
Former Alienware designer Garrett Bain is attempting to surpass his predecessors with the EXO, a gaming PC with extremely high standards. The case is by default composed of carbon fiber and polished aluminum, but virtually anything can be substituted, including steel or woods such as bamboo. RAID hard drive mounts are supplied, and a watercooling system comes stock, covering both the CPU and video card.
Raw performance remains the focus however, foremost because the computer uses a Core 2 Extreme processor, giving buyers the choice of going quad-core. Bain's company has further signed a deal with Nvidia, giving it access to the top one percent of 8000-series chipsets suitable for overclocking.
Toshiba TekBright LCDs
At a demonstration held in Paris, Toshiba recently premiered two new LCDs in its TekBright monitor line. The new 20- and 22-inch screens have a native resolution of 1680x1050, and a response time of 5ms. Contrast is rated at a figure of 800:1. In an unusual step for modern, high-end LCDs, neither of the new screens will have HDMI ports; they will, however, be equipped with both DVI and VGA ports. The products also come with built-in stereo speakers, simplifying computer setups for those who don't need elaborate sound. The screens should go on sale in Europe by the end of June, for €250 ($336) and €295 ($396) respectively. [via Akihabara News]
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